Go with the custom option. Document it, post it, and sell us the mirrors at discount pricing. Just my non biased advice.
J/k I do think that mirror looks very cool though.
So my R finally arrived about a week ago, absolutely love it. Like most of us I was disappointed when I heard my R would ship with a prism (old school) mirror. The thing is, I happen to be an engineer at Gentex, the company that makes the fancy auto dimming mirrors, some of which incorporate a rear camera display in the mirror. I'm toying with the idea of installing a rear view camera, but I can't decide if I want use the RNS-315 or a mirror that incorporates a 3.5" display in it for the camera.
Opinions? Either way I'll be installing an auto dimming mirror with homelink. It's just a matter of whether I want to take the easy route and use the RNS-315 or do a custom install to the mirror. My boss already suggested I take it to the prototyping lab to work with the guys on creating a set up so that won't be a problem.
More or less the type of RCD mirror I'm considering...
Let me know how it works...I live just up the road from you, so...hook a brother up
No really...I liked the camera in the mirror over the dash display...its more natural while backing up and you are checking your mirrors to look in the rear view rather than looking at the dash.
Let us know how the install goes.
If you want the custom mirror, then do your thing, and install whatever makes you happy. However, Consider the following:
You have a very nice ride, and there is something seamless about OEM installs. My mkvi TDI came with an RCD-510, but I installed an RNS-510 just so that I could use the OEM flip-out camera under the rear VW emblem (and the nav directions on the MFD are nice to have while too!). No drilling into the rear bumper or through the under carriage. I just think that it would be a shame to cut holes into your brand new $35,000 car, that's all.
Just my two cent. : D
Last edited by NY TDI; 04-11-2012 at 11:26 AM.
I prefer the auto dimming mirror from an Audi for a nice OEM look. I purchased an OEM garage door switch and wired to my remote so I don't need home link. But I know you're biased to the Gentex, they are good products, just not OEM VW
APR Stage 1 - Carbonio CAI - OEM LED Tails w/ Fog - OEM Blind Spot Mirrors - OEM Door Warning Lights - OEM Brushed Aluminum Rear Hatch Protector - OEM Rear & Hatch Sun Shades - OEM Rear Cargo Organizer - OEM Brushed Aluminum Glove Box Handle - 3M Clear Bra - Black Side Markers - A4 Auto-Dimming Mirror - R Seat Handle Inserts - R Valve Stem Caps - R Rear Door Sills - Garage Door Opener Button - Lighted Button Covers
To the OP, since you are going to prototype a mirror, there are two things about my Gentex that bothered me-- that would probably be easy fixes for you. I would like to see availability of the OEM VAG mirror mount, instead of using an adapter or removing and replacing the windshield button. And, on those same mirrors, the light for power should probably be red, while Homelink lights up green. To better match the interior lighting.
I just purchased a 2011 JSW TDI and would like to install the GENK3345S in my vehicle. My previous vehicle ('07 Honda CRV EX-L w/Navigation) had a rear camera display that was featured in the navigation screen; I also paid for the dealer to install OEM backup sensors in the vehicle as well. I've grown accustomed to having these features and would really like to find a reasonable solution for my JSW.
Did your installation work properly? Any difficulty in the process? Did you install the system yourself or did you hire someone?
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your reply.