rns-e upgrades - help required please


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hi guys,

recently bought allroad tdi limited edition which has rns-e navplus.

however the telephone and tv functions are missing.

wanting to upgrade to have full bluetooth functionality integrated into rns-e as opposed to going the 'parrot' route. whats the best kit to look for and where can i find it??

not so bothered about getting the tv working but it'd be nice for if i was on a long trip (not that i do that very often either), again what options are available to me for upgrading to say a freeview tuner?

thirdly, i'm looking for some sort of ipod connection for my 1st gen nano, preferrably that would again integrate into the rns-e and show song titles/artwork etc

Finally, how easy is it to upgrade to a m/f steering wheel??

I'm busy scouring the forums to see what i can find out, but thought i was as well posting my intentions to see what advice etc was forthcoming!

cheers guys



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phone functionality is easy - you will need the audi bluetooth phone module and a loom to connect it to the rns-e, along with the oem mic and lead

see www.navplus.us

nothing will integrate the ipod to rns-e with text /titles - just cant be done cos the changer interface doesnt send cd text.

for a fully integrated mp3 system the phatbox system is hard to beat = it uses voices to guide the user throught gigs of mp3s and integrates with any audi head - the head thinks its just got a standard changer connected. its out of production now but can be had cheap on ebay, particularly from the usa. it can be patched easily to use large disks - i have a 160gig laptop drive in mine about 1/2 full.

the tv stuff is very expensive to integrate properly using oem - you can get the factory tuner, but the antennas around the boot would need replacing at about £400! - you can get a video-in module and remove the tv in motion lock on the rns-e and use an aftermarket tuner/remote/antenna quite easily though

try browsing the above site /forum and look at www.kufatec.de

Issac Hunt

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nothing will integrate the ipod to rns-e with text /titles - just cant be done cos the changer interface doesnt send cd text.

Thats one of the major failures of the RNS-E in my opionion. Audi really missed the boat in this department. Sadly with the introduction of MMI deveolpment has really slowed/stopped on the RNS-E. However the American market will be getting an Ipod adapter that shows track details on the screen - It emulates the satellite radio tuner option they get so it'll never be available in Europe sadly.

I went a slightly different route and installed a media player instead, all controllable from the head-unit. Not quite Ipod integration but it holds 320GB of music and video so it will do for now.


MFSW should be pretty straightforward, you might need a new steering ECU in order to get it working though (might not be required if you already have cruise control).