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Hi guys,

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. :D

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" !!!

Awww bugger.

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.

Sorry guys.


Tris
 
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Hi guys,

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. :D

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" !!!

Awww bugger.

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.

Sorry guys.


Tris

Sounds like you have been round the houses on that !!!

Good luck with the ebay nav unit if you bid !

Steve
 

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Wow, you got the run-around alright.

For what it's worth, the same thing happened to me here, but with a far easier outcome. I took the car to a nearby Alfa dealer here in Ireland after a "specialist" had disconnected my ICS and I had no code as I had bought the car 2nd hand. The dealer sent a guy out to me who noted the chassis number of the car, it's registration number and the ICS serial number. They then faxed all this to Siemens in Spain (so they said), and sent me on my way with the promise of a call in 2 hours. True to their word, they rang me about 2.5 hours later with the code. And, the best part: FOC! They didn't charge me a cent. Happy Days.

For anyone interested, the dealer was Tractamotors in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, here in The Republic of Ireland.
 

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You were actually quite lucky compared to my experience.
It was similar up to the removal of the ICS unit to get the Becker serial number. At this point the dealer (Alan Gibson in Basingstoke) sent off the serial number to Siemens who manufactured my unit (or so they tell me) and we waited for the ICS code to be sent back. Then we waited some more and then some more. Now after 2 months Alan Gibson admit that they will probably not be able to get the code from Siemens but now they cannot find the serial number so I paid nearly £50 for the removal of the ICS unit for nothing. I wonder if they even removed the ICS unit as I know this is a bu***er to do and I never saw the unit removed.
I have just written to them asking for my money back but I expect this letter will mysteriously vanish as well.
I am now going to take it to an Alfa specialist (not a main dealer) on Monday who say they can take out the ICS unit and send it to someone who can interogate it electronically - I would like to do this to the people at Alan Gibson!
Chris
 
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