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Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Factory stereo integration adapter for 2003-up Honda Accord with heating, ventilation, and AC controls

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by Charlie Pastorfield

You bought a 2003-up Honda Accord — great car, but its console makes it difficult to upgrade the factory radio. Metra's integration adapter allows you to install an aftermarket DIN-sized (2" tall) receiver in the Accord's dash panel, while maintaining all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls.

The adapter includes all climate controls found in the Accord, and it's a perfect match for the color, texture, and contours of your dash. All controls on the adapter are backlit for night driving, and all factory functions are retained. Warranty: 1 year.

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

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What's in the box?

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  • Radio/Climate control housing
  • Trim-ring (installed)
  • 2 ISO brackets
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • Wiring harness (70-1721)
  • Installation Instructions

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Features

OEM Integration Kit: The included OEM integration kit provides a radio housing provision for single-DIN European mount and ISO mount aftermarket head units. This OEM integration kit also includes integrated single zone climate controls. 

Crutchfield Wiring Harness: Crutchfield wiring harnesses prevent you from having to cut your vehicle's factory radio plug when replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket head unit. Simply solder or crimp the Crutchfield wiring harness to your aftermarket head unit's harness (solder & crimps not included), plug the aftermarket head unit's plug into the rear chassis of the aftermarket head unit, and plug the Crutchfield wiring harness into your vehicle's factory radio plug.

Note: Installation tools, hardware, & accessories are not included & sold separately. Please see the Accessories tab for recommendations & availability.

Wiring Notes: If the Crutchfield wiring harness is not equipped with a ground wire, you will need to ground the aftermarket head unit's ground wire to the metal chassis of your vehicle. Some vehicle's may require you to bypass the vehicle's factory amplifier (in another location from factory radio) or hardwire certain connections. If your vehicle is equipped with factory steering wheel controls, an additional adapter is required and sold separately.

Wire Code Chart:

Power/Front Speaker Harness

Wire Color Function
Red +12 Volt Accessory
Yellow +12 Volt Constant
Black Chassis Ground
Orange Illumination
Orange/White Dimmer
Blue Power Antenna
White Left Front Speaker +
White/Black Left Front Speaker -
Gray Right Front Speaker +
Gray/Black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/Black Left Rear Speaker -
Violet Right Rear Speaker +
Violet/Black Right Rear Speaker -
 

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1 out of 5

It works . . . Kinda

Written By BobR, Chicago on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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This unit does work and does provide a decent look in the dash, but due to a design flaw it doesn't appear to be possible to install it cleanly so the knobs for the climate control don't pop off. My installer installed it twice because he thought he had done something wrong, but it appears that that is just how it fits. If you buy this, you should probably set your expectations accordingly.
Pros:
Look is decent and all controls work.
Cons:
Bad design that fits poorly.
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2 out of 5

Not a quality product but there are no other options

Written By Anonymous, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
 
This adapter is not made well at all. The fit is off and the knobs are low quality. The "self-programming" feature for the climate controls does not work as stated. The issue is what to do if you have a Honda Accord for the said years and are buying a din stereo; there is nothing else on the market. Cruchfield might want to reach out to this manufacuturer to see if getting the quality up on this product is possible. Even better, Cruchfield might want to seek out other manufacturers to build a competitive product. This product does not live up to the Cruchfield name.
Pros:
Makes it possible to install a din size stereo in a Honda Accord
Cons:
Cheap. Bad Fit. Climate controls don't work at stated. Knobs are cheap.
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4 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Mike, Miami,Fl on Monday, January 07, 2013
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Like a few other posts, I agree with the fact that the buttons that control the fan speed and temp control are sub standard, and there is a delay with the A/C and stereo once you turn on the ignition, But the overall fit was good, and the installation went very smooth. I recommend this product because the alternative of putting the new stereo underneath the existing one with the standard kit you get, didn't make any sense to me. So far so good, we'll see how it lasts over time.
Pros:
Easy Installation
Cons:
Fan and temp control knobs are not the quality of factory Honda equipment.
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4 out of 5

Great Fix

Written By Chris B, Rutland, MA on Saturday, January 05, 2013
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The factory Honda radio died and the thought of installing a second unit in the lower storage compartment was not appealing. The fit is flawless and the finish is about a half a shade off but good enough. Installed easily and included the appropriate harness and connections for the controls. The quality of the fan and temp control knobs are not the same as Honda's but they do the job. There is a slight delay when using or changing the climate controls with the new unit but once you get used to it they work perfectly. Would recommend this to a friend and certainly would use it again.
Pros:
Great for the money and the situation. Easy install, a great fix for using an aftermarket radio.
Cons:
Slight delay when using/adjusting climate controls
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5 out of 5

DASH KIT

Written By MARKY-MARK, Rohnert Park,Ca on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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Made stereo fit like it it was stock,would definitely use these kits again
Pros:
Puts radio above compartment controls easy to reach easy plug in harness
Cons:
knobs are a little stiff
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3 out of 5

Not as good as you might expect

Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Monday, December 10, 2012
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I wasn't happy with the standard stereo installed in my accord. I wanted to have a head unit that had the ability to connect to my iPod/iPhone that would display album art etc & have blue tooth built in for AD2P music streaming and phone calls. Basically wanted more versatility than the standard factory head units. This worked great with the stereo I chose - just with the finish and controls were better.
Pros:
replaces heating controls illuminated and dims with the rest of the dash works great with 7" motorized flip-out touchscreen 1 dim stereo's
Cons:
knobs are cheap plastic is deep back and does not match plastic on dash so it sticks out controls can be sketchy to operate can not use with honda trim kits as the dimensions are different knobs don't turn easy buttons sometimes don't switch as you would expect them to - takes multiple tries once in a while
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3 out of 5

Not bad, but not Honda Quality

Written By wrenchspinner, Cleveland on Monday, December 03, 2012
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Ok, Here is what it is and what it isn't. It is a replacement to add an aftermarket stereo. It works ok, I havent had issues with the knobs falling off or the buttons sticking, however it is possible. The knobs seem rather tight and dont spin as freely as the OEM ones do. I noticed that if the unit is not snapped in place then the buttons could stick. This needs to be pushed in until it clicks and then it will sit flush. Once this was positioned correctly, the buttons do not stick. Now for what it isn't.....This is not an OEM part. It is cheaply made, as any non OEM part would be. This is not Honda quality. The receiver sits very far into it and looks odd. The color is close but not spot on. The texture is not like OEM. The fit is actually decent, not exact but decent. I think the biggest problem is that it is for a Honda, and Honda owners are used to very high quality. The nice part about this is that I can now use an aftermarket stereo. The OEM unit worked but the sound quality was lacking, now wit a new unit it is much better and I can enjoy my system. Overall I would do this again and I would recommend this based on having a much better stereo now.
Pros:
Allows you to use a much better aftermarket stereo. Decent quality...so far
Cons:
scratches easily and not OEM quality. Looks rather bland and boring
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4 out of 5

Factory integration

Written By CaineL, schenectady ny on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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This product works well and makes it possible to put a nice personal touch on your radio in your honda. I personally like this product a lot bc it helped me finish my sound system work. I just dont like the look that much.
Pros:
finally finish work on car, functionally sound, wiring harness with it
Cons:
looks pretty bland and flat
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5 out of 5

Works great in Accord '06

Written By MikeA, Newburyport, MA on Monday, October 29, 2012
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I was a bit wary after reading the reviews, especially regarding the quality of the product. My factory radio was dying, no lights, and would turn on/off intermittently, so it had to go. I could not imagine having a second radio installed under the bad one, so this was really the only option (outside of purchasing a new head unit). I am very pleased to report that the fit and function are exactly as advertised. It matches the interior of my Accord very well, and controls are fine, maybe a slight delay as the other reviewers noted, but nothing significant. I matched this with a Kenwood receiver and new Polk speakers in the doors, and the sound is fantastic.
Pros:
Functions as adverstised. Clean install, though pulling the Accord apart was a bit tedious. Lights are bright and buttons programmed automatically on my (single climate control zone) system.
Cons:
Do the wiring/soldering before opening up the car to save time. Strongly recommend solder and not just twisting the wires together. I can see how chipping/scratching the finish could easily happen during installation, as the fit is tight. Just go carefully and you will be fine.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Erb, Florence SC on Monday, October 29, 2012
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Exact fit in car, looks like factory. I had a problem with the first one but Crutchfield replaced it quickly and this one works great. If you need this adapter it is a must from Crutchfield or you will pay twice as much for it anywhere else. Thanks Crutchfield.
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3 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By sean, Helena, MT on Monday, October 15, 2012
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Works about like I expected. Much better than my OEM unit that didn't light up and CD changer ate my CDs. Looks good. Controls can get stuck and take a while to change the climate control settings.
Pros:
Lights up, works like it is supposed to
Cons:
Takes a while to work, Also sometimes you have to push the button that is working then the one that you want to get it to change from defrost to vent...
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4 out of 5

Excellent fit for 2003 Honda accord

Written By Mac, NC on Monday, October 01, 2012
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Great fit for 2003 Honda Accord
Pros:
great fit for adding single DIN stereo for 2003 Honda Accord
Cons:
little bit of flimsy plastic design, control knob are not as slick as the original one.
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2 out of 5

Easy to install, looks OK, not durable

Written By jpq, Deerfield Beach, FL on Saturday, September 29, 2012
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Product is easy to install and looks OK. We've had it 1 1/2 years and one of the knobs fell off. We contacted Crutchfield and we are now out of warranty and no parts available. Can only purchase the console at full price. If I were going to purchase again, I'd verify parts availability and probably would not buy this unit again.
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
No support for parts after warranty.
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4 out of 5

Clean install

Written By BCrum, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Very cool piece, makes swapping stock radio out a breeze. As others have said, the dials aren't Honda quality, and the paint finsih is very delicate. But its the only option to put a aftermarket deck in the Accord. Be very very careful when installing, the paint chips easy. I put blue tape over the edges and still chipped some off.
Pros:
Great fit, looks cool, easy instal
Cons:
Cheap paint, dials are a little stiff.
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1 out of 5

Junk

Written By John M, Vernon, NJ on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Junk. Stopped working after 10 days. Heat stuck on defrost unless "vent" selected but it blows air on the floor. Today the heat is stuck on "vent" and the buttons do nothing. Now it has to be returned, not looking forward to another 3 hours reinstalling my head unit. Switches are cheap in look and feel and have some lag time.
Pros:
Better than a giant hole in my dash. Fit well.
Cons:
Defrost, floor, vent switches broke after 10 days. Cheap controls. Cheap finish. Junk.
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3 out of 5

Accord Factory Adapter

Written By Trevor, Bedford on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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I like the adapter, I just thought it would be higher quality. It fits good but the color is not exactly the same, the knobs feel cheap, the lights are dim. I wouldn't pay full price for the adapter.
Pros:
Nice clean finish
Cons:
Lights are dim, not worth the full price. Cheap material for expensive price.
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5 out of 5

seems fine to me

Written By fast72pickup, Oregon on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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For all the 7th Gen owners that have the factory back light failure of the resistor in the head unit. This unit is perfect for upgrading to aftermarket radio in one step. Half price when bought with stereo makes the pocket expense and other review complaints way more easy to swallow.
Pros:
Easy installation, works as described. Price when bought with stereo.
Cons:
Yes, not a perfect match for interior. Have asked passengers opinions about looks. Some are surprised that it's not factory and others concede that while not factory the fitment doesn't look out of place. They all agree that second radio in cubbyhole would look way sillier. I agree with latter and second radio silliness.
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3 out of 5

Good buy

Written By Anonymous, Mechanicsburg pa on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Good value. Easy to install. Would appreciate connectors instead of having to solder unit wires to adapter. Temp and fan dials are of low tactile quality. But gets job done.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
Needed to solder adapter and low quality temp and fan dials.
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3 out of 5

Not bad

Written By Herb, Springfield, il on Saturday, August 04, 2012
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It was easy to install and program. There is a delay when you turn the car on and when you rotate any knob.
Pros:
lets me change the radio while retaining the factory look
Cons:
quality could be better
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4 out of 5

Better than the alternative.

Written By Chris A., Hiram, Ga on Friday, July 27, 2012
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Seems ok so far. Does not match exactly, but doesn't jump out at you either.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
There is a delay when starting.
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4 out of 5

As advertised and as reviewed - some installation tips

Written By Noob, MA on Friday, July 27, 2012
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i thought some of the reviews were a little harsh, but look, the controls aren't as nice as the OEM controls and it's not a big deal. Also, the metra tech support over the phone was great when I had a wiring question. I recommend pre-assembling the head unit into this piece and pre-wiring the harnesses before you start taking your car apart to minimize down time. you can do the pre-assembly on the couch after work. I also recommend investing $10 in some cheap trim removal tools to make disassembly a little easier and avoid scratching your trim. once I popped it in it worked great - only question I had was whether or not i had to make a three way connection with the orange illuminator wires from this unit, the honda harness and the radio harness, since that's the only three way connection - the answer is yes, so I did and it worked great.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AMAZING!!!

Written By Dennis, Cedar Lake Indiana on Friday, July 13, 2012
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This is an amazing product not only does it look and fit right in with my car its a great opportunity to put an aftermarket radio into your car without using the small space under the radio to install it and then you will have two radios which i personally think would look dumb.
Pros:
Amazing fits right in without any problems and matches my dash color without a problem
Cons:
As some said in other reviews it does have some delay when you start the car it doesn't turn on right away as the stock radio did but in the long run its perfect and no other problems
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4 out of 5

Good product

Written By Josh, McLean, VA on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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I looked all the reviews and honestly didn't feel too comfortable so ordered anyways because the other alternative was to install it underneath after taking out the compartment box. However, I was surprised that it wasn't all that bad. Well, I got a half off because bought it with a stereo too. It only took a few minutes to install the adapter and didn't look bad at all after putting in a JVC head unit. The two knobs do look kind of cheap but come on, you don't stare at them all day. I might try replacing them with the factory's knobs as someone had suggested.
Pros:
- Easy installation - Soooooo much better than putting a stereo in the compartment box that looks goofy and awkward - Fit perfectly in the dashboard with no gap
Cons:
- Cheaper materials - A/C buttons feel kind of weird when you press them
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4 out of 5

Good fit for 2006 Accord

Written By Matt, Leesburg, VA on Friday, June 15, 2012
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This is a good product for fitting an aftermarket stereo to my 2006 Accord. While the color and texture are not precisely the same, it isn't enough to stand out either. The fit is perfect, so it looks like it belongs.
Pros:
Fits perfectly.
Cons:
There is a slight delay in the function of the panel when you turn on the car. It may only be a second or two. Not a big deal, but different. The knobs don't feel quite as sturdy as the factory panel. The color and texture are a little off, but not enough to be a big deal.
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3 out of 5

Cheaply made. Does the job though.

Written By Chris, Ridhecrest, CA on Sunday, June 10, 2012
 
I was impressed with the unit until I started the install. Then, my satisfaction level continued to decline.
Pros:
You can use an after market single DIN radio. It looks nice (see cons).
Cons:
It looks nice but it is cheaply made. The surface easily chips. So be careful while you install it. You lose your dual zone a/c controls. A single zone a/c adapter is required. The fine print states that this unit is for single zone only. However, Crutchfield tech advisors didn't recomend the harness to me even though though they knew the year, make & model of my car. I was told the adapter kit had all harnesses needed. This held up my install.
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3 out of 5

Kind of cheap but works

Written By nickh, nyc on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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Its pretty easy to install, however in between fitting, its gets scratched really easily so be very careful. I got two decent scratches on it just between taking out of the box and working on install. Like other reviewers have said, it is neither the same texture nor the same color as my Honda Accord. SInce I really didnt see an alternative product, it was only choice really so since I really want a new stereo, only option. Good enough for a car with 80,000 miles...
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5 out of 5

Why not 4 to 5 stars?

Written By Anonymous, Sharpsburg, GA on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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Fits perfect! Works great! I"m so pleased that somebody is making this so that we can replace factory sound systems. My new radio (JVC KDX50BT) sounds fantastic, way beyond the original. I wish I would have done this on my first day I owned this Honda.
Pros:
EVERYTHING works great & fits perfect
Cons:
NONE!
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3 out of 5

It work's but....

Written By Tim, Poughkeepsie, NY on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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It solves the problem of an extra factory radio....
Pros:
Nice fit.
Cons:
Looks cheap compared to rest of dash, does not have same texture look. Knobs have stickers in the center. Expensive price for cheap look.
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4 out of 5

Works for me!

Written By Dan, Malden, MA on Friday, April 27, 2012
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It's not the same color as the stock dash, but it's different enough to not make it look awkward. the install was a breeze, accept the whole disassembling of the honda dash, which is not the adapters fault at all! :)

Unit fits nicely.

the glow of the light is a little dim and leaves something to be desired, but its SO much better looking than if the stock radio was left and the aftermarket was sitting underneath in a harness.
Pros:
build quality
Cons:
color, dim light
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4 out of 5

Very Nice Adapter

Written By kameleon_o, Jefferson City, Mo on Sunday, April 15, 2012
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The fit is pretty good. It doesn't look quite as well done as a "factory made" stereo adapter would but close enough. Just a little off but not bad. Other than that it certainly matches the dash and went in fairly easy. The only real problems are that 1) The wiring harness is right in the way of the door for the cubbyhole underneath so that you have to jiggle the door on it to get it past those wires, and 2) For some reason condensation from the AC really starts to attach to it. Not really bad where it's dripping or anything but it's almost like a smear of grease or something shows up above the temp buttons. I thought it was from people's hands but I've wiped it off several times and it's always back later. Not a big deal. I've read reviews about there being a "lag" in the response time of the thermostat controls but I've had NO problems with it.
Pros:
Fits right in. Makes the new stereo look like it belongs.
Cons:
Hinders the opening/closing of the cubbyhole door below the stereo a little.
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3 out of 5

not bad

Written By kaus, Port Jefferson, NY on Friday, April 13, 2012
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fits well in my 2003 Honda Accord LX but doesn't look anything like the original (couldn't expect more for the money). my Kenwood stereo from crutchfield (KDC-248) fit kinda loose into it but it works.
Pros:
fits and doesn't spoil the look too much
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5 out of 5

Solved my new stereo dilemma

Written By Mike, Atlanta, GA on Monday, January 30, 2012
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This piece ROCKS! I delayed installing a new head unit in my 2005 Honda Accord because I didn't know that it was possible to install a separate head unit into the integrated radio and air controls that Honda uses. But this piece made it all possible and so easy. The installation was a breeze and I had to pat myself on the back when I had installed it myself.
Pros:
ease of installation, clean lines, perfect fit
Cons:
none that I can note.
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5 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By steve a, staten island new york on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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product was wonderful. easy to instal and worked flawlessly.
Pros:
easy of instal and great price
Cons:
none
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2 out of 5

Meh

Written By Erik, Indiana on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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I would recommend this over the free install adapter but it still doesn't feel and look like an upgrade. I wish that this was built better and looked better, but this is the best option offered by Crutchfield.
Pros:
It allows for a nicer look in the vehicle than taking up the cubby underneath.
Cons:
It doesn't match the vehicle very well. The plastic just doesn't have the right color and texture. The illumination on this is also pretty dim compared to the factory climate controls. There is a delay when adjusting the climate controls before the vehicle responds.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Product

Written By Al, North Myrtle Beach, SC on Thursday, October 13, 2011
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I'm very pleased with this product. I delayed purchasing it for over a year although my factory CD player in my Honda stopped working because based on other reviews I read, it seemed like the product was difficult to install and would look cheap. Now that it's installed and I'm enjoying music in my car again, I regret waiting. The console looks sleek and clean (better than the factory console in my opinion). The climate controls function as normal and take seconds to program in one easy step. The wire connector is easy to identify and plug in as well. Whatever reason you have for replacing your factory unit, don't delay. This unit is a great replacement.
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4 out of 5

Works

Written By Anonymous, Loma Linda, CA on Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Despite all the negative reviews, it works fine, with one or two noticeable things "off." There is a bit of a lag when you push buttons and/or start the fan. The Illumination seems like it should be brighter, but still works fine. As far as looks go, it matches the dash perfectly and fits nice and snug. It houses my aftermarket stereo nicely. It does it's job! So if you are OK with sacrificing the instant response time of the OEM unit for a nicer, aftermarket radio with more options, then this is a very nice solution. Much better than the pocket adapter. I'm happy enough.
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3 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By keith, Morrilton, AR on Saturday, September 10, 2011
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It works but it has a mind of its own. Theres a lag time when the buttons are pushed.
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3 out of 5

Cheap AC controls with a delay

Written By Ivan, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, July 11, 2011
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This item fits perfectly. I'll give them that. The fan and temp controls could be a lot better. There is a sticker on each, which having it silkscreened or directly printed would have been more OEM looking. The backlighting could be better too.

There is a delay when you start up the car and when you do certain things with the faceplate. It's not a deal breaker, but be ready for a change.

The controls are different. If you hit the defrost windshield and feet button, the AC comes on now by default, where before it wouldn't.
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2 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By john, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, June 11, 2011
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I installed this in mid-May in my 2003 LX. My initial thoughts were that of others - it felt cheaper than the original parts and the illumination was a bit strange, but it worked. Installation was quick and easy, and the fit appeared proper - until the NC summer set in.

Unfortunately, it appears the NC heat has done this one in. It fits a bit tight - appears almost too wide - and it bows in the middle, particularly late in the day, and pops the climate control dials off.

I could deal with the climate controls popping off, since they would still work - but today it finally bit the dust. The control dials will no longer pop back on all the way, and it appears that the fan speed dial has quit working altogether. I tried disassembling the factory part, to see if the dials could easily be grafted over, but they are soldered onto the board in multiple places and not easily removed.

I'm planning on sending back the Metra kit and going for the lower-pocket option.
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4 out of 5

A couple of unknowns

Written By Jim, Ft. Lupton, CO on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Installation was a breeze. Between the install guide and the Crutchfield Master sheet, I had zero problems. The illumination is a little dim. the blower and temp knobs look like they should light up but they don't. Once the unit is installed and the power is back on, you have to push and hold the AC button for 5 seconds to program the controls. This worked fine, but once it was complete I find out that when the defrost is button is pushed the AC comes on. This is OK part of the year, but could get pretty cold in the winter. It is not the way the OE unit functioned. This adapter could use a little refining. I would like to have known this before hand.
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4 out of 5

A nice replacement

Written By CovaC8, El Cajon, CA on Thursday, May 12, 2011
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This is a great replacement for the OEM dash assembly and fits in great except
for a few things. The alignment and the flow of the dashboard "lines" isn't
100% but you really have to pay attention to that aspect to really notice it.
Also the knobs have a different feel to them and the buttons are larger than
stock. The plastic is very close in color but the roughness of it is a little
off. Screwing in the bottom two screws was a bit of a pain to do....you'll see
what I mean when you get to that part. But those two screws aren't absolutely
necessary anyways. The top three are more important as well as the side clips.
Overall, it's a great alternative to installing a head unit in the storage
pocket area but it's a bit overpriced. Also, I wouldn't recommend this to the
perfectionist but it'll do for the someone who can get used to a few minor
imperfections.
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4 out of 5

Works great

Written By ClayM, Amory, MS on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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I was real skeptical about purchasing this part after reading all the reviews but I
have to say, I just installed it this past week in my girlfriend's car and have been
very pleased with it. It works like it is suppose to. No problems with it, pretty
easy install. Fits flush with the dash. It does feel a little cheaper than the factory
but since it's not a genuine honda part I kinda would expect that. I would give it
five out of five, but did not, only because the indicator for the hot/cold and fan
does not light up with the rest. But we would rather have a radio in a car and
have to turn the light on at night to see where the thermostat is than not have a
radio. Overall very pleased with the product.
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5 out of 5

Perfect love it!

Written By Monica, HOPEWELL on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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The radio on my 2005 Honda Accord went out, so I called a Mobile Music guy and
he told me that I need a Metra dash kit (adapter) he told me to order from you guys
because you stand behind your products and shipping to VA was fast. Well he
installed in along with a Pioneer stereo and I couldn't be happier. It matched all I
had to do was wipe my dash down with a protectant and it looks like it has been in
my car the whole time. I have no problems with any buttons or knobs everything
works fine. If I had to do it again, I would buy from you guys again.
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3 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By mark, florida on Sunday, March 06, 2011
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harder to get in than i thought - but i am a novice. you know there is some work to do
when your first 3 directions begin with the word "pry". i recommend the $12 plastic tools
that help you get stuff out. i ended up denting some of my dash to get everything out.
The adapter works but the buttons are .... wierd. they are not exactly the same. i.e. air
blows out even if the fan is off but the recycle air light is on. also, there is now a recycle
button and max ac button. thought these were the same. also, doesnt go in perfectly
flush. maybe did something wrong. just difficult to get everything out esp. if its your first
time.
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2 out of 5

Fit & Finish not great

Written By Rakkasan, Central Indiana on Monday, November 15, 2010
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If you're particular about the fit and finish of your car, you will not be happy with this adapter. Yes, the color is good, and yes, it's functional. That's the best I can say. In comparison to the factory unit: the climate control knobs don't spin as freely; the icons on the buttons are noticeably different (big and clunky looking) from the original; and the adapter doesn't curve exactly where the dash curves. I bought this adapter when it was offered at half price with a new radio, but if I had paid the list price, I'd REALLY be unhappy with it. Only good thing is that I didn't have to pay Honda $500 for a new radio when mine died.
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2 out of 5

Think twice before you spend the $!

Written By Tara, Moyock, NC on Monday, October 11, 2010
 
I also have all of the same issues as the other reviews! I will add a new problem, everything on mine works with the exception of heat! When thermostat is turned all the way to hot, nothing but cold air blows out. The knobs are very cheap and mine would not engage enough to turn< I had to take a screwdriver and adjust several notches for it to engage, now they work fine, but are still very cheap in look and feel. I would like to know how the person that said in his review swapped the inner part of the knob out with the factory, i would very much lke to do this. Mounting the stereo underneath the factory was simply not an option for me. I am now taking it to an electrical place to try and fix the heat since I will most definetly be needing!
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3 out of 5

With a bit of work it's acceptable.

Written By John M, Orangevale, California on Monday, September 20, 2010
 
Despite the negative reviews, I also decided to attempt to use this unit since I
disliked the inconvenient placement my new stereo would have with the below the
factory unit option.

Sadly the reviews are mostly true.
The trim quality looks cheep and the color is close, but does not quite match.
The fan and temperature dial indicators do not light up in default configuration.
The controls themselves have a noticeable lag in responding to changes, have a
cheaper feel to their movement, and the temperature control is a bit tricky to
get a good warm mix with.
The build quality itself is pretty bad, almost all the screws in the unit I
received were loose.

On the positive side:
After I tightened up all the screws the buttons all seem to work alright.
The cheep fan and temperature dial center pieces can indeed be swapped out with
those from the factory unit which both improves the look and allows the outer
indicators to light up.

I tried swapping the outer knobs with those from the factory unit as well but
found them a bit too loose which was unfortunate since the after market ones
don't have a blue filter on them causing their lighting to be slightly different
in color but again at least they light up now.

In conclusion, If I had paid full price for this I would have felt swindled.
However since Crutchfield offers it at half price with the purchase of a head
unit, the price I paid wasn't too bad. With a bit of extra work I was able to
make it an acceptable replacement.
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3 out of 5

Jim

Written By jim, Franklin, TN on Friday, June 18, 2010
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I was hesitant to buy the unit after reading the reviews, but I did not want to leave the factory radio in the car. The quality of the unit is lacking but using hints from other users, the unit is working properly and looks good in the dash (slight color diference). I replaced the knobs from the unit with the originals from the factory radio and attempted to assure none of the control buttons were in a bind after installation, which proved unsuccessful. I used a small self-adhesive felt protector (those used to protect furniture) between the unit just above the center upper control button that controls the airflow to recirculate the inside air. Without it, the button would not freely turn off and on. I've had the unit in the car for two weeks and so far so good. All controls are working properly, but I kept the factory unit in case this unit fails at a later date.

I wish the unit was manufactured with higher quality. I think people would gladly pay more for a unit that would work properly right out of the box. I bought a JVC KDR-610 at the same time so I received the adaptor at half-price. I'm not sure I would have paid full price for it.
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1 out of 5

Stay Away!

Written By Benjamin, Cumming, GA on Sunday, August 30, 2009
 
I drive a 2005 Honda Accord and I really, really wanted to like this kit but it drove me crazy!!! First the knobs on the fan and temperature control would pop off almost every time they were used. Second the computer control for the A/C would constantly cycle the temperature and fan on the car's A/C. Apparently this is to keep the A/C from freezing but it's much more noticeable than the computer control from Honda. Lastly, when using the knobs to control temperature, the knob would "skip" over the notches. I would have to turn the knob up, then down, then up etc. to have the knob engage the notches that actually control the temperature dial.

I finally ripped this unit out and tossed it in the trash where it belongs. I used another company's kit to mount an aftermarket radio below the factory unit. I left the factory unit connected to the A/C controls and used the aftermarket radio for music. I spliced the aftermarket speaker wires into the factory wires and just disconnected the speaker wires from the factory unit. The factory unit still turns on, but no sound comes out.

Just in case you're wondering, I returned the unit to the factory when I first purchased it and the one they sent me had all the same problems as the original.
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1 out of 5

Tried Two Units, Both Malfunctioned

Written By Dan, Madison, WI on Friday, August 21, 2009
 
I initially installed this adapter in my 2005 Honda Accord about 3 years ago. It worked great and had a decent appearance despite the somewhat cheap-looking exterior, buttons, and dials.

However, about 6 months after installing it, the unit began to malfunction. Periodically, all the lights would come on, the unit would turn on the heat at full blast, and there was no way to turn it off! Disconnecting the car battery was a temporary fix, but within a day or two, it would start doing the same thing again. It was still under warranty, so Crutchfield kindly replaced it with another one free of charge.

This time, it worked great for about 2 years. But sure enough, a couple weeks ago, I started my car and the unit simply wouldn't function. There was power to the radio, but all the climate control buttons and dials wouldn't function at all. I took the car to my dealer to confirm all the fuses were working properly, which they were. I swapped it out for the factory unit, and sure enough, that one worked fine, proving it was once again an issue with this adapter.

I have now switched to the adapter that keeps the factory radio and climate control unit intact and replaces the storage compartment beneath it. I'm quite satisfied with that one.

I can only assume there are substantial manufacturing problems with these devices. It's simply not safe to be driving with the risk of the climate controls--including the defroster--suddenly ceasing to function and blasting heat at you.
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3 out of 5

Keeping it given there's no other solution

Written By cavig5, Maryland on Saturday, August 08, 2009
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What to say?

The first adapter I installed ran the heat full blast all the time. Crutchfield was great and sent me another unit right away. On that unit the trim fit was so poor that the "Max AC" button was always depressed and I couldn't operate the unit. I put some bits of Popsicle sticks in as spacers and moved on. I hope they stay put.

Once I could use it I found this unit was a little tamer but still ran the heat. After sweating through a two week road trip I called Crutchfield again and it seems in the interim other people had had the same problem and Crutchfield had identified a solution with Metra. You can pull the heating knob off and turn a ring to offset the heat control. I guess Metra sent out a batch of adapters without setting them up properly. With that adjustment (and my Popsicle sticks) the unit works.

The finish overall is more Kia than Honda.

If there were any other solution I'd try it but at the end of the day this thing is working well enough that I'd rather keep it than throw out my new radio and put the factory unit back in.
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4 out of 5

does the job

Written By Gianni, Georgia on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
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I had this thing professionally installed in my 2007 Honda Accord VP and so far, I like it. I like the look of it, even if it is a small shade darker than the rest of the dash. The knobs on my adapter aren't loose, but you have to adjust the knobs if you want to reach the coldest temp or the hottest temp, which really isn't a problem for me.

And the arrows on the knobs do not light up, I'm just saying this so others will know. It is not a problem for me whatsoever, because I can simply turn on the light to adjust the wind speed and temperature I want.
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3 out of 5

Does the job

Written By VMan, Harrisburg, PA on Monday, June 22, 2009
 
I have mixed feelings on this product (like most people it seems).
The negatives
1. Is cheaply made (buttons, knobs, lights, are not as good as factory)
2. Color doesn't quite match, but not easily noticeable
3. The little marks on the outer ring of the temperature and wind speed knobs that usually light up at night to tell you where it is set does not light up and you cannot see where the setting is at night.
4. Requires some modification being that it is cheaply made
The mods I made are
A) added scotch tape on the inside of the two control knobs for temperature and wind speed. This was needed to prevent the knobs from falling off so easy as well as to make the knobs grip better so when they are turned they won't slide without changing the setting. This worked surprisingly well and I recommend everyone that has this issue try this.
B) I had to wedge a plastic piece by the screws in the back to stop the A/C from coming on when a little pressure is applied to the area beside the A/C button

The positives
1. Does the job
2. Fits perfectly
3. Functions perfectly
2. Allows for install of aftermarket stereo with use of pocket underneath

Would I do it again?
Yes, because the only other option requires me to leave the factory stereo installed and takes away the useful pocket.

I hope this review helps at least one person on deciding which option to choose, because I know it took me a long time to decide.
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1 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Jennifer, Beaver Dam,WI on Monday, June 22, 2009
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I can't belive no one has come up with a better option! The stickers weren't even lined up correctly, my AC turns on when I turn on the defrost, and it dosn't match the interior texture. Everything looks so cheap, people would pay alot more for something of better quality but it's just not out there. Now I'm out the money for the install. I'll be returining it!!! Just keep your factory deck and buy a clean sweep!
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4 out of 5

Very pleased, but a few notes

Written By DS, Columbia, MD on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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I feared the worst after seeing the reviews but was very pleased to find that the criticism was overblown. I don't know whether the reviewers on here are just nitpicky or whether Metra has upgraded the adapter since those were written, but either way the adapter is very good. The fit is perfect, the knobs are solid, and the plastic seems to be actually HIGHER gauge than the factory piece, so it did not feel "cheap" at all. Also, the climate control functions all worked perfectly right away. Also keep in mind that you get this for half price with purchase of a stereo. That being said, there are a few CONS, which is why I didn't rate this a 5-star:

1. It was not an easy install, and the Metra instructions are LAME. Most notably, you have to fiddle with it to attach it properly because if it's wedged in wrong, the buttons seem to be under "pressure" and won't work.

2. The round contour of the adapter makes it really hard to install a flip-face stereo because the adapter design requires it to be mounted slightly recessed, leaving no room for the flip-down motion. This caused a major install headache. I had to jury-rig a solution where I tacked the stereo into the DIN cage with a couple of my own screws so that it sat a good quarter- inch proud off the surface. It worked fine in the end but if I had it to do again I'd have chosen a static-face stereo.

3. Black color of the adapter is a half-shade darker than the adjacent trimwork - probably due to sun fading.
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3 out of 5

Better than the Alternatives...

Written By Kevin, Fort Collins, CO on Monday, May 25, 2009
 
Bought this because I didn't want to replace the factory pocket it my dash and
lose that functionality. Contrary to what the description says, this thing stands
out quite a bit from the rest of the dash. It is not the same color, and I couldn't
quite get it to fit perfectly in the dash. I'm not sure what the other reviewers
are talking about when it comes to switching out the knobs from the factory
knobs for the knobs on this unit, I couldn't get them to fit. The reason for this
is that the knobs on the Metra are not backlit, so at night it is impossible to tell
what temp the air is set to or how high up the fan setting is. Also, it seems to
like to have the A/C on when you set it to the defroster setting which is odd,
but doesn't seem to cause a problem.

Overall, this thing works, and I can overlook the shortcomings because it allows
me to have an aftermarket stereo right in my line of sight... but I really wish
someone would make a quality adapter for this purpose, I would pay more if
there was an option.
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1 out of 5

Dissapointed

Written By Bo, Boston, MA on Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Product looked good on the website and I was really looking forward to installing it. When it came in I notice that the plastic was very cheap & the control knobs for the climate control were of very poor worksmanship. The product installed ok but looked & feel cheap!! For this price I expected a little better quality!! It took about a week for the knobs to come off after going over a speed bump??? Then had problems with my climate controls?, so I got the duel climate control to single adapter!! It still performed very poorly! I was very upset & unistalled the kit & put back my stock radio. I Went with a lower Bracket kit instead, works but not happy. Wish some company would make same kit but of better quality, its a same because it was a great idea. Don't waste your time or money. Dissapointed in Boston...
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1 out of 5

Cheaply Made!

Written By Brad, Buffalo, NY on Thursday, February 26, 2009
 
I bought this almost a year and a half ago, and for the last year and a half
it was cheaply made and had all the same problems as described by
everyone else, but it still worked for the purpose.
Now it got a lot worse the fan speed and temperature controls sometimes
choose not to work. And when the fan speed does work, it only work on
the highest setting which gets annoying.

And living in Buffalo, NY makes for a very cold January and February.
Some company has to come out with a better quality alternative, it is much
overdue!

I wouldn't buy again!
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2 out of 5

Cheap but Works

Written By doyle, Houston, TX on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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I bought this item after reading the reviews, so I knew what to expect. Those that say it looks cheap are correct. One of the knobs was half-off when I took it out of the box. But they snap back in. I bought a receiver with a flip out screen, which takes the focus away from the adapter. Also, there is really no alternative. If you're not going to get a fancy receiver, I would stick with the factory radio and try using ipod adapters and such.
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2 out of 5

Surprised Crutchfield sells this

Written By Gary, Dayton, OH on Thursday, February 12, 2009
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I know this is a specialized item, but considering the pricetag, it's really poorly made and a bad fit. Seems like it was designed and made without actually TRYING to install one in a car... I'll now wait for the knobs to fall off as other reviewers have mentioned.

Maybe Crutchfield can start making their own that actually live up to the Crutchfield quality reputation.
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3 out of 5

Alright

Written By snareguy, Roseville, CA on Sunday, February 08, 2009
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Its a decent product. Way too much money for this quality though. If you look at the picture; the three defrost buttons and the max AC button didn't work when i first got the adapter. But I got them to work.

First; take off the back 6 screws and file down the plastic edges. make sure you don't scratch the face. the edge presses down on the button when the screws are tightened and this fixed one of the buttons. I filed around all the buttons for safety. make sure the top three buttons are working when the faceplate is tight.

Second; when you install the adapter, the way the car is built, the face plate will push against the bottom buttons. Find some small round pads that are used in doorjambs and on the bottom of chairs to make them quieter/not scratch. stick a few of these together and place it in between the faceplate and the car. when you are installing you'll see what I'm talking about.

I should also mention the nobs' lights don't work because of the cheap design. Whoever said to change them are brilliant. Take off the twisty nobs, then take off the center nob that tells you how high the fan is/how hot or cold the air is. if you pull straight back it'll pop right off. then do the same on the stock model. use the kit's twist nobs and the car's centerpiece.

Its a little bit of work but i have no problems with it now.
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2 out of 5

Honda?

Written By Paul, Houston TX on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Everyone is right! The knobs fall off and the switches feel cheap.
This would feel right at home in a GM car but for a Honda owner it is very
low quality. The problem is no one makes any other.
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1 out of 5

WARNING!!!!

Written By Monic, Torrance, California on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
 
I bought this product for my 2007 honda accord, i wish i believe on other people says about this kit. The knobs fall off and it looks so cheap, I have a problem on my AC, the control didn't function properly and when you set the air flow, the control didn't give you what you want where the airflow you want. I always modified my stereo on every car i have and don't have any problem, this is the worst product i saw on the aftermarket kit. I buy this and the quality was so bad, i wish there is other alternative in the market that i can used even a little bit expensive..... please don't buy this product and you will just gonna be disappointed.
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4 out of 5

Did the job

Written By JTFM, Long Valley, NJ on Saturday, September 27, 2008
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The stereo on my 2003 Accord LX died, so I had to do something. A replacement OEM unit would have meant big bucks. I wanted to upgrade the stereo so I could use a thumb drive, i-pod, etc. but never got around to it. Now I had to do something, so I went for it.

I have never put anything like this in before, but was able to do this install without much trouble. I was concerned when I read a lot of negative reviews, but decided to go for it. Yes, it is a not as stiff as the original equipment, but it is fully functional and I have had no problems with it. The important thing to me is that the stereo is where I want it. I can't imagine hanging a radio in the storage area underneath is a better alternative.
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2 out of 5

Can it get any worse?

Written By Mike, Florida on Monday, July 14, 2008
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I wish I would have read the reviews first. Just like every one says the quality leaves a ton to be desired! The knobs are the absolute worst! It mounts in pretty good but looks cheep compaired to the factory one. I'm going to keep it only because I have it mounted in the car and don't want go through the mounting process again. I don't know what the other person was talkng about with the rattles, no rattles here. The radio fit nice and tight just as it should. I love the radio I bought it is fantastic but that is another story. My advice is to NOT purchase this unit get the generic mounting kit you'll be much happier.
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2 out of 5

Dissapointed

Written By Richard, Round Rock, Texas on Friday, July 04, 2008
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I just installed this device and installation was a snap. Everything mounted in as designed.

The quality of the part leaves a bit to be desired. It is a bit flimsy and the control knobs fall off like everyone says. It seams that the problem is that the panel flexes when installed and it puts pressure on the control knobs.

On the flip side I am enjoying my stereo. I am just feeling like I spent a bit much for what I got.
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3 out of 5

Less than expected for the price

Written By Mike, Naperville, IL on Sunday, May 18, 2008
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As the other reviewers say, the fan and temp knobs are cheap. I have yet to try and replace them with the factory knobs, but I will. You cannot see what setting your fan and temp is set to as the current possition indicator isn't illuminated.

With the ammount of space availble, they could have easily supported 2 din slots. I would have liked a second slot since the hd add on for my head unit is a whole nother din slot. They could have put a cd holder or something in the extra space. The overall effect in the end is that it look lacking and cheap. How about a clock at least if not a second din slot?

I agree that the orange led's are too bright and harsh on the defroster buttons. So far all my buttons are working though. For some reason Honda uses two bolts for the "screws" under the unit. This unit does not have the approproate holes for these bolts to even screw into. You can get two screws for it, but it's not worth it in my opinion.

You cannot use the face plate border that comes with your stereo. Instead, you have to use this drab black one that comes with it. The drab one leaves a 2mm gap all round your head unit and the entire head unit is ressessed about 3mm. It makes it annoying to push buttons or push the face plate down if you have a cd changer behind it.
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3 out of 5

Works, but ...

Written By Jason, Odenton, MD on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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This panel worked as
advertised. But I
was dissatisfied
with the appearance
and quality of the
workmanship.

I found the overall
quality to be cheap.
The scales for the
fan and temperature
controls were
decals, with the
alignment marks
showing. The buttons
don't match the
background color of
the rest of the
panel (the stock
panel does). Also,
the LED's and lights
are dimmer than the
stock panel, and the
LED's aren't flush
with the front of
the panel. Worse
still was the loose
fit of the stereo
and the rattles that
accompany it. It
seemed that the
temperature controls
didn't scale like
the stock
temperature controls
did (halfway between
blue and red on this
panel was producing
cooler air than the
stock).

I returned this unit
along with my head
unit, and I think
I'll be getting the
free kit next time.
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3 out of 5

Mediocre, but no other options

Written By Todd, Cumberland, RI on Saturday, February 16, 2008
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I read the other reviews on this product and was skeptical of its quality. I purchased since there was only one other (partial) choice for my car. Like others have written, the product matches the factory interior. It has a nice fit and is pretty easy to wire. Also like others have written, my AC button does not work, the knobs are cheap and slide off easily. I will add that the standard green LEDs are fine, but the orange LED used for rear defrost, recirc and front windhsield are way too bright for night driving. Overall the product is OK and will probably keep getting purchased since there aren't any good alternatives.
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3 out of 5

Mixed Emotions, Part I

Written By Fred, Hampstead, MD on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
 
All things considered, this kit has worked out for me. I just used it to install a receiver into my '04 sedan. But when I was initially inspecting this thing after receiving it, I got the impression it was poor quality. And essentially it is. Here's the novel that explains why.



Right off the bat, I noticed the rings for the fan level knob and the temperature knob were assembled upside down so the pointers on the rings were about 180° opposite where they were supposed to be. This was an easy fix since the rings snap on and off, and it was just the error of someone on an assembly line. As with all things brand new, I'm usually reluctant to go prying pieces off when there's the chance I'll actually break them off. But a deep breath is all it takes.



The graphics on the faces of the knobs are actually decals - printed translucent plastic with adhesive on the backside from what I could tell. To make life easier for assembly line guys, the manufacturer cut notches out of each decal which line up with molded notches on the face of the knob. This makes for a much less clean look than the original Honda controls. It also didn't help that my decals were friggin' crooked. Just another example of poor quality control.



Since the Gods at Crutchfield limit the length of this review, look for part II.
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4 out of 5

Well worth it for half off...

Written By Msletten, Saint Jacob, IL on Monday, November 26, 2007
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I didn't find this item to be cheap or chintzy as some other reviewers did, but it could be improved.

First, the reviewer who mentioned replacing the control knobs that come with the kit with those from the factory controls is a genius! To clarify: the outer portion of the control knob has a small mark that is supposed to illuminate at night so you can see where you have it set. The sides of the inner piece are supposed to be transparant to let light thru and illuminate the mark on the outer knob. The face of the inner piece (the part that you can see with the outer portion of the knob in place) is illuminated to show what the control is for, but it has a filter to dim the light coming thru. The inner piece that comes with the Metra unit is not transparent.

You can, however, use the inner pieces from the factory controls in the Metra unit. Simply pull off the outer portion of the control knob, then give a good tug on the inner piece and it pops right out. Be sure to pull straight back and not to one side or the other -- it is plastic after all, you don't want to break it.

Second, you can make the colors all match by pulling the filter off the inside of the factory fan adjust knob. The red plastic disc comes out very easily if you pry one side with an exacto knife or other sharp, thin blade. Once out, replace it with a piece of thick white paper (if you don't the light coming thru the knob is too brite).

Other than this, the item is just as described. The factory wiring harness terminates with a plug which connects directly to the back of the unit, no splicing required! As specified in the instructions, the orange wire connects to the orange wire on the factory radio plug -- it supplies power for illumination. Use the wire off the factory radio harness because it powers on/off with the headlights.

After programming the unit as described in the instructions all the buttons worked as they should -- I carefully checked all the controls to make sure the heater/defroster/vent controls switch as they should.

I didn't find the illumination to be either too dim or too brite.

Because of the extra work in making the knobs work I can't give the unit a 5-star rating, but it does match the rest of the dash nicely, and all the switches work -- for half off (if you buy with another item I guess) it's well worth it!
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3 out of 5

Less of two evils

Written By Jonathan, Baltimore, MD on Monday, August 27, 2007
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I have tried both options for mounting my aftermarket headunit in my 2007 Honda Accord. While neither option impresses me completely, this kit (at least to me) is the better choice. The kit which replaces the "cubby" below the radio is a good idea, but is of poor quality and rattles terribly without modification by the user.

Here is my Take on this kit:
Pros:
- Solidly Secures the radio in the dash in a much easier to see position.
- LEDs are plenty bright for me, but knobs arent lit like factory.
- Does match color and texture of dash
- Better fit then the cubby it
- Does not Rattle at all!
- get to keep my cubby for storage
Cons:
- Max AC button did not work out of the box (Would not depress and release). I had to remove the face from the unit and adjust some screws to get everything to work correctly.
- Knobs are not completely backlit!
- Large ugly gap around the head unit if you use the DIN mouting sleeve. If you mount using the ISO brackets this is covered.
- Head Unit is recessed about 1/2 inch in the moutning hole, which for me is a problem for my fold down face. May actually be a good thing on some applications, but not for me and the layout of my stereo (Alpine 9887).
- overpriced even with a discount
- Two bolts under the radio would not tighten because of flimsy metal clips. Fortunately they are not required for the radio to stay firmly in place.
- Mine doesnt line up correctly with the contour of the dash on the driver side of the radio. Passenger side is almost perfectly aligned.

All in all, it does what I expected. If you want it perfect, a custom build is the only option.
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3 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By William, California on Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Got this item only because i was able to get it half off. The material is kind of cheap and i noticed it warps a little when it gets really hot. The hot/cold knob gets loose a lot when the whole thing warps. If you are thinking of buying this i suggest u wait for a better kit to come out because this is definetely not worth 150 bucks. Oh and if u do get this unit in order for it to work properly u will have to hold down the a/c button until it blinks and for coupes u have to hold down the rear defrost button until it blinks.
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2 out of 5

Product functionally works but if I could do over I would not buy this

Written By David, Raleigh NC on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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The Metra heating/air controls adapter functionally works however you can tell it is cheaply made. Mainly because when the outside temp gets up to about 90-95 degrees the dials on the controls tend to come loose and fall off. If I had known this before hand I would have stuck with the factory radio.
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3 out of 5

Could be better quality

Written By Michael, CA on Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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I got this to put in my 07 accord sedan because I didn't want to lose my cubby when installing an aftermarket stereo.

It was pretty simple to install once I stared at it for a while. The reason why I gave it a low rating is because it does not line up completely flush with the rest of the trim and it seems to be made of poor quality materials. The air control knobs are very loose and will fall of if you are not careful. These are minor things, but I would expect the product to be better engineered, especially considering its price - even with Crutchfield's half off price.

Overall, I am satisfied. It does what I bought it to do. But it could be much better.
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4 out of 5

Honda Accord Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Nathan, San Diego, CA on Saturday, June 09, 2007
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I purchased this for my 2006 Honda Accord LX to go along with my JVC KD-NX5000. The JVC KD-NX5000 is slightly too big to add the trim that would go around so there is a gap around the display unit. Unfortually I can’t add my picture or email address for a visual. Everything works great just wish the trim would fit to make it look like a cleaner look. The backlight (dim) on the buttons is very weak, I don’t drive at night much so not a big deal for me.
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4 out of 5

Overall Good product.

Written By Thao, Biloxi, MS on Friday, May 25, 2007
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I had this kit professionally installed in my 2004 Honda Accord EX. I had the Kenwood KVT-617DVD flip out. It looks great. My Accord had the dual zone climate control so I had to buy the wiring harness from Metra that would convert dual to single zone. The kit looks like it came straight from the Honda factory. I wish that Metra spent more time in designing the kit as far as quality goes. The buttons are too dim. The buttons look like cheap quality. I pushed the buttons down and it looks as if they would get pushed all the way in. I fixed that problem by tightening the screws in the back of the kit. The only problem I had is that the A/C doesn't turn off. I turned the fan control knob all the way to the left but the A/C is still blowing very lightly. The guy at the shop said it was suppose to do that. After the install was done, I got in the car and started it up and turned the A/c on. The two vents on the left were blowing cold and the two vents on the right were blowing hot. I thought something major was wrong but all I had to do was program the kit by holding down the A/C button for 5 seconds. It worked fine after that. Overall this is a good kit.
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5 out of 5

Exactly what I was looking for

Written By Mindy, Tampa Bay, FL on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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I have an 07 Honda Accord LX Coupe. I bought this product and then purchased my radio. This did exactly what I wanted, and I've had no problems whatsoever. All my buttons work perfectly and I've got no complaints. After reading through the reviews it looks like some were reviewing the product AND the ease of installation. I can tell you the product is great, but can't vouch for installation.
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4 out of 5

Self Installed

Written By Sherbahn, South Carolina on Sunday, December 31, 2006
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I have a 2006 Accord, just got a Sony MEX-1GP to put in it and decided to go with the Metra adaptor so I wouldn't loose my cubby-hole box below the dash.

My experience was pretty good, I installed it all myself...this took me about 6 hours, the instructions don't tell you that the orange wire goes to "illumination" and is required to light the knobs. The LEDs on mine are plenty bright...not a problem.

I think this option is better than leaving the old unit in...everything works as advertised so far, I'm satisfied this was a good choice.
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4 out of 5

Almost Perfect

Written By Kevin, Syracuse, NY on Friday, December 29, 2006
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I recieved this kit for xmas to put my new kenwood ez700 sr into my 03 honda accord. I had it professionally installed and I can say that the positives outweigh the negatives here. The kit blends seamlessly with the rest of the interior, functionality of the climate control is good, and my deck looks as if it were put there by honda themselves.

The backlighting on this kit is EXTREMELY DIM, as was noted by some previous posters. In fact, I could not tell if it was lit at all or not until I adjusted the dash lighting. If I turn my speedometer display lights all the way down so that they are dim but visible, the kit will light up reasonably well. So it is a give and take.

All in all I am pleased with this kit. It gives me the option to install an aftermarket kit without losing the lower pocket and having the hassel of having two seperate radios in one car.
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3 out of 5

Good and Bad

Written By Nate, Nashville, TN on Thursday, November 02, 2006
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To be honest, I was pretty reluctant to get the product after reading the reviews and even after buying and installing it, I'm still not sure.

When I received the box and took the product out, the knob for the fan speed fell off, so instantly I thought this thing was garbage. I got the knob back on and inspected the rest and it seemed fine.

When I put it in the car, the rear defrost was stuck down and would not turn off. I took it apart and the button was pressing too hard on the switch keeping it closed, so I bent the plastic out to get the pressure off. It works fine so far.

When I got that back in, the Max A/C button and the Defrost button kept coming on. Same problem. Too much pressure from the back plate, so I loosened the screws some and put it back in.

After installing, only half of the buttons would function properly, so I called tech. support and they said I needed to program it by holding down the A/C button for a few seconds. I didn't see it anywhere in the instructions that I needed to do that.

Now, it's installed and I have Satellite and iPod capabilities. I'm thrilled that I have countless hours of music, but it's going to take a long time for me to trust this thing if it holds out.

Oh yeah, swapping the knobs and middle parts of the fan and heat selectors was a great idea! All in all, great product, but it's the little things that count!
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4 out of 5

Pretty good but not perfect

Written By James, Haddonfield, NJ on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
 
This kit looks pretty nice, but like the another reviewer mentioned, the instructions are a little lacking (they don't even mention what red wire is for). Also, the buttons light up, but are very dim compared to stock. The knobs for temperature and wind speed light up, but the little indicator line that tells you where the knob is set does not light up. Because of this, it makes it hard to adjust the AC at night (you have to kind of guess what your doing). Other than that this thing is pretty sweet. If they had put a little more effort into the engineering, this would be a perfect product.
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2 out of 5

So-So

Written By Shaun, Orange CA on Monday, August 29, 2005
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Not for me. Climate controls didn't work right. Lights are green when all else in the car are orange Good product but needs more engineering. I went back to stock after 3 days.
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3 out of 5

Pretty Good

Written By Patrick, Orlando FL on Sunday, August 14, 2005
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This is a perfect fit for my new '05 accord lx. The Instruction made the job really simple to install.

Problems. This lights on the system are pretty dull compaired to the original. The instructions did not note the orange wire used illuminate the controls when the headlights are turned on(I knew what it was for, but searching through the documents to make sure, but there was no reference.)

Also, the a/c controls look like the dial lights up, but it doesn't. I had to replace the solid black center peices with the transparent pieces from the original car part.

One last thing, the picture on the box shows the a/c dials to look exactly the same as on the original. This is not true, the cold/hot dial was much different.

Well, It fit perfect, was easy to install, and worked like expected. But overall, I feel a little missled about the appearance of the product.
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5 out of 5

I Life Saver

Written By Floyd, Shreveport, LA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005
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This was just what I was searching for after I bought my 2004 Honda Accord LX. The Sales Manager at the dealership told me that, the only way that I could make a CD changer and MP3 player work in my car was to buy one from them. Pricing around $700-800. This adaptor saved me alot of money and time. And with the instructions manual that Crutchfield sent me along with it, I was able to install it myself within a couple of hours. Now I can play CDs,CD-R,CD-RW,& MP3s on my JVC deck,and I also have a 12disc CD changer w/remote. Endless music at the touch of a finger.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By mr_creeper_98, Houston, Tx on Sunday, May 15, 2005
 
It makes my life easier now that I'm able to play mp3 in my new panasonic receiver After market I installed this adapter for my 2005 Honda Accord coupe.
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