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VW Touareg Head Unit

VW Touareg Head Unit
[K042]

$499.00  $359.00
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Super easy install if you want basic functionality. The wiring harness is plug and play. However, I also purchased the TV tuner and the backup camera and they were very very hard to install. I am an experienced trunk slammer (mobile audio installation) so I was able to figure out the TV tuner quite easily. The confusion lies in the fact that the head unit has a built in TV tuner which when selected is NOT the same as the extra one you have to order. Once I figured that out, and moved the input to Aux it was working. The wireless camera on the other hand is not user friendly. I still don't have it working after hours of attempts. Any time you connect power to the wireless receiver at the head unit and plug the RCA (yellow video) jack into the head unit the unit powers off. Also if you attempt to power the wireless receiver using the accessory lead from the deck it shuts the deck off. To eliminate user error I isolated straight power and ground and connected both receiver and transmitter via that method (instead of using reverse light power to actuate), still nothing. Frustrating!

GPS was easy to install, simply run the antenna where you want it (I drilled a hole in the center of the dash and went straight in through the center tray to the head unit). The GPS iGo software on this unit blows my Magellan out of the water. Its not even a fair comparison, I cannot say enough good things about it.

The DVD player is cool, works when driving too and plays through the factory speakers. Great feature for my daughter who is whiny during long road trips.

iPod connection works very well, I drilled a small hole in the glove box to run the wire to the deck and simply connect my iPod in the glove box and I have access to all my music. The menu functionality needs some work. If I hit 1. on the touch screen to back up to the folder view it displays 1-7 options in CHINESE! Since I don't read Chinese I have no idea what this means. Otherwise it just lists all your songs in alphabetical order and you can use repeat or random and forward through tracks. However, if you forward through tracks it does not automatically scroll the songs on the screen. The screen only displays like 10 songs so you'll be staring at the first 10 songs in order unless you manually scroll down with your finger on the touch screen..

The unit does work well with steering wheel controls. It does not work with the mini display, it blacks that out.

I would have given this unit 5 stars if it had came with installation instructions. As it stands, even a professional installer will have a tough time with optional items (like wireless reverse camera and radar sensors).
Date Added: 08/24/2011 by Ian Osborne