ease of install: 4/10
(for reference, ease of mk6 radio install: 9/10)
it literally took me like 4 hours because I couldn't get the trim off correctly. the silver piece around the vent was separating and still managed to get scratched up and bent in the process which honestly seems impossible not to do because its literally made out of garbage. now I have the fun task of trying to source the silver trim around the vents which seems to be a part of the piano black trim not the vents but most aliexpress sellers only sell the black trim.......
anyway after I got in installed, I realized they sent the wrong color frame (dark grey) and also my backup camera does not work anymore, you would have to use their camera. however, if these things were not an issue, I would keep it. however I am returning it. there was no way I could not tell this was black until it was literally on the car. it was such a dark grey, I honestly didn't even know Volkswagen made a grey this dark. I was confused that maybe it was black but just a poor color match but it was indeed dark grey because the seller also sells dark grey.
performance: sound is amazing. screen is amazing. functionality is amazing. it is literally a 300 dollar tablet attached to your car. it is decently fast. the screen is really OLED. I installed the Ariel screen saver APK and the apple screen savers looked really cool in my car.
unfortunately now I have two options. back to stock radio for good or the Chinese rcd550 (but I think that doesn't have backup functionality either??). im not paying 1500 dollars for a mib2 radio lol no judgement on anyone who does. that's an unreasonable cost... to put that money in perspective you can buy the newest MacBook and still have money left over to buy dinner for the weekend. maybe not a fair comparison but let's be real.
ill never not have a backup camera again and im not gimping my 30,000 car for a non oem part. their camera solution is not elegant and doesn't utilize the oem parts
yeah I watched videos before hand and actually saw it happen both ways (vents stay stuck in dash due to the 4 clips or come out with the frame) so I was "prepared" but my main goal was least destruction as possible so I was going slow. oh well, only cost me $10. and when it goes back on, it's never coming back off. most people would probably not give a shit but since I am destroying my own property for fun I am guilt tripping myself to restore it.MIB II conversion should be under $750 these days. I've read people (patient ones) getting all done under $600.
Too late in your case, but the entire center trim comes out as one piece, with vents attached. I pop the clips around the screen, remove the airbag/hazard light, then reach in there "behind" the vents and pull hard.
My RocEuro arm finally came in! I am heading over to my buddy’s house tomorrow to install this and the BFI stage 1 transmission mount (currently have the stage 1 insert) and I am really looking forward to seeing how this feels combined with the Powerflex bushing. View attachment 256843