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So I've had enough with the factory radio. Yesterday while I was driving the volume was at "2" and without touching anything it went to full blast all on it's own.
The radio was already replaced once by the dealer for similar issue.

I found an installation kit on EBAY.
http://cgi.ebay.com/RADIO-INSTALL-C...ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

And I found the radio I want (JVC indash CD/DVD 3 inch screen)
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/JVC-...30532/catOid/-13089/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

I have a question for anyone who has replaced the factory radio. I'm assuming that I'll lose the function of the steering wheel controls for the volume etc.....
Am I correct?

And if anyone has installed a sub woofer where is the best place to run the main power wire through the firewall?

And where is a good spot for the ground wire for the amp? I hooked up the ground wire to the metal cargo tie down bracket on my MKIV GTI , can I do the same on the MKV?[/
 

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mofo, you are right in assuming that you will lose your steering wheel controls with an aftermarket radio. There may be salvation though. As always, a few extra $$$'s can probably save us. I haven't looked into this fully, but will probably try it out when I go to upgrade my radio.

http://www.pac-audio.com/products/productsCatagory.asp?mmSearch=Steering%20Wheel%20Interface]PAC-Audio makes steering wheel control interfaces which appear to be exactly what you're looking for. From what I gather, you would need one of their universal controllers (SWI-X, SWI-JACK, or SWI-ECL) in addition to the SWI-CAN unit. They claim the SWI-CAN has been tested with MkV GTI, but I think there are only certain headunits you can use with this combination. I plan on giving them a call or email to ask more questions, but that'll be further down the road once I'm ready to buy a headunit.

Sorry, but no answers for the other questions. I haven't installed an amp or sub yet. If you get to it before I do, post results, comments, suggestions, etc..
 

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Is there any way to program the bottons on the steering wheel to a new stereo?

I just gor my GTI 3 days ago. I wanted it to come with NAVI, but there weren't any in California with all the other options that I wanted. I found out that I could get a better NAVI with DVD playback that is touchscreen and is Ipod ready for only about $1000 including installation. However, I'm a little turned off after finding out that the buttons on the steering wheel won't work anymore. I want to know if there's any way to program the bottons on the steering wheel to a new stereo/NAVI setup?
 

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Re: Is there any way to program the bottons on the steering wheel to a new stereo?

Do yourself a favor and forget the on-board navigation system. Buy a portable that can be moved from car to car. i have a Garmin Nuvi 350 and I love it. It does a whole lot more than the system that came in my wife's Honda AND I can upgrade the it through the flash memory from Garmin's Website. DVD systems are a dinosaur.
 

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I was wondering if vw makes just one nav system. Because I saw an 06 gti that had a nav system which was for sure made by vw but i looked different, cooler, i thing maybe touch screen. If there is would u need to get a new steering wheel button interface??
 

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I'll beat tax's offer by $10! I hate the sirius/stocker radio in my fahrenheit...cheap-arse original owner couldnt spring for some freaking navi.

-FFarmer
 

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ppl dont look at the dates ???

but talk to chalupa he got a aftermarket GPS radio that looks stock, kinda nice
 
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