Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter
2014 Ram 2500
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The ASWC-1 adapter from Axxess allows you to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to almost any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and more. (Note: your new stereo must have a 3.5mm steering wheel control or wired remote control input.)
Installation is a straightforward process. You usually have to connect a few wires to your factory wiring. In most cases, the adapter automatically recognizes the vehicle it's been connected to. If not, you can manually program the adapter for your vehicle by following a step-by-step process with LED confirmation. Once connected, the adapter's memory retains its programming even if battery power is interrupted. A USB slot allows you keep the ASWC-1 current when updates become available. Warranty: 1 year.
Installation Note: This adapter will not retain your vehicle's factory Bluetooth functionality. Please identify your vehicle or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the ASWC-1 adapter is compatible with your vehicle.
Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a Metra Axxess OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this Axxess ASWC-1 adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. Axxess does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.
Anonymous, Findlay, OH
Average Customer Review(s):
I'm going to assume the second one they send me works. It was easy to program and steering wheel controls worked like they were suppose to. You can also change what the buttons control, which is cool. Problem is that every time I turned off the vehicle the unit reset and I had to reprogram it. Crutchfield is replacing it.
Pros: Can reset steering wheel buttons to do different commands.
Cons: Hopefully this is a fluke that it resets every time the vehicle is shut down.
- I double and triple checked that the wires I needed (Pink and Blue/Pink) were in connected to their corresponding wires and it still would not work. - Pressing down on my SYNC paddle caused my head unit to turn off completely. - The only thing that I was able to get was the "volume up button" (only after looking at some threads that I would have to make sure I was in the "SYNC Line In" mode) but no other buttons.
Pros: Came pre-wired in my wiring harness
Cons: Would not work after multiple attempts Shut off my Head Unit after pressing "SYNC" paddleCrutchfield response on November 30, 2016 Denis, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If the problem continues, please just reach back out to our tech support team. They can help either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Worked great immediately did not have to do anything extra except update firmware first. HU is Pioneer 380BHS
Pros: No fuss
Cons: The voice recognition button on the steering wheel didn't work. Did not bother to program it manually
Easy install. DIY saved me $200 over the stereo shop. I was prepared to call Crutchfield or assistance but found a great video on-line that walked me through it
Pros: Ease of installation, self-programming
Cons: Installation manual too vague
Easy to install and pair with vehicle. Really enjoy that I am able to use the steering wheel functions with my new Pioneer stereo.
Pros: Only applied three wires for my vehicle. Instructions were spot on.
Cons: No issues
Installed this in a 2013 Impreza with a Pioneer Radio. The volume and channel changer worked on the steering wheel, but the call and voice buttons didn't. I have to go through the radio to make calls. No big deal. I rarely used those buttons anyways. To keep the volume and channel changer on the steering wheel was worth the cost.
Works like a charm in my Pilot. Very easy set up. The hardest part about swapping the radios, was getting the dash trim out.
Overall fairly easy to install, but a little complex. Instructions in box weren't complete, so I had to get more online. Not a huge problem, but was slow going back and forth making sure I was following correct instructions.
i really don't know how to rate this item because it did not link to my 03 Dodge Ram 1500 sLT steering wheel. i'm sure that this product works for other vehicles but since i lost money on it, i can only give it a two star rating. BTW, a pro shop attempted the install with a consult from the radio producer.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 17, 2016 Whenever you need assistance with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
works perfectly in an NC mazda miata! simply hooked it up as instructed from the fit guide on the axxess website (instructions from crutchfield are generic and garbage. Get the vehicle specific from the axxess website.) and it worked flawlessly. just make sure to use good connectors. those crappy blue splice connectors that you can get at autozone and oreillys wont work. they dont give a good enough connection to the vehicle harness to be used. also keep in mind that you may have to splice wires depending on the vehicle.
Pros: auto programming easy install works perfectly
Cons: a bit bulky going behind the radio. need to route it into footwell can be difficult to understand a lot of extra wires crutchfield instructions for device are generic
I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL with Bose Audio/Bluetooth. I followed the bypass wiring in the trunk, verified it many times. Followed the wiring up front checked it many times. It would not autodetect the second wire. After checking and checking I finally manually programmed it which worked fine. So the wires were ok...but I would recommend that if you're having trouble go ahead and try the manual program first. :)
Pros: Plenty of wires, decent manuals
Cons: Tricky install
I installed this into a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with a Kenwood DDX373BT touchscreen head unit....it works perfectly. The support team with Crutchfield was awesome. I called them when it was time to wire the adapter and they let me know that only a few wires were required to use. They informed specifically which ones to use and which to ignore. I also had an issue with the initial setup and they walked me through the reset and setup phase. Works beautifully!!!
Works GREAT!!!!!!!! Wire colors matched.
This product did not work with my aftermarket head unit as advertised or as described in the instruction book. I called tech support and was just sent a page out of the instruction book. One that I had already tried. After that, I was referred to the head unit manufacturer who didn't even answer my inquiry.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 17, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 15, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get this adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Connection and programing were simple since the harness that came with the rest of my order was prewired.
Pros: Programed without issue works the same as the factory SWC.
Read the instructions, then call Crutchfield tech support. Don't waste a bunch of time trying to figure it out. Seems to work usually. It went weird on me once where the functions changed, but working again now. Once wired, recognized everything without programming. The instructions wanted me to solder into the factory harness. Instead, I was able to pull two unused pins from the adaptor, put in the correct spot and just use the adaptor. Glad I got this adaptor overall.
Pros: Worked the first time. Kept steering wheel controls.
Cons: Lousy instructions.
Works well. A little tough to set up, but the troubleshooting is very useful.
Great product. Excellent performance.
This installed and worked flawlessly in my 2001 Mercedes E320. Recognized both the car and the Kenwood head unit.
The Volume Goes down by itself after using it for 60 days without a problem, After going to local Car Audio Shop it wasnt the deck but the steering wheel control adapter went bad, went to Crutchfield online and seems to be Alot of people saying the same thing. Avoiding this i guess i will buy the PAC and try that one.
Pros: The specs and details on unit
Cons: The unit is only good for 60 days and lots of complaints about it lowering music by itself. Go with the PAC not the Metra.Crutchfield response on October 25, 2016 Our Customer Support team reached out to Mark to issue an apology and send out a replacement free of charge. If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, it's important to contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return or replacement within 60 days of purchase.
Installation was easy enough, programming was simple. They include way more wire length than most will probably need. It works great. My wife loves that she was able to retain her factory steering wheel controls.
Pros: It does what it is supposed to do without any hiccups. Included references are all you will need to get it working.
Cons: It felt a bit lighter than I anticipated, but I suppose it is just a tiny pcb in a black plastic box.
Works as advertised. No instructions for soundstream stereo, but tech support knew the answer right away. Was able to choose what the buttons did via the stereo, but that's a feature of the headunit.
Pros: I can use my steering wheel controls, easy setup
Cons: It won't make me eggs in the morning
Didn't have any problems hooking this up to my car and stereo. It didn't need any special configuration thankfully, but sometimes it misinterprets the input, and it feels like there is a bit of delay that didn't exist before (not a huge deal).
Pros: -Easy to connect in '02 Accord -Configured itself
Cons: -No options to change what the buttons do, which could be a problem for others -Slight delay between button press and stereo response
Works as described with minimal effort
This is a replacement of the 1st generation ASWC. It was easy to install.
This device is a smart way to preserve the steering wheel controls when installing an aftermarket stereo. It was fairly easy to connect and program (it did most of the programming by itself). So far it works just like it was designed. I initially had a few glitches when using the radio and changing the volume. On occasion it'd change the preset station instead. A re-programing seemed to fix the issue, but only time will tell if it fixed it 100%. It works great for all other options (CD, Pandora, Bluetooth audio, etc.).
Works as advertised
This was the first install I've done where I kept the steering wheel controls...and though I was a little nervous about how difficult it might be to program it to recognize the car and the stereo, it turned out to be extremely easy! The wiring was the toughest part and that was no big deal at all. Will definitely use this again.
Pros: Programming was a non-issue...did everything on its own.
Cons: Con? Can't think of any.
Took a few tries to get it to work but it does work as advertised.
This product works well - overall I'm satisfied.
Pros: Functions as advertised
Cons: Installation instructions were very confusing.
Easy to install and setup. Perfect for retaining my factory controls.
Very easy to use and install!!!
Pros: Simple plug and play
Recently had this professionally installed along with my new Pioneer double din head unit. Works flawlessly!
04 Toyota Sienna This unit is better than the Crux unit it replaced. I can crawl channels and seek presets in Sirius/XM now, couldn't seek before. I can also toggle between sources, Crux unit would turn power off when I tried that. After soldering the power and ground, I plugged the other 2 harnesses in and the unit did it's own interface thing and we were good to go! One of the easier steps in this whole process...
Pros: auto interfaced for me
Cons: more soldering
Worked great in my 2007 Volvo S60 when I upgraded to the pioneer radio. While instructions were thorough I still had to call tech support on a Sunday. Only waited a minute and the guy was great! Hit me squared away in just a few minutes.
Pros: Great tech support experience
Does what it claims. On 04 Pathfinder clip off factory white plug connect two wires and ground the third.
Cons: needs better model specific notes
Plug & Play easy .... Go to website ... Find your vehicle ... Print out instructions ... Update the "brick" ... Follow w instructions to connect ... And boom-digity, steering wheel controls! Happy Wife equals Happy Life!!!
Pros: Easy install w/ a little common sense
Cons: None so far ...
Install instructions were a little tough to decipher, but I was able to figure it out. Had to call customer support when it still didn't work, and they walked me through a stereo setting that needed changed. On my vehicle it only seems to control the volume and mute buttons, but not the up/down button for changing tracks or radio stations.
Pros: operates the volume and mute controls.
Cons: Confusing instructions even after getting the model specific instruction sheet, and watching the video online. Customer support was invaluable.
It works as described, excellent product.
It connected right up the first time but when I disconnected it to get the wires straight in the back of the radio, It has not connected since. I have looked at the website to try to figure it out and have looked at many videos to find out why it will not connect but no help at all.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 20, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
works well with my Mazda MX5 and JVC stereo. had a few problems getting it to recognize the car, but customer tec service talked me thru step by step to get it properly programmed. Top notch tec support
Pros: works well with all steering wheel functions
Cons: may need tec support.... but they are great
The adapter was very easy to install in my 2008 Subaru Impreza STI. I'm using it with my Pioneer AVH-4200NEX and it works without any issues. All I had to do was connect it to two of the wires in the harness coming from the car and to the stereo itself through a 3.5mm connector.
Pros: Works like a charm!
Cons: I wish Metra had included a picture of the wiring harness connector like they have for other models. I found the correct wires, but I was a bit nervous since the drawing they included in the wiring instructions was not a good match to what the harness connector actually looks like.
Didn't work. Checked all wiring several times. Called tech support, didn't help. A waste of my money.
The installation and programming manual is awful. I have a 200 Pontiac Grand Prix and the following buttons on the steering wheel work: "Volume", "Seek", "Mute" "Play" (although it changes sources). The "AM/FM button" does nothing and apparantly can't be programmed. The "Preset" button is just another Seek up button and can't be re-programmed. Axxess technical support leaves a lot to be desired. I called them and the wait time said it was 1 minute. I was on hold for 20 minutes and then the call dropped. I had to call back and wait another 15 minutes. The rep I talked to was very curt and rude. He walked me through the programming steps and then when it didn't work just said "well, nothing I can do...guess that Kenwood doesn't recognize those commands." Pretty bummed.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 12, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This module was very simple to install and auto detected my vehicle and radio. Can't get much easier than that!!
Pros: Easy install
The install wasn't difficult, just had to splice into a couple of wires. Setting up the buttoms seemed like a huge pain and I couldn't figure it out for a long time. After pressing tons of random buttons, the reset button a hundred times, it somehow started to work. I don't know how, I never upgraded the firmware but it somehow figured itself out and now it works...except the bluetooth buttons. Bluetooth buttons still do not work but I like it that way because I hate accidentally pressing those buttons and calling someone.
Pros: Somehow started working correctly even though I didn't know exactly what I was doing. (Wiring was correct, the programming was confusing.)
Cons: Confusing as anything to setup and Bluetooth buttons do not work.
Didn't work in my 2005 Dodge Durango. I was able to configure the steering wheel buttons so am confident I installed/wired the Axxess unit correctly. However, once I turned on the engine I found my gas pedal completely unresponsive and my tachometer wildly oscillating. Unplugging the Axxess control module stopped the above issues. Had no choice but return the unit. BTW, second Axxess replacement unit supplied by Crutchfield exhibited the exact same problems.
Cons: Interfered with my car electronic controls: Gas pedal stopped working and tachometer wildly oscillated!
From the installation this items was the easiest to install make sure check the website for the wire you gonna use in my case I have a 2002 GMC Yukon Denali is on the plug is pin 14, after I power up the unit the ASWC-1 turn on and I press on the steering wheel the up volume button and it begin to detect the new radio unit it took like maybe no more than 3 minutes after that I was able to change tracks from the USB driver and mute and volume works flawlessly really nice indeed, the only thing I notice is that in my Yukon if I press "PROG" If I'm using the files from the USB storage device, it will go back to the first song from the USB driver not a big deal is all cool. Other options I have not try the blue tooth stuff yet I just fill up a USB driver with some tunes and Rock that out !
Pros: really easy to install you only need a few wires, black GND chassis, red to ignition switch, and the one indicated from the website to your vehicle
Cons: nah all good !
Determining which set of instructions to follow was a bit challenging. Having to upgrade the firmware on a new purchase doesn't seem right.
I don't know if it was my fault or the wiring harness diagram on the Axxess website, but thanks to Crutchfield tech support for answering my questions and emailing me photos and instructions, explaining what I was doing wrong. Originally, I couldn't get it to work properly. There is one sterring wheel button that doesn't work with the interface, but it's not important. All the other ones function flawlessly. I'm glad I purchased this with my Kenwood stereo. It's very convenient to have hands free control of the stereo. Nice product!
Pros: It works! Contact Crutchfield Tech Support If You Have Problems With The Install....They're Awesome!
Cons: I may have misinterpreted the wiring harness pin diagram on the Axxess website. But Crutchfield tech support was able to help me with a successful install! Make Sure You Call Crutchfield Tech Support For Help If You Have Problems!
This product worked great for about 10 days then just quit working. Now I will have to go back into the dash to try to figure out why...
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 5, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
Works great, install was easy.
Cons: Not tested on the 2015, need to download the 2014 modle for wire instructions.
Works as advertised. Instructions were a tad overwhelming, many extra unused wires lead to initial confusion. With some patience, (rare for me) it's all good.
Pros: Works as OEM
Cons: Initial confusion by many, many wires. Instructions were a bit overwhelming, but keep calm and install on.
Gave it a shot, but could not get it to work. Definitely bummed, as the stereo was a gift for my wife and I would have preferred for her to stay hands free. The directions were absolutely useless with respect to the wiring.
Cons: You're trying to get the car, this adapter, and the stereo to talk. Not easy.Crutchfield response on August 30, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Works great. Had a little trouble installing myself, but no big deal.
Stock/oem functionality for the win.
Pros: Keeps the steering wheel controls need i say more. bought in conjunction with the ch02 kit, and together they are brilliant.
Cons: Instructions that come with are a little overwhelming at first. if you buy it with the wiring harness kit it makes it easier to install.
Just perfect. Exactly what I need.
I am an novice installer. I needed a little help from Crutchfield. It only took a few minutes for them to point me in the right direction. I didn't want to give up the steering wheel controls when I put in the new stereo. This apparatus works flawlessly with my system.
Pros: easier to install than I originally thought worked properly the first time I tried it
Cons: The instructions weren't clear that this apparatus just plugged into the Axxess CHTO-02 and no wire splicing was necessary.
Super easy to program. Followed the instructions per the axxes website. Used in conjunction with Axxess GMOS-LAN-01 Wiring Interface and it eliminated several wiring connections being that you just plug the two together.
Installation instructions weren't very clear.
Pros: Works perfectly
Cons: Installation instructions we not very clear
Follow the instructions and call them when you get confused. I did and it was easy.
Easy to install. Match color for color, maybe one non color match but instructions inform you. Customer service is great!
Inexpensive, works perfectly right out of the box and super easy to install. It detected the truck and worked immediately. I programmed a few long button presses since I'm limited on buttons and that helped also. I did have trouble understanding the instructions on how to reprogram a button and gave up after trying many different interpretations - never was able to reprogram a button press, but I'm sure Crutchfield would have sorted it out if I called. It just wasn't that important so I didn't bother. I heartily recommend this product and Crutchfield. I don't shop anywhere else - the customer service is second to none.
Pros: Lowest priced option they had super easy to install Detects the vehicle by itself so no programming Fantastic customer support
Cons: The reprogramming instructions were vague
Could not get it to work in a 2013 Subaru Outback. Called the manufacturer three times, download new software, made new harness, separate ground wire nothing worked.
This unit worked for one try. When I took the key out of the ignition and tried again, no-go. I could never get it to auto or manually recognize my vehicle or radio, even after firmware update. I had to use tech support to find out which wires to connect and even then, it took them several minutes to pull up the schematics for my vehicle.
I'm not a professional installer, but this unit was fairly easy for me to connect between my 2001 Xterra and a modern Pioneer Double-DIN radio. I believe two things would have been very valuable to know ahead of installing it: 1> The unit can (should) be updated and programmed using a laptop and a USB micro B cable (very common cable used for cellphones, etc.) BEFORE sealing it up in the dash. 2> Without programming / updated the unit, the functions of my specific steering wheel controls were misplaced and mixed up, though functional.
Pros: Functions are there. Installation is easy.
Cons: Instructions really should emphasize that the unit should be programmed / updated for full and best functionality AND that the cable required for that update is a common USB micro-B cable.
Works just like the factory
Pros: Works well
Works well, had this professionally installed as my install days are over
Pros: Works and preserves steering wheel controls
Cons: Wasn't free Didn't install itself
WorkS well and easy to install.
Pros: Simple to install
Cons: Instructions are slightly confusing
It works, but it took me a while to get it right. My fault for not reading the instructions through completely before installing. One should be able to view the lights on the back of the unit when setting it up. I, unfortunately, installed it, closed up the dash, and could not see it. Had to set it up blindly. Great help from Crutchfield Tech Support, though. Was able to get it on second try. AGAIN, read the instructions through first.
Pros: Controls volume and station changing as it is supposed to do.
Cons: Does NOT connect or work the steering wheel controls for the phone. (I did not have that before, so it is no big deal.) Also, if it is not set up correctly, it will cause the radio to act a little funky. For example, it made my radio volume suddenly drop by about 1/3 and also change channel and display - all by itself! Once I got it set up correctly everything worked just fine.
Warning: If you own a 2008 Ford Edge SEL do not purchase this Axxess ASWC-1 unit. The presets/scan/seek buttons on the steering wheel will not function correctly. I had to return the unit for a new same unit and it still did not work. I called Crutchfield tech support which is the best that I know of and they were very helpful and recommended exchanging for a different unit. I called Axxess tech support and they were not that helpful. They blamed the unit not working because of the steering wheel buttons being bad. I had Ford replace my steering wheel control button switch and the Axxess unit still would not work. Axxess does not want to take the blame on their products. I finally called Crutchfield tech support back again and they recommended the "idatalink maestro SW" steering wheel control unit. So I did another exchange and the idatalink worked easily and flawlessly the very first time on my own hooking it up. I give idatalink 2 thumbs up for their tech support! I spent a total of about 9 hours on this entire project just to get my new JVC radio to work with the steering wheel controls. It was nothing but a huge headache as far as I'm concerned but I learned a valuable lesson and hope to save you the headaches. Do not buy the Axxess ASCW-1 for a 2008 Ford Edge SEL even though they claim it works! Crutchfield's tech support was very helpful!!
Pros: Crutchfield Tech Support
Cons: Axxess ASWC-1 is not compatible with all vehicles like they claimCrutchfield response on August 2, 2016 Because of Randy's review and perseverance, our vehicle integration buyer, Darren, pulled the Axxess steering wheel interface from several Ford Edge models and contacted Axxess, so they can investigate further.
I installed the Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (ASWC-1) with my new Kenwood DNX893S. The ASWC-1 allows me to use the factory radio control buttons on my steering wheel with new HU. The ASWC-1 has "auto-detect" that senses the steering wheel buttons and syncs them to the HU. It auto-detected my volume and channel up/down buttons and Mode button (toggles from radio, to SiriusXM, to Nav, etc.). My phone on-hook/off-hook buttons and Talk button (used with Bluetooth) did not auto-sync. A manual programming option exists, which I will try with these buttons. The ASWC-1 is "forgetting" its auto-detect settings from one car start to the next; the buttons work, then don't the next time the car is started. I must access the ASWC-1 inside the dash (remove trim bezel) and press its reset button to force a new auto-detect. Axxess tech support advised to ensure the ASWC-1 is directly grounded to the car chassis to eliminate changes in resistance from one car start to the next. I have it grounded with the HU, so I will separate the grounds and hope this corrects the problem. There is also a new firmware release. I will use the firmware updater utility from their website for this.
Pros: Allows me to use some of my factory steering wheel radio control buttons with my aftermarket head unit.
Cons: Not all steering wheel buttons auto-detected. Some problems with unit "forgetting" its auto-detect settings, which necessitated multiple manual resets. (May be due to incorrect grounding on my part. I will continue to troubleshoot. See "review" section for more details.)
It is fairly easy to install with the directions it comes with and the Crutchfield ones. It works very well. I did not need to update it for my '03 Ram 1500, but could see where other newer vehicles might require the new firmware. My only issue is that it doesn't work 100% of the time. There have been a couple times (very seldom) where the steering controls will not work with it. Usually they come back the next time I start the truck.
Pros: easy to hide easy to install
Cons: doesn't work 100% of the time
a little hard to get to the USB port on my control box. other than that is worked great in conjuction with my radio that I purchased and my town and country.
Pros: easy to install. functions work well.
Cons: difficulty getting the unit to register the car and radio. but once I figured out the instructions. it worked. needs a little better manual.
Once the product is installed and working properly, its great. I have my original steering wheel controls operating my new after-market JVC radio and iPhone (the "talk" button o the steering wheel fires up Siri on my iPhone.. neat!). I was disappointed that I had to cut into my vehicle's harness wiring to access some of the pins that were not included on the Wiring Harness that was sent to me. Other than that, it seems to working fine.
Pros: Integrates well with my steering wheel harness and JVC radio
Cons: I had to cut into my vehicle's harness wiring to access some of the pins that were not included on the Wiring Harness that was sent to me.
Great product, works flawlessly with my 2005 F350 and Kenwood DDX6902S. No programming/updating needed. Just splice it in and go. Not too difficult. You need to go on the company's website for installation instructions for your specific vehicle. Tip: For my vehicle's harness (Harness), the vehicle's steering wheel wire is pin #18. Unfortunately the supplied adapter (Adapter) that goes inbetween the Harness and the Kenwood does not have a wire in slot #18. Instead of cutting into the Harness, I just moved a spare Adapter pin/wire over to open Adapter slot #18 and connected the Axxess white/green wire to the relocated Adapter wire. All you need is a very small screwdriver to release and pull the red plate out of Adapter and then use the screwdriver to release the tab holding the extra pin/wire. The released wire can then be snapped into Adapter pin #18. Much easier to do than write about!
Pros: It works with very little installation effort.
Cons: Vehicle specific Instructions could be a little more detailed but they were sufficient. I didn't need the resistor but it is easy to lose when you open the packaging so be careful in case you need it. It is very small.
I can use the steering control , thank goodness, wiring can be tricky and intimidating, but with the help of crutchfield techs, it works
I bought this wondering "Why does this cost so much?", but I soon found that this adapter is awesome. I saves a ton of time and effort in installation and really does work great thanks to the auto-detection. The issue I had was with my newer Kenwood showing as a JVC. The documentation Crutchfield sent clearly stated that this is a known issue and they bolded the text that a 10-12K ohm resistor is needed for my radio during the programming phase. The only problem I had was that the document said the resistor was included, but I couldn't find it in the kit. A quick trip to the store sorted that out and my radio was properly detected in a snap.
Pros: Easy to install, good LED feedback, and works great.
Cons: The 10K ohm resistor either 1) wasn't in the package or 2) I lost it as I opened it (more likely). This was no fault of Crutchfield and was easily resolved.
Easy to install, but not easy to get it to work. I worked on getting it set up to work with my SUV (2004 Kia Sorento EX) off and on for a week. The Tech support from Crutchfield is great, they could not find out what the problem was, so Crutchfield sent me a whole new unit. I received the new unit reinstalled the new unit and it did the same thing as the old unit. So at this point I called AXXESS Tech support and with just a few steps the tech guy had it up and working in 5 mins. So why I'm letting you'll know this is while Crutchfield Tech Support is great, just call AXXESS Tech support with any problem with the ASWC-1 unit and you will save a lot of time.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Hard to set up and to get it to work right. I would have given it 5 stars if it was not so hard to get it to work.Crutchfield response on August 3, 2016 Thanks to Ron's comments, we're reaching out to Axxess for more training info to see how we can better help customers directly with the ASWC-1 steering wheel interface without having to go through two different tech support groups.
Work, but I havn't gotten it to work well yet. The up volume and up track change are glitchy and done work consistently. Additionally I lost a couple of functions after taking out the stock receiver. I am thinking some of my problems are due to programming issues (when you install it you have to program it to recognize your receiver). Overall it is better than not having use of the steering wheel controls, but I feel it could be better
Pros: Give you use of the steering wheel buttons
Cons: Buttons work inconsistently and have lost a couple of the functions from the factory setup.Crutchfield response on July 20, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Easy to install and allows all of the steering controls to work. Ive installed older ones and you had to program them, this one does it automatically. Awesome.
Pros: Steering wheel controls retained, easy to install, auto programming
Cons: Instructions could be written better
Works just as they said it would, I did have a problem figuring out which wires to hook up to, but Crutchfield was there to help like always!
Pros: No programming for this vehicle
Cons: Which wiring harness to choose to wire the three wires from the unit.
Based on previous success with another vehicle (VW Passat), I took the advice of Crutchfield and bought the steering wheel control module. After following all the diagrams from the head unit manufacture, Crutchfield and Axxess, I was able to connect the system. Thank goodness I did not crimp/shrink-wrap the connections, because as soon as I turned on the unit, the volume increased to the maximum. Any attempt to lower manually (on wheel or head unit) went back up to max as soon as the down button(s) were released. Checked out several boards (auto, axxess, and JVC/Kenwood), and it looks like there may be a wiring diagram problem. Decided the time to investigate was not worth it. Disconnected the adapter and successfully installed the head unit without steering wheel controls.
Pros: Instructions were thorough, if inaccurate. Easy to follow.
Cons: Wiring diagrams are not completely accurate. Volume uncontrollable.
I have used this item in the past with no problems. This time, I have not been able to install on my truck. The wiring instruction do not match the wire colors that I have available. I have been searching the Internet to no avail to find the correct diagram.
Pros: Good unit when working.
Cons: Wiring instruction not right for my vehicle.
I replaced the stock unit in my 2006 Mazda3 and wanted to keep the steering wheel controls. This box worked very well. The website had exact instructions for my car. I wired it up, turned the car and the stereo on, and this thing worked perfectly. I did spend some time on it because when I used the search buttons on the steering wheel it would search up through the frequencies instead of go from channel to channel the way I wanted it. Turns out that was an issue with the way the radio was set, not the ASWC-1. Once I set the radio correctly it works just exactly like I wanted it to. So if it doesn't seem to work you might make sure it's not the radio.
Pros: -Worked exactly the way I wanted out of the box.
Cons: -I can see where it might be a tight fit if you don't have a lot of space behind the dash. It's worth making sure you have the space for the control box to fit in.
Tried to install this product. Couldn't make it work. The instructions from the manufacturer don't match my vehicle. They say to run the control input to the left from speaker, and ground the radio power supply. That can't be right. Obviously they gave me the instructions for a different car. I can't find instructions that fit my car. Utterly useless.
Cons:Crutchfield response on July 11, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
For my vehicle it was plug and play. Bought with the Metra 99-7803 Dash and Wiring Kit. With this kit and it's included wiring harness it just plugs into the supplied harness and everything worked with no programming necessary. This is a must have to keep your steering wheel controls.
Pros: All steering wheel radio controls work with no programming necessary.
I'm a newbie to this and the automatic setup didn't seem to work at first. Spent a lot time figuring out the flashing LEDs and trying to manually set the radio type which was wrong based on the number of LED flashes. I think part of the problem may have been the radio was on. I turned the radio off at some point and everything seemed to auto detect fine and everything now works.
Pros: Should have been easy because it does the auto detection of the radio and wiring. Seems to be working fine now.
Cons: If having the radio off at some point makes a difference, that should be in the instructions. I had to go to the website to find the explanations of the flashing LEDs. If having the radio off doesn't matter, then some other magic happened along the way and I'll just consider myself lucky at this point.
Took half of my steering wheel options off air pressure mileage ect etc...
Cons: Took half of my car options off not what I wanted.Crutchfield response on July 11, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
When I saw all of the wires I was a little taken back wondering exactly what I'd gotten myself into. My concerns were unfounded once I followed their instructions, went on line and found the specific instructions for my car. The details were easy to follow, they had both written instructions and pictures of each step and the installation took a lot less time than I originally expected. Most importantly, the unit works perfect and all of the steering wheel control features that I had with my factory installed bose system, work with my new Alpine radio that I installed along with this unit.
Pros: Detailed easy to read instructions specific to your vehicle Self programming once initiated. Works exactly as advertised.
Cons: Unit has a lot of extra wires for different possible installs making it look a lot more complex to install along with having a lot of unused wires to tie off.
Took some time, and a couple of sets of eyes to understand how to wire this properly. Through no fault of this product, the separate adapter harness purchased at the same time was frustratingly missing 2 wires which would make installation a breeze. This meant we needed to either splice into the factory harness of a 1 week old car, or add pins ourselves to the harness. After getting past this, control adapter was automatically detected by the head unit, and controls work as expected.
Pros: Automatically configures itself to the vehicle and head unit. Restores factory wheel function.
Cons: A bit challenging to fully understand expected wiring.
I had to purchase this because I wanted my steering controls in my '98 Grand Prix to work with my new radio. So far I have not been able to figure out how to sync it with the radio (?) and the directions are extremely unclear. My dad has replaced 100s of radios without the problems we had with this adapter.
Pros: Fits my car
Cons: Hard to figure out
Attached instructions did not make sense. I did the install after Crutchfield had closed so no tech support available. It is wired correctly and I programmed it the way I was instructed (even after I spoke with Crutchfield again). The steering wheel now only will control volume up on my wheel. Cannot turn anything down. Junk.
Pros: Be great if it worked.
Cons: Doesn't work.Crutchfield response on June 29, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Very difficult to program once you get it programmed it works OK but the mute button doesn't actually mute the radio.
Pros: Volume and mode buttons work fine
Cons: Very difficult to program once you get it programmed it works OK but the mute button doesn't actually mute the radio.
Worked great on the first try!
Pros: Once the 4-ish cables were connected as instructed, it worked right away. It put a big smile on my face and I felt like a genius. It's the little things, I guess.
Cons: Had to work with Crutchfield support (who was lovely) to get the wiring right. The diagrams are helpful once you have someone actually explain them to you. Also, not super happy with the fact that I had to splice into wiring physically attached to my car, but whatever, I did it and it worked!
When I finally got this installed it worked, but getting it to work took far too long. The installation instructions aren't the best. (I'm sure a more seasoned professional would disagree). Basically, the instructions say something like, Here is a picture of the wiring harness. Connect this color wire to this PIN and connect this color wire to the ground. That sounds easy. How do you want me to do that? Do I pull the wires out of the wiring harness and connect them? Do I put them back in once connected? Do I cut them? If I cut them do I connect them back together along with the new wire? Or do I just connect the new wire to... which side of the cut wire do I connect it to? Because Crutchfield technical support ROCKS I called them and they explained it to me. But once connected, the Axcess unit would not auto-detect the vehicle and head unit, as the instructions say. I called Axcess tech support and we did some troubleshooting. I was on the verge of re-wiring things when the technician realized that my particular head unit (Blaupunkt 220) had a set up menu in it that would determine the steering wheel control buttons. Whew! That was a close one because rewiring was not something I wanted to do. Once we figured that out things worked fine.
Cons: Unclear installation instructions.
This thing works just like it should. Just make sure you download, read, and follow the instructions carefully, and understand what it takes to get your dash unit to map the buttons to its functions. That's where I got stuck, but after figuring that out, it is all working perfectly.
Pros: Easy installation, works as advertised.
Cons: Well, reading morse code blinks from LEDs isn't a lot of fun, but I can't think of a better way that would be as cost-effective.
Easy to use. Truly plug and play. Steering wheel controls work with new stereo just as expected.
Pros: Easy to use Inexpensive
Cons: Had to download a separate set of instructions from their website The adaptor wiring kit was a bit messy, and I didn't even end up using it because the wiring with the dash kit I got included the necessary hook-ups for the steering wheel adaptor
This product does not work with this vehicle! -Simple next song / station doesnt work under any circumstances. -Also Do Not Buy If Hands Free Talking Is Needed. -Axxcess in no way guarantees that hands free control will work at all. I spoke to several people all of whom repeated that they often dont work with this unit. -The auto detect does not work at all. -After returning the original radio (Alpine), a Pioneer didnt work either. -I did everything many many times. The tech support for axxcess did everything they could. They ultimately said well it doesnt appear the unit works with your vehicle. -I pretty tech saavy. Car stereo is a long time hobby. -The instructions are ok, but contain a few errors regarding led color. -The only reason it gets one star is for the seriously amazing CS at Crutchfield. They had a return label to me in seconds. Really top notch there. -Axxcess CS is a mixed bag. Theyre available on weekends inclu sunday which is nice. A few reps were very rude and just blatently blame the usb stick or anything other than the unit. I tried a cd and said what then followed by oh its the radio. -Followed by its the car. -I could tell him the instructions verbatum from memory and i knew what I was doing. He still gave me attitude. -A couple other gentlemen were just fine and plenty polite however.
Pros: -Easy set up -Supposed to auto detect. Which would be nice.
Cons: -Ultimately didnt fully work. -Tedious troubleshooting -Dont guarantee hands free at all. -Some Axxess CS reps are extremely unprofessional. -Have to actually see the device while setting up. Dont completely install at first. Leave length on connections.
Installation was easy, updating via USB was easy. After verifying connections multiple times the device changes what the steering wheel buttons do with each start up of truck. Sometimes the volume up is actually volume up, sometimes it changes between presets, sometimes it does the seek/scan. Same with the volume down button. The seek/scan buttons will either not do anything or they switch between the input options.
Pros: easy install and firmware update
Cons: blinking light green/red for what radio, what wire is active is a hassleCrutchfield response on June 20, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Nice to be able to use this product and keep the steering control function on the vehicle. Crutchfield Tech answered my questions and made install fairly simple.
Pros: Auto detected my vehicle, easy wiring directions
I have used this product in 3 different vehicles and never have a problem with it working.
This was very easy to install.you download the instructions for the type of car you have. Its very easy. Like it
Pros: It was easy to program
I assume this product works fine once installed properly. Good luck though. The instructions are online and for my vehicle at least, really incoherent. To the point where you have to be good enough to install it without instructions. But we all aren't that type of expert. Especially the diagram of the pin connector you're supposed to be connecting wires to. No description of which side you're looking at, how you're suppose to connect these wires, and where. Maybe just add a basic plug for your vehicle type would make it easier.
Pros: Don't know yet
Cons: InstructionsCrutchfield response on June 14, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This product allows the integration of steering wheel controls with a new receiver installation
Pros: Everything works. Everything needed is supplied except connectors.
Cons: Took a few tries to get used to the flashing-LED codes. But they helped resolve my installation problem.
Very easy install and worked on the first time and works properly.
This was any easy installation with only a few wires to connect. All functions in the steering wheel work exactly like with original radio.
Pros: Works great Easy installation
I tried to install this adapter myself, and did not complete it. From the reviews and reading other forums, it should be easy to install...maybe not for the novice. From what I read, it works like it says and will auto program for the specific car. I ended up with the PAC RP4-MZ11, only because it's easier for me to install, it provided a wire for my OEM backup camera and gave me full Steering wheel (phone pickup/hang up, volume, etc) features. Again, I did not install this, but from people that have installed this, it's a simple solution to get your basic steering wheel controls.
Unit was fairly easy to install. It didn't work at first, but then after a call to Crutchfield tech support (extremely helpful, by the way), I just had one wire misconnected. The tech support guy even e-mailed me a diagram with instructions highlighted! Very helpful! My steering wheel controls work just the same with my new receiver as with the original.
Easy to install and works like factory unit
Pros: Easy install
With the number of wires included in the kit, I had no idea how simple and easy it would be to install. Works great and lets me use my steering wheel buttons!
Pros: works great
Cons: be sure to read all directions when installing
Wanted to maintain usage of steering wheel controls when I replaced my factory head unit. The ASWC-1 allowed this to happen. Excellent support staff helped me with wiring questions and unit programmed itself perfectly. Great product and even better support. Way to go, Crutchfield!
Pros: Allows you to keep steering wheel controls.
First off, if you are buying this for a 2015 Subaru, they may not list your application on the Axxess site as being tested (as of the date of this review). I used the 2014 instructions and it worked flawlessly. This was the easiest part of the installation of my entire system replacement. I tapped the few wires I needed into the Axxess and that was it. It auto-detected from the go and works flawlessly. I got to keep all my SWC for my new head unit. Some other units have resistors and other nonsense you have to use to get them working. Just get this, it really is plug and play.
Pros: Auto detects the vehicle in use
everything works, but there is a hiss at zero volume. not sure if it's this harness or the stereo. still trying to figure it out.
I gave this product 3 stars only because I'm not sure if its my fault or the modules. I purchased this module with the other recommended install items for my vehicle per Crutchfield, the instructions for install were vague, but workable and I followed them to the letter as it was put forth in the instructions, hooked it up, nothing! double checked my connections, all is good. So through the good fortune of Youtube, I found an install that mentioned the "Magic Modual" that allows the stereo to play nice with the vehicles "Brain", the iDatalink Maestro RR. Hooked it up with the CH1 harness and "SUCCESS"! it would have been nice to have this little tidbit of info!
Pros: Seems well made
Cons: Vague install instructions
Instructions were a little sketchy, wiring diagrams weren't the best, but the unit works as it should
Pros: Ability to keep steering controls
Cons: directions weren't the best
Excellent product. Easy installation, and works flawlessly. Installed in my f250, and it instantly connected, and started working. Very nice
Works great, but the instructions are useless. We called Crutchfield customer service and found that we had to strip the factory wires in the car to attach this, which is not what the instructions said.
Pros: Works fine once it's installed per proper instructions
Cons: Need new installation instructions
So far works as it should, easy hook up with aftermarket radio. Want to remap a few keys for push to talk, but as far as working out of box, all seems well.
Pros: Quick add on , plug and play. Easy
Cons: Have to pull box out /apart for updates / modding of key mapping, if not using default key setup. But is working fine as advertised.
Very flexible product looks like it will work with just about any vehicle with steering wheel controls. For the SLK it's not perfect because some of the buttons also control the vehicle display and would only control the radio when it was in the display. With this unit installed changing vehicle display mode will also change stations/tracks if programmed for those functions.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Documentation is confusing No online instructions for this vehicle Unit must be visile to program
No issues, works great.
Pros: Works perfect
Easy to follow directions made install a breeze
When I first installed the Axxess steering wheel control adapter with my new Pioneer stereo it didn't work and I wasn't a happy camper. I didn't like the idea of having steering wheel controls that didn't function. Then I pushed the reset button on the adapter and it detected my vehicle and stereo and started working fine. The steering wheel controls now function just like they did with the factory radio.
Pros: Keep steering wheel controls.
Cons: Wiring directions weren't the best.
I purchased this as an add-on to the aftermarket head unit I got in the same sale. Installation was easy once I watched a couple YouTube videos (one from Crutchfield, and another from a user). For the splicing, I recommend getting tap splices, which make installation easy for those of us without much experience in wiring. The controls work just like they did with the factory unit!
Pros: Easy installation (after picking up tap splices from hardware store)
Programmed immediately. Hooked it up to a new Kenwood. I had to connect the blue/yellow remote wire to the brown wire and then insert to the plug into the female end with the brown wire. Nice to have my steering wheel controls back!
Pros: Programs immediately. Calling their customer support is excellent too
Cons: dodgey instructions but it's a breeze.
Amazingly quick and simple to install. All I had to do was connect the blue/grey wire and the ground wire. Once I plugged it into my stereo, it automatically set itself up in about 10 seconds and was ready to go. I looked at the installation diagram on their website and found which wire/pin needed to be spliced on the factory harness. Since the Metra harness I had didn't already have a steering wheel controls pin, I removed a pin/wire from a second metra harness, lined up the correct pin with the factory harness based on the instructions, and added a pin to my Metra harness. Then I was able to solder the Metra harness wire to the ASWC-1 wire without having to cut any factory wiring. Works just like I wanted with no configuration required.
Pros: - Easy to install (just two wires to connect) - Configures itself automatically in about 10 seconds - Small enough to tuck away behind my stereo - No need to cut factory wire if you're willing to buy two harnesses and make a Frankenstein harness
Cons: None so far.
I found the package very easy to set up install and use
Pros: Automatically finds stereo and sets itself up
Cons: Volume control on the steering wheel is too sensitive and sometimes starts song back over
I was thinking this was going to be a difficult task to accomplish, but it was not, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, it took me about ten minutes to pair the device to the steering controls and have them operational.
Pros: Easy access from the steering wheel to all of the stereo system functions without losing focus of the road.
I installed this adapter to a basic Pioneer head unit using the wiring adapter from Crutchfield. I only had to connect power and ground outside of the wiring adapter. Once I turned the power and the ignition on, this thing automatically detected the radio and programmed itself correctly. Easy. However, I decided that I wanted to change up the factory buttons to answer and hang up phone calls. This, too, was easy.
Pros: Easy to install and program. Quick response to button pushes.
Cons: I could not figure out how to reprogram the buttons to scan through radio stations rather than presets. I believe it is a weakness in the Pioneer head unit (or the installer). However, I am still 100% happy with this device.
Product works great with truck and the radio. Instructions are vaig. I called crutchfield and they walked me through setup and answered any questions.
Pros: Works great.
Cons: Instructions vague.
I bought this in conjunction with my new Kenwood receiver. The instructions were fairly straight forward but I ran into some issues with the Metra harness I used (70-5520) for my 2006 Sonata. The harness doesn't have pin 18 or 19 so I had to tap directly into the corresponding wires on the factory harness. Once I did that, everything programmed right away and all of the functions from the steering wheel (Volume, Mode, and Mute). Very pleased to have my controls with my new Kenwood. A great deal as part of the discounted installation accessories from Crutchfield!
Pros: Retains factory steering wheel convenience, Programs itself
Cons: May have to work around wiring harness adapter depending on installation
Have used this on multiple vehicles. Easy to install and use. Best part, it AUTOMATICALLY Programs itself to the car and radio. Worked flawlessly every time. Costs a little more but definitely worth it. And is smaller and takes up less space than other interfaces.
Pros: Easy to use/install, AUTOMATICALLY programs, multiple vehicles, user friendly instructions
Cons: Price slightly higher than other units
I was mentally prepared to be tearing things apart a few times to get this to work properly. I did the firmware update before installing. (always update firmware first on modern electronics!) I put it in for the test (along with an adapter for the aftermarket head unit to the factory amp). It worked perfectly. When I did the final install, it didn't work. I thought "OK, here we go with the headache." TUrns out I knocked the 3.5mm plug loose sliding the head unit in. I plugged it in and took extra care not to bump it too much and 'voila!', perfection.
Pros: Works perfectly in the 4Runner
(I want to start by saying that yes, I have updated the unit through the website) The adapter works well enough. I can change volume and tracks via my steering wheel, which is awesome. The issue for me is whenever I turn my car on, the adapter changes the stereo from one source to the next. For instance, if I leave it on Bluetooth, it will change to radio when I get in the car. If I leave it on the radio it will change to Aux, Aux to CD and so on. This is annoying to me because I was especially looking forward to picking up right where I left off with audio books, whether on my phone through BT, or on an actual CD. If I unplug the adapter, the issue goes away but I have decided I would rather have steering wheel control and live with the inconvenience of changing sources when I get into the vehicle. I know it might seem like a small thing, but it is quite annoying and I am hoping that Axxess will fix the issue in a future update; at which point in time I will revise this review to reflect a 5 star rating.
Pros: Auto detected my car and stereo, allows me to maintain use of my steering wheel controls.
Cons: Forces the stereo to change sources upon startup of the vehicle.
Got tired of fussing with it after four hours Built a box from scratch for my suburban carpeted it in less time than adding this box tap negative wire 50x Left it connected and just put new stereo in said fk it
I tried to get this to work spending over six hours over two days. Contacted Crutchfield technical support, they confirmed that according to the information I provided, the unit was installed correctly. I tried their suggestions and was not successful in getting this to work. I have now put the unit in a drawer until a day with lots' of spare time i will disassemble the dash, take out the radio and contact AXXess support and see if they can get this to work. According to the instructions it should be a no-brainer, just wire it up, turn on the power and press the up volume.
This product works great using a Kenwood X399 head unit in a 2011 Subaru Outback. I updated the firmware before I even got out to the car. One weird thing was the software said it was updating from version 0.00 to 4.11 (the label on the back of the unit said it had version 4.09 installed). Either way, it works and that's all that matters. I would recommend updating the firmware straight out of the box. The instructions were a bit lacking, Well, let me rephrase that. The instructions are a bit lacking if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. The vehicle has two different wiring harnesses that plug into the stock head unit. Like any one who knows everything about everything I assumed the 2nd harness was for the steering wheel controls. After a lot of head scratching, and Google searching, I figured out that the ASWC-1 wires splice into the primary harness and the secondary harness is no longer used. Once that was sorted out it took about 10 minutes to install. The ASWC-1 correctly identified the stereo brand, and all steering wheel controls work perfectly.
Pros: Fairly easy install. Lots of 3rd party documentation online. Doesn't take up a lot of space. Crutchfield would have walked me through it had I just broken down and called.
Cons: If you've never installed this, or something similar, before read as much as you can before going in. If I learned anything from watching cartoons as a child it's that "knowing is half the battle."
Got this as part of the kit to install a radio in my 2005 Buick Lacrosse. All worked well until I tried using the temperature controls also located on my steering wheel. After attempting to manually program it a few times, I called the manufacturer at the 1-800 number listed in the aswc-1 installation booklet. I was advised that vehicles with climate controls on the steering wheel are "hit or miss" due to the nature of each vehicle. we discussed my issue and unfortunately, I can program the temp buttons to do radio functions, but not any climate controls. If I would have know about this upfront, I wouldn't have been so disappointed since i wasted a good 2 hours rechecking things. The manufacturer needs to state this somewhere for the record, the loss of my temp control buttons isn't a deal breaker for my overall radio installation, but I am disappointed by the situation.
Pros: Easy-ish install, easy to manual program if you need to customize buttons, tech support was knowledgeable when I encountered an Issue
Cons: Not fully compatible with my particular vehicle due to loss of the temp controls on my steering wheel, which isn't stated as a possibility in any of the literature that I saw
The product worked fine easy to install.However it did not work with the deck I bought it for I had to buy a different deck .after that it was almost a plug and play install and works great in my truck.
Cons: When I orderd the product I did not give the model JVC deck I had and salesman did not ask .after I got it and called back tech support was very helpful asked model number and we got it all figured out.
I got it because I thought it would be easy to install in my 2007 nissan titan by myself (who knows nothing about wiring in vehicles). I read the reviews and thought it was going to be real easy to install because the axxess website has installation instructions. I'm not saying anything bad about the instructions but they were not as easy as I was hoping to follow because the color of the wires in my titan did not match the colors in the instructions. I bought the truck from a dealership and it had an aftermarket stereo in it so I have no idea if the original wires were even still there. I had a shop install mine and it works great. It took the shop about 45 minutes to install it and they used the same instructions I would have used from the axxess website. If the wire colors had matched or if I knew which wires were which then I think this product would be very easy to install on your own and it works great in my 2007 nissan titan and with my kenwood dnx572bh.
Pros: Works great and seems easy to install.
Cons: I could not install using the instructions from the axxess website but I think that was because of my lack of knowledge in vehicle wiring.
Was going to go with the PAC alternative, but the Crutchfield Advisor gave me this cheaper alternative. Connection was a breeze,,,and programed itself. You just need to follow the directions for you vehicle.
Pros: Steering wheel controls kept exactly as they were
Cons: Slightly bulky but it fit behind the dash. With Technology nowadays you would think they could make them smaller.
All of the functionality of my steering wheel still work and illuminate like they did before I went with the after marker radio.
Pros: Works as described.
Easy install and got all my steering controls back.
Pros: Easy instal
I have mixed feelings about the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Controls. I have a 2015 Tahoe LS and I installed the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX along with the Axxess GMOS-LAN-09. On one side, I'm happy to have what limited controls I have, but on the other side, my phone buttons don't work and I lost my back lighting to my steering wheel controls. I called Crutchfield tech support and no one had a clue how to fix the issue. They said they'd never heard of this issue and would check with Axxess, but no one called me back. Very disappointing. But like I said, at least I can turn the volume up and down using my steering wheel controls.
Pros: I can control my volume
Cons: I can't control the phone Lost back lighting for steering wheel controlsCrutchfield response on March 21, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I had read a lot of reviews on the AWSC-1 before purchasing and I was a little nervous on if it would "just work" or if I'd have to jump through hoops to program it. Well, for me, it just worked! For starters, I downloaded the update from the Axxess website and "flashed" it using a USB cable I had laying around. The software downloaded and installed on Win. 10 with no issues and then flashed the AWSC-1 and done! I followed the directions and wired it into the Crux SOCGM-17 wiring harness with a Pioneer 380BT head unit. Plugged the harness in to the truck (2004 Silverado), turned the key and voila! it worked. My steering wheel has MUTE, PROG, VOL Up, VOL Dwn, Source, and Seek. All the buttons mapped to the correct function on the radio. There really isn't much else to say. It just worked. But if it didn't, there are detailed directions on how to manually program the unit for your vehicle and radio.
Pros: Everything worked!
Cons: none, for now.
Works grate and very simple to instal if you know your car wiring diagram
Pros: Easy to install and also to program
Just enough information to get it done. Appears to work.
Pros: Steering wheel controls still work.
Cons: Wiring instructions vague.
The diagram provided by Axxess for my 2011 Suzuki Kizashi was inaccurate and made a two hour job quite a bit longer. Luckily Crutchfield customer service was able to steer me in the right direction and get the unit working correctly.
Pros: Retains volume, mute and backward/forwards.
Cons: Sometimes retains mode button.
The steering wheel adaptor works like a champ. It was easy to install.
90% of the steering wheel controls work. The most important controls work. The mute does not. The radio automatically mutes for the phone, but when speaking with someone while pulled over hitting mute was handy.
Pros: The important stuff worked, installation was easy
Cons: it didn't control the mute button
the volume controls work well but nothing else does what it is suppose to. I have gotten use to the new functions.
Pros: keeps the steering wheel buttons working.
Cons: directions are a little fuzzy, and the auto programming didn't work for all buttons correctly
Green wire? This did not successfully connect to steering control.... And GPS? Fughettabout!!,,
Pros: Might work for correct application
Cons: Did nothing
This was a very simple installation, instructions are ok, unit auto detected car and radio and configured itself and it just worked.
Pros: Decent instructions. Auto program mode worked, no fussing required.
Cons: Note at this time.
This is a good product to have for your vehicle only problem is it didnt work on my truck the instructions where pretty easy, but it does not state that it will not work on all stereos after talking to a tech support from Cruthfield i was told that my kenwood stereo was not compatible with this product.
Pros: good if you have the right kind of stereo
Very easy to install No issues
Pros: Regain use of steering controls
This made installation easy. Take time read instructions. Plug n play. Great product and if you run into trouble you got Crutchfield and access for tech support.
Pros: Easy to install
Easy to wire up and works perfect. Had one issue getting it to learn my truck