Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Install and connect a new car stereo in select 1996-99 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models with the factory rotary climate controls

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Scosche's FD134030B kit lets you upgrade to a new car stereo in your vehicle's unique factory radio opening. It fits the oval opening in the Taurus or Sable perfectly. Plus, it includes a series of plugs to connect the climate controls. You transfer the switches and knobs from the factory oval control panel into the new panel.

Important Note: When installing an aftermarket radio, you will need to run the provided antenna extension cable and speaker extension harness from the Ford rear tuner/amp unit to your new receiver.

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

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Not the right one but able to use

Written By diymiser, New York on Friday, November 13, 2015

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I have the EATC Radio/HVAC controller and it is all digital. This is a manual HVAC control only. I was able to make stereo mount in the ashtray spot and use the harness from this kit. The harness worked great.....the panel is not being used. I would guess it would work just as good.

Poor quality

Written By Anonymous, Boonville, MO on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Poor quality and difficult to install. Missing alot of items needed to install correctly.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed and working! We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Anonymous, Odessa Florida on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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Love it

factory panel

Written By Sito, brawley, ca on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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This panel made everything super easy to change out. AWESOME!

Pros: Evening switched out into this panel with ease AWESOME factory fIitpanel

Cons: None

Scosche FD134030B Adapter

Written By Adapter ford mercury, Waukesha , Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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ok good to fit a smallest 1 din radio deck

Pros: nice adapter good quality made

Cons: a little hard to install

Scosche Integration Adapter

Written By Jake, Towanda, PA on Friday, May 24, 2013

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Just installed this in a 99 Taurus. Took me a few hours, but looks great in the car It is easy to install, but can be time consuming if you've never done it before, since wiring needs to be ran from the amp in the trunk Well worth it.

Pros: Good quality Great fit Easy to install

Cons: Not really a big deal, but I had to trim some plastic off of the right climate control dial cut out. for the plug to fit properly Instructions could be a little more detailed, but with a little common sense, it's not that hard.

Does the job

Written By Jeff, Nashville,TN on Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Replaces front for very strange Ford Taurus radio

Pros: good fit

Cons: Seems a bit cheap

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By jerny06, portland, or on Saturday, December 15, 2012

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I'm so glad somebody decided to create this so those of us who have our radios built into the climate controls are able to upgrade our sound systems.

Pros: Great conversion kit!

Very poor product

Written By bradxt, Portland, OR on Friday, December 14, 2012

I have purchased this product twice, and I wish I had never puchased it at all. My second purchase was to replace the first. In both cases, the brackets that actually hold the stereo into the faceplate fail to lock and hold the stereo in place - even with a rear bracket installed. In addition, the package does not come with the springs that hold the faceplate into the dash. This is not described on the website, and it has caused me no end of trouble because one of my OEM springs is broken.

Pros: Looks nice, fits the dash as advertised

Cons: missing key elements (e.g. screws to hold the switches in place and the springs that hold the faceplate in the dash). Reuse of existing parts required. This is not described on the website. In my Taurus, half of the screws I was supposed to reuse don't exist, and one of the springs I was supposed to reused is broken. On top of that, the stereo brackets don't fully lock in place and hold the stereo securely. Very poor product and not worth the money.

Reviews for the Ford/Mercury Factory Stereo Integration Package

Written By Rick, Clarksville,TN on Thursday, November 22, 2012

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I would not recomend this for a novice installer. You need a few more tools than are described in the instructions. You will need a small set of metric torx bits,the tool to remove factory unit and a set of small metric sockets. The kit was complete with all you need to install the new stereo. You do not need to buy an antenna adapter,it comes with the kit.But all in all I was able to figure it out in about 3 hours.Had to go to a stereo installer shop to have them remove the factory unit. Would recomend this kit for a good looking install.

Pros: Very complete

Cons: Instructions lacking a few tools needed.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By TZER56, VA on Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Written By Anonymous, Milltown WI on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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I am so happy to have a new stereo system in my car that I can listen to CDs and my Ipod. However it was not as simple to install as we had hoped. Had to run wires from the trunk up to the stereo. And then connect the wires to the stereo it was not already set up. Took a couple of hours.

Pros: New stereo!!!

Cons: Long hook up time. Be ready to spend some time in your car! And be careful while taking things out! Don't throw anything from the original away until you are done. Need the front and back of the climate controls.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By william, pa on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Easy to use

Good service

Written By george, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on Friday, March 09, 2012

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The kit to change my radio from one car to the other was everything that I needed. I had a few questions, and when I called the help line, I got connected very quickly, even on a Sunday. The help was accurate and had me going in a short time. I will buy all my radio items here from now on.

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Written By CameronR, gallipolis ferry, WV on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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good product toke longer to instill than i thought but works really good

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By john p, globe,az on Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Shawn E, Anoka, MN on Sunday, August 07, 2011

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All in all it seems to be a good product, doesn't seem "cheap". The outside edge of the main unit has a felt lining so when you're on a bouncy road you don't have a plastic to plastic rubbing squeak. Nice wires and connecters HOWEVER it was missing the "7" FD22 Wiring adapter harness" that is required for my 1998 Ford Taurus so make sure when you get it check to see if it's in the package, in the image of the product it's the harness to the left of the main unit with 1 big black connecter with 1 small black and 1 small white connecters on the other end.

The Scosche directions that come with the unit are "ok", they could have a little more and clearer info. Crutchfield also sends their own set of installation instructions that are pretty nice but still lacks a little info.

Ford.. What were they thinking

Written By KevinK, Montague, NJ on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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It is a great little kit with everything you need.. Not sure what Ford was thinking throwing the speaker wire attachments and antennae into the trunk of the car...

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Greg A, Mo on Monday, May 30, 2011

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An easy install for a tough set up. Good instructions.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Randy L, Carlinville, Il on Friday, May 27, 2011

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The kit worked perfectily and the phone rep was outstanding in his support and help.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By 802mikes, lake placid ny on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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it fit the car all i need is better speakers

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Anonymous, Spokane, WA on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Excellent product. Easy changeover, and works and appears great!!!!

Scosche comes through again

Written By John L, Arizona on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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I used the Taurus adapter kit in my niece's car. It took a few minutes to figure it
out, but all of the parts were expertly engineered and fit perfectly. Even with
mad fabricating skills, I could never come close to the fitment and quality of this
kit, especially for the price.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Alex, Houston, Texas on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Bought this for my mom's 99 mercury sable. She wanted to put a cd player and
this product worked great. The instalation was easy with the instruction that
came with it.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Jordan, Y-town, Ohio on Thursday, February 17, 2011

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I absolutely love this kit. I own a 1999 Ford Taurus, and this little thing fit like a charm. Installing this was easier then i thought it was going to be. the hardest part of my whole installation was getting the factory radio out since the pins were kind of bent and didn't want to pop out. but after that it was smooth sailing. I still need to organize the wires under my dash since they hang low a little, but i still want to install a Sub, so i'll wait till then. I love that crutchfield lowered the price of this since i bought a radio with it. it made things a lot easier then trying to buy it locally. I recommend this to anyone that needs to use it. don't be afraid to get a new radio, it looks nice too. Theres just one thing that was more of a nuisance then a Con, is that the new temperature controls are back lit red, which makes it look like an older Pontiac,, but its easy to get used to.

1998 Taurus installation kit

Written By Ravenator, Granite Falls, WA on Thursday, February 17, 2011

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This kit is fairly easy to use and hook up.

Gets the job done, but not trivial

Written By Anonymous, Warwick, NY on Monday, February 07, 2011

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Without getting into custom dash mods, this is probably your only option for replacing the
factory stereo if you have an old Ford like me. And apparently this is only good for the
pneumatic controlled climate control - I am not sure if there is another option for
electronic controls

They layout of the controls is similar to the original, however the rectangular profile of the
receiver itself doesn't blend as smoothly into the rounded contours of the panel. I
suppose you can't fit a square peg into a round hole without some compromises. Also,
the upper display area becomes just a blank expanse of black. I would prefer to see
some more imaginative styling...

Installation was not trivial, but the kit gives you most everything that you need to ultimately
get the job done. I had a few difficulties...


Written By Megan, DePere, WI on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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This was exactly what we were looking for, it came w/all the pieces we needed.

Stereo Package

Written By Ricky, Perry. GA on Saturday, October 02, 2010

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Just what I needed to change out my granddaughter's radio.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Bob, Union, MO on Sunday, August 29, 2010

I had no problem with this intallation. Just be careful detaching factory plugs. The
vacuum plug has flimsy plastic. I had a couple of tabs break off the part you transfer to
the new faceplate. Luckily the plug was secure when I re-attached it. No vacuum leaks
so far.I took my time and routed cables along races at the drivers side door sills and up
the back seat. took better part of a day, but i want good clean install. I don't see the
complaint from other reviewer who said the panel lights shone thru at edges. I love
Scoshe accsessories they are of very good quality. Thanks Crutchfield your phone staff
is great. My order came timely and in perfect condition. I've been a customer of yours for
20 years and will continue to be.
Bob in MO

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Scott, ST.Clair, Michigan on Friday, August 21, 2009

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This unit is awesome, it installed with ease. The directions are easy to
follow, the HVAC controls transferred with ease. When I installed the new
radio I attached the radio with screws to the side supports and it is not
going anywhere. The wiring was easy to install there was alot left over but
I just secured it under the dash.I would use this product again.

For the 1997 Mercury Sable

Written By Troy, Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, April 10, 2009

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It was a pretty straight-forward installation. Had some difficullty transferring some of the heat controls to the new unit. Also, and I'm not sure if this is due to the CD player I purchased but there wasn't enough depth inside the dash to get a secure fit so I had to improvise. I would recommend it to others though. The antenna and wiring harness extension make it well worth the price.

Troy C- Kalamazoo, Michigan

Good kit, poor lighting

Written By Scott S., Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, April 02, 2009

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I have never insalled an aftermarket cd player before, but with this kit it wasnt very hard. it took a long time, but that is cuz i didnt want to mess anything up. Crutchfield gives very clear instructions and most of the wires just need to be plugged in. i would give this kit a 5 star except for that at night time it looks dumb. the lights behind the a/c controls shine through the plastic and makes the whole lower half of the kit glow and it makes it look cheap. thats the only thing tho. everything is working perfectly on my a/c and my new kenwood 342u. and the price on it is great. you cant beat crutchfield prices OR customer service!

made for anyone

Written By christopher, gulfport, ms on Friday, March 13, 2009

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this was a very good kit it only took about 30 min to do i mean all u have to do is run wires to the trunk and hook them up and hide them anyone that has done car hook ups is good to go but people that this is there first time it might be hard for.

Worth buying

Written By Dave, Northern Illinois on Sunday, March 01, 2009

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As always, Crutchfield does a thorough job of documentation with this product. It was fairly easy to follow the instructions included to remove the old dash piece and install the new. However, I will agree with a prior review that said that a rear mounting strap should be included. My CD player skips a lot more than it did in my last car and I think it's because of lack of support at the rear of the unit. Once the weather gets warmer here, I will install a strap to correct that.

Excellent Product

Written By Daniel, Austin, TX on Monday, February 02, 2009

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This was an excellent purchase for me! All of the heat, rear defrost, fan speed controls are you original ones (the guide walks you through accomplishing this). My aftermarket Sony fit just fine. Quite an eloquent look, for it looks just like the factory original! Granted, it was a lot of work to run the wiring harness from the rear tuner amplifier to the front to get the speakers and antenna to work, but was far worth it! You don't have to be a specialist to install this. You just need to be able to take your time and read, following each step. It took me about 4 hours from start to finish, however, I had it right the first time and everything works! Thanks Crutchfield!

Tough installation and Malfunction

Written By k3mbbc, Indiana on Saturday, January 24, 2009

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I took my car to a local shop to have my stereo installed. They used this kit for my Ford Taurus to install it. They had to do some creative work behind the dash to get the kit and stereo to fit! Thank goodness he knew what he was doing.

Also, the Rear Defroster does not work. I'm going to have to return this kit and get another brand.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Ed, Monroe, CT on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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I did not know that I would have to be an electrician to install this item. Making up electrical connections and removing HVAC controls and reinstalling them. Accidently pulled out one of the frail yellow wires for the lights on the HVAC controls when installing the radio. Yellow wires very flimsy, caution is needed when sliding in the radio. Make sure you have butt electrical connectors for the wire connections. Looks good but make sure you give yourself plenty of time when doing it.

Two Thumbs Up

Written By Brian, Pacific Northwest on Monday, November 24, 2008

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excellent product, makes the installation look like a factory job.
It was a time consuming installation, about 3 hours, but well worth it.

Not as easy as it looks

Written By John, Boston, Ma on Friday, November 21, 2008

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I got this because I have a great head that was in my old car that I wanted in my new used Sable. I was quite dissapointed at the amount of work that has to go into the wireing. I figured this would be like most installs and all I would have to do was wire an adapter to my heads wiring and plug it in to the existing wiring harness in the dash and just pop it back in. That's not the case, a lot of interior trim has to be pulled out to run the 20+' lines to the trunk. The plate itself is well made and looks pretty much OEM I used the metal frame tha came with my stereo to mount my radio and cut the trim ring to fit over that. It looks great. I haven't installed it yet I just poped the new plate in the dash to see how it all fit and it does look good I am just not up mto pulling the car apart in the cold and probably will get to it later. I have installed 100s of stereos in cars and this one so far has been the one that requiers the most work.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Don, Ft.Lewis, Washington on Friday, October 31, 2008

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I bought this replacement piece for my daughters Taurus. This is a quality piece of equipment and the fit was perfect. I would highly recommend it.

Good Product

Written By Seabo, Jackson, NJ on Monday, October 20, 2008

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This was a very good product. I thought it was a very easy install for a stange automobile design. I don't have an issue with the quality of the plastic as some other reviewers had.

I do however agree with many that the way the receiver mounts to the plastic is weak. Definately get a metal strap (if you don't have the one that came with your head unit) and mount it to the back of the radio and to the plastic piece. I can see how people were having their head units fall into the cavity. The plastic clips that hold the head unit on are pretty insufficient. Also the instructions could be a little more detailed.

Over all a very good product for a stange design.


Written By Jim, Manassas, VA on Sunday, September 07, 2008

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Good solution to a dumb design, and it worked well for me. The instructions could use some more detail. Removing the edging tape to pry open the bottom of the original dash insert to get at the clips holding one of the plugs was a bit hard to figure out and do properly, but we succeeded. It was unclear that methods A and B for mounting the receiver in the opening were 2 options, only the second of which worked with my unit. Be sure to seat all the plugs securely in the new kit.

Good solution for an odd dashboard

Written By Joseph, Clifton Springs, NY on Thursday, August 07, 2008

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This is good solution to a badly designed car. I love the Sable but this dashboard and the wiring they use is abusive to installations. The new faceplate is sturdy, and works well with my stereo. If your stereo has the metal frame insert, you can do without the supplied plastic side clips. All the complaints I have read about the cheaply made defrost button, too bright backlights, etc seem petty compared to the ability to install your own stereo in this car. The only complaint I have is with the instructions.
I was able to remove the existing face-plate and stereo, get the knobs off and onto the new faceplate, the '99 wiring adapter went on easily as well. What needs clarifying is that there is a box in the trunk under the carpet that the last wiring harness plugs into. Once you find this it is clear that the 14' harness plugs in after removing one of the plugs. The antenna has to be removed from the same box and plugged into the harness. From here, it is a simple matter of removing the back seat, removing the plastic caps over the running boards on the driver side door frames, running the harness through the back seat frame (following the existing wiring path) under the carpet along the driver's side up to the front of the car, up under the dash and to the stereo compartment. Then it is a simple matter of splicing the appropriate wires to your stereo's harness. Don't forget to reassemble your back seat and replace the plastic rocker panel covers 8-).

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Patentpending, Olympia, WA on Thursday, June 05, 2008

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I have had my 1999 Taurus for over a year, and I finally got around to
installing an aftermarket headunit(Dual XHD6425). The instructions included
in the kit were rather wishy-washy and didn't go into too much detail, but
pretty much anyone with a few hours and some basic tools/knowledge
would be able to do this install. It took me a little over 2.5 hours. In the
dark. A few problems I had were concerning the mounting of
the new receiver. There isn't much room so you will have to mount it with
the 2 black plastic pieces included in the Scosche kit. If your radio came
with a metal din mount, it probably won't work right. There are about 10-15
wires up front that need to be spliced to the harness that (should have)
come with your new headunit. As for the dash kit itself, it does have some
weaknesses. The lights shine right through the climate control knobs, and
the entire climate control area looks cheaply done. However you reuse the
climate control knobs and switches from your original stereo so you know
they won't fall apart immediately. The rear defrost switch is very cheap
looking and the light for it is way too bright. Everything appears to be fairly
solid and I didn't break anything in the install process. Overall I am pleased
with the looks and performance of this unit, but I think the build quality
could be better. With a few small changes this could be a superb product,
but even as it is, it's a good value and it does it's job well.

Scosche FD134030B Dash and Wiring Kit

Written By Sean, Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday, March 04, 2008

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Crutchfield usually dispenses high-quality products. This is not one of them. Pressed from a single sheet of plastic, it is a little flimsy and looks a little cheap. It lets a ton of light through the climate control section of the panel, and the defroster button looks horrible.

The DIN-sized cutout was a smidge bigger than the DIN cage that came with my stereo. This, and the strange shape of the stuff on the back (because of the Taurus stuff) created a situation where I couldn't secure the cage properly. (Rest assured, this isn't my first rodeo.)

The directions were more-or-less well written and complete, and everything fit well otherwise. The felt tape around the panel's edge was a nice touch to help prevent dash squeaks.

After buying this and being unsatisfied, I went and bought another panel, which is better constructed and better looking. Using the wiring that came with the Scosche kit (which was a snap to install and run), I had a successful and good-looking install.

My recommendation for Crutchfield: drop this panel.

Better than expected

Written By Michael, Huntsville, AL on Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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This was great except for the massive amount of wire to run from the trunk (that is not this company's fault - that belongs to Ford's design of the audio system placement). Works great and am very pleased with the finished result. Do prepare to spend some time to properly run this wiring assembly.

Pretty good overall.

Written By David, WV on Monday, April 09, 2007

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This is a pretty good kit when you consider the unusual design of the integrated radio and heater controls it is replacing. You definitely need to add a support for the radio you're installing, though. I tried it without any extra support and the radio fell back into the dash after a few weeks.

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Written By Mike, Baltimore, MD on Monday, August 07, 2006

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Okay, first let me say that I am not completely disapointed with this product. It did make the install of the unit easier. Everything installed perfectly and took about 1 hour. What I am disapointed about is the plastic brackets that hold the head unit in place. Very flimsy. I first time I installed the unit, I tried to install from the rear of the faceplate, because there were no gaps showing around the headunit. Looked pretty good that way, until I hit a bump and the head fell inside the dash. The plastic brackets have 2 sets of very weak clips that clip into the face plate. I had to remove the head unit and reinstall it through the front to get a stable install. I guess I will just have to deal with the gap around the head unit.

They could at least throw in a head unit support bracket just in case you don't have one. My Pioneer MP3800 did not come with one. Also, they could of made some type of support for brackets, maybe 2 screws to hold them to the face plate.

What I've been waiting for!

Written By B. Parker, Pace, FL on Sunday, June 04, 2006

I have looked high and low for something like this since I bought the car back in 98 and there was a discount if you bought a deck from Crutchfield. Came with EVERYTHING that I needed for a quick and painless install. The Crutchfield instructions were easy to understand, This product is worth every penny!

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Written By nickey, Ramstein, Germany on Thursday, May 18, 2006

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This is the second time I've used cruthfield in the last year... They have once again delivered a great product. Easy to install, easy to use.

Good, but not Great

Written By Dave, Virginia Beach, VA on Sunday, February 05, 2006

The instructions leave a lot to be desired, you really have to think it through when using this product. Plus its not the prettiest thing to look at, however, if you want to install an aftermarket HU in your Taurus, this is the best (and probably only) way to go.


Written By Phillip, Biloxi,MS on Saturday, November 12, 2005

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Came with EVERYTHING that I needed for a quick and painless install. The Crutchfield instructions were easier to understand than the ones from the manufacturer.This product is worth every penny!

Great Alternative

Written By Justin, Concord, NC on Thursday, October 13, 2005

I recieved this item promptly, just as soon as UPS could get it here.
This is a great alternative to the stock face plate or a cd changer in the trunk. The instructions are pretty clear, just requires a little bit of thinking. Overall this is a great product...the only thing I would change about it is the plastic side pieces, they when connected to the mainplate are a little flimsy and need some coaxing.

Wearth the time

Written By James, Fort lauderdale, Fl. on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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When I say it is wearth the time ... I mean it is wearth the effort, money, and time you spend it this extremly valueable peace. If you are one of the tieard people who just wish you cold get more out of that factory radio (like I was) then please I begg you to invest in this. You will not regret it no matter what after market radio you put in you car. The instalation was easy and fast with somewhat no brainer instructions. MONEY WEARTH SPENT!

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What's in the box?

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  • Receiver mounting bracket with attached wires and plugs
  • Left and right ISO mount brackets
  • DIN radio trim plate
  • 18' FDA-18 Ford antenna extension cable (with male Motorola plug on one end and a right-angle male Ford plug on the other)
  • 7" FD22 Wiring adapter harness
  • 17.5' FD12 Power/speaker wiring harness
  • Instruction sheet

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Product Description: This kit allows you to install an aftermarket receiver into 1996-99 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable models with rotary climate controls. The oval-shaped kit has a rectangular DIN opening for the receiver. Three circular openings below the receiver slot accommodate the factory Fan Control switch, Vent Control switch and Temperature Control switch. The Rear Defrost switch and indicator light are also located on the front of the kit. Attached to the rear of the kit are several wires, some of which plug into factory harnesses and others that need to be spliced into the wiring of the new receiver.

Receiver Mounting Options: You can mount the radio into the kit from the front using the radio's mounting sleeve, or you can mount the radio into the kit from the rear by using the supplied ISO mount brackets. In both cases, you will need to use the supplied DIN trim ring. It is recommended that you support the rear of the receiver with the support strap supplied with the radio to add to the installation's structural integrity.

Modifications: For Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable models with floor consoles, a minor modification to the factory trim panel may be necessary. A small corner of the factory trim may need to be filed or cut in order for the kit to fit the opening. The modified area will not be visible after the receiver has been installed, and should not affect the re-installation of the factory radio.

Kit Wiring: Attached to the back of the kit are two sets of wires: a defroster harness (green plug) and a radio power harness (white plug). These plug into the vehicle harnesses, either directly (1996-97 models) or with the supplied FD22 adapter harness (1998-99 models). Four 6" wires coming out of the radio power harness (white plug) need to be spliced to the new receiver's wiring harness using the following color codes:

  • Yellow: 12 Volts Constant Power
  • Red: 12 Volts Switched Power
  • Orange: Illumination (dash lights)
  • Black: Chassis Ground

Speaker Wiring Adapter/Amplifier Bypass: Supplied with the kit is a 17-1/2' Speaker Wiring adapter harness that carries the output signal from the new receiver to the factory speaker harness, located in the rear of the vehicle. The bare ends of this harness need to be spliced to the speaker output wires of the new receiver. The other end contains the 14-pin Speaker Input Plug which connects to the factory speaker harness after it has been disconnected from the amplifier output. (Note: The factory amplifier is located in the rear of the vehicle and the speaker wiring harness, along with the supplied antenna extension cable, need to be routed from the radio location to the rear of the vehicle.) The factory amplifier is bypassed and the speakers are powered by the new receiver. The color codes for the Speaker Wiring Adapter are:

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

Note On Receiver Wiring: The wire colors of the new receiver may, or may not, match the wire colors of the adapter. You will need to match the adapter and receiver wires by function, disregarding color.

Manual Correction

Wire Color Codes: The manual (Page 4) lists the factory color codes of the Black 14-pin Speaker Input plug incorrectly. The correct functions for each wire are printed on the actual wires on the supplied 17-1/2' speaker wiring harness, and match the color code list above.

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