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DISCLAIMER (verbatim from mdonis; used without his permission so sue me.)

This document is provided for informational purposes only. Any Vehicle modification should be done by a certified VW mechanic. Neither the author nor this website will be held liable for action taken resulting from this information set forth herein.
CAUTION:
Before doing any electrical work on your Vehicle make sure to disconnect the negative terminal on your
Battery

RNS-510 installed in a MY2007 GTI 4-door with OEM Bluetooth (Skoda), OEM iPod adapter and aftermarket processor/amps/speakers
- Seller information: No longer I'm able to state seller information.
Preparation:
- RNS-510 USA Manual (for download): http://rapidshare.com/files/13....html
- Required parts:
twin connector : P/N 4E0 035 608 K
antenna adapter (2) : P/N 000 098 707
The radio antenna jacks in this unit are very close together, which requires a new dual antenna cable jack plug to be used instead of the existing individual connectors.

- GPS antenna
- Sirius Satellite antenna


- Switch AUX and CD Changer grounds pin positions (Pins 2 and 3 in red): http://img233.imageshack.us/my...2.jpg
Without this ground in the correct pin position neither the CD Changer or the AUX por will sound good because their grounds are going to be mismatched.
OEM Accessories installed:
- OEM BT installation P/N 1Z0 035 729: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3488355
To ease the installation of the OEM Bluetooth P/N 1Z0 035 729, a custom "quick connect" harness was created using the American International EWH-1010 and the Metra 71-9003 connectors; this custom harness also included a Line Output Converter with a built in 12V remote turn in feature (using signal sensing):

Installation:
- After setting up the antennas (4 connections) and looking for proper installation sites for them (in my case the GPS and the Sirius antennas are under the top of the dash to the right of the -510) and swapping the AUX and CD Changer ground wires just follow the standard DIY for Nav:
- General removal of OEM HU for swap: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3121070
- Once everything is connected the unit will be ready for power up.
Photos: (not high quality but it is night time)
Installed:

FM Radio:


HD Radio:

OEM Sirius:


OEM iPod Adapter (no longer installed):


SD Card:



HDD:


OEM Bluetooth:





DVD video (it also can play DVD Audio):

Menus (observe the option for Bluetooth Audio):



Notes:
- USA DVD map disc is P/N 7L6 919 859 version 1M.
- Sound quality is excellent; remember, I'm using aftermarket equipment.
- GUI and Video quality is excellent.
- OEM BT module compatible with this unit is P/N 1Z0 035 729
02/01/08 Update: Three Display Variants are available thru VAG-COM programming:
Highline:

Sportsline:

Premium:

02/06/08 Update: Custom maps loaded courtesy of Lassc at the vwnavi.com forums and still under combined development:














06/8/08 Update: - Multimedia Device Interface (MDI) Installed:
- P/N 5N0 035 341 A
- $255 at 1stvwparts.com
- Includes USB cable
- Does not include connecting harness or iPod cable (P/N 000 051 446C)
- requires CD Changer console and A/C rear duct if not equipped
- Only works with RNS-510
- Control from MFSW/touchscreen and display ID3 tags on screen and in MFD
- Excellent sound quality from USB sticks (depending of bps recording)
USB:





iPod:








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Modified by M3Tech at 7:34 AM 8-13-2008
 

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Re: Review: USA RNS-510 (M3Tech)

I am not a lawyer so I am ok with unless I sue you for the RNS-510
J/K
Nice Setup...! I want one so bad, but I need to find out if my BT unit that I got from VrStu is compatible with this unit. So the unit comes with HD radio & SAT radio built in. So this means I could sell the stock SAT unit.



Modified by mdonis at 8:49 PM 1-22-2008
 

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Re: Review: USA RNS-510 (carlosabh)

Wow, HD radio too...nice.
So am I correct in saying the Sirius tuner is built into the unit? Thus, it no longer needs the separate tuner box under the pass. seat and just an antenna?
Interesting. I wonder how this would affect those of us who already have Sirius installed, I want to keep my shark fin.
 

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Very nice http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
What about XM satellite radio? Would it work with this unit or is Sirius the only one that's available? As far as the Bluetooth goes, do you have to operate it with the buttons on the steering wheel or can it be operated with the touchscreen? I have pacakage 1 so no buttons on the wheel.
Thanks for your work
 

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Re: Review: USA RNS-510 (silverA4quattro)

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Wow that's awesome! OEM Sirius worked out of the box?

Yes... the welcome channel is tuned immediately. To activate the service, press the Set Up button, select Sirius ID and the ESN's of the audio and traffic services of Sirius show up, including the telephone number to call.
Quote, originally posted by mdonis »
I am not a lawyer so I am ok with unless I sue you for the RNS-510
J/K
Nice Setup...! I want one so bad, but I need to find out if my BT unit that I got from VrStu is compatible with this unit. So the unit comes with HD radio & SAT radio built in. So this means I could sell the stock SAT unit.


Damn...

Stu should tell you if that unit is or not compatible; that was something that I made sure before ordering because of reported issues in Europe with certain P/N of the "Premium Bluetooth" option.


Quote, originally posted by NoDubJustYet »
so the OEM Sat antenna works?? Is there an additional antenna for the HD?
is your iPod adaptor the one in the glovebox or center console?

I'm using an OEM BMW Sirius antenna with this unit. Most probably you will need an OEM VW Sirius antenna or at least the cable, as the locking plastic cap of my antenna is does not match this unit jack. I have to go ghetto on this sucker and use electrical tape to hold the connection until I get the right plastic locking cap. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
HD radio uses the same FM diversity antenna; switching to HD Radio is automatic although you could disable it in the Set Up menu.
The OEM iPod adapter is the one in the glovebox. Either one works because they are the same module with just different iPod mount.

Quote, originally posted by silverA4quattro »
Wow, HD radio too...nice.
So am I correct in saying the Sirius tuner is built into the unit? Thus, it no longer needs the separate tuner box under the pass. seat and just an antenna?
Interesting. I wonder how this would affect those of us who already have Sirius installed, I want to keep my shark fin.

Yes... just need to run a new cable from the existing Sirius OEM mounted antenna to this unit, and that's it. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Quote, originally posted by hamilton318 »
Very nice http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
What about XM satellite radio? Would it work with this unit or is Sirius the only one that's available? As far as the Bluetooth goes, do you have to operate it with the buttons on the steering wheel or can it be operated with the touchscreen? I have pacakage 1 so no buttons on the wheel.
Thanks for your work

Only Sirius; I think that VWUSA doesn't have a contract with XM anymore...
OEM Bluetooth now can be controlled from either the MFSW or the -510. Display is on both the -510 and the MFD. Voice Commands seems to be only activated from the MFSW; haven't fully tested it yet for sure. Mute button on MFSW activates the Voice Commands; Mute button on the -510 goes straight to the Phone screen; full keypad is shown also.
Up to 6 direct dialing entries can be programmed in the -510. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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off topic question, but where did you get that chrome trim and ring of light around your climate controls? looks good!

On eBay... I don't remember the seller right now, though.
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I see that the sd input shows track info....what about ipod connection? any track info in this mode?

The OEM iPod adapter is not capable of displaying ID3 tags, it just mimics a CD Changer. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Re: Review: USA RNS-510 (M3Tech)

Quote, originally posted by M3Tech »

I'm using an OEM BMW Sirius antenna with this unit. Most probably you will need an OEM VW Sirius antenna or at least the cable, as the locking plastic cap of my antenna is does not match this unit jack. I have to go ghetto on this sucker and use electrical tape to hold the connection until I get the right plastic locking cap. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif

So if we already have Sirius in the car we just need to run the antenna from under the seat (where the Sirius module is) to the back of the -510? easy enough... i think?
 

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So if we already have Sirius in the car we just need to run the antenna from under the seat (where the Sirius module is) to the back of the -510? easy enough... i think?

Yes, just like that although I think that you will need an extension cable... just make sure that while you are sliding this unit back into the dash the Sirius antenna connection have enough clearance in the back. It is very tight back there and if there's anything in the way (the OEM harness for example) you could easily break the unit connector... it already happened in a Passat B6.
 

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Interesting.....

...but not funny....

It'll be interesting to see how the nav unit works one the maps are available or somebody hacks the existing maps to comply with whatever new format this unit wants to see.
It looks quite promising.
The install still seems a bit daunting though - not so much the nav unit itself, but the BT module and associated wiring...
 
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