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      03-20-2012 05:58 AM #1
      I've decided to install the Bosch Park Pilot in the rear of my Passat myself. After doing some research
      I found these to be highly recommended and that many car manufactures use them also. As you can see from the video it's not difficult. With the exception of removing the rear bumper cover it should be easy (I hope).
      I've done my homework and I will post how it goes once I get the time to install them (maybe this weekend).

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xywxk...feature=relmfu
      Last edited by tonymey; 03-27-2012 at 01:58 PM.

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      03-20-2012 08:00 AM #2
      That looks pretty straight forward. Good luck.

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      03-20-2012 10:56 AM #3
      That's awesome! Please do a step by step DIY

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      03-20-2012 12:59 PM #5
      Bosch usually makes pretty reputable stuff. I would be interested in this upgrade so please report function once completed.

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      03-20-2012 01:21 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by wood2012 View Post
      Bosch usually makes pretty reputable stuff. I would be interested in this upgrade so please report function once completed.
      Except coilpacks and fuel pumps!!!!

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      03-23-2012 09:04 AM #7
      I did little search on flebay and found tons of those sensors for about 15-50 bucks, they do same thing as factory stuff but cost waaaaaaay less and no need to rip into cars interior to run wires to the front, everything stays in the back. Only question is what is the quality of those cheap sensors?

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      03-23-2012 04:17 PM #8
      Where we can get that Bosch sensors kit?
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      03-27-2012 03:03 PM #9
      I completed the installation of the Bosch Park Pilot and I got to say I am proud of myself. It looks good and works great. With all materials I’m guessing I spent about $200 plus about 8 hours of work which should be cut in half now that I know how to do it. The local Bosch dealer wanted $500 just to install it, now you see why I took the chance which I enjoy doing. If you going to attempt this you should be handy around a car/tools/electrical, not afraid to punch a hole in your NEW car, and above all common sense. Although I did it myself, a second person would help. That said it really was not that difficult. I did exactly how the installation video and the instructions provided. The hardest thing was to figure out how to remove the plastic bumper and route the cable. Without anything to go by it took some trial and error but I figure it out. Overall I'm very happy with the outcome and looking forward to doing the front.
      If anyone is interested in doing this mod let me know and I will be happy to assist.










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      03-27-2012 03:41 PM #10
      Looks OEM! Great job! Is this a NA Passat in Germany?
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      03-28-2012 01:42 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubcos View Post
      Looks OEM! Great job! Is this a NA Passat in Germany?
      Yes it is an NA Passat in Germany.....

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      03-28-2012 10:47 AM #12
      Looks good.
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      05-15-2012 04:13 AM #13
      Raises hand. I'm interested in doing this!
      First point of reference, what was your source for the BOSCH unit? Cheapest I found here in the states was $260 minimum on Ebay. Also, where did you end up storing the box module in the car?

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      05-15-2012 09:03 AM #14
      Being station here in Germany I purchase mine from here http://www.amazon.de/Bosch-026300956...ef=pd_sxp_f_pt. Prices vary, the price listed here are in Euro, but you may be able to find them elsewhere. There are many other cheap brands out there but I thought I get them from a “Name Brand”. The module box is easily stored on the bracket behind the carpet. As I mention above, if you know your way around a car and tools it is very easy to install. Let me know if you need more info as I have pics and the know-how of removing the rear bumper.
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      05-15-2012 02:24 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by tonymey View Post
      Being station here in Germany I purchase mine from here http://www.amazon.de/Bosch-026300956...ef=pd_sxp_f_pt. Prices vary, the price listed here are in Euro, but you may be able to find them elsewhere. There are many other cheap brands out there but I thought I get them from a “Name Brand”. The module box is easily stored on the bracket behind the carpet. As I mention above, if you know your way around a car and tools it is very easy to install. Let me know if you need more info as I have pics and the know-how of removing the rear bumper.
      Nice, I'm in for one! Ordered right through the amazon.de site too, shipping here to California for still less than $200.

      What size hole saw did you use, 26mm?

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      05-15-2012 03:24 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by writeb View Post
      Nice, I'm in for one! Ordered right through the amazon.de site too, shipping here to California for still less than $200.

      What size hole saw did you use, 26mm?
      You need the 26mm and 35mm hole saw, DO NOT guess this, get the exact ones otherwise your hole may be too big or too small. The 35mm hole saw should have the ability to remove the drill bit once you got the hole started in the headliner, you don’t want to drill thru the roof. To remove the bumper all you need are two torx wrenches, that is it.

      Measuring where the holes will go is very important ,, once you think you got it right go out and take a break and come back and check it again. Drilling the hole wrong will not be pretty.
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      05-16-2012 11:26 AM #17
      I just done it to my SE without bumpers removal. I have install sensors into front and rear bumper. I got sensors for $36(front and rear). So far works as charm. The full description with pictures here http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...arking-sensors

      or here http://allcontravel.blogspot.com/201...all-front.html
      Last edited by eugenesulyma; 05-16-2012 at 11:33 AM.
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      05-16-2012 01:57 PM #18
      This is a good write up for your particular sensor and you did a great job installing them. I wish I has something to go by when I started mine.
      That said, not all sensors are created the same and have different ways of being install. This thread was for the Bosch Pilot System which is in a different class than the one you installed. I had a set similar to the one you show on a different car and was not happy with them. This is why I went with the Bosch. In my opinion Bosch is a way better sensor set, from the cabling to the nice integrated LED/Alert box that looks much more OEM. Installing the Bosch system requires the removal of the bumper (which by the way seems easier to do) as shown in the video because of the way the sensor is connected to the bumper. Bottom line, there are cheaper Sensors out there but just like anything else, you get what you paid for.. Hope they work out for you..

      Good job!!
      Last edited by tonymey; 05-16-2012 at 02:08 PM.
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      05-16-2012 03:20 PM #19
      Hey Tonymey,

      Where did you go for your paint source? Did you use spray paint or get creative with a touch-up pen? It looks ridiculously stock in the bumper, I'm still impressed.

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      05-17-2012 01:31 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by writeb View Post
      Hey Tonymey,

      Where did you go for your paint source? Did you use spray paint or get creative with a touch-up pen? It looks ridiculously stock in the bumper, I'm still impressed.
      I got an exact can of spray panit for the local German Auto Shop, you may be able to find some at the VW Dealer. I first spray them with a Plastic Primer and then coated them with the White paint. Do this the day before so they dry nicely. Or better yet take them to a local paint shop and let them do it. Good luck..
      Last edited by tonymey; 05-17-2012 at 01:36 AM.
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      05-18-2012 01:22 PM #21
      Tonymey,

      I just ordered the same kit from Amazon.de. Thanks for the reference. With the conversion and shipping, it is still much cheaper to get it directly from Germany. I may end up asking you questions when I get started on the install.

      I spend about a month or two per year in Munich for work and it is kinda crazy when you see American cars over there. I have yet to see a Corvette or a NA Passat. How did you get those over there? I did see a newer camaro convertible last fall (around Oktoberfest time) and I thought to myself that guy must have paid a fortune to get that car over there.

      Thanks,

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      05-18-2012 02:09 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by cfo20 View Post
      Tonymey,

      I just ordered the same kit from Amazon.de. Thanks for the reference. With the conversion and shipping, it is still much cheaper to get it directly from Germany. I may end up asking you questions when I get started on the install.

      I spend about a month or two per year in Munich for work and it is kinda crazy when you see American cars over there. I have yet to see a Corvette or a NA Passat. How did you get those over there? I did see a newer camaro convertible last fall (around Oktoberfest time) and I thought to myself that guy must have paid a fortune to get that car over there.

      Thanks,

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      05-27-2012 03:47 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by tonymey View Post
      Measuring where the holes will go is very important ,, once you think you got it right go out and take a break and come back and check it again. Drilling the hole wrong will not be pretty.
      How much, if any, guidance does the instructions give you for sensor placement? How long is the wire to the display? What is the depth of the display? Now that you have had the system for a little while, how is it working for you?

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      05-28-2012 02:31 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by ixlr08 View Post
      How much, if any, guidance does the instructions give you for sensor placement? How long is the wire to the display? What is the depth of the display? Now that you have had the system for a little while, how is it working for you?

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      The instruction gives you general guidance as this is a universal system for all cars. That said I took that information and looks at other systems and several DIY videos out there and came up with my measurements’. Also living in Germany I get to see the Euro Version Passat all the time so I looked at how they got it set up by the factory. (I will post my numbers soon on this site).
      The wire is plenty long for where I placed my LED/Sound indicator (on the center/rear of the headliner). The depth of the display I believe is not more that 3/4 of an inch, no problem for the headliner.
      The system is a no-brainer; it works great in all situations. As soon as I place it in reverse you hear a short beep that tells you your Park Pilot is active and from your rear view mirror you see the LED going from yellow to red and also you hear the Beeps increasing as you get nearer to the object. To me this is was/is a good investment and a must have. Here in Germany you do a lot of parallel parking in many tight spot. This is a big help and I keep wondering why VW would not offer ANY type of sensor or camera on the Passat.
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      05-28-2012 03:47 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by tonymey View Post
      Also living in Germany I get to see the Euro Version Passat all the time so I looked at how they got it set up by the factory. (I will post my numbers soon on this site).
      Yes, I'm definitely referencing your pictures for my future install Please do post the numbers, it will be quite handy. Question:
      Did you drill the bumper while mounted, or did you take it off to drill it?

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