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Volkswagen A Pillar Bullet Camera Mount suits Golf, Jetta, Passat and Rabbit

a_pillar_finishedMounting a bullet camera in the Volkswagen Golf without using suction mounts on the window or screwing into the trim is quite difficult especially around the rear vision mirror as the RegenLichtSens (RainLightSensor) means the camera needs to be mounted forward close to the glass. There are two places where cameras can be attached with damaging trim, one is to the A pillar by removing the AirBag insert and the other is to the rear vision mirror which will be covered shortly.

Remove the AirBag insert by levering it from the lower long edge, this insert is generally not reusable as the clips bend and placing it back in there leaves it a little loose. You can use this again to cover the mount that has been fabricated. New inserts from VW are around AUD$1.35 (Anthracite part number 1K0853437B71N).


The insert on the left is the original one, you can see the marks on the bottom edge where it has been levered out. The four tabs on the bottom bend outwards slightly when removed and they can’t be bent back in all the way so after the first removal they feel slightly loose and after a few removals a tab will proably snap off. The insert on the right is a brand new one, they snap into place by putting the two tabs at the rear (in the photo – the tabs are at the top when you put them back into the car) into the the trim and then pushing down the at the bottom to snap the trim in.


Now that the AirBag insert has been removed you will see a screw (Torx T-20 to remove) that needs to be removed, take care or it will fall inside the A pillar trim. This screw isn’t used again so set it aside.


Next the bracket needs to fabricated, you need to obtain a bike light that looks similar to this one. You can purchase this from DealExtreme for USD$2.59 delivered worldwide.


Modify the bracket as per the photo, this is designed for the right hand side of the car, the left hand side needs to be the mirror image. The bracket fits just above where the screw goes which passes through the slot in the bracket. The screw holds this in place firmly inside, you can adjust the angle of the bracket by adjusting the angle of the plastic above the slot.

a_pillar_bracket_1 a_pillar_bracket_2

The screw that was in the bracket is too short to pass through the plastic so replace it with a 8g 25mm self drilling metal screw as shown. Place the bracket in the hole and move it into position and place the screw in, you can adjust the bracket a little at this stage and tighten up. Just before the final turn hold the A pillar and push it into the correct position, don’t tighten too tight or you break the bracket.


The next step is to cut the existing AirBag insert to fit the space around the bracket, you will have to remove some or all of the tabs to do this (not shown). Then mount the round part of the bracket which is designed for a bike tube, most bullet cameras with a diameter of around 21mm and above will fit without having to add extra packing. That’s the job completed. The wiring for the bullet cam can be run either down inside the A pillar which requires it to be removed or if the cable is a thin one you can pull back the rubber seal and run it down inside that.


Volkswagen Climatronic Diagnostics – Mark V

Climatronic Diagnostics
Climatronic Diagnostics

The Climatronic display on the Mark V Golfs has a wealth of information that can be easily accessed. The information below has been put together from bits and pieces, the original document was translated into another language and I’ve attempted to translate from that, as I find errors I’ll clean them up.

Golf Mark VI Information is here – Volkswagen Climatronic Diagnostics – Mark VI

To access the information follow the steps as shown on the image.

  1. Hold down the “ECON or AC” button and press the “Window Vent” button, release when both displays change to indicate zeros.
  2. The left hand knob (Left Temperature) adjusts the Main Channel, the centre knob (FAN) adjusts the Sub Channel.
  3. To exit press the “ECON or AC” button.
The left hand number below indicates the Main Channel, the second number indicates the Sub Channel.

For example 19 – 0 is your digital speedometer in KPH, 19 – 1 is your digital speedometer in MPH. The type column indicates the type of data that is expected.

0. System Data Type
0 – 0 Program number Digital
0 – 1 ERL Left Digital
0 – 2 ERL Right Digital
0 – 3 Point being used Digital
0 – 4 Recirculating Automatic Digital
0 – 5 Stationary Heating Active Digital
0 – 6 Air Quality (7 = Fresh Air) Digital
0 – 7 Derived Digital
0 – 8 Country Acronym Digital
0 – 9 Sensor Zone Head °C
1. UIF
1 – 0 Internal Temperature °C
1 – 1 External Temperature °C
1 – 2 Temperatura? Piastrine? In? Platino? °C
1 – 3 Correttore? Piastrine? In? Platino? °C
1 – 4 Uif-Sonnenint? Digital
1 – 5 Sun Intensity Corrected °C
1 – 6 Correttore? Dinamico? °C
1 – 7 Correttore? ricircolo? °C
1 – 8 correttore? termico? °C
1 – 9 Compensazione accensione UIF? °C
2. Sun Intensity Sensor Left
2 – 0 Sun Intensity Not Corrected W/m2
2 – 1 Sun Intensity Corrected W/m2
2 – 2 Fan Correction W/m2
2 – 3 Value Digital
3. Sun Intensity Sensor Right
3 – 0 Sun Intensity Not Corrected W/m2
3 – 1 Sun Intensity Corrected W/m2
3 – 2 Fan Correction W/m2
3 – 3 Value Digital
4 . External Temperature
4 – 0 Temperature External °C
4 – 1 Temperature External CANBUS °C
4 – 2 Temperature Intake °C
5. Temperature Left Setpoint
5 – 0 Temperature Output °C
5 – 1 Difference between temp and temp setpoint °C
5 – 2 Regulator Setting (½%)
5 – 3 Pi-Stell-Max? (½%)
5 – 4 Defrost Digital
6. Temperature Left Actual
6 – 0 Temperature °C
6 – 1 Footwell °C
6 – 2 Vents °C
7. Temperature Right Setpoint
7 – 0 Temperature Output °C
7 – 1 Difference between temp and temp setpoint °C
7 – 2 Regulator Setting (½%)
7 – 3 Pi-Stell-Max? (½%)
7 – 4 Defrost Digital
8. Temperature Right Actual
8 – 0 Temperature °C
8 – 1 Footwell °C
8 – 2 Vents °C
9. Evaporator Temperature Setpoint
9 – 0 Evaporator temperature °C
9 – 1 Difference between temp actual and temp Setpoint °C
9 – 2 Evaporator value settings 5mA/Dig
9 – 3 Sensor Sight
10. Evaporator Temperature Actual
10 – 0 Evaporator Temperature °C
10 – 1 Liquid refigerant pressure bar
10 – 2 Liquid refigerant temperature °C
11. AC Compressor
11 – 0 Power setpoint mA
11 – 1 Power actual mA
11 – 2 Power maximum mA
11 – 3 Compressor PWM Digital (0-200)
11 – 4 Power offset compressor
11 – 5 Power value Digital
11 – 6 Compressor code
12. Climate Control Fan
12 – 0 Fan Setpoint Voltage V
12 – 1 Manual regulation
12 – 2 Code anomaly
12 – 3 Reduction impeller V
12 – 4 Impeller offset 0.1V
13. Temperature Air Vent Left
13 – 0 Setpoint value %
13 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
13 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
13 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
13 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
14. Temperature Air Vent Right
14 – 0 Setpoint value %
14 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
14 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
14 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
14 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
15. Temperature Air Vent Diffuser
15 – 0 Setpoint value %
15 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
15 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
15 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
15 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
16. Temperature Air Vent Defrost
16 – 0 Setpoint Value %
16 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
16 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
16 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
16 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
17. Temperature Internal Recirculation
17 – 0 Setpoint Value %
17 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
17 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
17 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
17 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
18. Temperature External Air
18 – 0 Setpoint Value %
18 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
18 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
18 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
18 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
19. Engine Data
19 – 0 Vehicle Speed (kph) kph
19 – 1 Vehicle Speed (mph) mph
19 – 2 Engine Temperature °C
19 – 3 Engine speed RPM
19 – 4 AC compress speed RPM
20. CANBUS Data
20 – 0 Additional Heating 1=on
20 – 1 PTC Confirmation 1=on
20 – 2 Effective Power PTC A
20 – 3 Air requested from external %
20 – 4 External air percentage cooler %
20 – 5 Performance heating 1=no external provision
21. Air Distribution
21 – 0 Defrost %
21 – 1 Face %
21 – 2 Feet %
21 – 3 Air Vent Diffuser %
21 – 4 Recirculated %
21 – 5 Air Sensor %
22. Time
22 – 0 Engine Off Time minutes
22 – 1 Engine Operating Time seconds
22 – 2 Operating Time with Ignition On seconds
22 – 3 ?
22 – 4 ?
22 – 5 ?
23. Special. Channel
23 – 0 Inner Lighting Sensor Digital
23 – 1 Air Quality Sensor
24. Software Version
24 – 0 Development State
24 – 1 Software Version
24 – 2 Type of Software
24 – 3 Keep Frozen 0/1 – Diagnosis
24 – 4 Version K Matrix
24 – 5 EEP – Testflags
24 – 6 Encryption Vag (2)
25. Test Channels
25 – 0 Channel 0
25 – 1 Channel 1
25 – 2 Channel 2
25 – 3 Channel 3
25 – 4 Channel 4
25 – 5 Channel 5
25 – 6 Channel 6
25 – 7 Channel 7
25 – 8 Channel 8
25 – 9 Channel 9
26. Parameters for inventory on crystals
26 – 0 Delay seconds
26 – 1 Step/udm? (Digital) Digital
26 – 2 Minimal Limit (Digital) Digital
26 – 3 Maximum Limit (Digital) Digital
26 – 4 Step/udm? HellaKit? 1=connected
27. Direct Ventalation
27 – 0 Setpoint Value %
27 – 1 Setpoint temperature Digital
27 – 2 Actual Temperature Digital
27 – 3 Maximum Temperature Digital
27 – 4 Minimum Temperature Digital
28. Humdity
28 – 0 Setpoint Humdity %
28 – 1 Relative Humdity %
28 – 2 Temperatur Crystal WSS °C
28 – 3 Dewpoint temperature °C
28 – 4 Melting point °C
29. Raw Humdity
29 – 0 Tempertaure crystals corrected °C
29 – 1 Tempertaure crystals uncorrected °C
29 – 2 Humdity Sensor %
29 – 3 Temperature sensor °C
29 – 4 Dewpoint temperature (measurement test) °C
29 – 5 Code anomaly
30. Humdity Values
30 – 0 Thermophilic sensor value Digital
30 – 1 Thermophilic sensor reference Digital
30 – 2 Moisture duration 10 to the power of -4 sec
30 – 3 Humdity reference temperature Digital
30 – 4 Humdity sensor %
30 – 5 Temperature sensor °C
30 – 6 Temperature sensor (uncorrected) °C

Volkswagen Golf Automatic Hatch Opening

(This mod has turned out to be unreliable over time as the springs compress – a new mod using replacement struts and bumpers supercedes this one –  Volkswagen Golf Automatic Hatch Opening Updated)

Automatic opening of your Volkswagen Golf rear hatch is possible with a few easy changes. Not all cars will work so try the first part requiring VCDS/Vagcom before proceeding.

In VCDs/Vagcom change Byte 2 Bit 3 in the Central Convience Controller 46.

Once this is done when you press the hatch open button on the remote the hatch will pop out about 10mm. If this works then proceed to adding the springs.

Springs for hatch
Springs for hatch
Alternative springs for hatch
Alternative springs for hatch

The springs on the left of the first photo are the correct ones to use with a size of 31.77mm long, 17.4mm wide and a spring wire thickness of 2.2mm, these were available from Mitre 10 and Bunnings along with other hardware stores in Australia but they are hard to find now in some areas. The spring on the right of the first photo cut into two is not suitable, it didn’t quite have the power required to keep popping the hatch.

The second photo is of a new spring stocked at Bunnings from the Century Spring Corp, the C-712 is very close to the specifications of the first spring at 31.75mm long, 17.475mm wide and a spring wire thickness of 2.337mm. The spring retails for AUD$4.75.

Warning, when you pop the strut off in the next step make sure you have an assistant or a broom or similar to hold the hatch up as it will drop and it’s very heavy.

Clip removal
Clip removal

Lever the clip back with a flat head screwdriver, don’t pop the clip completely off as it will be very hard to get back on. It takes a little force to pop the socket off.

End of strut
End of strut

This is the end of the strut with the end of the strut removed. To remove this use two pairs of vise grips and either plastic or a towel to protect the surface of the strut shaft and the end of the strut. Carefully remove the end piece and put to the side.

End of strut removed
End of strut removed

The end of the strut removed.

New spring and old spring
New spring and old spring

The new spring is on the left and the old one on the right.

Spring before installation
Spring before installation

New spring before installation, the old spring actually fitted perfectly into the end of the strut, the new one requires some crimping of the end as pictured to reduce the outside diameter and it’s now a snug fit into the end of the strut.

Spring in end of shaft
Spring in end of strut

The cap on the end of the shaft has been removed, using some pliers with a towel this doesn’t take a lot of strenght to remove.

The spring is now slid down and sits nicely in the end of the strut.

Spring in end of strut
Spring in end of strut

The spring should hold in the end of the strut by itself.

Cover back over the end of the strut
Cover back over the end of the strut

The cover install over the end of the spring and strut. Put silicon over the outside of the strut but make sure not to get it on the strut shaft as there may be some issues that arrise from silicon in that area. The cap will be a firm fit.

Follow the above instructions in reverse to refit. Then repear for the other side of the car.

All going well you should now have auto hatch opening.

Volkswagen MY08 changes Polo, Golf, GTI, R32, GT Sport, Beetle, EOS, Passat and R36 (Australia)


The Polo Club 1.4 litre automatic model will now have 59kW of power and 130Nm of torque equaling the output of manual model.

  • The Polo Club 1.4 litre 4 speed automatic has been replaced by a 6 speed automatic transmission.
  • Both 1.4 and 1.6 litre models with 6 speed automatic transmissions are equipped with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard.
  • The Polo Match 1.4 55kW automatic model has been discontinued.

MY08 Polo Range
Model Code Model Description Transmission Recommended Retail Price

  • 9N30M4/08 Polo Club 1.4 59kW 5 speed manual $16,990
  • 9N30M7/08 Polo Club 1.4 59kW 6 speed automatic (with ABS) $19,490
  • 9N30C4/08 Polo Match 1.6 77kW 5 speed manual $19,990
  • 9N30C7/08 Polo Match 1.6 77kW 6 speed automatic (with ABS) $22,490
  • 9N3024/08 Polo 1.9 TDI 74kW 5 speed manual $22,990
  • 9N36J4/08 Polo GTI 1.8T 110kW 5 speed manual $26,990


  • All Golf models obtain in dash CD players with MP3 compatibility. Please be aware that this functionality is not available with the optional satellite navigation system.
  • The Golf ‘shark fin’ antenna in conjunction with satellite navigation has been replaced by a rod antenna.
  • Shadow Blue Metallic (ordering code P6P6) replaces New River Blue Metallic in the Golf Trendline and Comfortline model ranges.
  • Blue Graphite Pearl Effect (ordering code W9W9) replaces Shadow Blue in the MY08
  • New generation IV immobiliser*
  • AC button replaces ECON on Climatronic AC controls*
  • Air Quality Sensor with automatic recirculation feature on some models (not Australia)*
  • Change to symbols on indicator and wiper lever*
  • Black centre armrest with fabric covering changed from a ‘fell’ seam to a ‘join’ seam*
  • Optional factory fit telephone preparation only available as dealer fit*
  • RNS 510 satellite navigation system available as a factory order in very limited supply*
  • Steering wheel controls changed from membrane buttons to seperate buttons and change to key operation*


  • Introduction of new GT-Sport model with both 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI 125kW engines.
  • The GT-Sport replaces both MY07 Sportline models and the limited release GT model.
  • The specification of the Golf GT-Sport is based on the Golf GT with the following changes:
    • New grille surround in charcoal (formally body colour) and GT-Sport grille badge.
    • The cloth seat trim has been modified. The cushion and backrest side bolsters are now covered in plain Anthracite trim and not the Red-Anthracite trim like the centre sections of the seat.

Golf GT-Sport 2.0 TDI Engine
4 cylinder inline turbo diesel (Pumpe-Duse) engine with diesel particulate filter
Maximum Power: kW @ rpm 125 @ 4200
Maximum Torque: Nm @ rpm 350 @ 1750 – 2500
Performance 0-100 km/h: 8.2 seconds

GT MY07 GT-Sport MY08
Model Code Model Description Transmission Recommended Retail Price

  • 1K1BT2/08 Golf GT-Sport 1.4 TSI 125kW 6 speed manual $34,990
  • 1K1BT3/08 Golf GT-Sport 1.4 TSI 125kW 6 speed DSG $37,290
  • 1K1B82/08 Golf GT-Sport 2.0 TDI 125kW 6 speed manual $37,490
  • 1K1B83/08 Golf GT-Sport 2.0 TDI 125kW 6 speed DSG $39,790

Golf GTI and R32

  • For MY08 both Golf GTI and R32 models have been upgraded to the large format multi-function display ‘plus’
  • Previously only offered with satellite navigation, the larger display offers increased functionality including audio and convenience menus.
  • The Golf R32 ‘Zolder’ 18” alloy wheel has been replaced by the ‘Omanyt’ 18” alloy wheel design.
  • Walnut wood decorative dashboard and door trim inserts (5MG) are no longer offered as an option for R32.

New Beetle

  • The Metallic and Pearl Effect paint option for both New Beetle and New Beetle Cabriolet has been changed to a recommended retail price of $690 for MY08.
  • This represents a $245 retail price advantage for New Beetle Cabriolet customers and a marginal $40 increase for New Beetle Miami and TDI models.
  • The New Beetle Cabriolet ‘Las Vegas’ 16” alloy wheel has been replaced by the ‘San Antonio’ 16” alloy wheel design.


  • Shadow Blue Metallic has been replaced in the MY08 Jetta colour range by Platinum Grey Metallic, ordering code 2R2R.
  • For MY08 all Jetta models have also been upgraded to the large format multi-function display ‘plus’.
  • An aluminium clasp has been added to the (6 O’clock position) spoke of the Jetta steering wheel.
  • All Jetta models receive CD players with MP3 compatibility. Please be aware that this functionality is not available with the optional satellite navigation system.


  • Samoa Red Pearl Effect (ordering code P3P3) replaces Paprika Red in the Eos model range.
  • Paprika Red can now no longer be forward ordered.
  • Samoa Red has been previously offered on the limited edition Multivan Sport.
  • The Eos in dash CD changer is also now MP3 compatible.
  • From MY08 the Eos is equiped with an ‘automatic kerb function’ which dips the passenger’s side door mirror when reversing.
  • The diameter of the weight and space saving spare wheel has changed from an 18” to a 16” wheel.
  • In addition to the Black/Beige Napa leather combination for the Eos Individual option, an alternative Black/Cinnamon (ordering code IM) 2 colour combination is also now available. Black/Beige Napa Leather Black/Cinnamon Napa Leather


  • Introduction of the 2.0 TDI 125kW Sedan and Wagon with the same retail pricing and specification of the 2.0T FSI models.
  • The 2.0 TDI 103kW ‘Le Mans’ 17” alloy wheel has been replaced by the ‘Milwaukee’ 16” alloy wheel design. As a result the recommended retail price of the Sedan and Wagon models has been revised to $42,490 and $44,490 respectively.
  • The optional ‘Chicago’ 18” alloy wheels with sports suspension are available for $2,990 on MY08 2.0 TDI 103kW models (all other models $2,490).
  • MP3 compatibility for the (in dash) CD changer including the Dynaudio system.
  • Mocca Anthracite Pearl Effect (ordering code 3Q3Q) replaces Shadow Blue Metallic.
  • The 3.2 V6 FSI ‘Solitude’ 17” alloy wheel has been replaced by the ‘Monte Carlo’ 17” alloy wheel design.
  • All Passat models optioned with electric front seats with memory now feature an ‘automatic kerb function’ which dips the passenger’s side door mirror when reversing.
  • The standard decorative inserts in the dashboard and centre console have changed for MY08. The optional walnut wood and brushed aluminium combination is still available.
  • MY08 Black cloth and leather – ‘Chrome matt’ finish.
  • MY08 Beige leather – ‘Stainless steel’ finish.

MY08 Passat Model Range
Model Code Model Description Transmission Recommended Retail Price

  • 3C2146/08 Passat 2.0 TDI 103kW Sedan 6 speed DSG $42,490
  • 3C2176/08 Passat 2.0 TDI 125kW Sedan 6 speed DSG $44,990
  • 3C21K6/08 Passat 2.0T FSI 147kW Sedan 6 speed automatic $44,990
  • 3C21SQ/08 Passat 3.2 V6 FSI 184kW Sedan 6 speed DSG 4MOTION $54,990
  • 3C5146/08 Passat 2.0 TDI 103kW Wagon 6 speed DSG $44,490
  • 3C5176/08 Passat 2.0 TDI 125kW Wagon 6 speed DSG $46,990
  • 3C51K6/08 Passat 2.0T FSI 147kW Wagon 6 speed automatic $46,990
  • 3C51SQ/08 Passat 3.2 V6 FSI 184kW Wagon 6 speed DSG 4MOTION $56,990

Volkswagen Passat R36
Please note: This information is indicative specification only and is subject to change.
Detailed features and technical data to be confirmed closer to launch.

Key Features

  • Front, side (front & rear) and curtain airbags (8)
  • ABS, EBD, ASR, Brake Assist and Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP)
  • 6 speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with 4MOTION all wheel drive
  • R36 specific sports suspension, lowered 20mm
  • Ventilated disc brakes, front and rear with blue brake callipers
  • 18” alloy wheels (Omanyt) with 235/40 R18 tyres (5) and tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Chrome radiator grille highlights and front lower air intake with black grille inserts
  • Radiator grille surround in brushed aluminium finish
  • Rear boot lid/roof spoiler and unique rear bumper with dual chrome exhaust tail pipes
  • Widened side sill panels and wheel arch extensions
  • Metallic or Pearl Effect paint finish
  • Bi-xenon headlights with dynamic and static cornering lights
  • R36 sports seats in ‘San Remo’ combination micro fibre and Vienna leather upholstery
  • 14-way electrically adjustable front seats with electro-pneumatic lumbar support and side bolster adjustment
  • 3 position memory for driver’s seat and door mirrors
  • Heated front and outer rear seats
  • 3 spoke multi-function sports leather steering wheel with aluminium inserts and gearshift paddles
  • Multi-function trip computer ‘plus’ and cruise control
  • Brushed dark aluminium decorative inserts in dashboard and centre console
  • Front and rear aluminium scuff plates with “R36” nameplate in front
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers and automatic dimming rear-view mirror
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Luggage cover, partition net and chrome roof rails (Wagon)
  • Coming / leaving home with automatic headlight function
  • Volkswagen Sound – 6 disc CD changer with MP3 compatibility and 250W amplifier with 10 speakers
  • Parking distance sensors, front and rear

Technical Specifications
Engine 3.6 V6 FSI
Transmission 6 Speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
4MOTION all wheel drive
Max power 220kW (300hp)
Max torque 350Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.6 Sedan 5.8 Wagon
Top Speed km/h 250 (electronically limited)

Optional Equipment

  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Dynaudio 600W premium audio system
  • Satellite navigation system with 6 disc CD changer mounted in glove box
  • Automatic opening and closing of the tailgate via remote or button on tailgate (Wagon)

Colour Combinations


  • Biscay Blue
  • Pearl Effect
  • Deep Black
  • Pearl Effect
  • Reflex SilverMetallic
  • United Grey Metallic


  • Black micro fibre / leather
  • Latte Macchiato micro fibre / leather

Sharan Antenna Replica for most Volkswagens

The standard antenna for Golfs without factory fitted Satellite Navigation is a large whip antenna which is pretty visually unappealing. If you don’t mind taking a small hit on antenna performance there is a cheap and easy upgrade available in the form of a 6.5cm (2 5/8″) long rubber antenna that has a 5mm screw fitting.

I purchased this upgrade from parts4euro who claim that it’s compatible with the following cars.

BMW Z3, Z4 Coupe & Roadster, E46 3-series convertible, Honda Si, Sir Hatchback, S2000, Lexus IS200, IS300, New MINI Cooper, Mazda Protege 5, Mazda3, Mazda6, Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Nissan 350Z, Ponticac Vibe- Saturn 2003+ USA L-series only (L200 and L300), Scion xA, tc, Suzuki Aerio, Toyota New Corolla, Matrix, Echo Hatchback, 2004+ Prius, VW Beetle, Golf, GTI, Rabbit, Jetta, Passat

Click here to see the product on the parts4euro website and if you want to purchase this for only USD$29.99 click here. This is a special price for members of golfmkv forum members.

If you’re in Australia you can purchase this from dubaddiction for AUD$24.95 + delivery here.

Volkswagen Golf Reverse Light Upgrade PIAA XTREME

PIAA 27watt XTREME Globes
PIAA 27watt XTREME Globes

The PIAA XTREME White Bulbs that I ordered a few weeks ago arrived today, going by the reviews and the claim this should not only give me a whiter light but extra light out the back. Whilst the coating on the globe would reduce light output to a certain extent the fact that they were 27watts instead of the standard 21watts instilled me with confidence that they would achieve both of these claims and resolve one of the minor issues with the VW Golf GTI which is only one reverse light.

They arrived well packaged in a nice presentation box and I fired up the lux meter in preparation for a blinding display from the PIAA. The results speak for themselves.

Measured on a digital lux meter at 500mm and 1100mm.

Standard 21watt          PIAA 27watt
403                             146   (550mm)
75                               27   (1100mm)

Pretty disappointing and whilst the light from the PIAA looks whiter and brighter when looking at the globe it doesn’t illuminate anywhere near the same area as the standard globe. Needless to say the PIAA globe has been removed. The globe also felt a fair bit hotter (hotter then expected) then the standard 21watt globe, the coating also smelt burnt (may have been because the coating was new). Needless to say the globe has been returned to standard.

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI)


The Media Device Interface (MDI) offers support for USB devices (memory sticks and hard drives), iPod integration and Aux In along with displaying ID3 tags over the CANbus to the MFD and the RCD310, RCD510 and RNS510 headunit. The unit is available for the Passat which mounts in the glovebox and the Golf which mounts in the centre console replacing the 6 stacker cd changer. It is possible to mount the unit elsewhere in the car.

UPDATE: Volkswagen have released a retrofit kit that comes without the additional trim for the cd changer mounting and is designed for mounting behind the dash. See here for further information.

  • Module with USB cable for Golf/Passat/Jetta: Part Number 5N0 035 341 B (5N0035341 B)  – USD$255.86
  • Module with USB cable for Tiguan: Part number 5N0 035 341 (5N0035341) USD$300.94)
  • iPod cable: Part Number 000 051 446 C (000051446C)  – ~USD$51
  • AUX in cable: Part Number 000 051 446 D (000051446D)
  • Extension cable for MDI interface 000 051 447 (000051447)

If you want to install the unit into the cd changer location on a GTI with Anthracite trim that doesn’t have a changer installed in the console between the seats you will need the following parts

  • CD Changer Center Console: Part Number 1K0 863 323A 71N (1K0863323A71N)
  • CD Changer Insert: Part Number 1K0 863 328A 71N (1K0863328A71N)
  • CD Changer Air Duct: Part Number 1K0 864 255C (1K0864255C)
MDI installed in CD Changer Location
MDI installed in CD Changer Location

To remove the CD Changer housing to make the MDI easier to mount (Glovebox for example) remove the two T20 screws and then press down on the two clips on the unit to release it.

Pinouts on Media Device Interface (MDI), Bold connections only used if CD changer being retained.

Pin 1: Ground
Pin 2: CAN Low
Pin 3: not used
Pin 4: NFR+/AUX R+
Pin 5: NFL+/CD Changer pass thru
Pin 6: NFR+/CD Changer pass thru
Pin 7: 12V
Pin 8: CAN High
Pin 9: NFL+/AUX L+
Pin 10: NF-/AUX –
Pin 11: NF-/CD Changer pass thru
Pin 12: Shield for CD Changer pass thru cable

Make custom harness for connecting to headunit

  • 2m of 2 conductor shielded wire
  • 2m of unshielded twister pair
  • 4m of 18 guage wire
  • 5 x 000 979 009 repair wire
  • 8E0 972 112 housing

Place two connectors on the UTP for CAN High and CAN Low, two connectors on the 18guage wire for 12V and Ground and two connectors to the 2 conductor shielded wire. This is the end for the MDI and for the end on the head unit side you can splice these wires or use a bluetooth or similar harness.

MDI Interface    Headunit

Pin 1 Ground – T16/12
Pin 2 CAN Low – T16/10
Pin 4 NFR+/AUX R+ – T12B/7
Pin 7 12V – T16/15
Pin 8 CAN High – T16/09
Pin 9 NFL+/AUX L+ – T12B/1
Pin 10 NF-/AUX- – T12B/2

Add Auxiliary input with MDI fitted.

  • Aux in port: Part number 1K0 035 724B
  • 3 wire connector housing: Part number 1C0 973 119B
  • Terminals (2): Part number 000 979 009

Pin 1 of the 3 pin connector (R+) goes to Pin 4 of the MDI
Pin 2 of the 3 pin connector (-) goes to Pin 10 of the MDI
Pin 3 of the 3 pin connector (L+) goes to Pin 9 of the MDI

Kufatec sell this unit as a kit, click here for further information.

When using the USB with removable hard drive ensure that the drive is using a FAT32 file system, other types such as NTFS will not be usable.

Upgrade Golf Headlights to Osram Nightbreaker

Upgrading to the Osram Night Breaker +90 in the Golf makes a reasonable difference to the throw of the lights and a substantial difference to the colour.

Osram Nightbreaker
Osram Nightbreaker H7

Osram claim up to 90% more light and up to 10% whiter light which from what I can see is pretty accurate.

The standard globes fitted to the Golf were reasonable but could certainly be improved, I would recommend taking optional bi-xenon lights where possible but unfortunately in my case I ended up having to settle for a car without them or face an additional 3-4 months delay.

It’s hard to show the difference the light makes in photos but you can see the difference in output and throw clearly when you’ve changed one globe. The comparative picture from Osram shows the difference between standard and the Nightbreaker +90’s.

Overall I would estimate the additional output/throw to increase the distance from which you can see to be around 20%.

These globes were purchased from Powerbulbs who offer free shipping worldwide.

At the same time I fitted the Philips BlueVision W5W globes to replace the parking lights which were quite yellow looking. These were included free with the order from Powerbulbs and make a big difference.