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I have searched various forums - but cannot find a definitive answer to the following question:-

Is it possible to retrofit a PCM3 into a 2006/2007 Cayman fitted with CDR24 and BOSE?

If not, why not?

I am aware that the PCM3 is black and my CDR24 is grey - but the colour aside, is it possible to retrofit this unit into an older car?

Thanks in advance
 

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I think someone said a while ago it was "unfeasible" to fit PCM3 in place of PCM2.1. I'd say its the same for CDR!
 

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OK, so with no definitive answer (so far) from the forum... I decided to call my local dealer - who just didnt know - and then Porsche UK directly.

Of course, it wasnt possible to speak directly with a technical specialist at Porsche UK - that would be too easy - so I had to relay specific questions through their non technically trained receptionist - unbelievable... it took three or four call backs... and this is their official response:-

"Porsche cannot advise the retrofit of a PCM3 to replace a CDR24"

Of course this was not the answer to my question. So I asked again - although you can not advise it - CAN a PCM3 be retrofitted? The response was a little more helpful:-

"The PCM3 is not an optical system. It is totally different to the PCM2.1 and cdr24 and is powered differently and therefore can not be retrofitted into generation 1 Cayman's. "

So there it is - the definitive answer from Porsche UK is "NO".


My next question was... what does Porsche UK recommend to owners of a CDR24 who simply want to:-
1. receive telephone calls safely handsfree
2. play tunes via an iphone/ipod/mp3 player

They havent got back to me yet....

Why on earth are Porsche so deficient in this area? Any customer satisfaction survey must have highlighted how **** their audio systems are in terms of aux compatibility? Why arent they listening...???
 

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If you just want AUX/bluetooth etc... There are a lot of kits available, like the dension or the tooki. I heard positive reviews of both and a few negative of the tooki. I've gone the dension route myself!
 

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Thank you for the suggestion. But at GBP£550 the dension is probably the most expensive auxiliary port...ever...!

I am using a JABRA Cruiser - made in Sweden and very good - but it is essentially a bluetooth fm device, so the music quality streaming from my iphone is not the best. The handsfree phone is absolutely excellent - thanks to the brilliant microphone system on the JABRA - which cancels out drive noise, allowing your caller to enjoy a good conversation on the fly. The cost of this wizardry - GBP£79.99. Very good value it seems to me, but not the best music solution.

Porsche UK called me today to give me Porsches official recommendation for upgrading a CDR24....wait for it...

"In answer to your query, Porsche UK have no recommendations. The CDR24 is not compatible with an iPhone"

Brilliant. Makes you want to buy another car from them doesn't it...!
 

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Thank you for the suggestion. But at GBP£550 the dension is probably the most expensive auxiliary port...ever...!
WHAAAT?! £550 :eek: :eek: I'd say have a friend bring it over from the US from Eric, he sells it for like $480. I got mine from him too. But even here in Egypt it isnt that expensive, its L.E. 3500, that's about $636

"In answer to your query, Porsche UK have no recommendations. The CDR24 is not compatible with an iPhone"

Brilliant. Makes you want to buy another car from them doesn't it...!
Now that hilarious :hilarious: "We have no recommendation". That is really funny in an awkward way. At least they didnt tell you "We recommend that you get a Gen II car and load it with PCM3.0 and UAC" :D

But away from sarcasm, I dont think Porsche UK can advise aftermarket products. Your dealer maybe, but not Porsche UK!
 
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