Scosche FM-MOD02

Play your iPod®, satellite radio, or portable music player through any car's FM radio

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Looking for a way to connect the audio from your iPod®, satellite radio tuner, or portable music player to your car stereo? The Scosche FM-MOD02 FM modulator gives you a set of RCA inputs, plus an auxiliary minijack input, so you can hook up just about any audio source without performing major modifications to your existing car stereo.

Just plug your source into the FM-MOD02's auxiliary input or RCA inputs, then tune your FM radio to the selected frequency. You can switch between two different modulation frequencies, 87.9 MHz or 88.3 MHz, for the best possible reception in your area.

Please call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 or enter your vehicle information to see if any antenna adapters or tools are needed to install this FM modulator.

Product Highlights:

  • FM modulator plays any source through your car's FM receiver
  • adds an auxiliary minijack and RCA inputs to your system
  • two modulation frequencies (87.9, 88.3)
  • includes 3.5mm stereo cable for your MP3 player
  • on/off switch
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Easily done

Written By Cameron, Iowa City, IA on Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Okay so this requires wire splicing. Know that in advance, because I didn't and I was a little surprised when I had to splice them. It was easy, but I just expected a simpler install.

Pros: Better than fm transmitter in cigarette lighter. Professional finish with plugins located in glove box.

Cons: Still not perfect sound, still staticky but not nearly as bad as fm transmitter.

Sound is not acceptable

Written By Ed, Florida on Sunday, January 25, 2015

I mounted this on a 1992 Honda Goldwing. Not getting engine noise, and the result is the same engine on/off. Had to remove it because it interfered with the radio signal even when it was off. I've seen multiple others complain about the exact same issue. I've used other units on my cars before. I can't remember if they were powered but I don't remember the units interfering with the signal when not in use.

Pros: Easy to install....Convenient alternative to replacing factory stereo to play mp3, ipod, etc.

Cons: Sound is really bad, and degrades the stereo signal when not in use.

Decent- tops

Written By Jacob, Illinois on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The only reason i give this product a 2 star is because it if one of the few options in a limited market for products that accomplish what this FM MOD does. Installation isn't too hard especially with the help of a Crutchfield employee. The audio quality is pretty decent. Still doesn't compare to even a CD (as unportable as that is). and this is not because of the source, my audio files are uncompressed and top quality. unfortunately after 3 months of light use the plug-in for the aux BROKE. It has a very poor connection resulting in only a signal to the right channel/ side of the vehicle. I replaced my aux cord and audio source it's defiantly the unit itself. As the product is out of warranty I will not be receiving a replacement. I was satisfied with the product until it broke. Overall just mediocre to good audio quality with bad durability/ longevity. WOULD NOT RECCOMEND

Pros: decent audio quality one of very few options

Cons: slightly challenging install IT BREAKS. poor construction 2 sided tape is terrible

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Chris, Glens Falls, NY on Monday, June 02, 2014

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I was looking for this to add an Aux input to my factory 1998 Ford Ranger stereo. It said it wasn't compatible with my vehicle, but it totaly is...don't know what that's about...

It does need an external power source, which I didn't know from the description on the website, but I had two lighter outlets right there so I nixed one of them and used that. Unfortunately, it wasn't switched power so I have to remember to shut it off every time I park the truck. If you're installing one, find a switched power source.

Pros: Does what it says for the most part

Cons: Two sided tape to affix switch DOES NOT stick and hold. Some intermittent static during regular usage - even when there is t a station trying to get the frequency.

Excellent! Works beyond my expectations

Written By Greg, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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This is the one to buy. Forget the rest. It cuts out the signal from the antenna and replaces it with your player. No interference or fighting over frequencies. All the rest are just no there!

Pros: Works great! Easy to install

Cons: None

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By BrianK, Olathe KS on Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Works as promised

Cons: It should come with a fuse tap for power. Would be nice if I could just mount accessory switch and port and not use bracket.

Works Great

Written By Kevin, Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I removed my XM Radio to switch to streaming though my phone. However, I don't have a line input on my factory radio. The people at the Crutchfield store hooked me up. I'm very happy.

Pros: Easy to install. Works great

Cons: Only two preset stations to chose from.

Easy to install

Written By Lee, Breckenridge Colorado on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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It's alright except for the occasional static created by the unit. I really like the feature of being able to turn it off so that you can still listen to other stations clearly.

Pros: Cheap and easy to install

Cons: Static comes through from time to time.

Not the best, not the worst

Written By Christian, NJ on Friday, December 13, 2013

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Easy to install & ive never pulled out a factory radio to do anything with. Put it in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with factory Nav. Two hr install with help of Crutchfield tech support. Background noise is present at times back there was no other option for my jeep without installing an aftermarket HU. Overall 3 stars but it does work!

Pros: Easy to install with the correct tools & low cost

Cons: Some Background noise & No hide away mounting area options for aux input

easy install

Written By Anonymous, Lake Havasu City on Sunday, December 08, 2013

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Easy to install. Not much to it.

Not the best solution

Written By Glenn, Virginia Beach on Monday, September 02, 2013

I just removed this from my truck and upgraded to a new Alpine HU. Had this FM modulator for a few years in my '06 F-150 since it was the last year without the factory aux input. Sound quality is not good, variable background hiss. Have to turn your phone/device all the way up to play through the modulator. Installing the modulator reduced the radio's FM reception when not in use. I suppose if you have an all original classic car and want to keep the factory radio to keep it original this modulator would be an inexpensive solution.

Pros: Inexpensive. Mine worked for years without fail.

Cons: Poor sound quality.

Good product for the price

Written By Billy M, Sumrall, Mississippi on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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It does what it is supposed to do. The reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the switch is cheap plastic. Other than that, it works fine. Also tie straps that was supposed to be included were not in the box, but I used some I already had.

Pros: Very inexpensive. Easy to install. Does what it supposed to do.

Cons: Switch is plasitc and cheap.

FM - MOD02 Worked well for me

Written By Anonymous, Edgewater, MD on Friday, October 19, 2012

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This product worked well for me, it was a good alternative to replacing my stock stereo in order to use my iPod. Installation was easy and the results were great for a reasonable investment. Setting the iPod volume at 3/4 and then using the stereo to control the volume minimized background noise.

Pros: Easy of install / PRice

Cons: None

A Great Solution

Written By Tom, Northville, MI on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Crutchfield's installation instructions are the very best. It took 90 minutes to take apart the dash, install the modulator and reassemble everything in a 2007 Pontiac G6. Crutchfield also included the 2 necessary antenna converter cables (GM connector to standard connector) at no extra cost.

Pros: Crutchfield's installation instructions are worth the price alone. Modulator is 100% better than a wireless FM modulator.

Cons: Some minor FM static bleed through which is easily covered up by iPod or XM program.

Not what I expected

Written By Dave, Madison, NC on Friday, September 14, 2012

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It is very easy to install but picks up a lot of background noise and volume output was low with i pod or sirius unit. Removed unit from vehicle. Not satisfied whith it.

Pros: easy install

Cons: volume ouput background noise

Just buy a new radio

Written By Scott, Charlottesville, VA on Sunday, April 29, 2012

Had it installed at Crutchfield in Charlottesville, VA. Install blew out all my station presets and bass and treble settings. This device will reduce your FM reception by at 50%. This system does not compliment your stock stereo system, it overrides it. Caveat Emptor. I dislike this so much I will disconnect before my next road trip. As my title says: just buy a new radio.

Pros: Plays my iPhone exactly as advertised

Cons: Where to begin? Has intermittent hiss and loss of signal. Volume has to be adjusted to at least twice the level of radio/cd volume. The clock on my factory radio will not reset. It renders your FM reception little better than line-of-sight.

works as advertised

Written By Joe, Leavenworth, KS. on Saturday, March 17, 2012

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As a veteran auto repair tech I can honestly say anyone with basic automotive how to skills can install this themself. I soldedered & heat shrank connections to the "hot in run" and chassis gnd. wires to the audio unit, double sided foam taped the unit to the top of the radio, bundled the excess wire and mounted the jack/switch unit to the inside of the glovebox and was finished in under 60 mins. It works great, with the exception of some interference from RF hotspots I've had great performance from this product using my phone or mp3 player.

Pros: Absolutely painless install, minimal technical skill required and except for the input cable completely hidden form view.

Cons: Some hiss similar to cassete tape but is covered with volume and intermittent interference but it is after all a RF "reciever".

works good

Written By tim, southwest va on Saturday, February 04, 2012

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I just installed this in a 2008 toyota tacoma with single disc player. I had a wireless modulator previously that sounded pretty bad, this sounds much better. I just went on a small trip, 250 miles one way, and it worked great the whole way. The volume isnt quiet as loud as when in FM mode or CD mode, but I just turn it up a little with still plenty of volume left.

Pros: price, works better than wireless transmitters

Cons: I didnt want the switch and port on my dash, so I installed it in my center console. There is no where near enough cable to do this. Luckily I had RCA cable at home that I used and I had to buy RCA cable couplings. I also had to add cable to the power cables to reach frome the fuse box to the switch location. Because of the short cables the install was kind of a pain, but when finished all componets are hidden and I dont have the aftermarket switch box stuck to my dash.

Not great

Written By Jabesv, Omaha, NE on Saturday, October 15, 2011

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I installed this product per the manufacturer's and Crutchfield's instructions. There is a lot of background noise when using either my XM Radio or my MP3 player. Also with my XM radio I have to turn my volume up to the max level to hear the broadcast well. I never had any hissing with my wireless XM and I could use a normal volume level. Not the greatest solution.

Great inexpensive solution

Written By Mike, Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

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I was looking for a way to play my iPod through a factory installed stereo system that did not have an auxiliary jack. The Scosche FM modulator works great and is an inexpensive solution without having to replace the entire system. The installation instructions are sparse and not very specific, but I was able to do it easily with some help from the Crutchfield advisors over the phone and email. It looks a bit jury-rigged, but the sound quality is excellent.

This is great

Written By Monty, Syracuse, UT on Monday, July 18, 2011

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Pros; Easy to follow instructions for getting to the back of my radio. Sound quality is excellent. Appearance is decent

Cons: Instructions for installing the product come from Scosche and aren't easy to follow. I had to purchase an antenna adpater. (This wouldn't be a big deal exept that I didn't know about it until my car was ripped apart)

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By JackM, Pittsburgh,PA on Monday, May 23, 2011

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Installation is stright forward. The difficulty depends on how easy it is to get to the back of the radio. At this time, I can't give a great rating. The device only has 2 frequencies and if they are used in your area or an area you pass through then that is a problem. I have static on both frequencies and I have not been able to eliminate it even after I talked to their technical service. I am still trying.


Written By RANDY T, NJ on Monday, May 23, 2011

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This is a great item for the cost. After much research, I learned that there was no direct Ipod adapt to use for my 03 Ford Explorer stock radio. Other than changing the radio and loosing stering wheel controls and dvd entertainment function, this was my only option. Although skeptical I proceeded to purchase. The only tricky part was connecting the power and ground wires. Once you do that all else is simple. Total time for job was approximatly 30min. Works great and well hidden. Switch mounted fine and eluminates to same color as my dash making it look original. Sound quality pretty good. You do hear a bit of buzz on some songs or in some areas. However, again for the money and concidering other expensive options this was perfect. My thanks to Crutchfield too.

Great for the price

Written By antzwife, Rockford, IL on Monday, May 02, 2011

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For the price, this is a great item. It is easy to install even though there are a lot of steps. The sound is fairly good, but it definitely doesn't get the full car stereo effect especially the volume.

Works well, but not perfect

Written By DonK, Birdsboro,PA on Saturday, April 09, 2011

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I use this product in a company vehicle in which I cannot change out the radio.
It works ten times better with my satellite radio than the FM modulator. I can
now also listen to my IPOD. My only complaint is there is now some ignition hum.
Also, the little switch does not work so I have to unplug it when I want to
listen to the regular radio.

Poor sound quality

Written By Russ, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, April 04, 2011

The first unit I received had some much noise that it was not usable! Crutchfield replaced it at no charge and paid shipping for return and the new unit. The second one is better, but still has mediocre sound and lots of hiss. I have direct input for IPODs on 3 other vehicles, this does not come close to matching the sound quality and it has a lot of background noise, regardless of which frequency is selected. I think the whole adapter is made of cheap materials, I'm shopping for a replacement before this one quits. I would not recommend it.

Consider options before buying...

Written By Anonymous, North Carolina on Saturday, April 02, 2011

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Crutchfield is a class act and I don't blame them for anything I'm about to say. The product was as described, even the sales person mentioned this was not the best way to hook up an iPod, but considering I didn't want to replace my 2005 factory car stereo, this was my only option. Installation was easy enough, although it did require removing the existing stereo and tapping into an existing hot wire and ground, also beware there is an awkward iPod switch and plug that you'll have to stick somewhere on your console and the adhesive tape provided does not stick well (some day's anyway). The best thing I can say is that I can listen to my iPod now while on the road. Worst thing I can say is there is static - sometimes. Just like an FM radio station, sometimes the reception is clear, other days (and without external interference or change) there is an annoying amount of "fuzz". Ultimately, if budget would allow it I would replace my existing system with a unit that has direct input. This particular setup is a best "worst case" hookup and these faults should be taken into account before purchasing.

1977 Corvette - VERY PLEASED

Written By Wes, KY on Thursday, March 31, 2011

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I purchased this so I could listen to my ipod on my factory car stereo (I have an
original push button am/fm stock radio) and I did not want to ruin the originality
of my car. It was easy to install....I used squeeze connectors which do not ruin
the original factory wiring and connected the Red wire to the factory YELLOW
radio wire, the Black wire to the factory BLACK radio wire and the antenna wire
to the back of the radio's antenna slot. (NOTE: this is completely reversable to
factory condition if you ever want to take it out) I plugged in my Iphone, tuned
the FM radio and was pleased to hear chrystal clear music from my Iphone
over the factory radio!!!!! This is a great deal & soulution for all classic car
owners who want to keep everything factory original!!!!!

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Anonymous, Richmond, VA on Monday, March 07, 2011

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Good product, good price, good support material

It's pretty good...

Written By A.J., Plymouth Meeting, PA on Sunday, March 06, 2011

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I installed this product a few days ago after having no success with direct auxiliary input
adapters for my headunit. The installation was easy - solder or wiretap the 12 volt power
and ground, and the rest is plug-and-play. It fit well behind my radio. The part that is
meant to be exposed has a green illuminated power switch and an input, and is meant
to be installed with double-sided tape. Personally, I think it looks tacky, so I installed a
separate jack in the center console and put the switch in the glove box.
Unfortunately, the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. I have no problems with
volume as others have said. However, there is background static. The quality of the
music itself is almost perfect, lows are clean, smooth and have good punch, and the
highs are relatively crisp. The static behind the music is only really noticeable at high
music volumes during quiet parts of the music, but for an audiophile like me, it's pretty
annoying. At normal listening volume, the quality is great. Unfortunately for me, normal
listening volume is very loud, and so I'm stuck with static. It's not intolerable, but it's
there. Simply for the stock look, it's a step up from a cassette adapter, but just barely.
Also, often I can't charge my phone while using this device without interference. Overall,
I'm happy with the product, but just barely.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Joe, Montville, NJ on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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Great product if you dont want to drop a few hundred dollars on an aftermarket headunit to use your ipod with, easy install.

FM Modulator

Written By LARIAT41, Newport News, VA. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Purchased Item, and installed, continuous static in backround plus you have to turn your volume up completly to here. Had for one month then stopped working.

FM Modulator Review

Written By GMac, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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Don't waste your time or money on an FM modulator. This one had decent reviews so I
took the chance. I should have listened to the one's that said "this should only be
considered a temporary solution".

PROS: The unit is fairly easy to install and you get to keep your stock radio which
matches the rest of your vehicle.

CONS: You have to turn the stereo up almost full blast to hear music (even when mp3
player is volume is 95%) and you hear lots of static. Also, since the unit is plugged
inline with your radio antenna, you will notice a reduction in channel reception (radio
stations don't come in as clear as before the install, even when the power to the
modulator unit is turned off). Another let-down, the adhesive backing on the switch/input
unit is worthless. It is constantly falling off with temperature changes.

If you're debating on getting an FM modulator versus getting a new receiver with USB,
get the receiver.

Another thing to consider besides sound quality issues is that with the FM modulator,
you have to control your music selections from the mp3 player, which in my opinion is as
bad and dangerous as texting while driving. I plan to get a receiver with USB so I can
control music from the receiver.

A hardwired Fm Modulator for when your vehicle's antenna is too far a

Written By Whatever, AnnaPOLIS MD on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Excellent instructions by Crutchfield and a good product by Scosche. It'll take about 2-3
hours to take the dash apart and install. I picked up power from the cigarette lighter
socket wiring. Be careful to maintain the proper polarity or you'll be blowing fuses. It
works well even if there's a station broadcasting on the chosen FM band.

Works great

Written By Steve, St. Louis on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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This ipod adaptor works perfectly. Installation was basic and straightforward. Directions
were good. Sound quality is excellent.

2000 Nissan Altima

Written By Chris R, Dallas, TX on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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The Scosche FM-MOD02 installation was simple for this car. Crutchfield provided a car
specific instruction booklet that showed exactly how to remove the dash panels and
access the factory radio. I picked up the hot power lead from the cigarette lighter and
mounted the switch and input module on the driver side kick panel at the front of the
console. At least on this car, there was plenty of room for the wiring and components
below the radio. The whole job took about an hour and woks well according to my son
who drives the car.

Not the Best

Written By ChrisC, Arnaudville, LA on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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I purchased this product because the radio installed didn't have an aux jack and I
wanted to be able to plug my iphone and play my music. I installed it according to the
instructions. The music sounds clear but there is some background noise which
sounds like air when the music stops or in between songs. I was not very impressed
with the performance of this product. I found out there were similar products with the
same name brand that just plugs in the cigarette lighter. I purchased one for my other
vehicle and it performed better than this product. This product limits you to tune to only
2 stations whereas the other gives you up to 100 stations to tune to so I think this is not
the best product out there on the market.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By KevinT, Port Charlotte, FL on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Had no luck with wireless FM modulators so I tried this since it is hardwired and supposedly
better sound quality. Bought it so I could play an IPOD on the car stereo. It took about 1 1/4
hours to install in a '06 Mitsubishi Endeavor. The tech support on the phone was wonderful,
they told me which wire in the radio wire harness to tie into for the power. However, I wasn't
completely satisfied with the sound quality as I could hear static on both frequencies and I
will be returning it. Also, I wanted a way to charge the IPOD. Customer support had no
problem authorizing a return. I will definately buy from Crutchfield again, even though this
purchase didn't work out for me.

Good Product Poor Support

Written By MarkB, Lexington, KY on Sunday, January 02, 2011

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The documentation and support from Crutchfield saved this product. The installation
instructions included from the manufacturer were on a half sheet of paper - and basically
said "per your owners manual". No help. The Crutchfield instructions were step by step and
spot on. Product worked nice once installed and music is clear and clean. My advice is to
spend the money and purchase the dash removal tool as well. Its money well spent and will
save your dash and other plastic parts.

Adequate solution

Written By Randy P., Houston, TX on Saturday, January 01, 2011

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I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu. The CD player in my stock stereo broke, so I needed a way
to listen to something besides radio. My options were to go aftermarket, which would be
about $400 and lose several stock features, replace with another factory radio at over
$700, or use an adapter like this. I chose this route, and while it solves my issue of
playing something besides radio, I think there's too much background "fuzz" during
quieter parts of the music. I was told before purchasing the sound would be "as good as
the best FM stereo you've heard". Well, the "best" I've heard doesn't have any fuzziness to
it. All in all, a good solution, not a great one.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Scott, Columbia, MD on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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After going to a nearby car stereo shop and being told it would cost about $300 to add an aux
input to my '02 TL, I called Crutchfield and bought this device for $50. My factory radio had
actually been removed from the car in hopes of fixing the 6-disc changer, so hooking this device
up was a snap. I actually purchased the Honda Antenna adapters, but it turned out that I didn't
need them. I hooked up an iPod nano and the sound was fairly quiet. I had to turn the volume on
the iPod up to its max and it still didn't come through as loud as radio stations. Overall though,
I'm pleased.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Anonymous, Tenants Harbor, ME on Friday, November 26, 2010

Installed easily and works very well.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Tom, Wisconsin on Monday, November 08, 2010

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I installed this unit on our 2002 Escape which has the premium sound system. Reason was to provide MP3 input. It was easy to do and went as shown on the simple instruction sheet. Used the cigar lighter wiring for (+) and( -) leads. Removed the lighter socket and ran the wires through that opening. The Modulator works better than I hoped.
The sound can't be told from the system when playing on the FM surround sound.

Good product, but instruction could be more detailed

Written By Cat Mom, San Jose, CA on Monday, October 11, 2010

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I am a woman living by myself. I am not super handy, but I often assemble furnitures, wiring audio sets, and so on, by myself. After reading the user reviews here, I thought that I could install this FM modulator all by myself.

OK, I received the vehicle specific instruction. It was very detailed with photos, and with following this instruction, I could open the cover and took the radio unit out smoothly. However, this instruction was only for opening the cover and removing the factory radio!

The instruction for the FM modulator was only a small piece of paper, without any picture/photo. I managed to connect the antenna and audio jacks, however, the problem was connecting the two wires, red and black, to the "ingition" and "ground". I even could not figure out which part was called "ignition" and which one was "ground". I searched the web for a vehicle specific diagram, but I could not find any.

After all, I needed to bring my car to the installing service. The employee at the installing service, who helped me, still was surprised to know that I did everything except for wiring all by myself.

I thought it would have been better if the kit came not only with a vehicle specific radio-removing instruction, but also with a vehicle specific wiring instruction with detailed photos.

Less than ideal solution

Written By Jim, California on Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Installed this as a means to listen to my i-pod on the factory radio. It is usable, but there is considerable background static present. I listen mostly to podcasts and at mid volume, the sound is acceptable. Listening to music at higher volume would not work so well. I intend to replace the reciever in my truck in the not too distant future, so I can live with this for a short while. Would not reccomend as a permanent solution.

Good, cheap solution to play mp3's

Written By SP, Chicago on Friday, October 01, 2010

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Overall, the product is a great buy. The important thing is...would I buy it again?...and the
answer is yes. About 1 hour to install. The hardest part is finding a 12 volt power source. I
suggest using a volt meter to find a 12 volt line on one of the existing wiring harnesses
coming off of the back of your radio (that also shuts off when you turn the key to the off
position), then crimp on an in-line splice. If your mp3 player volume is set too low, you will
hear quite a bit of static. Simply turn the volume up on the mp3 player to approx. 90% and
most of it will disappear. It still isn't a crystal clear sound, but definitely better than using an
FM modulator, especially in a big city which gets plenty of signal interference.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By RickR, Springboro, OH on Monday, August 30, 2010

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Looking for a solution to running MP3's on a GM monsoon system led me to try a
FM wired solution. I have used a couple of different "wireless FM" solutions and
was not happy with the background noise/hum. Looking at the other reviews on
this product I was encouraged that this might be "the one". I was a little
disappointed in the sound quality at high volume levels. It is a good solution
at a good price. However I am still looking for a better solution.

Installation instructions were clear and simple to follow. Overall, I had
everything installed in 20 minutes but it took me a little longer to find a good
power source. Sound was pretty good at all volume levels. You will have to turn
your mp3 player to full volume to get good volume from your stereo

No wire tap connectors or tie wraps were included in the kit so you will need to
acquire some before you start. You might also want to get some Velcro for
mounting. You can hear hissing during quiet levels of music. Reminds me a lot
of playing old LP's using a regular quality turntable

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Anonymous, Kirkland, WA on Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Bought this for my 2006 Kia Spectra, mastersheet that came from Crutchfield made it easy to take out the radio and disconnect but the instructions that came with the Scosche were terrible for someone who's never done something like this before. I had to call Crutchfield who did help somewhat but did not make it clear about how to attach the spliced wires, I have no experience with this so I was completely clueless. After two calls, we got it sorted out, the Scosche directions don't help unless you know what each of the wires is called and which pieces connect where, no pictures or anything. Now that it's installed, the sound is pretty great, you flip the switch when you want to listen to your regular radio, flip it again to listen to the ipod. The sticky side of the switch doesn't stay stuck to my car dash because of the heat so I had to use serious tape but it works so I am happy with it, saved me a lot of money from getting something like this installed professionally.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Anonymous, Oconomowoc, WI on Friday, July 30, 2010

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Installed this in the daughters Pontiac G6 in a half hour, easy install, works and sounds great, the customer service was exceptional,

Good solution for adding a line-in

Written By alex13507, MA on Monday, July 12, 2010

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This is a good solution when you need to add a line-in for an MP3 player or such device. In my case, I didn't want to replace the radio, nor did I want to get something specifically for an iPod. This gave me the connection I needed with good quality sound for a very reasonable price. I've found that I need to max out the volume on my iPhone 3GS to get the volume levels I need, but it comes in very clear for music and podcasts. All in all, this is as good a product as you'll find for running on FM.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By TMain, Hampstead, MD on Friday, May 14, 2010

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Fast shipping and all required directions were included. Took about an hour to
install, which was very straightforward and fairly easy. The only reason I
rated a 3 is because I expected the sound quality to be better. There is some
background noise, much like listening to LP's for those people 40 and older.

Although I didn't have many choices as my Honda Accord has the climate controls
included in the head unit, so installing an after-market unit wasn't an option.
For the price, this FM modulator is ok and serves it's purpose.

Great Sound

Written By Doug, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, May 06, 2010

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I needed a connection for my mp3 and the sound quality of this unit is great.. The quality of the wireless modulators I tried didn't even compare. The unit itself did not have any installation information. The guide supplied by Crutchfield not only covered getting my radio out of the dash, but also covered the install of the modulator.

Crystal Clear

Written By Scott, Tustin, CA on Monday, April 12, 2010

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I tried two different plug-in ash tray FM Modulators and all were junk. It has been driving
me crazy that I could not listen to my iPod in my car. I found this product and decided to
give it a try. Pulling the stereo out was very easy using the guide provided. The only
problem was installing the wiring harness. The instructions stop at removing the Stereo.
I did realize my factory stereo does not have a standard antenna plug that you might be
used to seeing on a replacement stereo and that is when I realized how this adapter
plug works. After tapping into the cigarette light plug for power and put everything back
together I turned it on and it works perfectly as advertised. I have broken the curse of this
radio not playing my iPod.

I could not be any happier with my purchase!!!

Great Product

Written By Anonymous, Rahway, NJ on Friday, March 12, 2010

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i bought this to add a mp3 input jack to my wife's car stereo on her 2004
Hyundai Santa Fe. She did not want to change her radio because it had the
monsoon audio system with built in 6 cd changer.

This solved the issue great, The sound quality is awesome, no interference like
the garbage fm transmitters that plug into your lighter socket and the
installation was easy. Thanks to Crutchfield for the master sheet guide that
made the install a breeze. Like a previous reviewer I tapped positive from the
cigaret lighter with a quick splice connector and grounded to the chassis via a
convenient screw behind the dash.
I wish we could post pictures because it looks like it came with the car.

One thing I have to disagree with is someone mentioned the build quality. I
don't know what people expect, but the box with the circuitry is metal, sure the
power wires are wrapped together with black tape instead of (insert your
favorite wire wrap here) but this is a hidden item. I think the quality of the
product is great for something that is going to sit behind the dash with the
exception of the input jack and switch.

Total installation time was about 1:15.

good product

Written By Anonymous, baltimore md on Friday, January 29, 2010

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very good item. nice sound. not quite like a cd but good. easy to install. very nice for the price.

Not good

Written By Anonymous, Chicago, Il on Saturday, November 28, 2009

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When it was time to turn it on. There was this very loud distortion in the back ground of the music. It occur when i turn on the green rocker switch. Not very pleasant. My ground wire checked out to be fine. I called tech support for help. They said there is a adjustment inside of Modulator. I'm not going to open this up & play w/ this modulator all day and risk damaging it. Everything was returned back for a refund of the purchase price.

Great Alternative to More Expensive Options

Written By drew, Fort Wayne, IN on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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I installed this in my wife's '04 Mazda 6 (which has an integrated OEM stero / CD Changer that can't be replaced without a major overhaul of the center console). So I figured we'd try this option out and see how it works. So far so good. The sound is better than I expected, though sometimes I get a little fuzziness/distortion-nothing bad enough to make me send it back, though.

Install was incredibly easy, thanks to Crutchfield. The product itself came with no instructions at all. The quality of the product itself is a little shoddy. Yeah, it works and it's hidden behind the dash so I never have to se it. But, literally, it looks like it was built in someone's basement with spare wires and electrical tape. Still, it works so it's not that big of a deal.

If replacing the head unit wasn't so expensive in this car, I wouldn't have gone with this unit. But it's a good alternative for now.

Scosche FM-MODO2

Written By Mike, Fresno, CA on Monday, September 14, 2009

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I have a Ram 2500 with 6-disk changer and Satellite - all factory. I bought this unit to facilitate use of a Garmin Nuvi 760; there are no Aux outputs on this radio, so an FM Modulator was necessary. The unit went in very easily and has performed flawlessly. GPS, Blue Tooth Phone, and MP3 player all play well thru the Factory sound system. Since the installation calls for a "keyed" power installation, I tapped into the cigarette lighter connection with clip on connectors; fast, easy, and secure - no soldiering behind the dash. Warning: When turned on, the unit will interfere or break-up AM reception. I chose to leave the switch permanently in the "on" position, and fix it behind the dash cover plate with a hole for the GPS wire. That's a mistake if you want to use the AM. Mount the on/off switch where you can get to it if you plan to use AM or want the capability. It should "conceal" in the storage tray; holes drilled thru at that location are invisible. There is clearance. Requires two Dodge specific antenna wire connectors; your Advisor will tell you.

Beware of Reversed Wires

Written By Ryan, Streamwood, IL on Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Crutchfield's Master Sheet was fantastic. I was able to take apart my dash quickly without breaking anything. However, there was no help finding 12V and GND wires to power the unit. I checked my cigarette lighter and found the same color wires in the harness attached to the radio. Measured those wires with a volt meter to confirm they were the correct wires and then spliced into them.

Also the modulator came with no instructions or wiring diagram. Even worse the labels attached to the wires for the power and ground was reversed on my unit. When I hooked up the unit according to the labels I blew a fuse. Finding the fuse panel and the right tools to remove the fuse added several more hours to the installation.

This modulator works many times better than the wireless FM modulators you can buy for the iPod. While it is on you get no interference from the channel you are using. I am currently using the 87.9 FM station. I do have to turn up the volume on my iPod all the way to have an acceptable loudness for my stereo. If I turn up the volume on my stereo too high I get a very slight hum which can be distracting. I am going to see if 88.3 FM works better.

Good product that I would recommend to others. If you are not comfortable working with wiring harnesses and splicing wires you will probably want to pay for installation. You are going to take out the entire stereo in your car, so if you don't like your current stereo you may want to consider buying a new head unit.

Great Option to Have

Written By Vincent, Collegeville, PA on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

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This seemed to be the only real option for my 2006 Honda Accord with Nav and Satellite. I'm sure the Aux jack is standard on Accord now, but it is not an easy upgrade if you aren't tech savvy.

It took 3 calls to tech support and a trip to the hardware store to get the wire butt adapters in order to tie in the ground and 12V DC connectors. Then, when all seemed to be OK, the radio code for the Honda wouldn't work. After, 2 trips to different Honda dealers, they finally figured it out.

Now, I am reaping the benefits of my efforts by listening to near CD quality. I occasionally get a little static from interference with my Blackberry and
have to throw the Blackberry in the back seat. But that is a minor inconvience.

The unit is a great low cost option for those who want to keep the slick Honda radio, but can't live without their MP3 players. Just be patient with the install.

Great Buy

Written By Greg, Dayton, OH on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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This product is awesome, once you install it.

The sound quality is as everyone else said, near CD quality.

The installation wasn't too bad, I just didn't know what I was doing so it took a little extra time. One thing you need to know is you have to tap the power in order for the modulator to work, and some minor accessories are required. You need to buy these little clamshell wiring clamps so you can tap the power on the wiring harness.

I am sure I will have many more enjoyable drives now that I don't have to hassle with CDs anymore.

This product is 100% worth it, and if you know nothing about car stereos, you may want to have this installed by someone who knows what they are doing


Written By Cameron, Manchester, TN on Thursday, July 16, 2009

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The hardest part of this installation was figuring out how to get power. I ended up using a multimeter to find +12v on the accessory port on the back my the stock radio.

Easy to install, sounds great, and costs less than half what the accessory port adapter would have! Can't ask for much more than that.

when replacing the head unit just isn't an option....

Written By Jim, Philadelphia, PA. on Monday, June 29, 2009

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Crutchfield provided awesome customer service. Live chat is excellent, I told them the car I had (SRX) and they gave me a a few options, I went with this due to price and it being the most simple (only had to tear apart the dash).

When I had a question about where to find a 12 volt source, I called cusomter service and they were fast and helpful.

Regarding the unit itself.... seems to work great, this is FAR superior to a wireless fm modlulator. Definitely worth the effort of installing this if you don't want to replace the stereo or can't find a good adaptor for your car. Only thing I wasn't crazy about was the antena adaptor.... didn't seem to have a great fit, working fine right now. Also, make sure you buy some strong double sided tape so you can mount the box somewhere.

I wired the on/off switch into the ashtray compartment so its completely invisible unless you want to see it.


Wow - It's all I can say

Written By GuyO, Fredericksburg, VA on Friday, June 26, 2009

The Mitsubishi dealer said the could put an MP3 adapter in our 2008 Endeavor after waiting for the parts, they find out that they OEM adapter can't be added to the harness for the stock single disk head. I was about ready to turn the vehicle back when he finally told me they couldn't do it. -- I had originally wanted a Mitsubishi with a Microsoft Sync so this was a compromise... After viewing the website and calling tech support to find out that the Zune Adapter wouldn't work because the OEM head doesn't have RCA jack -- I was really bummed out. Then he tells me about this in-line modulator - WOW. I called Charlottesville to see if it was in stock and made and appointment for 4PM -- I made the drive, having to switch stations every 20 miles because of terrible music or bad reception. The staff at the store was super ( way better than the now defunct big box store). I was out of there in 1:15 with a really slick install. The sound is super and I am so HAPPY. When the time comes to buy a Flat Screen TV -- I''l be going back out to Charlottesville - GREAT UNIT - GREAT SERVICE.

overall very good

Written By alawson88, LaPorte, IN on Sunday, June 07, 2009

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this modulator was very easy to install and in my own car it is very easy to hide. all that is visible is a black cable leading to the 3.5mm jack. the jack dock itself is nice to look at and has the handy power switch. the sticker on it is really strong and i dont see it accidentally coming off.

the only real problem i have with it is that it isnt as loud as id like it to be, but thats no huge problem. music sounds almost the same as a cd.

i would definitely buy another for my other car.

Unexpectedly Great Sound!

Written By Dan, Salem, NH on Sunday, May 24, 2009

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I just finished installing the Scosche FM-MOD02 modulator this afternoon in my Nissan Frontier and I was unexpectedly surprised by the sound quality. I had low expectations thinking it wouldn't sound any better than a good FM signal however; it's pretty close to OEM aux input quality. The highs are slightly less brilliant than the CD player however that's due to the FM signal environment.

I compared the CD sound to the Scosche sound and the overall frequency response was fairly comparable, Installation was a breeze. I opted not to use the on/off switch since having the modulator on all the time didn't appear to interfere with normal FM reception. I'm very happy with my purchase! Crutchfield service was top-notch as usual! Highly recommended!

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By Kris, Johnson City, TN on Monday, May 18, 2009

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This thing works great. I am using it with my S9 MP3 player and the sound quality is very impressive I would say 8.5-9. I wasn't sure if I needed any extra components so contacted a Crutchfield advisor and was told I would need 2 antenna adapters. The advisor went ahead and placed all the items in a cart for me so i didn't have to look around the site and find it which I liked. I had a few installation questions and always received quick responses so by the time it arrived I was ready to install. Once I got the deck out it took about 20 min to get everything all connected. Very straight forward installation and I had no installation experience prior to this. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to add an aux in to their factory deck.

Really good..... except

Written By Nick, Indiana on Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Okay so i have a 1998 nissan altima and crutchfield did not send me a master sheet, i am sure i could of called them but i decided not too. So i taught myself how to put this in, i needed two antenna adapters which spiked the total price. it works well you need to know a little about wiring and cars to install yourself


Written By Luis, Arverne, NY on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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I just save myself about $400.00! I asked at the dealer how much it would cost to install and aux or ipod interface on my 2009 Subaru Impresa and that was their quote.

The unit was easy to install, I did make a slight adjustment not wanting to zap anything electrical in my car, I used an old cell phone car plug to connect to the 12 v outlet in my car. Works like a charm!

FM Modulator for Ipod

Written By Waymond, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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After hooking up the modulator and purchasing antenna adapters for the Nissan to Motorola connection, I found the playback to be less than I expected. Also, Crutchfield should have done research on this vehicle by now. Its a 1998 Infiniti Q45 and no research has been done as to what type of Ipod adapter will work in this car. So I'm stuck with only fm modulator or cassette adapter both I now know are undesireable. Now AM stations don't work and FM stations are weak. I think I'm going to take it out.

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Written By mykyl, New England on Friday, April 17, 2009

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The product works well, once I got it installed. My car, a Mercury Montego (same as Ford 500 and newer Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable), required an adapter to connect to the antennae line on my factory navigation radio. I discovered this after pulling my dash apart. I scrambled to the nearest electronics shop with radio in hand, and he had never seen the connector that is on the radio, so I was out of luck, until I talked to Service at a Ford dealership. He suggested I follow the antennae line, and there may be a different connector closer to the actual antennae. I eventually found it under the rug in the front passenger floor. This still required an adapter to get the Motorola connectors, but THIS had the standard Ford connectors.

The problem now is the lines that come with this kit are not long enough for me to place everything behind the dash like I wanted. I am going to have to get some antennae extension lines.

Occasionally, I also get a whine when using this product, but it is not too loud and is better than the static I had before.

Scosche FM-MOD02

Written By tigger.99, Catasauqua, PA on Monday, April 13, 2009

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A really good product. Was easy to install and enables me to use my MP3 player until I have an opportunity to upgrade factory head unit. Good product at a good price. Mastersheet also a great help!

Worked great in 2002 Grand Am

Written By denogginizer, Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, April 05, 2009

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Bought this product for my daughters 2002 Grand am with the Monsoon factory stereo and it worked great and installed quickly. It did however take an extra trip to the auto part store. The Monsoon head unit has a mini antenna plug (not the standard one that comes with this unit) so you will need an antenna adapter. To see what I mean, Google search "GM Mini Antenna Adapter". Unless I did something wrong, 2 antenna adapters were needed (one from mini to standard and one from standard to mini). Once I got those I wired it to a switched fused, so it could just stay on all the time, and tucked the unit away with just the wire sticking out. Worked great!

Amazing Product

Written By Ryan, Sacramento CA on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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Best Money I have spent. I use to have a wireless FM trasmitter but the signal was horrible. I insalled this product in my 2000 Jeep Wragler. Installation took half an hour. Only a basic understanding of car stereo wiring required. Crutchfield gives great how do instuctions and there is always technical support if you need assistance. This product exceeded my expectations. The signal is crystal clear even when driving. No static or interference at all. My only complaint is the length of the cords. Antenna cable extentions solved this problem. I reccomend this product to anyone who does not what to buy a new head unit but wants an auxillary iput. 5 star product. Thank you Crutchfield

Exactly as advertised

Written By T. J., Detroit, MI on Monday, March 23, 2009

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There's nothing hidden here. It's as easy to install and works as well as the decription states. Including splicing in the power wires and routing the cabling, the whole install took only about a 1/2 hour. It also has a nice not-so-aftermarket-looking (if put in the right place) aux-input jack and power switch in case you are unable to power the device with a switched ignition lead. Most importantly, the sound is excellent with minimal hiss (sounds a bit better than the strongest FM stereo signal). If you do not already have a built-in aux input and do not want to change your stereo head unit, this is your only option as FM-transmitters (even the one's built into the portable sattelite receivers) don't hold a candle to the sound quality of this unit.

The only gripes are a bit more cabling would have been nice and that the aux input jack housing could have used a bit stickier two-sided tape. I had to buy my own better stuff for it to properly stick to the underside of my dash.

Great Product! Great Price!

Written By Sarah, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, March 22, 2009

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We had this installed locally, so I can't speak to the facility of the installation, however it works great! We get wonderful sound quality, and it's so much better than an FM Transmitter!! Highly recommend this product!

Perfect fix

Written By Adam, Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 21, 2009

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This unit "fixed" my Honda radio and allowed me to use my MP3. The benefit of this system is that ANY MP3 player will work, provided you can turn the volume on your player up high enough to allow it to be played through the radio.

Installation was straightforward once 1) I figured out which wire from the radio provided + power, and 2) decided on a place to put the MP3 plug receiver.

BTW, your location for the plug receiver is a little limited as the distance between the "box" and the back of the radio is going to cause you to lose a foot or so of the (approx) three feet of cable between the "box" and the plug receiver.

Overall, I think this great little unit is probably a little overpriced; however, I also understand that when you buy from crutch you are getting product AND probably the best customer service in the industry. This is one of those kinds of product that you should buy from a company like this. These guys stand behind what they sell.

Very Satisfied

Written By David, Portland, OR on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Installed this modulator into a 2009 Nissan Versa with the stock factory radio. Had to also buy the two Nissan/Motorola antenna adapters.

Install was easy with just two little nits:
1) The device comes with built-in fuse holder containing a 2A glass cartridge fuse. These fuses are no longer as readily available as the colored plastic tab fuses. It's also buried inside the dash once installed. Hopefully you won't need to access or replace it.
2) I had to mount the power/switch audio jack module on the Left side of my dash which made all the lettering read upside down. I used my own label maker to correct but it will look wrong when installed this way.

Audio quality is excellent, w/no discernible interference. Mine is set to 87.9.

Very Nice

Written By Crawforth, ABQ, NM on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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This is a very good product! I works excellent. However Crutchfield did not send me vehicle specific instructions. It is very easy to figure out however I had to go and buy antenna adapters for my vehicle. I didn't want to have to do that, which is why I bought from Crutchfield because they usually include all that. But once I figured out what I needed to do and what I needed to go and purchase it went in very easy and works wonderfully!

Great device

Written By James, Maryland on Monday, March 09, 2009

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Worked great. Straightforward installation. Love it. No discernable lose of volume or fidelity. Highly recommended.