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I am trying to buy a new 2010 TDI Sedan or wagon with the RNS 510 NAV installed. Can not find a new one in Florida.
If I buy a 2010 TDI with the Premium VIII sound system, can I remove the radio and install a RNS 510? My dealership tells me that it has to be factory installed. Sorry if this has been already answered - I'm new to this site.
 

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Technically, the RNS 510 has to be factory installed because of the wiring harness's GPS antenna.

But the real answer is you can easily retrofit it. You just have to add the GPS antenna. This is actually quite easy. The grille in the center of the dashboard comes off. Just tape it in the air vent area and the wire goes straight down to the back of the RNS 510. The rest of the plugs are plug-play since you have the premium8. For the searchers and lurkers, if you had the premium7 you have to add an antenna adapter and might need to change the aux-in pins. You do need to use Ross tech VCDS to tell the car's computer that the navigation is installed and to disable the existing compass module so that the car doesn't see 2 compasses.

The wagon has a different dashboard but you can really stick the antenna anywhere which can see the sky. There have been plenty of retrofits into the mk5 style dashboard but I haven't seen a retrofit into the mk6 style dashboard.

Feel free to check out the forum sponsor MFD3.com for the parts. Right now the market price for the stock premium 8 radio is about $400 so that will also help offset the price. And if you document the installation with step by step pictures it will also qualify for an entry into the writeup contest sponsored by Kermatdi.com. If you win the prize is a $50 certificate. Just throwing out some ideas :), hope this helps!
 

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Thank You CCBB - What is easy depends!

Thank You. If I can find the right 2010 (scared of the 2011 sedans) I may give the retro-fit a try.
The last time I did something like this (Motorola Bluetooth phone kit). I knocked the fuel pump fuse out and of course the car ran for something like 75 miles before coasting to a stop in the middle of nowhere in the dark! So, easy for you - drama for me!
 

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Thank You. If I can find the right 2010 (scared of the 2011 sedans) I may give the retro-fit a try.
The last time I did something like this (Motorola Bluetooth phone kit). I knocked the fuel pump fuse out and of course the car ran for something like 75 miles before coasting to a stop in the middle of nowhere in the dark! So, easy for you - drama for me!
There are some much cheaper handheld GPS systems but OEM is integrated into the car and you don't have to hide it every time you park the car. It looks much cleaner too.
 

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Handheld systems can be switched from car to car, including rental cars when traveling. Ours was invaluable on a trip to Germany in September.

And they cost around 10% of the built in systems. If you keep your car five years or so, the built in system will be totally obsolete. Who knows what sort of improvements will be coming down the line. A handheld can be replaced for another 10%.
 

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You may want to check out AudiForum.us for information on retrofitting the RNS 510 to your VW. The site is geared more toward the Audi RNS-E, but a lot of the info there should carry over.
 

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It's easy. I added the rns510 to my 2010 JSW. Takes all of about 5 minutes, including ripping the dash open and opening up the ceiling to remove the stock compass module in the back by the hatch. You need to VCDS code the radio so NAV controls show up on the highline. Other than that it's plug and play. I'm somewhat local, msg me if you need help.
 

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It's easy. I added the rns510 to my 2010 JSW. Takes all of about 5 minutes, including ripping the dash open and opening up the ceiling to remove the stock compass module in the back by the hatch. You need to VCDS code the radio so NAV controls show up on the highline. Other than that it's plug and play. I'm somewhat local, msg me if you need help.
Hi Aseras - I'm Florida-based too. I have a 2011 JSW and just had a local dealer install an RNS 315 but they cautioned against opening up (or dropping) the ceiling to get at the compass. I do not have a sun roof -- maybe my compass is in a different location from yours. The dealer said it could look bad if they drop the ceiling and then can't get it back in place perfectly. So we left both compasses connected and it still seems to work fine.

My question is how did you open the ceiling to disconnect your compass without spoiling the clean look?

Thanks!
 

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It looks like a pretty decent unit. I see one for sale for about $1400 and one for $850. I would definitely not buy at $1400 but for $850 it does have plenty of features. If you buy it, please give a review.
 

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Hi Henry.

I was asking about the compass module a couple of days ago.

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f7/2010-jetta-tdi-hid-vag-com-codes-4892/

Happy New Year to all. ;)
Thanks for the link Keith. My question is really around the location of the compass module in the 2011 JSW without the sunroof and how to disable it for the RNS 315 installation without risking damaging the look of the ceiling in my non-sunroof car? The dealer is saying the cieling must be lowered to get atit and this could damage the clean look of the cieling. It is apparently more difficult than people are saying here.
I realize this is pretty specific. I'm guessing very few have done this yet.
 

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The link below is for the Myron & Davis NV7VWU1 Universal Navigation that will fit VW for $846.00 from bestbuydirectly.com through Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003ZDNYUM/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new
I cancelled my order for the Myron & Davis nv7vwu1 VW Universal Navigation $846.00 unit.
The seller charged my credit card and sent me an email to notify that the purchased was shipped.
Two days later I was notified that the unit was on back order and shipment would be two more weeks.
From that point my confidence in the shipper was nil and I asked Amazon to issue a refund.
I got an email from Amazon letting me know that the order has been cancelled and they have initiated a credit to my VISA card.
 

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Hi Aseras - I'm Florida-based too. I have a 2011 JSW and just had a local dealer install an RNS 315 but they cautioned against opening up (or dropping) the ceiling to get at the compass. I do not have a sun roof -- maybe my compass is in a different location from yours. The dealer said it could look bad if they drop the ceiling and then can't get it back in place perfectly. So we left both compasses connected and it still seems to work fine.

My question is how did you open the ceiling to disconnect your compass without spoiling the clean look?

Thanks!
you dont have to drop the whole ceiling, just pop the rear trim off and stick your hand inside. It wont mess the look up at all unless you do something completely catastrophic to it. Like take a crowbar to the trim.

The worst thing you'll deal with it popping those little metal clips back into their slot without bending them. Pull hard straight down and push them back in straight or they'll bend. It's easy really. No worries.
 
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