What you are installing:
PART ONE: BUYING THE UNIT
Navigation MFD (Multi Function Display)
VW Part Number:
3B0 035 191 D
3B0 035 191 DX
3B0 035 191 E
3B0 035 191 EX
**NOTE** any of the above will work, D or E denote firmware generation, X denotes refurbished equipment.
VW Part Number: 1J0 051 322
GPS coaxial cable
“high” MFA Instrument Cluster
VW Part Number: Varies by model/engine, use VIN to determine appropriate version.
Or reference: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=258281&page=1
The VW OE Navigation system has been a European only option for Golf, Bora, Passat, Sharan, etc. since 1999. All Passats with a double DIN dash are ready for the installation of the system, and single DIN dash Passats can be fitted with a double DIN area. Additional parts are required. (reference: http://www.passat3b.de/tips/25.pdf in German)
The navigation system is based on the Blaupunkt Travel Pilot DX-N color navigation system. The system was once sold in North America, but was discontinued in favor of the smaller single DIN Travel Pilot systems that have a monochrome screen. A Volkswagen variation of this also exists called the Navigation MCD (MonoChrome Display)
The software for the Blaupunkt DX-N system was modified by VW, ensuring the software would only work on their hardware, and their hardware could only use VW software. This meant that the software for the MFD/MCD needs to be compiled using VW and Blaupunkt map disc data, and some encoding information from the navigation CD’s used in the Audi navigation system for North America. If you want to try to create the software on your own you will need all three sets of map discs.
The color Audi Navigation Plus system is virtually the same as the VW Navigation MFD, and the software is interchangeable between them.
One important note, you will need the 6 disk changer in the trunk to play CD's. The slot in the MFD is for map CD-ROMs only, and will not play audio CD's.
Buying the hardware.
There are two ways to do it:
1. Legit, expensive and easy.
2. Ebay, cheap and difficult
If you choose option one, obtaining the hardware is fairly straight forward. You will need a contact that can order European parts, which is fairly easy to find just by posting on http://www.vwvortex.com and asking for assistance buying Euro spec parts. The total will cost you about $2700USD for the MFD, gauge cluster and installation kit. Then you’ll need the software. But you’ll have factory new equipment, shipped in unopened packaging with all the documentation.
Option two will save you a lot of money, but will feel like childbirth. The parts total will vary by the seller, but all included, it is possible to get the parts for $1100USD ~ $1500USD. Not a bad savings. This is the route I took to get my system.
Step 1: Watch Ebay for an MFD. Simple, there are always 3~10 units, but you’ll need to be specific. Remember you need one of the four units above. An “A” or “B” generation will not work with the software disks. A “G” version is specific to 2002+ Double DIN radio equipped cars ONLY! If you have a double DIN radio you MUST buy a “G” version unit, as the wiring harness is different.
You also need to find out if it is complete. You will need:
Code card (with unlock code)
Triplex antenna base
FUBA antenna mast
ABS sensor (for speed)
GPS coaxial cable
Installation sheet for antenna and cabling
Once you have found a unit that matches the technical requirements, you’ll need to check out the seller.
Will the ship to the US?
Do they speak English?
What forms of payment will they accept?
Do they have a good seller rating?
Are they willing to work with you if you have an unusual request? (shipping to a third party, below)
If everything looks good, bid you butt off!
Step 2: Great, you won! Oh crap, now what???!?!!? Well, before you panic, here’s a bit about the German banking system. German banks operate Monday through Friday only, and are completely closed on the weekends, and won’t even process electronic transactions. Also, German banking customers rarely, if ever, use checks as we do in the US. Most transactions are handled via electronic balance transfer of funds from one account to another.
So, since US banks don’t work that way, what do you do? Before you win an auction go to http://www.c2it.com and create an account. C2it is the CitiBank equivalent of PayPal, but will let you perform international wire transfers, and charge a credit card. They cap new member transactions at $600USD though, until you have been address verified. You will need to call them once you have created an account, and get a fax number that you can send a copy of a current utility bill to, then you can make larger transactions. I don’t know if there is any transaction cap after you have been address verified.
You will need some information from the seller to get the money into their account. You will need:
Sellers Daytime Phone Number
Sellers Bank BLZ Number
Sellers Bank Account Number
Sellers Bank Name
Then transfer your money to the other side of the planet for a paltry $10.
You may also be able to go into a branch of your bank and perform the same transaction, but I found that many banks charge as much as $45 to perform this type of transaction. YMMV
Step 3: Once you have transferred the money, you will need to get the unit into the country. There are again two options here. Hold out for a seller that will ship to the US, but this is unfortunately very rare. Only about 3% of the sellers that I encountered on my quest would ship directly. If you find a seller that will ship internationally, you can calculate postage at http://www.deutschepost.de to include in your wire transfer.
More likely, you will find that the seller will ship to Germany only. The only way around this is to have a friend in Germany to act as a shipping “proxy”. That is, your friend gets the package, re-addresses it to you in the US and ships it to you. Again, you may be able to get some volunteers by posting here of VWVortex.
The only other method I can think of using, but have not investigated, is arranging a parcel pick up through FedEx, DHL, or UPS. You may be able to arrange all of the import and customs papers with the shipping carrier from the US, and they would just go to the sellers house and pick up the box. I have done this in the US, but not internationally, proceed on you own if you choose this path.
PART TWO: INSTALLATION
THE AUTHOR ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO YOU CAR, OR AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT INSTALLED THEREIN. THIS IS MEANT AS A GUIDE ONLY, AND IT IS THE READERS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY. NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEES ARE PROVIDED.
THIS INSTALLATION WAS PERFORMED ON A 2001, FACELIFTED, PASSAT, BUILD DATE: 2/01. COMPATIBILITY IN NOT GUARANTEED FOR EARLIER OT LATER CARS.
Navigation MFD – 3B0 035 191 D
Triplex Antenna – 1J0 035 507
GPS antenna cable – 1J0 035 550 L
26 pin cam-lock plug – 3BO 919 754
Single wire for 26 pin plug – 000 979 010
2 butt connectors
2 3M Scotchlock connectors
8 feet of 18 gauge wire
Radio removal keys
T20 Torx driver
A lot of patience
Step 1: Safety:
-Disconnect the negative ground terminal from the battery, to prevent shock, or damage to you car.
Step 2: Preparation
-Remove old radio
-Remove old cubby
-Remove fuse box cover
-Remove light switch
-Remove four torx screws for lower dash panel, and remove drivers side lower dash panel. (see figures 1&2)
-Disconnect dimmer switch and remove OBD port from lower dash panel
-Remove cover and screw for drivers kick panel, and remove kick panel. (see figure 3)
-Remove drivers side door sill panel. (see figure 4&5)
-Remove rear sunshade clips, both sides (one cover and screw, each) (see figure 6)
-Remove rear grab handles, both sides. (two screws each) (see figure 6)
-Loosen rear seat side bolster.
-Loosen C and D pillar trim
-Loosen headliner above rear window to allow access to antenna retaining nut.
-Disconnect antenna cable
-Remove old antenna
Step 3: Run cables
-The GPS cable will run from the radio slot, across the dash, down the kickpanel (behind the hood release latch) along the drivers side sill, up behind the rear seat, then under the C-pillar trim, and finally across the headliner to the antenna mount. (see figure 7~9)
-Apply a bead of clear silicone to the base of the new triplex antenna.
-Using an adjustable wrench, install the new antenna base
-Connect the GPS antenna cable to the silver screw-in connector (see figure 10)
-Connect the old radio cable to the black connector (see figure 10)
-Clip the antenna cable into the retainer clip on the inside of the headliner.
-All panels up to the drivers kick panel can be re-installed at this time.
Step 4: Run sense wires
-Run two lengths of 18 gauge wire from the radio area, to the drivers foot well area.
-Using a 3M Scotchlock connector attach one wire to the WHITE/BLUE wire at pin 3 of the blue cam lock connector attached to the back of the instrument cluster. (see figure 11~13)
**NOTE** This wire is for speed sense, without this, the navigation unit can not function. This MUST NOTbe connected if your radio is equipped with GALA speed sense. A short circuit could result and cause significant damage to your car!
-Using a butt connector, attach this wire to ½ of the single wire ( 000 979 010 ) and insert into position 5 on the 26 pin cam-lock plug (3BO 919 754 ).
-Tie off the second wire, for future use, at the wire junction behind the drivers foot well kick panel. (see figure 14)
-Using a butt connector attach the second wire to the other half of the single wire ( 000 979 010 ) and insert it into position 17 of the 26 pin cam-lock plug. (see figure 15&16)
-Complete wiring by using wire ties to secure connections and tie wires out of the way of any moving parts.
-Re-install drivers kick panel, lower dash, light switch, fuse pane cover.
Step 5: Making connections
-Insert plugs into the back of the navigation MFD
-Attach antenna leads
-Start the car and check operation
Step 5: System Calibration
Once the Navi unit is in place and connected, insert a navigation CD-ROM, press the NAV button (7) and access the system menu by pressing buttons 3 and 6 at the same time. (see figure 17) When the version menu appears, press the Flag Destination button (13) and wait for the calibration menu to appear. (see figure 19)
Set the Impulse to 8
Set tire size according to this table:
175/80 R14 1940mm
185/55 R15 1785mm
195/65 R15 1935mm
205/45 R16 1800mm
205/55 R16 1930mm
205/50 R17 1945mm
225/45 R17 1930mm
Or use the exact circumference of your tire, in millimeters.
After the settings are complete, you need to drive for 10 miles to give the Navigation MFD enough time to finely calibrate itself for distance and speed.
**NOTE** Figure 19 shows the second page of the version menu, access this by pressing button 3 and 6 simultaneously, then enter button (18). This shows the date of the ROM in your MFD under “STAMP”. This picture shows the most current version is installed.