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Add a touchscreen stereo, keep your car's factory features

An iDatalink Maestro makes it possible

Jon Paulette is a veteran automotive writer who has spent a fair portion of his life hanging out at racetracks and talking to amazing people who make extremely loud cars reach ridiculous speeds. Despite all that, he still has enough hearing left to enjoy a stupidly large music collection. A native Virginian, Jon lives in the Charlottesville area, roots for the Nationals and would like a good BBQ sandwich right about now.

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An aftermarket upgrade saves you from hefty dealership prices

If you own a Ford equipped with SYNC®, a Chrysler vehicle with UConnect®, or a GM vehicle with OnStar®, you know they're some of the better factory systems around. But you also know that if your car didn’t have navigation when it rolled out of the factory, adding it later meant: A) installing an aftermarket nav receiver and losing your factory system, or B) having a factory nav receiver installed at the dealership and spending lots of money. Now, thanks to iDatalink, there’s a better solution.

iDatalink Maestro

The iDatalink Maestro lets you keep the handy factory features you use everyday.

Gain navigation, smartphone controls, and hold onto your SYNC or UConnect functions

With the iDatalink Maestro radio replacement package for 2006 and up Ford, Chrysler, GM, and VW vehicles, you can install a powerful navigation receiver and keep your familiar factory features intact. And with an iDatalink compatible receiver (available from many popular brands, including Kenwood, Pioneer, and JVC), you can stay on top of what's happening under the hood with touchscreen access to information like tire pressure, battery voltage, check engine codes, and more in certain vehicles.

So, how does it work? Basically, the Maestro speaks your car's language, allowing a factory system like SYNC to communicate with your new receiver and vice-versa. The features you use every day — voice commands, Bluetooth® connectivity, iPod® control, steering wheel controls, your back-up camera, even satellite radio in some vehicles — will work beautifully alongside aftermarket benefits like an HD Radio™ tuner, Garmin navigation, CarPlay™, and Android Auto™. And best of all, when you buy the Maestro with a new receiver, we'll offer you a deep discount on it.

kenwood receiver sync menu

You'll find all of your SYNC options on the easy-to-read menu screen.

A Crutchfield Advisor takes the Maestro for a spin

To see how the Maestro works in the real world, we asked Colt, an advisor in our Southwest Virginia call center, to give it a try. His 2008 Ford Edge came with the standard SYNC system, but he’d always wanted to install an in-dash nav receiver.

“The Kenwood Excelon receiver I installed offers a nice bang for the buck, because it’s a great stereo with built-in Garmin navigation and Bluetooth,” he said. “The Maestro makes it possible to get all that stuff without losing SYNC or the steering wheel controls.”

Colt installed the receiver and the Maestro bundle himself, then used the straight­forward startup menu to set his preferences.

“The Maestro lets you choose what works best for you,” he explained. “If you like the factory iPod controls, select that option. If you don’t, you can choose the Kenwood controls. The same goes for Bluetooth. I decided to stick with the SYNC options when I did the setup on my car.”

The Maestro allowed Colt to retain the factory steering wheel controls in his Edge, and let him assign a secondary “press and hold” function to each button. He was also able to keep his vehicle’s factory SiriusXM satellite radio capability, which made him happy.

If you’re thinking about upgrading with the iDatalink Maestro and you want a receiver that maximizes your vehicle's factory system, you can give an advisor like Colt a call at 888-955-6000 to investigate your options.

Kenwood receiver installed

Thanks to the iDatalink Maestro, Colt can enjoy full control of his SYNC system as well as the souped up sound and features of a new Kenwood stereo.

Last updated July 26, 2016
  • Bk from Omaha

    Posted on 3/19/2016 4:19:16 AM

    I have a uconnect system. I don't need Xm/serius or nav I would like to keep the climate control features and other vehicle settings, how can I upgrade the stereo and not lose those things?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/20/2016 3:08:10 PM

    BK, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • JG from Crofton, MD

    Posted on 4/7/2016 9:21:52 PM

    I am interested in the same question for uConnect for a 2014 RAM 1500

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/8/2016 9:07:46 AM

    JG, We can help with that. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Dylan Olson from Cloquet

    Posted on 4/23/2016 10:12:20 PM

    I would like to keep the steering wheel controls for the stereo and heat. Does this work for that? 2005 f150 supercrew.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016 10:04:22 AM

    Dylan, We have everything you need to retain your truck's factory features. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Rich Busser from Elk grove village

    Posted on 5/2/2016 2:12:16 AM

    Hi, I have a 2016 Ford Edge with Sync that came with the built-in 4.5(?) inch screen. Is it possible to upgrade my stock radio w/Sync to either just Sync3 or Sync3 with a better head unit? When I bought the vehicle I couldn't afford the 201a equipment group which included Sync3, 12 speakers, sub-woofer with a Sony head. I only have six speakers, no sub and stock Ford radio. Any comments or suggestions on 1) if I can upgrade at all, and 2) if so, what's the best recommended upgrade and the best services to do the upgrade? Thanks so much.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/2/2016 10:36:34 AM

    Rich, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • carlos

    Posted on 5/4/2016 5:27:13 PM

    I am interested in the same question for uConnect for a 2015 Chrysler 200

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016 9:02:14 AM

    Carlos, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Mark from Whittier

    Posted on 5/13/2016 12:00:10 AM

    What about the 2015 Fiesta ST? Would it work in there?

  • Richard Gossett from Madison

    Posted on 5/14/2016 6:24:31 PM

    I have a 2016 ford fusion with the non touch screen I want to install touch screen in my car but want to keep all my factory steering wheel controlls do you carry an option for this?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2016 10:02:34 AM

    Richard, At the moment, we don't recommend replacing the radio in the '16 Fusion. That's because there isn't an aftermarket dash kit available to hold the new receiver -- yet. The Fusion is a popular car, though, so that could change. Watch this space.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2016 10:19:35 AM

    Mark, Not at the moment, it seems. You can use our vehicle selector to see which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Good luck!

  • Joe Krasko from Rembert

    Posted on 5/18/2016 3:16:05 PM

    I installed this system in a 2012 Ford Super Duty with Sync. My Sync is fully functional and interacts with the aftermarket head unit. Unfortunately I have no way to perform an firmware update since the factory head unit displayed the status and my aftermarket does not. Are you aware of a way the update the Sync system with the latest update another way?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/19/2016 9:47:56 AM

    Joe, If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help with this issue. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Jay from Burlington

    Posted on 5/31/2016 12:16:31 PM

    I have a Kenwood non-nav touchscreen head unit that will accept Sirius, and have Sirius and SYNC in my 2013 F150 - will the Maestro send the Sirius data to the new head unit as well? (I believe the Sirius system is connected to the SYNC system in this truck). Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2016 9:01:38 AM

    Jay, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • alfonso from buena park

    Posted on 6/8/2016 8:00:40 PM

    i have a 2011 ford tar sel i just got a nav radio and is there a way to keep everything stock so i can plug and go . i call all different radio store and they say the kit for my car is going to $299 is there a way to do with out the kits.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2016 9:43:27 AM

    Alfonso, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Darnell Morgan from Beltsville

    Posted on 6/29/2016 11:36:44 AM

    With regard to the SirisXM, do you have to buy a separate tuner? For example, if you buy a Kenwood radio do you have to buy the Kenwood Sirius XM tuner as well but keep the factory Sirius antenna? I have a '13 F-150 Supercrew

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/29/2016 4:44:08 PM

    Darnell, If you have factory SiriusXM, you should be able to keep it. I've sent this along to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Ray Nowaczyk from Lake Worth

    Posted on 6/30/2016 2:34:54 PM

    I have a 2014 Dodge Charger with a standard factory radio. I would like to upgrade to a radio with satellite, navigation and backup camera while retaining access to factory settings/tools already on my radio display. What are my options?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/1/2016 9:11:15 AM

    Ray, You have plenty of options, actually. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Ray from Louisville

    Posted on 7/11/2016 5:09:31 PM

    I have a 2016 Ford Taurus SEL without Sony Audio but it does have a the 4.5 inch screen and comes with Sync. I was hoping to upgrade it with a touch screen solution similar to Sync 3 with or without Nav. The vehicle selector does not show me any options. Will this solution somehow be applied to a 2016 Ford Taurus SEL. Please advice.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/12/2016 9:35:34 AM

    Ray, We haven't had a chance to look at a '16 Taurus yet, which is why we haven't posted any info. Assuming it's similar to the 2015 model (which I am, for better or worse), we don't recommend replacing the factory nav unit at this time. If you have questions or want to discuss your audio upgrade options, give us a call and one of our advisors will help you out.

  • Matt Price from Calgary

    Posted on 7/13/2016 9:55:45 AM

    I have a 2011 mustang without a touchscreen or nav and would like to take the factory head unit out but still want to retain all the sync functions, will this work with my car?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2016 10:55:56 AM

    Matt, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Tony from Murfreesboro

    Posted on 8/17/2016 6:35:20 PM

    I'm debating on a double din touchscreen head unit for my 09 Ram 2500. I love the Uconnect, and steering wheel/mirror controls. Is there anything aftermarket that's compatible? Nav would be a plus, but not a must.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/18/2016 10:25:51 AM

    Tony, A double-DIN receiver will fit, though you'll have to do some very minor filing on the trim panel. I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat. Good luck!

  • Israel C. from San Diego

    Posted on 8/25/2016 12:35:50 AM

    Hello, I have a 2014 f250 with regular am/fm mp3 radio and would like to upgrade to something similar to the Ford's "my touch Sync" system, but I don't want to lose the existing Sync functions.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/25/2016 9:59:57 AM

    Israel, Alas, replacing the radio in this truck means losing SYNC. We do have a number of receivers that can give you a lot of the same functionality, though. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which ones fit your truck, plus the correct wiring harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Brian Timoons from Greencastle

    Posted on 8/29/2016 10:10:07 PM

    I have a 2016 F-150 with the 8" sync 3 no climate or navigation I was wondering what I can do I like the features it has but no navigation I was wondering how to add that and if I can swap out all the factory stuff for after market stuff it has the 5 speaker system the doors and the center speaker

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/30/2016 9:40:51 AM

    Brian, I'm going to forward this to our sales team, and they'll get in touch with you via email soon. Our experts can answer all your questions and help you find the right gear for your truck.

  • Melissa from Gladespring

    Posted on 9/2/2016 7:42:41 PM

    Having sync problems with a battery drain in a 2010 Ford Focus. If we remove the factory sterio will that remove all of the Microsoft sync from the car and fix the battery drain?

  • Salvador from San Diego

    Posted on 9/3/2016 2:12:04 AM

    i have a 2016 dodge Challenger with stock uconnect 5.0 been wanting to upgrade to after market stereo instead of a uconnect 8.4 [800$+ and paying dealership to unlock features [300$+ BUT if i remove stock stereo the climate control options will be gone! is there any way to keeping those options or possibly keeping both stock and after market stereo running but located into glove department or somthing like that Thank you would help a lot.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016 9:07:07 AM

    Salvador, Due to the climate control situation, we don't recommend replacing the stock radio. There are some ways to improve your sound without a new receiver, though, and they're less expensive than the other option you're looking at. Give us a call, and let one of our advisors help you find something that'll work in your Challenger.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016 10:36:56 AM

    Melissa, If you haven't already paid a visit to a mechanic or a Ford dealership, you should. This is not an unknown thing, and there might be a fix out there. Some Focus owners' forums have useful info about this, so check there before you visit a mechanic -- just to familiarize yourself with the issues and maybe get some helpful advice. When all that's done and your car's holding a charge properly, give us a call and let our expert advisors help you find a new receiver!

  • Acquinetta Lovett from Rahway

    Posted on 9/16/2016 7:31:26 PM

    I have a 2009 Ford Edge that is equipped with SYNC and would like to upgrade my stereo system into a touch screen. Can you give me a quote for this upgrade?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/19/2016 9:43:21 AM

    Acquinetta, I'll forward this to our sales department, and someone will be in touch via email soon.

  • MMN from Charleston

    Posted on 9/26/2016 12:54:36 AM

    I have a 2009 Ford Taurus with factory radio with Sync and SiriusXM but I am wanting to upgrade to a touchscreen option. I also want to keep all of my factory functions and capabilities. What would be the best options for me and a potential cost?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/26/2016 9:22:48 AM

    We can totally help with this. I'll forward this to our sales team, and someone will be getting in touch with you via email soon.

  • Joe Ficalora from Langhorne

    Posted on 10/2/2016 9:38:09 AM

    I have a Ford Edge, 2016 model year. Is there anyway to rip out the non-touch screen and use something else? The sound is horrible in this car. Funny thing is that the same system in my prior Ford Fusion wasn't half bad, not great, but passable.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/3/2016 9:46:07 AM

    Joe, The Edge is a bigger, boomier space, which could account for some if the difference. As for an upgrade, when you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos (and speakers) fit your Edge. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Evan stalter from E Northport

    Posted on 10/12/2016 6:17:56 PM

    I have a 2015 expedition. Want to keep sync steering wheel backup camera and sirius. Will this unit talk to my base sync 4 inch screen? I realize there may not be a bezel yet I might buy genuine ford part with room for double din. So will it work with underlying system?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/13/2016 9:45:00 AM

    Evan, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Addison from Las Vegas

    Posted on 10/16/2016 12:09:43 PM

    I have a 2013 Ford Focus with sync and all that.. I've been wanting to upgrade the system since I got the car. All I care about is keeping the factory functionality, while being able to add a full range amp and a sub amp. Is there a head unit you can recommend with Bluetooth media and maybe a 7 band EQ fully compatible with iDatalink?

  • Jamie Vassallo

    Posted on 10/16/2016 6:54:09 PM

    Is it possible you get an aftermarket touchscreen for a 2014 ford fusion? A few months ago I went to a local shop and they said it was not yet able to be done. I'm just trying to see if there are any options.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/17/2016 9:15:29 AM

    Jamie, Your local guys are right -- there's no way to make that work at the moment. You'd need a dash kit for the new receiver, and there isn't one on the market yet. There are other ways to upgrade your car's sound and functionality without replacing the receiver, so give us a call.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/17/2016 9:16:51 AM

    Addison, We can help you with that. I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Matt from Dartmouth

    Posted on 11/5/2016 11:49:49 AM

    I have a 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium with 8 inch MyFord Touch and factory Sony sound system. I don't want to lose my heated seats and other climate controls. I am wondering what my options are for a better screen with more features without losing factory controls and steering wheel controls. Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/7/2016 10:39:23 AM

    Matt, We can find a good solution for your Fusion. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Jared from Collegeville

    Posted on 11/27/2016 11:15:37 PM

    Hey Jon, Thank you for this article. I'm interested in the DNX573s or DNX673s with the Maestro ADS-RR in a 2012 Ford Fusion (SEL, Sony, No nav) and wanted to know if the Maestro will send the mirror camera over to the new deck from the wiring behind the stereo or if there is additional searching & splicing that will need to happen. I'm hoping to do the install myself but in my younger years, I was never able to get my car's panels back on tightly so I'm hesitant to pull too much apart. Thank you

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016 9:39:25 AM

    Jared, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat. And if you run into trouble while installing your new receiver, remember that Crutchfield customers get free tech support for the life of the gear.

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