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Volkswagen RNS 510 Versions

The RNS 510 was released around July 2007 in very limited supply.  Generally CANBUS 2 cars with a build date of Week 22/2005 or later can have a RNS510 fitted, those cars/vans with CANBUS 1.6 require an adapter. There are two shapes of bezel one for for the Touareg and one for the other models.

RNS 510 Specifications

  • Touch Screen Operation
  • High Quality Sunlight Readable TFT display
  • 400 mHz CPU
  • Standard map display, or 2D or 3D
  • Audio Playback in MP3 or WMA formats
  • SD Card Slot for MP3 data which can be copied to the hard drive (2GB Max – SDHC cards will not work)
  • 30GB internal hard disk
  • DVD playback when stationary
  • The DVD Maps are from Navteq (Europe), Sensis (Australia)
  • CD Changer, IPOD Interface, Analog and DVB-T Tuners can be connected

Offroad navigation. A further innovation of the RNS 510 is a specially developed offroad navigation system. This mode makes it possible to record up to 500 route points during a journey, even in non-digitized areas. This allows the driver to find his or her way back from offroad adventures into any desert or steppe. In edit mode, the driver can modify the route as desired.

New versions of the RNS 510 are due out April 2009. No details of any changes are available.

1T0035680C (1T0 035 680 C)

3C0035680C (3C0 035 680 C) – For Start/Stop Cars

7L6035680C (7L6 035 680 C) – Touareg

1T0035680B (1T0 035 680 B)

7L6035680B (7L6 035 680 B) – Touareg

1T0035680A (1T0 035 680 A)

7L6035680A (7L6 035 680 A) – Touareg

Original Release

1T0035680 (1T0 035 680 )

7L6035680 (7L6 035 680 ) – Touareg

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 1100 / 1102

NOTE: A new firmware version supercedes this one. See Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2660 / 2662 / 2664 / 2666 / 2668

Version 1100 Firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 has been released, the update upgrades the version to the B version and gives new features such as

  • Bluetooth audio support
  • AV output
  • Faster touchscreen response
  • New volume location at bottom of screen without any dimming
  • Bluetooth Audio Support
  • New Balance Fader

Units that can be upgraded include

  • 1T0 035 680 (1T0035680) from software version 0421, 0520, 1000, 800 and 900 to version 1100.
  • 1T0 035 680 A (1T0035680A) from software version 0421, 0520, 1000, 800 and 900 to version 1100.
  • 1T0 035 680 B (1T0035680B) from software version 0421, 0520, 1000, 800 and 900 to version 1100.
  • 7L6 035 680 (7L6035680) from software version 0522, 1002 and 1022 to version 1102.
  • 7L6 035 680 A (7L6035680A) from software version 0522, 1002 and 1022 to version 1102.
  • 7L6 035 680 B (7L6035680B) from software version 0522, 1002 and 1022 to version 1102.
  • 1Z0 035 680A (1Z0035680A)

After the process is complete you will have a B revision unit.

The firmware can be downloaded from here in a NRG format and should be burnt to DVD +RW (CDR is also ok) using Nero. Alternatively you can download the ISO version from here.

Warning! When this upgrade is performed it will delete all the music and require your maps to be reloaded (last addresses and home address are retained however as are other settings). There is also a remote chance of your ‘bricking’ your unit. The process will take around 60 minutes.

  1. Unlock and/or open the car
  2. Do not start the car
  3. Turn the RNS 510 on and insert the firmware CD/DVD into the drive
First stage of firmware upgrade loading
First stage of firmware upgrade loading
Second stage of firmware upgrade loading
Second stage of firmware upgrade loading
Unit will restart before the next stage
Unit will restart before the next stage
Unit after restart
Unit after restart
First confirmation screen
First confirmation screen
Second confirmation screen
Second confirmation screen
The process will quickly show 100% and move onto the next step
The process will quickly show 100% and move onto the next step
The actualy firmware upgrade will now commence after this screen
The actual firmware upgrade will now commence after this screen
Time remaining is shown at the base
Time remaining is shown at the base
Process is still going, once this step is finished the unit will change to the following screen
Process is still going, once this step is finished the unit will change to the following screen
Eject the CD to restart the system
Eject the CD to restart the system
Sound setup menu - new option for AV output
Sound setup menu - new option for AV output
New fader display
New fader display
New options for bluetooth audio and artist/title names.
New options for bluetooth audio and artist/title names.

Insert the map DVD and it will automatically start loading. If you try and eject it early you will get the following message.

Early ejection of the map dvd will give this error.
Early ejection of the map dvd will give this error.

Note: Setup now has to entered by coding using Vagcom\VCDS. See seperate guide for performing this.

Note: If you receive a clamp state error ‘a swl disk is detected but it is unvalid because of clamp state. please switch clamp state to hour mode and re insert disk’ this means you need to change the time format of the clock in the RNS 510 from 12 hour to 24 hour clock.

Volkswagen Golf Reverse Camera Upgrade RNS510

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

The Golf can have the factory reverse system from other models (generally Tiguan 5N0) installed, there are a few caveats that must be checked first as some components in the car must be a particular revision or higher.

Gateway needs to be 3C0 907 530 H or higher. For the Tiguan or Passat controller you need to use a 9-byte long CAN gateway (L or N at the end), the Touareg controller may only require a 8 byte controller.

Kufatec sell a harness that connects the RNS510 to the reverse camera controller for 89 euros.

Parts required for install (not using the hatch/boot release detailed below)

Reverse Controller Tiguan- 5N0907441
Reverse Controller Toureg – 7L6907441B (not recommended)
Reverse Controller Holder – 5N0909537A
Camera – 5N0980551A
Cable for Camera 3M – 000098654A

Using VCDS/Vagcom you need to code the CAN gateway (19), the RNS510 (37 or 56), the RVC controller with 0010007 and then perform a camera calibration.

Camera mounting option – rear hatch/boot release

Integrating the camera into the rear pop up hatch release has been a project I’ve been looking into for a while, this is now made easier by the release of the MK6 Golf as this has a camera integrated into the hatch release.

Part Numbers

Golf 6 hatch release – 5K0 827 469J
Passat CC boot release – 5K0 827 469H

Mounting gasket is the same for Golf 6, Passat CC and Golf 5. Switch for the hatch/boot release is the same as well.

Both Golf 5 and Golf 6 use the Q CANBUS gateway.

Using an aftermarket reverse camera with the RNS510

I’m currently working on this as part of another project so the information here is sketchy for the time being.

In the Radio Configuration II there is a Byte 3, Bit 6 (Backup Camera Low – without control module)

RNS2 and RNS510 Connector Differences
RNS2 and RNS510 Connector Differences

Volkswagen RNS 510 FAQ

Entering Setup

Reboot unit if powered on or power on, press and hold the setup button for around 15 seconds when the Volkswagen logo appears on the screen.

Entering Test Mode

Using VCDS/VAGCOM open the 37 – Navigation and adaption channel 50, enter 1 into the value field and save. Power on unit and hold the setup button for around 15 seconds when the Volkswagen logo appears on the screen.