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    RNS-E Retrofit, a big thankyou!

    I’ve just installed my retrofit RNS-E to my 08 S3 and I’m really pleased with how it’s gone. A big thank you to the people who have posted guides and tips on how to get this done, with all the posts from others it made this a doddle.

    I had some problems with the unit I got from ebay. I contacted the seller before I placed a bid and asked if the unit had any scratches or marks either on the screen or the facia and he said no. When it arrived the screen was scratched to hell. On closer inspection the scratching was in the antiglare surface and not on the screen itself so I polished the antiglare surface off and it looks 100% again. I’ve also arranged with the seller to dispatch me a new screen; I’ll probably just keep it as a spare. Not happy that the seller lied but that’s the danger of eBay I guess.

    Next up is the Bluetooth phone kit! Probably going to pay to get that done....

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    Congrats mate, welcome to the world of retrofit

    What did you use to polish off the anti glare surface by the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill1012k View Post
    I polished the antiglare surface off and it looks 100% again.
    Tell us how !
    With what ?
    Mine looks like its been hit by a sandblaster so if this can be done I'm interested.
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    Pics of the finished item would be good also

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    Who was the eBay seller so anyone else looking can be aware of them ?

    Thanks
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    Oh forgot to say i think i read on nav. forum that some people use meguars plastic polish.

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    Yeah that's the stuff!

    Meguiar's Clear Plastic Polish
    http://www.performancemotorcare.com/...ic_Polish.html

    I ordered it from them and it arrived next day. I used cotton wool to slowly remove the antiglare surface, it took a while and getting around the edges was hard but it's well worth the effort. I'll post some before / after pics later for those who are interested.

    The chap on ebay was called quickship.ltd, he has a few other nav unit's for sale so be careful.

    Again, love the RNS-E I think it's great, really pleased with it.

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    Hi Phill,

    Glad it's all working well. Hope you read some of my threads along the way!


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    I've just done the same in my A3, was so surprised how easy it was was, didn't even have to touch vagcom to get it all working. Fitting it in the dark in under 30mins!

    Had a few problems with the guy I bought it from on ebay to, he originally stated he was from london, but then the unit was sent from Lithuania, few days after I had paid he deleted his ebay and paypal accounts, got pretty worried but the unit then turned up the next day... weird!

    Currently only getting 4 satellites with the gps aerial stuck onto the back of the actual unit, planning to move it above my glovebox this weekend.

    Have a pic of the install while updating the nav

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    welcome to the club LOL

    It may not be the best satnav on the market but the OEM look is spot on. Guess a FBMSW will be next on list
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    Quick question,.. if the car never came with navigation from the factory, is it still possible to do this retro fit?

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    Yes. If you do a search you will find all you need to know, there are loads of threads about it. If you already have a double din stereo then is a piece of cake, but bit harder and more expensive if you dont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronald_adi View Post
    Quick question,.. if the car never came with navigation from the factory, is it still possible to do this retro fit?
    Yep - that's kind of what the word retrofit means! Do a search on the forum plus Google; there's dozens of write-ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickl View Post
    I've just done the same in my A3, was so surprised how easy it was was, didn't even have to touch vagcom to get it all working. Fitting it in the dark in under 30mins!

    Had a few problems with the guy I bought it from on ebay to, he originally stated he was from london, but then the unit was sent from Lithuania, few days after I had paid he deleted his ebay and paypal accounts, got pretty worried but the unit then turned up the next day... weird!

    Currently only getting 4 satellites with the gps aerial stuck onto the back of the actual unit, planning to move it above my glovebox this weekend.

    Have a pic of the install while updating the nav
    I have my antenna behind the dash insert, much easier to get to than under the glovebox and it will have a better 'view' of the sky.
    Stu.

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    I would be looking to do this retrofit also. Are there different versions of the Navigation that I should be looking for? Does the newest 2009 version work on the 200 car?

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    Just moved my gps aerial from behind the rns-e to behind the instrument cluster. Had 4 satellites before now have 6 in the garage and 7 outside! Big improvement.

    Ronald I believe any of the a3/s3 RNS-e units will work as long as it's an EU version rather than an American one (providing your in europe )


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickl View Post
    Ronald I believe any of the a3/s3 RNS-e units will work as long as it's an EU version rather than an American one (providing your in europe )
    That's correct!


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    This retrofit is such a temptation!

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    This retrofit is such a temptation!
    Definately. I want to do it but can't believe the price these units are fetching on e-bay.

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    Indeed - if they were a bit more towards Ł400 then I would probably tempt myself to do it, but as things currently stand then there are so many more things where my loot seems to be needed to be spent!

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    i took ages to get around to installing the RNS-E and i've got to say even though it costs a lot its great once it's in the car, i'm really pleased with it.

    eBay is an ok route to go for picking one up, i watched a bunch of them come and go before i bid. Buy with paypal, use a credit card and look at the persons feedback else you're putting yourself at risk...i did all these things and ended up having a problem anyway. Thankfully I managed to sort this out without much drama.

    My antenna is attached to the underside of the dash (above the RNS-E itself) and i'm getting between 4 / 6 satellites. I've not had any problems with the unit so far, i've been really impressed with it...but I don't live in a built up area.

    Pictures of the before and after of my screen polishing coming soon for those who are interested.

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    jeeze, it was pretty scratched!
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    How come these screens get so scratched - it's not touchscreen is it? What are they doing to them?
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    i have no idea what had been done to my one, it looked like someone had attacked with with a Brillo pad. Came out very well though, is 100% like new.

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    what did you use to get those scrathes out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N80KRR View Post
    what did you use to get those scrathes out?
    Meguiar's Clear Plastic Polish
    http://www.performancemotorcare.com/...ic_Polish.html


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    Are there any guys in the North east doing a supply & fit service for RNS-E?

    Want this mod.
    Oh, and is it true that if you have Bose the sound quality is better fron RNS-E compared to OEM Single disc CD?

    Want the SD card facilty too, so I can ditch the millions of CDs I have bouncing around every available space.

    cheers
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    I'll buy one off ebay and fit it for you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    I'll buy one off ebay and fit it for you!
    What sort of money are we talking?
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    Depends on what you can get one off ebay for. have a look at this Only 18 minutes to go, make him an offer!


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    Or this, it's a little cheaper.


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    Jeez, still top dollar.

    Do I need any other hardware?

    Car is 57 plate with Bluetooth, FBMFSW and sharkfin Antenna and Symphony.

    Cheers

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    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    Not really, as long as it comes with a gps antenna. I can sort out a 2009 nav disc for you if required.


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    Hey John i would be intrested in this too.
    But id like to have the tv tuner aswell, how hard is all this to fit?

    Hi have the sharkfin, phone prep, bluetooth, bose symphony system its an 56 plate.
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    The TV option needs some antennas and a TV tuner. I hear the picture quality leaves a little to be desired. The audi TV tuner is very expensive, but you can buy quite cheap ones but I think these need a video interface as well.


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    how much can you do a 2009 disc for mate
    LOTS DONE, LOTS SPENT !!!!

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    PM sent


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    LOTS DONE, LOTS SPENT !!!!

 

 

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