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I'm going to keep this first message updated with the responses received in this thread or found somewhere else. Might be useful for those who are interested in sourcing the Euro RNS-E for use in North America but don't know yet where the differences are.

It has been confirmed that the US software 0020 can be loaded on Euro units with software 0140 or older. Euro units with software 0330 or newer have not been tested yet. Installing the US software on a US unit fixes all issues mentioned below and does not require a patched DVD anymore. See here for details.

Please do not discuss issues in this thread, just list what you confirmed being different when comparing the Euro RNS-E with the US unit.

US DVD does not work
The US DVD must be patched to be detected as map DVD by the Euro unit. The properly patched 2004 US DVD has been confirmed to work with the Euro software 0050 to 0140. It is confirmed that the patched 2004 US DVD will not work with Euro unit running software 0330 or newer.

Missing street issue
Smallest streets in rural areas are not shown on the map but used for navigation (timing estimates seem to be incorrect/to long). Toll roads are also not shown on the map but used for navigation (timing estimates seem to be OK here).

Unable to enter North/South/East/West addresses
It is not possible to pick N/S/E/W addresses for streets. This doesn't exist in Europe and is therefore not available even when using the US DVD.

XM/Sirius SAT radio does not work
The Euro unit does not detect an installed OEM SAT receiver. To be confirmed with the 2nd generation SAT receivers (D and E unit).

FM/AM Frequency issue
The Euro unit allows to tune FM in 0.1MHz increments and AM (MW) in 9MHz increments. FM is fine in North America (0.2MHz is the standard in NA) but AM does not work very well because only a few North American station transmit on frequencies supported by the Euro unit. AM Stereo is also not supported by the Euro RNS-E

RDS categories do not match
Euro and North America use different categories for RDS programs. The US unit displays frequency and RDS station name, the EU unit displays RDS station name and genre.
 

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might want to add this... (link here)

infinityicube said:
as some of you may have noticed the us spec phatbox, when used with the
euro nav+/mfd headunit, skips once in a while. These skips can be a
short jump in the music or momentary drop of the cd changer connection.
I believe all the us spec phatboxes used with euro nav+s have this
problem. some may be minor so you don't notice it as much. some may
skip a few times for each song. The skipping problem is related to the
buffer chip used. The euro spec phatbox uses a different voltage chip
than the us spec phatbox so when used with the euro nav+ it creates a
power incompatibility problem. i have successfully converted the US
spec phatbox to euro spec and it's now fully compatible with the nav+
and doesn't skip anymore. This conversion is not recommended to anyone
who does not have expert soldering skills. The chip is extremely tiny
so a magnifying glass and super fine tip soldering iron are needed. DO
NOT attempt if you're not a soldering expert or i can guarantee that
you will end up with a phat paperweight. Email me at kenzhao8 at
comcast dot net for part numbers and questions.
 

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hum... good question... i assumed it was...

i'd be really interested in knowing what the answer would be since i'm considering a Phatbox, instead of buying SDs...
 

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Avantéix said:
hum... good question... i assumed it was...

i'd be really interested in knowing what the answer would be since i'm considering a Phatbox, instead of buying SDs...
Just my 2 cents:

I have an EU HU (I live in Italy) and I got an US PhatBox (sincerely it's a VW version too...).

I have used it "on the fly" for two weeks now (Thursday is "fitting-day"...)and I got no problem at all. I don't think I got the latest PB revision as the PB itself was manufactured in year 2002...

Not being aware of that problem I started worrying while reading the above message, but after completely understanding the reported problem I can assure I never suffered it...

I'm available for further verifications anyway.

Ciao
 

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I agree. All of the issues have been solved by loading the US software onto a Euro unit. However, there are several ways of how to load the software and it heavily depenes on in which condition (reads: which software is loaded on) the Euro unit is.

Fact is that all you need is a Euro unit and the newest US DVD. The files on the US DVD can be modified to be accepted by the Euro unit as an update. And this applies to Euro unit up to software 0360.
 

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The latest Euro software version is 0450 (on the 2006 DVD) - does anyone know if the same comment is true with this SW version?
 

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Hey guys, I have somewhat an urgent question for you. I am currently looking to purchase an 2009 A3 / S3 / S
PART NUMBER # 8PO 035 192 S
with European MAPS, But i am not sure sure will i be able to make this unit work in the US specifically Chicago. I have a 2006 A3 with BT. If anyone could help me out with this question it would be great. Thanks
 

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Yes, it will work perfectly. Check my DIY or PM me and I can make a conversion cd for u
Just to clarify that answer ...

It won't work "out of the box", but it can be easily made to work by making a CD that converts it from EU software to US software.
 

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I just got an Eur unit!! ahhh I should read this thread first before I bought that

Can someone tell me that if this unit works with the U.S DVD map without any changes?

Partnumber: 8E0 035 192 T

Production date 2009/12

Software Version 0650

Can I run the latest of U.S DVD map or any other year of U.S DVD map?
 

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Can someone tell me that if this unit works with the U.S DVD map without any changes?

Partnumber: 8E0 035 192 T

Production date 2009/12

Software Version 0650

Can I run the latest of U.S DVD map or any other year of U.S DVD map?
sw 650 is for non-US DVDs only, it will not work with the US DVD without changing the software.
 

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sw 650 is for non-US DVDs only, it will not work with the US DVD without changing the software.
Thank you for letting me know!!! now I have to flash my EUR unit to U.S firmware : ( then I can use in North American. (Actually I'm in Canada.) So do you know how to flash the software to U.S ? I found this link but it seems no longer avaliable.
http://www.navplus.us/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1573
 
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