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Old 17th April 2014, 23:10   #16
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Hi Gannu
Have been following this thread as well as your Polo GT TDI ownership thread closely.
Absolutely love the DIYs you perform. I wish to install the foot well lights in my polo but unlike your polo's ambient light mine is the stock one and hence has a slightly different layout as compared to the one illustrated in your DIY.
I would be very greatful if you could shed some light on how to move ahead with the wiring in case of stock ambient light.
I'm not a technical guy and hence find the wiring job tough but I am very much determined to perform this DIY on my ride.
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Old 29th April 2014, 10:32   #17
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Hi all,

I had also ordered chrome switch and roof light from AliExpress. Former has arrived and has been installed in my polo. Its hardly a two minute job to swap the switches. Thanks to Gannu Bhai.

Speaking of the experience on AliExpress, I bought items from two different vendors while one of them was prompt, other was very lethargic. Shipping of chrome switch took 4 days flat via UPS and this seller took sweet 6 days to ship the item.

My roof light is yet to be shipped even after 10 days, seller is giving the excuse that Fedex warehouse is full and hence they are unable to accept further items and hence not giving tracking id.

I was very excited for this DIY and spent more than cost of the items on shipping.

Talking of quality, I removed the OEM switch from the car before opening the parcel, and there is indeed lot of difference between the quality of two, OEM feels sturdy and everlasting while chinese is actually giving a feel of chinese. Flimsy and fragile.

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I have some doubts like
1. VW has achieved too much localisation in china and quality of spares is not at par with VW Global
3. the items that are being sold on AliExpress are cheap replicas and not genuine spares and the shipping boxes might be original boxes acquired from service centers

Will update all on this further when I receive the roof light.

No matter, the switch looks good on the dash, but brushed aluminium would have looked better.
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Old 29th April 2014, 11:04   #18
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I received the switch in shipshape in a proper box which did not show absolutely any signs of damage or usage - refer the snaps from post #2. Honestly, I couldn’t find any glaring differences between both the switches. There was no plasticky feeling to the switch or anything unusual.

The price quoted by the local VW service center for the headlight switch (with the brushed Alu. knob) was Rs. 7700 and the price I had paid was Rs. 1600. For 1/5th of the price, would I complain? Hell no! Is the switch working as intended with proper backlighting? Yes!

I believe you have paid quite a sum for shipping via UPS. What was the landed cost of the switch? You could have requested the dealer to ship via DPEX which would have saved you some dough.

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Price from ECS Tuning for the same switch - 94.95 USD + shipping charges. Crosses Rs. 6000. For information sakes.

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I received the switch in shipshape in a proper box which did not show absolutely any signs of damage or usage - refer the snaps from post #2. Honestly, I couldn’t find any glaring differences between both the switches. There was no plasticky feeling to the switch or anything unusual.

The price quoted by the local VW service center for the headlight switch (with the brushed Alu. knob) was Rs. 7700 and the price I had paid was Rs. 1600. For 1/5th of the price, would I complain? Hell no! Is the switch working as intended with proper backlighting? Yes!

I believe you have paid quite a sum for shipping via UPS. What was the landed cost of the switch? You could have requested the dealer to ship via DPEX which would have saved you some dough.

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Price from ECS Tuning for the same switch - 94.95 USD + shipping charges. Crosses Rs. 6000. For information sakes.

I have no issues with costs, I paid USD75 out of which cost of switch is USD23.11 which comes out to around INR1400. rest was my desperation cost

appearance no doubt is at par with OEM, I just asserted that quality is not at par with OEM. I dont mind that and I have kept OEM in safe custody, just in case.

I meant no offence to you by any chance and it was in appreciation of your efforts that I went all the way in spending that much because I knew that landed cost would be lesser than OEM version any ways.

If you could help me out, I need a cheaper version of RNS 510 with BT and NAV. I have map my india and want to change it due to immature interface. Blaupunkt is out of question because of cost and other reason is there is no backlighting on right three buttons, what could be the alternative. Navigation and BT is a must.

Also if you could suggest how to tap out CAN+/- wires and where can I get the harness for the same.

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I have kept OEM in safe custody, just in case.


I've preserved them too. I sincerely hope we do not have to replace them back. Ever!

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None taken mishraak. It is a public forum and we are all entitled to our views. I took your post in good spirits.

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If you could help me out, I need a cheaper version of RNS 510 with BT and NAV.

Also if you could suggest how to tap out CAN+/- wires and where can I get the harness for the same.
I am really not aware of a cheaper version of the RNS 510. It retails for over 400 USD at AliExpress and the landed cost would be much higher after the customs duties and shipping charges are included.

For the harness, you may have to check the stock harness on your Polo and buy a suitable harness from AliExpress. I am not sure if this is going to be entirely a plug-n-play job; it may require some cable splicing.

If you choose to forego the navigation aspect from the RNS 510 system, the RCD 510 is a capable HU as well and retails for a much cheaper price. I doubt if you can get a 6 CD changer with a touchscreen, micro SD input, iPhone/iPod support, Bluetooth integration, climate control/reverse sensors display et al for under 10k. The system has only basic Bluetooth integration and you will need an additional BT unit to display the phonebook entries and such.

Here is a thread about the RCD 510 installation carried out on a Vento - DIY: RCD 510 Head-Unit upgrade for a VW Vento and Polo
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Price from ECS Tuning for the same switch - 94.95 USD + shipping charges. Crosses Rs. 6000. For information sakes.
Hi Gannu,

I have been following your mods with great interest and have bookmarked most of them. Almost all of them really match my wish list. Google search for what I need and your posts are there in the very first few hits! Great going man!

Just wanted to point out that the link to the switch at ECS Tuning that you have posted is for one with brushed Aluminum finish. Guess what we have on the newer Polos are Chrome. I thought what you had is also of Chrome finish.

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Hi Gannu, I recently bought a new polo HL TDi 3 days back. During the waiting period i was closely following almost all the polo threads here and i was thrilled by seeing your upgrades you had done in your GT. Even i am planning few upgrades like armrest and cabin lights in mine. Can you please suggest the seller from which you bought these items?
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Just wanted to point out that the link to the switch at ECS Tuning that you have posted is for one with brushed Aluminum finish.
That's correct blr.

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Guess what we have on the newer Polos are Chrome. I thought what you had is also of Chrome finish.
Nope. The ones on the Polo facelifts are the older Alu. finished knobs and the one I have is of the chrome variant. But look at the irony - the newer GTs still continue to get the plain jane black knobs!

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Hi Gannu, I recently bought a new polo HL TDi 3 days back. During the waiting period i was closely following almost all the polo threads here and i was thrilled by seeing your upgrades you had done in your GT. Even i am planning few upgrades like armrest and cabin lights in mine. Can you please suggest the seller from which you bought these items?
Thank you Nidhin. Appreciate it.

The dealer goes by the name - Huawei Automobile Lighting Upgrade Specialist. This is the link - Aliexpress.

Several members here have sourced their armrests from him. And he has been very considerate in terms of shipping them via FedEx. I got mine through India Post and customs charged me a bomb for it! He is open to bargaining as well so bargain hard.

Customary disclaimer applies - I am not endorsing this dealer here!

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Brought the cabin lights with dedicated map lights for my polo yesterday from Vagtune, Cochin. It was my first visit. Sugesh was very informative and friendly too. Since i had gone with my i20, couldnt get the VCDS tweaks done. I replaced the lights by myself.
I had some difficulty in removing the harness otherwise it went on well. Thanks Gannu for the guidelines. Attaching some pics after the DIY job.
Cost: 3200/-
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Just wanted to point out that the link to the switch at ECS Tuning that you have posted is for one with brushed Aluminum finish.
That's correct blr.



Nope. The ones on the Polo facelifts are the older Alu. finished knobs and the one I have is of the chrome variant. But look at the irony - the newer GTs still continue to get the plain jane black knobs!



Thank you Nidhin. Appreciate it.

The dealer goes by the name - Huawei Automobile Lighting Upgrade Specialist. This is the link - Aliexpress.

Several members here have sourced their armrests from him. And he has been very considerate in terms of shipping them via FedEx. I got mine through India Post and customs charged me a bomb for it! He is open to bargaining as well so bargain hard.

Customary disclaimer applies - I am not endorsing this dealer here!
Gannu bhai, did you replace the halogens with LEDs? I have replaced the light module and trying the find the LEDs. Do I need canbus error free LEDs? Where can I source them from?

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Simple (except for foot-well light one) but Practical DIYs.

Kudos & thanks for sharing

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Gannu bhai, did you replace the halogens with LEDs? I have replaced the light module and trying the find the LEDs. Do I need canbus error free LEDs? Where can I source them from?
Yes I did replace the stock bulbs with LEDs. These are regular festoon and W5W LEDs and not canbus error-free LEDs. The MFD/instrument cluster doesn't throw any error or lights. Most local dealers have begun stocking LED festoons and bulbs. Do check eBay as well. The Aliexpress dealer was kind enough to include a few of these when he happened to ship a consignment of mine back then.
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Got the OEM chrome headlight switch+ armrest for $120 (including Fedex shipping) from aliexpress. Had to pay Rs 1400 duty on top of it. Still not a bad deal, I guess. The switch is Made in Spain and doesn't seem flimsy. Also pretty impressed with the quality of the armrest.
Will try to fix these over the weekend
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Sorry for consecutive posts but I am not able to get the connector out to make the replacement. I push the tabs on either side in but it is still stuck. I am reluctant to use too much force. Any pointers?
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