Special thanks to Brett (bhaney) for your help with this install!!
One week ago today we picked up the wife's 2012 VW Beetle Turbo, white launch edition. As we discussed the fact that the launch cars were essentially 'base' turbo models and decided what items we'd miss the most (versus ordering a full loaded car) the one thing my wife/I both agreed was the #1 item we would want was SAT radio, followed second by navigation.
Lucky for me, it took me just a few days to find someone with a used RNS-315 navigation system, which also included both SAT and GPS antennas. (thanks Vyach!) Our car has the 'shark fin' antenna, but as anyone will tell you, if your car didn't come with SAT radio or NAV, then you can pretty much rest assured you will NOT have those antennas.
Using THIS THREAD (thanks oempls) the install was a breeze. The only real issue was that the trim piece on the Beetle is completely different from the Mk5/Mk6 but beyond that it really was a breeze. Labor was maybe 30-minutes tops, and the coding/etc is basically the same as what you see in the thread noted. Obviously you may need to re-code your specific radio/nav based on the prior owner's vehicle setup, so for more info on that search these forums.
My only regret from the install process for you folks is that I totally forgot to take pics of the black trim ring when it was off the car to show the differences, so for that I'm sorry. But I will try to highlight the various spots within the photos attached. Enjoy, and if you have any questions let me know!
STEP #1 - REMOVE THE TRIM RING
The ring is already removed in this picture, but basically there are 6 main posts, and the "holes" they go into are shown. Each post is rather long (about 2+ inches) off the trim ring. I'll hope someone else takes a pic of the trim ring, but this is VERY similar to the other how-to so really, just take your time, go slow, and use a pry tool made for dash trim removal. *WARNING: Be careful as you pry near the vents, as to not damage the vents!*
STEP #2 - REMOVE VENTS
Believe it or not, I barely needed the pry tools here. One side I did just by friction and my hands. Basically you just carefully pull/slide out the vents. They come out just as this one big piece shown here. SUPER easy.. probably easiest step actually of the entire thing!
STEP #3 - REMOVE SCREWS
Four torx screws and the radio slides out.
STEP #4 - DISCONNECT RADIO
Disconnect the back connectors (see other threads for how to do that but basically pretty easy to remove the connector(s) on back of radio) and that is that!
STEP #5 - GPS ANTENNA (and SAT if you need)
If you already have SAT radio you won't need to add an antenna for that. If your car didn't come with SAT you need to add that if you want this feature to work. No matter what you need to add a GPS antenna for your navigation to work. There are also some cars that have conflicts with the compass, but my car didn't have that so no issues there (search for more help there). Pretty basic here, and you can install the antenna a variety of places. As you can see, I opted for the top of the dash and used holes shown. I was able to place that rubber mat back in place and affix the antennas using double-sided tape on my dash towards the glass.
FINAL STEPS - Reconnect things, reinstall radio, vents and then trim (in that order) and you're done! *CAREFUL when routing wires to avoid pinching them anywhere, etc. We played around with various routes and took our time to get the wires just as needed to provide optimal placement, etc!*
Please let me know if you folks have any questions. Realize I also forgot to show pics of my antenna taped down, so I''ll get around to that sooner or later!