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Upgrading 2nd generation headunits (RCD 300, RCD 500, MFD2) to 3rd generation headunits (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510)

Upgrading 2nd generation headunits (as fitted to the Golf Mark V and similar models MY05-MY09) to a 3rd generation headunit has a number of additional requirements depending on the year.

Tools required for the install include

Gateway Upgrade

If installing a RNS 510 with a software version more recent than 1200 or any other 3rd generation head unit the CAN Bus gateway needs to be revision L or greater. The gateway version can be identified by checking with VCDS or physically checking the gateway.

Details on the issue – Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue

Replacement of the gateway – CAN bus gateway removing, installing and upgrading – Volkswagen Golf

Aerial Upgrade

The 3rd generation head units require both aerial connections to share the same housing, the 2nd generation aerial connections are separate connections. Depending upon the year there are two options available ranging from AUD$10 to AUD$40 to resolve this problem.

Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510) aerial adapter

Remove the old head unit

Remove the dash vent (or tray on non Climatronic units) by following this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Dash Panel Centre Vents – Removal and Installation

Remove the trim around the head unit using this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Centre Dash Panel Trim – Removal and Installation

Remove the head unit by unscrewing the 4 screws and carefully sliding it out, watch out when the unit is released as it could drop and scratch the climatronic.

Release the cables from the rear of the headunit and put the headunit aside safely.

Install the GPS antenna

Installing GPS antenna inside dash in the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta

CD Changer and Aux In wiring change

CD changer ground

CD changer audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Auxiliary input ground

Auxiliary input audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Install the new head unit

Attach the cables to the rear of the head unit, slide the unit back in and secure with the 4 screws removed earlier.

Replace the trim around the head unit using this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Centre Dash Panel Trim – Removal and Installation

Replace the dash vent (or tray on non Climatronic units) by following this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Dash Panel Centre Vents – Removal and Installation

Code the RNS 510

TBC

If you have a factory amplifier you will need to change the units output.

Volkswagen RNS 510 coding when installing with a factory amplifier

18 comments to Upgrading 2nd generation headunits (RCD 300, RCD 500, MFD2) to 3rd generation headunits (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510)

  • Robert

    Do you already have the new firmware version 2800?

  • Craig

    Do I need to code a RCD-510 that has been installed into a MKV?

    I hve updated the Gateway, coded it and everything is working fine, except there are Radio errors rlating o the speakers…?

    • which tool did you use to recode the new can controller ? im not sure which to buy, they are cheap and expensive ones, ive already bought a new can controller…also whats the best way to disconnect car battery ? did you have problems when reconnecting ?

      thanks

      dave

  • Jimmy

    how about telephone pins when upgrading mfd2 to rns-510? i have premium telepack and now in rns-510 the phone button dont work..only mute

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    • fosto2

      well,I have experienced all of the above. now i just upgraded RNS51o version C to version F, everything is working, except that I lost all the interface with MFD and audio control on the right hand side of the steering wheel. The dealer said version F can’t be coded, or isn’t compatible with my 2008 Eos. any suggestions?

  • EBRAHIM

    hi a am driving a golf 6 gti 2012 and have changed the standard radio with the rns 510 touch screen navigation unit.the problem that i am having is getting the nav to work properly.also i do not have the nav aerial wich i think will sort my problems.were does the origingal aerial fit and what else do i need to get my bluetooth and phn working

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  • RainbowFire

    Hello!

    Skoda Octavia MKII owner looking for a bit of advice please.

    Replaced my Skoda Bolero with an RCD310DAB apparently from a 2012 Golf. (so the eBay seller says, came with code, after an upgrade)

    I’ve lost the CD Changer in the boot. According to the chart you have on here (in theory) it should be supported. The sticker on top on the unit show a lot of “not connected” on the connector though.

    Is this a coding problem? If so, what should I be looking for in VCDS?

    Is this going to stop an MDI install in any way?

    Cheers

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  • jim birnie

    hello can someone help me I have just bought a golf gti mk6 2009 it is fitted with a rcd510 unit I cant get my phone to work with it is there a upgrade firmware upgrade for this model I have phoned the dealer but all they said was there was no upgrade for my unit but they could sell me a satnav unit and there was a upgrade for that
    can you please advise me if this is right

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  • J400uk

    Myself and another member on http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/ have both installed the RNS 310 in 2006 GTIs and not encountered any battery drain problems. These cars do not have upgraded CAN gateways. It seems this particular head unit doesn’t suffer the same issues as the others.

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  • Jon D

    Hi
    I’m looking at replacing the standard head unit in a 58 Golf Match with a RCD 510. Can this be done with a straight swap or is there other factors to take into consideration?
    Also will this give me DAB radio and Iphone 5s connectivity and use through steering controls?
    Many MANY thanks for any advice!!!!

    Jon

  • golf v r32

    could somewone help me??
    ik have golf5 r32 2007 with rcd 500, steeringwheel buttons, Phone connection (bleutooth), shark antenne (without the long cable antenne that sticks out)…

    now my question: (i want to replace my rcd 500 with a rns 510 R version)

    i heard from somebody that if i had the Original shark antenne (without the cable/stick that sticks out of the shark antenne)
    that i don’t have to buy a gps reciever from FAKRA (because my shark antenne had already the GPS reciever)
    is that thrue???

  • Martin Petkov

    Hello there!
    I have successfully installed RNS 510 to my VW Passat 2006 year, all work fine expect OPS (Optical parking system) i have activated whit VCDS but doesn’t appear to display, can any one help where is my Problem?
    My Can Getaway is “3C0 907 530 C” do i need to do any update or replace ?
    RNS is updated to FW:5238 Version.
    Thank you in advance!
    Regards!

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