UPDATE 4/14 FOR SALE! I JUST TRADED MY 2012 GOLF R FOR A 2019, SO THIS UNIT IS AVAILABLE. HIT ME UP!
I haven’t gotten any sort of deal in exchange for posting, and likely Bill from EuroZoneTuning will be reading this at the same time as all of you! (Hi Bill!). It’s not my intention to promote any business, just sharing my experience (which was great, BTW). If you have anything to add to this DIY, please do so for the benefit of the community!
If you want 100% OEM, 100% integrated, 100% working, and you have the money, this is the best radio on the market for our cars. If you are feeling adventurous you can even get rid of your mdi aux rear console and replace it with the non cd rear version to the usb/aux cable over there there for a clean OEM look. Alternatively you can run the cable loose to the glovebox.
If you don’t care about integrated nav or dynaudio (or your car doesn't have them) , then for the price, the RCD330+ is a hard deal to beat (but be aware of all the little gremlins that come with it)
Got my mk6 r in april 2012 and i'm in love with it. The original plan was to get an mk7.5 in 2018, but with the mk8 coming in 2020 and the 2018's been stuck, i’m leaning towards keeping the car around for a couple more years.
Quite frankly, the radio unit was one of the things where VW cheapened out in the NAR models. No complains as we got a heck of a deal compared to our friends in Europe, but that small screen is one of those things that don't belong in our cars. That and the rear oem lights
At the time i considered the RNS510 retrofit but it felt too expensive and too much of a job given it also required an external bluetooth module. Little did i know what i would be getting into, but with time and the experience of doing a few mods in the car i’ve grown more comfortable of messing around with things.
In any case, late december I came across some post that talked about a radio sold in the chinese market that was oem, plug and play, had a large(r) capacitive touchscreen and carplay and for such a cheap price i just had to try it out. The radio looked gorgeous. It was like updating from a flipphone to an iphone (if you are more or less my age lol). But seeing what could be an amazing radio being plagued by little problems, made me start thinking about the mib2 pq retrofit. Afterall, i’m ’saving’ a lot by not buying the mk7.5, so might aswell drop some on a new radio and continue feeling in love with my mk6, right?
ENTER THE MIB2 PQ RETROFIT:
Individual parts required can be found with some internet searching… i do not know what type of magic is required if you buy the nav unit off the shelf, but read out there that you need some content protection and coding you must acquire from VW for radio and nav to work and quite frankly i don’t much trust on VW stealerships in the area , so just went ahead and bought EuroZoneTuning’s kit from https://eurozonetuning.com/products/...=6376363851804
1. You will need a new canbus module if you need to do any vagcom coding (and you might want to do some vagcom coding), so prepare $119 dollars. Part # 7N0907530BC. The unit i got from EuroZoneTuning looked OEM, but also looked like it had been used, and was made in china. Look, iphones are made in china, so nothing against it, but given its listed at same price as VW car part sites, i was expecting a new made in germany or czech republic perhaps.
2. Installing the canbus module is a 30 min job. In mk6r LHD cars, it’s located underneath the steering wheel, you will need to remove the 2 screws holding the feet air vent (careful to not damage the temp sensor when taking the vent out) and you’ll see it towards the left hand side if you are looking up from the floor. Take pics of your adaptation channels in VCDS before unplugging your old module, and configure the new module accordingly.
3 (Optional) Replace your rear center console and wire up the usb/aux connectors to it (budget 4 hours with breaks unless you are better than me). I thought if i was to go all in on the OEM look, i wanted to get get rid of the now useless mdi aux, and get the cleaner look of the non-cd rear console. If you are up for it, keep reading, otherwise your options are running the usb/aux cable to the glovebox and leave it hanging there, or buy center console button covers and try housing them in there. The connector won’t fit on the opening for the glovebox light (i thought i'd try since my former mk5 gti had the aux connection there but no dice). I didn’t try fitting them in the center console, so i don't know if that's an option. The USB aux is very long, so that might limit your options.
You’ll need to buy all these, which run for about $150. ECSTuning has kits, but i don’t think they include all the parts.
- Non CD rear console: 1K0-863-323-R-82V
- Non CD rear console: 1K0-863-323-R-82V
- Non-CD rear duct: 1K0-864-255-C (the C is very important)
- Insert: 1K0-863-328-B-82V
- Cap: 1K0868887D82V
The non CD rear console model comes with an aux opening, but is too small to house the mib2 aux ports. Dremel your way to a bigger opening until the new adapter fits snug
Then comes the fun part, replacing the rear console. I loosely followwed these tutorials for the mk5
I managed to be successful without removing the center and front console parts, but you’ll sweat some in the process. My mk6 is a two door, so the back and forth seat movement helped a ton when dealing with screws (specially one of them on the passenger side). I dunno how the 4 door situation will look like and if it might be necessary to take the seats out. In any case when in doubt, doublecheck you are not missing some obscure screw hidden somewhere. I missed the one at the top of the jalousette while the handbrake was all the way up covering it, so don’t make my mistake (and yes, i didn't know what a jalousette after the fact)
When you have the inner rear console out, test the fitting of your new cover part with the aux inserted in the hole you dremel’d. You might need to dremel a tiny bit on the inner console plastic for the aux panel to fit right in, but other than that you are done with poking holes in plastics.
While you have everything taken out, use a cable snake fish tape to bring the aux cables from the front and center console through the passenger side to the rear. You want to have enough slack on the cable for fitting once you start putting things togheter, but not too much as space is very much limited.
Putting everything back togheter was a lot easier than taking it out (45 min). That said, i kinda brute force the rear duct and jalousette into the center console. These are hard plastics you are dealing with and I personally felt more comfortable forcing the parts in that taking apart half of the car, but your mileage may vary Your best friend is pulling the handbrake hard to get more movement to get the console in and out, but after you are done with it you’ll want to tighten the cable before you put everything back togheter, or you handbrake will feel loose (Yes, that happened to me aswell). You’ll need a 10mm wrench for that.
4 Replace the radio: Get the radio trim out, unscrew the radio you have. My kit came with a harness adapter, but you might need to triple check the pins in the microphone adapter. Some pics i had found on the internet had the pins on the mib2 harness in a different location, and while the harness i got had them in the right place, it turned out they had to be swapped. I would’ve thought i would not need to get in the business of swapping pins around, but i guess at this point, i can deal pretty much with anything Connect the battery if you disconnected it, turn things on and marvel at your own success!
5 VCDS coding: In order to do any coding you’ll need 1 a new canbus module. Don’t freak out i you can’t talk to the radio on the usual navigation channel, the mib2 pq is on address 5F. As shipped the radio sounded (to me at least) a tiny bit on the flat side, with a peak volume relatively low. I did follow the instructions here http://www.vwwatercooled.com.au/foru...it-119974.html to replace the fender logo with the dynaudio one, and coding dynaudio settings.
ENJOY your new radio!
To my ears, the sound is now exactly as the car came from factory. Everything just works, integration with the mfi, steering wheel controls, navigation, voice, bluetooth, carplay… the software runs quite snappy too. Happy customer, would potato again!