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PAC C2R-AUDI Wiring Interface

Connect a new car stereo and retain the factory Bose® or Symphony audio system in select 2004-up Audi vehicles

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PAC's C2R-AUDI radio replacement interface lets you replace the factory radio in select 2005-up Audi vehicles, while retaining use of your factory-installed Bose® or Symphony amplifier. 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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  • Audi radio replacement interface (with CAN-bus)
  • 2 Vehicle harnesses
  • Instructions

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Overview: The PAC Audio Replacement Radio Interface (C2R-AUDI) allows the replacement of an original Audi factory radio with an upgraded aftermarket radio in select 2005-2010 Audi vehicles. The C2R-AUDI has been engineered to interface seamlessly with Audi's CAN-bus data system and retain important features that play through the factory radio and provide necessary power wire connections for the aftermarket radio that are otherwise not available. The PAC C2R-AUDI will provide navigation trigger wires and data driven accessory output for replacing the factory radio in select Audi vehicles. It also retains the factory installed BOSE or Symphony audio system. Use with a PAC steering wheel interface module (541SWIRC, sold separately) to retain function of all factory controls.

Compatibility Chart:

Audio Vehicle Model Year
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
A3 N N N Y Y Y
A4 Y Y Y Y N N
S4 Y Y Y Y N N
TT N N N Y Y Y
 
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3 out of 5

PAC C2R-AUDI Wiring Interface

Written By Anonymous, Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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This interface was pretty easy to instal into my 08 Audi. The issue was splicing the new head unit wiring harness into this new wiring harness. My wife and I had to find a local audio store to purchase a slice kit to complete the install. Overall it did make the install a lot easier.
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3 out of 5

PAC C2R-AUDI Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Anonymous, CA on Monday, January 06, 2014
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Extremely poor documentation. 3 weeks and I still haven't worked up energy to try and figure out the wiring scheme to marry up to the headunit that I purchased at the same time. Guess we will have to see if it works once I've given it a shot.
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2 out of 5

Unfulfilled

Written By Karl, Denver, CO on Monday, December 23, 2013
 
This rating would be higher by one if I could just get the steering wheel controls to work! All-in-all, this is a whole lot of hardware to try and shoehorn behind my deck and that would be a lot more acceptable if the steering wheel controls would work. So far, after numerous attempts to program the PAC SWI-RC module which was shipped with this harness, I have had no joy. I even consulted with an Tech from PAC and he just told me to try what I already have. The C2R-AUDI module has a red (red=danger/fail...right) LED inside it, but I am told this is normal. I wish that Crutchfield supplied better adapters, because I would not have had to program anything and my job would be done. I have already had to purchase radio and GPS adapters because the ones supplied were incorrect for my car and am now debating scrapping this product in favor of something less complex and more compact which actually works in my car! I ended up having to create my own connection diagram from three diagrams.
Pros:
Supposedly communicates with the car bus system and enables steering wheel controls.
Cons:
Exceptionally bulky, confusing interface to aftermarket deck and still have not been able to get the steering wheel controls to work! Took extensive research to find how to connect this up correctly.
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5 out of 5

Magic

Written By Dave K., MI on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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Fantastic adapter system with a clear wiring diagram, I couldn't imagine doing the install without it. Allowed you to leave the factory wiring harness completely in tack.
Pros:
Clear and easy.
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1 out of 5

05 Audi A4

Written By Fireproof, Denver, Pa on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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Disappointed at first, Adapter was suppopse to plug right in. Yeah right, only one of the plugs worked for the front speakers. Called Crutchfield Tech was alittle annoyed when I called. So I went on line and typed in 04 Audi radio install and sure enough there were install tips for the same kind of radio down to the pictures. That was the biggest help. This product said NOTHING about the factory amp or sub woofer. Called Crutchfield later and now I'm Happy, Happy, Happy
Pros:
None
Cons:
Still had to cut harness to make it work
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4 out of 5

07 Audi radio adapter

Written By SamW, Sugar Land, TX on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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Everything seems to be working pretty well and it was easy to setup. I did have to call tech help for a few wires that I could not figure out what to do with. So other than having a little bit better instructions, this is a great kit for being included with purchase free.
Pros:
Free with purchase, easy to setup and wire, great tech help
Cons:
Need more detailed instructions
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5 out of 5

PAC C2R-AUDI Wiring Interface

Written By Anonymous, Kenosha, WI on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Only complaint is the installation instructions were missing some valuable information about the red wire and where to connect it.
Pros:
Easy to hook up
Cons:
Needs more complete instructions
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4 out of 5

needs wiring diagram

Written By chris13, Lake Charles, LA on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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this is the third or fourth stereo i have installed and this one sent me for proffesional assistance. there is no good wiring diagram with this adapter (or with the PAC SWI-RC for a car with steering wheel controls). so yes it works, but figuring out what needs to get connected to what is impossible. I finally gave in and went to a local audio store and even they got one of the connections wrong so every time i turned on the headlights it thought it was in reverse and would only look for a camera!

I have relied on crutchfield in the past for the availability of good instructions and diagrams but this time i was let down
Pros:
does what it says
Cons:
no wiring diagram makes install very difficult
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4 out of 5

Not too bad

Written By Ben, Northeast PA on Monday, January 21, 2013
 
This kit is pretty easy to wire, If you have some electronic knowledge. I took the single page that came with this kit and set it next to the diagram for the specific receiver and it enabled me to answer any questions I had on what all I should connect. MUCH easier and less painful than my 2002 Audi TT. Recommend getting the Steering Wheel Control if you are used to using them. It bothered me on my first drive not to have them functioning.
Pros:
Easy hookup and can-bus interface.
Cons:
very little explaination in instructions for beginners.
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5 out of 5

Works well, Needs a documentation refresh

Written By Luke L., Richmond, VA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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This product allows easy integration with the complicated wiring of the stock Audi head unit, and handles emulation of all the CAN bus signals. The only thing that was not mentioned in the documentation is for users with the Bose package you need to hook the Blue/White wire from the red connector to the correct wire to turn the amp on. On my Kenwood head unit, this wire was labeled Power control/ Antenna control and was also blue and white. Also, if you get the FM antenna connector adapter, don't forget to wire up the blue wire to +12V while you're preparing the harness. I had to re-splice that wire when I realized the antenna needs power.
Pros:
Easy install, all factory functions work properly
Cons:
Documentation needs to be fixed
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3 out of 5

PAC C2R-AUDI Wiring Interface

Written By Anonymous, Orlando, FL on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Make sure before buying any products from this maker that you know which pieces come in the package. I bought the product under the impression from the description and parts that I would have everything I needed in order to keep the functionality of steering wheel controls. Little did I know that there is another $100 dollar piece you have to buy to enable these functions when the description talks aboit needing this package to keep steering wheel controls. Was pretty disappointed when I wored everything together and realized that, wait, where is the swc box. Oh, I have to order it too. If you have swc, call a Crutchfield rep or another professional and find out. Or your budget for your project will get much bigger.
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3 out of 5

PAC C2R-AUDI Wiring Interface

Written By ScottC, Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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The product works flawlessly, but the hook up process could be a lot easier.
The instructions were barely adequate, without a good dose of common sense on the installer's part, it could be a huge problem.
The RCA hookups for the rear speakers had me puzzled. Why are they RCAs? Luckily, after getting the matching RCA and connecting them to the new stereo's harness, everything else went fine.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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