Vw rcd330

Vw rcd330 Carplay Car Radio Mirror Link Headunit

Details Vw rcd330

  • Support All PQ 35/46 Cars (can’t use for MQB )
  • AM 530-1600 KHz; FM 87.5-108 MHz (NO RDS)
  • No code is need.
  • Supports Bluetooth, USB, SD Card
  • Support Android Auto,CarPlay and MirrorLink
  • This radio can not support Dynaudio ,Fender Sound System
Media music Vw rcd330
Media music Vw rcd330
  • Display phone book
  • Bluetooth music
  • Display the nearest contact Vw rcd330
  • Add the phone number of your favorite contact
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Vw rcd330 review

Three years ago, I published an RNS 510 review. To be short, it is a good head unit, but its’ navigation and missing Bluetooth connectivity drove me crazy.
My budget was limited, so I decided that 300 EUR is more than enough to get a 2-DIN head unit with most wanted features which will work in VW Passat. At first, I was looking for a head unit with Android as its operating system.

But then I found that some people mentioned Vw rcd330. The model name looks like those from Volkswagen’s line and after some reading, I got a confirmation. It is an OEM head unit built-in Volkswagens in China, Russia, South America… It has some limitations, but on the other hand, it has some nice features all packed in the head unit with an acceptable price.

You can’t buy it from Volkswagen, but you can find Vw rcd330 in different stores (AliExpress, eBay…). There are some different subtypes of RCD330 and my suggestion is to read (at least) sticky posts on Reddit RCD330 subforum to get some important information.
I decided on RCD330 187E which supports Android Auto and CarPlay.

Overview Vw rcd330
Overview Vw rcd330

The delivery from China was fast – a DHL delivered it only five days from placing an order. I can really recommend a seller Lemon Shark Autoparts Store for fast delivery and accurate information before ordering.

RCD330 supports communications with Volkswagen’s CAN bus and changing RNS510 for RCD330 is quite simple. You need to plug only two connectors – Quadlock and antenna. My previous RNS510 installation also needs a connection for GPS antenna and phone.

Cars from the last decade don’t need any changes in the gateway. Older can experience battery drain, so check for solutions on the above mentioned forum.
Just to have a clear error log, I remove the Navigation and CD from CAN Gateway Installation List with VCDS.

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Vw rcd330 best


As I said, it supports communication with Volkswagen, so if you have sensors, it will be shown as before.

Besides that, it will also show temperature, get a date/time, works with a back camera (maybe with little intervention) …

RCD330 looks very similar to other Volkswagen’s head units in the same generation. Pretty good color display and touch screen still have to prove over the cold months when cheaper head units usually have problems.
I’m not a sound expert, but the sound in my car didn’t change a lot after the RCD330 installation. To be honest, I can’t hear any difference.

Vw rcd330 Potential buyers should keep in mind that RCD330 has some important limitations: missing CD unit, missing its own navigation and missing RDS (Radio Data System) support.
Missing CD unit today isn’t a big deal. The navigation can be used with Android Auto, so this won’t be a big problem. But missing the RDS feature can be a deal-breaker for people who listen to the radio.

To be honest, radio works fine, but part of the Vw rcd330 system is AF (alternative frequencies list). Almost all radio stations use this feature which helps head units changing between different frequencies for the same station. This is very helpful if you drive in a region full of hills, mountains, valleys… Without AF you have to search for frequencies that really isn’t comfortable.

Many websites write that RCD330 doesn’t have an RDS at all. On my head unit, some radio stations are displayed with their names. I don’t understand why only some don’t have a name. And even more strange thing for me – if RCD330 displays a name, why a hell can’t it save it to his own memory list. It can save a frequency and memory position for example, but can’t save a string it has? Strange, really.

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Vw rcd330 promotion

Vw rcd330 has four different modes: Radio, Media, Phone, and App.
Radio was described in the previous paragraph, now it is time to check Media mode. As you can expect it supports Bluetooth, AUX, SD card and USB. For me, Bluetooth is everything I need and it works flawlessly.

It connects quick, works without disturbances and sounds good. Hey, it even shows Unicode letters on display.
I really like the next behavior – if listening to the podcast (or music) is interrupted before the end(eg. car is switched off), then next time it will start immediately at that position after you start the car.
However, some things could be improved.

For example, if a new file on the phone starts to play, the previous source (Bluetooth in my case) can be preselected. Or if you are in Radio mode and start playing via Bluetooth, it doesn’t jump to Media (and start playing). And one more – when media is played, it shows timeline, but you can’t use the touch screen to move to a random position.
It is also strange to me, why Vw rcd330 stays mute after finished playing media, even if I change to Radio mode?

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