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So based on recommendations from our Mods I'm starting a new thread to document my retrofit of a MY2010 MKII TT RNS-E unit in a MY2003 B6A4.

I bough the unit used from an MKII TT owner who had bought it at the dealership and later decided to sell the TT. So this is a legit North America unit.









Here's a close-up of its label for reference:



So I realise I need to swap the faceplates, before doing that I wanted to check that the unit would work in the Avant. All the connections are the same btw the "new" and the "old" RNS-E. There is no re-wiring needed. It's plug & play at this stage.





Since the unit was bought new, the previous owner didn't need a PIN when he installed it in his TT and thus never bothered to figure it what it was. Thankfully my mechanic used to be a Master Tech at Audi so he was able to figure out what the PIN was. As an FYI, in order to retrieve the PIN, you need to take the AUZ number of the unit to a dealership and ask them to look it up. If your unit is legit, it is most likely they will be able to provide it to you.

So armed w/ my PIN, I got the unit to work in the Avant:



It did take a while for the unit to "acknowledge" its new environment. For the time being I have coded the unit to the same code as the "old" unit: 0301615. The software is 0070.

But I've got to say that for a while I was really wondering if the CAN Low & High connections or signals sent thru these connections were the same. The reason for that is that I've got a V1 radar detector w/ an ADR interface that sends the V1 data to my Driver Information Display and for a while the only thing I could see in the DID was all the possible V1 signals, no radio station or MP3 song titles. But after leaving the Avant and the unit turned off for a few minutes, the data displayed in the DID showed as expected when I turned everything back on. Now I did have to turn off both the ignition and the RNS-E itself, since at first turning on and off the ignition had no effect on the RNS-E whatsoever. Again this worked as expected after leaving both off for a few minutes.

Now the one thing I really wanted to test was the Rear View Camera and unfortunately at this point, it is not working. There is no TV option in the Media menu. That to me is almost a deal breaker. I've had the RVC for a few months now, and you get used to it... I'll do some more testing though.

As an FYI accessing the Engineering menu on the 2010 unit is done in the same fashion as for the "old" unit: press "Nav", then the right button above the main knob for 5secs, then the left button above the main knob for another 5secs or until the Engineering menu appears. Taking screen shots is still an option and I've already started taking some which I'll be posting later. Although it takes longer for the screen shot to be recorded to the SD card, maybe it would be faster w/ an SDHC cad...

Talking about the screen, the definition is amazing. There is truly a noticeable difference from the previous version. The schema of the colours used for the roads has changed. I think I like the new one better although my favorite one remains the European schema on the "old" unit. Again I'll post comparison screen shots at some points. One thing I also noticed is that the street definition is better and side streets are now still visible up to a zoom of 500m instead disappearing at a zoom of 300m. It does make the map a little busy but I think it's better that way. Again screen shots to follow...

TMC is now available in North America and it's pretty amazing. It places icons on the road to inform you of specific traffic situations and also highlights the roads using colour coding to indicate traffic... Well I think that's what these colours represent... When selecting the "Info" menu, you get a list of all the traffic situations/events in your area and you can get further details on each by selecting them. Again I'll post screen shots of that option later on.

All and all I'm really torn right now. The higher screen definition, the map colour schema and precision, the TMC info are some really amazing improvements compared to the "old" RNS-E, however I'm not sure I 'm willing to give up the RVC...
 

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Ask and you shall receive... ;-)

I'm no longer torn btw the "old" and the "new"... :D

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that the RVC wasn't working with the software coding of "0301615" I had entered... That code was from when I installed the MFSW, which was installed prior to the RVC... and well we all know that the RVC doesn't work in the A4s... :roll:

So today I thought I would try to code the RNS-E to think the Avant was a Lamborghini. I was still not too sure it would work since I thought I recalled even when still coded to an A4 "TV" showed up as a source in the "CD/TV" menu, but there was no such option in the "Media" menu of the 2010 RNS-E...

So I changed the software coding to "0101615" which correspond to the Lamborghini and change the value from "0" to "1" in the adaptation channel 4...

I reset the unit by holding down both the "FM/AM" and "Set-up" buttons, and then the unit reset restarted w/ the Lamborghini start-up screen:



Well that was a good sign... I don't know whether the 2010 Lamborghini's come w/ this new RNS-E, but at least the software was programmed for them...

I then started the Avant, held my breath ... and engaged the reverse... et voilà... :D





I'm totally in LOVE w/ this new RNS-E now... it's AWESOME!!! \\:D/

Nest step is to swap faceplates...
 

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oh yeah i am guessing it is not hard, just like to see how it is done
There's been several retrofits already posted on here where the faceplate has been swapped, and swapping the faceplate on the 2010 RNS-E is exactly the same process as swapping the faceplate on the earlier RNS-E.

Search and you'll find posts giving detailed instructions how to swap the faceplate.
 

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Well here's the final update on the retrofit. It's all done and here are a couple of pics of the unit all fitted in...





It's barely noticeable in these pictures but the screen surrounding is actually a couple of shades darker than the rest of the unit. As hard as it is for me to accept this imperfection, I think I'll manage live w/ it... ;-)

A couple of little things that makes this unit "unique": The on/off & volume knob as well as the main knob from the "older" faceplate were swapped and replaced w/ the knob w/ silver accent from the "newer" faceplate. I also replaced the "CD/TV" button w/ the "Media" button but kept the "Radio" one from the "older" faceplate...

Taking the faceplate apart isn't too difficult, but, swapping the buttons is a PITA. Everything, circuit board, plastic trims, etc... has to be taken off just to get to the buttons. The only one that comes off easily is the main knob that can just be pulled out. Also the screws tightening everything together are on really tight and it's hard not to strip them in the process of removing them.

I really like how the knobs w/ the silver accents tied in w/ the silver trims on the trays and other buttons as well as w/ the silver trim at the bottom of the unit... I know I know, little details but me like a lot...
 

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I live on Divis and California in SF, I'm going to keep a lookout for your blue B6 Avant!

So jealous of your RNS-E 2010!!!!!
 
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