(Houston, TX) | January 3rd, 2022
Installed the unit myself in my '02 with CDR-220 and Bose System; which is very much plug and play with everything Suncoast provided. As others have mentioned, I highly recommend purchasing the proper brackets so you do not need to cut up original parts. Installation was time consuming but came out great and definitely improves the look of the interior.
(Birmingham, AL) | September 9th, 2021
Installed myself in a 2002 base model Carrera. I highly recommend getting the proper brackets so you do not need to cut up original parts. Installation was time consuming but came out great and modernizes the car. Also Porsche should consider lengthening the USB module cord!
(Lehigh Valley, PA) | May 5th, 2021
Purchased from Suncoast and installed myself with Porsche Double Din bracket. Works well until the iPhone is plugged in, when a persistent static is present. Local Porsche dealer tells that Porsche Stuttgart says the unit now requires a additional bypass, which they would happy to install for $450 labor and $45 in parts. They make an error in design and want to charge $509 to correct. What a joke.
(Prescott Valley, AZ) | March 5th, 2021
This unit has a lot of nice functions, but was a bear to install in my 2003 Boxster S with CDR-23 Radio / CD Player and MOST. Thoroughly review the installation manual you can get online before buying this unit. You will need a conversion kit at about $150 - $180. The manual is severely lacking in information, like where to plug in the various plugs from old system to new. The manual said I had to buy an antenna adapter cable ($34), but unit played all local radio stations from old antenna connection just fine without it. The multimedia interface box that goes in new cubby or glovebox has a cable that is about 3" too short and was nearly impossible to find the shortest route to back of radio. Anyway, if you are not really handy and extremely patient, get Porsche dealer or Porsche authorized service to install. It took me about 15 hours to do myself with some help from my wife and son during routing and connection of short cables. Lastly, I am disappointed that the unit does not support latest IPOD Touch thru the USB connection. You have to go thru AUX port and of course can't see song titles, artist or album info on the display! Maybe if we're lucky Porsche will have a software upgrade in future.
(San Francisco) | March 3rd, 2021
Great unit, installed myself on my 04 C4S originally equipped with CDR23 and Bose. Installation is pretty straightforward, I wouldn't recommend modifying the retaining brackets from single-DIN setups, just go for the updated parts listed in the install guide so the unit fits flush and securely (instructions found separately, not included.) I have had some issues with sound, it worked a couple times, but currently does not produce audio. I heard from some others that this could be part of the original head unit's 'handshake' with the computer systems, and need to try firing up the systems with the original headunit and then hot-swap it to get consistent audio.
(Illinois) | February 28th, 2021
The function, feel, and performance of the PCCM Plus is excellent. The installation was not straightforward because there are so many different installation requirements depending on the year of your car (i.e. does it have MOST/optical), the type of head unit you originally have, and whether you have a Bose system. There is an installation manual, but it's not very good. You can find it published on NHTSA's website.
Fortunately my car was about the easiest possible starting point - a 99 (so no MOST), no Bose system, no CD Changer, just the basic CDR-220 with a four-speaker system. Installation went really well. Modifications of the plastic mounting bracket and the rear metal bracket for a DIN-1 to DIN-2 conversion weren't bad at all (with a Dremel and drill), but it required extra support for the upper part of the side bracket, which I resolved by attaching it to the plastic mounting bracket with a bolt on each side.
I didn't want to tape a plastic microphone housing onto the interior of my car, so I removed the external microphone from the supplied housing and installed it into the original factory microphone mount.
Also, I hid the media expansion box (USB ports) behind the center console and just ran a USB cable out from under the right side of the center console under the carpet (hint, besides looking better, it makes it far easier to connect the media box cables to the back of the PCCM Plus). If you really want an exposed USB port, I recommend connecting an aftermarket port extender (such as a cigarette lighter replacement) to the media box, then mount the aftermarket port in the dash or other area. A few examples of aftermarket ports are:
Option 1: Replace the cigarette lighter with this:
Option 2: A universal USB port for surface mounting on the interior (might work well on the batwing at the bottom of the center console):
I had an optional Becker aftermarket output (line out) connector for my CDR-220 that I use to provide audio to an under-seat powered subwoofer, and I was really pleased to find out that this simply transferred over to the PCCM Plus (it has all the same connections as the original CDR-220). Just required changing the volume setting in the PCCM Plus from CAN to AMP so that it would send a signal out of that plug.
Negatives: As another reviewer said, such a shame that there's no backup camera. We have a cabriolet with somewhat limited rear visibility, so a backup camera would have been a major benefit.
(WI) | February 21st, 2021
Very commendable for Porsche to provide an upgraded PCCM. However, what a missed opportunity to have a big screen and no backup camera. I know the cars didn't originally have one, but they didn't have CarPlay either! Big missed safety opportunity.
(Conroe, TX) | February 11th, 2021
Love the box it comes in first of all. "Highway to Yell" is great. It looks way better than my old pioneer. Its a genuine Porsche part that will without a doubt make a you a happy customer. Every 996 owner should do this upgrade.
(Acworth, GA) | November 5th, 2020
Purchased this PCCM + when it became available in the USA and have been waiting over a month to get it installed. The installation was done by a local car audio installer who previously did work for me on my other Porsches. So they were accustomed to working on the 996. Installation took approximately 3 hours . Most of the labor time was trying to get the volume on the radio to work properly. I was previously running a PCM 1 with NAV on this car. The issue that the installer was experiencing was how loud the sound from various sources got +3 was like being at +30. Ultimately they had to install an inline resistor to take care of speaker loudness. I am now wondering if the individual input volume setting on the headunit's volume setting would have accomplished the same thing. For those getting this installed, you may want to check this option out before spending more money on a PAC Nissan Bose Adaptor. As to the radio itself, navigation of the various sources is straightforward. Calls placed from phone appeared to be working well at both ends. I was able to hear the caller, they as well. Setting up custom equalizer is easy. As to builtin navigation, I opted to not buy the SD card, but will do so as a redundant backup to CarPlay navigation in the event that cellular service is unavailable. Given the limited options for upgrading the PCM 1 system and integrating with vehicle, this is a good option. I will update this review when I have a chance to truly checkout this unit on a road trip.
(USofA) | October 22nd, 2020
I haven't actually purchased this system but hey, why should that stop me writing a review - go figure...