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I have seen a couple adds for used 9-3 radios. At least two are listed as not being properly divorced. This area is new to me. If a radio is not properly divorced, can it be reinstalled on a different car?
 

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To elaborate a bit more, this divorcing is sopposed to be as a safeguard I soppose. The idea is that people wouldn't steal your radio because it has no value in another vehicle. So by implementing the divorcing process you are sopposed to be getting an added sense of security. This is a good idea in theory, but it seems to cause so many more problems than it was originally intended to reduce.
 

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To elaborate a bit more, this divorcing is sopposed to be as a safeguard I soppose. The idea is that people wouldn't steal your radio because it has no value in another vehicle. So by implementing the divorcing process you are sopposed to be getting an added sense of security. This is a good idea in theory, but it seems to cause so many more problems than it was originally intended to reduce.
I agree. I walk through my apartment complex and see a hundred aftermarket CD players that a theif would rather steal! WHo would really want a saab factory radio with no display!? It would be way too much work for a theif to steal one, and then list it on Ebay, they are looking for a real cheap and easy buck. Plus, why would you steal it from a relatively secure car like a saab? My friends civic got broken into, the theif slim jimed the door, opened it up, took the radio, and even locked the door after he was done! Can't slim jim a saab too easily if it is dead-locked. And no, a theif probably won't want to break your window unless he really really wants what you have, or has complete solitude and time.

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Thanks for the info. Interesting. I agree, in theory a great idea which could save the problems that other, easier targets pose....in reality well, you get it...
 

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I know a non-divorced CD player can be married to another car by a factory tech, as I had that done. It cost me $100, however. I assume the radio would be similar. He would need your VIN.
 

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i haven't done this myself, but here's my understanding of how it works...
you need the VIN of the car the unit came from!!!! and a tech 2


1. Go into Audio System menu, and Divorce the current (old) radio, then detach it.
2. Go to DICE menu, and change the VIN # of the car to the VIN # of the new radio you are putting in.
3. Plug the new radio in, go to Audio System menu, then Divorce it, and detach it.
4. Go to DICE menu, and change the VIN # back to your car's VIN #.
5. Attach the new radio, go to Audio System menu, then Marry the new stereo, and that's it!

should be a DIY job if you have the tech 2. sounds from busaboy like the cost at a dealer is $100....:eek:
 

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I believe I also gave him the VIN from the car it came from, but I can't remember for sure - I knew the number at the time...
 

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Here we are, 15 years later and the problems with the anti theft system persist. Soooo I decided to get my hands dirty and bought a knockoff brand Tech 2 from Hong Kong. Granted, I know you all would have bought one, had they existed in 2005, but since the knockoffs exist now I bought one for $340 and followed the directions from the guy earlier in this thread, and it worked! I made most of my money back just today by doing this, but after that I found that the CD player(o.e.m.) is broke somehow. Radio works fine but no CDs. Gonna have to do this all over again but as long as I don't have to go 100 miles to Portland OR or Bellevue WA and pay a half hour worth of time for the same thing, I'm totally fine with reprogramming another undivorced CD player. Hope it works this time.
 

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i haven't done this myself, but here's my understanding of how it works...
you need the VIN of the car the unit came from!!!! and a tech 2


1. Go into Audio System menu, and Divorce the current (old) radio, then detach it.
2. Go to DICE menu, and change the VIN # of the car to the VIN # of the new radio you are putting in.
3. Plug the new radio in, go to Audio System menu, then Divorce it, and detach it.
4. Go to DICE menu, and change the VIN # back to your car's VIN #.
5. Attach the new radio, go to Audio System menu, then Marry the new stereo, and that's it!

should be a DIY job if you have the tech 2. sounds from busaboy like the cost at a dealer is $100....:eek:
Thanks so much for that information. You're the first person I've found online that has the actual information right. Thanks a heap!!
 

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Actually you do not need to divorce old radio, if you are going to junk it.
 

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Actually you do not need to divorce old radio, if you are going to junk it.
I've been told that you always have to divorce because the car can't have two radios married. Are you saying you can marry a divorced radio even if you didn't divorce the existing one?
 

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Yes. You need to divorce old one if you are using it to another car.

Car itself do not "know" how many radios are married to it. Only 1 radio can be connected to car at a time.
 
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