Honda will not let me steal my own radio (but someone else could)
About 5 weeks back, the battery in my 2000 civic was finally at its last. I took it to AutoZone, got a new battery, and after (embarrassingly) seeing how corroded the plugs were, had the new one installed.
Turn on car. Turn on radio.
Hmmm. How about CD mode?
Ummm. Station 1? No, how about 2..3..4..5
Honda's radio anti-theft system has a code that is unique to each radio. This code is supplied to you when you buy the car. So the dealer should have this, right?
Me:"Hi, my battery died and I need the radio code, here is my information"
Honda:"Ok sir, we can only help you if you can give us the radio serial number"
Me:"Ok, well, I dont think I have that. I bought the car 5 years ago where would it be?"
Honda:"Well, I dont know what we did 5 years ago, but usually its in the book, or on a sticker in the glovebox"
Me:"Ok, here are all the numbers I found" (I rattle off the numbers)
Honda:"Well..none of those look like it"
Me:"Well..how do I get the serial number?"
Honda:"You have to remove the radio."
Me:"How do I do that?"
Honda:"You can do it yourself, or you can pay some place like best buy to take it out and get the serial number, and then you can call us to get the code."
So get this. The car that I own, I have to pay, I have to PAY to get my radio back. I ALREADY BOUGHT THE CAR.
My buddy found the instructions. I'm not a car guy, I fix computers. So, taking apart my entire dash (and by entire dash, I mean the WHOLE dash), moving wireharnesses, and finally pulling out the radio to get this number does not seem worth the entire saturday I would spend doing it. (Not to mention..getting it back together).
But here's the kicker. If someone breaks into my car, STEALS my radio, and calls Honda, they can get the code. No ID required, no proof, they can steal my radio and get the code.
Congratulations Honda. Your anti-theft has been so effective, that I am now unable to steal my own radio. (but someone else could, and they could use it to!)
5 weeks now. 5 weeks without a radio. Without my CD PLAYER. My 7 minute drive to work now feels like about 40 with only the sound of my heater and the tires rolling on the ground to power my thoughts.
Good thing I discovered Green Tea. Otherwise I would so not be as chipper when I got to work.