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Control elements Display system
No. Symbol Meaning The in-vehicle display (see owner’s manual
1 To switch on and off of your car) is also used for the external
indication of the radio information.
Volume control: Turn
In principle, the car can be fitted with one of
Balance left/right: Pull and
two different display types:
2 Fader control (front/rear
8-digit display
balance): Turn
3 Tone control (bass/treble):
4 Cassette loading slot
5 Fast rewind
10-digit display
6 Fast forward
7 UML Waveband switching
8 [1]-[6] Preset buttons
9 AS Automatic seek tuning and
: Seek tuning down The examples described in this user manual
are based on the 8-digit display.
Seek tuning up
The information shown in the 10-digit
; TP Traffic programme
display mainly corresponds to that of the 8-
< RDS Radio Data System digit version with the exception of the
= CODE LED waveband and the preset numbers of some
radio functions.


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Theft protection - Press and hold down preset Volume control
buttons 1 and 3 8 together.
Security coding - Switch on the unit, making sure Volume
This car radio is equipped with a passive you are still holding the buttons Turn knob 1.
security system. A coded unit is useless to a down until you hear a beep.
thief. This is why you should code your unit The display shows that the ignition-on logic
Volume impression between left
(see page 22). The code number can be has been deactivated:
and right <-> speakers.
found in the Car Pass or Radio Pass. Do not
keep the Car Pass or Radio Pass in the Pull knob 1 and turn.
vehicle. IGNI OFF Fader control
When the unit is switched off and the
Volume impression between front
ignition key removed, the CODE LED = Now the unit can only be switched on and
and rear <-> speakers.
flashes to indicate that the set is equipped off with knob 1.
Turn knob 2.
with security coding. To activate the ignition-on logic:
Press knob first to let it pop up.
Proceed as described under “Deactivating
the ignition-on logic”.
Switching on / off
The display will subsequently show that the Tone control
Switch the unit on and off by ignition-on logic is active.
pressing knob 1. Bass/treble

Ignition-on logic Turn knob 3.

If the set was switched on with knob 1, it IGNI ON Press knob first to let it pop up.
will be turned off as soon as the ignition is
After interrupting the power to the unit and
switched off and the ignition key removed
re-connecting the set, the ignition-on logic
(with some vehicle models directly after
will be active.
ignition „OFF“). The set will then restart
playback automatically after the ignition has
been switched on again. If desired, you can Ignition-off logic
also deactivate this ignition-on logic. The unit will automatically shut down one
Deactivating the ignition-on logic: hour after the ignition was switched off.
- Switch on the ignition and turn off The ignition-off logic will also remain active if
the radio. the ignition-on logic has been deactivated.


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Radio tuning Manual tuning: Each RDS programme is broadcast on
(not with TP or RDS) different frequencies. As you travel around,
Selecting a station If you know the frequency of the station you the car radio automatically checks the signal
wish to listen to, you may select it manually. quality of the frequencies to be received and
Waveband selection:
tunes into the best frequency of the RDS
UML button 7 Rough tuning:
station that you are listening to. The
Hold down the seek tuning button or
U = Ultra-short wave (FM) programme station name in the display
until the frequency of the desired station has
M = Medium wave (MW) remains unchanged.
almost been reached.
L = Long wave (LW) Fine tuning:
Switching on RDS
Press the UML button as many times until Press the seek tuning button or as Use the UML button 7 to switch to FM;
the desired waveband appears in the display many times until the exact station frequency then activate RDS by pressing the RDS
(“U”, “M” or “L”). appears in the display. button <. The display shows “RDS”.
On FM, when the radio is receiving a stereo
station, signal will light up. The unit will
automatically switch to mono if the received WDR1
signal is not strong enough for stereo
playback. When RDS is switched on, seek tuning will
only stop at RDS stations. The radio will
RDS is a service offered by most FM radio automatically tune into the best frequency of

U3 101.1 [TP ]
stations in Europe, which makes finding and
receiving the desired station much more
the selected programme. While searching
for the strongest reception signal, the radio
easy. may switch to mute briefly.
Automatic tuning: (not with RDS stations) Therefore, you should always switch RDS seek tuning:
Press seek tuning button : or (radio on RDS!
Press the seek tuning button : or .
will switch to mute). RDS stations broadcast an inaudible, digital
Lower frequencies
lower frequencies (all stations) data telegram alongside their programmes.
This signal carries a great deal of information Higher frequencies
higher frequencies (only powerful
which is decoded by the RDS radio Switching off RDS
The system will automatically change the Press the RDS button <. “RDS” will
If RDS is switched on, the programme disappear from the display and the selected
seek tuning sensitivity if no powerful station
station name is displayed instead of the frequency will be displayed instead. In this
can be picked up.
frequency. case the radio will no longer automatically

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tune in the frequency offering best reception Traffic Programmes released, the system will switch to a preset
of the programme. position with a traffic station as soon as the
(TP = Traffic Programmes)
storing process has been completed.
Displaying the frequency of an TP stations are FM RDS stations offering
RDS station If the TP function is switched on, seek
traffic information. If such a station is tuned
tuning will remain active until at least one TP
In order to read the broadcasting frequency in, “TP” will appear in the display.
station has been found.
of an RDS station from the display, press the Switching on TP
RDS button < until the frequency is If TP is active or if it is switched on while
The unit will only receive TP stations. listening to a tape, the set will automatically
displayed. The radio will return to the station
name after approximately 10 seconds. Press the UML button 7 to select FM. start searching for the strongest traffic
Then press the TP button ;, “[TP]” will programme station as soon as the reception
Regional programmes area of the tuned in station is left.
appear in the display. The display will show
Certain RDS radio programmes are split up “[ ]” during the seek tuning process or if a Switching off TP
at times into regional programmes offering TP station cannot be received.
local information. If you are listening to one Press the TP button again. “[ ]” disappears
When TP is active, traffic reports will from the display.
programme and move to an area where interrupt tape operation.
another linked regional programme While a traffic message is being played,
TP can also be switched on during tape press the TP button twice to switch off the
becomes stronger, the unit will switch to that
operation. In this case the programme name function.
programme. If you wish to continue listening
of the currently selected station will be
to the first station, switch on the regional When storing stations on the preset buttons,
shown in the display for 5 seconds.
function: “TP on” or “TP off” will not be stored as well.
If a station not providing traffic information
Store the station on a preset button. Then Traffic Announcement volume
was tuned in before or selected with a
press the preset button for approximately 5
preset button, memory seek tuning will (TA)
seconds until „REG-ON“ appears in the
automatically start in order to tune into the The traffic announcement volume can be
strongest traffic programme station. separately adjusted in addition to the normal
To switch off the function:
As long as the selected station remains playback volume.
Press the corresponding preset button for
tuned in, the system will not switch to Adjustment:
approximately 5 seconds until the display
automatic TP seek tuning even if the
shows „REG-OFF“. Press the TP button ; for more than 3
reception gets worse.
When turning the unit on, the display will seconds. The TA volume level will be
While TP is active, when pressing the AS displayed after the beep (e.g. TP-VOL-3).
briefly show „REG-ON“, if activated. „REG-
button 9 (AS = automatic storing of
OFF“ will not be displayed.
stations, see page 20) until a beep is


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RDS-EON Preset buttons
TP-VOL-3 (Enhanced Other Networks)
This car radio holds a total of 30 preset
Certain radio stations do not actually positions available:
Use the seek tuning buttons or to transmit traffic programmes themselves, but
6 x U (FM)
adjust the desired announcement volume by using RDS-EON they offer the possibility
6 x M (MW)
from -3 to +3. to receive the traffic messages broadcast by
6 x L (LW)
Storing the TA volume: another traffic programme station in the
6 x UAS (automatically stored
same radio network. For this purpose the
Press the TP button for more than 3 FM stations)
unit evaluates the information of the RDS
seconds until you hear the beep. 6 x MAS (automatically stored
telegram with regard to alternative traffic
If the button is not pressed within 10 MW stations)
programme stations.
seconds after having activated the TA
With RDS-EON, stations not providing traffic
Storing stations
volume, the set will return to normal
information are treated by the unit like traffic Choose the desired waveband and tune in
operation without altering the setting.
programme stations. They can be the station. Press and hold one of the preset
Listening to traffic reports only recognised by the “EON” or “TP” symbol in buttons 8 until the radio resumes play.
If you wish to listen to traffic reports only, the display. During the storing process the display
switch on TP and turn knob 1 to its Receiving traffic messages via shows the currently memorised station.
leftmost position.
RDS-EON Now the station is stored on this preset
Traffic messages will still be played at the button. The chosen preset position 1...6
Press the TP button. The display shows
preset volume (see “TA volume”). appears in the display.
“[TP]”. If a message is received, the set will
Interrupting a traffic message switch to a traffic programme station of the When storing a station on a preset button,
If you wish to interrupt a traffic message same RDS-EON network. During the RDS “ON” or RDS “OFF” will be stored as
(e.g. during tape operation), press the TP message, the display will show the well.
button briefly. The TP function will remain programme name of the traffic station. Automatic storing (AS)
active. After the message the unit will return to the Select the desired waveband (MW or FM).
original programme. Then press the AS button 9 until you hear
When TP is switched on, the RDS-EON the beep. Seek tuning starts and “AS”
function will also be active during tape appears in the display.
operation. After the seek tuning process the six most
powerful stations of the current reception


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area will be stored on the six preset buttons Extra FM memory Alternatively:
of the AS memory bank. Press the AS button until the beep is
In addition to the preset buttons the unit
During automatic tuning RDS stations have also sets up an extra FM memory in which released.
priority and will be allocated to the first all receivable FM stations are stored. You Note that this procedure overwrites the
preset positions. can use the seek tuning buttons to scroll stations stored on the AS memory positions
When leaving the reception area of the this memory. of the preset buttons.
stored stations, press the AS button again in The extra FM memory is set up anew by Radio display during tape
order to store new stations. manual or automatic storing (AS).
AS preset positions can also be allocated Scrolling the extra FM memory:
When playing a tape it is possible to display
manually (see “Storing stations”, page 20).
Switch on RDS. Briefly press one of the the frequency or programme name (RDS
If TP is switched on before or during the seek tuning buttons or :. The display stations) of the FM station tuned in last.
auto-storing process, the unit will activate a shows the frequencies or programme
For this, press the TP button ;. The
preset position with a traffic station names of the stations sorted according to
frequency or programme name of the FM
afterwards (not necessarily preset 1). broadcasting networks in the extra FM
station received last will appear in the
Recalling stored stations memory.
display for 5 seconds, for example
Select the waveband (“U”, “M” or “L”). Then Updating the extra FM memory:
press the desired preset button. Press the RDS button for approximately 2
To recall the stations stored with AS, choose seconds until you hear the beep. The
display briefly shows
U 101.1 [TP ]
the desired waveband first (“U” or “M”) and
then press the AS button briefly.
Within these 5 seconds you can use the
MEMORY-U preset buttons to recall another station or to

SWF3[TP ] AS The storing process takes approximately 30
start a search run through the seek tuning
buttons or .
seconds; the system will tune into the
strongest station of the reception area
The updating process does not overwrite
the preset stations!


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Tape operation Removing a tape Use the TP button ; to switch between
telephone muting and the received traffic
Press both fast winding buttons.
Tape playback report.
The unit will switch from tape to
Insert the cassette into the slot 4 (with the radio operation and eject the tape.
open side facing to the right). Security coding
The unit will switch from radio to tape Car phone Protect your car radio by switching on
operation. The upper tape side will be security coding. The coded unit is useless to
This car radio is prepared for connecting a
played. The display shows: a thief.
car phone. In order to make use of the
telephone functions, the phone must be The code number can be found in the Car

CAS connected to the car radio by an authorised

Opel dealer.
Pass or Radio Pass.
To code the unit it is necessary that the
If a car phone is connected to the set, ignition is switched on.
Fast forward / fast rewind
“PHONE” will appear in the display as soon Each time the power to the car radio is
Press the fast forward or fast rewind button: as the phone is switched on or if a call is interrupted - when it is removed from the
<< Fast rewind 5 received. In this case, radio or tape vehicle for instance (theft), or if the battery is
>> Fast forward 6 operation will be interrupted. disconnected - it will be electronically
Reception of traffic messages during blocked.
During fast winding, the set will switch to the
radio programme tuned in last. handsfree operation: Only you can make the set operable again
Telephone muting has priority over traffic by entering the correct code number (see
To stop fast forward/fast rewind operation,
messages. However, you can still receive “Re-start”, page 23).
press the opposite fast winding button
briefly. traffic reports if required. To switch off security coding, for instance
For this, TP must be switched on (“[TP]” in when selling the set, you can decode the
Tape playback will be continued.
the display). car radio again (see “Decoding”, page 23).
Interrupting tape playback Give the code number to the new owner.
<< >> Press both fast winding buttons 5 You can find the number in the Car Pass or
and 6 slightly. The tape will remain in
the cassette slot. The unit will switch RDS
[TP ]
Radio Pass. Do not keep the Car Pass or
Radio Pass in the vehicle.
from tape to radio operation. As soon as a traffic message comes To ensure that the unit cannot be made
through, the display will show the operable by trial and error, it will be locked
programme name of the TP station instead for certain periods of time after each
of “PHONE” . unsuccessful decoding attempt.


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The number of attempts remaining to re- Example: The code number is 0365. 4. Enter the code number given in the Car
start the set is shown in the display. Preset buttons 8 Display Pass or Radio Pass using preset buttons
During the waiting time the unit must remain 1, 2, 3 and 4 (see “Coding”).
Press preset 1 once. 0---
switched on. After two unsuccessful Press preset 2 four times. 03--
attempts to enter the code, the system will
lock for approximately 10 seconds; this time
Press preset 3 seven times.
Press preset 4 six times.
0365 10 036-
extends to 10 minutes following subsequent 5. To store the code with the AS button:
attempts. After the ninth false try the waiting Press button for approximately 3 If you have entered a wrong code,
time is 640 minutes. seconds until you hear the beep and the overwrite the number, i.e. re-enter the
radio comes on again. code completely.
After 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter the
code, “SAFE” will be displayed and the unit 5. To confirm the code number:
Coded? If the correct code number appears in
must be returned to an authorised Opel
(security coding switched on?) the display, press the AS button for
dealer for exchange, which has to be paid.
When the ignition is switched on, the display approximately three seconds until the
We therefore recommend you to contact an
of the coded set will show “CODE” each beep sounds and the radio resumes play.
authorised Opel dealer after the sixth
time the unit is turned on. 6. If you have entered and confirmed a
unsuccessful attempt already, in order to re-
start the set. For extra security, when the unit is switched wrong code number:
off and the ignition key removed, the CODE The display shows “9 SAFE” and
Coding LED = flashes to indicate that the set is switches to “9 - - - -” after the waiting
(switching security coding on) equipped with security coding. time has elapsed. Now you can enter the
1. Switch on the ignition. Re-start following an interruption of correct code.
2. Switch off the radio. the power supply After the re-start of the unit, the memory
3. Press the AS button 9 and hold 1. Switch on the ignition. seek tuning function will be started.
depressed while turning the radio on. 2. Switch off the unit. Decoding
You will hear an acknowledgement tone
3. Press the AS button 9 and hold (switching security coding off)
after three seconds. Then release the
depressed while turning the radio on. You Proceed as described under “Coding”.
button. The display shows “CODE” and
will hear an acknowledgement tone after After the set has been decoded
“- - - -” after three seconds.
three seconds. Then release the button.
successfully, radio mute will be switched off.
4. Enter the code number (to be found in The display shows “SAFE” and then
the Car Pass or Radio Pass) using the Security coding is now switched off, i.e. it
“10 - - - -” after three seconds to indicate
preset buttons 1, 2, 3 and 4. can be made operable again after an
the number of attempts still permissible
interruption of the power supply.
to enter the code.


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General notes Power supply interruption
When changing the vehicle battery, the
If the unit should fail to operate properly,
memorised values will be remained. The unit
contact an authorised Opel dealer.
can be electronically locked thanks to the
FM reception passive theft protection system (security
coding). Re-start the set by entering the
Compared to your home audio equipment,
correct code number (see page 23). If you
FM reception in the car can be subject to
have lost the code number, please contact
interference - even with RDS stations -
an authorised Opel dealer, where your unit
despite the high degree of technical
will be made operable again upon
presentation of a proof of ownership. This
For more information on the physical causes service is subject to payment.
of such interference please consult the
owner’s manual of your car.

Tape care
You should store your tapes in a cool place
away from direct sunlight. To avoid possible
problems, use only C60 or C90 tapes of
well-known brands. When the tape is not in
use, store it in the case provided by the tape
When the playback quality begins to
deteriorate, clean the tape player with a
head cleaning cassette (catalogue no.
17 82 504).

To protect the environment, this manual was

printed on chlorine-free bleached paper.


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Copyright by Adam Opel AG, Rüsselsheim, Germany.

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Reproduction or translation, in whole or in part, is not
permitted without prior written consent from Adam Opel AG.
All rights as understood under the copyright laws are
explicitly reserved by Adam Opel AG.

All information, illustrations and specifications contained in

this Owner's Manual are based on the latest product
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