Volkswagen Golf Mark VI Head Unit – Removal and Installation

Tools required

Trim removal tools Torx T-20 driver Remove all CDs from head unit Switch off ignition and all electrical consumers and remove ignition key Removing Using trim removal tool and carefully lever out centre console cover in area of -arrows- and remove cover.

Remove bolts -arrows- from radio or radio navigation system. Pull […]

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

Trim removal tools 10mm socket or spanner Selection of flat and torx screwdrivers Sharp hobby knife VCDS from Ross-Tech […]

Build harness using connector housings and repair wires for Volkswagen Skoda Bluetooth Install

Whilst this guide is intended for the Volkswagen Skoda Bluetooth kit harness it applies to anything that requires interfacing to the quad lock connector on the rear of the head unit or that uses similar connectors around the car. This guide specifically for 2 x power connections and 2 x data connections.

The way this […]

CD changer audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Poor quality sound on the cd changer input can occur after the headunit has changed from a second generation headunit to a third generation headunit or vise versa. The fix is simple and requires pins 2 and 3 to be swapped on the head unit connector.

Second generation headunits

Multi-pin connector 4, 12-pin, for CD […]

Auxiliary input audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Poor quality sound on the audio input can occur after the headunit has changed from a second generation headunit to a third generation headunit or vise versa. The fix is simple and requires some pins to be swapped on the head unit connector.

Second generation headunits

Multi-pin connector 4, 12-pin, for CD changer control and […]

Volkswagen Head Unit Housings and Pins

Quad Lock – All recent Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi vehicles use this connector.

Connector 1 – 8-pin (4×2) – brown – 3B7 035 447 (3B7035447)

Pins – N 906 844 05 (N90684405) Repair Wire 0.5mm – 000 979 021 (000979021) Repair Wire 1.0mm – 000 979 133 (000979133) Repair Wire 2.5mm – 000 […]

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

VAG 1K0907530S CAN bus gateway

Early build Volkswagen cars can experience a power drain issue after upgrading their 2nd generation headunit from a RCD 300 or RCD 500 to a 3rd generation headunit like the RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310 and RCD 510.

The problem is the CAN bus Gateway is too old […]

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

3rd generation connection

Upgrading from a 2nd generation radio (RCD 300, RCD 500) to a 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510) requires an antenna/aerial adapter to be fitted. The 2nd generation radios had two seperate connectors for the antenna/aerial connections whereas the 3rd generation still have the two […]

Upgrading the audio with the stock headunit without the factory amplifier

Upgrading the audio with the stock headunit in cars without the factory amplified is easy with the Blaupunkt PnP (Plug and Play) amplifiers. Two models suit the Golf Mark V and fit under the left hand side front seat where the factory amplifier would sit. Two parts are required, the amplifier itself and the PnP […]

Differences between the Volkswagen RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 315, RCD 510, RNS 510, RCD 550, RNS 810 and the RNS 850

Differences between the RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 315, RCD 510, RNS 510, RCD 550, RNS 810 and RNS 850 headunits.

RNS is the designation for Navigation Systems

RCD is the designation for Radio Systems

 RCD 210RCD 310RNS 310RNS 315RCD 510RNS 510RCD 550RNS 810RNS 850 PlatformMost *7Most *7Most *7Most *7Most *7Most *7Touareg 2011->PhaetonTouareg […]