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PAC RP4-VW11 Wiring Interface

Connect a new stereo and retain steering wheel audio controls, rear seat entertainment system, and factory amp in select 2002-up VWs

Item # 541RP4VW11

PAC's RP4-VW11 wiring interface lets you replace the factory radio in select 2002-up Volkswagen vehicles.

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About the PAC RP4-VW11 Wiring Interface

PAC's RP4-VW11 wiring interface lets you replace the factory radio in select 2002-up Volkswagen vehicles. You'll retain your factory steering wheel audio controls, the full entertainment system, and the use of your factory amplifier, if present. The interface supplies all navigation outputs and accessory power. Warranty: 1 year.

PAC's RP4-VW11 wiring interface lets you replace the factory radio in select 2002-up Volkswagen vehicles. You'll retain your factory steering wheel audio controls, the full entertainment system, and the use of your factory amplifier, if present. The interface supplies all navigation outputs and accessory power. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: If you have a factory amp in your vehicle, you'll lose the ability to fade from front to rear when you install a new car stereo. (See Details.) See Details for a list of compatible car stereos.

Installation Notes: 

  • 2002-2005 Vehicles: This interface only works when the factory radio is a double-DIN (4" tall) radio, and does not provide a reverse output trigger.
  • 2004-2007 Touareg:  If your VW has factory navigation, this interface will not work with your digital amplified sound system.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this model is compatible with your vehicle.

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What's in the box:

  • Radio replacement/SWC interface module (for Volkswagen)
  • Wiring harness (RP4-VW11-HAR V2)
  • Steering wheel control harness (4-pin connector to 3.5mm/blue wire)
  • Instructions

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Features

Radio Replacement Interface (for Volkswagen): The PAC RadioPRO 4 Radio Replacement Interface (RP4-VW11) allows the replacement of the original factory radio in select Volkswagen vehicles with an upgraded aftermarket head unit. It has been engineered to interface seamlessly with the automobile's computer data bus system, as well as retain important safety and convenience features; such as:

  • Factory amplified audio systems (including Dynaudio & Fender)
  • Steering wheel controls (SWC)
  • Rear seat entertainment (RSE)
  • Navigation based outputs (including vehicle speed sensor, reverse, & parking brake).
  • Retained accessory power (RAP)

Vehicle Compatibility: The RadioPRO 4 (RP4-VW11) is compatible with select 2002-2013 Volkswagen vehicles with factory LSFT-CAN databus radios. Compatible vehicles as of 3/12/2013 include:

Make Model Year
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Beetle 2012-2013
CC 2009-2013
EOS 2006-2012
Golf 2002-2013
GTI 2006-2013
Jetta 2002-2013
Passat 2002-2013
Rabbit 2006-2011
Tiguan 2009-2013
Touareg 2005-2010
Notes:
  • Premium Amplified Systems: In Premium Amplified Systems only two input channels can be used from the aftermarket radio, therefore there will be no fading capability of the aftermarket stereo. The RAP feature is not available in 2010+ vehicles equipped with a premium amplified system.
  • 2002-2005 Vehicles: In these year vehicles the RP4-VW11 does not provide a Reverse output trigger. This signal is unavailable on the data bus. You must be replacing a factory Double-DIN radio. If the vehicle came equipped with a Single-DIN radio, the RP4-VW11 is not compatible.
  • 2004-2007 Touareg: Does not retain digital audio amplified system seen when the vehicle is equipped with a factory navigation radio.

Radio Select Switch: The radio select rotary switch on the side of the interface must be adjusted to the proper radio setting before plugging the interface into the vehicle.

# Dial Radio Manufacturer
1 Alpine
2 JVC
3 Kenwood
4 Clarion
5 Valor
6 OEM
7 Dual, Pioneer, Sony
8 Blaupunkt

Note:

  • 2009+ CC, 2010+ EOS/Golf/GTI/Jetta/Passat/Rabbit, 2011+ Tiguan: These vehicles equipped with a Multi Function Display (MFD),  the screen must be set to audio mode for all buttons to program correctly. The OK & Back buttons can be programmed, but they will also control the MFD.
  • 2004-2010 Touareg: You can only program the Volume Up/Down buttons.

SWC Compatible: The interface comes pre-programmed for all of the vehicle's factory SWC functions and does not require programming, unless you wish to re-assign the SWC functions to different buttons. The SWC functions can be easily programmed; see control settings and functions below.  The interface retains programming even if your vehicle's battery is disconnected.

Switch Position 1 2 3 4 5 7
Radio Alpine JVC Kenwood Clarion Valor Dual Pioneer Sony
Control Functions Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/-
Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute
Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source
Preset +/- Track +/- Play Search +/- Track +/- Preset +/- Preset +/- Preset +/-
Track +/- Band/Disc + Track +/- Band Cursor up/down Track +/- Track +/- Track +/-
Power Preset/Disc - Disc/FM + Send OK Band Band Band
Play/Enter Select Disc/AM - End *** *** Phone Menu ***
Band/Program Attenuation Answer *** *** *** Answer Call ***
Receive (phone) Phone Receive/Reject *** *** *** *** End Call ***
End Voice Dial *** *** *** *** Voice Activation ***
*** Power *** *** *** *** *** ***
Note: The SWC harness contains a Blue/Yellow wire and a 3.5mm connector. You will only use one of the connectors, based on your type of aftermarket radio. The Blue/Yellow wire supports Kenwood, Newer JVC, OEM and Blaupunkt radios. The 3.5mm jack supports Alpine, Jensen, Older JVC, Clarion, Pioneer, Sony, Valor, and Dual radios. Not compatible with Soundstream head units.

Multi Function Display (MFD) Compatible: When used in any of the following vehicles equipped with a Multi Function Display (MFD)..

  • 2009+ CC, 2010+ EOS/Golf/GTI/Jetta/Passat/Rabbit, 2011+ Tiguan: ..the audio screen will display the SWC functions as they are pressed on the steering wheel. It will also display "Programming Mode" whenever the programming  button on the side of the interface is pressed. The Blue/White remote input wire must be hooked up and the MFD must be in .audio mode for these features to be displayed.
  • 2006-2009 Golf/GTI/Jetta/Passat, 2007-2009 EOS/Rabbit: ..the up & down arrows on the SWC that also control  the MFD come programmed with functions but the SWC will control both the radio and the MFD. These buttons can be removed  by reprogramming the interface and not programming these buttons
Notes: In vehicles equipped with factory Bluetooth, the factory telematics module must be disconnected in order to use the Phone & Voice buttons. Not disconnecting the telematics module will result in the MFD switching to phone mode every time the Phone or Voice  buttons are pressed. The telematics module can usually be found under the passenger seat.

Wiring Connection Chart:

Interface Connector
Wire Color Function
Red/White Parking Brake Output (-)
Purple/white VSS Output
Blue/white Radio On Input
Red Accessory Output (10A)
Orange/white Illumination Output (+)
Green Reverse Output (+)
Vehicle Connector
Wire Color Function
Yellow +12V Battery
Black Ground
Blue/white Amp Turn On Input
White Left Front Speaker +
White/black Left Front Speaker -
Grey Right Front Speaker +
Grey/black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/black Left Rear Speaker -
Purple Right Rear Speaker +
Purple/black Right Rear Speaker -

RadioPRO App: PAC offers a Windows compatible RadioPRO App software program to help you configure the interface.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Retain steering wheel controls. [ Doug  Feb 07, 2019 ]
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Needed this adapter to put in a single DIN radio into our 2004 VW Jetta TDI. [ MARK  Jan 05, 2019 ]
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Enables my steering wheel controls [ Dana  Nov 29, 2018 ]
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NO OTHER WAY ACCEPTABLE [ BILL  Jul 22, 2018 ]
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well,,,duh [ Edward  Jun 06, 2018 ]
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It fits my car [ Jeffrey  May 21, 2018 ]
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great for steering wheel controls [ JOHN  May 13, 2018 ]
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Steering wheel controls [ Stanley  Mar 29, 2018 ]
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I swapped this out from the Maestro because I've heard from 3 other car audio dealers that the Maestro units don't perform well in VWs. The PAC unit was the main suggestion from all. Crutchfield confirmed the PAC unit has had little to no complaints. [ Forrest  Nov 17, 2017 ]
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My current one has failed completely. [ RICH  Nov 07, 2017 ]
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It allowed me to keep the original amplifier and speakers in my VW R32 and made the installation of my sony radio a snap. [ GIANPAOLO  Jun 15, 2017 ]
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Needed for install [ Richard  May 18, 2017 ]
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Allowed installation of the aftermarket headunit without having to destroy the factory harness [ Alfred  Nov 01, 2016 ]
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Wanted to keep the factory amp, and steering wheel controls in my VW Passat, this little jewel allows both. [ Anthony  May 16, 2016 ]
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Required to preserve VW integrated stereo control capabilities (steering wheel volume control, etc.). [ John  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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2 questions already asked

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How in the world do you install this thing? I have a Pioneer FH-X720BT.
[ Todd  Oct 12, 2015 ]
1 answer
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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Oct 13, 2015 ]  Staff
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Can anyone advise as to where the 2nd b/w wire "Remote On Input" should be wired to? The Pioneer AVH dash unit only has 1 blue/white wire for amp on.
[ Gerard  Jun 14, 2014 ]
2 answers
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Remote antenna
[ Juan  Sep 24, 2016 ]
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I believe I had the same question about 18 months ago. I called Crutchfield support and the guy walked me through the wiring thing in about 15 seconds. Sorry, I don't recall the answer though.
[ JOSEPH  Jun 15, 2014 ]

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