Metra 99-5720LDC Dash and Wiring Kit

Allows you to install and connect a new car stereo to a 1997-up Ford Escort or 1997-99 Mercury Tracer with the Premium Sound system

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Metra's 99-5720LDC 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 with a Premium Sound system.

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.

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Not impressed

Written By Lee M, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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When I opened the box the wires where about 10 feet long like they where never cut off. The factory screws wouldn't hold the hvac knobs in place so I had to get self tapping screws. And after i went to install it I would clip into the dash, I super glued it so it didn't rattle

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Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Monday, July 20, 2015

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face plate is a perfect fit and looks good after installed. the wiring harness for the "premium sound" replacement is less than optimum. Instead of it pluging into the existing wiring connector, you must remove the driver's seat and plug the harness into the amplifier connector (you no longer need the amp). Then you must run the wires under the carpet and under the dash to the radio area. Once you have the wires there, you must individually connect 14 wires with connectors (not included) and then make sure all wires are tucked behind where the new radio will go. This process took two of us about two hours to install. :-(

little hard.

Written By Anonymous, Idaho on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Had to do some work to fit. I guess after reading the other reviews my dash is a little different. But the support I got from Crutchfield was great and so very helpful A big shout out to the support I received from them.

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Written By Anonymous, Bronx, NY on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Easy install an very functional

Pros: The wirin to the unit was easy

Cons: The face plate looks cheap.

Exceptional product

Written By Evan, Fort Myers, FL on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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This product was fairly easy to install and didn't put my through nearly as much trouble as I thought it would. I was able to install it in one night along with the stereo I purchased with it. Crutchfield has definitely earned a happy and loyal customer.

Pros: The item had trouble going it's way to my address but the Crutchfield help team fixed it IMMEDIATELY. The product was safely packaged as well.

Cons: The face looks a bit bland, but it does exactly what it needs to do.

Not happy

Written By Anonymous, Gardner on Thursday, November 29, 2012

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The mounting kit had everything except the wire harness that connects the stereo to the speakers or power and ground

One size fits nothing

Written By BigRed, Houston, Texas on Monday, June 11, 2012

I tried to put this into a 1999 Ford Escort with little success. I had to modify the heck out of the stock DIN opening and this so called integration package still doesn't fit properly. Half of my install time was jacking with this.

Pros: none

Cons: It's ugly, doesn't fit, built cheaply, and is overall just aweful.


Written By Anonymous, philadelphia,pa on Friday, June 01, 2012

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Metra 99-5720LDC Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By steve, tn on Saturday, July 23, 2011

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product looks good and is easy to install just follow the instructions that are provided

Good product, Bad clips

Written By Tim, Phillips, ME on Thursday, June 02, 2011

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Good product for the price but the clips that lock it into the dash do not work correctly. If you try to bend the clips, they break and you have to modify the factory ford clips to work.

Serves it's purpose

Written By Tee, Detroit, MI on Thursday, November 04, 2010

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I was originally afraid to use the Metra brand based upon other reviewer comments that it
looked cheap. After receiving it, I think it looks quite nice, much better than I expected.
Making the connections was pretty straightforward. However, as mentioned before, the
holes for screwing in the climate control items were too small for the stock screws. I just
opened the hole slightly and everything worked well. Also, I could not get the unit to lock
back in the IP. I see that others' bent out the metal prongs. I tried that but it didn't move
much. I will try again with some type of tool to see if it will budge. Right now, the unit is
just pushed into the hole. It doesn't look like it'll fall out though. I just want to try again to
lock it in. Overall, this unit looks nice and works well.

98 Ford ZX2 w/ Premium sound, no CD Player

Written By Disturbed_Rat, Pahrump, NV on Friday, September 25, 2009

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Over-all the unit looks better than the OEM unit. In the instructions, I found it easier to remove the kick panel for an unobstructed view of the Temp control cable for removal/ assembly. The supplied connectors were smaller ( about 1/4" smaller and the wrong shape) than the OEM harnesses, which will require splicing and soldering.

Other than that, I would recommend Metra to anyone doing a Home install.

Decent Product

Written By Anonymous, Ann Arbor MI on Monday, September 15, 2008

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Yeah it looks cheap, but it's a Ford Escort so it fits right in. Relatively easy to install. Very sturdy, not flimsy. Hard to get it to fit in the dash. I think you are supposed to cut part of the dash but I didn't, I got it to fit by bending the tabs on the side outward and pressing real hard. A hint: The factory switch screws will not fit in the new part. Use small wood screws and screw them right into the plastic.

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Written By Mike, Eaton, OH on Thursday, May 15, 2008

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I've used a different brand before and unfortuantly, this is the better of the
brands. It still seems cheap, but not like the others. Here's a highlight of
the good and bad:

- The tealish color at night doesn't match the original color.

- Some people don't like the grain. Imagine this thing smooth... with as
much empty space as it has, it would just look plain wierd. And besides,
look around your dash, your radio was actually the only thing that didn't
have grain! Although it is different than stock, this actually matches the
interior more.

- I installed this on a 2002 and didn't have to trim any part of my dash.
However, the right side wouldn't stay in very well so I bent out the clip
some and now it stays in just fine.

- Also on the other brand, the climate controls are set inwards sort of like the stock radio was. But, unfortuantly, people don't realize that this makes it so you can't see the top portion of the control positions.

- Oh, and who cares where the defrost button is! It's now closer to you so
you don't have to reach over to the passenger side of the unit, with was
dumb in the first place.

So, all and all, I'm satisified with this kit. Knowing that there is much worse
out there makes you feel better about what you have now.

Not bad for your only choice

Written By mattyc20, Battle Creek, MI on Friday, July 20, 2007

Basically i agree with guy before me. This product was very fuctional, and overall delivered exactly what it was supposed to. Yes it did have a few shortcomings, but i actually found it to not be that bad. With mine to attach all of the controls with a new self threading screw wasnt that bad, and actually was a good idea. I didnt have to cut away the pleather dash, i had to actually break away the plastic on the interior dash around the top and bottom. This is because the depth of the new unit is thicker. So a little breaking of some useless plastic was needed, and some movement of fan controls and rear defrost because now its on the opposite side as before. Overall it wasnt too difficult and i think it looks even better than before! Great product for your only choice, but i wouldnt spend more than 50 dollars on it.

99 Ford Escort ZX2 w/ Premium Sound install

Written By binghamjd, Virginia on Sunday, February 26, 2006

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I was fairly disappointed with the product overall. The installation harnesses worked great. However there is an extra harness (about 8 inches) that was not needed. But the instructions fails to tell you when it is to be used(Thanks for the info Tripp). Everything went great until I had to reattach the Fan and Tempature controls. They both are attached with a screw. On the Fan control, the screw hole was to small. And for the Tempature control, there was no hole. I then inserted the unit into the dash at would not fit. I found that you have to cut away the Pleather dash covering and underlying foam to get it to fit. Im not sure what 2 corners need to be trimmed. This tells me that the ubit ist the same size as the factory unit. The only other point of note is that the finish isnt smooth like the orignal. It has a course finish which IMHO doesnt work for the cars finish. Final thought: It is functional but has some short comings but what other choice is there? P.s. The tech support I recieved from the Crutchfield team was excellent. In an age where customer service is EXTINCT, I was etremely pleased with the staff. Great Job

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What's in the box?

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  • Receiver mounting bracket with attached wires and plugs
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 18' Speaker Wiring Adapter harness (Speaker Adapter plug on one end and bare wire on other end)
  • Instruction sheet

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Product Description: This kit is for installing an aftermarket receiver into 98-up Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer models with 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:

  • Yellow: 12 Volts Constant Power
  • Red: 12 Volts Switched Power
  • Orange/White: Dimmer
  • Black: Chassis Ground
  • Blue: Power Antenna

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/Amplifier Bypass: Supplied with the kit is an 18' Speaker Wiring adapter that carries the output signal from the new receiver to the factory speaker harness, located in the rear of the vehicle. The bare ends of this harness need to be spliced to the speaker output wires of the new receiver. The other end contains the 8-pin Speaker Adaptor Plug which connects to the factory speaker harness after it has been disconnected from the amplifier output. The factory amplifier is bypassed and the speakers are powered by the new receiver. The color codes for the Speaker Wiring Adapter are:

  • White: Left Front Speaker Positive
  • White/Black: Left Front Speaker Negative
  • Green: Left Rear Speaker Positive
  • Green/Black: Left Rear Speaker Negative
  • Gray: Right Front Speaker Positive
  • Gray/Black: Right Front Speaker Negative
  • Violet: Right Rear Speaker Positive
  • Violet/Black: Right Rear Speaker Negative

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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