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I installed a new pioneer radio and when i was done the car starts and then dies right away. The antitheft light is flashing along with the brake light. I drove this car for weeks with no radio and no issues. Can anyone give me some advice on how to bypass or fix this issue? I have read a couple of posts about the door lock sensor. Would that be the case if it worked all day and then just stopped woking after i installed the new radio. The car is a 2000 new beetle 1.8 turbo GLX 5 Spd APH.

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anyone have any suggestions?
 

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thanks

Is this a common problem with this year beetle?
 

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More of, it is an issue with Magnet Merelli instrument clusters.

Beetles can suffer from this, the Immobilizer in the instrument cluster for whatever reason just looses the information. Do a key adaptation and then it is fine.... it may do it again 6 days later, or 6 years later... we just don't know.
 

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key adaption?

Sounds like a possibility what is or how do you do a key adaption?
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More of, it is an issue with Magnet Merelli instrument clusters.

Beetles can suffer from this, the Immobilizer in the instrument cluster for whatever reason just looses the information. Do a key adaptation and then it is fine.... it may do it again 6 days later, or 6 years later... we just don't know.
 

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So I fixed the problem with my Beetle. I had removed the instrument cluster to run a wire for the microphone for the radio. Cool little bluetooth feature so you make calls from the radio. Anyway I remembered that the purple clip was broken on the back of the connector that plugged into the cluster. So I removed the cluster and made sure the two connectors were installed correctly. Then I tried again to start and it died right away with the blinking yellow immobilizer symbol. Then I looked up key adaption and I didn't find anything really clear. So I just tried a bunch of different things together. I first disconnected the battery negative terminal first. Then with both of the cables away from the battery I had them touching to discharge any capacitors in the system. I left them there for about 30 minutes while I was doing something else. Then I reconnected the cables positive terminal first. Then I put the key in the door and remembered that someone had said something about the drivers door sensor not working and tried the trunk. I turned the key to the left two or three times. Then I put it the drivers door and then lockd and unlocked a couple times and the door sensor finally started working. Then I got in the the car put the key in the ignition and it started right away. So I still have a bad door sensor but the car works now. Thanks for anyone that helped.

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