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Enhance your classic Porsche by adding Apple CarPlay.

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Porsche offers the Porsche Classic Communication Management (PPCM) and the (PPCM Plus) which allows you to seamlessly upgrade your analog classic radio. Now you can have the functionality of DAB for digital radio reception, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto for connecting your smartphone to your classic Porsche. The PPCM is designed to match the vintage look and feel of the car and replaces the existing system.

You might be surprised at the cost of this technological upgrade. The pricing for the smaller PCCM is about $1,550 and $1730 for the PCCM Plus. And this doesn’t include the cost of installation.

You might be considering doing the installation yourself. But this is not a do it yourself project. A Porsche dealer is your best bet for installation. 

When you order your radio navigation system it includes the following:

  • Head unit
  • The radio keys to remove existing radio
  • Chrome knobs and Black plastic knobs
  • Mounting Velcro
  • Harness Adapter
  • Micro SD card adapter
  • Antenna for GSP
  • Media hub for ISB or iPod
  • Cables
  • Quick start guides
  • User Manuals

If you’re using a Nokia system, you will require another Nokia cable.

It is imperative that your Porsche have the factory radio harnesses in tack. If you have an after market radio, you may need to find an original set of harnesses to rewire your system. 

Also make sure to tell the installer you want your antenna placed in the right corner on the dash using a metal base plate for better performance.  If you are not sure where you want your microphone installed, check the dash for a dummy panel. It will work as a perfect place for the microphone. 

The Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) 

Part number 91164559000 (EU) is available for the following Porsche models:

914 (1970-1976),
911 F (1965-1973),
911 G (1974-1989),
964 (1989-1994),
993 (1994-1998),
959 (1987-1988),
924 (1976-1988),
944 (1982-1991),
968 (1992-1995),
928 (1978-1991)

The Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus (PCCM Plus) 

Part number 99664259000 (EU) is available for the following models:

986 (1997-2004)
996 (1998-2005)

Unfortunately, the systems won’t work with the Porsche 977 generation and there are no plans to release one in the future. For more information on setting up Apple CarPlay and the cost to install a PCCM, feel free to contact your local Porsche dealer.

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New to CarPlay? Here Are Some Newbie Tips…

Let’s Begin

If you haven’t heard, Apple’s CarPlay is available in 99% of new cars. While CarPlay has loads of headroom to grow into, CarPlay does most but not all of what it needs to do to keep drivers satisfied… and not crashing.

CarPlay gives us an abbreviated, car-centered, voice-centered mobile version of iOS.

So, if you are new to Apple CarPlay, what can you expect? Since this writer is also a CarPlay novice, let me share with you some of the things that strike me about my first experiences with Apple’s new product.

  • You need to make friends with Siri to easily use Apple CarPlay.
  • Apple Music works well with CarPlay.
  • Using Siri with CarPlay, you can Access Apple Music, talk on your phone, read a message, or navigate your destination through Apple Maps.
  • CarPlay doesn’t offer a wide choice of apps.

Siri is your best help when you start using CarPlay. You can find Siri anytime by accessing the on-screen home button. So, if you get lost as you play with CarPlay, just talk to Siri.

No New Software Required

You won’t need to download any apps on your iPhone to play music through CarPlay. Instead, the best thing to use, Apple Music, is already on your iPhone. You can get assistance by using the touchscreen on the car, or by talking to Siri.

Siri will help you not just with playing your music, however. Siri also does a fantastic job of helping users out with phone calls and messages. To call somebody, all you need to do is ask Siri. Siri can also also read your messages to you when you are on the road so that you can drive safely.

If you need some directions, you can ask Siri to assist you with Apple Maps. Apple Maps will give you simple voice prompts to help you navigate while you drive.

To date, CarPlay is limited because it doesn’t offer a wide variety of apps. However, since Apple’s focus is on keeping drivers safe, some of the limitations are understandable. Regardless, I enjoy using CarPlay as a newbie because I can do what is necessary without using my hands while driving, and that makes me feel safe.

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Even a Monkey Can Use CarPlay


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CarPlay is Available in These Countries

Surprisingly, CarPlay is unavailable in some countries. In fact, it’s unavailable in the vast majority of the globe’s countries, given that this list is 36 items long and the number of countries currently hovers at 195.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil2
  • Canada
  • Chile2
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India2
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia2
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand2
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • United Arab Emirates2
  • USA


Here’s a post on Apple Discussions by an owner of a new car, a CarPlay-compatible car, who can’t get CarPlay to work because he’s in a non-available country (Malta). He has an iPhone 6, a phone well within the CarPlay compatibility range, and (at the time) an iOS version that also qualifies to run CarPlay.

End of last year I bought the new SEAT LEON FR with the latest stereo + system. My car is listed in the Carplay compatibility list. But unfortunately the country I live in which is Malta, it’s not listed in the chosen contries list. So I have the latest car with the latest beefed up stereo with a nice big full colour touch screen, I have an iPhone 6 with the latest IOS version 9.2.1 but still can’t use it when I thought I was going to finally have Carplay in my new futuristic car.

Why isn’t Malta one of the chosen contries. I would really love to use it. Something else I would like to ask is, since my stereo unit is fully compatible with Carplay aND its just a country issue, will SEAT be able to install the system once it’s released to my country or do I have to buy a new car?

We don’t know what the behavior is in one of these countries, if it displays a message or just won’t activate entirely. If you know, please drop us a line.