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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old November 7th, 2019, 05:41   #1
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Default Carplay Retrofit (RNS510 Replacement)?

I have a 2012 Passat w/ the RNS 510 system and the ONE THING that would be super useful to me is Apple Carplay. The dealerships tell me it isn't possible to do an upgrade b/c the car's entire body module/wiring harnesses would have to be changed out and it wouldn't be financially feasible.

Have any of you guys done the 'upgrade'/switch to a unit that fits in the RNS510 space prefectly and connects to the existing wiring? If so, where can I buy the unit, how much is it, and how long does the install take? Do you have any issues w/ the radio/Carplay now that it's installed?
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Old November 7th, 2019, 09:37   #2
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There are posts here already detailing how to do something like this. MIB2 I think it is called. Costs can range from $500 to about $2k from my reading depending on where and how you get your parts. It is a big expensive job. Not hard but very involved. Search a little and you should be able to find something. Start here:

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Old November 8th, 2019, 13:35   #3
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You can buy the RCD-330 from China. Aliexpress sells them for around $150. They look and feel stock, and come with Apple carplay or Android Auto. If I had a mk6, that's what I would have done.

Just do a search on it and do a bit of research first.
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Old November 8th, 2019, 22:43   #4
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I just installed an MIB2 in my Mk5. All in, with all the required odds and ends, was $550. But, I also did my own hot-air soldering and it took about two months to get all the parts together.

That being said. It's an awesome upgrade!!!
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