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Cayenne Original Reverse Camera Replacement.

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A while ago my original cayenne camera died.

It was still popping out but there was nothing on the screen to see, I disassembled the camera unit and found out the camera was dead.

The camera was full of rust and a little water so it was not sealed anymore and that's why it died together with some broken wires,


All reverse camera's are made by Panasonic but they won't help you, and a replacement unit at the stealer costing €1200+ with exchange is crazy!

So I started searching for different camera's from different brands and found one from Mercedes which was the exact same camera but with a wide lens,

I ordered that one on eBay for around €200,- and installed it in the car, needed to replace the wires so used the cable that came with the new camera and it all works!


So for people who only need a new camera you can just replace it without a problem, if your wiring is fine then you can just exchange the camera's and be done with it!

I hope I can help some people with this information, I have attached some pictures so you can see the difference.


The part number of the new camera is A2218200397 and it is used in the W221 S-Class and the W216 CL-class,

they should be an easy find on eBay for not to much money.


Here you can see the old camera which is all rusty and dead (don't pay attention to the orientation of the connector It was upside down.)





This is the new camera, as you can see it has the same connector.





And here you can see the back of both camera's, as you can see they are identical. (I already switched the rubber gasket to the new one)



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First time around I just replaced mine with a cheap $25 Ebay camera and all worked fine. As good or better picture than the original. Then recently the motor for the extend/retract function finally failed. I bought another cheap $25 Cayenne/Touareg license plate camera and installed and all is well. I pulled the back center panel and the right side of the hatch panel where the wiring loom goes. I fed the wiring into the grommet onto the side so it went inside the hatch and was able to hook the camera wiring up inside the rear hatch. The Ebay cameras all come with RCA female plugs and I only found a Fakra to Femle RCA plug but got a male to male RCA adapter on Amazon, gold plated too.  Camera is working fine. Originally I found through a friend that had a video business that about 25% of the small 12v camera didn't work on the OEM ~6.5v camera input but most did. Also the Ebay license plate camera comes with a LED light for that side of the license plate illumination and it didn't set off the CAN bus fault.

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