Automotive Japanese Radios - some Secrets Unveiled

This page is dedicated to recording information on how to re-program radios in cars that came from the Japan market and are now being used outside Japan.
Eg: a vehicle is imported into New Zealand from Japan. The radio doesn't work properly in NZ because the NZ FM radio band is 88-108 (same as Europe) but Japan is 76-90 MHz.
Some vehicles, especially European brands, can be changed from Japan mode to Euro mode easily.
This web page tells you how.

BMW

From September 2001, BMW started fitting the same radio for all worldwide markets. The radio can be changed from one market are to another by accessing the radio's Service Mode. The means of accessing the Service Mode varies from radio to radio.

Accessing Service Mode for radio type C53/CD53 (without Multi-Info Display "MID", or TV screen) as fitted to E39 (5 Series), E46 (3 Series), E53 (X5), E83 (X3) or E85 (Z4)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press and hold the 'M' button for at least 8 seconds.
  3. Scroll through functions using the '+' and '-' keys or the "< >" buttons.
  4. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.
  5. Turn the radio off to exit the service mode and store the settings.

Accessing Service Mode for radio type C53/CD53 (with Central Information Display "CID", or TV screen) E83 (X3) or E85 (Z4)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press and hold the 'SEL' button for at least 8 seconds.
  3. Scroll through functions using the '+' and '-' keys or the "< >" buttons.
  4. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.

Accessing Service Mode for radio type C53/CD53 (with MIR Multi-Information Radio) E52 (Z8)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press and hold the 'SEL' button for at least 8 seconds.
  3. Scroll through functions using the '+' and '-' keys or the "< >" buttons.
  4. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.

Accessing Service Mode for small-screen (4:3) on-board monitor with radio type BM53/BM54 as fitted to E38 (7 Series), E39 (5 Series), E46 (3 Series), E53 (X5)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press and hold the 'RDS' button for at least 8 seconds.
  3. Scroll through functions using the "< >" buttons.
  4. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.
  5. Turn the radio off to exit the service mode and store the settings.

Accessing Service Mode for wide-screen (16:9) on-board monitor with radio type BM53/BM54 prior to Sept 2001 as fitted to E38 (7 Series), E39 (5 Series), E46 (3 Series), E53 (X5)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press the 'INFO' button.
  3. Select RDS or PTY (displayed option depends on market).
  4. Press and hold the 'On-Board Monitor rotary control knob for at least 8 seconds.
  5. Scroll through functions using the "< >" buttons.
  6. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.
  7. Turn the radio off to exit the service mode and store the settings.

Accessing Service Mode for wide-screen (16:9) on-board monitor with radio type BM53/BM54 after Sept 2001 as fitted to E38 (7 Series), E39 (5 Series), E46 (3 Series), E53 (X5)

  1. Turn the radio on.
  2. Straight away, press and hold the 'SELECT' button for at least 8 seconds.
  3. Scroll through functions using the "< >" buttons.
  4. Change settings using the 1...6 buttons.
  5. Turn the radio off to exit the service mode and store the settings.

The Service Mode settings are:

Jaguar

Applicable to all Jaguars with this model touchscreen radio (either cassette or CD version):
Picture of Jaguar touch-screen radio
(These instructions also apply to the normal radio)
To change radio mode:
  1. Press the radio's Eject (14) and AM/FM (10) buttons simultaneously to enter the SETUP mode on the radio.
  2. The display will show AUDIO SETUP on touchscreen models, or just SET UP on normal radios.
  3. Picture of AUDIO SETUP menu
  4. Change the Market setting from JP to EU (Europe). Do not use AUS. EU mode is best because it activates RDS, which is now in more common use in NZ.
  5. After 15 seconds of no activity, the dispaly will clear and exit AUDIO SETUP.





This page last updated 15 March 2009