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DIY Bluetooth A2DP (Bluetooth Audio Streaming)

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DIY Bluetooth A2DP (Bluetooth Audio Streaming)


So after reading and doing some research I've been itching on the idea of having factory Stereo Bluetooth aka A2DP. In the forum post on this site http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/36-e...e-firmware-version-your-cruze-radio-pdim.html the user bojangles talks about his issues with USB and how he was able to get the dealership to install the PDIM from a Camaro. Looking further I want to avoid the dealership at all possible. I then got in my 2012 Cruze LTZ/RS and checked the FW/SW and luckily I have the latest according to the forum post DB/DD.

Looking on the internet and the forum the PDIM GM#20985421 (22872777, 22829143 - part has been renumbered a couple of times now -obermd) is the PDIM from a Camaro and is the latest according to the forum post on the Camaro website. AMAZON has it currently for under 90 bucks, I ordered it and took apart my dash and after poking around for about an hour I finally found my current PDIM which is very conveniently located. Today the Camaro PDIM will come in, point being is hopefully since my FW is up to to latest it should be plug and play and work like a charm. (fingers crossed) I can't be certain poking around on the Camaro forum the people who have installed PDIM's never had one to begin with and they didn't have the latest and had to have theirs flashed. This is why I say this is a test, Will update and post a how to if it works along with the location of the PDIM.


UPDATE: WORKS LIKE A CHARM


Simple Guide to install

I already had DB/DD installed prob will work for you too as long as your radio is at this FW. If not I'm not sure how this will work out for you. You might need to go into a dealership to update then you can preform this mod. I take no responsibility for anything about this guide it worked for me doesn't mean it will work for you or your car wont randomly explode because you installed a factory feature not available to the cruze lol.

1. First you need the New PDIM GM#22797218, along with a flat head screwdriver and a 7mm socket
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2. Detach the passenger kickpannel that is under the center console like so. (It just pulls off but be careful)
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3. Detach the silver/golf ball trim that around the shift-nob
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4. Remove the 2 screws on each side of the change holder
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5. Sorry for the pics couldn't get a better one but kinda underneath after you remove the change holder you'll see the PDIM.
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6. Ok back underneath the passengers side kick panel you removed earlier you'll also see the end of the PDIM I used my hand and pushed it. FYI their are some clips holding the PDIM front where we removed the change pocket.

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you'll see it start to come out.

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7. After pulling it so far I let if fall down so it exposes the back of the PDIM
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8. Here we have the PDIM

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9. All you do now is replace it with the new one and your good to go. FYI the USB cord is hard to get off you need to put a flat blade in-between the metal clip you do not press down on the metal clip to remove you press up by putting something in-between.
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2 questions - first, does the cover around the shift lever come off in the same way in the Manual Transmission?

Why do we need to take the covers off the console if the PDIM is accessible from the passenger kick panel? Is this simply to make it so there is enough room to swap the PDIMs?
 

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I have a LS and do not currently have a USB plug is there a way to add it instead of using the aux port? That way I will be able to control my ipod via the stereo?
For the cables and PDIM - Camaro Personal Device Interface Module Pdim - 22872777 - Electronics - Camaro - 2012 - Chevrolet. This is the same PDIM this thread discusses that also provides Bluetooth A2DP streaming. You may need to get a different center console insert as the interface jacks go in there. I don't know if the LS has the same center console insert as the other Cruzes.
 

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Extibal - thanks for this writeup.

Minor change for those of us with manual transmissions.

You don't need to take the passenger kick plate off (step 2).

To take the trim off in step 3, do the following:

Set your handbrake and turn your car off - you will need to move the shifter between 1st and 2nd gears several times while removing the trim, coin holder, and PDIM. Make sure you can shift from 1st to 2nd and back without pushing in the clutch.

3A - With your fingernails, lift the top part of the shift boot ring off the silver trim. The ring is silver as well and you want to slide your fingernails between the ring and the silver trim. The front of the shift boot trim will come up and then you can pull the back part up. Pull the boot trim up so it covers the shift knob.

3B - Reach into the opening and lift the rear of the silver trim up. You can get the four tabs around the shifter this way. To get the tabs at the top of the silver trim, I used a 1.5 inch spackle blade. Lifting the trim about halfway up the side (next to the A/C control knobs) you can gently slide the spackle blade in and twist. The silver trim will pop off.
When I went to pull the old PDIM out, I used a pair of pliers to grab the lip of the old PDIM. I then pushed each of the two tabs down with my fingers and pulled. You only need the pliers to pull out far enough to pass the tab edge.

The rest of the instructions are the same as Extibal's instructions for an automatic transmission Cruze.
 

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What's the sound quality of this compared to hooking up directly via a USB flash drive or the aux cable? From what I've heard, bluetooth audio streaming isn't anywhere near as crisp.
I thought I had put a whole new top of the line stereo in with top of the line speakers after swapping in the Bluetooth PDM. I tested by starting a song via the MP3 jack and then switching over to bluetooth stereo. Better volume, crisper sound, no static, etc. I also compared to a different song on a USB stick and I couldn't tell the difference from a USB stick plugged in vs the Bluetooth audio.
 

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Just did the install, instructions were great! The only hard part was getting the USB plug out from the original PDIM. The bluetooth works perfect when streaming music from my phone. Quick question to anyone who has done this upgrade, does your USB port work in your center console after you put in the new PDIM? I plugged my USB cable back in to check and it didn't connect the phone (I was hoping to keep the cable to charge the phone).
I use a car charger plugged into the front charging port. Did you get your media to show on the radio?
 

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Pull your new PDIM back out. There are two plugs on the back of it. The big one goes to the radio and the small one goes to the USB & Aux ports in the center glove box. You didn't get the small one completely reseated.
 

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obermd, you rock! That was exactly the issue, all i had to do was take off the side kick panel and i checked the connection. Charger works and now it's ready to rock and roll! This upgrade is def. worth the $90.

BTW my car is an auto
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Is there anything to configure to put the music info on the radio or is this as good as it gets?
I couldn't find anything. When I'm in for my next oil change/recalls I'll ask. This PDIM is the same one as the one in the Sonic and it displays in the Sonic so it must be software. I tested my phone in a Sonic before spending the money.

Stacy - is DB/DD the latest version of the Cruze's base radio firmware?
 

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Camaro has the same PDIM as well and the latest they have is DB/DD as well (known to date).
Does it show the media information when playing via Bluetooth?
 

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Stacy, I'll send it to you when I get home. I don't have my VIN readily available. Enjoy your time off - you've earned it reading all the complaints on CT and other forums.
 

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I suspect this is a radio upgrade which won't be available for the 2012 and earlier Cruzen. One of the "new features" of the 2013 Cruze is Bluetooth stereo. The radio menus in the Sonic aren't the same as in the Cruze and Camaro with the Bluetooth PDIM installed. I'll post what I get back from Stacy.
 

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Select the CD/AUX button and then press config. Follow the menus. When switching away from AUX or if you start your car and your device isn't available, you'll have to do this again to reselect the device. It won't drop the pairing, but you just have to tell the radio to use it again.
 

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I have a couple of chops in the first 30 seconds with my Casio Commando Android (Gingerbread) phone and then it settles down. I have noticed that when the streaming gets choppy I can fix it by rebooting the phone. I would suspect your phone.
 

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I noticed some "choppiness" in my music when my phone's WiFi is turned on. Turned WiFi off and the music is fine now. I think the phone's (Motorola Droid Bionic) WiFi scanning may be interfering with the BT (I could be totally wrong though). Since I can't get WiFi while driving, turning it off was an easy fix.
I bet the WiFi scanner was taking cpu priority over the BlueTooth.
 

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bbushmaker - Have you had the "Onstar update" that supposedly updates the Bluetooth system for newer phones?
 

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I haven't, but wouldn't that be just for the hands free calling?

btw - thanks to all for help...
Most likely, but it may be the Bluetooth PDIM radio uses the same code to maintain connection to the phone's A2DP signal.
 

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This happens to me when my data connection drops out at the same time Pandora needs to cache the next song. It rarely (1 or 2 times?) happens when streaming audio files via my phone's internal music player (i.e. not from the interwebs). FWIW, I have not done the "OnStar Update" (unless they automaticly pushed it to me)
OnStar pushed the update to current subscribers. For everyone else they attempted to contact you with a one-month complementary subscription so they could push both the update, and more importantly to them, their subscription.
 

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I just checked on the Camaro forums. With the Camaro version CE firmware (2010 release date) appears to work. Since the base radio head unit and PDIM are the same for the two cars I would expect that DB/DB will work, but I don't know for sure as I have DB/DD hardware/firmware.
 

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The firmware may very well be on the PDIM. The hardware/firmware test is done from the AUX display. If they can't figure out how to replace the PDIM, point them to this thread.
 

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The best way to determine if you have an existing PDIM to swap out is to open your car and check. You should be able to see the PDIM if you remove the passenger side kickboard. The Bluetooth calling is controled by the On-star module behind the main glove box. I'm not exactly sure how to swap this module or what else would be needed.
 
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