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    Thread: HOW TO: Passat B7 Rear View Camera Install

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      04-07-2012 05:16 PM #51
      How much was total cost of this project. I mean parts, cold you pleas make a price list for all parts? Thanks

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      04-11-2012 07:00 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbonium20V View Post
      Thanks, I will check that for sure and I need to order a VAG COM because asking for help is getting frustrating. Any recommendations for working on late model VWs only, including the Passat TDI? Micro-CAN?
      Did you guys think of one of this. Universal rear camera which selling on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Rear-Vie...ht_4170wt_1396



      Will it work with or not?
      Last edited by eugenesulyma; 04-11-2012 at 07:09 PM.
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      04-16-2012 06:33 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by mreuro View Post
      Yes you can.... Thats what I did..... I didnt run any wires to CECM at all... just tapped to the lights in the trunk lid and my battery is in the trunk so that was it.
      Mreuro..... any chance you can take pics of the trunk wiring. Shouldn't be too hard to pop that trunk cover off and snap away a few. Custom male connector too, or just pinned directly into the female connector that was part of the camera/handle piece.?

      Also... anyone clip the plastic hanging off the wires into the trunk lid.... looks like there is reach and a circle groove in the trunk for it off the camera/handle end. Will take pics of what I am talking about when I can.

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      04-16-2012 06:37 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by mreuro View Post
      works like a charm.....

      The power wire harness.... well I made one on my own....
      The ground and reverse light signal I just tapped in to the light right there on the trunk lid and my battery is in the trunk so i just ran a wire to that and added a fuse.....

      DONE!!!
      Pics of your wire harness / method of connecting to the light and battery.

      Thanks in advance!

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      04-24-2012 07:16 PM #55
      Well hello video feed. Easy install!




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      04-24-2012 07:33 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      Well hello video feed. Easy install!

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      Congrats!
      Well, now you've committed the same crime as the other folks You're on deck to post photos of your implementation

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      04-24-2012 07:47 PM #57
      lookin' good!

      one question though... did you sneeze in the middle of doing a line of coke? what's all over your nav?

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      04-24-2012 08:01 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by ArgyleVR6 View Post
      lookin' good!

      one question though... did you sneeze in the middle of doing a line of coke? what's all over your nav?
      Haha... My interior is dusty... Haven't cleaned the inside since Nov! Fuzzy dust bunnies!

      On Edit: I just looked at this pic via computer instead of phone..... Yuk... That closeup pic does make it look like a bad dust storm! Guess I should ride with the windows and sunroof close more! And get it detailed more often!
      Last edited by pbafire; 04-25-2012 at 01:49 AM.

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      04-24-2012 08:03 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by writeb View Post
      Congrats!
      Well, now you've committed the same crime as the other folks You're on deck to post photos of your implementation
      Photos??? All my trim is put back! Pretty much same as OP pics.
      Last edited by pbafire; 04-24-2012 at 09:56 PM.

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      04-24-2012 08:36 PM #60
      Some more with clean(er) screen. I actually had more room... Need to get used to the angle/view. I am amazed how much it sees to the sides as well.



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      04-24-2012 09:45 PM #61
      Thanks for this post! I am considering a new Passat and want the RVC but didn't care for any of the other 2013 "SEL goodies" -- this saves me from having to go the expensive, factory way!

      Has anyone with a TDI (or other model without battery in trunk) been able to install without going through the CECM?

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      04-24-2012 09:55 PM #62
      One last pic.


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      04-25-2012 08:13 PM #63
      I just got my 2012 Passat SEL Premium this past weekend. I had a feeling they would add the rear view camera on the 2013's but couldnt wait. My 2004.5 Passat GLX was totaled out and I had no car so... I had limited time to get a new one. That's the ONLY thing this new car is missing IMO.

      Any ideas how much this will be to have the dealer install after the fact on the 2012 Passat's?

      They OP said $400 in parts for DIY but how many hours in labor as that is the main cost?

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      04-25-2012 08:30 PM #64
      For example alarm PDF floating around was 1.9hr. 120-150per hour labor... Well you can decide what you are willing to spend. And less wire running and trim work on the alarm PDF I saw than in this DIY. Don't know if the dealer would tackle this mod unless a kit was put together from vw.... And there could be down the road with the add to MY13, but it may be the highline camera woth control unit.... Parts (and labor) are going to be more than the three parts used here. Another example....Their park dis kit... Labor again far outweighs the cost of the kit.

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      04-25-2012 08:33 PM #65
      And what's w/ 04's getting wrecked... Search my other posts here... My trade in was an 04. That the next person totaled (pics in that other thread.). Your profile says SoCal... Didn't move to Hawaii and forget to update your profile by chance.

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      04-27-2012 07:28 AM #66
      Mine was an 2004.5 GLX
      Candy White / Grey int
      Ive always lived in So. Cal never Hawaii
      Sad to see my GLX get totalled out.

      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      And what's w/ 04's getting wrecked... Search my other posts here... My trade in was an 04. That the next person totaled (pics in that other thread.). Your profile says SoCal... Didn't move to Hawaii and forget to update your profile by chance.

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      04-27-2012 12:17 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by salsaguy View Post
      I just got my 2012 Passat SEL Premium this past weekend. I had a feeling they would add the rear view camera on the 2013's but couldnt wait. My 2004.5 Passat GLX was totaled out and I had no car so... I had limited time to get a new one. That's the ONLY thing this new car is missing IMO.

      Any ideas how much this will be to have the dealer install after the fact on the 2012 Passat's?

      They OP said $400 in parts for DIY but how many hours in labor as that is the main cost?
      Unclear, no service dealer I've contacted is touching this based upon the OP instructions. I'm sure once VAG physically rolls out the 2013 series, they'll eventually start offering RVC as an installable option, but probably at a premium cost. Some other guys have had work done at the dealer, maybe they can comment on what they estimate the number of hours this would entail at a service dealer. It won't be cheap, I'm sure.

      At this time, this appears to be a DIY only project. I couldn't even get indy's to reply to inquiries on doing this.

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      05-05-2012 05:46 PM #68
      I'm right now debating between buying a 2012 TDi now or waiting until the 2013's come out because the RVC is the only thing that is missing on the 2012 TDI SEL Premium.

      Installing the RVC myself is not an option... any feedback on where I could go (or even what kind of place I'd inquire) to have this done?

      Lastly, any thoughts on dealerships doing it once the 2013's come out?

      Thanks.
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      05-05-2012 07:09 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by JennyDriscoll View Post
      I'm right now debating between buying a 2012 TDi now or waiting until the 2013's come out because the RVC is the only thing that is missing on the 2012 TDI SEL Premium.

      Installing the RVC myself is not an option... any feedback on where I could go (or even what kind of place I'd inquire) to have this done?

      Lastly, any thoughts on dealerships doing it once the 2013's come out?

      Thanks.
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      Dealerships will prob do it... If Vw come out with a kit not based on this DIY. It will prob be the highline w control module.... Parts + labor will far exceed this DIY or just getting it via a 2013 vs retro to a 2012. The labor cost is what will do ya in.

      Other shops.... Might tackle this DIY more so than a dealer... Just make sure they are an vw/Audi specialist shop. I know in HI there is a non dealer called wrench works that is very familiar with VW and electrical.

      Your call... Keep us posted!

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      05-08-2012 07:52 AM #70
      Hey Guys-

      I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on this mod and I had a few questions for those of you that have done it.

      -Where does the non CECM end of Maloosheck harness plug into? The camera cable? the camera itself? The nav unit? Is it just a power and switched power cable? It seems that if the CECM is so hard to get to, you could run a fused power wire and tap into the reverse light line for the switch.

      -Does anyone know if the part number of the new 2013 SEL back up camera is the same as the Jetta one mentioned in this mod? I'm wondering if it's a "new and improved" version.

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      05-17-2012 01:29 PM #71
      Hey, so dig this. Oemplus has posted that they're offering complete OEM kits for install.

      The kicker is, they're advertising way more RNS-510 features with their install (e.g. moving lines when turning the wheel, parallel parking mode versus driving backwards mode, dedicated button for invoking outside of Reverse (i think...)), etc.

      They said that there is no additional or alternative hardware needed for this, so I'm hopeful that it's just another bit to be flipped in the computer. Do you guys have any thoughts?

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      05-17-2012 02:00 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by writeb View Post
      Hey, so dig this. Oemplus has posted that they're offering complete OEM kits for install.

      The kicker is, they're advertising way more RNS-510 features with their install (e.g. moving lines when turning the wheel, parallel parking mode versus driving backwards mode, dedicated button for invoking outside of Reverse (i think...)), etc.

      They said that there is no additional or alternative hardware needed for this, so I'm hopeful that it's just another bit to be flipped in the computer. Do you guys have any thoughts?
      Yeah, my thought is I'm getting one if I hear that the install is easier than the one in this thread. I just don't have time for that.

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      05-17-2012 02:23 PM #73
      To my knowledge the install with this packaged kit is just as hard if not harder. My question/kicker is whether or not there's some extra undocumented bits that need to be flipped in the VAG-COM to get these new features to appear in the RNS-510.

      The only task the OEMplus route simplifies is not having to buy a third-party wiring harness to power the camera. Otherwise, you still need to pull the radio and trim, turn off the battery, route cabling as a PITA, likely repin CECM, and pull the fuse box.

      There have been a few implementations outlined here that totally simplifies the process (e.g. tapping into reverse light power and battery in the trunk instead of dealing with fusebox/CECM drama).

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      05-18-2012 05:45 PM #74
      you do not need to find a power source because the harness pulls power from the plug on the back of the Nav unit. But, yes, you still need to change computer settings with a VAG tool.

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      05-18-2012 06:32 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDriver View Post
      you do not need to find a power source because the harness pulls power from the plug on the back of the Nav unit. But, yes, you still need to change computer settings with a VAG tool.
      Very interesting! So a key piece in this ensemble is the wiring harness? Gotta admit getting power from the back of the Nav unit makes this project much easier. Not sure $380 easier though, versus figuring out how to get power via updated harness (or getting the new harness itself).

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