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    RNS-E Purchase

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    I am thinking on purchasing An RNS-E unit for my MY10 A3 Sportback Sport. I have been on Ebay and see a few for sale from Lithuania. What does everyone know about these and are they to be trusted? Or should I stick to buying one from the UK

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    I know a few Guys have bought them with no issues, my only concern would be where they are originating from, try Hazy Dayz in Google.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMCN View Post
    Hi
    I am thinking on purchasing An RNS-E unit for my MY10 A3 Sportback Sport. I have been on Ebay and see a few for sale from Lithuania. What does everyone know about these and are they to be trusted? Or should I stick to buying one from the UK

    Cheers in advance
    Make sure you budget another 250 ish for retro fitting the Radio Antenna.
    I didnt.

    cheers
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    This site got me far, http://www.hazydayz.co.uk/, lol.

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    I brought mine from Lithuania. Had no problems, fast delivery with new sat pick up and new 09 Europe DVD and importantly, the audi key code....Not sure what Paul means re radio antenna ? i just plugged mine in the old one ? all in it was half the price of hazy dayz .

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    I brought mine from Lithuania. Had no problems, fast delivery with new sat pick up and new 09 Europe DVD and importantly, the audi key code....Not sure what Paul means re radio antenna ? i just plugged mine in the old one ? all in it was half the price of hazy dayz .
    If you already have the old Nav fitted then iirc RNSE interfaces with the existing antenna. Plug and play with maybe some coding.

    If you change from Concert/II to RNSE then you will need to retro fit a new radio antenna. Wires n stuff.

    They are a few `how to` guides on ASN, JohnS3,NHN etc, are very knowledgable guys on this conversion.

    Its something Ive not done yet but intend to.
    Although I cant say I miss the radio much at all even after 8 months.

    cheers
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    I went from an 04 Symphony II to an 08 RNSE and it was plug and play with a small 15 antenna adapter.. !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    I went from an 04 Symphony II to an 08 RNSE and it was plug and play with a small 15 antenna adapter.. !!
    Now you have my attention.

    15 adaptor? Really?

    Anyone know what the difference is between Concert to RNSE and Symphony to RNSE?

    Sorry for the hijack gents, in fact I might start a thread.

    The info I have previously is that my car needs some module and wires etc fitted in the tailgate.
    Or did I have a brain fart?

    Help please.

    Thanks
    Paul
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Now you have my attention.

    15 adaptor? Really?

    Anyone know what the difference is between Concert to RNSE and Symphony to RNSE?

    Sorry for the hijack gents, in fact I might start a thread.

    The info I have previously is that my car needs some module and wires etc fitted in the tailgate.
    Or did I have a brain fart?

    Help please.

    Thanks
    Paul
    I have heard Nige say this but not sure what he was on about because i just brought the little plug adapter for the Ariel where it plugs into the RNSE and its been fine.

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    Here we go Paul, this is the bit i used

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FM-Antena-to-d...#ht_500wt_1182

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    The only reason I suggested Hazy days even though more expensive is for me personally I want to know the history of what I'm buying or at least get a receipt, with all the high end model thefts from properties recently I just don't want to invest in the epidemic, just a few too many RNSE available to all be legit, or am I just cynical ?

    Definetly a good mod though and on the to do list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Now you have my attention.

    15 adaptor? Really?

    Anyone know what the difference is between Concert to RNSE and Symphony to RNSE?

    Sorry for the hijack gents, in fact I might start a thread.

    The info I have previously is that my car needs some module and wires etc fitted in the tailgate.
    Or did I have a brain fart?

    Help please.

    Thanks
    Paul
    Hi Paul. Audi changed the antenna systems on post 07 cars. as you have an S3 (07 or newer) you will have this new system. These cars have a HF/HF system, pre 07 cars use the HF/ZF system and only require a small cable adaptor. If you were to spec nav from the factory you would have the HF/ZF system fitted.

    Do you suffer from degraded FM reception? Some people dont notice if they live in an area with a good FM signal. Also you will still have the ZF short to earth DTC showing in VCDS.

    I hope this helps.


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    wasnt there a way around this using a golf module?

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    Yes, I used a golf module for some time, it fixed the patchy reception I was getting, but it didn't get rid of the ZF short to earth issue. The modules are quite cheap, but the custom cables cost more than the module it's self.
    As I like to do things properly, I did a lot of research and came up with the antenna swop/rewire solution. There is a very long thread about this on audiforums.us if you want a fun bedtime read!!


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    I got mine from here.

    http://www.oemretrofits.co.uk/

    Went down to meet the guys and they are sound , full invoice provided and a 3 month warranty.

    Plugged strait in to 2008 a3 , no adaptor or ariel problems, then took it out and put it in MY59 S3 strait in no extras ( apart from BOSE pins moving as i had the AUX input by the hand break ) no ariel problem on the S3 either.


    I do agree with Spin on the amount of bits that are coming up on ebay recently , i to am staying clear or parts unless i know where they are coming from like a genuine breaker with an insurance contract.

    Remember these companies are now competing against ebay , so always up for a deal.
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    Run a VCDS scan, you'll see a ZF short to ground error, trust me!

    1 Fault Found:
    00858 - Connection; Radio ZF Output to Antenna Amplifier
    007 - Short to Ground


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    Run a VCDS scan, you'll see a ZF short to ground error, trust me!

    1 Fault Found:
    00858 - Connection; Radio ZF Output to Antenna Amplifier
    007 - Short to Ground

    Yeah i have VCD , and i am aware it does show the fault .

    But have no issues with the reception.. So all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    Hi Paul. Audi changed the antenna systems on post 07 cars. as you have an S3 (07 or newer) you will have this new system. These cars have a HF/HF system, pre 07 cars use the HF/ZF system and only require a small cable adaptor. If you were to spec nav from the factory you would have the HF/ZF system fitted.

    Do you suffer from degraded FM reception? Some people dont notice if they live in an area with a good FM signal. Also you will still have the ZF short to earth DTC showing in VCDS.

    I hope this helps.

    Thanks John.

    I have pretty much no reception at all.
    I had planned to get this sorted before the New year.
    But the money went on H&R springs on instead!

    Definately will do this in the next couple of months.

    I think there is also some coding to do to get the full Telephone functionality, some of the features dont appera to be working, so it should all get sorted at the same time (only taken me 8 month so far!)

    Cheers
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    That doesn't sound right. Have you checked the connections?
    What does a VCDS scan tell you?

    Keep an eye on eBay for the lower amp. They do come up from time to time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    That doesn't sound right. Have you checked the connections?
    What does a VCDS scan tell you?

    Keep an eye on eBay for the lower amp. They do come up from time to time.
    Not even done that mate.

    Need to get my finger out when the weather breaks.

    Cheers
    Paul
    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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    really intreasted in getting one of these units, could someone please tell me the features they have on them?

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    depends what you want added they come with just nav and dvd compatibility i belive, though you can add bluetooth modules tv/dtv modules sirrus radio multimedia interfaces and so on

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1988brown View Post
    really intreasted in getting one of these units, could someone please tell me the features they have on them?
    Allsorts mate,

    SD Cards for MP3s
    TV
    Sat-Nav (most say they prefer it to TomTom)

    and the list is endless for adding really.. with a MMI (multimedia interface) you can add a Reverse Camera, DVD player, Games Console, Freeview.... anything with an AV output!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Not even done that mate.

    Need to get my finger out when the weather breaks.

    Cheers
    Paul
    2 x Lower antenna amps on ebay right now! one cheap, one not so cheap!
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Audi-S3-A3-8PA...item5632cd2398
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEU-Verstaerke...item3efcbdbf8b

    Buy it dude!!


 

 

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