Excellent. Does your MFD still work with it? Everything is in english? What do the arrow buttons do? My GTI does have the dual antenna plugs so that should plug right in.
If you have a dual antenna in your vehicle already, the FM should even work right off the bat.
Here's a pic of mine in place, and working fine! This unit doesn't have SAT, which is why the buttons are in different places, but mine came directly from VW Shanghai and is out of a 2012 VW Tiguan.
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When I hooked up the system initally, it was all in Chinese, but a press of the Setup button gets you to the Language menu (which is written in chinese and english thankfully) and you can change it from there.
The arrow buttons are just the same as the small ones in the top left of the US unit. They just advance CD/MP3 tracks. They are just larger than the US version.
As I said, it's a 2010 Jetta Limited Edition, one model up from the base S model.
Gotcha. That stinks I would have thought with the display it would do more. I dont know much of anything about the Jettas other than they are made in mexico so I wouldnt have known either way.
Thanks for the info though otherwise. At least I know I can go ahead and get the cheaper one on ebay and go for that. It doesn't make sense for me to spend the extra cash on features I wont be using.
I also picked-up one of the Chinese RCD-510 units for my 2006 Rabbit. Aside from the antenna connections looking different the rest seems almost identical (pinouts). That being the case, I have a "silly" question - why would I need to upgrade the "F" gateway on my Rabbit?
The premium 7 unit in my Rabbit is AM/FM/CD/MP3 only - no satellite, no bluetooth, no GPS.
The Chinese RDC-510 is AM/FM/CD/MP3/SD - no satellite, no bluetooth, no GPS.
If the pinouts appear the same, and I buy the correct adaptor for the antenna connections, then why would I need to update the gateway?
I've read thru the entire forum and understand if folks are gonna upgrade to GPS or satellite or rearview camera (or whatever else) that they might need the new gateway. But if the capabilities of the new unit are the same as the previous would a gateway upgrade be needed? What would cause me to have the battery drain if the pinouts are the same?
I'm sure there's a simple answer and I'm just being stupid, but I guess I want to make sure before I start tearing things apart (or before I spend the cash on a new gateway and coding).
There is a parasitic drain issue on the battery with 'older' model Jetta's and the RCD510. Basically it draws a small amount of current all the time, and then over time, it drains the battery. With an updated CANBUS, it eliminates that issue.
It's not the connections that are the issue, it's how it will drain the battery when it's plugged in that's the issue.
The reason you need it is not features. The F gateway, or CAN BUS gateway is the main controller or server that runs the CAN network in your car. Your car is networked over two wires to all the modules just like an ethernet network in your home or office. An older version of the software wont talk to the new radio correctly since it has newer software and will keep part of it powered on even though it appears physically powered off and will drain your battery. As some have mentioned, they have been able to install the units with the older model CAN gateways and have seen no problems. Its one of them your mileage may vary situations... Plug the unit in leave it over night if your batt is dead in the AM then you need to have the software upgraded or replace the unit. If all works well then your good to go!
Have you checked to see what version your Can gateway you have now is? It should be located directly above your gas pedal. Its a small black box clipped to the plastic and its simple to remove. If you want to save the cost of buying a new one you can try and see if your dealer will update the software for you. Some have said they have had success with getting the dealer to do it, some have not. But it is something they are capable of doing.
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the OP for creating this thread! I used it to install my RCD-510 in my 2008 R32 and it was a HUGE help! I managed to get it installed without any problems or hiccups and didn't break anything along the way, which was a big plus for me!
So, thank you SOOO much for this thread and I really appreciate all your effort documenting the process step-by-step with pics!
Sorry I'm just now seeing this! Yes I used the 7L6 051 051 antenna adapter which I ordered from the dealer. That's the part # I ordered.
I also got the satellite radio extension cable off eBay because I wanted to retain the use of my Sirius radio features (although I waited until after I installed the RCD-510 to activate it).
Need a little help. I bought a RCD-510 yesterday from my local dealer that was pulled from a 2012 GTI for an RNS unit. I have it installed in my car and it works perfectly however I still need to get the Sirius extension cable. The 2 links provided in the original post list OEM+ and MFD3 as sources for the cable but both are out of stock.
Am I stuck getting the OEM cables from the dealer? If so do I need both cables as listed below? Dealer lists them at $30 each....ouch!
You can also buy the OEM 2.5m F-F extension, and the .3m M-M adapter.
The part numbers are 000098653 (2.5m extension) and 000098692 (.3m adapter).
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I have a 2006 GLI as well ( Red MFD) and an RCD 510 on the way soon... Which bluetooth module should I buy for music streaming A2DP? I've been reading a lot of different things, but very few where someone has actually done it on an MKV.
Did you ever achieve this?
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Hi, I had just posted a request for informaion about this upgrade. I have a 2009 Jetta GLI which has the VW Premium 7 radio Model # 1K0 035 180L. The steering wheel has the control button too. Do you have an idea what I can expect in the swap? Please, advise? Thank you.
I've got the half MDF (I think) Red text that shows time, temp, and odometer only. I have the premium VI setup I belive, MP3, AM/FM, 6-Disc Changer, SAT, and AUX. When upgrading the radio to the RCD-510 I have to change the radio (of course) but do I have to change anything else? I've seen people talking about the CAN version but with having a 2009 I think i've got the newer version. I do not know the actual version of it and I don't know where the CAN is to check. Also do I have to do anything with the MDF. I'm also going to be eventually installing bluetooth into my car if anyone has info on doing that aswell I would be greatly appriciated. I do not have any controls on the steering wheel or the bluetooth in the headliner. Thanks
Installed mine last weekend. Still waiting on the SAT and AM/FM adapters. All was going well until I went to swap the AUX pins. All three SAT pins came out fine along with the ground and left channel pins, right channel broke inside the connector. So now I get to have the dealer locate the correct repair wire and fix it...
My other other car has 2,000HP per axle.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with bluetooth stuff, but other than that the installation of the unit so you can use it just involves checking and possibly replacing the CAN module, which since your a 2009 I dont think you will need. You may need to buy a Y adapter for your antenna so the radio works and thats about it. I would assume the bluetooth etc can always be added later but its not needed to get the unit to work.
My other other car has 2,000HP per axle.
Thanks for the very helpful walkthrough. It gave me more information than any other one out there. The only issue I had following it was the P/N for the AM/FM adapter didn't seem to match the one shown in the pictures, but I figured that out from a different site.
I haven't had any parasitic drain issues with my '07 GTI. Guess I got lucky without having to flash or replace the CANBUS. Hopefully this continues to not be an issue once I get the Bluetooth module in.
The issue that I'm having right now is getting the Bluetooth module hooked up and running. I initially ordered an adapter harness from Germany, but after waiting 3 weeks for delivery, it turned out that I was sent the wrong one and I had to wait another 3 weeks for the replacement (and no refund on the return shipping costs ). Now I still need to hunt down a microphone... And hope that I don't need VAG-COM to program it...
I just finished the swap. Pulled the Premium-7 from my '07 GTI and installed the RCD-510.
It went flawlessly. All functions incl. Sirius work as expected. I did not do an Aux input and don't use the MDI.
I have a 'K' gateway and did not change it out. I'll keep an eye on the battery and see if I fall prey to the battery drain problem.
After 24 hours and an over night sit everything seems OK. No noticeable drain on the battery, but I think a longer time will be needed to confirm.
Note of interest; this Ross-Tech link
talks about the CAN Gateway battery drain issue with the RNS-510. It lists compatable Gateways and the Software version (software being a key variable). I have SW version 0020 on a 'K' Gateway which according to Ross-Tech would be OK with the RNS so I am hoping (fingers crossed) that it applies to the RCD.
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No battery drain for me as of yet.... (I have an '06 GTI).
I also broke one of the wires when attempting to swap the pins to get my AUX working. Will try doing this on the Bluetooth adapter harness instead.
Speaking of, does anyone have a wiring diagram for the Bluetooth module? I'd love to look at it so I could make sure nothing else is wired wrong next time I get in there.
To this point it fires right up every morning, and it's been sitting in my unheated sub zero garrage to boot.
Keeping my fingers crossed, but maybe my gateway is 'OK'.