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Has anyone done this on the 2015 or 2016 cars? Is it worth it or are you just better off getting a third party radio?
 

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Lol

I'd view it as a 7 or 8, all these things are relative of course.

Detailed step by step instructions provided but you have to open the PCM and install a sub-board, so would recommend a professional installer if your technical skills are a little wanting :)


On a scale of 1 (techno Dope) to 10 (Tech star) is this retrofit.

Won't tell you where I fall, but it rhymes with sun.
 

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Hello, new boy on this forum, happy owner of a macan S 2015.
I just installed a carplay module Unichip, works but a lot of bug.
-When we start the carplay, if we have not before selected Aux, no sound ..
-Apple music only outputs sound on the front speakers. (Bose system)
-By time Apple music freeze and rebbot carplay.
-The most strange in all this, engine off, door closed, system off, after a few minutes, the radio is restarted by itself and the PCM screen remains off.
Apart from all these problems the system is functional, I hope that an update will solve these problems.
 

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This looks easier than anything I've seen thus far. Vcmfrance, is that what you are referring to? Wonder if it's similar in a Macan:
 

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Hello shark, it's the same carplay that I installed on my macan, I like the product but too much bug, I contacted the manufacturer hoping he has a solution to these problems.
 

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Hello, new boy on this forum, happy owner of a macan S 2015.
I just installed a carplay module Unichip, works but a lot of bug.
-When we start the carplay, if we have not before selected Aux, no sound ..
-Apple music only outputs sound on the front speakers. (Bose system)
-By time Apple music freeze and rebbot carplay.
-The most strange in all this, engine off, door closed, system off, after a few minutes, the radio is restarted by itself and the PCM screen remains off.
Apart from all these problems the system is functional, I hope that an update will solve these problems.
There are bug fixes for all of the above problems. We have tried and tested them they are all good.
 

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Hello wizard263789, have you installed the same carplay UNICHIP, you have encountered the same problems, are they all resolved?
On the UNICHIP website there is no way to retrieve the latest firmware and the procedure to follow, I was contact yesterday and I await their response.
thank you !!
 

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Santirx...did you do the install by yourself? Was it hard to take the trim off? Still happy with Apple car play (no bugs)?
 

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Santirx...did you do the install by yourself? Was it hard to take the trim off? Still happy with Apple car play (no bugs)?
Did it myself. It is a bit hard to take the left trim off (passenger side), because it needs to come out completely (both air diffusers with the piano black panel will come off as a single unit). But other than that, it was not bad. You need to be comfortable working with connecting/disconnecting electronics (I used to build my own computers 20 years ago, so I don't have any issues dismantling these things and putting them back together, I'm also an engineer by training).

See additional photos, you can see the detached trims. You'll have to pull that passenger side hard, but with care not to damage vents (as you need to pull through the vents with a hook).

I also added a USB port to the center console.

There are always some nuisances with 3rd party systems, like in this case I always need to ensure the system is in AUX, otherwise it will cause issues, but they are minor once you get used to it. I'm enjoying it quite much actually. As an added bonus, this system has an equalizer which allows me to better tune the audio system. In addition, this system added the capability of voice recognition, which I didn't have in my Macan build.

Installation took about 4 hours.

I'm still very pleased.


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There is a good video in YouTube, made by "Auto Amateur" that shows the installation of the CarPlay module retrofit to his 911-991.1 PCM 3.1. It is somewhat similar to the Macan PCM 3.1, with some slight differences. I don't think the 991.1 have optical cable, but the rest is similar.

See video here:

Additional information on my install (tips - things that I had to solve and things I did slightly different from video).

Although the instructions state that XM module must be removed, I left the XM module installed, by installing stacked screw extension standoffs. I purchased a kit from Amazon and installed the provided board on top of the XM module with these standoffs. I used two of them in each of the three locations, one on top of the other. I selected the two that would allow the board to clear the XM board. The installation came out very sturdy. Auto Amateur installation shows him attaching the board with only one screw. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072N84VM3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

See Photo Here: https://flic.kr/p/2ig224C

Auto Amateur drilled a hole on the PCM casing to pass thru the cable from the board. I didn't drilled this hole. What I did is that I removed the XM connector on the back, pass through the cable and then reattached the XM connector the best I could. Best solution so that you don't have to do unwanted perforations.

See Photo Here: https://flic.kr/p/2ifYyum

Auto Amateur goes through a series of things that went wrong for him and how he solved them. There were a few things that didn't go well the first time during the installation for me, which Auto Amateur didn't mention:

1. While installing the board inside the PCM, I inadvertently disconnected the fiber optic cable from the tuner. When I reinstalled everything, I could hear sound from everywhere, except the tuner. It took me hours to figure out what I had done, which also required me to disassemble everything again. Therefore, be careful when you are inside the PCM and check and reseat all connections, even if you think you didn't touched them.

2. When installing harness on the back of the radio, make sure you remove the fiber optic cable from the car harness and reinstall it on the provided harness in the appropriate location. I didn't do this initially and while testing no sound would come out. I figured this out fairly quick, but this hint can save you time.

3. I couldn't control the Apple CarPlay module with steering wheel controls, only volume would work, but the phone control buttons were useless. This happened because I unpaired the PCM bluetooth while trying to connect everything, thinking that I didn't need the PCM bluetooth connection, since I was connecting via Apple Carplay module. Leave the PCM bluetooth paired and you will have phone control from your steering wheel. The only control you will lose is with the special configurable button, if you have the button configured to advance or replay a song, which you will not be able to do from steering wheel while using Carplay.

4. If you are using Wireless Carplay, deactivate the PCM AUX BT. This one took me weeks to figure out. Every time I would turn my car on, I intermittently had connections issues that would prevent Apple Carplay to activate or play any sound, and it would require me 4 to 5 minutes (sometimes unpairing and pairing the whole thing again) for it to work. I came to the realization that AUX BT and the Carplay module bluetooth were fighting for which could connect first. If the Carplay module connected first, no issues. If the PCM AUX BT connected first, it created a significant connection issue. Apparently the AUX BT and the AUX share the same channel, and you can use one or the other. To deactivate AUX BT in PCM 3.1 see,
. This video shows how to activate AUX BT, but you can follow steps to deactivate.

I hope this helps others with some additional information during installation.

Additional Photos:
1. https://flic.kr/p/2ig25jR
2. https://flic.kr/p/2ifYBuK
3. https://flic.kr/p/2ig34Rq (I use Wireless Carplay, but I still installed the Hardwire as a backup in the center console)
4. https://flic.kr/p/2ig222i
5. https://flic.kr/p/2ifYyrF

The system is working now flawlessly and the installation had been well worth it.
 

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There is a good video in YouTube, made by "Auto Amateur" that shows the installation of the CarPlay module retrofit to his 911-991.1 PCM 3.1. It is somewhat similar to the Macan PCM 3.1, with some slight differences. I don't think the 991.1 have optical cable, but the rest is similar.

See video here:

Additional information on my install (tips - things that I had to solve and things I did slightly different from video).

Although the instructions state that XM module must be removed, I left the XM module installed, by installing stacked screw extension standoffs. I purchased a kit from Amazon and installed the provided board on top of the XM module with these standoffs. I used two of them in each of the three locations, one on top of the other. I selected the two that would allow the board to clear the XM board. The installation came out very sturdy. Auto Amateur installation shows him attaching the board with only one screw. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072N84VM3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

See Photo Here: https://flic.kr/p/2ig224C

Auto Amateur drilled a hole on the PCM casing to pass thru the cable from the board. I didn't drilled this hole. What I did is that I removed the XM connector on the back, pass through the cable and then reattached the XM connector the best I could. Best solution so that you don't have to do unwanted perforations.

See Photo Here: https://flic.kr/p/2ifYyum

Auto Amateur goes through a series of things that went wrong for him and how he solved them. There were a few things that didn't go well the first time during the installation for me, which Auto Amateur didn't mention:

1. While installing the board inside the PCM, I inadvertently disconnected the fiber optic cable from the tuner. When I reinstalled everything, I could hear sound from everywhere, except the tuner. It took me hours to figure out what I had done, which also required me to disassemble everything again. Therefore, be careful when you are inside the PCM and check and reseat all connections, even if you think you didn't touched them.

2. When installing harness on the back of the radio, make sure you remove the fiber optic cable from the car harness and reinstall it on the provided harness in the appropriate location. I didn't do this initially and while testing no sound would come out. I figured this out fairly quick, but this hint can save you time.

3. I couldn't control the Apple CarPlay module with steering wheel controls, only volume would work, but the phone control buttons were useless. This happened because I unpaired the PCM bluetooth while trying to connect everything, thinking that I didn't need the PCM bluetooth connection, since I was connecting via Apple Carplay module. Leave the PCM bluetooth paired and you will have phone control from your steering wheel. The only control you will lose is with the special configurable button, if you have the button configured to advance or replay a song, which you will not be able to do from steering wheel while using Carplay.

4. If you are using Wireless Carplay, deactivate the PCM AUX BT. This one took me weeks to figure out. Every time I would turn my car on, I intermittently had connections issues that would prevent Apple Carplay to activate or play any sound, and it would require me 4 to 5 minutes (sometimes unpairing and pairing the whole thing again) for it to work. I came to the realization that AUX BT and the Carplay module bluetooth where fighting for which could connect first. If the Carplay module connected first, no issues. If the PCM AUX BT connected first, it created a significant connection issue. Apparently the AUX BT and the AUX share the same channel, and you can use one or the other. To deactivate AUX BT in PCM 3.1 see,
. This video shows how to activate AUX BT, but you can follow steps to deactivate.

I hope this helps others with some additional information during installation.

Additional Photos:
1. https://flic.kr/p/2ig25jR
2. https://flic.kr/p/2ifYBuK
3. https://flic.kr/p/2ig34Rq (I use Wireless Carplay, but I still installed the Hardwire as a backup in the center console)
4. https://flic.kr/p/2ig222i
5. https://flic.kr/p/2ifYyrF

The system is working now flawlessly and the installation had been well worth it.
Very helpful, thanks!

My kit arrives tomorrow. I think I have most steps well understood. Actually bummed the custom button for next track doesn’t work, as I thought this would have been retained.

Where did you mount the additional box? Behind the glovebox or directly behind the pcm unit?
 
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