Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3980 / 3984 / 3986 / 3988

Version 3980/3984/3986/3988 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released.

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control)
  • NEW hold down the setup button for 30 seconds and get the following menus: FM, AM and the new VERSION INFO (map version and type, hw and sw versions)
  • NEW Compass
  • NEW POI- see Volkswagen RNS 510 Maps POI – New Features with firmware 3xxx
  • NEW Languages – Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Polish
  • Speed Limit Display
  • Stability Improvements
  • Faster Startup (this has been improved on 2720)
  • Display OPS and RVC at the same time
  • SDHC 32 GB Support (HW04 and above)
  • Display Off on extras tab
  • Climatronic control if approriate climatronic fitted
  • Clock display if RNS 510 swtiched off
  • Excluded roads (under route options)
  • GPS coordinates entry
  • Additional adjustments for video
  • Larger RVC screen with transparent menus at the side

Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%)

  • All D and later versions.
  • 1T0 035 680 C (1T0035680 C) from software version 1000, 800, 900, 1100 , 2660 and 2700 to version 3810.
  • 3T0 035 680 A (3T0035680A) to version 2704.
  • 7F0 035 680 (7F0035680) to version 2700.
  • 7E0 035 680 (7E0035680) to version 2700.
  • Revision A, B and C units can be upgraded however there are issues.

Revision A, B and C revision units

These units will become SW revision D after the upgrade however when coding the unit using VCDS you will receive the error
“Coding Rejected, Error 31: Request Out of Range”
Before saving the new coding manually add a 10th byte (00) at the end before pressing “Do It” as per the example below

9 byte coding (A/B/C SW revisions):

10 byte coding (D SW revision):

Warning! This upgrade will not create the new partitions required for the new POI system if you upgrade from 1xxx/2xxx. Upgrading from 3800-3910 is required so the new partitions are created.

Warning! 7L6 Touareg RNS 510’s are no longer supported since version 3870 due to the Touareg being fitted with the RNS 850. Version 1200 was the last version factory loaded on the 7L6 units with a hardware revision B.

Warning! There is a remote chance of you ‘bricking’ the unit, this is a fraction of a percent but it could happen! The process takes around 60 minutes.’

Warning! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 does not know where it is after it’s been powered on, details of the previous location are kept in the unit but at this stage there is no pattern to this problem.

Warning! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 display has a dim backlight after upgrading. See the post “Volkswagen RNS 510 Backlight Dim after upgrading Firmware” for more details.

Warning! Users with cars MY07 and earlier may experience power drain issues after the upgrade. See the post “Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue” for more details.

Warning! Users with the Skoda UHV bluetooth 1Z0 035 729 B (1Z0035729B) may want to delay upgrading the firmware, there is an issue with the RNS 510 no longer displaying the phone book and/or the call details but signal strength etc are visible for some phones. My HTC Diamond for example worked fine before the update but only partially afterwards however my Iphone 3G worked fine before and after. This is not a problem with the 1Z0 035 729 D (1Z0035729D) Skoda UHV bluetooth kit. The MFD functions as per normal with phone book and last calls listed correctly. Android 2.1 phones work fine with the update.

Note! Test/Setup Mode. The firmware can allow access to enter test/setup mode without Vagcom/VCDS access see Accessing the Setup Menu on the RNS 510 head units with firmware later than 1100. The procedure for entering the test/setup mode for those with Vagcom/VCDS is slightly different as well. To enter the test/setup mode when the RNS 510 is operating press and hold the setup button, keep holding it when the radio menu appears and shortly after the test menu appears . I had to reboot my unit after coding it but it may be possible a power cycle is enough.

Note! Failure (Gateway Error 202) You can downgrade back to 1100 by inserting the 1100 firmware and rebooting the RNS 510 (Setup + eject + info).

Download Firmware Upgrade

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Download Repository

Version Information from VERSION.TXT

 Software Loading CD for CP2 based units
 (c) CONTINENTAL Wetzlar

 CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.

 #CD:P 0 0 5 . 3 3 4 . 3 0 1

 #Project: VWRNS
 #Author: RoNe
 #Steckbrief: C_EU_10.344_t191 C10/C6

 This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


 #Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
 #AppsBuild:C_EU_10.344_t191 C10/C6


13 comments to Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3980 / 3984 / 3986 / 3988

  • Presario

    Hi, if someone need the maps Europe V10, here can download
    Hola, si alguien necesita los mapas de Europa V10, se los puede bajar de aqui.

  • Phil

    can anybody help please

    i have a 09 golf rns510
    1T0 035 680B

    i want to update the firmware to accept higher sd cards and also update the maps. but i see all different firmwares and dont want to brick my unit, can anybody point me in the right direction or at least tell me what version s/w i am best upgrading to.

    i have read through numerous forums but cant seem to figure out whats applicable to me

    any help greatly appreciated

    many thanks

  • Niklas

    is this also for skoda columbus???

  • Damon


    latest stable FW for your Unit is FW3980

    i’ve flashed many units directly from sw1100 to FW3980 without any problems

    1T0 035 680 B —————————(C6/C7*)
    3C0 035 680 C —————————(C6*)
    7L6 035 680 B —————————(C6/C7*)
    3T0 035 680 —————————-(C6/C7*)

    FW 3980, 4020 and 4120 are possible, but not for 7L6! these FW are not official released for this units!

  • Rasmus

    @Damon: What do you mean by 7L6 not possible? And what do the C6/C7* notes next to the model numbers mean?

    I have a 3T0 035 680 with no letters after, HW: H03, SW: 0904. The date on it is 04.12.2008.

  • why can we download firmware 3980 ? ERORRR !!

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  • I have a 06 golf RND510 (1T0 035 680B, HW11, SW1100)
    CAN Gateway 1K0 907 530F

    I first without too much checking upgraded to FW5269 because I saw it listed here, seemed ok, but then I noticed the the RNS510 was getting warm, and it’s cooling fan would run for ages after everything inc ignition was off, and in morning would always cold boot. the FW4120…. same result, then FW3810a…. same, so I decided to order a new CAN gateway, as that seems to be the main solution discussed. So I decided to go back to a much earlier version until the CAN gateway turned up, to fix the power drain.. so loaded FW1300, still no change. finally tried this version(FW3980)… and Boom, Ignition off, radio off, no fan going unit cool. went to look at the (hold setup down 25s) diagnostic menu, and it was disabled, so I couldn’t get it. I have a VCDS cable to I enabled the diagnostics mode, rebooted, and the menu was there, but so was the warm unit with the fan going when the ignition was off. so disabled Diagnostic mode menu, rebooted and radio fan off seems OK. I only discovered this because in this version, the diagnostic menu is off by default, where as all the others it was on. Hope this helps someone… will probably still fit new CAN gateway when it turns up.My impression if when people talk about battery drain issue, they may not all be talking about the same fault, but this worked for me.

  • I upgraded my firmware to 3810 from 2720 and now the skip forwards and backwards and mute button on the steering wheel don’t work. Can anyone shed any light?

  • Should have mentioned that it’s a Golf 2009 and the unit is 1T0 035 680 C. The upgrade is fine otherwise.

  • Chris

    Hi Folks,
    I have a:
    t5 Multi
    7E0 035 680
    Hw: H42
    the infos are all from the sticker on the top of the rns.
    and i am searching for a stable wörking fw !
    Thanks for help !!!
    sorry for my english 🙂

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