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    Hi guys, another question about the Prado - hopefully this one's simpler than the other issues I had with it. The radio is locked and I don't know the pin; guy I bought it off didn't know it either. Took it to the local dealer who couldn't work out the pin (tried last 3 digits of VIN etc.), and called the home dealership who didn't know either. The Toyota guy says it might not be the original unit, and there's no way to unlock it; he reckons the best fix is to replace the whole unit! I honestly don't care if it doesn't work, but just checking to see whether this is for real? I've looked at other posts here, and they all suggest the fix if you don't know the pin is to get it to a dealer, but this dealer reckons it can't be fixed - is there really no way for Toyota to fix a locked radio (maybe because it's aftermarket?), or am I getting misdirected?

  • #2
    It's usually the last 3 or 4 digits on the VIN. If not, a great excuse to upgrade to a Kenwood stereo with Android Auto/Apple Carplay Their 2020 range of units are released this month.

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    • #3
      I did mine and IIRC it was last 4 of VIN....

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      • #4
        Its a 4 digit code. Toyota will know how to get into it if its factory
        .. Is it an original radio? Picture?

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        • #5
          Hey guys, the fella at the dealer said it looked like an original radio. I've added a picture showing the screen where you enter the pin. There's only the possibility to enter 3 digits. I've tried the last 3 digits of the VIN. Is there no workaround? It doesn't really bother me but would be good to know if there is.
          https://i.postimg.cc/k5R6cP3W/IMG-20200407-161840.jpg

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 2000Prado View Post
            Hey guys, the fella at the dealer said it looked like an original radio. I've added a picture showing the screen where you enter the pin. There's only the possibility to enter 3 digits. I've tried the last 3 digits of the VIN. Is there no workaround? It doesn't really bother me but would be good to know if there is.
            https://i.postimg.cc/k5R6cP3W/IMG-20200407-161840.jpg
            Didn't the dealer have a decode box? They'll take the radio out and plug the decoder in to reset the code for a fee.
            Otherwise try the numerical digits of the rego if it's not the last 3 of the VIN
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            • #7
              If it's not the original then it's possible the code is written on the body of the radio somewhere! Maybe worth looking as you only get a finite number of attempts before it will brick itself.

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              • #8
                No, the guy at the dealer said he had no way to decode it. I've tried the digits of the rego as well as the VIN and some obvious numbers (probably tried upwards of 10 combinations and doesn't give an indication it's bricked itself yet). No number written anywhere. Might call another dealer to see if they have any other solution (there's only one dealer out where I live).

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                • #9
                  I seem to recall that you as the owner could select your own PIN.

                  No doubt that is what someone has done and it won’t match the last 3 digits of the VIN or whatever the default was for the radio (000 ??).

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                  • #10
                    Just dump it and fit an aftermarket unit. Way better sound and features. Cheap enough nowadays.

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