Fit OK but Missing Instructions
2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Of all the things Crutchfield sent with the Pioneer HU, the 3 star rating reflects the lack of instructions for this piece. I spent 3 weekends prepping the Idata Maestro modules, wiring harness, and pulling out those darn VW interior panels (really really hard). I finally got to the point where I could use the adapter, opened the package and saw an electrical wire I had to hook up, besides the antenna cable connections. My brain went ???!?!?!? because it was the weekend. After half an hour, studying the wire harness diagram and reading what little came with the adapter (the wire was for an inline amplifier), walking around and thinking about the power on sequence for the HU, I remembered my first car radio install EONS AGO was on a Toyota with a power antenna. The antenna only telescoped when the radio was turned on. So I crossed my fingers and re-crimped the wires for the AMP turn on, but the Pioneer diagrams (the Pioneer manual is wonderfully detailed!) said only 300 milliamps on the wire. The antenna adapter packaging had no info on how much current it needed. So I gave up on running it to the powered subwoofer. If I knew the power requirements I could have figured out if I could have also used it to power on external amps. In the end it works, but some radio stations are sound weaker compared to the OEM radio. I don't own RF signal power equipment so I can't say if it was the adapter or Pioneer HU.
Pros: The adapters to the weird connectors to the antenna fit and I could tell which were for the radio antenna (dual connectors) versus the Sirius antenna (single).
Cons: No instructions on what to do with an extra wire and no info on power requirements - how many milliamps did it need ?Crutchfield response on July 11, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.