this ones just informational for ya all... but it's long, so if you want to see the conclusion, jump my padded story and see the conclusion at the end of this post.
When my specialist took my 166 to get my rear fogs working, they naturally disconnected the battery to look at all the wiring.
Once they re-connected the battery of course, the ICS was dead, and hungry for that elusive 4 digit radio code......which of course I did not have with the car.
So on the phone to Caledonia Motors where the car was sold from new, (the first dealer to sell the cars usually keeps the codes on file for that car).
They had the car on record, but not the ICS code!! Arrrr !
But the kind young lady assured me they could get it through their channels for a cost of £15 (bargain!!) But in order to do this I needed to prove that I owned the car. BUUUUT I didn't have the V5 at this point, so that meant a wait of 4 weeks for that.
In the meantime I went to a local radio decoder to see if they could help. Their response....."that's the only radio we can't do" ......."Great", I thought........"But", they said, "if you're REALLLY stuck, we can take the ICS out of the car and send it to Germany to be decoded..."...... So I thought......."Geeee, let me think.....Ummmmm NO!"
So off I went to wait for my V5.
My V5 then came earlier than expected (10 days after I sent it off). So I faxed the V5 to Caledonia who said it would take about an hour to get the code!! Woo Hoo!!.
An hour passed. I spoke to them again and they said "sorry, we couldn't find any record of that radio code for your car because it is an import and the national register doesn't hold codes for imports" !!!
So, on the phone to my specialist who I knew obtained his ICS code via a different route. (through Becker)
But first of all he tried Desira who couldn't get the code either, but told us that my car is definately NOT an import!! (Doh! Dealers!??!!)
Anyway, after all that, I took the car back to my specialist who kindly pulled the ICS unit out to make a note of the serial number to give to Becker. Once that was done, Becker got back to us in about 2 hours and £45+VAT later with the worlds most simplest of codes!!!! ( 2468 !!! I kid you not)
So that's my rather long ICS code story!!
The short story is:
1. Try dealer where the car was new (£15 for code if they have it)
2. Try Becker, who will definately have it, but you will need the serial number from the side of the ICS (£45+VAT)
Ahhhhh. Wow, that was a long post.