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Volkswagen Passat Bluetooth Questions

I've heard that there is something out there that you can buy to turn on the Bluetooth feature in my 2006 Passat. Does anyone know where I can purpose this?
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  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Quickconnect Products and Paser have products that work with the Parrot CK3000 bluetooth system. Only use the Main unit not the little controllerthat comes with it. Works perfectly with the Multi info display and the button. These units do require the Parrot CK3000 system. This kit even includes a no solder harness for easy installation. A plug in play install. Just search for Quick Connect Passat or Paser Bluetooth module. But yes you can activate that button.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Just found out that the Skoda Octavia unit works. This unit is a very nice unit from Europe. It fully integrates with the phone button, MFD, and a new navigation system called the RNS-510. The RNS-510 integration allows for touch screen dialing and 6 presets for emergency/common numbers. Also there is an RCD-510 that allows you to have a touch screen radio but no navi. That unit will also integrate with it. US RNS-510's are floating around but no maps. They will eventually come out but 09 model year will have it. Perhaps this bluetooth module will appear for the 09 Passat. VAG-COM programming will be required in order to make this work.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Do you need to have the navigation system for integrated bluetooth kits to work?
    Are they cheap enough and easy enough to install to be worth installing in a leased car?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    No not with the VW/Skoda kit. I have seen bluetooth kits that don't need a navigation system. The skoda/VW kit is the Basic module in Europe. Expensive but some what tricky to install due to wiring issues. Also requires programming. I have seen a european store selling it. The alternative kit is to get a Parrot CK3000 and use an adaptor by parrotkits.com/. That will give you the integration but no caller id. The Skoda kit has that feature. The skoda kit will remap the mute button so it can have voice dialing. Hope this helps.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Bizzare that VW doesn't just install the same European Skoda kit at the factory.
    Who wants to buy a car the price of a loaded Passat that doesn't have bluetooth?

    So, what kind of prices to expect for either kit professionally installed?

    If the Parrot is much, much cheaper, I suppose you could get some kind of phone mount (such as an air vent mount) and look at the phone's screen for caller ID.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Still not sure on the Skoda kit having caller id. Apparently kufatec sells this with a wiring harness. It's expensive at 549.00 EUR. The Parrot will run around 300 for the kit. The parrot works if you just want bluetooth. There is a premium rSAP bluetooth which is also more. Kufatec only sells that for 839.00 EUR.

    They could have had the Skoda module installed at the factory but VW decided not to pay for the royalties or decided not to. Startac makes the unit for VW. It's also used in Audis and European BMW's.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Bluetooth is finally coming to the USA market. This kit will be similar to the Skoda kit but maybe some changes. Perhaps it will be cheaper. The downside is that it will come out within 6 months. The new kit will integrate with the new RNS-510 touch screen navigation system. The RNS-510 integration is quite good. Touch screen dialing, contact list, answer/send calls with touch screen or phone button, voice dialing, bluetooth settings, Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP), hands free calling, and finally 6 phone number presets. 2009 models will get it but they will make a retrofit kit for older models. Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    If you want to have MFD/MFI integration then you will need either the Skoda or the Nokia kit. The Skoda kit costs around $525 USD at http://www.octavia-vrs.com/. There is a link on how to install it but the Passat has some modifications. Also a copy of VCDS 805 aka VAG-com will be needed to program the skoda kit. The kit can be programmed at your local dealer. Perhpaps they could install it if you gave them the right directions.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    A new USA spec OEM bluetooth is coming soon. Late July to Early August. Part number is 1K0 051 437. You can get it for less than 400 USD and takes about an hour or 2 at your local dealer. You need an installer who has VAS or VAG-com. VAS is the official VW programmer while VCDS aka VAG-com an unofficial way of programming your VW. The new kit supports the phone button and the MFI so if you have the MFI and the phone button then you can have OEM bluetooth. The unit works on other VW's as well. No Touareg or Beetle bug support.

    This unit will be optional on the 2009 models but can be installed in 2006 and up models. 09's that don't have it can also get it.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    You can now purchase 1K0 051 437 at worldimpex.com/. It's in stock. Dealers can also purchase this part number as well. This is the new rumored bluetooth kit. All passat's with the MFI and the phone button should be able to use this thing. The dealer can easily install and program this thing. Should be no more than 350 USD. Most stores can have it for 300 to 340 USD. This kit should be an option for 09's. All 06-08 models can have it.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    No ETA on 1K0 051 437. May not be for another month or so. This is the OEM USA kit. Should be integrated as much as the Skoda kit. This kit will also be on the 2009 Passat and Passat CC as an option. Most likely that will be the same kit as a dealer option. Some say it will be a factory option but more likely that it's a DIO kit.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    1K0 051 437 is now available. Not in stock yet but you can order it now. Now you can finally add bluetooth to an 06-09 Passat.

    Edit: This kit does offer A2DP but works like a Parrot kit that's OEM. It doesn't have any MFI integration. If you want MFI/MFD integration than get the latest Skoda kit. The Skoda kit has no A2DP though.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    What a disappointment :(. This kit has no MFI/MFD integration. No RNS-510 touch screen integration. Skoda kit is better but no A2DP and more expensive.
  • crsdoccrsdoc Posts: 8
    I just don't get it...what is VW's dysfunction, that they can't understand the utility of full BT integration for their US customers.

    My dealer is telling me that he's had customers complain about the Skoda version of the BT interface, so I had high hopes that VW was going to "right a wrong" with this newly released accessory. But if there is no MFI/multi function display interface for caller ID, phone book, etc. then what is the point of a "new" accessory?

    Seems retarded to me.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Really the Skoda kit is the best you can do for now. The Only other fully integrated kit is the Premium rSAP kit. That kit is very expensive and only a few phones can use it. It supposedly has HFP but I haven't confirmed that. The Premium kit takes over a phones SIM card if it's compatible with rSAP. The Premium kit is a fully featured cellphone. It works on the European GSM frequencies so it's useless for the states. Requires an incar GSM antenna. Has text messaging, RNS-510 touch screen integration, Voice commands, you name it it has it. There are some more bluetooth profiles that the Premium kit has. If it did work in the states it would only work on T-Mobile and Cingular.

    It would be nice if it had the Multi Function display integration. The skoda kit is the only one other than the Premium kit that has it. VW was using a Motorola kit as an interim solution until the Nokia/Novero Volk-L kit would come out. Some people are happy using Parrot kits while the Skoda kit seems to be the number 1 kit for now.

    Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    One good advantage of the Volk-L system is that it doesn't use the mute button for voice dialing.

    However this kit may just be an interim solution. An even better more featured kit may be in the works. In Germany there are 3 modules for bluetooth. Plain which is like the Volk-L but without bluetooth audio. Basic is like the Skoda kit and finally premium which the fully featured rSAP kit. The USA RNS-510 works very well with the Skoda kit and VW might just release a new kit that has A2DP and fully works with the MFI/MFD. Also this kit should have RNS-510 integration. It's sort of like the VW iPod adaptor. It was terrible until a new adaptor was introduced with the RNS-510 called the MDI. The MDI only works on the RNS-510 in the USA for now. Until this Premium 8 radio is introduced. Premium 8 is likely the RCD-510 which is a touch screen cd changer without the nav system.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    All we know is that VW also offered a motorola kit which is also an interim solution. I'm sure VW will release a new kit that is superior to VolK-L in every single way.
  • When I bought the car, I thought the bluetooth function is available / enabled (included in the basic / original package) - particularly after seeing the "Phone" button available on the steering wheel...Now, after wasting one hour looking for info in the car's book and another 30 minutes searching for a bluetooth enable option in the car's MFD (multi functional display), I think I was wrong. Please help me a bit here: is the bluetooth an option at this point in time?
    Regards,
    Ted ;)
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    There is a bluetooth kit that integrates with the MFD. It's about $525 to $550 shipped from europe. It does require a laptop with VCDS and a USB dongle to program it. You do lose the mute button for voice dialing but everything is fully integrated. Even your contact list. There is a cheaper kit but thats akin to a bluetooth headset that is integrated within the car. This kit that I'm talking about is made by Skoda. It's a Harman kit that uses a very good star[rec] voice recognition system. Part number is 1Z0 035 729 though the B version works as well too. You can get one at http://www.octavia-vrs.com/ and email them about it. There is a section on the bluetooth kit. Skoda is owned by VW so it works fine.
  • Is this the system that the dealer uses? They quoted me $650 installed - is that about right? The dealer also referred to the system as Volk-L. I am trying to get this installed for my husband for christmas and want to make sure I buy the right system. Is Volk-L what I want installed in my 2009 passat?
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