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Ok, so I wanted to share my VCIM story. I just changed mine out this week.
-Early 2012 Volt w/ Bluetooth,Nav, Bose, leather, heated seats-

-Symptoms:
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1) No GPS (GPS with line through symbol)
and no Navigation if you have Nav system.
2) Clock resets to 12:00 after every start.
3) Compass is grayed out and nonfunctioning.
4) Bluetooth is disabled( No hands free calling or any phone integration) No voice recognition.
5) No OnStar functions emergency or otherwise(Onstar buttons do not light up on the upper headliner panel)

-My Solution:
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After researching different Volt forums and deciding that I wanted a permanent solution verses just pulling the Onstar/phone fuse for something temporary, I decided to replace the module itself. The exact replacement module part # 22997920 costs around $200 bucks and I really didn’t want to spend that much and not even be 100% that it would take care of the problem. So I spent $58 bucks and ordered part # 20957195-22739886 with a description of (Bluetooth Module VCIM Gen 9.0 2011 Camaro Cruze SRX Regal). I had found from the forums that Volt owners had tried different modules from other models and even different years and they work. Not just any VCIM but in particular ones from the Cruze and the Buick Regal. You can find this particular module from reputable eBay sellers as low as $26. I got mine from https://www.sourceoneautoparts.com and it was a New/refurbished unit so I paid more for mine at $58.

Installation:
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On my early 2012 all I had to do was remove a 1/4 inch hex head screw that sets right behind the OBDII socket on the left hand side of the steering column. Once removed, that releases a plastic housing swing door and with some manipulation the module will drop down and you can unplug the old module (3 different plugs) and install the new one. The one that I ordered from Sourceone had a printed circuit board style Bluetooth antenna also attached to it. The old one that I removed must have had a built in Bluetooth antenna but it works just the same.

Results:
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Upon plugging in the new VCIM, I turned the car on and immediately I had Bluetooth functions, the clock went to the correct time, the compass was no longer grayed out and stated “CAL” for calibration and that will change to north, south etc...once you drive it down the road a bit and it calibrates itself. The navigation system came back up and had me in the right location. Voice recognition was back along with phone functions. The ONLY thing that was not working was the Onstar button and I believe that’s with any replacement you will have to have the dealership program in order for Onstar to work but since I don’t want Onstar or want to pay for it, this works out great. Although the Red Cross emergency button does work. I didn’t wait for it to actually get someone on the phone. I ended the call before that happened but like I said that part isn’t important to me.
 

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Wow, nicely done! I believe the VCIM needs to be programmed with your VIN for Onstar to work. But if you don't need it...
 

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Ok, so I wanted to share my VCIM story. I just changed mine out this week.
-Early 2012 Volt w/ Bluetooth,Nav, Bose, leather, heated seats-

-Symptoms:
——————-
1) No GPS (GPS with line through symbol)
and no Navigation if you have Nav system.
2) Clock resets to 12:00 after every start.
3) Compass is grayed out and nonfunctioning.
4) Bluetooth is disabled( No hands free calling or any phone integration) No voice recognition.
5) No OnStar functions emergency or otherwise(Onstar buttons do not light up on the upper headliner panel)

-My Solution:
————————
After researching different Volt forums and deciding that I wanted a permanent solution verses just pulling the Onstar/phone fuse for something temporary, I decided to replace the module itself. The exact replacement module part # 22997920 costs around $200 bucks and I really didn’t want to spend that much and not even be 100% that it would take care of the problem. So I spent $58 bucks and ordered part # 20957195-22739886 with a description of (Bluetooth Module VCIM Gen 9.0 2011 Camaro Cruze SRX Regal). I had found from the forums that Volt owners had tried different modules from other models and even different years and they work. Not just any VCIM but in particular ones from the Cruze and the Buick Regal. You can find this particular module from reputable eBay sellers as low as $26. I got mine from Source One Auto Parts and it was a New/refurbished unit so I paid more for mine at $58.

Installation:
———————
On my early 2012 all I had to do was remove a 1/4 inch hex head screw that sets right behind the OBDII socket on the left hand side of the steering column. Once removed, that releases a plastic housing swing door and with some manipulation the module will drop down and you can unplug the old module (3 different plugs) and install the new one. The one that I ordered from Sourceone had a printed circuit board style Bluetooth antenna also attached to it. The old one that I removed must have had a built in Bluetooth antenna but it works just the same.

Results:
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Upon plugging in the new VCIM, I turned the car on and immediately I had Bluetooth functions, the clock went to the correct time, the compass was no longer grayed out and stated “CAL” for calibration and that will change to north, south etc...once you drive it down the road a bit and it calibrates itself. The navigation system came back up and had me in the right location. Voice recognition was back along with phone functions. The ONLY thing that was not working was the Onstar button and I believe that’s with any replacement you will have to have the dealership program in order for Onstar to work but since I don’t want Onstar or want to pay for it, this works out great. Although the Red Cross emergency button does work. I didn’t wait for it to actually get someone on the phone. I ended the call before that happened but like I said that part isn’t important to me.
Any chance you can post a few pics of the location and hex bolt you referred to? I see the port, but there are several hex screws in that area, and I want to make sure I’m removing the right one.
 

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Any chance you can post a few pics of the location and hex bolt you referred to? I see the port, but there are several hex screws in that area, and I want to make sure I’m removing the right one.
Ok, so I wanted to share my VCIM story. I just changed mine out this week.
-Early 2012 Volt w/ Bluetooth,Nav, Bose, leather, heated seats-

-Symptoms:
——————-
1) No GPS (GPS with line through symbol)
and no Navigation if you have Nav system.
2) Clock resets to 12:00 after every start.
3) Compass is grayed out and nonfunctioning.
4) Bluetooth is disabled( No hands free calling or any phone integration) No voice recognition.
5) No OnStar functions emergency or otherwise(Onstar buttons do not light up on the upper headliner panel)

-My Solution:
————————
After researching different Volt forums and deciding that I wanted a permanent solution verses just pulling the Onstar/phone fuse for something temporary, I decided to replace the module itself. The exact replacement module part # 22997920 costs around $200 bucks and I really didn’t want to spend that much and not even be 100% that it would take care of the problem. So I spent $58 bucks and ordered part # 20957195-22739886 with a description of (Bluetooth Module VCIM Gen 9.0 2011 Camaro Cruze SRX Regal). I had found from the forums that Volt owners had tried different modules from other models and even different years and they work. Not just any VCIM but in particular ones from the Cruze and the Buick Regal. You can find this particular module from reputable eBay sellers as low as $26. I got mine from Source One Auto Parts and it was a New/refurbished unit so I paid more for mine at $58.

Installation:
———————
On my early 2012 all I had to do was remove a 1/4 inch hex head screw that sets right behind the OBDII socket on the left hand side of the steering column. Once removed, that releases a plastic housing swing door and with some manipulation the module will drop down and you can unplug the old module (3 different plugs) and install the new one. The one that I ordered from Sourceone had a printed circuit board style Bluetooth antenna also attached to it. The old one that I removed must have had a built in Bluetooth antenna but it works just the same.

Results:
——————-
Upon plugging in the new VCIM, I turned the car on and immediately I had Bluetooth functions, the clock went to the correct time, the compass was no longer grayed out and stated “CAL” for calibration and that will change to north, south etc...once you drive it down the road a bit and it calibrates itself. The navigation system came back up and had me in the right location. Voice recognition was back along with phone functions. The ONLY thing that was not working was the Onstar button and I believe that’s with any replacement you will have to have the dealership program in order for Onstar to work but since I don’t want Onstar or want to pay for it, this works out great. Although the Red Cross emergency button does work. I didn’t wait for it to actually get someone on the phone. I ended the call before that happened but like I said that part isn’t important to me.

The VCIM in my son's 2012 volt stopped working and was draining the 12 Volt Battery. Based on the information in this post we took a chance and bought a VCIM from a 2012 Sonic part number 22833630 from a local auto recycler. It has the external Bluetooth antennae. Hands free phone and navigation works. Do not have onstar account, so cannot comment on whether that functions properly.
 

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I just had similar "Bad VCIM" symptoms on my 2011 Volt, maybe coincidentally after a 12V battery change. After pulling the right side fuse #10 and putting tape over the always incorrect clock readout, I came to realize there is no good place to stick on a dash clock, and besides that they are not backlit. So I took the risk and got a replacement VCIM box from a junkyard through car-parts.com . ($50 plus $15 shipping.) The part # for the VCIM box on a 2011 is 22794474, and it is located on the right side, under the dash, like to the right of the passenger's feet. To get to it, the panel by the door molding needs to be pried up at the rear joint, and pulled backwards. Then the three screws holding the 'toe panel' need to be removed. Then on the right side is one more screw to drop out the plastic bottom of the box that holds the VCIM module up in place. It is tight, but it does pull out far enough to undo the fittings. After putting my junkyard box in, my clock did not come right back until I drove around my block to see that GPS navigation was back. The clock fixed itself after about 15 seconds of driving. And blutooth is available again. So it sounds like they changed VCIM part # and location after 2011. I don't use Onstar, so I do not plan to go to dealer to pay for any phone connection details/settings.
 
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