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Cost effective bluetooth solution


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Hi, I'm looking for a cost effective bluetooth solution for my 05 997 Cabriolet with Bose PCM.

Hands free operation and playing music from my iphone would be great.

I'm using a motorola bluetooth/fm tranmitter now, but since I live in NYC, I get tired of changing the FM stations! Otherwise, this works pretty well.

Any tips on nearby installers would be great.

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There is really only one elegant solution. If you want great Bluetooth, seamless iPod/iPhone integration, the best Nav and sound with your Bose. Ditch the PCM. Get a NavTV MOST head unit replacement module, a double DIN mounting kit and an Kenwood or Alpine head unit. The install will look factory. It will cost you more up front but you will be happy from the start. Most people I know are unhappy with other solutions and wind up dumping good money after bad trying to save money. Look for a reputable installer in your area. A good one will have a lot of experience with 997s as most of us buying earlier cars hate the PCM and want all the modern stuff which we are use to. The place I used in Boston had two 997s undergoing renovation when I visited.

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I've been considering Mijostyn's option for a few months but have had this concern: is there any chance of ending up with a whole set of electical glitches in other electronically controlled functions? These cars are electronically pretty complex and I worry that making a big, non-Porsche, change in electronic components is going to lead to a thousand niggling errors and malfunctions, any one of which will cause the dealer to kick me to the curb for modifying the car.

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post-89070-0-26840400-1370741441_thumb.j Hank, I had exactly the same concerns. I have had the new system in now for 6 months and it has worked flawlessly. I was lucky to get hooked up with a GREAT installer, Sound in Motion in Brighton Mass. I watched them do a more complicated install in a 997 cab using the NavTV module and they obviously knew what they were doing. Make sure whom ever you use has experience with 997s and the NavTV Most head unit replacemant module. This module is critical as it allows an analog head unit to communicate with the rest of the factory system. With my Alpine INE 927 HD the Bose system sounds terrific. I have had absolutely no issues with other equipment. The Nav is way better. iPod/iPhone integration is as good as it gets and BlueTooth works as well as any other system I have had experience with. PCM is hopelessly outdated. If you have the Bose system do not let the installer talk you into new speakers and amps. You will have to spend a fortune to do better and they will have to tear your car apart to do it.

The funny looking business hanging off the air vent is a ProClip iPhone mount. I have the Escort Live system which BlueTooths your radar detector to Escort's cloud via your iPhone. The iPhone then reports any traps coming your way reported by other drivers/detectors. WAY COOL.

Like my $800 shift knob?

I forgot to add one thing. After The install I went to my dealer and had the tech varify that all was working as advertised.

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  • 7 months later...

Anyone in the Dallas area able to recommend an installer for such a solution that has experience with 997's? Also, my '06 997.1 does not have the BOSE system. I'm not a big audiophile but mainly am looking for Bluetooth, Nav and some streaming music (doesn't need to be thumping). Thanks for any help/advice!

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Any good installers in the Sacramento, CA area besides Car Audio Innovations?? They want about $2500.00 to upgrade my 2005 997 factory navigation with Bose beast of burden.

I don't feel like using my Samsung Note 2 for all my infotainment needs while operating my 6 speed on city streets and highways because it's against law to text, use your phone with your hands, or drive above 65 mph with one hand.....

There is nothing left to live for.......... :jump:

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