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Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Connect a new car stereo in select 1993-up Saab, Subaru, and Suzuki vehicles

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Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

This vehicle-specific wiring harness makes connections between your new car stereo and your car's electrical system.

First, attach the color-coded wires on your Crutchfield-supplied harness to the wires from your new stereo. If you're not using a soldering iron, we recommend that you purchase some wire connectors to secure the connections. Check out our handy article on three ways to connect the wiring harness here.

Now, once this harness is connected to your new stereo, you'll be able to plug right into your car's factory radio connector. This harness saves installation time since you won't have to cut factory wires individually, and this also enables you to re-install the factory radio if needed. A detailed instruction sheet comes with the harness. Warranty: 60 days.

Please read this important note: This harness may not contain provisions for every wire needed to complete your installation, and it will not accommodate special navigation, video, or factory steering wheel control connections. You will need a special adapter if you want your factory steering wheel audio controls to work with your new stereo.

Connections:

  • 12V constant power
  • 12V switched power
  • chassis ground
  • power antenna turn-on
  • illumination
  • left front speaker +/-
  • right front speaker +/-
  • left rear speaker +/-
  • right rear speaker +/-

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness Reviews

Average Customer Review:

193 Reviews

Fits

Written by: Josh from San Marcos, TX on February 4, 2016

2007 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit great. Crutchfield knew just what I needed.

Pros: Subaru fit

Cons: None

Great fit

Written by: Terry from pullman, WA on January 29, 2016

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness worked great. Quality product.

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Wired to Work

Written by: George C from portland, OR on January 25, 2016

2000 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After some research with the radio wiring diagrams (both the Subaru and Kenwood wiring) and determining the which positions matched which functions, I determined that, except for the illumination connection, all the wiring on both connectors matched by color. So making the connections was fairly easy and everything worked as expected.

Pros: Wiring kit contained everything necessary to complete the connections.

Cons: None.

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Tom from littleton, CO on January 19, 2016

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice harness, clean and pre-cut stripping leads. Perfect fit into factory harness.

Pros: Pre-cut leads and perfect fit into factory harness.

Cons: None

Perfect Match

Written by: bbuzzes from New York on January 12, 2016

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness I got from Crutchfield was a perfect match for installing my Pioneer receiver in my 2001 Subaru Forester. The colors and number of wires were one to one, no extra steps or problems to figure out. The wiring diagram supplied by Crutchfield was easy to read even for an old geezer with bad eyesight.

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Works great for 2006 Subaru Baja

Written by: Fred from Virginia on January 10, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

perfect fit for replacing stock headunit on a 06 Baja. Really makes the job easier. I chose to solder the leads from my new head unit (avic-8100nex) to the leads on the harness and put heat shrink over the connection -- pretty easy task.

Pros: works

Cons: not a really a con -- but my 06 Baja factory HU harness didn't have lines for VSS and Reverse. This would be a 5+ if there was some info included about locating VSS and reverse or if metra had some sort or info about this on their website (or if Crutchfield would provide that info )

Needs crimps

Written by: Azerathis from Marin, ca on December 18, 2015

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Having this adaptor mad installation of my new radio as easy as plugging it in which was great. Only problem I ran into was not having any wire crimps to connect this adaptor to my new radios harness. I instead soldered and heat shrunk tubing each connector and it was a little time consuming. The end result was great though and the wires were well labeled out of the package which was nice.

Pros: Plug in factory harness

Cons: No crimps to connect the wires

easy... just,easy

Written by: subaru joe from richmond va on December 14, 2015

2001 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not much of an easier way to make the factory connection.

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Written by: Jon from Larned ks on December 1, 2015

2000 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Works great!!

Written by: JoeR from Florida on December 1, 2015

1999 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness worked great for my 99 Subaru Forester L!!

Pros: Perfect fit and easy to install.

Cons: None that I've seen

Exactly what I needed.

Written by: Zeti from West Virginia on November 16, 2015

2005 Saab 9-2X
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Exactly as described. Did the job and fit perfectly.

Pros: Fit perfectly and had great instructions from Crutchfield.

Cons: None.

EASY

Written by: Perrbr02 from Fort Wayne, IN on November 9, 2015

1999 Subaru Legacy Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love that Crutchfield threw this in with my headunit! Very easy to plug and play!

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Easy install

Written by: Sawyer SUP from California on August 24, 2015

2001 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The plug made install a cinch!

Pros: all connections are made on the shop bench and then simply plug it in!

Cons: none

Good!

Written by: John S. from Colorado on August 19, 2015

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well. Clear color coding. Tight fit. Thicker wire than actual stereo!

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Perfect Fit

Written by: Josh from California on August 16, 2015

2003 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit for my 2003 Subaru Forester. Made my new stereo installation absolutely simple.

Pros: Makes the new car stereo a plug & play install.

Cons: Just prep time connecting this adapter to the stereo adapter before you start installing the new stereo into your car.

Easy peasey

Written by: Paul from Washington on August 13, 2015

2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Couldn't be easier to wire your new radio into your exhisting harness. Only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 is because one of the speaker leads kept falling off and I have to remove the radio twice to fix it. Small issue being a speaker lead but could possibly cause a fire if the hot wire came loose.

Pros: Easy color coded radio wiring for dummies

Cons: 1 Lead kept falling out of harness.

Wiring Harness

Written by: Keith from Chicago, IL on July 6, 2015

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As advertised. Luckily, I contacted tech support to ask some questions and found out I needed to attach the wire for a power antenna even though my car doesn't have one. Powers an amp for the antenna?

Pros: Exact fit.

Cons: Wires are short so if you are soldering and don't get a good connection, there isn't much room for error.

Works

Written by: x-15a2 from Ohio on June 23, 2015

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as designed, that's about as good as it gets for a wiring harness

Pros: Color coding is correct

Cons: None

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Fairmont, WV on June 14, 2015

2001 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made wiring very simple.

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Wiring made simple

Written by: Anonymous from Woodbine, GA on June 8, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness eliminates all the guess work and ensures a quality, hassle free wiring experience. Wire colors matched up to the head unit and the plug fits securely with factory harness.

Pros: Allows for quick connections with no cutting of the factory harness.

Cons: None that I experienced.

Blaupankt radio

Written by: Carl from elkton va on May 24, 2015

Great sound easy to use. Goes well Subaru Baja dash

Pros: Love scan feature

Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness from New Jersey on May 21, 2015

2001 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked well

Pros: Worked well

Cons: none

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Alex M. from Brunswick, MD on May 18, 2015

2005 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good quality wire, pre-cut insulation, and good wire markings make this a breeze to use.

Pros: Well thought out product. Good quality wire, pre-cut insulation, and good wire markings.

Cons: None.

Easy Set Up

Written by: Nico from Maui, HI on May 4, 2015

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy to set up. Wire housing is pre cut to ease when splicing. The accopmanying diagram left very little to chance when connecting.

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worked great

Written by: jt from North Carolina on May 1, 2015

2008 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great connectivity. easy to use

Pros: good color coding & instructions

Cons: none

Great job for this kit!

Written by: Paul from Indiana on April 27, 2015

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great job for this adapter kit! Not only is it color coded with clear instructions, but each wire has what it goes to printed on it as well. That helps out a lot for someone like me who has red-green color deficiency. I don't care for crimping wires, I much prefer solder and shrink tubing, so putting this together with the connector for the radio was the longest part of the installation - but, this was one of the easiest car stereo installs I ever did.

Pros: Wires are printed with what they go to in addition to being color-coded. Clear, easy to understand instructions.

Cons: None.

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Ft Lauderdale, FL on April 21, 2015

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness alone makes it worth while to get car audio equipment from Crutchfield. You cant find a better deal anywhere else.

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Metra 70-8901 harness

Written by: Tony from Pennsylvania on April 8, 2015

1999 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product. Made the job a breeze.

Pros: simple and easy

Cons: none

Exact fit.

Written by: BobRap from New York on March 26, 2015

2004 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply works perfectly.

Pros: Exact fit. Clear instructions.

Cons: Should include either wire nuts or butt connectors for a simpler install.

Good harness

Written by: JesseM from New Hampshire on March 21, 2015

2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Colors easily matched the new head unit and made the install very easy.

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Harness

Written by: MBaker from Oregon on February 26, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness worked perfectly with my 2003 Subaru Forester, easy to wire up to my new receiver and plugs right into the car.

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Conected!

Written by: KeithS. from Virginia on January 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The company that makes these ends does a very good job, I have used them several time and they always work and are configured correctly.

Pros: Configured correctly for my Cars every time...

Cons: None

Metra wiring harness

Written by: Craigg from Highland, CA on January 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As always with Crutchfield everything works right and fits where it should.

Pros: Easy to adapt with great support.

Cons: None

works well.

Written by: Daniel from biloxi, mississippi. on January 21, 2015

2001 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The radio works so its good

Pros: Easy to wire.

Cons: Does whistle while I work.

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Larry S from Vermont on January 15, 2015

2005 Subaru Baja
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This kit makes it very easy to couple into the original connector. All wires are the correct color for match up.

Pros: Can't get much easier than this.

Cons: None

Super convenient

Written by: Mike I from California on January 9, 2015

2000 Subaru Impreza RS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter worked great for my '00 Impreza and was very easy to merge to the Pioneer reciever that I bought it for.

NOTE: MAKE SURE TO ORDER THIS WITH CRIMP CAPS, OR HAVE SOLDERING IRON ON HAND!

Pros: Makes hooking up the reciever to the car's harness a plug and play setup

Cons: None

Perfect fit, made installation quick

Written by: Spartacus from Pennsylvania on December 29, 2014

1998 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit, works as advertised.

Pros: Perfect fit, speeds car installation.

Cons: None

Easy to use, good instructions

Written by: Ryan from Delanco, NJ on December 14, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Smooth installation of this wiring harness. Wire lengths are good, instructions are good, and the colors happened to match against my Pioneer head unit!

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2002 Impreza WRX Harness

Written by: Mike S from SD. CA on December 11, 2014

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, colors matched perfectly. Blue to Blue, Orange to Orange.

Pros: Perfect match

Cons: None

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Written by: steve m from edwards co on December 6, 2014

2004 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked as expected

Pros: good directions

Cons:

Didn't need it

Written by: Ida t from HI on December 3, 2014

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't need it because stock unit is one piece with air condition controls. Power and ground from different sorce. Speaker leads wired to aftermarket unit.

Pros: Free

Cons: Not needed

flawless

Written by: savpanic from savannah ,georgia on November 19, 2014

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

fit perfectly.. no issues at all.. i suggest that the harnesses be soldered together as i have not done this in the past and regretted it..

Pros: worked great with the alpine head unit

Cons: none

Instillation

Written by: Russell from Myrtle Beach,S.C. on October 23, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely a must have for the easiest and quickest instillation. Connected the 2 harnesses together with the Posi connectors at the dining room table the night before assembly...









Pros: There was one connection that I was unsure of. Called up Crutchfield support and they explained that connection quickly!!! That is one of the reasons I only shop Crutchfield for electronics!!

Cons: NONE

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Paul from Round Hill,VA on October 7, 2014

2003 Subaru Baja
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was a real time saver for the installation of a new pioneer head unit. It let me do the wiring at my work bench, rather than at the car's dashboard.

Pros: ease of installation

Cons: none

Good harness

Written by: Don from Scio, Oregon on October 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Subaru harness worked good.

Pros: Easy to use. Just soldered, taped and plugged in! Worked great!

Cons: Wasn't sure which wire to use to power the antenna amplifier on my subaru. Marking that wire would be nice. Looked online and it was the blue and white wire.

Wiring harness

Written by: Vince from Rimersburg Pa on September 28, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness was great. I'll definitely order from Crutchfield again.

Pros: Very easy to install. Just plug it in and play

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Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: beat2def from kansas city, mo on September 27, 2014

2003 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a must have. Very well organized!

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It's a harness

Written by: CMitch from Poughkeepsie, NY on September 25, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a wiring harness, it did what it was supposed to. Can't really say much more than that. It works.

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Did just what I needed it to do

Written by: AJ from Silver Spring, MD on September 24, 2014

2003 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product did just what I needed it to do. It provided the perfect splice between my stock wiring and the head unit wiring. Wiring code on the side of the packaging was easy to read and understand, and I had zero issues splicing and soldering the wiring together.

Pros: Had all the wires I needed Fit the stock plug perfectly Wiring code on the side of the packaging

Cons: Wires came pre-stripped. I wish they weren't as I didn't use the harness for the speaker + and - leads. I would rather have solid ends instead of potential bare wires sitting behind the head unit.

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Jacob M. from Knoxville, TN on September 20, 2014

2000 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fast shipping and the product help my radio deck installation extremely easy. Crutchfield comes in clutch as usual.

Pros: The harness came sooner than expected which is always a plus.

Cons: Zero cons.

Perfect fit

Written by: Jason S from Freehold, NJ on September 17, 2014

1999 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness was a perfect fit to my car.

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Richard

Written by: Anonymous from Somers ny on August 31, 2014

1999 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very easy to match up information written right on the wires

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great fit

Written by: Ravi from Charlotte, NC on August 18, 2014

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit my 2001 Subaru Forester perfectly. Wires are better than the ones on the Pioneer receiver harness.

Pros: wires are color coded to match current receivers. i did not have to look at the manual to match up the speakers.

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great

Written by: matt from vermont on August 12, 2014

2003 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Metra wiring harness came with clear and understandable directions. It even went into detail about what each specific wire powers in the vehicle. Awesome product!

Pros: Easy install, detailed instructions.

Cons:

Loose pins required 2nd installation attempt

Written by: sturmeyhack from Seattle, WA on July 31, 2014

2002 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not too impressed.

Was installing this into a 2002 Subaru Outback. The individual wires are well labeled and the insulation on each wire is pre-cut for splicing to the HU's connector wires, and soldering up the harness was pretty easy.

However, the connector shell on mine looked like it was either made of cheap plastic or came out of a worn-out mold. After I installed my new HU, I discovered that one of the speaker channels wasn't working, and I had to disassemble everything to check on the problem. Turned out the pins on the Metra connector weren't all lining up correctly with the slots in the factory connector, pushing one or two of the connector pins out the back of the Metra socket and causing a short.

At least the problem was obvious--no shorts in the solder joints between the Metra harness and the HU harness--and I was able to push the pin back into the plastic housing and hold the adaptor harness by the wires as I plugged it into the factory connector. After that, everything worked fine.

So the Metra kit gets points for ease of soldering and for working with the factory harness; points off for making me install the HU twice to fix a short circuit due to bad assembly.

Pros: Consistent color-coding along with good labeling of individual wires makes soldering/splicing to the aftermarket HU wiring harness pretty straightforward. Hooray for industry standards! Once I figured out what went wrong, installation was straightforward and the new stereo works great.

Cons: Problems either in harness assembly or plastic casting resulted in loose pins in the connector, causing a short-circuit.

Great

Written by: Rick from ny on July 20, 2014

2000 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Really simple with this kit.

Pros: Easy and simple

Cons: Non

Easy Intstall

Written by: reconbbs from York PA on June 5, 2014

2000 Subaru Impreza RS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked just as described. Very easy to install in my 2000 Subaru RS 2.5. The only issue (which was my fault) had to do with my pioneer unit not exactly fitting in the aftermarket mounting harness that the prior sony head unit was installed it.

Pros: Works Flawlessly Easy to wire

Cons: none!

Wiring harnes

Written by: rrapheal from Minnesota on May 22, 2014

1998 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked exactly as expected and was affordable. Went into a 98 Subaru Forester

Pros: Colors all matched up with the stereo harness

Cons:

harness

Written by: blazeyellowwrx from foxboro ma on May 4, 2014

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it works. its easy to set up. its boss!

Pros: easy, cheap. good

Cons: none

Perfect

Written by: DaveS from Hendersonville, NC on March 28, 2014

2000 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Same color code as the original factory wire harness and the Sony stereo unit I purchased. Wires are long enough to work with - just match them up, splice, and plug-n-play.

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Worth the money

Written by: Jeff from Washington UT on March 26, 2014

2003 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This little part made installation so easy and I didn't have to cut stock wiring.

Pros: Don't have to cut stock wiring.

Cons:

wire harness

Written by: Brian from vermont on March 15, 2014

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was easy to install...and came with all the instructions needed to perform the task quick and flawlessly...would recommend this product

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Great wiring harness

Written by: Mike from Portland, Oregon on March 9, 2014

1996 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness and instructions made installation, quick and easy. Good product and best of all, great customer support.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: None

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Jose from Utah on March 7, 2014

1995 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wire harness is of good quality, easy to read the instruction in the wires...

Pros: Very easy to install...

Cons: None ...

Perfect!

Written by: TKB from Estes Park, CO on March 7, 2014

1999 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness worked perfectly, no problems.

Pros: Clear instructions, easy to wire, perfect fit

Cons: None

Great wiring harness

Written by: weezy from Clarksville, TN on March 5, 2014

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install. The wire ends were pre cut which saved a lot of time during install.

Pros: Pre-cut wires.

Cons: None.

Wiring Harness

Written by: Chris from Charleston on March 4, 2014

1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Extremely happy with my purchase, not only did it fit exactly as stated, I ordered it late in the afternoon one day and the next evening it was at my house, I was astonished with the speed and quality of my purchase....I will order again from Crutchfield...I can't recommend them enough, I am a fan.

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Worked like a charm

Written by: Mike R from Athens, GA on February 14, 2014

This was great. I was able to take the wiring harness from the Pioneer DVD receiver I was installing in my Subaru Outback and this harness and with the supplied instructions solder the two together right on my work bench then plug in each side one to the receiver and the other to the factory wiring. No laying across the seats trying to wire under the dash in an awkward position.

Pros: Brings plug and play to consumer installs.

Cons: Would have been a bonus if it had included wire connectors

easy and it works

Written by: JVH from Santa Monica, CA on February 11, 2014

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a wire harness that works for said vehicle

Pros: All the wires are pre-stripped and ready

Cons: none

Crutchfield wiring harness

Written by: Anonymous from Roanoke, VA on February 8, 2014

1999 Subaru Legacy Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like a magic easy pill. Crutchfield wiring harnesses and instructions have never steered me wrong. What used to be the domain of serious diy-ers is now within reach of anyone that can read and turn a screw. Thanks!

Pros: Um...it's perfect

Cons: It's not free enough? Sheesh, I have no idea how you could improve upon free perfection.

Plug and Play

Written by: EJRay from Santa Cruz, CA on February 6, 2014

2003 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installing an aftermarket radio with this product made it quite easy. The adapter harness plugged into the dash receiver harness. All I had to do was mate the conductors color for color to the new radio connector. I used crimp butt splices. In only took minutes and it work flawlessly.

Pros: Great directions and easy implementation. Excellent quality wire and connector.

Cons: None

Harness connector

Written by: Kristofer S from Ticonderoga NY on January 17, 2014

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It for perfectly, not a single issue and my head unit works great with it. It was so simple to install, literally a snap, highly recommended.

Pros: Easy to use, don't have to cut your factory harness, snaps together in a synch

Cons: Little tab holding it to the other connector is hard to see, I wanted to ensure it for before I wired it all together and had a hard time getting it apart till I realized the tab was there, lol. Awesome to use though

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Written by: Anonymous from New Egypt, NJ on January 14, 2014

2003 Subaru Baja
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great wiring diagram. Fits and works great.

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good quality

Written by: ld from li, ny on December 20, 2013

2007 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good simple harness. Good instructions.

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

Excellent as usual!!!

Written by: MikeB from Allentown, PA on December 1, 2013

2004 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As usual Crutchfield comes through with quality free installation accessories. Made the install a breeze. Great quality and Free! Can't beat that!

Pros: High quality, FREE, good instructions, ALL GREAT!!!

Cons: None!

Crutchfield harness for Subaru

Written by: osX from Springfield, VA on November 3, 2013

2004 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to solder. Glad all wire colors matched stereo coloring (Alpine).

Pros: Convenient to reinstall factory radio later if needed.

Cons: None

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Hilldog from Union Dale, PA on October 21, 2013

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine, would have given me a bit more warm and fuzzy if the instructions said if it was better to mount the ground to a chassis screw, or solder it into the harness, which I did.

Pros: works fine, instructions could have been more clear

Cons: none

Perfect

Written by: Dave S from Sissonville,WV on October 19, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfect, can't say anything bad.

Pros: Again perfect plug in fit lots of room in a 01 Forester.

Cons: None!

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Larry from Irmo SC on September 13, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Product and easy to read instructions! Made it a snap to install

Pros: Awesome fit

Cons:

Great product

Written by: Sledbrat from Arlington, wa on August 29, 2013

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made my install go fast and easy. I have always ordered my head units from Crutchfield for the fact I get the install gear and the detailed install instructions. Thank you for making it so easy and simple!

Pros: Easy and fast

Cons: None

Perfect connector for my Subaru

Written by: prugs from 85140 on August 25, 2013

1998 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would be even better if there were splices included.

Pros: Perfect adapter

Cons: No splices

Can't beat this product.

Written by: steve from Harveys Lake PA on August 4, 2013

2004 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just wire this up to your new receivers wiring harness and plug it in. It's that simple!

Pros: Matches factory plug exact.

Cons: None

Easy to connect

Written by: Kris from Bristol,Ct on July 13, 2013

1998 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to connect to other wire harness, everything is color coded

Pros: Very easy to use

Cons: No con

Perfect!

Written by: Tindergarten from Moscow, ID on July 11, 2013

2006 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfect. Double check the wiring diagrams for both the harness and your receiver to make sure the colors match (mine did) and it's easy as pie!

Pros: I like that the wire sheaths were pre-scored, I just had to pull them off. Further, the two wires that were not needed for my installation (power antenna lead and steering wheel controls) were already capped off so I didn't have to mess with them.

Cons: None.

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: MN from Fortson, GA on June 21, 2013

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Followed the directions and it went fine. Used a crimping tool on mine. Follow radio installation directions along with the ones included for harness to avoid going back in and attaching video wires.

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2013

1999 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Makes installation a snap. Great product.

Pros:

Cons:

It is what it is

Written by: Quinten from Eudora, Kansas on June 4, 2013

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works just fine

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Worked fine

Written by: Ringo360 from Grand Rapids, MI on June 3, 2013

2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit perfectly. Made installation a breeze.

Pros:

Cons:

Does the job!

Written by: achmafooma from South Riding, VA on May 24, 2013

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness does the job and does it well. My one small complaint is that the diagram/instructions should be clearer about the 'automatic antenna' wire. My car (2008 Subaru Outback) doesn't have an automatic antenna, so I didn't bother connecting it. As a result, my radio reception was terrible! Turns out that Subaru has an antenna booster that runs off the 'automatic antenna' lead, so you DO need to connect it to the appropriate wire on your unit's wire harness. On mine, it was some sort of vaguely defined accessory connector (and it mentioned 'automatic antenna' in the small print as something you might connect to it). After I made the connection, everything worked great. Recommend clarifying this in the instructions; the blue wire isn't necessarily for automatic antennas only, and MUST be connected [at least on my Subaru] if you want good radio reception.

Pros: Works fine, does the job, easy to hook up.

Cons: Instructions should be clearer about the 'automatic antenna' (which is actually an antenna booster on my 2008 Outback) and needs to be connected even if you don't have an automatic antenna.

It works!

Written by: Danielle from Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 2013

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works! Easy-to-follow chart made wiring this to my new receiver a snap!

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Wildwood, MO on May 8, 2013

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Makes installation so much easier.

Pros:

Cons:

Perfect

Written by: Scott from W WI on April 27, 2013

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked perfectly.

Pros: instructions were easy to follow. installation was a snap.

Cons: none

Simple

Written by: Brian from Crystal Lake, Illinois on April 20, 2013

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great as always, crutchfield always supplies you with the needed appliances. Just match up the color wires and go

Pros: Couldn't be easier Comes with page that tells you what wire does what, just double check in the head Unit user manual to match everything up.

Cons: None

Its a harness... Worked as expected

Written by: Kookookachew from Potsdam, NY on March 27, 2013

2001 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Received this very quick with free shipping thanks to Crutchfield, who have always provided excellent service and fast shipping. Price was much better than similar plugs found else-where and even came with Crutchfield vehicle-specific instillation instructions, which are absolutely excellent BTW. Simply couldn't ask for more, had my radio installed in a matter of minutes without having to cut, test, and splice factory wiring.

Pros: Cheap Comes with instructions Easy to use Doesn't disturb factory wiring Decent quality

Cons: Doesn't make me breakfast?

car radio wire harness

Written by: mike from floyd, va on March 23, 2013

1995 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

right part, quick delivery, good quality, great instructions.

Pros: all good

Cons: none

PERFECT!

Written by: Alan from Charleston, WV on March 18, 2013

2005 Saab 9-2X
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As usual, Crutchfield provides the right harness for my particular car and stereo. ACES!

Pros: Always a pleasure!

Cons:

None better

Written by: Thiebs from Beaumont, CA on March 11, 2013

2007 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this from Crutchfield and chose to get a head unit from somewhere else. In the package from Crutchfield, a full picture-laden highly-descriptive instruction booklet accompanied the harness. These instructions were not only for taking the dash panel off for the radio installation, but also for all the speakers in the car. Over and above the call of duty for a 12-dollar harness. I will not hesitate to pay the extra price for my next unit because of such excellent attention to detail.

Pros: Easy-to-read instruction booklet. Harness is a perfect fit. Pre-stripped tips are brilliant.

Cons: It didn't include a briefcase full of cash.

Perfect

Written by: Augie from Boone, NC on February 18, 2013

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice adapter, everything was properly color coded

Pros: Color coded and pre-stripped wires

Cons: 18 (or so) wires to splice together

wire harness review

Written by: phillyherb from vineland, nj on February 4, 2013

2003 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was the wrong harness, it did not match the Subaru wiring. But it turned out that I didn't need a new radio, just new speakers. So I didn't have to use it.

Pros: none

Cons: wrong harness

Great Product

Written by: Doug from Philadelphia, PA on January 16, 2013

2009 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product worked perfectly fine. Hooked into my Kenwood head unit with no issues.

Pros: Great fit. Works fine

Cons: None

Quick and simple harness

Written by: DeCirce from Royal Oak, MI on January 14, 2013

2007 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very clearly noted what each wire connects to. Easiest part of the radio installation. Works great.

Pros: wether its stamped on the wire from the paper diagram or taped on the wire the purpose of each wire is clear and easy to install

Cons: maybe if wires were a bit longer but nothing major

Exact fit and functionality

Written by: Allan from Marietta, PA on January 8, 2013

2003 Subaru Baja
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wiring was nicely color coded to match the aftermarket radio harness, so it was a simple color to color connection. Connector fit into the vehicle harness, as if it were built by the OEM. Excellent product.

Pros: Color codes matched aftermarket radio

Cons: None

Factory Atereo Adapter

Written by: Greg C from Everett, PA on December 4, 2012

1997 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Best thing ever made. This makes an install so simple. I always solder my connections and you can do this at the workbench in no time. Then, just plug it in and install the head unit. Its that simple. If you trade often, this is the ticket.

Pros: Makes for an easy time for an install

Cons: None

Subary Legacy 2005-2009 Wire Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Gillette, NJ on November 18, 2012

2007 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect, well done.

Pros: -Perfect match to the factory plug to join aftermarket stereo.

Cons: None

Subaru Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: ChrisN from Colorado Springs, CO on October 15, 2012

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well but the soldering is is a bit of a hassle.

Pros:

Cons:

Saved me a LOT of installation time

Written by: Ken from Lakewood, CO on September 26, 2012

2003 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed the unit myself and this adapter made the installation sooooo... easy. I bought my unit from Crutchfield because of perks like this free adapter and installation instructions specific to my cars make and model.

Pros: It's free and it works.

Cons:

Harness

Written by: Drew from Ma. on September 16, 2012

2002 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit every time

Pros: Included free

Cons: None

It worked great, but failed to mention critical info

Written by: Anonymous from Altoona, IA on August 29, 2012

2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness worked well, but instructions failed to mention that Subaru FM reception booster is powered by "power antennae" wire which typically controls a raising and lowering antennae. I had to install it twice.

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: JimJ from Seattle, WA on August 17, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Makes installs so easy

Pros:

Cons:

Removes the headaches...

Written by: GA from Santa Cruz, CA on August 10, 2012

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love not having to cut the original wires in order to splice it to my new system. Made the installation so much easier and I still retain the option to cleanly reinstall the stock system back if I sell the car.

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Mar from Pa on August 5, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a have to have item. I always get the things that make the job easy. Match'em up, hook'em up and that,s all there is to it.

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Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: DPW from New Mexico on August 3, 2012

2000 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I decided to by this receiver from Crutchfield primarily because of the availability of this connector for my make and model car. I connected the wires between the car connector and the receiver connector and the installation went smoothly. I have no regrets with making this purchase.

Pros: Matched vehicle audio connector

Cons: None at this time

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Altoona,PA on July 28, 2012

2000 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wires match up perfectly.

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Roy, WA on July 22, 2012

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: None

Subaru harness

Written by: DonA from Santa Cruz,CA on July 5, 2012

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I, too, had trouble after connecting the harness with any reception. FM was bad, AM none. Checked out continuity on antenna connector and found center wire had none. Cut off OE connector and spliced onto the supplied antenna adapter. Still nothing, other than a lot of extra work and removing the radio again. Called tech, they were very helpful and knowledgeable. As others have posted, was told to connect the blue wire to the blue and white lead. Pulled out the new radio, again. Did so and works great. Why doesn't the instructions point out the importance of this for the Subaru? (I guess Saab also) It could save a lot of frustration

Pros: easy and clean hook-up

Cons: incomplete instructions

Worked perfectly

Written by: Ian B from Woodbridge. VA on June 30, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked like a charm. I do wish they would include the wire crimps as part of the kit, though. It sucks to have to go to the store to get them, because I always forget that I need them.

Pros: Clear instructions align the wiring to the new receiver.

Cons: I keep forgetting to get wire connectors.

Crutchfield harnesses

Written by: RJ from Chelsea, MI on June 30, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have self installed many aftermarket sound systems, and I have had a number of professionally done systems put in. Since I first discovered Crutchfield harnesses, I have always used them. The first time I took one to a professional installer, they wanted to know where I got it, and then they started ordering them for their use! I wouldn't consider installing an aftermarket sound system without one of these!!!!!

Pros: Makes installation SO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O much easier!

Cons: There are none!

Good system

Written by: Hoyt from Marshall NC on June 14, 2012

2008 Subaru Forester

When I first powered on the radio I could receive only four FM stations, but Bill at Crutchfield tech support took 10 seconds to tell me, "connect the blue wire on the adaptor to the blue wire with white stripe on the radio." That worked. Moral: don't give up before you call tech support. One suggestion: the wiring kit doesn't include crimp caps, so if you don't have any it's either a trip to town or solder the joints. Crutchfield should tell you this in the descriptive material on its website.

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Morrow, Ohio on May 28, 2012

2009 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

jUST CONNECT ALL WIRES....... YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED THEM BECAUSE THE INSTRUCTONS TELL YOU ONE THING WHEN YOU SHUOLD DO IT DIFFERENT

Pros: IT WAS FREE

Cons: POOR INSTRUCTIONS....

Really simplifies installation

Written by: soundmandave from Spokane Valley, Wa on May 26, 2012

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Couldn't make the installation any easier. Wouldn't order a new head unit without also ordering one of these adapter plugs. Another great reason to by from Crutchfield.

Pros: Cuts hours out of the installation time.

Cons: None

Excellent for 98 Subaru Forester

Written by: JD from Big D on May 22, 2012

1998 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced stock Clarion cassette player with JVC KD-X50BT. The wiring harness worked properly. It took about 30 minutes to strip the cables, solder, and seal with heat shrink tubing. The color of each wire, and their function, matched propery for my installation. The harness made installation really easy. I would whole heartedly recommend using an interface harness like this for your install.

Pros: Easy and quick installation to existing car wiring harness

Cons: It wasn't installed for me by the folks at Crutchfield.

Super easy!

Written by: Phil from Connecticut on May 13, 2012

2002 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness matched the Subaru perfectly!

Pros:

Cons:

Instructions omit important wires

Written by: silentdoug from Omaha NE on April 26, 2012

2005 Saab 9-2X
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring diagram doesn't show the blue leads that have to be connected to power the antenna signal booster in my Saab 92-X (same chassis as a Subaru Impreza.) I followed the instructions but found I had bad AM radio reception. Happily, when I called Crutchfield technical support, they were able to tell me right away that I had to connect the blue leads, which solved the problem.

Pros: Works fine once you know how to install it.

Cons: Instructions are flawed

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Hesperia,CA on April 2, 2012

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Factory fit

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons:

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Dino from Limerick, PA on April 2, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works very well

Pros: attached with no problems

Cons: n/a

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Dave K from Allentown, PA on March 12, 2012

1997 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Spot on and very easy to install even for an ameture like me!

Pros:

Cons:

Very useful

Written by: ChaseF from Fort Worth, TX on March 12, 2012

2001 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The only thing you need to hook up you receiver

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Cons:

Absolutely Essential!

Written by: geezerhiker from Bellingham, WA on March 7, 2012

2001 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've been working with electronics for about sixty years but I would have been in deep doo-doo without your wiring harness.

Pros:

Cons:

Not quite accurate

Written by: tsd from Illinois on February 14, 2012

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions were good with the exception of the blue wire. The instructions didn't address the wire, but a Google search indicated that I must connect it to the blue/yellow wire to power the FM booster.

Pros:

Cons:

Perfect fit

Written by: Sewbike from Aberdeen, WA on February 3, 2012

2001 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wiring harness was a perfect fit, made installation of the head unit very easy.

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

Convenient Wiring Harness

Written by: N3NF from Pittsburgh on January 28, 2012

1999 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This wiring harness greatly simplified radio installation. I've done installs before where I had to create my own connections between after-market radio and the factory wiring. This handy product saves hours and hours of time from an otherwise painstaking process. Soldering to radio harness can be done in the home allowing for quick plug-in installation in the car. This alone makes shopping a Crutchfield worth every penny.

Pros: Well constructed. Greatly simplifies installation.

Cons: I have a red-green color blindness. Wire color matching requires a little extra care. (Not a product fault)

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Rob from East Berlin, PA on January 21, 2012

1996 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect!

Pros:

Cons:

PERFECT

Written by: T C from Misawa Japan on September 21, 2011

1998 Subaru Forester

Easy to read labels cut out all the confusion. I used solder and electric tape (out of heat shrink) instead of crimps or twist.

Pros:

Cons:

Spot ON!

Written by: Bill H. from Thurmont, Md. on September 16, 2011

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have installed a lot of radios in my time and each and every one that I have purchased through Crutchfield has come with the harness that is plug-n-play to the factory harness. I remember back inthe day of having to cut and solder every wire in the harness and these adapters just do away with all that. You still have to connect the harness to the radio, but after that is done, you're done. Couldn't be much easier.

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Cons:

So easy a caveman could do it...

Written by: Craig from Alfred, ME on August 16, 2011

2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield pretty much does all the work for you. If you can put colors together, and crimp cap or solder, you are golden! It really is plug and play after that. And if you aren't sure, just call support!

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Cons:

works perfect

Written by: Franz from Portland on August 4, 2011

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Came with my order to install a Pioneer AVH-P2300DVD into a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX. pretty much match the colors and done. super simple.

Pros:

Cons:

Works, but dimming wire in the wrong spot.

Written by: CJ from Carbondale, CO on August 2, 2011

2005 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness works well, but the dimming wire was in the wrong spot. It should be in the open spot next to it.

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Cons:

2002 Subaru Forester

Written by: Swanny37 from Jamestown,NY on July 8, 2011

2002 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness and accompanying instructions were exact and perfect. My unit functioned flawlessly and the fit was factory-like....

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Essential!!

Written by: mtlmstr from Colorado on June 26, 2011

1995 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This wiring harness is so simple and easy to use, a very essential tool for installing a stereo trouble free. Almost idiot proof....just too easy to figure out and hook up.

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Cons:

Great benefit when buying a head unit

Written by: ericO from Austin, TX on June 10, 2011

2005 Saab 9-2X
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This came with my JVC HDR720 which I installed in my 2005 Saab 9-2X. Install was super easy and the instructions are clear and easy to understand.

A great benefit when buying a new stereo from Crutchfield.

Pros:

Cons:

Easy

Written by: luis from Long Island, NY on June 8, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness simplified my life, installation was really easy and took about 15 minutes to me to install my new headset.

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huge advantage

Written by: G.Cuevas from Puerto Rico on May 5, 2011

2002 Suzuki Esteem
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

this wiring adapter is a huge time saver, color matching and installation guide
are just great

Pros:

Cons:

soldering required

Written by: Rick from rotten@windfish.net on April 29, 2011

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didn't realize I was going to have to spend 1/2 an hour or more soldering this
thing up. Otherwise, it worked great.

Pros:

Cons:

Incredibly easy to use

Written by: Eric from Albany, NY on April 24, 2011

1998 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring harness and instructions Crutchfield gives you make the job incredibly
easy. Had my wiring set up in about 5 minutes, and wouldn't want to install a
stereo without it.

Pros:

Cons:

Works great. Don't forget to connect the blue wire.

Written by: Vlad from Boston, MA on April 13, 2011

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as intended. Wires were color-coded to my head unit, then after connected
to HU harness, directly plugs to my Subaru Outback 2005. Don't forget to connect
the blue wire as it is needed for antenna signal booster. Otherwise your
reception will be poor. I like the pre-stripped wires. I wish the head unit
harness had that too. This item is included with your car stereo install but I
wish it came with crimp connectors. Crutchfield claims all that is needed for
the job is included. Almost. You still have to buy crimp connectors (or
something else to connect wires).

Pros:

Cons:

Easy Install

Written by: Glen from Leavenworth,wa on April 11, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness made the install nice and easy!

Pros:

Cons:

Antenna Power - NOT Power Antenna

Written by: Bryan from Massachusetts on April 8, 2011

2002 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2002 Subaru forester: Fits perfectly. One comment - the blue line is labeled
"power antenna". I didn't
have a power antenna so I didn't connect it. Reception was HORRIBLE. I was
just
about to drill a hole in the roof for an nmo mount antenna. Then I realized the
Subaru has an antenna amplifier. Connect the "power antenna" wire to a source
of
power (from receiver) and excellent reception. Second comment: There are
wire
butt connectors that have heat shrink tubing, and low temperature solder in
them.
Put the wire in those and just use a heat gun to shrink the tubing AND melt the
solder. Couldn't be easier and makes a solid connection.

Pros:

Cons:

absolute must

Written by: msl from greenwich, ct on April 4, 2011

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

for my subaru wrx, this was a must.
the instructions were very good as well. they said to get crimp caps and wire
strippers. don't know whether the installation would have been different, but with
the wire stripper and crimp caps, the wiring was a piece of cake. it is a must. and
it came FREE with my stereo kit from crutchfield.

Pros:

Cons:

Don't forget the power antenna connection

Written by: mark from NJ on March 9, 2011

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked well, but remember to connect the radio's power antennae lead to the
matching lead on the adapter, even if you don't a power antennae! That lead is
used to power up the signal amplifier near the anteanne in the back window.

Pros:

Cons:

Works as Intended.

Written by: . from Phoenix, AZ on February 26, 2011

1997 Subaru Legacy Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works as intended. Installation instructions were clear and concise. The wire length
was sufficient, and the colors matched the wire colors of receiver. The only negatives
are absence of a latch groove to properly engage with car's wire harness connector;
and absence of dimmed illumination wire which may be useful in certain installation
cases.

Pros:

Cons:

Be sure to attach Antenna wire in addition to plug

Written by: MikeC from Ohio on February 10, 2011

2006 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These wiring harness make install a snap. Just make sure that you attach the
wires for the antenna amplifier. If you don't, you will get like 3 stations
with very poor reception. If you do that, it will work perfectly.

Pros:

Cons:

It's a wiring harness...

Written by: AndyB from VA on February 9, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

And the pin-out is correct.
These wiring harnesses are great, they fit perfectly and each wire is very
clearly labeled. The construction is top-notch and honestly you really can't
screw them up too badly.

Don't cheat and cut into your vehicle wiring harness. They give you this one for
free. Use it!

Pros:

Cons:

Harness OK, but not if you have a subwoofer

Written by: heidi from Colorado on February 9, 2011

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Harness worked great, but my Subaru WRX (2006) has a subwoofer installed most likely by
the dealer (came with the car when I bought it new, but given the splicing of wires that was
done *after* the factory harness and before the radio, we think it was not factory installed). I
still have not figured out how to get the subwoofer to work ...

Pros:

Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: BigG from Knoxville, TN on February 6, 2011

2001 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness made installation simple. The instructions were easy to follow. All the
soldering was done on the bench rather than in the car. It did take 45 minutes of
soldering to connect to the Pioneer DEH-2200UB.

Pros:

Cons:

easy to soder

Written by: Brian from Silver Sprind MD on February 6, 2011

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great harness, easy to follow wires to appropriate wire and then solder. Way to
go again Crutchfield!

Pros:

Cons:

So easy to use!

Written by: Tyler from Portland, Maine on February 3, 2011

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This made it possible for me to undertake the installation. It took me and my partner about
45 minutes to carefully attach, check, and recheck the harness connection to the receiver in
our home. Then we took it out and we able to do the whole installation in about an hour, only
making a few stupid mistakes.

Make sure you check to make sure it works before you replace all your dashboard panels!

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Zoli from Sterling, MA on February 1, 2011

1998 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well, easy install

Pros:

Cons:

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Anonymous from NC on January 26, 2011

1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect

Pros:

Cons:

Surprised

Written by: Paul from San Francisco, Ca on January 24, 2011

2003 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After finding a picture by picture display on how to remove my stereo online, the wiring harness made installation simple and painless. From undoing my first screw to putting the last one back in it took me 40 mins and I was going slow!

I'm surprised!

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Cons:

Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: neill from scappoose ore on December 4, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

this makes instlation so much easer

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Cons:

Buy This!

Written by: Michael from Milwaukee, WI on October 20, 2010

1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you ever install a stereo yourself, do yourself a favor and buy a wire harness. I couldn't
imagine connecting all the wires while sitting in your car....

Pros:

Cons:

Instruction omissions

Written by: John H from Penn Hills, PA on October 11, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions for installing the radio in a Forester omitted 2 items to gain access to the passenger side heater control cable. You must remove the glove box and side kick panel.
The glove box hides 2 screws that secure the panel which must be removed to access the cable end. Also, if you are careful, you can install the radio with the heater control wires still attached as one of the connectors is very difficult to disengage.

The wiring harness worked as it was intended.


[Editor's Note: Our Research Team did not need to remove the glovebox and kick panel to access the heater control cable, although it may make it easier for a few people.]

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Wiring Harness for 1999 Subaru Legacy GT

Written by: IsaacB from Poconos, PA on September 24, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wiring harness makes the installation a breeze...Connect the wires,
solder and tape and your done....

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Making installation super easy

Written by: StoutClimber from Pittsburgh, PA on September 21, 2010

2007 Subaru Forester
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Got this to install a stereo into my Forester. I have big hands and was not
looking forward to having to squeeze them into the dash to connect all the
wires. This made installation super easy. Did all the connecting on the coffee
table then just clicked it in to existing cable. This is also really nice if
you plan on selling or upgrading in the next few years. You can just unplug the
new stereo and plug the factory right back in to sell the car!

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Perfect fit

Written by: chriss from MA on August 19, 2010

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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Easy to read and understand instructions, perfect fit, needed for any subaru
aftermarket install.

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Great Harness, excellent instructions

Written by: JB from Huntsville, AL on August 18, 2010

2000 Subaru Outback
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The harness worked great for a new Pioneer head unit replacing the Subaru factory radio (P120) in a 2000 Outback. All of the wires in the Crutchfield harness matched directly to the Pioneer harness wires (including color codes). The wires can be cut to length before soldering or crimping the two harnesses together, if it looks like the wire length will create a space/interference problem when mounted. The total length should be a minimum of 6" to allow access to make the final connection of the harnesses.

The instructions on removing the factory radio were excellent, with the minor criticism that two Phillips-head "screwdrivers" are required. One needs a minimum 5" shank to remove the screws holding the radio, ventillatiion assembly in the dash mounting, The second screwdriver must be no more than 1.5" total length to remove the screws on the ashtray mounting. The screws are too-deeply set into the trim panel, and the ashtray too short, to angle a standard screwdriver to the screwws. I used a Phillips-head nub in a 1/4" socket and ratchet to get the ashtray screws out. A standard Phillips-head screwdriver will work on all the others.

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Easy install!

Written by: Anonymous from Rapid City, SD on May 23, 2010

2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
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The wiring harness that Crutchfield sent with my receiver made it easy to install. My only complaint is that a plastic connector should be installed in BOTH sides so that no soldiering or crimp connectors are need. Still a great product though!

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Metra 70-8901 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Steven from Bozeman, MT on May 18, 2010

2004 Subaru Legacy
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