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Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

One pair of tools to remove the factory radio from select Audi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes vehicles

for matching vehicles with all car stereos $119+ for matching vehicles with all car stereos $119+
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These tools release the clips that secure factory radios in select Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes models. Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if these tools are compatible with your vehicle. Warranty: 60 days

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  • 2 Head unit removal keys
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Compatibility: These factory head unit removal keys are designed for the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle, 1998 Volkswagen Jetta, 1996-1998 Volkswagen Passat, and various Mercedes models. Note: These removal keys may be compatible with an increasing number of vehicles as newer models become available.

 
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5 out of 5

Tools a must for installation of Kenwood DDX471HD

Written By RicG76, Pompano Beach, FL on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Tool was very useful in installation of Kenwood DDX471HD
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5 out of 5

Radio removal

Written By Michael, Maine on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Works perfect . . . well worth keeping
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4 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By finalcut3, Plainfield, IL on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
 
Worked just fine to remove the factory stereo in my 2002 Jetta. Unfortunately, I had a 4" factory stereo, which required 4 tools to remove. Crutchfield only sent 2. Luckily, the part of the tool labeled "For Mercedes applications" also worked. I cut those spokes off with a hacksaw and was able to remove the stereo.
Pros:
Works as advertised.
Cons:
Not enough tools were sent to remove the factory stereo.
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5 out of 5

Great tools!

Written By Joe, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Must have when removing a factory radio and cd player on Volkswagens! No more trying to use screwdrivers and other utensils to pry radio from car!
Pros:
Quick and easy!
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

they work

Written By mr.drew, LA on Monday, June 09, 2014
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they work as advertised. there are only two keys so you need to do one side of the radio....pull it out some and then use them on the other side
Pros:
they work
Cons:
only way it would be better is if there were 4 of them to do all at once
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5 out of 5

Head unit removal tool

Written By Michael, Anchorage, AK on Friday, June 06, 2014
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Worked very good. I was able to get my old head unit out in less then 30 seconds. No problems with fitting or anything.
Pros:
Very easy to use and a great tool.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Kaspa7, Durham, NC on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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The custoner service tech who helped me order my JVC KD-R650 head unit advised me to get this item. It was absolutely necessary for installing this head unit in my 1995 Mercedes C280. It simplified the wiring a LOT by providing 4 RCA jacks that connected to the left/right, front/rear speaker outputs of the head unit. Sure beats having EIGHT MORE wires to splice into the car's wiring harness. Two of the connectors from the car's wiring harness plug into this adapter. There is no way to connect them incorrectly! The head unit is supplied with a wiring harness that matches the Metra adapter. The eight speaker wires were not used, as the RCA plugs took care of that. There were only 5 wires to connect. Match them color-to-color and you can't go wrong.
Pros:
Simple and easy installation. Very little room for error. If you can match 5 colored wires on this adapter to the same 5 colored wires from the radio, you can't.won't do anything wrong. Worked perfectly as soon as I powered up the unit.
Cons:
None. Everything with the installation went perfectly.
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5 out of 5

Do the trick

Written By MS, Bellingham WA on Saturday, May 24, 2014
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They work perfectly, old deck was out in 30 seconds
Pros:
Do the job quick
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

perfect

Written By carytown, Richmond VA on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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You REALLY need these. It's the only time I've ever been able to remove a factory Monsoon system on the first try!!! Be gentle and deliberate when using them though. They are a bit flimsy.
Pros:
Keys fit and un-lock the factory Monsoon system from the dash perfectly.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great tool

Written By N5JJR, Ponca City, OK on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Very useful
Pros:
Works great
Cons:
can't think of any
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5 out of 5

Very useful

Written By Mus5083, Lacey,WA on Monday, April 07, 2014
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Very easy to use
Pros:
Makes job very easy
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Joe M, Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Popped right out thanks to these
Pros:
Super quick and easy with this tool
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

perfect fit

Written By Stephen, Atlanta, Ga on Monday, March 17, 2014
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it worked perfectly, very easy to install
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5 out of 5

Metra radio removal tool

Written By RAY C, RICHMOND, VA. on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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WHAT I NEEDED TO GET MY RADIO OUT. 100 % ON POINT !
Pros:
ordered, super fast delivery, helpful sales person- wow- what more could a consumer ask for !!!!
Cons:
none !!!
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3 out of 5

It was free

Written By Jeffrey, MA on Friday, February 28, 2014
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It was too thin to immediately disengage the head unit. I finally gor it to work by sticking both of them into a single slot to unlock the radio.
Pros:
Included in the order for free.
Cons:
See above.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By frank m, derry nh on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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worked okay
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5 out of 5

Radio removal

Written By Anonymous, Ashburn, VA on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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Factory Radio was out in about 15 seconds!!!
Pros:
Easy to use
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By SteveB, Rhode Island on Monday, February 03, 2014
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Made removal of the radio a five minute process, which would have been a disaster to remove otherwise.
Pros:
excellent product would never remove radio without
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4 out of 5

Removal Tools for 2002 Jetta Factory Radio

Written By Marc M, Manchester, NH on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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They did exactly what they were supposed to do
Pros:
Worked fine
Cons:
A lot of sharp edges - would be better if they had a finger hole to help pull the factory radio forward
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Marty, Norman, OK on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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I've been installing car stereos for quite a while, so I already have a collection of radio keys, but these came with the kit from Crutchfield, so now I have another. These actually seem to be a little better quality than the last set I got. The metal seems a little thicker. Anyway, they did what they were supposed to and I didn't have to dig in my tool box since they came with the kit. I'm happy.
Pros:
Effectively free with radio purchase Quality material
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By CrevC, Las Vegas, NV on Monday, January 13, 2014
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These work perfectly. Use once, throw 'em away!
Pros:
Perfect for removing Double Din units.
Cons:
none.
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5 out of 5

Chrysler Crossfire

Written By Mrmiata, Kellyville, Ok on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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A must for this "Mercedes" based car.
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5 out of 5

Use a tool. Don't be a tool

Written By bserrone, Raleigh NC on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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A craftsman never blames his tools. He also has the right tool for the right job. If this is the removal tool you need, buy it. If it is not, get the right one. Be a craftsman.
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4 out of 5

Works Fine

Written By Anonymous, Vancouver, WA on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Got these for removing the OEM stereo from a Mercedes-Benz. They work very well.
Pros:
Works
Cons:
Bend easily.
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4 out of 5

free

Written By jozaan, ny, ny on Monday, December 09, 2013
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Worked but needed 4...only sent me 2
Pros:
None
Cons:
Symphony 1 and 2 radios need 4
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3 out of 5

Very tricky

Written By Hunter, Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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They fit, but it's very easy to insert too far into the slots and bend the small levers they clip to. They also have sharp edges, so wear gloves if you use them. The dealership uses a plate with keys attached to insure a proper angle. If you bend the levers, you'll have to remove the dash to pull the VW head unit out so I highly suggest you bring the car to the dealership and have the techs pull the head unit for you.
Pros:
They work when inserted properly.
Cons:
Sharp edges and easy to insert too far.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Clayton, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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Excellent tool for removing Mercedes factory in-dash units.
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5 out of 5

Works

Written By Troy, Lady Lake, FL on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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Worked great.
Pros:
Works for my receiver and others
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer

Written By aag007, Tucson, AZ on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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I LIKE
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5 out of 5

good to have .

Written By Anonymous, attleboro,ma. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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you should have this tools to remove your radio.
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5 out of 5

Slick & quick

Written By Chachi007, Midwest,Il on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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These worked great! I inserted these & out came the stock cassette player.
Pros:
Quick
Cons:
None really once you know which ends to insert
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Joe B, NJ on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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It does its job. People are crazy with these reviews. Its too sharp? Too flimsy? Its nothing of the sort. It does exactly what its meant to do. Try getting one of these at a dealership.
Pros:
I don't have to cut up old credit cars to get my radio out.
Cons:
None at all.
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4 out of 5

Did the job

Written By Bill, Pa on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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They seemed flimsy at first glance but they work just fine, which is all that matters.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Charlevoix, MI on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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The right tool for the job, thanks
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5 out of 5

Factory radio removal tool

Written By Alex, Bartlett il on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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Dealer / electronic store wanted 55.00 to remove radio and check fuse. Ordered from crutchfield, received order 2 days flat. Talk about service this was not my first purchase and wil not be my last.
Pros:
Worked just as described
Cons:
NA
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4 out of 5

Works as expected

Written By JJ, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, August 02, 2013
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The tools work great, and i would give it 5 stars, but I think the manufacturer could stand to smooth the edges on these so they don't scratch as easily. One false move and BANG a nice little scratch in what ever it touches. Other than that, they work exactly as expected. ***Note, they cannot be removed until the radio is pulled as you have to manually press the tabs back in to remove the tools. At that's how it has to be done on an Audi.
Pros:
Works as expected. The start design gives you something to pull on to remove the radio as there is really not much to grab hold of on these radios.
Cons:
Sharp edges. Carefully of cuts and scratches on anything you might touch with them. Keep them in plastic during storage so they don't damage anything around them.
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5 out of 5

Excellent tools for VW

Written By 1zapz, Pacific NW on Friday, July 26, 2013
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Cool tools - I have to hide them in the van so my sons don't use them as ninja throwing stars!
Pros:
Works on my equipment
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Simple tool, did the job

Written By Robert, San Luis Obispo, CA on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Just you basic removal tool, worked fine.
Pros:
Did just what it was supposed to do
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By TomW, Longwood, FL on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Smart design. Very easy to use
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Ron, Ridgeland, MS on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Great tool, easy to use!
Pros:
Ease of use!
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

This is a must have!

Written By Mitchell9, Evesham, NJ on Monday, June 10, 2013
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Nice and cheap but essential! These things are a must have in order to remove your factory head unit.
Pros:
Easy to use
Cons:
Cheap and appeared to have already been used with scratches on the metal upon arrival! No point in complaining, they still worked...
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2 out of 5

worked

Written By Justin c, dewitt,NY on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Ok
Pros:
Fits
Cons:
front plate you have to glue on
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3 out of 5

Useful

Written By Lydia, Maryland on Sunday, May 05, 2013
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I used this tool with my Volkswagen beetle monsoon radio. It was a little hard to take out but finally managed after a lot of tugging. You may need another person to take out radio so one person can pull on the tools while the other pulls from the cassette.
Pros:
Great price! Came free with the radio
Cons:
Slips out, doesn't stay locked in place
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2 out of 5

Didn't work very well.

Written By Rick T., Pen Argyl, PA on Monday, April 29, 2013
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While this came with a good picture and how to, the tool was flimsy and didn't really grab onto the radio. Needed a screw driver to pry out the radio since the tool kept letting go.
Pros:
Good thought, drawings
Cons:
Didn't work as planned, kept slipping off the radio.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Kenosha, WI on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Very easy to use no complaints.
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5 out of 5

Thanks for suppling this little guy

Written By Rob K., Kingsport, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013
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It's nice that Crutchfield takes care of you, It's hard telling how much this would have cost if I had to buy one.
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5 out of 5

OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools

Written By John, Vermilion Ohio on Saturday, April 06, 2013
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Worked perfectly
Pros:
easy to use
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Jetta deck removal tools

Written By Peter T, McCloud California on Monday, March 11, 2013
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The removal Keys worked flawlessly. Much better than trying to make them out of a credit card. Worth the money.
Pros:
Worked flawlessly
Cons:
No issues.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By LORKesq, South Ozone Park, NY on Monday, March 11, 2013
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Works as described. Push inside slots, finegal a bit, pull out headunit. Used on an 02 VW Passat.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield First Rate

Written By JP, Apollo Beach, FL on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Removal tool makes it so simple and easy. Did what it supposed to do.
Pros:
Easy to use
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4 out of 5

Unlocks but could not remove

Written By LairK, San Clemente, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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They slid right in and clicked as advertised, but simply popped off when I trying to remove the deck. Ended up ripping the face off the existing deck to get it out. In fairness, it was more likely the old deck than the tool...
Pros:
Unlocks the deck.
Cons:
Would not remove the deck by simply pulling on the tool.
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5 out of 5

DIN Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Birmingham, AL on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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Didn't need them in this case but have always worked well in the past.
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5 out of 5

Nice freebee

Written By John_M, Austin, TX on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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Not much else to say but Thanks for including these with my purchase!
Pros:
Free
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Friday, December 21, 2012
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worked but cheaply made even for a freebie.
Pros:
worked
Cons:
sharp
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Couldn't have done the job without them!
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3 out of 5

you need four (2 pairs)

Written By tony s, NY on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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need for double din vw 2003 jetta
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5 out of 5

Universal OEM DIN Removal Tool

Written By Masi, Costa Mesa, CA on Friday, August 17, 2012
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Great tool to removing OEM radio. A great way to reach back and unlatch a radio.
Pros:
The instructions were very explanatory for the task with the assurance of technical support.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Awesome, perfect.

Written By Dave, Columbia, MO on Monday, July 30, 2012
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Amazing. Perfect.
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5 out of 5

Nice , but i didn't need these for my install ...

Written By P. Jones, Syracuse , NY on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Just being honest here . I had my own set already , only because the factory Monsoon in my Passat uses 4 removal tools , not 2 . So i had already had the set of my own before this kit .
Pros:
But it's nice they include these at no extra cost !
Cons:
None .
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4 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Ben, Eugene, OR on Saturday, June 16, 2012
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The tool worked well. I recommend wearing gloves as the pressure needed to remove my factory Porsche CDR-230 deck was painful due to the thin metal. Otherwise would be 5 stars. But Hey! It worked.
Pros:
Crutchfield provided it at no additional cost. It worked.
Cons:
Metal is thin and could cut, wear gloves and no problem.
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3 out of 5

MB radio removal keys

Written By GST, Carlsbad, CA on Thursday, June 14, 2012
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On older W124 chassis with somewhat inset radio, the tool does not work unless you bend or cut off one of the three legs. Other than that, it is serviceable and does work as intended.
Pros:
Works but may require some modification.
Cons:
Needs modification to work on some older MB models.
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4 out of 5

Does it's job...

Written By jay_ryn, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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Very handy tool to get your stock radio out.
Pros:
Free and it gets the job done.
Cons:
Be careful of the sharp edges.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

perfect

Written By JMR, Washington, DC on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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Worked well
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5 out of 5

Universal OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools

Written By bill, east mtns, nm on Monday, May 28, 2012
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Didn't use as I had OEM tool.
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3 out of 5

Alright

Written By David, Conway Arkansas on Thursday, May 24, 2012
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This removal tool is a good idea and it will get your foreign car's radio out, but the stamped metal design of these are bad. They have sharp edges and I cut my finger pretty good getting my radio out.
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5 out of 5

Da tool

Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Its free. It works.
Pros:
Its free and it works
Cons:
none.
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4 out of 5

works great

Written By kentw, Arkansas on Monday, April 30, 2012
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I love the fact that these tools were included with my order! Very handy during removal process.
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4 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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Universal OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools.
Pros:
Did the job
Cons:
Took me several tries before I got the factory radio securing feature to release. Razor sharp edges -watch out Gillette you got competition.
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5 out of 5

Perfect!

Written By Lou, Italy on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Something so simple totally made the install a breeze! If you've never used anything like this before, read the directions. They are thin because they have to be. With that said, be careful because the edges can be sharp. If you're using them correctly they are more than strong enough... If they are bending, you're doing it wrong
Pros:
This tool is invaluable!
Cons:
May have sharp edges
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4 out of 5

Essential tools

Written By jansjetta, Grand Junction CO on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Read the directions. Saw some goof ball on You Tube use these wrong. If you spend less than a minute reading the directions you will have no problems. WEAR GLOVES when using these. They are cheap and will cut you if you're not careful.
Pros:
Free and do the job.
Cons:
Poorly made and universal.
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5 out of 5

Like a Charm

Written By Jay, Indianapolis on Monday, January 23, 2012
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Remember, If you want to do the job right you need the right tools. You have to have these tools if you want to remove your stock stereo without damaging your radio or interior trim. Follow the directions. Start out by inserting the tools and pulling out with light pressure on the right side then the left and work the radio out little by little going back and forth from one side to the other and you'll find out it will come out quite nicely.
Pros:
Works!
Cons:
edges sharp
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazing Tool

Written By swil, gilbert, az on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Works exactly as designed, good instructions.
Pros:
perfect
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Worked for me

Written By Happy Audi Driver, Oklahoma on Saturday, December 03, 2011
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I was somewhat skeptical of these tools based on other reviews; however, these worked just fine for me in removing a Bose system from my 2002 Audi A4. Took no more than 5 minutes to do the job.

The metal is very thin and sharp. I wore a pair of gloves based on other reviews and things worked fine. Don't know if I'd want these for a commercial opperation where I had to use them frequently but for the job I had, they worked fine.
Pros:
Prompt delivery. Worked as advertised.
Cons:
Very thin metal; one bent while using but it was easy to straighten out.
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2 out of 5

ouch!

Written By Anonymous, Katy, Tx on Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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I got two sets of DIN tools with my stereo, to remove my old head unit. They were incredibly flimsy, bent on me and had very sharp edged that cut up my fingers and imbedded steel slivers in my hands. I work with my hands, so my callouses can take most minor abuses. These tools exceeded my durability. Be careful, wear gloves.
Pros:
not much. They did the work, but just barely.
Cons:
thin sheet metal bent easily when force was applied, sharp edges cut up my hands!
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5 out of 5

Radio Removal Tool

Written By Jack, Greencastle, PA on Thursday, November 10, 2011
 
Since I didn't do the changeover myself, I assume the installer had no trouble. Thanks for including it.
Pros:
It was very convenient to have the ability to get the radio in and out.
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5 out of 5

Thank You

Written By Aovi, Alabama Coast on Thursday, October 06, 2011
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Thank you for including these free with my stereo purchase.

Nothing like being able to pull the old stereo out in seconds without a lot of sweating, crying, and cursing. It didn't just make it easier, it flat out made it EASY.

Crutchfield does it right.
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4 out of 5

Removal key

Written By Glenn, Durham on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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While I had a removal tool for my head unit prior to my order, it's nice to have Crutchfield include one just in case. The steel is rough with sharp edges, but it could do the job.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Carsten, CA on Monday, September 05, 2011
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this was by far the most easy part off the installation off my new radio. the old one came out so easy.
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5 out of 5

Can it get any easier

Written By Kevin P, Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Can it get any easier. They gave me the tools to remove my old radio in seconds!
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5 out of 5

So easy a girl did it

Written By GA peach, Peach, GA on Friday, July 15, 2011
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Did the job in a quick and easy snap! great!
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5 out of 5

they work

Written By Alpha, Eagan,MN on Monday, April 25, 2011
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it was so easy to take my factory radio out.i cant belive i used to pay to have a radio
in
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1 out of 5

Worst tool ever!

Written By Anonymous, Salem, NH on Sunday, April 17, 2011
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Man can you say cheap! This tool they sent was the worst ever! It was so flimsy that it kept bending. It never did work on pulling out my factory radio, and I had to resort to actually prying the faceplate off like I was stealing it to get to the tabs and use a screwdriver to pull the radio out. Good thing I had a new radio to go in or I would have been screwed. The tools were made of very cheap metal and kept bending and were very sharp.
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3 out of 5

Didn't need these

Written By John98026, Lynnwoor, WA on Friday, April 15, 2011
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The JVC deck that I purchased came with the necessary tools so I didn't need or
use these.
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5 out of 5

Lots Better than thin bladed screw drivers!

Written By ScruddlyJr, Fort Collins, CO on Thursday, April 07, 2011
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I didn't think I would need these, but since I had to wait for some other parts to
exchange my stereo, I decided to pay the few bucks to add them to my order - I am
glad I did! These made getting the factory radio out of my Crossfire a two second
operation rather than 15 minutes of fiddling with thin bladed screw drivers. Highly
recommendedA
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2 out of 5

Flimsy

Written By CP, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, March 28, 2011
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While the tool could potentially work for its intended purpose, it is flimsy and difficult to hold/pull on. While I understand that it shouldn't need more than a slight tug, if at all, on difficult pulls where the radio unit doesn't cooperate, the tool hurt to pull on. Save yourself the trouble and invest the $ in a decent pull set if you are going to be needing them on a time to time basis. For one time pulls, I suppose this tool would be sufficient.
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4 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By ScottC, Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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They work perfectly. The only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is that these
things are razor sharp! Wear some good gloves when you use them, either that or
make sure your first aid kit is well stocked.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, CT on Friday, March 25, 2011
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Worked like a charm!
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5 out of 5

Just what the doctor ordered

Written By FredP, Pinckney MI on Monday, March 07, 2011
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These made it so easy to get the old radio out that I smiled!
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By James F., Macon, GA on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Worked perfectly, made removal a piece of cake.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By DL, Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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I used these to remove a radio from an Audi TT. While the tool is necessary, the radio was
stuck and could not be removed by these tools alone. I found an internet video explaining
how to remove the radio if it's stuck. The video has a disclaimer that using their method
can be dangerous, but I was able to remove the radio without any damage.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By dbg, Charlotte, NC on Monday, January 31, 2011
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Amazingly easy to use. Just make sure and read the directions first.
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5 out of 5

Super Easy Radio Removal

Written By alex, CT on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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I have a double DIN radio in my 2001 Audi A6, and I ordered two pairs of these
tools to fit into the four slots on the radio. I popped all four tools in, they
all clicked, then I gently pulled the radio out, and I was done. Literally took
less than five minutes to remove the radio, fantastic tools.

A note: Once I had the tools in, I wasn't really sure how to get them out. I'm
not sure if everyone else just knows, but I was pulling at the tools assuming
they just slide back out. What I found out is, on the sides of the radio once
you pull it out, are four metal tabs. If you push these tabs in with the tools
still in the radio, the tool will unclip, and you can pull it right out.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Anonymous, Kalona, IA on Friday, October 15, 2010
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Made removal much easier.
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By JeffW, Fishers, IN on Friday, October 08, 2010
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Works great!
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Bill, Florence, MS on Thursday, August 19, 2010
 
Worked Perfectly.
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5 out of 5

Sweet!!!

Written By DAVID, So Cal on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Worked perfectly on first attempt!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Jordan L., Cumberland, WI on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
 
When I put them in my radio they all "clicked" into place but then when I
went to pull out the radio, the tools just came right back out. So I had to
put them in to unlock the radio and then pry it out with screwdrivers. And
yes they are very sharp.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By TurboPepe, Independence, IA, USA on Monday, May 18, 2009
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Product worked OK, instructions sent with stereo (supposed to be vehicle specific) said to use wrong end of tool. After thumping head against wall read the instructions that came inside bag with tool and like magic it all worked out.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Palmtree907, Augusta,Ga on Sunday, March 29, 2009
 
These were provided "free" when I purchased the radio. Although they claimed they were a value, I wouldn't have paid a dime for them. The edges were as everyone states, increadibly sharp. I sliced all 10 of my fingers in the first 5 seconds of trying to remove the radio. Thank goodness my car had leather, I bled everywhere. One of the tools wouldn't unlock the radio, and the other wouldn't come out at first. BEWARE!
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5 out of 5

Easy to use

Written By Gary, Warwick, RI on Monday, March 23, 2009
 
The key is very easy to use and the stereo just pop right off
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools - 2003 Passat

Written By Robert, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 07, 2009
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Overall, the four Universal OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools I used to remove the radio in my 2003 VW Passat worked well. Firstly, they are very SHARP and, if you are not careful, you will cut yourself. Secondly, they are flimsy and they will easily bend if you are not careful. Thirdly, they were easy to insert into the radio but difficult to remove so be patient and don't panic.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works Good

Written By Shane, Coldwater, Mi on Monday, February 02, 2009
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Works pretty good. the best part is that they are usually free with the order of a head unit. They can be a little flimsy, but overall work well.
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5 out of 5

Piece of cake

Written By John, Northeast on Monday, February 02, 2009
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If only I had more uses for these tools! I couldn't believe how quickly my radio slid out.
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3 out of 5

works, but cheap

Written By Scott, Central Florida on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Does the job. Flimsy. More importantly has some sharp edges that weren't removed after they were stamp cut. With some care you can avoid cuts
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5 out of 5

Works

Written By Pat, Pgh,PA on Sunday, November 09, 2008
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Worked perfectly, saved me a ton of time!!
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By cesnaz, Boston, MA on Saturday, October 25, 2008
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This product work good I saved mine after removing the stock radio from the jetta. I would recommend that to anyone.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Allen, Northern California on Monday, September 22, 2008
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the key will do exactly what it said will do: remove factory radio. just click, and pull. I have an 03 Jetta.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

gets the job done

Written By Tion, brooklyn ny on Sunday, August 31, 2008
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does exactly what it's supposed to.
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By mdt, Seattle, WA on Monday, August 11, 2008
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These tools make removal of the OEM head unit quick and effortless. I used them on the dual-DIN unit in my 2003 Passat and it was out in seconds.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 86-9001 Factory Radio Removal Tools

Written By Joe, Illinois on Wednesday, November 21, 2007
 
It was very easy to remove the stock headunit from my 97 VW Passat with these.

I was a bit concerned about the warning sticker that says they contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects, but I haven't noticed any problems as of yet.
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5 out of 5

Impossible without this tool

Written By Adam, Clemmons NC on Thursday, November 03, 2005
 
This tool works PERFECT. I am not sure how you would get the radio out of the VW Beetle without this DIN Key. I slid them in, heard a little click and pulled. The radio came right out - perfect! Thanks Crutchfield!