21 Jul 2021
Eagle1972I have been reading the thread with interest. I have a 2004 996 (with Bose) and I have been thinking about updating to the PCCM Plus. Are there any other ‘features’ that I should be aware of please other than the on board computer reset issue, which is hopefully fixed with the software upgrade? Would you still recommend upgrading to PCCM Plus having lived with it for a little while please? Many thanks, Tim
BatKing996C4SEagle1972I have been reading the thread with interest. I have a 2004 996 (with Bose) and I have been thinking about updating to the PCCM Plus. Are there any other ‘features’ that I should be aware of please other than the on board computer reset issue, which is hopefully fixed with the software upgrade? Would you still recommend upgrading to PCCM Plus having lived with it for a little while please? Many thanks, Tim An Issue I have encountered but have yet to find another user to confirm as it seems no one is using MP3's these day is music playback on the SD card slot cannot deal with any song's with an apostrophe in the title ('). Which in my experience was at least one song in every album I had on it. Whenever you would start playing a song with an apostrophe in the title the unit would get stuck on that song, attempting to skip forwards of backwards would result in the same song just being replayed and with a lot of songs like this the unit would sometimes crash randomly resetting to the first song it would play when you insert the card and while browsing would jump around as you go forward and backwards to seemingly random songs. A work around is as I have used a batch renaming program to remove all apostrophe's from all my songs which seems to have fixed the issue but it's kind of a dirty workaround and not something you would expect from a £1400 system. When I contacted Porsche they wanted £234 for labor to investigate the issue with no guarantee of success and no doubt would tell me what I know. That it's a software bug Pretty disappointing really that getting any support so far on this unit from Porsche has been like pulling teeth.
BatKing996C4SAs much as I've had issues getting hold of this update, I do love my PCCM+, It's the best solution for our cars and I've tried fitting aftermarket solutions, the CDR23 and PCM2(with a Dension gateway). Also if you buy a new one you will already have the latest firmware so the bugs will have been fixed on yours that I am trying to get hold of via update software. The automatic dimming does work well but you can also set up a manual screen brightness for when you cars lights are on or off if it doesn't dim enough for your needs but for me even on auto it isn't distracting at night. On an early 996 I would say the PCCM is nice but doesn't offer much over an aftermarket solution for the price other than looking Porsche OEM and being plug and play. But on a later car such as my 2004 996 that is where is works out to be a very good value package. Not only do you get the factory look but you are already set up for with MOST fibre optic, so no having to mess around with converter boxes which for a decent ones like mobridge costs around £500 if you were looking aftermarket radios but also you get instrument cluster information which no aftermarket solution offers. You can see you track information and your turn by turn navigation with distance to next turn and direction on your screen just below the rev counter. For your phone you can then use android auto, I have the media box in my glove compartment so my phone goes in there and then can access maps, podcast and music etc of it from the head unit. I know some others are using Cplay2air but believe there is an android equivalent that you can plug in the media box and have wireless CarPlay so you don't even have to take your phone out to access everything.
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