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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old June 30th, 2018, 15:22   #1
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Default The Perfect Android Radio - Does it exist?

I've the crappy VW radio and said I'd upgrade to an RNS. After some research I decided I want more, specifically the Kenwood DNX518VDABS. Sell link below. Looks like a fantastic radio with all the features you'd want:

http://www.kenwood-electronics.co.uk...w/DNX518VDABS/

Apple Car Play
Bluetooth
Reverse Camera & Parking Sensors
Android Auto
Dashcam link etc. etc.

However, the 1k pricetag is HUGE!! Would love it and if it was 500 I probably would buy it. Is there a chinese model with pretty much the same capabilities of this radio?
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Old July 1st, 2018, 07:35   #2
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Just so you know There is a huge difference between android audio and a android radio. I put in a Pioneer NEX 4200 and while its great its packed with to many safety features that annoy me to death such as the fact that it wont play or mirror any videos unless the parking brake is set- totally kills the kid video feature! It also will not allow you to use google nav while listening to the FM tuner, works ok streaming pandora but not the FM tuner. Both android audio and car play take over the phone- so the passenger will have a real hard time using a phone that's plugged into the radio
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Old July 2nd, 2018, 04:57   #3
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I have limited experience with aftermarket radios, but I'm guessing soon as the UI is android, you can hack away root the thing and remove every friggin safety feature you'd want, it just may require searching on audio specific forums.
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Old July 2nd, 2018, 08:01   #4
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Just so you know There is a huge difference between android audio and a android radio. I put in a Pioneer NEX 4200 and while its great its packed with to many safety features that annoy me to death such as the fact that it wont play or mirror any videos unless the parking brake is set- totally kills the kid video feature! It also will not allow you to use google nav while listening to the FM tuner, works ok streaming pandora but not the FM tuner. Both android audio and car play take over the phone- so the passenger will have a real hard time using a phone that's plugged into the radio
You should research "parking brake bypass" that you can do on Pioneer's.
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Old July 2nd, 2018, 09:13   #5
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Is there a chinese model with pretty much the same capabilities of this radio?

I believe there is a Chinese VW radio called the RCD330 that is cheap and has Android auto build in. I think its supposed to be plug and play, but I don't know much about it. There is a long thread about it on golfmk6.com .
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I believe there is a Chinese VW radio called the RCD330 that is cheap and has Android auto build in. I think its supposed to be plug and play, but I don't know much about it. There is a long thread about it on golfmk6.com .
iirc, it's the opposite. It's CarPlay only, but there is a update to add Android Auto.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge_5Rpp1kg8
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I purchased the RCD330. Working really well so far. I also bought the reverse cam which I'm going to tackle tomorrow. I'll give an in-depth review in a number of weeks after plenty of use.
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I purchased the RCD330. Working really well so far. I also bought the reverse cam which I'm going to tackle tomorrow. I'll give an in-depth review in a number of weeks after plenty of use.
That's great! I could potentially make this update someday. I look forward to your review.
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You should research "parking brake bypass" that you can do on Pioneer's.
I did, doesn't work on the new 4200- the lower corner screen touch trick anyway
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I purchased the RCD330. Working really well so far. I also bought the reverse cam which I'm going to tackle tomorrow. I'll give an in-depth review in a number of weeks after plenty of use.
I had a RCD330 in my Mk5 Jetta and liked it. Mine only supposed MirrorLink, which my phone doesn't. I've been told phone conversation over the RNS-510 is better though, so I'm adapting to that piece of equipment. Hope you enjoy it and it serves your needs.
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