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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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The GPS option in the Cruze's radio is a feature that was never implemented and the option was inadvertently left in the menus.
 

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Ordered from Amazon, sharp plastic and bad back caused busted knuckles, but install was done in an hour or so. Works great on a 2013 Cruze LS (with basic stereo). Not as good as other built in A2DP systems with mfr like kia and mazda - as it doesn't auto re-connect everytime. But a quick few menu presses and you can tell it to connect. mids and highs sound the same as USB, but lows are a little less. Well worth the $90 from amazon with next day saturday shipping (and the fact its a leased car and i wanted to leave it as stock as possible - and ACDelco is about as stock as you can get!!!!) My Firmware was HW DB SW DE with stock PDIM, but everything seems to still work the same, with added A2DP.

Thanks goes out to everyone that had anything to do with this!!!!!! I had to make a quick decision when leasing the car to either jump way up to MyLink to get BT audio, or stay right where i wanted to be with the $149 lease and loose my audio. A sales person told me that it had it, just like in his Camaro... So after playing with the car for a bit, I asked him to show me... No luck, as everyone on this thread knows. Big thanks to those that took the time to take pictures and take notes and post it all here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Ordered from Amazon, sharp plastic and bad back caused busted knuckles, but install was done in an hour or so. Works great on a 2013 Cruze LS (with basic stereo). Not as good as other built in A2DP systems with mfr like kia and mazda - as it doesn't auto re-connect everytime. But a quick few menu presses and you can tell it to connect. mids and highs sound the same as USB, but lows are a little less. Well worth the $90 from amazon with next day saturday shipping (and the fact its a leased car and i wanted to leave it as stock as possible - and ACDelco is about as stock as you can get!!!!) My Firmware was HW DB SW DE with stock PDIM, but everything seems to still work the same, with added A2DP.

Thanks goes out to everyone that had anything to do with this!!!!!! I had to make a quick decision when leasing the car to either jump way up to MyLink to get BT audio, or stay right where i wanted to be with the $149 lease and loose my audio. A sales person told me that it had it, just like in his Camaro... So after playing with the car for a bit, I asked him to show me... No luck, as everyone on this thread knows. Big thanks to those that took the time to take pictures and take notes and post it all here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Was the DB/DE PDIM the original one already installed or the new one you put in? What is the part number for that PDIM?
 

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bojangles, DB/DE was the original versions before i did anything. Just bought the Cruze 2/12/13. I added pictures of the PDIM's and HW/SW versions to my car in my garage.

i've been lucky the last 4 trips with the car as the BT audio automatically connected when the car was started up - like you would imagine. (a BT phone call killed it and i had to work the menu's to reconnect it)

really like this mod!!!!
 

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I'd like to add a successful story to the thread. I installed the pdim on my girls car its a 2011 Cruze LS, and it took about 15 minutes, it works great, and now her bluetooth for her phone sounds alot better than it did before. Great write-up, Also for the guys who are having problems with the bass I didnt notice any difference. I have a samsung galaxy s2.
 

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I saw that there were 3 people able to do this update on an LS. Two of them 2013's and one being a 2011. I have a 2011 LS and I was wondering if with this update allow you to make phone calls through bluetooth?

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I saw that there were 3 people able to do this update on an LS. Two of them 2013's and one being a 2011. I have a 2011 LS and I was wondering if with this update allow you to make phone calls through bluetooth?

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Handsfree calling is a feature of the On-Star module, even for Bluetooth. This mod provides Bluetooth music and some control over the music player from the steering wheel controls.
 

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Has anybody installed this on a 2012 1LTw/FL? I have the 3.5 mm plug but no USB, no onstar. Upon taking a quick glance into where the PDIM should be, I don't have one there, just a slot for it. I was skeptical about this working for me as I didn't see any hanging plugs anywhere. Is there a special harness I need to buy in order to make this work?
 

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Has anybody installed this on a 2012 1LTw/FL? I have the 3.5 mm plug but no USB, no onstar. Upon taking a quick glance into where the PDIM should be, I don't have one there, just a slot for it. I was skeptical about this working for me as I didn't see any hanging plugs anywhere. Is there a special harness I need to buy in order to make this work?
if im not mistaken you must have onstar to have the bluetooth function. So to the best of my knowledge no you will not be able to add this feature.
 

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You need to have OnStar for Bluetooth hands free calling and is independent of the radio's PDIM. Bluetooth stereo requires a PDIM, which needs a base radio that supports it. The easiest way to know if you have a PDIM is to look. I don't think this modification will work if you don't have a PDIM to swap out. These are two separate systems, each with its own Bluetooth radio in the car.
 

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Handsfree calling is a feature of the On-Star module, even for Bluetooth. This mod provides Bluetooth music and some control over the music player from the steering wheel controls.

So you need a subscription to onstar to make hands free calling even if you're not going through their phone service?
 

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So you need a subscription to onstar to make hands free calling even if you're not going through their phone service?
Correct. The OnStar module is required to make Bluetooth phone calls.

Just to clarify obermd's post, you can indeed have a new install of a PDIM, as long as you get a dealership technician to reprogram your radio. A bunch of the Camaro guys have done it as an addon. Make sure you have the screen that is about 1.5" long. The smaller one, like on some rental models and in Eurasia will not support the PDIM.
 

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So you need a subscription to onstar to make hands free calling even if you're not going through their phone service?
No. The OnStar module in the car happens to handle Bluetooth hands free calling, but you don't need an OnStar subscription to use this feature.
 
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