Installing a Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) into a Golf Mark VI

Requirements: RNS 510 with firmware version 1100 or greater or RCD 510 (not sure of firmware version requirements for RCD 510 and not all RCD 510’s have the video input on the rear – at this stage only RCD 510’s supplied with cars optioned with the RVC come with the video input).

Most of the steps can be performed in any order (with a few exceptions). The wiring looms can be prepared in advance and details on how to build both the main wiring loom that links the camera to the RNS 510 and the camera in the hatch are being prepared. The hatch loom will include all measurements.

Examples of the camera in operation – Volkswagen Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) In Operation.

There is an alternative camera that is a third of the price of the auto opening camera, it hooks up in the same way but can be mounted in the rear bumper (under the lip over the number plate) or inside the rear glass. The part number is 5K0 980 551 (5K0980551)


Installed Photos

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(photos are of this installed in a Mark V – Mark VI looks identical except the badge sits lower on the hatch)

The motorised camera only pops up when required, when the handle is operated normally the camera is hidden under a spring loaded flap. The camera can be seen in the second photo with the flap lifted. There is a drain that will safely drain any water that makes it’s way into that compartment out through the bottom of the hatch.

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Operating Photos

Reverse mode, reverse mode with the side menu expanded and reverse mode with the screen adjustment selected.

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These two photos show the wide angle of the lense, the pole is not visible except through the side window.

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The yellow line behind the car is around 40cms from the rear bumper of the car.

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Parts Required (for Mark VI install)

5K0827469R   New rear badge with internal camera
5M1970161AC Cable between badge and RNS510
3B0972722 4 pin connector for camera
4B0973712 4 pin controller for badge
1J0973802 2 pin connector to interface with old badge wiring
000979131 Repair wire x3
000979132 Repair wire x1
1J0972923 2 pin connector to pickup reverse signal
1J0972712 2 pin connector to pickup reverse signal
000979133 Repair wire x1
000979129 Repair wire x1
  • 5K0 827 469 R (5K0827469R) – New rear badge with integrated camera and controller for RNS 510 or suitable RCD 510
  • 5M1 970 161 AC (5M1970161AC) – Coaxial cable connecting camera with the RNS 510 Video I/O connector
  • 3B0 972 722 (3B0972722) – 4 pin connector for camera (connects to new camera)
  • 4B0 973 712 (4B0973712) – 4 pin controller for badge (connects to new camera)
  • 1J0 973 802 (1J0973802) 2 pin connector (connects to existing badge connector)
  • 1J0 972 924 (1J0972924) 3 pin connector (connects to reverse light fitting)
  • 191 972 713 (191972713) 3 pin connector (connects to reverse light connector on harness)
  • 000 979 133  (000979133) – Connector Repair wire x 2 (3 connectors required)
  • 000 979 131 (000979131) – Connector Repair wire x 4 (7 connectors required)
  • 000 979 132 (000979132) – Connector Repair wire x 1 (2 connectors required)
  • 000 979 129 (000979129) – Connector Repair wire x 2 (3 connectors required)
  • 000 979 950 (000979950) – Webbing Adhesive (10M)
  • 5K6 827 861 (5K6827861) – Mark VI Drain Tube
  • 1.5m red power cable ~1mm (5 – 7.5amp)
  • 5A ATM Type Mini Fuse
  • Assorted small sizes of heat shrink (3mm to 6mm)

Removing the rear lid trim panel

Removing the rear trim requires the use of a fair bit of force, the following guide gives a good idea however remove the two panels for replacing the reversing and foglight bulbs as this allows you to see where the clips are. (this is a mark V removal guide but there is little difference between the mark V and Mark VI when removing this trim)

Volkswagen Golf Rear Lid Trims – Removal and Installation

Installation of new badge with camera 

Remove rear wiper

Volkswagen Golf Rear Window Wiper – Removal and Installation


Remove handle

First disconnect the connector, remove the three torx screw and turn the unit clockwise to unlock it for removal.

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Loom inside rear hatch
(can be constructed prior)


RVC wiring harness for Mark V including dimensions to allow construction prior to install.

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Connectors have been inserted into housings and roughed into place to allow the loom to be constructed. The wires will be cut later once the lengths of the wires are known.

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Wiring has been temporarily taped into place, cable has been cut to length, wire bared and twisted after heat shrink placed on cable.

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Wires are soldered, heat shrink put into position and the cable is wrapped with webbing adhesive.

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The finished wiring loom.

Installing the drainage

Install the drainage tube requires widening the hole in the rear of the hatch. The steps are documented on this page  – Install drainage for the Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) installed in a Golf Mark VI.

Loom between Rear Badge and RNS 510

(can be constructed prior)

Quad Connector on the end that interfaces to the camera is a 4E0 035 749 B (4E0035759B)

26 Pin connector on the end that interfaces to the RNS 510 is a 7L6 972 726 (7L6972726)

  • vw_rvc_main_loom_plug_into_rns_510_pinoutsPin 12 – Brown
  • Pin 13 – Orange
  • Pin 24 – Brown (Ground)
  • Pin 25 – Blue
  • Pin 26 – Green

Cable is a Bacar(R)588-2 / 10712189 – no specs found

The power cable is not long enough for this application and needs to be extended, for consistency and future fault finding the cable should be extended in the middle by inserting a ~1.5 metre lengh of cable of around ~1mm size capable of carrying 5 to 7.5 amps.

On the camera end there should be around 20 cms of power cable going past the end of the connector (the spade connector on the end of this power cable can be removed) and on the RNS 510 end the wrapping should stop at around 80 cms and around 50 cms of power cable should be left free to enable connection to the fuse box.

Extending the power cable

Extending the cable in easy, twist the wires as shown after placing suitably sized heat shrink tubing on the wire, solder and shrink wrap.

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Wrapping the power cable and the video cable

Wrapping the two cables together is strongly recommended to protect the cables during their installation,  to make future fault finding easier and make a neater installation that looks OEM.

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Installing the loom between the camera and the RNS 510.

Due to the length of the cable it’s best to remove all the trim in one go so the cable can be positioned correctly, the cable runs down behind the RNS 510 and under the drivers steering wheel, down the A pillar, along the door sills, up alongside the seats and over the rear wheel arch, up a opening into the C pillar where the rear windscreen wiper fluid travels, through the conduit into the hatch and to the rear camera. Not all of this is covered in this install guide for example headunit removal and installation.

RNS 510

Remove the RNS 510 and plug the single 26 pin into the RNS 510 as shown, reinstall the RNS 510.


A Pillar

Remove the lower A Pillar trim and route the cables up and across to the rear of the RNS 510.

Door Sills

The door sills don’t need to be removed but only lifted to allow access to run the cable.

Volkswagen Golf Sill Panel Trims – Removal and Installation

C Pillar

Pull back the C pillar trim at the rear of the car enough to allow you to see the openings, there is no need to remove the airbag tag and unscrew it as was done here. Using some stiff wire or yellow tongue (stiff yet pliable plastic rod used by electricians to run cables through walls, ceilings etc) to penetrate into the cavity behind the tail light (pull the carpet out as you were replacing a bulb and this will give you enough room to route the cable. In the photo following you can see a black wrapped tube that runs into the hatch area, route the cable via the same penetration.


First remove the plug surrounding the connector on the end of the cable, after this has been removed bend carefully the power wire and tape it down back over it’s body to prevent damage when running through the conduit. In the first photo a small lug can be seen on the left side, lift this up and slide the connector out.
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The conduit can easily be removed by pulling the top one out (gently) and for the bottom one pushing the bottom side up towards the roof of the car causing the clip to unhook, once this is unclipped the cable can be pushed through reasonably easily. Passing the cable through can be made easier if you use masking or electrical tape to remove the sharp edges of the connector.  Ensure that both ends are refitted tightly to prevent any leaks.
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Volkswagen Golf Rear Lid Trims – Removal and Installation

Remove the trim around the rear window paying particular attention if you have window film, there are three clips on the side which come off by pulling from the lower edge up (down as it’s upside down) towards the top of the glass. Once the three clips have popped you can pop off a few more that run along the top of the window to give you room to work, around 2/3rds of the clips across the top of the window provide enough room to work.

Run the loom with the existing cable by taping it to the two fixing points (white clip in strips) and put the trim back in place.

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Power Circuit

Follow the guide Addition of extra circuits to the Volkswagen Golf / Jetta / Passat / EOS / Scirocco / Rabbit fuse box and install a new circuit on the third row (permanent power – check before installation).

Programming Head Unit

Using Vagcom/VCDS the headunit requires programming to tell it of the existence of a RVC.

Connect to controller 37 and in long coding under Byte 3 select Bit 6.

To complete the programming reboot the RNS 510.

23 thoughts on “Installing a Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) into a Golf Mark VI”

  1. what a big job! i need spend at least 2 hours to understand every step of the installation.
    not sure can do it by myself..

  2. I would like to know if I could install the Rear View Carmera as illustrated above to my current Golf GTI model? If so, where I can find them in Sydney of Australia?


  3. Does anyone know which model RCD510’s work with the RVC?
    Is it as simple as having the yellow/mustard coloured plug or is there more too it?

  4. Am I missing something, but is the “5M1 970 161 AC (5M1970161AC) – Coaxial cable connecting camera with the RNS 510 Video I/O connector” and “Loom between Rear Badge and RNS 510” the same thing?
    From what I understand is if you buy the $80 (or so) cable with 26 pin connector and 4 pin end then you have this cable pre built?

  5. One question. Do you know how the presence of a keyless entry system affects this install. On the 2011s the keyless entry system allows you to open the trunk without pressing unlock on the key. Does replacing the handel on this version of the vehicle disable that functionality?

  6. looking at your wire digram can you check this as there seems to be a diffrence in the amount of wires required in your drawing and your list

  7. Why won’t the camera show in the display when i put it in reverse?do i have to push the icon on the screen to show the back of the car?

    1. @Frode, I found that I needed to turn of the OPS with the rosstech program. The sensors still beep but are not displayed on the screen. The camera turns on displays until the hatch shuts after a short delay when moved into drive or park.

  8. Firstly thanks for your great writeup. It’s been extremely useful.

    I bought a camera kit form the eBay seller above to fit into my 58 plate GTD 170, fitted it all which basically all it was a permanent live, live from reverse lights, earth connection and the main coax cable going to the Rns510. Plus the load of butchering of course.

    Coded the Rns510 unit, reset it and it the popped the car into reverse to check it out.

    I was so pleased that the camera popped out and the screen swapped over to the reverse screen. Then came the bad part 🙁 No picture on the screen 🙁 absolutely gutted!

    I would contact the seller but to be honest I’ve already had to deal with them once and apart from having to repeat myself almost 10 times because there would be a gap of days so I’d contact them and have to start all over, their “support” is far from supportive and as per their feedback it’s always the customers fault, which I’m sure it’s probably going to be this time but some help in finding out what I’ve done wrong is what I need not just the “we sold more 600 rvc for golf and its first problem , strange ?” reply that I’ve already had once when I complained that it wasn’t documented that I’d have to butcher the car to get it fitted (they sent me a link to this thread because their instructions were useless and mentioned nothing about wipers etc being in the way.).

    Does anybody have any idea why everything seems to be working but I get no picture please? Its; driving me mad, I just can’t work out what I’ve done wrong 🙁

    1. Check the connection into the radio as it sometimes can be a bit out and you loose the video. You are not the first for this to occur. If you have reverse sensors as well, it is possible to code the setup for both to be displayed as well. I did a short write up on the r32oc site. It is coding that has no description.

      1. Hi Greg,

        Thanks for reply, it actually turned out to be the plug into the head unit was wired incorrectly. Worked it out myself in the end, customer support from the eBay seller was the worst I’ve ever had. I sent an email explaining everything in depth and days later I’d get replies asking things I’d already answered in the initial contact. Then to really wind you up they’d stop for about a week then go right back and start asking questions again that had already been answered, when I eventually got shirty about their poor support they just replied that they’d sold hundred and nobody else had complained. Very poor service and I would recommend people avoid them like the plague!!!

        Saying that, once I found diagrams of the loom to the head unit it was a case of swapping two wires (both brown I think) and it worked first time!

        Thanks again for your help Greg, far more helpful than the seller I bought it from that’s for sure!

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  10. Great job!
    I have a question and please yell at me if I’m wrong or this is misplaced.
    I have a Passat B7 2011 Variant with RNS510 and a factory fitted RVC above license plate, in addition eletric trunk opening without opening in the emble. Could it be as simple as buying the RVC in the emblem and replacing the emblem and plugging in the camera? Or do I have to still do the programming for the camera?

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

  11. I’m wanting to fit a led vw badge of the back of a mark v golf I’ve done it on my polo 2000 but with the handle being the badge I was wondering if it was possible to fit and still open the boot.

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