Metra 99-5720 Dash and Wiring Kit
Allows you to install and connect a new car stereo to a 1997-up Ford Escort or a 1997-99 Mercury Tracer without the Premium Sound system
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Metra's 99-5720 dash and wiring kit allows you to install an aftermarket receiver in the oval-shaped dash opening of a 1997-up Ford Escort or 1997-99 Mercury Tracer. The package includes a mounting kit (which allows you to install the new radio) and a wiring harness (which connects the new radio to the factory receiver's plug). You must remove the climate controls from the factory radio and attach them to the new kit.
Note: You must cut your dashboard in order to use this kit — the alterations will NOT be visible if the factory radio is reinstalled.
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.
Well, I've been a huge fan of Crutchfield since I was in High School (1989) and installed my first radio. Now that my son is in High School and was wanting to install his first radio, I pointed him in the direction of Crutchfield and told him I would help him. I bragged to him that Crutchfield will make the whole process nice and neat. Well, we got this faceplate piece and it seemed solid at first glance. We made the recommended cuts and changed over all the pieces easy enough. We then tried a test fit and had to trim more. Test fit, trim, test fit, trim, test fit and trim. Still does not fit. The tabs and the supports that they are mounted to are completely inadequate and will never hold as is. After three hours of trying to make this work, it has become evident that I will have to come up with my own supports and mounting to make this work. The average Joe trying to install their first radio will never get it done with this faceplate. Everything else that was received was of quality and got the job done. Just disappointed in Crutchfield with this particular item. They should drop this line of product.
Pros: There does not seem to be any unless you accept from the start that you are going to have to craft your own support mechanism to keep it in place.
Cons: Doesn't fit, poor quality, inadequate support, inadequate clips that will never work as is
Great with putting in new system in your car!
Pros: Helped change out
fit was poor and required trimming the dash more than instructed. latches did not hold to dash. product was apparently an open box return because several wires on the connectors had butt splices on wiring but cut away.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 8, 2015 Our Tech Support team reached out to offer the customer an exchange for the appropriate wiring harness.
The kit came as described, just make sure you have the proper dash removal kit. i have to make a makeshift kit out of an old hanger to get the factory kit to come out.
Looks pretty good, but not a rounded front like the OEM. Final appearance after installation completed is very acceptable for my needs. I made the initial error of disconnecting the temperature dial from the back of the knob instead of disconnecting the entire cable from the driver's side (above the gas pedal). Took a little time to back track to get it fixed, but it worked once I realized my error. There is a great video on YouTube that shows this step. Next I didn't test the AC/Heater until after getting the unit installed. I failed to realize that I had inadvertantly unplugged the vacuum connector from under the dash making all air come out through the windshield vent regardless of where the knob pointed. All in all the install was a comedy of errors (mostly mine) but the end result is pretty sweet for an old car.
Pros: Looks pretty good. Fit is good (overall).
Cons: Not as good as previous Scosche products I've used. Takes additional dash trimming to get it to fit. Won't clip into dash without bending / modifying the retaining bracket.
Unfortunately this adapter is a must in you want to install an after market stereo in your Ford Escort. Feels cheap. Doesn't really snap into place like the factory stereo and adapter. I had to bend the side clips out a little bit just to get the adapter to stay in the dash. But, you gotta have it. I noticed online that there is another brand of integration adapter available but for the life of me I couldn't find it. The pictures I saw of this adapter seemed to look like better quality. The Metra moves the rear window defogger button to the left side and uses a tacky looking on and off button. The other adapter I saw online kept the defogger button on the right side and looked more factory. Over all the Metra does the job.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Cheap feel. Defogger button moved it the left side and uses a tacky looking button. Side clips look cheap and also require some reforming to ensure the adapter locks into place and doesn't fall out when you hit the gas.
99 Ford Escort install... Looks durable, sturdy construction but has cheap decals over dials that look like will fall off any minute, had to remove and re-glue. Spring clips to hold unit in place are not adjustable and were NOT in the correct position to snap unit into place. Very easily broke one side and rigged the one off the factory head-unit to complete install after 3+hrs. of tinkering (you will need to be handy to pull that one off). I'm not sure if there's another option out there for you... but this was terrible to install. I replaced all four car speakers, installed subs twice as fast as messing with this one lousy part.
Pros: I'm glad it's done
Cons: It was a tremendous pain getting there
Pros: Radio fit perfect in this dash kit!
It's a great product. Very easy to use and install. Looks great.
clean little face place but the clips were not up to my liking so I took the original clips off the stock radio and modified them to fit on this face plate. Nothing too complicated used a pair metal cutting pliers and drilled new holes to the brackets and she snapped right into place, nice and solid.
Pros: sharp appearance ...nice and clean
Cons: the mounting clips ...they work but one hard yank and the whole thing comes out
great product looks like factory
Looks OK. Is not the same curve or texture as original panel. Also, the overall piece did not fit in as described. I had to file much more than the small part the master sheet says in order for this to fit properly.
Pros: After all the filing and tampering it fit in the 99 mercury tracer. Air conditioning parts transfered very well.
Installed in my wife's 97 Ford Escort Wagon. Tight fit, but got it installed.
Pros: Wife loves how it looks
Cons: Temp control was hard to disconnect and reconnect
No complaints. Had to make some minor adjustments to make the fit, just some extra plastic in the dash but not Crutchfields fault in the least.
Pros: Well built. Easy to install.
Cons: Had to trim some bits off the hole in the dash but thats not a crutchfield problem. Rear def button is on the opposite side but the cable reached just tight.
It fit in just perfectly! I lights up just like the old one used to and it allowed me to install a radio in my friends car and still have it look professional. Also don't worry about the trimming you have to do, because that cannot be seen once the face is installed. Its just some minor trimming to allow some of the components to fit.
Pros: Looks professional, matched color of old radio exactly, provides exact same functionality as old radio unit.
Cons: Takes a bit of wire management to get flush with dash
It was pretty straightforward to install, and I only came across one problem. When installing the climate controls onto the adapter, it had me remove the torx screws from the original faceplate. When trying to screw them back into the adapter, the screws wouldn't fit. I found some other screws that I had laying around and used those instead. Other than that, I think it is a very good product.
Pros: Easy to install, nothing too difficult
Cons: Screws don't match in one part, and the adapter looks a bit outdated
Adapter work great...got it for my son's car....followed the installation instructions and in about 45 minutes the work was done. Now my son is all smiles and I need earplugs... :-)
Installed in a 1999 Mercury Tracer. Someone had already installed an aftermarket stereo in this car back in 2000. The faceplate was very inferior to this one, and didn't seem to come with the right wires, so the installer had to do a lot of wire splicing to make things work. When I replaced the stereo using this new faceplace, I had no problems, and the plastic is a lot thicker and stronger. After installation, car owner was raving about how great it looked.
Pros: Quality build!
Cons: Not a con on the faceplate, but the car. Because climate controls are a part of the faceplate, take note. Car I worked on has 3 climate switches, but there's 4 plugs to plug in! one of the plugs (the last one on the right) has 2 plugs. Don't forget to double-check that you have FOUR PLUGS plugged in when you're done! Great faceplate, recommended.
I wouldn't recommend this kit to the first-time installers. Kids, don't put this in your mom's car. She will not appreciate the chunks of broken plastic missing from her dashboard or loss of heater and A/C controls.
Pros: Done correctly, this kit works ok and basically does what it's supposed to.
Cons: Looks a little cheap, instructions are a joke, spring-retainers don't work/aren't mounted far enough forward to spring out and retain the installed unit.
had to refab some pieces to get it to lock in place
Went in fairly easy. Installed in 98 ford escort wagon. Had to move the shift lever out of park a few times to have room to work on it. The only major problem was with the area in the directions that says where to cut the sub dash lip. It calls to cut the shaded area on the directions, but nothing on the directions are shaded. It points to a small corner like you need to just cut that, but you cut that and more. You end up cutting the entire subdash lip across the bottom bottom to get it to fit. Not a major problem, but I didn't figure this out until I had all the wiring and cables hooked up. A little more clarification in the reviews would have been great.
Pros: Fits and look great when you get done.
Cons: directions need more clarification.
Did a pretty good matching the dash, as far as the grain goes. Everyone that has seen it, says that it looks really good, just like factory. Wasn't that hard to install.
Pros: very good instructions; easy to read and understand
Cons: one side doesn't latch as well as the other side. it sticks out further, not as flush as the other side. there are no notches for the head unit cage to bend the tabs down to lock it in place.
This is a great product. I did have to trim the dash in a couple of spots and it did take several attempts to get it in the dash successfully. This is due to the design of the car. It looks great and ended up cheaper than buying a junkyard unit. I agree with many who rated it, the clips on the side do seem cheaply made when compared to the factory unit. I did drill the back where the HVAC control screws go in, they installed very easy once drilled. It was a pain to remove and install due to the wonderful design the F@rd nitwits over-engineered. That aside this really did solve the problem F@rd created. Thank you Crutchfield great service and quick shipping. It has been in the car a couple of months now and it is great.
Pros: Price Appearance Resolved the problem F@rd created.
Cons: Side clips could be made a little better. This is the only reason I gave it four stars.
I have a 1999 Ford Escort Station Wagon.
This project was very difficult because this adapter was not made correctly in several different ways. Also it is a textured surface unlike other dash components. And the lights for the temp controls are very geto.
1. The small screws that hold the HVAC system, from the original system, do not fit to hold the controls in place. You will have to buy custom screws or think of your own way to keep the controls from rotating.
2. Installing the sleve of your stereo system requires you to fold up "tabs" into this product. But its almost impossible to make it a tight fit. So the selve is not loose but can raddle up and down.
3. The two snaps that eveyone writes a review about are terrible. There may be some magic somewhere but I didn't have it. The tab snaps do break if you try to bend them at all. As others have I just used zip ties.
4. FOR MY CAR. A major cut was required. I used a hack saw becasue a small saw was horrible.
1. Have stereo deck keys handy
2. Dont install the deck untill the system is in. Install the harness and have all your stereo cords ready but attach your HVAC system first. There is like a 1/2 in of room.
3. Adjust your temp contol when you reattach your new system. Otherwise you will be at 11 and 6 on a clock for hot and cold versus 8 and 4.
4. TWO PEOPLE -- there is no way for my car that I could hold and attach at the same time. At least for the HVAC.
5. Deticate time.
This adapter was easy to install except that the mounting clips don't work and
are too easily broken. I had to modify it to get it to stay in place.
The first adapter I received had a broken latch on the side. Crutchfield sent me a
new one overnight at no charge to me, and they told me to keep the broken one.
I appreciated that, because after reading these reviews I figured I might need it
to scrounge parts if I broke it. I think the unit works great. This was the first stereo
I have ever installed and I was able to do it without even one cuss word. I didn't
have to cut the dash like the directions said. The HVAC controls were not that
hard to swap over to the new unit. The look when finished is pretty nice I think.
Yes, the knobs stick out a little bit, maybe 3/32", and it does have a rougher
texture than the surrounding parts. The rear defrost button is on the left side
instead of the right, but that does not effect the operation of it at all. The HVAC
illumination is the same color, but brighter. The temp dial colors due appear to
be true red and blue to me. But this is an Escort, not a BMW, and for the
awesomeness of the new stereo, these are all minor deficiencies. I do think the
latches should be replaced with something with a more positive grip. But overall,
after reading all the reviews I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to
install and it's final appearance.
I have a 1999 Ford Escort Wagon and this dash adapter will not work. The defrost button on this is on the wrong side. My defrost button is on the right side while the one on this adapter is on the left side. Very dissapointed.
This unit was such a pain to install. The screw holes in the back to connect climate control were way too small, the clips on the sides were rounded off, and I broke one trying to bend it out. I actually had to modify the clip from the factory stereo to use it. It hardly fits inside the space that the factory stereo was in, even with the correct modifications. This product is made from very cheap materials, and at night when you turn your lights on, you can see straight through the stickers they use for climate control labels. Its a matter of time before the glue dries out and I'll be trying to stick them back on. It isn't worth the money.
This product is a radio faceplate for a 1997 Mercury Tracer.
The faceplate fit perfectly in the original dash board opening.
It appears to be manufactured in a very durable plastic that should
last for many years.
I received everything as ordered, however the description to remove the factory
radio was very brief. the temperature mix control was most difficult to remove
because you only get maybe 1/2 inch clearance to attempt removing it. as for the
kit itself you do need to drill out the plastic a bit to secure your controls
and also need a torx bit to remove factory controls from the radio. overall, it
did fit as described with a little pushing, also you will need to find a way to
get your arm behind the dash to help the harness out of the way to get your new
I needed to give my teenage son a new radio for his 1999 Ford Escort. He wanted a
particular radio I did not think would work well; I should have known better.......the
adapter from Crutchfield made the job quick and easy. Thanks Crutchfield!
Like most other said, this kit was a real pain to work with. It did not lock into place due to the
metal clips having a bevel to them. I also had to use Zip ties to hold it in as I broke one of
metal clips. I spoke with Crutchfield Tech support; nothing but good things to say about
those guys; very top notch people to deal with. Like another person said if you don't have a
lot of experience installing car stereo's bring it to a pro. This was a real pain.
The instructions were very clear. The unit fit perfectly after making the two modifactions
per the instructions. Wiring adapters were well labeled and easy to connect. Removed
old radio and installed new one in less than 2 hours. Looks great.
The screw holes on the back of the adapter aren't even close to the right size. It wouldn't hurt for them to, at least, throw a couple of sheat metal screws in the kit. Since that is what I had to buy to make it work. And the clips that are supposed to hold it in place, THEY ARE ROUNDED OFF SO THERE IS NOT EVEN AN EDGE ON THEM TO CATCH THE INSIDE OF THE DASH!!! If you look at the factory unit it clearly has prongs there that hold the unit in place. I broke the one off, trying to bend it so there was something to grab on to. Very cheaply made. Ended up using wire ties on the inside to hold it in. Maybe they could include some wire ties in the kit also. It is a shame because the unit from the front looks pretty good. Everything seams to work --- that is until the wire ties break and the whole thing falls out!!!
It works. This was the hardest install I've ever done. If you're not familiar
with installing car stereos I would recommend to have it done by a pro.
I got my package in two days, Hooray! I had a heck of a time with the A/C, heat knob though. After putting in hours of precision work and detailed wiring. I had to remove the radio & holding sleeve, just so i could reattach the interior temperture adjuster perfect. After that, all else fell into place. One thing i don't like about this face plate is that it does not snap in too well despite me following the enclosed instructions. I had to do a little improvising with the adjustment snaps. However, my radio is secured, as well as my XM radio adaptor and my cd's are banging again. Overall, i can't complain. It shure beats that old Ford oval am/fm, cassette radio. FYI! Do not install the radio first! do the HVAC work first. The rest will fall into place after that. But, this was the hardest and longest most time consuming install i have done to date.
I would say this faceplate installs relativily simple. Its not all a cake walk. The wiring harness on the car, and especially the vacuum lines, are not nearly long enough to pull them outta the dash and give enough room to put ur hands behind it and attach everything simply. You have to keep the radio out of it and install the faceplate almost mounted in the dash to have enough slack to attach the stuff. But thats not the faceplate's fault. Its Ford's. Besides that, the only other difficult part was the temperature select. If you dont attach it w/the gears lined up absolutely perfectly, the temp control knob will move more one way than the other. The temp will select properly, but if its not perfect, for example, the full hot setting would stop at the 6 o'clock position while the full cold would stop at like 8 o'clock-its a pain to get it lined up properly due to lack of room. Other than that, didnt have to trim the dash, everything installed snug and doesnt vibrate or anything. Everything works great. Color coded makes everything idiot-proof. And faceplate doesnt look cheap, either. Good price. Cheaper to buy here w/shipping than to go to local stereo or car supplier. Good deal!
Installation was very easy. Didn't even need to trim the dash on my car, since the opening looked much different than the one in the instructions. I did have the same issue as a lot of the other reviewers in that the factory torx screws wouldn't fit the predrilled holes in the new plate. Fortunately I had a couple of appropriate self tapping screws handy that I used instead. Finished installation looks very good, the color blends in nicely with the dash.
Crutchfield couldn't make these systems any easier to install . This is my third setup from them and it took me about 1 hour to install from factory setup to aftermarket . All the plug ins go together in a snap and everything is color coded so you can't make a mistake. I would recommend them to anyone
Looks decent, works well. Wish they would relocate the rear-defrost button, though.
i'ts good, look better, but is to loose, i use some screws to hold it
This product is relatively simple and easy to use, and hard to screw up from a manufacture's standpoint. I've had the product for at least a year now, and nothing has gone wrong with it. During installation you will need to drill out the holes for the screws to screw in the control boxes (for your HVAC knobs) because the holes on the Metra are not big enough. Other than that, what else is there to comment on? You take out your stock radio (using Ford radio removal tools; trust me: it makes it a LOT easier!) and then connect all wire harnesses and then stick it in. I recommend installing the new CD player at the same time for two reasons: one, you won't have any tunes otherwise, and two: that's why you bought the Metra anyway! One thing about this adapter plate that I really like is the fact that it includes a wiring harness that connects to your factory harness, so there is no cutting of wires involved, and whenever you want to move on and sell the car you just remove the Metra and harness and reinstall the factory radio.
All in all, I give it a four out of five, only because of the drilling issue and because Ford was dumb for making the football radios and making us buy an expensive adapter plate!
Installed it today and I must say, what a great product. 2 hours start to finish, including installing new front speakers. Finally a CD player and aux input in the Escort! Some notes for those that install this:
-Many people complain that the clips don't lock the whole unit into place very securely. I used the DIN removal tools once the adapter was in. They clicked and the whole adapter locked in there somehow. I recommend trying that if you have trouble firmly seating the unit. Pop the DIN tools in there and see if you can get it to seat. Before I used the DIN tools it definitely wasn't seated as well as I would have liked.
-The factory torx screws that hold the controls on to the back do not really fit the predrilled holes on the adapter. However, I just used my torx driver (T15) to ream out the holes a bit and then the screws went in just fine.
-I used a coping saw to remove the part of the dash that needs to be taken away (left side) and that worked great. I also ended up removing a bit from the exact opposite side (right side). It just seemed a bit tight on that side when trying to seat everything.
Also, I don't think this product looks as cheap and out of place as everyone else thinks. I mean, no it doesn't look like Ford made it but it also doesn't look like a 4 year old made it. For what it does I think it looks great.
Purchased the adapter for 98 Escort along with sound system. Was going to install it myself due to it being fairly easy. The day I was to do it something came up and my son mentioned to take it to a local installer. I told him to call and get estimate to install. I figured it would be at least 80+ bucks to install since nothing was bought there, everything at Cruthcfields. They told him 50 bucks with 3 year warranty on installation. Took it in and the kid said he was familiar with radio design. He said he had done a few in past. Car was done in half hour, no problems being loose. Plus it didn't cost me anything for parts and looked and works great in dash. You have to remember this is a retro fit part not manufactured by Ford. I'm sure if there were no patent rights on parts, it would look exact like original faceplate. Oh yea and the price at Crutchfields was the best you will find anywhere on the internet.
This thing does the job, even though it's not the best quality. Crutchfield charged half the price of the item if I bought it elswhere with the purchase of my new receiver. If you carefully follow the instructions, you will be ok. It doesn't seem to lock in place very firmly. And the defrost switch is sticky. But once it's in there, it looks pretty good.
When I opened up the box and had a first look at it, it looked very ordinary. The finish of the plastic could have been given a thought to match it to the dashboard of the car(more smooth finish).
But rest of the things are pretty good. The connectors were perfect, the fixtures for the climatic controls were fine(except for the screw holes could have been given some more hard material to hold them properly).
The aftermarket CD player fits into the slot perfectly.
Fixing the fixture needed a few tries to clip both sides of the clips, but was fine.
The lights on the panel are ok.
As this is the only way I can have my car to play my CDs, I am satisfied with the product.
Maybe it's just me, but as installations go, this one has got to be the smoothest I've had yet. It's worth saying that I didn't follow anyone's instructions, I just put things together in the order that seemed most logical to me.
Stickers for labeling the knobs are a little tacky - but then it IS aftermarket.
LEDs do not match the color scheme of the rest of the car's instrument lamps - but then it IS aftermarket.
Construction of item isn't with the sturdiest of materials - but then it IS aftermarket.
My only REAL complaint is that the mounting clips need to be fashioned as the OEM clips are - with the factory radio, there is a reassuring "click" telling you the stereo is secure. With these aftermarket clips (which really aren't clips at all), I foresee hitting a pot hole and having the kit(stereo and all) come plopping into my lap.
I've had it installed for nearly a month, without any malfunction. While it isn't perfect, where once I did not have the option of listening to my CD collection - now I do. For that I'm grateful.
I wanted to keep my stereo setup looking as clean and original as
possible. Ford made this pretty impossible because you have to buy this
horrible looking aftermarket faceplate if you want to install an aftermarket
stereo. It looks CHEAP. When I pulled it from the box it came in, I was
disgusted to find that the indicators for the HVAC controls are just
STICKERS, which were already peeling off. We'll see how it's first hot
southern summer affects it. The faceplate is not smooth, nicely contoured
plastic like the factory pod. Its face is flat, which causes the HVAC control
knobs to stick out, unlike the factory setup. The texture is that of heavy
grit sandpaper and enhances the look of cheapness. For some reason we
had a heck of a time getting the pod inserted into the dashboard, even
after the necessary modification that is mentioned in the instructions. It
just didn't seem to want to slide back all the way into the dash. Once we
got it insterted all the way, it would not snap into place, holding it in place.
It wanted to pop out of the dash. We ended up having to pry out the
retaining clips so it would grab more tightly to the dash when pushed into
place. I'm just wondering when its going to pop out of the dash again. At
night, the HVAC indicators light up, but they light up a BLUE-ISH green,
totally not matching the dash lighting. The lighting is so bad, the hot
section on the temp control lights up purple. I wanted a
clean, OE look and this faceplace is NOT the answer. Very dissapointed
with it's appearance and quality. I would have gladly paid double for a
faceplace that was equal in quality and appearance to that of the factory
faceplate. Now I'm stuck with a rather poor looking setup.
With this being the only way to get an aftermarket in my car (2002 Ford Escort ZX2) it is a decent buy. The friend who helped me install my Kenwood receiver and this plate really had a tough time with the wiring getting caught when putting the faceplate on which really pushed the bottom part of the faceplate out and looked horrible. I know he also had a tough time with getting the receiver in the opening as well and the first he got all done with it, the cd player was crooked. So he had to take it out and try again. The instructions that came with it are terrible, without Crutchfield's we would never have gotten it without trial and error. As for how it looks, it looks cheap. Why they couldn't have gone with a smooth dark gray molding instead of the rough look I just don't know because the rough look really makes the faceplate look cheap. Also I have a gripe about the placement of the rear defrost button being on the opposite side of this replacement faceplate as my factory faceplate, but I suppose I will get used to it. Should have made that button rounded as well because this also makes the faceplate look cheap. At least having a great audio system makes up for the dismal quality of this product.
The only thing this kit does halfway right is hold a car stereo. It barely accomplishes that task. I installed this in my girlfriend's 2002 escort and had a tough time getting it in. First, the radio ended up flush-mounted, which I would normally consider a good thing. However, if you have a detachable faceplate, it becomes very hard to put the faceplate back on once you are squeezing it into the hole on the plate. Also, the receiver cage wouldnt fit securely into the unit, resulting in some slight jiggle
After I got the stereo plugged in I tried to push the whole unit into the dash. Only the left clip would stick. It took 8 cycles of pulling the unit out and pushing it back in to get the right clip to engage. Success!!! or so I thought...
First thing I noticed, the rear defrost switch doesnt light up at all. 1 week later, the lights on the climate controls burned out. During the day it works decently enough. God help you if you want to change the air temperature at night....
Since this appears to be the only option for poor souls wanting to get aftermareket stereo in an escort. Godspeed....
This product has a very bad clips which does not hold the radio inside at all. And a button for rear defrost is not working at all.
The Metra install Escort install kit suffers from two problems.
First is the terrible instructions that they give you. There really is no way for someone to follow them all the way through and successfully install the radio without using a good bit of trial and error. For example, some of the cables in the included wiring kit are label, and some are not because the printing didn't hit "just right". The manual doesn't tell you what they are for, so you are left to hope that they followed convention (they did, kind of). If you've never installed a car stereo before, you probably don't know what convention is (in this case, yellow is constant power (battery), red is ignition, black is ground, orange illumination and blue is antenna power). Also, they don't go into nearly enough detail on removing the factory climate controls and the instructions they do give are wrong. Primarily, turn the temp all the way to cold, not half-way between. Crutchfield's AWESOME instructions come to the rescue part way, but the Metra Kit's installation is by far the most confusing part of the install.
The second problem, and this is unforgivable, is that the clips that they use to secure the kit into the dash do not work. I know this because that's how my first car's stereo was stolen. Instead of taking just the stereo, they used their fingers to easily pull the whole kit off of the dashboard. The problem is that the spring steal clips on either side of the radio weren't designed like the factory's . They don't have a sharp edge touching the inside edge of the dash but instead a rounded bump, which results in merely 'suggesting' that the radio counsel might stay in place if it so chooses. It's a terrible design and I have no idea why they made it this way. It would have been easier to provide screw holes to put the factory clips in place, which work so well that you actually need a tool to remove the kit, instead of just your fingers or a harsh bump.
Finally, the look of the kit isn't perfect, but you kind of expect that. It's not factory and designing something that doesn't look like it came from spare parts and a week in shop class would have priced this kit beyond the reach of people who drive Escorts.
Looks aside, it would have taken no extra expense to make use of the factory clips and minimal effort to flesh out the manual. So they get 1 star. Unfortunately, if you want an after market stereo in your beloved Escort, I think this is your only choice.
I got this for my 02 Ford Escort ZX2. It is the right shape and everything, but it doesn't quite go in all the way so it isn't evenly flush but not noticeable. Screw holes on the back that hold on climate control switches required drilling, which was not mentioned in the instructions, but a call to Crutchfield and they told me that's what I should do. It looks ok in the dash but it is noticeably different than everything else in car so looks get 4 stars.
The texture on the plastic is more coarse (and the shape more flat not convex) compared to the stock panel but it still looks snazzy when all buttoned up.
This was one of the easiest installs I have done. There is room for error, however, if you do not follow the instructions to a T. Make sure you disconnect the temperature cable before you do anything else.
The kit makes the aftermarket stereo look right at home!
Good adapter, not the nicest looking one on the market, though it's the most affordable I could find. You'll need to trim more dash than they tell to you in the instructions, and you may need to create an additional screw hole for the temperature control knob.
Hello everyone. The wiring harness is great with this, nice and easy. I put this dash kit and a Panasonic CQ-C1200U in a 98 Ford Escort with a friend. All I can say about the dash kit is you might as well throw the instructions away from the very beginning. Here's what you got to know: Cut the dash opening so that the unit fits in there. You have to cut where they told you in the instructions, but also under the selector for like the AC and stuff. So, don't really throw away the directions. The Panasonic looks really nice in there by the way, overall a pretty good success.
Very simple installation. The only thing that I had to do was determine which wires were which on the stereo! The special tools recommended for the work and available from Crutchfield were very handy also. With this kit and the free installation guide, anyone could do this and have it look like a professional job!
Installation of this adapter is easy. The hardest thing about the whole install of this adapter is the starting of the screws that holds on the AC / Heater selector switch, and the temperature selector switch. All of the wiring adapters are included with this kit.
Product Description: This kit allows you to install an aftermarket receiver into 1997-2000 Ford Escort and 1997-99 Mercury Tracer models without factory amplifiers. Three circular openings below the receiver slot accommodate the factory Fan Control switch, Temperature Control switch and Vent Control switch. The rear defrost switch is also located on the front of the kit. Attached to the rear of the kit are several wires, some of which plug into factory harnesses and others that need to be spliced into the wiring of the new receiver.
Power Adapter Plug: Attached to the back of the kit is a set of wires and the Power Adapter Plug. This gray 6-pin plug connects to a matching factory harness. Five 6" wires coming out of the plug need to be spliced to the new receiver's wiring harness. The color codes for the Power Adapter Plug are:
Rear Defrost Wiring: Attached to the back of the kit is a 3-pin wiring plug for reconnecting the factory Rear Defrost wiring harness.
Speaker Wiring Adapter: Supplied with the kit is an 8" Speaker Wiring adapter. The black plastic end of the harness plugs into the vehicle's factory speaker harness. The bare ends of the harness need to be spliced to the speaker output wires of the new receiver. The color codes for the Speaker Wiring Adapter are:
Note On Receiver Wiring: The wire colors of the new receiver may, or may not, match the wire colors of the adapter. You will need to match the adapter and receiver wires by function, disregarding color.
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