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PAC SWI-JACK

Steering wheel control interface for Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood

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PAC SWI-JACK

Overview

Our take on the PAC SWI-JACK

You want to install a brand-name stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. The SWI-JACK interface from PAC allows you to use the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select brand-name radios.

Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if you need an interface to install this steering wheel control adapter in your vehicle.

You want to install a brand-name stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. The SWI-JACK interface from PAC allows you to use the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select brand-name radios.

Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-JACK's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 3-5/8"W x 1"H x 1-9/16"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-JACK. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-JACK works with most Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel radio control interface with attached 10" blue/yellow wire and 34" cable (with 3.5mm miniplug)
  • 24" Wiring harness
  • Packet of 8 resistors (includes 47 ohms/100 ohms/150 ohms/560 ohms/1000 ohms/1500 ohms/3900 ohms/5100 ohms)
  • Installation Instructions
  • Vehicle Application Guide
  • Vehicle Connector Chart
  • On-line vehicle specific instructions note
Reviews

PAC SWI-JACK Reviews

Average Customer Review:

188 Reviews

PAC SWI-JACK

Mike M from Perth Amboy, NJ on 7/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do. I installed it on my 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan with the PAC C2R-CHY4 and new radio. The PAC was simple to configure. It would be nice is the PAC modules were a bit smaller though.

Pros: The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: None

Too much delay

Fullum from Hyde Park, NY on 7/3/2012

2008 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works but the delay from when you hit the button to the actual volume increasing is way too slow. Then after you have hit the button it goes really fast up or down. I would buy this product again.

Pros: It works

Cons: Too much of a delay between pressing the button and the result on the head unit.

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rhodesra52 from Willis, TX on 6/5/2012

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions for wiring are hard to understand had to get help stil have not been able to program.

Pros: none haven't got it to program yet.

Cons: haven't got it to program yet. instruction are hard to understand

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hc from Hot Springs VA on 5/31/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

just follow the instruction you will be okay if not call your crutchfield advisor they will walk you through the installation

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Needs some refinement

Tim H. from Wakeman Ohio on 5/8/2012

2006 Cadillac CTS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy enough to install but hard to program for a beginner

Pros: Does every thing avertised

Cons: Slow on response and if you don't concentrate it flips passed your wanted target (ie volume or channel selection)

Poor Instructions

Steve from Huntingtown Maryland on 4/28/2012

2011 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Poor instructions to install , voulme up down and mute work but no mode control on rav4

Pros: none

Cons: poor install instructions , mode on stering wheel does nothing

works okay

jem from Chicago, IL on 4/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This controller works well in my F150. The volume control work perfect. The seek function works okay. I could not find a setting were seek would jump to my preset stations for both radio & XM. It will either do jump to my next station for radio and the next higher station in XM or visa verse. Toss out the instruction that come with the unit & go to their web site. The programming is straight forward but does have several steps. Read them a couple times before trying to program the unit.

Pros: My steering wheel controls work.

Cons: As mentioned above seek only works on my pre-programmed settions for XM or Radio. NOT BOTH.

Works well, easy to program, great support

Wayne from South Jersey on 4/24/2012

2005 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this device together with a C2R-CHY4. The only issue I ran into was that my specific setup needed version 2 of the firmware, and the device shipped with version 1 as the default. After a quick call to PAC support, I had the instructions I needed to switch to version 2. Programming was straight forward (I recommend getting model specific instructions from the PAC website).

Pros: easy to program, inexpensive, works well with C2R-CHY4

Cons: none

To Complicated compared to AXXESS ASWC

Nick from MN on 4/16/2012

2001 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sent it back. Too complicated. AXXESS ASWC self-programs, this thing you have to do by yourself.

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Worthless

KL from Wisconsin on 4/4/2012

2002 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product did not work at all with my 2002 Jetta. Instructions did not match how unit actually worked, would not program, wiring completely unclear. Several calls to tech service did not resolve. Threw out unit.

Pros: no pros as it didn't work

Cons: Complete waste of time and money

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Anonymous from naples fl on 4/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it works great the only thing is that there is a little delay when you use the steering wheel controls other than that it pretty good....and i have toyota tuner 04..

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Not for 2003 Land Rover Discovery

Anonymous from Chattanooga, TN on 4/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Two installers found that it doesn't match the existing wiring on my 2003 Land Rover Discovery. One called PAC and spoke with "Tony" and his diagrams didn't match either.

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Anonymous from Sandy, UT on 3/30/2012

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing does pretty much what it is advertised to do, but it is hard to set up, needs to have a wire run to the steering wheel column in my Grand Cherokee, and is still a little touchy to detect the button pushes.

Pros: If you like the steering wheel controls and get an after market radio, you need it

Cons: Hard to install and configure, doesn't work perfect

Easy-peezy... :o)

J.T. from Riverside, CA on 3/27/2012

2012 Ford Fusion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read the directions, take your time and this works AWESOME!

Pros: Being able to keep all steering wheel controls in my 2012 Fusion SEL.

Cons: No complaints from me!

Not hard to install

Darren from Augusta,GA on 3/27/2012

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you go to this website you can get a very good explanation on how to prepare this kit for installation with pictures. http://g35driver.com/forums/audio-video-electronics/254692-diy-pac-steering-wheel-controls-w-pics.html When I finally found this info, after intense research, it made everything very simple. The manufactures website is terrible and the video is not complete so don't even bother going there. I got this thing to work first time with NO problems in my 2006 Nissan Altima. Programming is also easy so don't let other reviewers scare you away from getting this, because it does work. Make sure all wires and resistors are tightly connected or it will glitch from time to time. Do it right the first time and you shouldn't have any problems.

Pros: Easy install with FULL instructions

Cons: Hard to find info on proper FULL installation steps

Works for me with no problems

MikeD from Los Angeles, CA on 3/27/2012

2006 Chrysler Pacifica
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The directions must be followed. They are not difficult, if you follow them. Once wired, programming was not too bad either; just make sure to take your time on programming. While you're programming, you will get a confirmation light after you press a steering wheel control button. Make sure to wait for the light to indicate that your command took. It is a nice addition to my aftermarket head unit. I did not want to lose my steering wheel controls and this did the trick!

Pros: Works well. Does the job it says it will do.

Cons: Take your time and read the directions in the installation. It is not difficult, it just requires proper execution of following the directions.

Not impressed

Tom from So Cal on 3/12/2012

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well...the installation was ok. I didn't have any real issues with that, but I just found the divide to be glitchy. I installed this on a '06 Toyota Tundra. I found that the biggest problem was I would have to either press the steering wheel button multiple times for the unit to change the channel or raise/lower the volume or hold the switch down. Many times this resulted in the volume raising/lowering too much or going past the intended station preset I was attempting to locate. Overall it worked, but it's a far cry from the factory set-up.

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Works great 07 Dodge Ram 2500

bhoth from Utah on 2/10/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great in 07 Dodge Ram 2500. using with alpine cde-133bt all 6 buttons are working as desired. Instructions were not that clear, i had to call PAC support twice but once i got the correct info, i was able to get the programming done.

Pros: works good once it's programmed.

Cons: instructions could be better

If you have a 04+ Ram, you need this!

Brian from Tucson, AZ on 2/9/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you take your time with this, its not difficult. Crutchfield offered to help me over the phone but was able to program it myself. Tried the Metra unit before, doesn't work with the Ram's databus. Got blinking lights, door chimes, killed my gauges. Spliced three wires with this kit, did the programming, bam. Done. Slight delay on commands sent but may be more my old switches.

Pros: Works where Metra SWC did not.

Cons: Little complicated but if you take your time, read the directions, its easy.

In '06 Passat

MarkK from Osceola, WI on 2/4/2012

2006 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Non functional with the PAC C2R-VW2

Pros: None

Cons: Haven't gotten around to returning it yet.

This is the one for me!

First Time DIYer from Waldorf, Md on 2/4/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

PAC SWC - This one worked for me. Returned METRA and switched interfaces over a week ago and no mysterious goings-on's. I'd give this 5 stars but it's true what I'd heard, the response to button presses requires deliberate timing. It seems to go into sleep-mode between uses. But it does WORK!!!

Pros: It works!!!

Cons: Needs auto programming. Needs better/quicker response to steering wheel controls.

Don't take away my steering wheel controls!

R-L from Los Angeles, CA. on 2/1/2012

2006 Mazda 5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was a little dissapointed to learn that my new car stereo would not work directly with my car's controls. This little jem solved that problem. Translates the resistor network controls in the steering wheel to digital remote commmands that your car stereo will understand. I'm using mine in a Mazda with a Kenwood KDC-x395. In my application I had to move a pin in the harness adapter to make this work (that's an issue with the harness). The internet is very useful when working with this product.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: Programming can be frustrating but stick with it, It will work. The response will not be quick as the controls with the old OEM stereo (you may have no alternatives).

Steering Wheel Controls Adapter

Robert from Lee's Summit, MO on 1/26/2012

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly easy to install. I had a little trouble with the programming of the unit for my '03 Chevy Silverado. It works great once I got it all programmed. I just zip tied it in place under the dash once I finished the programming.

Pros: Reasonable way to keep about 80% of steering wheel controls function!

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Works ok on '02 Ford

Dan from Austin, TX on 11/29/2011

2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm glad I could replace my old factory stereo with a shiny new one, and still use my steering wheel buttons. I believe it makes for safer driving. Getting this unit installed was easier than I expected. I was alarmed to find all the wires in the package, but in the end only 3 wires were required. I was glad to see it doesn't forget its settings when the battery is disconnected. Programming it was the hardest part. I really had to plan my steps to get through all the button presses in the right order. I think the instructions could be improved a bit here -- it would have been nicer to just have separate groups of steps, like for "version 4" or not, rather than mixing if-then-else stuff into one list. The worst thing about it for me is that the volume up/down are not very fast for a single press, and I have to hold the button for almost a second. But if I hold the volume button it blasts through the volume range way too fast.

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06 Dodge? Don't bother.

Kris H from Shreveport, LA on 11/19/2011

2006 Dodge Charger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently had to replace my OEM radio for a new sat nav unit, and wanted to keep the functionality of the steering wheel controls. The answer from Crutchfield was the PAC SWI-JACK, which was easy to install and fairly easy to program (although the 7 sec timeout for programming new buttons was frustrating at first). The major issue was that it simply doesn't work as advertised. I was able to program only 2 of the 6 buttons that controlled my OEM radio - the volume buttons. The PAC SWI-JACK simply does not allow use of the seek, source or preset buttons for my 2006 Dodge. Bottom line - it's not worth the money, find something else as this product is basically useless.

Pros: Ease of installation and programming

Cons: Simply doesn't work as advertised.

All of my factory buttons do not function.

sgd from Kansas City on 10/25/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this with the pac adaptor for 2006 dodge vehicles and only 4 out of 6 of my steering wheel buttons function properly. I reprogrammed the module 3 or 4 times and even called tech support and never got any better.

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Paul from Albuquerque, NM on 10/21/2011

After making my way through the contradicting instructions that came with the unit and the instructions online, I got the unit installed, just to realize that the steering wheel controls did not react anything like they did with the factory stereo. Volume would jump from silent to blaring with one touch, and then not turn down. I eventually removed the device from my car and returned it to Crutchfield.

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Cons: There is nothing to like about this product. It is difficult to install (soldering resistors and capacitors inline) and works intermitently, if at all.

Works

DL from PA on 10/6/2011

2010 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works but don't call manufacturer for support. I called and they basically told me I was out of luck.

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It works...

Richard I from Lake Havasu City, AZ on 10/3/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Vehicle: 1999 Land Rover Discovery 2 Head Unit: Kenwood KIV-701 The Pros: Once this unit installed in does in deed work! I'm able to use Vol Up, Vol Down, Mode (Source), Skip Up, Skip Down... The unit appears to have more functions and is only limited by my steering wheel as those features listed are the only buttons on my wheel. The Cons: The instructions leave a little to be desired. Thank goodness for Crutchfield Tech Support in helping me find the correct wire for my year vehicle (my year was oddly omitted from the instructions). Kuddos to Tech Support! Programming the unit took the longest, only because I made a few mistakes and had to keep starting over. I suggest you read the entire instructions a couple times before starting the process so you don't land up having to start over a couple times... My last issue and it may be a minor one is the adapter seems delayed... I press Vol Up and nothing happens... I hold the vol up and a split second later the volume moves up 5 notches... Hold it down too long and it pushes the volume to the limit. I'm getting used to the delay but it sure surprises you when you're not expecting full volume...

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Simple, see instructions on PAC's website

kinukawa from Petersburg, VA on 9/23/2011

2005 GMC Sierra 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I highly reccommend using the application guide from the PAC-audio website as opposed to the one shipped with the SWI-JACK. The programming instructions and picture of the wire you need to splice into for steering wheel controls is much clearer in the online instructions as opposed "Lt Green wire" in the instructions that came with it... There were more than one in my 05 GMC Sierra w/ Bose. Crutchfield Tech Support said the Axxcess version utilized the steering wheel interface connections from the GMOS04 adapter - that would have been a bit simpler I think rather than tapping the steering wheel controls at the steering column. Took about two minutes to program once I supplemented the instructions with those from PAC's website. Works great; no complaints.

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ok, but not great

tom from sacto, ca on 9/16/2011

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this with my new stereo and dash kit for my G35. It is a bit expensive for what it does. Install is not that easy but the instructions were great. you have to soldier a couple of resisters to wires you cut from the factory harness and then cut a random wire from the harness and connect to the ground. This is for my car and every car has a different set of resisters (or not) and cuts...you get the picture. The steering wheel volume button now has a slight delay so that if you hold it too short there is no volume change and if you hold it slightly too long, you blast your ears out. After a few weeks I have still not gotten use to the delay and I rarely use the steering wheel buttons anymore, BUT, they all work and I guess that is better than dead buttons....but for the price???? I could have had a nice subwoofer. I bought this with a new HU and free install gear which are great, so overall I extremely pleased with Crutchfield and would purchase all the same again, even the PAC SW1.

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Conflicting instructions, limited operation

Brad E from Sarasota, FL on 9/13/2011

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've worked on every aspect of a car and a computer, and I read instructions thoroughly before I start on projects. Even so, this was a frustrating install for two reasons: 1) the in-package instructions conflicted with the online vehicle- specific instructions, with the actual solution being somewhere in-between, and 2) the steering wheel buttons on my Honda Ridgeline are only partially supported, as some of the original functions do not have a corresponding function with the PAC module. I'm certainly not going to tear my dash apart again simply to remove this item, but I will definitely put more consideration into whether I REALLY need steering wheel controls for any future vehicles. I actually find myself relying on the head unit's remote more often than the steering wheel controls, because it's just not the same.

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Kathy from Gillette,WY on 9/11/2011

2007 Hyundai Azera
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions for the Swi-jack for my 2007 Hyundai Azera were awful. They said to wire it two different ways. Should have called Crutchfield right away rather than trying to muddle through them. After hours of frustration and taking the stereo apart three times got it to work. This is not for a beginner with resistors needing to be soldered into the wires. My suggestion is to use the remote and forget the steering wheel controls. Thank you crutchfield for good support and being open on Sunday!

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Not for the average DIY'er

MidloRichard from Midlothian, TX on 9/4/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions for my specific vehicle didn't make sense. It called for grounding a PIN on the connector that had nothing going to it. Gave it 2 stars because I assume it works as prescribed when the instructions and application are compatible. I aborted this option and decided to do without the steering wheel controls. Unit came with a remote, so that will have to work. Good luck.

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Steering Wheel Control harness

Desert Fox from Colorado on 8/28/2011

2003 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness works great and is easy to install, actually easier than I expected it to be. It is a little hard to program. You have to follow the instructions exactly. I had Crutchfield tech support on the phone with me and it works fine now.

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Rob from Spinnerstown PA on 7/8/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The PAC SWI-JACK was fairly easy to install, although soldering resistors into a wire harness was at the threshold of my comfort level. Programming instructions did not apply to my vehicle, contact with PAC was of little help. I probably should have called Crutchfield, but I guess in my Flux induced haze, I got through it on my own.

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Anonymous from grand raoids MI on 7/2/2011

2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it works pretty good, but im a little bit disappointed because I paid this much to retain the function of 5 buttons when the steering wheel has 8 thats why I think its a little overpriced, I installed it myself in a 2006 trailblazer therefore i can say it easy to install after a little bit of reading.I also like the fact that it comes with a web link with instructions and a picture specific of your car.

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1 year after install

2006 Magnum from Mass. on 6/2/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is not an install for a beginner, leave it to the pro or semi pro's I installed this 1 year ago, long story short, I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum with an AMP but no sub. I installed an Alpine GPS Blue Tooth radio. Out of the blue, I would shut the car off and the AMP would shut off, as it should but the radio would stay on. Further review of re checking my install (which was working fine for a year) everything is hooked up the way it should be. Well the culprit was the RED WIRE to the PAC. There is no need for this wire to be hooked up. I cut the RED wire to the PAC and all is working as it should. Radio stays on until I open my door. No more dead car battery. This info could have been useful for most newer Dodge vehicles, if they would have done some testing.

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A necessary evil

Chris from Lehi, UT on 6/1/2011

2006 Mazda 5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I gave it a relatively high three stars, because it does work as advertised. I won't go into the merits of why I needed this, as that is obvious. People have trouble setting it up, because the directions are confusing. They take eight pages to explain what should take two. I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out what a step was wanting me to do when I realized it wasn't telling me to do anything! It was just rehashing previous steps and "preparing" me for what was next. Here's a hint: read through ALL of the instructions before you even start. If a step confuses you, move on, as it will most likely be explained better in the next step. Then, once you feel you understand, write down your own short instructions. If you do that, it'll take you 10 minutes to set up. My other complaint is that it's definitely NOT as good as the factory system. My factory radio (Mazda) responded instantly to every little button press. So, one quick press of Vol+ instantly increased the volume by one. With this device, there is a hesitation, so you have to press and hold it. Then, of course, the volume goes up several notches. So I find myself in a constant battle of holding it for a 1/2 second at a time, hoping it will only go up one or two notches. Ultimately I reach for the radio knob for volume adjustments. I'm glad this product exists, and it was worth it. Just don't expect it to function as well as your factory unit, unless the description above describes your factory radio.

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It does what I need it to do! YAY!!!

Paul S. from Greenville, SC, USA on 5/29/2011

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would actually give this 4½ stars for these three deficiencies: (1) the wires were just the right length, but needed to be just a little bit longer and (2) the hardcopy instructions that came with this were in microscopic print and (3) the car-specific online instructions did not include pictures or diagrams. Once I got out the magnifying glass, the microscopic instructions did help. However, this installation is NOT for total newbies or people who are afraid to cut a wire! Fortunately, I found the right wire in the factory harness in the steering column and was able to verify it was the right wire before cutting it and splicing the SWI-JACK in. Programming instructions were spot-on. It works wonderfully with all six of my Jeep Gr Cherokee's steering wheel controls! That's what I needed! I round up to 5 stars.

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Art from Vancouver, WA on 5/22/2011

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried to follow the instructions for installing this product. 1st it states that you will only use 3 wires, but 4 are necessary; Red, Black, yellow/green, and 4 my Jeep GC a white one. Next it tells you to remove covers on the steering column, yea right one torx screw (I have torx;s from size T5 thru T60). It was a phillips head screw but the bottom cover of the steering column would not come off. I tried sliding, prying, pushing, etc After over an hour, I gave up. There was no way I was going to ruin the Leather pieces. So I cut the other 3 wires I had soIder together & have the PAC-jack parts in the house just sitting there possibly forever. OK, Don't think I am a complete incompetent, I have managed to install amplifiers and sub woofers in 2 PU trucks, and 2 Jeeps and a Honda Accord coupe. Also new radios into the same Jeeps and PU trucks. including Sony Explode and Kenwood receivers and new speakers, etc etc. So I am driving the Jeep with the new blue tooth radio without steering wheel controls.

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Works!

Wright936 from Pittsburg, TX on 5/4/2011

I bought this in order to keep my steering wheel controls in my '05 Silverado when I bought my Kenwood XDC-X935 receiver. The installation was a bit of a pain, but it wasn't too difficult. The most confusing thing was that it included several resistors in a little bag. This made me a little nervous, and it actually said that my vehicle required me to use them to get it to work. There wasn't much of an explanation of how to wire them, so I just figured I would try it without using them and see how it went. It worked just fine! Not exactly sure what they are for, but apparently I didn't need them. The programming took me a few minutes, but it was fairly painless. I do not experience the lag that other people mention in other reviews. When I push the volume or track button on my steering wheel, it does it instantly. It works great! I just gave it 4 stars for the confusing installation.

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Saved my steering wheel controls!

DanD from Atanta, GA on 4/11/2011

Works as advertised. It was a bit challenging to install and configure, but the directions were very complete and accurate. You could use an extra pair of hands to push the programming button, while you are ready at the steering wheel controls. One gotcha is that it is a bit slow to respond. You have to hold the steering wheel control down for about 1/2 second for the head unit to respond. Only problem is for volume, it does nothing for that 1/2 second, then shoots up abruptly. Also, for "next track", it often goes to fast forward instead because of the delay. On the plus side, you can assign any remote function that you want to any button, so it gives you some freedom. And, freedom is good!

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Steve from San Francisco, CA on 3/29/2011

2007 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The controls work fine, but I notice I have to push my steering wheel controls a lot harder for any of the functions to work. For example, with the factory stock radio I was able to tap the volume button up and down. Now I have to firmly press the button down for the volume to change.

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Get the one from Axxess

Carl from San Antonio, TX on 3/26/2011

2004 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had this controller first as it was "recommended" on the site. the install was a nightmare. I should had known when it came with resistors that is going to be a no go. PAC support wasn't much help so I returned for the one from Axxess (AKA Metra) steering wheel controler for the same price.

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Jeff from Forest Hill, MD on 3/24/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was not able to program. Worked with tech support and still was not able to program. Physical install was easy only 3 wires. Unit was returned for a full credit without issue.

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Works, but involved

Andrew from Ypsilanti, MI on 3/23/2011

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Controller works ok. The installed is can be very confusing with all of the wires involved. Over all it works on my F150 with just a little delay when the button is pushed.

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Not as easy as you think...

Jim from South Jersey on 3/7/2011

2005 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item is more universal than I thought. This was bought for a Toyota Tundra, maybe I should have researched deeper... Included are resistors that may need to be wired into all sorts of different wiring schemes. I've installed several head units, amps, sat. radios, but this was my first steering wheel contol unit. I will never buy another one. Best of luck to anyone who buys this.

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if you can get it to work... must be awesome

jonny from winston salem, nc on 2/26/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works? Included directions were terrible, online directions worse, provided wrong diagram for connector in my truck. after multiple emails and calls to PAC, got it sorted...following frying of the oem bluetooth module. awesome. luckily, new kenwood headunit works better with bt anyway. check PAC website for your instructions on your car before you buy!

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Worked alright once wired correctly

Ol' Beaks from Raleigh NC on 2/21/2011

2006 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product worked ok once I wired it up correctly. Having my steering wheel buttons back is very nice. The only drawback to this product is that there is around a 250ms delay before a button is registered as pushed. This means that you must hold down the button for around 1/4 second before it detects you have pushed it. You get used to this quickly, and it is not a major problem. I'm very glad this product exists, and I'd recommend it, even with its minor flaw.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Andy from Adjuntas, PR on 2/14/2011

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This steering wheel control adapter is quite good since it allows you to use this factory feature with an aftermarket stereo. I had issues while programming it and had to call a Crutchfield Tech for assistance, but even then I can only access volume and tuner controls. There are two buttons that I was unable to program.

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Not the best

Anonymous from Green Bay, WI on 2/12/2011

2005 GMC Yukon XL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well this is the only component that I have yet to get to work. Sure wish I hadn't spent the money on it. Every time I attempt to program it the light stays on and then after about 20secs flashes three times and goes off signifying that it has been programed even though it won't accept anything. Very dissapointing.

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Not plug and play

Steve from Corpus Christi, TX on 2/9/2011

2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is not a plug and play type controller. Every steering wheel control has to be programmed in order. Not all that diffcult...just frustrating, because I thought it would be plug and play. Dont be affraid of the crazy instructions that it comes with, just go to the website (address is included in the packaging) and use those directions. They are vehicle specific. You do have to use the packaged instruction to find out which Resistor to use.

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Does some of what it is supposed to...

BK from Tallahassee, FL on 2/8/2011

2004 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It took me a long time to install this item. I had to go to the store and purchase solder to install the resistor in one of the wires. In the end I am dissappointed. The volume control works. I can change the input from FM to CD to USB, etc. I can't get the track to change. I can't get the radio stations to change. Most of the functionality of the original Toyota radio is gone. I wish I had not spent the money on this item.

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At least they work sometimes

Paul from Illinois on 2/7/2011

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We have messed with it a couple of times, unfortunately the steering wheel controls only work about 60% of the time.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Jim from Cosmos,MN on 2/6/2011

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Need to read instructions for programing before you start. Goes a little quick if you are not ready. Otherwise it works without hesitation.

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Would Recommend

Anonymous from Kingwood,WV on 2/5/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

There is a little delay but not real bad. I use it and like it. Make sure when hooking it up you use the ground wire at wiring harness steering wheel and combine it with the chasis ground. The directions are not real clear. I used this on Toyota Tacoma and the wiring for the steering was located by the car audio wiring harness.

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Works like a charm

Mike C. from New Orleans, LA on 2/4/2011

The hardest part in installing this device was taking off the panels to get to the wire that I needed to jump. Once I got to that wire and tied this device in, it was a piece of cake. On my '06 Tahoe, one wire to jumper, one hot, one common, and plug it into the radio. Programming was ridiculously easy. I was concerned about this installation from the beginning, until I read the manual and actually performed it. Don't hesitate, it's so easy you'll be shocked.

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Good Product

Mike S. from LaPlata, MD on 2/3/2011

2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good product, works as advertised. Hookup was a little more difficult than anticipated, due to the need to put resistors inline with the wiring. Works great though once installed. Programming was easy.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Christine from Reston, VA on 1/31/2011

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item provides the remote control access from my steering wheel to my new HD radio. There is a slight lag but I have adapted. I hope the manufacturer improves the product for future customers. Overall I'm glad to have this feature available to me.

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Mostly works

Dan S. from Chardon, OH on 1/30/2011

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this when I upgraded the factory stereo in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I wanted to retain the use of the steering wheel controls. After installing it and doing the best I could, I contacted the Crutchfield phone guys. They were knowledgeable and the best we could do was retain volume control and "seek up" on the wheel. This is mostly what I use anyway, but not all of the steering wheel buttons are now usable. It's not as good as factory, but better than no controls at all.

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Great Option

Jim P from Medford, NJ on 1/25/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Loved this product, did not know you could do this. Easy to install. Works great

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Not cool

Lubbz from FPO Bahrain on 1/19/2011

2006 Suzuki XL-7
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This seemed like it would be great, but not paying attention to what it works with I bought it because it matched my truck. After buying it, and taking to installers who diced it up trying to get it to work, I found it would not work with pioneer. ultimately it is my fault for over looking this, but I am still upset to have bought a complete installation kit for my truck + pioneer, and this was suggested. Granted, this may not justify two stars, which may have been different under other circumstances. The reason I did give only two is because I was expecting something less complicated, without added resistors to be soldered in with no explanation of when to use them.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Rich from Sarasota Fl on 1/18/2011

2004 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The worst product ever. Wish I could get my money back. Slow and unresponsive, use the remote that comes with the stereo.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Anonymous from beaverdam, va on 1/17/2011

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it works, but there is a significant delay in each function.

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Works for me

mitchell from austin,tx on 12/27/2010

2006 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just installed the SWI-Jack in my 2006 SE 4Runner and it works great. It plugged into the PAC TATO unit I needed for my install so that part was a breeze. As some reviewers say, there is a tiny pause between your press and the reaction -- less than half a second. Very trivial to me compared to not having steering wheel controls. Other items from Crutchfield for the install: Kenwood DNX-6960 Kenwood Sirius Cable Sirius SCC1 Radio Receiver Kenwood iPod adapter cable PAC TATO (JBL stereo harness/interface) PAC SWI-JACK It all works great and sounds fantastic.

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Great product - install sheet needs work

Idaho nagodac from Meridian, Idaho on 12/20/2010

Great product and easy to program once you actually figure out how to program it and where to splice it in, the install sheets that came with it are about 90% product. Installed in a 2005 yukon, trying to find the pin wire to splice was actually under the steering column shield, would have been easy to add this tidbit to the install sheet and where the pin is actually at. Check out the webpage for PAC, they have easy pictures and I would have NEVER figured it out without it. Once on the page, what a breeze.

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PAC SWI-SWITCH

Matt K. from Macedonia, Ohio on 12/5/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit does what it claims and no problems with it since installed. Only negative is that you have to press steering control buttons with slightly more pressure.

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Not too bad

Yuri from Bellevue, WA on 12/2/2010

2005 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Contrary to what I read in these reviews, the device was very easy to install and configure. It didn't come with very clear instructions (in fact, they were confusing) but if you go to their website you'll be able to get extremely detailed (with pictures) instructions for your specific vehicle and stereo. So that wasn't the problem. I'd give it 5 stars, but the device introduced a delay into my steering wheel controls. With the stock stereo I could tap the button and something would happen immediately, with this unit I have to hold the button for about half a second for anything to happen, and sometimes I have to press the button two or three times. It's better than not having steering wheel controls at all, but the delay can be frustrating. It seems that most people don't experience a delay with their vehicles, I would recommend looking around to see if somebody with your particular vehicle had any complaints, and if they didn't, I'd buy this device in a heartbeat.

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Slow

MikeF from Palatine, Il on 11/15/2010

2002 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you are determined to keep your steering wheel controls functioning no matter what this is the product for you but if you don't have an abundance of patience you will regret the purchase. I paired the PAC SWI-JACK with a Kenwood DNX 6160 Navigation Receiver and installed them in a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While the PAC SWI-JACK does work there is a delay between pressing the steering wheel control and anything occurring on the radio. Since I'm a man with little patience I tend to just reach over and use the volume knob instead.

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PAC SWI-JACK

rc from spencer.wv on 11/9/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is easy to install,but almost impossible to program,even with vehicle specific instructions, so unless you just have to have it I would skip it

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Save your money

z100 from Pittsburgh, Pa. on 11/8/2010

2000 Chevrolet Blazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently installed this steering wheel interface in my 2000 Chevy Blazer with a Kennwood head unit and I am dissaponted. The interface is not cappable of scaning down, it can only scan up, and it can only track up on a cd not down. The volume control is very touchy and is hard to control. I would have rather saved my money instead of having bought something that does not work properly, or as presented.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Anonymous from PA on 11/1/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit will work in the end however if you can't solder inside your dash stay clear of this unit. You have to solder in 5 different resitors under 2K ohms. This for me wasn't hard however I didn't have a list for the color bands on the resistors at home and the unit doesn't come with direction for you specific vehicle. You can get the directions by way of a download. Thanks to the great people at crutchfield for thr great support of this unit as the dwonloaded directions were not complete.

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PAC SWI-JACK

John from Indianapolis on 10/21/2010

2000 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worth every penny...works great.

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Hot-Setup

PTN from Abington, Pennsylvania on 10/18/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is certainly an excellent product. Being able to properly solder and insulate all connections between this harness and the harness of the head unit (Kenwood KIV-700) while in the comfort of my workshop is without a doubt the way to go. Once the connections are made, installation of the unit itself was only about an hour or so. Instructions / diagrams are pretty good. Most of the wire's color codes actually matched up with the head unit. It was all too easy. Triple checked for mistakes and it worked perfectly. I'm not a big fan of an extra set of "connectors" between the head unit and everything else, but the time and aggravation saved with this set up is well worth it. Now, when I want to re-install the stock double-din head unit, it should only take a few minutes. Make sure you order this harness WITH (at the same time) your new head unit as the price will be half. I did not, however Crutchfield graciously refunded the difference. Finally - if you have steering wheel controls like I do on the Five Hundred Limited - order the PAC SWI-JACK and perform the install at the same time. Most of the original steering wheel functions will be preserved. This complemented the installation making it truly the "Hot-Setup

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Works great!

Anonymous from Owensboro KY on 10/16/2010

2001 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did not get adequate instructions from Crutchfield so I had another local shop install. I like the product though.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Doc Russ from Griffin, GA on 10/16/2010

2010 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The biggest piece of junk I have ever bought in 35 years of being in the audio world.

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PAC SWI-JACK

JG Rush from Von Ormy, TX on 10/13/2010

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great to have steering wheel controls back. Can be a little tuff to program for proper operation with your vehicle

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Don't Let it Scare You

Michael from Phx, AZ on 10/5/2010

2005 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

At first it might seem a little scary reading the instructions for installing. Actually it was a piece of cake and works like a dream. It does everything it says it does and you can even tweak it to your liking, at least on my 2005 Tacoma you could. Great product.

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What they don't tell you

BBKing from LA,CA on 9/28/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Strike 1. So they don't realy mention up front that you will be cutting 3 wires instead of having a simple plug in adapter and having to solder resistor(s) into said cut wires. I wish Crutchfield would ma a cheap adapter harness. I woudl be much happier soldering outside the car instead of under the dash. The whole unit could almost be plug and play. Strike 2. The programming is a nightmare. 7 seconds to press the buttons in a certain order and if you want to skip you have to push a button on the side of the unit. I wish it was a simple jumper setting like a universal remote for TVs. Not some crazy button pressing. Strike 3. Not a huge issue, but the program settings I used said Preset Up and I pushed the Preset Button Up on Steering Wheel. All was good on the programming side. Then I went to use the steering wheel controls and the adapter decided to go Preset Down. The bug was that Preset Down was not even an option in the program for my vehicle. I started way too late in the evening and severly underestimted Item 2 above. Let's just say I like plug and play. Maybe if it were jumpers or switches my experience would have been a 5 star. Bottom line not for a novice and be reasy to solder. Well the real bottomline my wife likes it ... She could not live without it. Enough said.

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Tough to set up

Bender85 from Goffstown, NH on 9/11/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Directions are not very good. However, you you go on the site that is listed in the directions for your specific car then it goes on much easier. The only other issue is that I have to press the buttons down a lot harder that I did with my stock stereo.

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PAC SWI-JACK

BDW from Arkansas on 9/9/2010

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

not 100% compatible with Clarion NX500 and (or) 04 Ford F150 Lariat. Directions for programming and installation documentation could be better, unit works but I did loose some OEM features my stock steering wheel controls has..

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PAC SWI-JACK

DaveB from Parkville, Md on 9/5/2010

2003 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good item. I was a bit overwhelmed by the instructions as a car audio novice. But, install was not really bad at all. Works exactly as advertised.

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Works!

JB from Walnut Creek, CA on 8/30/2010

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works really well in my girlfriend's 2006 Nissan Altima. Would have given it 5 stars but the instructions, while ultimately were complete were not very clear and difficult to follow. The beginning was clear as to setting up the unit and which wires were to be used, but the layout and structure of the instruction pages made it difficult to follow. I had to read over them multilpe times. Good news is the unit works perfectly and I highly reccomend this for aftermarket stereos.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Anonymous from Cincinnati Ohio on 8/27/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The installation went smooth. I could not get the Down Track button to be programed, but all the other steering wheel functions work

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PAC SWI-JACK

GermanyBert from APO, AE Kaiserslautern, Germany on 8/19/2010

2007 Dodge Nitro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked like a charm. Plugged it right into the Chrysler harness I got from here. Programming a a bit complicated but I had it within 10 minutes.

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It works, but you need to pay attention to the instructions!

martinez95 from Houston, TX on 8/16/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like everyone else who's bought this I wanted to retain my factory steering wheel controls. I also ordered a PAC TATO interface since my car has the factory JBL system and was pleasantly surprised when I discovrered that the PAC TATO has a pair of power leads specifically for this device and that it also has a wiring harness specific to my car that I used instead of the wiring harness (with 10000000+ wires) that came with the PAC SWI-JACK (like the one in the picture on this site). Programming took me a couple of attempts, but once I figured it out it was quite easy. I'll say again, be sure to follow the instructions. You have to tell this unit what brand of radio you have in order for the programming to work correctly. If you have a little patience and can follow directions you should be able to program this with no problems. The biggest CON (which has already been mentioned) is the lag time between the time I push the button and the time the unit reacts. It's nowhere near as fast as my stock unit, but I am slowly "learning" how to handle this thing. Other than that, this too has been perfect since I installed it.

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Works, but so generic it takes a lot of planning to install

David from Eldersburg, MD on 8/3/2010

2003 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I required that replacement stereo for my 03 Honda Odyssey use steering controls. This was the answer. Accurate instructions, but fine print to identify my make/model required magnifying glass! Required tech support call to confirm wires needed. Requires pulling & clipping wire from dash bundle to connect unit. Bundle is wrapped TIGHT and a mistake would be pain to fix! Only 3 wires needed for most cars but many extra wires on unit need trim & tape. It took me 4 tries to program specific to my vehicle & stereo combo! It requires car power to program, so you semi-install, attach battery (airbag caution!), program unit, disconnect battery, finish install, reconnect battery before memory is gone (according to tech support). I didn't like this, but planned carefully (wrote out steps on own paper after deciphering instructions) & worked quickly. Everything okay, though I got programming wrong first 3 times (mixed up column for stereo brand). A custom unit for the vast majority of cars that only use 3 wires would be a MUCH better product. As others have said, response time is noticeably slower than factory connection (due to conversion of signal from steering wheel control to stereo). Only a problem if you hit and hold volume up button, forgetting the lag! Almost blew out my speakers when unit "caught up" to my repeated hitting up volume first time I tried it.

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Works perfect

Anonymous from Buffalo, NY on 7/19/2010

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just installed in my '05 Silverado with Clarion CX609 receiver and it works perfect. Functions perform instantly when steering wheel buttons are pushed (NO DELAY). Download and print instructions from manufacturer and READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH FIRST. Installation was just a couple more connections while installing stereo and programming took maybe 5 minutes at most. If you're capable of installing your own radio this should be doable. If someone else installs your radio, let them do this too whereas it involves cutting into factory wiring.

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Most frustrating electronic device ever created

Bailey from Washington, DC on 7/18/2010

The concept is a great idea but the delivery leaves much to be desired. Installation is pretty straight forward. Programming it is an absolute nightmare. Directions are confusing at best and it doesn't work well when you get it programmed. With the incredible quality of the products offered by Crutchfield, I am surprised they keep selling this item. If I had my choice again, I wouldn't buy it.

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Just "OK"

Zac from Oklahoma on 6/13/2010

2005 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation can be a pain. To get a good connection, you will need to solder it (if your vehicle needs resistors anyway). Programming is pretty simple. My just "OK" part comes from the fact this is delayed. It works, but it's slightly delayed. Not bad enough for me to yank it out, but factor is a bit snappier. It's almost like it takes a longer/harder input signal for the receiver to get it. Could be the receiver, but I'm sure it's this interface.

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OK but not great, not worth the money

csprings from New Jersey on 6/11/2010

2007 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product works but with issues in my 2007 Miata. When I press the volume button there is a significant delay in response and when it finally does respond it seems to have stored all the time I was holding the button and makes for extreme swings in volume. I may get used to it but so far I use the radio knob and seem to have wasted the money on this item since I primarily use it for volume control. In addition the instructions could be a bit clearer from my experience that the unit is primarily wired into the car's wiring and not the adapter plug supplied by Crutchfield. The Support tech caught this error as we diagnosed the programming challenge.

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Touch install and slow control response

Andrew from KS on 6/4/2010

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After fumbling around trying to figure out which resistor is what and figuring out how to connect it to the wires reliably I find out that the wheel controls have to be held for a second. Very annoying, but it works.

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Frustrating install but it works

Anonymous from Colorado on 5/22/2010

2007 Mazda CX-7
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works but that's the only good thing I have to say about it. The install instructions are incredibly difficult to understand and one step was not even complete (I had to search online forms to find someone who posted the correct wire that needed to be grounded) Also, the online instructions which they suggest you look at first were completely different (and wrong) from the paper instructions that came with the device. I also had to buy an extension for the plug that connects to the radio because it has a 90* angle. Not the best design.

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It does work

stefan from Lynchburg, Va on 5/14/2010

2006 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As others have said it does work, however by the time you have got it to the volume you want you could have reached turned the dial and changed a cd. The delay is horrible leaving you tapping very slowly forever or blowing everyone in the car away with a aggressive press of the controls. But it works...

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Works Great

Matt from Scarborough, ME on 5/8/2010

2009 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

4 stars because of the delay. But it works fine for what it is. Definitely go to their website and get the specific instructions for your particular car and installation will be 100 times easier. I got this thing installed and working in about 20 minutes.

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Meh, it works sorta

Delilah from Oregon on 5/2/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in 02 Gr. Cherokee w/ JVC CDA615 receiver CAVEAT: Read the directions prior to instal and programming and be prepared to call the always knowledgeable tech support at Crutchfield. I am the one everyone hands the directions to and found the manufacturer's directions lacking. As an example, it refers to the white or gray plug in the steeringcolumn w/ a white wire. Well, I got 2 white & 1 gray plug and each have a white wire. Programming the controller is like programming a TV remote. Find the car code and follow the sequence. VERY important to follow the sequence. In addition to that time consuming frustration, the response time (if any response) between controls and my new receiver are slower than trying to get two toddler ready for school in the morning. The volume does respond the fastest and so I give stars only because it does what it is supposed to......... EVENTUALLLY

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pac swi-jack

moegood from leland, il. on 4/13/2010

2007 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

if you read carefully it is a snap, programing is easy

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PAC SWI-JACK

MikeP from South Carolina on 4/6/2010

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would advise speaking with Crutchfield, download programming instructions from PAC, read Crutchfield instructions prior to installation. Programming is tricky unless you FULLY understand the instructions. Unit has a slight delay but overall works very well.

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2009 GM Ready

Ryan from WI on 3/30/2010

2009 Saturn Aura
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this in my '09 Aura, instructions could have been better, but if you read them three times the programming does work pretty easily. It's great to be able to use my factory controls on my wheel for my JVC receiver! It was worth the money for sure!

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Excellent w/ Kenwood DNX9140 and 2010 Subaru Forester XT

dt63944 from Buffalo, NY on 3/19/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This interface works great after you obtain the proper wiring notes from the PAC-Audio website and especially AFTER you speak with Crutchfield Tech Support who will tell you and email their custom instructions that make more sense than the vague PAC-Audio instructions. I wasted 2 hours trying to interpret the PAC-Audio instructions and 10 minutes to program successfully after Crutchfield Tech Support helped me. This is why Crutchfield isn't always the lowest price, but definitely the best value; there are too many things that can go expensively wrong with a do-it-yourself car job to skimp on poor or non-existent tech support. This is not a product that will easily install successfully by "simply reading the instructions" right out of the box, no matter what that one review claimed was possible. End result: the steering wheel buttons work perfectly with the Kenwood head unit, the very slight delay between button push and response from the Kenwood was reproduceable but very acceptable compared to not having those steering wheel buttons not working!

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it does what it says it will

Herb from La Crosse, wi on 2/26/2010

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This device works pretty well. I have to recalibrate it though because some of the buttons on my steering wheel no longer work to control my unit but this is a minor annoyance. Just make sure that before you put your dash back together that this device is 100 percent calibrated to your system and car. Otherwise it does the trick and I love that I can still control my system through my steering wheel controls.

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Works on 2003 Explorer

Carlos from Maspeth, NY on 2/15/2010

It could work in any car included in its list. My service tech installed for me, but I managed the programing, you just have to read the manual from top to bottom. Works fine with the steering wheel, with a small delay, but it give you the factory control from it back to you. Feels great!!! I recomended to you 100%

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Worked in 2002 Chevy Impala also

Marquitta from Chicago, IL on 2/9/2010

2001 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to go with an Alpine CDA-105 head unit for a 2001 Honda Odyssey. Someone hit me and totaled my van prior to receiving this part. Had the head unit and this part reinstalled locally into my husbands 2002 Chevy Impala which works wonderfully!

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Turns 3 useless buttons into 3 very useful ones...

Cyrus from Baltimore, MD on 2/2/2010

I added the SWI-JACK to my new Clarion NX409 in my 2000 Acura 3.5RL. Installation was not very difficult, even for a novice such as myself. Programming, however, was quite a feat. Mostly user error, but partly a finicky device - it did take me many days to program it successfully. In the end, the volume up and down buttons work perfectly, and the track up button seeks the next station up on my radio. I'd prefer if the latter would change presets like it used to before, but perhaps I'm asking for too much (let this be a warning to all CLARION owners, it will probably do the same for you). It does change tracks on my Ipod as it should. Delay at first was a pain, but I was used to it after 5 minutes. I am so happy to have these buttons back again, this device is absolutely worth the money to me. To save yourself hassle, it is best if you install it while you install the radio.

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PAC SWI-JACK in 01 WJ

Rusty from Sandwich, MA on 1/28/2010

i just finished installing this little guy in my Grand Cherokee and i am very pleased with it. installation was a breeze as long as you are willing to take some dash panels off to locate stock wires. i went with the instructions on PAC's website written up for my car and they were right on. the little red wire was kind of tricky to locate under the steering wheel but once found the rest was a breeze. NOTE! like another person stated about the grand cherokees you can not use the wire in the stereo area you must track down the red wire in the gray connector under the steering wheel. the response time is not immediately with my alpine deck but neither is the response when i use the remote included with the deck. overall i am very pleased and would recommend this unit to anyone that has steering wheel controls in their car.

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Complex installation and worked poorly.

Anonymous from Tom from Texas on 1/17/2010

2002 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My config: 2002 Honda Accord, Kenwood KDC-HD942U. If you do get this, I highly recommend going to PAC's website to get specific instructions for your vehicle/head unit combination. The printed instructions that come with the unit are comprehensive, but totally incomprehensible with the range of choices. Unfortunately, after finally installing, the unit rarely operated properly. It was either too slow, sent the wrong command, or simply didn't respond and, in an attempt to get SOME response, if you make the mistake of holding down the steering wheel button too long, the unit will send multiple commands to the HU and suddenly the volume is WAY too loud or totally off! Nice try, but this baby's going back! Tom

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John from Toms River, NJ on 1/4/2010

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Very disappointed. Would never buy a PAC product again. Did not return because I do not want to pull the dash apart again. Installation went OK, use the instructions on the web site. The problem that I am having is that it intermittently stops working and occasionally sends the incorrect command. If you have grown accustomed to your steering wheel controls like I have you could be disappointed with this inferior product. Many times when I need to adjust the volume the unit will just stop working for a minute or so, or randomly change the channel or the source. I am not sure if another manufacture makes a steering wheel control interface but I would not use this product again.

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Didn't fit my car

Jesse from Safety Harbor Fl on 12/30/2009

2001 Cadillac Seville
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I bought this thinking it would fit my 2001 Cadillac Seville STS. Well i did not work. I went through two of these things and it still would not work for my car. I am not sure what item I need to purchase to use my steering wheel controls for my IVA-D106 but it is not this one. I was very let down by this product.

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I rather use Head Unit remote

Rene from Rene, Florida on 11/24/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pro's: None than I can remember. Con's: Although I only had to use 3 wires, this thing had more wires the the head unit harness :o) The instructions almost require a microscope to read since they were so tiny, went to manufacturers website to printout readable sized instructions. had to splice into 2 of my car's factory wiring harness. After calling Crutchfield's awesome tech support guys I was able to get it to work. Overall, I chose not to use this unit after replacing head unit, since all the steering wheel controls were not learned. response to the buttons was very slow, and often had to press 2 or 3 times before getting a response.

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Just works.

Anonymous from San Luis Obispo, CA on 11/1/2009

2003 Dodge Dakota
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on a '03 Dodge Dakota and a Kenwood stereo. Instructions downloaded from PAC online are clear; just remember a "red-black" wire is red with a black stripe (there is a black-red in the steering column bundle as well!).

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Works Great

NICK from FL on 10/20/2009

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works Great in my 2004 Grand Prix. No complaints.

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Great solution for your wheel controls (08 CRV)

Hector from Wheaton, IL on 9/12/2009

2008 Honda CRV EX
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I own a 2008 Honda CRV and the online instructions made its installation much simpler. You do have to use the 5100 mohm resistor across the black and white wires if you want to keep the MODE button on your CRV, although the instructions were extremely vague on this important feature. The programming, on the other had, is pretty staight forward but you have to pay attention and really count the number of pushes to the programming button. But once the unit has been programmed, the whole thing is done! There are some reviewers that complained about the lack of rapid response from the wheel controls with this unit. I agree, but it's not a significant issue in my opinion. The controls do present a slight delay but if you get desperate and keep pushing the buttons the volume is going to go up or down pretty quickly. Normally with a couple of pushes you can see the volume (and other features) being controlled normally; you have to be a second or two patient, that's all. After all, this is not the factory-installed unit, you know. It's just an interface that works (fine) between different car manufacturers and aftermarket head units. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because of its price. I think for what the features it offers and the many particular fine adjustments you still have to do yourself to make it work, this unit it's a bit over priced.

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Works

Rat88 from Youngstown, OH on 8/26/2009

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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I read a ton of bad reviews on this before I bought it so I had my doubts. Trust me when I say.......there ain't nothing wrong with this unit unless you don't follow directions. I didn't see what the big deal was but install on my '03 Silverado was effortless. All you have to do is READ THE DIRECTIONS. Easiest way is to go by the directions on the companys website. The instructions provided just aren't even close. This isn't no plug it in and go. You have to program everything......all of it. It is not that hard if you read it all through and figure out what it is you are doing. Everything is time sensitive so if you wait too long to program the next button (7 seconds) it shuts off and you gotta start over. If you can read you can install this with no problem.

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Works as advertised

sawtooth from Highland Park, IL on 8/17/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well, it does what it says it will do, allow the factory steering wheel controls to work the Kenwood DNX5140 stereo. But MAN you have to have an engineering degree to make it work. The directions are fairly clear, but they are inherently complex due to the number of vehicles and stereos that it is designed to work with. For my Toyota 4Runner, I had to wire in a 150 ohm resistor to the control wire and split the control wire out to two wires. And the factory stereo had a quick-connect plug that would have been GREAT if this device somehow could have provided a wiring harness to plug right in. So you had to wire in to the wires behind the dead harness. A little plug-and-play, please. This is kind of like a learning remote, so the learning process is the deal breaker if you hold a button down too long. The controls are either too touchy or too sluggish. Mine are a bit sluggish and will take some time to get used to. Single controls only, would be nice for a "press-and-hold" for each steering wheel control to allow dual function. And all the manual wiring and such is a lot to ask for this price when they provide wired control inputs on most stereos nowadays. Would be nice to have a common remote code standard, and/or allow the head unit to deal with the translation to make this device unneccessary...

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Barry from Connecticut on 8/12/2009

This works great between my Kenwood stereo and 2005 Toyota Tacoma controls. At first, it looks complicated to install, but if you narrow it down to the specific vehicle and closely follow the instructions, it's cake. The manufacturer's website provided customized instructions that were easier to follow than those in the package. 5 stars!

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Works Great

Michael from Phoenix, Az on 7/7/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had no problems getting the unit set up and working. There is a slight delay when a button is pressed but it's not bad and I still have the major functions I wanted.

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Works ok

Mike from Lebanon, IN on 7/4/2009

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this on a new Kenwood DDX514 unit. THe directions were a little hard to figure out. The online directions were much clearer however one of the last steps was wrong. It was the Jack plugging into the back of the unit. You have to read the direction paper that came with the unit to see that for Kenwood unit, you use the lone wire, not the jack. A few things I notice are that after two weeks of being installed, the volume up some times is not recognised. Also, when the volume up does work, it can go up very fast if you are not careful. Some of my steering wheel controls have multiple controls for one button, such as the AM/FM button. It would be nice if I could program several controls to one button. With this, I can only go through FM1, FM2 and FM3. No AM or Power included with this setting. All in all, it works like it is suppose to. You get spoiled with steering wheel buttons, so not having them is hard to get used to.

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ok not the best

bingler from St. Augustine, FL on 6/13/2009

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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The product works alright its only works sometime and when it does its hard to control it. I use the remote that comes with my head unit more than i do the steering wheel contorles now. The only thing that seems to work the best all the time is the volume and then you can't just turn it up a little you have to hold down the button and it goes up really fast. The directions that come with it were a pain but I went on their website and printed the ones out on there and it was a lot easyer.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Derek from OKC, OK on 5/24/2009

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
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Great product, does as advertised. Only downside, is the instructions are a little hard to make sense of the first read through.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Marcus from Santa Clarita, California on 5/5/2009

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
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I bought a PAC SWI-CAN2 and an SWI-JACK to keep my Mercedes-Benz steering wheel controls functional with an Alpine head unit. Both items are required and they perform exactly as advertised. I had to place one call for wiring assistance, but the Crutchfield technician was able to answer my question.

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Not informed of all parts needed

matt from San Diego, CA on 5/1/2009

2002 Volkswagen Passat
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I purchased this item along with a new deck and was not informed by the advisor when I made the purchase that I would need to buy an additional item that cost about the same inorder to use my SW controls. The great part was I did not find out that I was not told about the additional item I needed until I have the factory deck out and was ready to install the new deck...a little late at that point. Now I have no SW controls. Not impressed with advisors on this one...really dropped the ball!

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Missed using my buttons

Jeff from Kansas City on 4/26/2009

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Finally got the part, was out of stock for a short period. Not quite the performance of the steering wheel to factory radio. But who wants a factory radio? There is a small delay, about the same as having to take your hand off of the wheel and reach for a knob. Went in easy, one splice, two zip ties..done. Get the install/programming guide from the pac website. Vehicle and Radio specific. Programmed in about 2 minutes. Worth the money, small delay is the only negative.

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tough install

Jason from portland, or on 4/26/2009

2008 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My friend bought this for his new Kenwood reciever in his Mazda 3 and I installed it for him. This item works just fine, but the install was not very simple. Product comes with 3 different sheets of information that have to be deciphered. Some information was wrong so it took some creative thinking to get it to work. ie, it had a list of cammands in order...but didnt include a pause feature...as i went through the list checking the commands, they ended up all being off by one because of the mysterious pause feature. very difficult in general, but if you're willing to spend the money for a few extra buttons...i guess you wont mind the extra wrench time.

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Best mod to date!

Steve from NJ on 4/25/2009

2000 Ford Explorer
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I used this with my Kenwood DDX 512 in my 1998 Ford Ranger. Rangers never came with steering wheel controls, so I swapped in a steering wheel and clockspring from a 2000 Eddie Bauer Explorer. It was only a few wires to hook up, and we had it programmed within 10 minutes. I now have control of the Source, Volume up and down and Next (track or station) features on the wheel. As the title says, this is my best mod to date. I love it!

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DOES WHAT IT SAYS... WITH A LITTLE FINESSE

Jeffery from TUCSON, AZ on 4/18/2009

2009 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

BOUGHT THIS TO USE THE CONTROLS FROM OUR 2009 ODYSSEY WITH A KENWOOD DNX7140 (DOES NOT USE THE 3.5MM JACK, USES BLUE AND YELLOW WIRE). GOT IT ALL CONNECTED AND HAD SOME MAJOR ISSUES WITH MAKING THE PROGRAMMING WORK. AFTER A COUPLE HOURS (I HATE ASKING FOR HELP) I CALLED THE MANUFACTURER AND THEY INFORMED ME THAT THERE WERE SOME MODELS THAT WERE PUT TOGETHER WRONG. HE HAD ME OPEN IT UP AND SEE IF THE WHITE WIRE AND THE BLUE/YELLOW WIRE WERE SOLDERED IN THE SAME POSITION. THEY WERE SO I WAS DIRECTED TO CUT OPEN THE 3.5MM MINI JACK CABLE AND CONNECT THE RED WIRE FROM THAT TO THE BLUE/YELLOW KENWOOD WIRE. WORKED GREAT AFTER THAT ASIDE FROM THE DELAY THAT EVERYONE MENTIONS. DON'T USE THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT! GO ONLINE AND PRINT THE VEHICLE SPECIFIC ONES, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO FOLLOW!

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Almost works perfect

Phil from Florida on 4/8/2009

2005 Ford Expedition
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Used to install a Kenwood 6019 into a 2005 Expedition. No way to change the channel using the steering wheel controls. Volume and band change work perfect.

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Great accessory

Jason from Modesto,CA on 4/7/2009

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
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The SWI-JACK is a simple way to maintain your steering wheel controls when upgrading head units. Install was easy, especially when using other PAC integration units like the OS4 for the 07+ Chevy trucks/SUVs since its pre-wired for the SWI-JACK. Its simply plug-n-play. Programming was easy for the Kenwood Excelon DNX-8120 I installed. Only thing to note is that the program mode is fixed when connected to an integration unit and if you have OnStar, you need to not hold the Speak/Mute button down or it will activate OnStar instead of programming the unit. So simply give the button a quick tap instead and the SWI-JACK will recognize it, but it takes a second to respond. It does adjust the volume really fast on the Kenwood unit. Not sure if its limited to Kenwood units with the single control wire or if it applies to the other brands that use the mini-plug.

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Works OK

Jodi from Milwaukee, WI on 4/5/2009

I bought this with an Alpine head unit for installation in a Kia Optima. My installer could not get it to work on the first installation attempt. They made calls both to Crutchfield and PAC for technical support and still could not get the SWI-Jack to work. I ended up returning that Jack for a new one and going to a different installer. The second intaller was able to get it working and it has worked good since then. The SWI-Jack is slower and I have to hold down the buttons on my steering wheel longer, but it just takes a little getting used to.

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David from Dothan, AL on 3/30/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works OK. Must hold each button down for about a second before they work and the volume changes faster than I would like, but otherwise good product.

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Thank God for professional installation and customer service!

Sean from Albany, OR on 3/24/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It took 2 separate appointments at my professional installer (deck: Kenwood KDC-X493; 2005 GMC Sierra Crew) and several calls between Crutchfield and PAC. The trick to get it working was my truck had to be running to get it programmed. Now that its installed and programmed it works like a charm! If you are having problems programming it, try turning your vehicle on!

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Copbait from Topeka, KS on 3/16/2009

2009 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just installed this for my Kenwood DDX-6019 in my new 2009 Nissan Altima and it works great. It wasn't the easiest install since Nissans require a couple of resistors to be placed inline with one of the wires. Also the directions weren't completely accurate because it said pins 6,15, and 16 were specific wire colors that didn't match my radio harness but it works nonetheless. There is a slight delay as others have mentioned when depressing any button on the steering wheel. Also, if you push the volume button for more than one second, the volume goes up and down very fast, too fast so it does require some finessing when using your steering wheel buttons. Some Kenwood headunits like the DDX-6019 don't use the 3.5 mm jack but use the blue/yellow wire instead. I'm just thrilled though that I can use my steering wheel controls without using those one of those cheap infrared control units. As long as you have a little patience and follow directions carefully you will be rewarded nicely. I love it despite the minor issues I mentioned. Crutchfield support is great too if you need assistance

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SWI-JACK in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

David from Dallas, TX on 3/4/2009

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

connected to a Kenwood DNX5120 seems to work fine; there is a delay, sometimes, in the HU response, but I don't know if it's this or the HU; I wish it was better documented what the controls do, but that's probably more to the HU mfg installation wasn't too bad, once I found where on the steering column the correct wire was; got a mating connector for the DNX5120's remote input so I didn't have to cut the HU wire have seen lot's of complaints, all over the internet about programming it, but it seemed easy to me another thing to remember, if your vehicle has retained-accessory-power, be sure to connect the 12V wire for this to a R.A.P. source or it won't work with R.A.P. (found that out the hard way)

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Humberto from Duarte,Ca on 2/20/2009

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Purchased this item and it worked nicely with my Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X792 kept the use of my steering wheel controls and it was pretty easy. The instructions were pretty easy to follow, although they failed to specify or maybe me and my friend overlooked it. But you have to connect the swijack to your aux jack on your stereo when your setting up the steering wheel control functions. I read about some peoples delays when they press a button and there's a delayed reaction by the head unit but I've only experienced that on rare occasions and even then they aren't slower than a second. Overall good product, the online instructions you can download for your specific vehicle are very helpful and trust me makes the installation easier.

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Easy Install Works Like a Charm!!!

Randall from Chesapeake, VA on 2/20/2009

2006 GMC Sierra 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was an easy install and setup, I recommend the manufacturer website for directions, works Outstanding. Randall

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A Little Pricey But It Works

Ken from Kentucky on 2/19/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a lot of money to pay for this device, but it's a price you'll have to pay if you want to continue to use the steering wheel controls when you install an aftermarket stereo. Read the install instructions thoroughly to get an idea of what to do, then make the call to Crutchfield. One phone call to the tech reps is worth a thousand hair pulls in the car! As usual they can walk you through the install with little or no pain, they even gave me the pin numbers to tap into on the factory harness at the radio head, didn't have to deal with the wiring at the steering wheel, much easier and cleaner install. Also much easier to have two people when programming, one to push the steering wheel controls while the other programs the SWI Jack. Works good in my son's 04 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Can't say enough good things about the knowledgeable tech support guys....A++

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Great Product

Stephen from Grass Valley CA on 2/14/2009

I go this unit to hook up to my JVC KDAR 480 CD Player in my 2000 Durango. As far as hooking up it was easy. Getting the wire from under the steering wheel was easy to get to (4 torx head bolts) and then the power and ground hook up was easy as well. Programing was pretty simple I though. Takes a time or two to understand how it works but once you get the hang of it, it's easy. Took maybe 30 minutes total to install. As far as the speed of the unit I notice no difference over stock. When I push the button it changes the channel or volume right away. Great Product!

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Dave from West Texas on 1/30/2009

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried 2 units and neither one would program for my 05 Tahoe steering wheel controls. I could get to the program switches and it would drop the LED ending that phase. Directions for the connections to a Tahoe were not clear. In this Tahoe the horse shoe plug was under the cover panel below the steering wheel and under another steel panel near the colum. Needs work.

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Works Great

Daniel from Sterling, VA on 1/28/2009

2007 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great with my factory wheel control (for a Hyundai Sonata 2007) and my JVC navigation unit.

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Tricky but necessary

Dennis from Tuscaloosa, AL on 1/25/2009

2006 Scion xB
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Go the the Pac website and download the instructions for your specific car first. To save you some heartache, don't program the PRESET UP/ PRESET DOWN, instead program the TRACK UP TRACK DOWN. This will give you control of the radio and control of the ipod or cd. If you program the PRESET UP/DOWN it will only do your radio presets, and won't control your cd track up/down. I installed this (with the 150 ohm resistor) in my 2006 scion XB. It's hooked to an Alpine IDA-X100. It's not too difficult, a little tricky to program, but very necessary if you love your steering wheel controls like me.

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giovanni from So California on 1/25/2009

after reading the reviews I kinda wonder but what the heck I wanted the stearing wheel controls to work. well the instructions are confusion but what you need to do is go on the web site and it will pin point your car and give you exact instruction on your car. I hooked everything up and it worked the first time I did program it 3 times to get it the way I wanted but it works GREAT no delay WELL WORTH THE MONEY to have my stock controls working.

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Great product

Rex from Lorton, VA on 1/24/2009

2004 Infiniti I35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this for a Kenwood stereo in an Infiniti I35. There is a slight delay but it's not that big of a deal. Still have all my remote functions, including the trip computer. More than happy with it.

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kenneth from Ohio on 1/18/2009

2001 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works, a little slower then with the factory radio. But a good solution to being able to use the steering wheel controls with the aftermarket radio. The manufacturers web site has better instructions per the vehicle instead of the generic ones given with the kit. Makes it much easier.

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Definately Worth It

Guillermo from Fort Worth, Tx on 1/8/2009

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased and installed this unit for my 05 F150. Installation was fairly simple though the included instructions can be a little confusing. Its hooked up to my JVC KWCX710. It works great. Maybe a millisecond slower than factory but not too bad. Definately recommend to those who like to keep their hands on the wheel.

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Works but requires time and patience

Eric from Philadelphia, PA on 12/21/2008

2006 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this on a 2006 Mini Cooper and eventually got it working. The instructions on the web site were a little vague - a very small note indicated that I needed to splice into the wire in the steering column, not the one right at the back of the radio. Would have been nice to have a better explanation why before I tried 3 splices. Once I finally got it spliced in at the right location, setup was pretty straightforward and I am now controlling my new Alpine head unit with the steering wheel controls. People with large fingers might have trouble with the program button so have a ball-point pen handy.

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Don't bother

Gordon from Coventry, RI on 12/11/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was initially enthusiastic about the usefulness of this product, in spite of all the reviews that said how difficult it was to use. They all underestimate it. I fiddled with it for hours, had to get out my multitester, fiddled with it some more and the thing still does not work right. Don't waste your money.

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Troublesome but Adequate

Chris from Montgomery, AL on 12/1/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As with the other reviewers, the installation/programming guide was difficult at best to decipher. After initial installation, whenever I raised my tilt wheel or turned the wipers on, the radio function would change. I finally took everything out, re-verified the connections (all were good and correct) and re-programmed the module. I must have programmed it wrong initially because since this effort I have had no problems with unintended function changes. All said, this unit is worth getting to retain the SW controls ... you just have to get by the guide (I didn't call Crutchfield Tech, probably should have).

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Bit Tricky But Totall Worth It

Sean from Oconomowoc, WI on 11/28/2008

This thing is great, does exactly what I need it to do. Interfaces very easily with my Alpine head unit and provides accurate and quick responses. I will admit there seems to be a bit of a "lag" but it's really nothing major (not much more than a fraction of a second). The install was the hardest part by far. In my 2004 GMC Sierra I had to literally take apart the entire steering column to get to one wire to interface with the SWI-JACK. However, this is no fault of PAC's so there's no reason to rate them down for it. Overall great product. It's wonderful that I can have an upgraded head unit and retain my steering wheel controls.

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Closest to factory installed!

Russell from Tampa, FL on 11/20/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered this for my 2006 Jetta, along with the required C2R-VW adapter, only to find out I also needed a SWI-CAN adapter to make it work in my car. After getting all of the components I was into it for about $300 just to use my steering wheel buttons and when I laid it all out I was quite intimidated by the mass of connections and wires. What made it worse, PAC's instructions were absolutely confusing and made it so intimidating I put-off installation for 6 months, even considered putting the stereo in my other car just to avoid this install. Then, a 5 minute call to Crutchfield's tech staff made me realize how truly EASY this was to install! It took a grand total of 1 hour to install everything and it all works. The reason I give it 3 stars? The "Multi-function-display" on My Jetta GLI no longer has the "radio window", when the right side stereo buttons are used they also scroll through the MFD menu, and there is no way to program the phone function on the stereo even though I have a bluetooth button on my wheel - minor irritants. Don't be intimidated by PAC's install directions, it's amazingly easy to install and program.

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islidur from Denver on 11/10/2008

2008 Nissan Frontier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The difficulty installing this item is not worth the reward. It could just be my application, but the instructions do not apply.

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Bottom line.this product does what it says it will do.

Ryley from St. Louis, MO on 11/6/2008

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to use with a Kenwood DPX503 receiver and a 05' Nissan Altima. For Nissan automobiles you will have to solder 2 resistors to the white wire on the PAC-JACK before connecting things up. While the soldering is not extremely hard to do, its fiddly work and something that strikes me as accomplishable with better engineering to the product. Programming the unit was simple and I had no problems the first time around. The PAC-JACK restores the use of all the steering wheel controls as promised but I now have to press and hold the buttons for just a fraction of a second to get them to work. If I just flick them quickly as I normally do nothing happens. It's like it takes the PAC-JACK a half second to process things. Bottom line.this product does what it says it will do.

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Works fine, Tricky Install

Joshua from Lancaster, PA on 10/30/2008

2003 Nissan Maxima

As the title implies, this unit DOES work for me. ('03 Maxima, Bose System) The instructions in the book, however, didn't work at all for my friend and I as we sat there puzzled for about 40 minutes. We finally called Crutchfield, and we were walked right through it, and got it working after doing something completely different from what the instructions said. There's, as some have said, a slight delay between pushing the button and a response from the new head unit now, but it's no big deal. It's worth it to keep your steering wheel controls. There's no reason not to buy this, by my estimation. Just know that the install could get tricky. Call Crutchfield!

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WHL CTL Adapter

Anonymous from Alaska on 10/29/2008

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is the best!!! The instructions were dead on. The addtional help from the PAC website was a big help. I drive a Jeep Grand cheeroke and the instructions told me exactly what factory wire to cut. It very easy to program too. I would buy again in the future.

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If you have a Saab ....

Carlos from South Bound Brook, NJ on 10/27/2008

2002 Saab 9-3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well I ordered this hoping to keep 100% of my factory steering wheel controls for my 2002 saab 9-3 with the aftermarket stereo being an alpine cda-9886 which is compatible with this as well as remote control ready. On paper this is what was going to happen I would install it and boom magic I got my controls after having it proffesionally installed with a machine programming it and then having an electrical engineer play with it and set it up manually I'm still not happy with the signal its giving my controls. Either there is a problem with the controls signal or with the pac swi. Until I figure out how to completely get it working the way its supposed to be I will not be satisfied other than that Crutchfield has been great so I wouldn't hesitate to order from here again but be aware to do some research and call crutchfield to see if all is compatible and even go as far as ask what is to be expected of this product because I assumed like I said 100% of the controls functions but this is not so.

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Biggdawg800 from waverly,ia on 10/16/2008

2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to wire and program and works as planned A+

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PAC SWI-JACK

Mando from Rancho Cucamonga on 10/8/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I first saw this maze of wires and the instructions, I thought no way but with the help of Crutchfield's great staff not a problem to install.

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Works great in a Mini Cooper

Steven from Pensacola, FL on 10/3/2008

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I installed this in conjunction with an Alpine CDA-9884 CD in my wife's 2006 Mini Cooper S. The programming took a few minutes to figure out, but the instructions on the web were perfect. If you install one of these, be sure to go to the web site that they recommend to download the latest instructions. It will make the installation a lot easier, since this thing has so many options. Now that it's installed, my wife has full functionality of all the steering wheel buttons that she had before with the stock unit, plus I added a mute and a source select by using the telephone buttons on the wheel that were not in use before. A great product!

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Excellent Product

canons900 from NJ on 9/24/2008

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This is a great little product. It works perfectly in my 2006 Saab 9.7x. Controls respond immediately when pressed and it is a snap to hook up. The directions on the pac site are the most current and they are the ones that should be used. I am not experiencing any of the 'delay' issues others have reported. The only reason this did not get a 5 star rating is because when installing the unit, I was instructed to cut the brown loop wire. If you own this car or any GM, you may not want to cut this wire. I have a friend who installs these and my problem was that the brown loop wire was cut. Therefore I was unable to program the device once installed. If you do cut the brown loop wire and the unit will not program, reconnect them and try programing the unit again. I have contacted Crutchfield and PAC Audio and let them know about this. Make sure you are cutting the right wires. I was also told that when you are connecting it to the wiring harness, you definitely want to cut the wire you are connecting to! If you don't, you run the risk of some signal interference/feedback traveling through the line. All in all a great little product that works like a dream. I would definitely use their products again. Especially since the Crutchfield support was excellent as well as the PAC support and assistance. Even though I struggled with this part, I am extremely happy with the final results.

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PAC SWI-JACK

Phillip from Joliet, IL on 9/16/2008

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I got this to work for 5 out of the 6 buttons on my steering wheel. (06 Chrysler T&C) It would show that the button was pressed during programming, but would not show the button being pressed during regular use. All buttons worked with the OEM head unit. Sounds like an issue with the SWI-JACK, but after messing around with it for over an hour, I just gave up and just use the 5 that would program correctly.

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Good Product

kurtis from New Jersey on 9/11/2008

I received my pac swi jack on sept 10 i installed it at 12 35 am the install was easy i have a 2006 honda civic si

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