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« on: January 14, 2008, 10:23:10 PM »

Anybody ever here of this
I check with the dealership and they mentioned about
the antitheft code is needed to unlock the stereo to
allow it to be reprogrammed for a different vehicle.
If there is not a code accompanied the stereo, then
they require a legitimate receipt from the seller to
ensure that the stereo wasn't stolen.  They will call
into GM headquarter to get the code and unlock the
stereo for $75.00.

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 10:34:04 PM »

There's another thread here covering this, listed as "upgradiing to a six disc CD changer" or something close to that, check it out.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 02:53:58 PM »

I know we beat this issue to death, but my 6-CD factory unit just quit working.  Can I put a single disc CD from an 02 into my 01 (w/factory 10 spkr system)?  I assume that I will need a trip to the dealership for reprogram the code.  Just want to make sure that there is no difference in wiring hookup.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2014, 11:44:59 AM »

This has probably mentioned somewhere else on the site, but your vehicle's VIN is tied to the radio, to prevent theft. This is the 'Theftlock' feature that has a little red light on the radio front panel. Everytime you turn on your car, the computer matches the VIN of the vehicle to the VIN stored in the radio. You will have to take it to the dealership to get it unlocked if you attempt to install ANY GM radio that is not your original one. I've heard it costs $75, but that may be outdated information. Once again, only factory radios will lock you out. An aftermarket radio does not check your VIN, so you can put it in without worrying.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 12:53:24 PM »

Some folks have locked their stereos up just by changing the battery. The dealer can fix it. As for how much it costs, it depends on the dealer you go to. They seem to charge whatever they want. There seems to be no standard for price.

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