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P.I.E. iPod® Adapter for Honda

Control your iPod with select 2003-up Honda factory stereos (Model HON03-POD/S)

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by Dominic Devito

This adapter from Precision Interface Electronics lets you listen to and control your iPod through select 2003-up Honda sound systems, by converting the satellite radio input on the factory radio into an iPod dock connector. iPod song text shows up on the stereo's display, and you get full access to your playlists. It also provides an additional stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source to your factory radio. Warranty: 90 days.

Note: You must disconnect any factory satellite radio in order to use this adapter. Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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  • Honda interface for iPod
  • T-harness
  • 11' iPod connector cable with a proprietary 10-pin connector on one end and an iPod dock connector on other end
  • Instruction sheet

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Features

Overview: The PIE DPX Technology Plus HON03-POD/S Honda/iPod interface allows you to operate your iPod using the OEM satellite radio controls of your Satellite-ready Honda factory radio. Using this interface, the iPod will emulate the factory XM Satellite system, providing you with iPod controls on your factory Honda radio. The HON03-POD/S also provides you with an additional stereo RCA auxiliary input.

Compatibility: The HON03-POD/S Honda Interface for iPod is compatible with the following Honda vehicles.

Honda Vehicle Applications:
Model Year
Accord 2003-2007
 Civic 2006-2007
CR-V 2005-2007
 Element 2003-2007
Odyssey 2005-2007
 Pilot 2006-2007
 Ridgeline 2006-2007
 S2000 2004-2007

Note: Not compatible with Factory Navigation

iPod Compatibility: The HON03-POD/S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Honda factory radio (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Factory Radio iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N N N N N N N
 mini 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
 touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

iPod Functions: Control of the iPod through the OEM radio includes the following -

  • Individual search by Artist, Playlist, Album, or Genre
  • Ability to display the following Text fields - Artist name, Song name, Album name, and Playlist name
  • Direct audio connection for optimal sound quality
  • Charging of your iPod
  • Simple mode allows you to control the iPod from your iPod's controls

Note: iPod control/browse capability may be limited in some applications.

Connections: The HON03-POD/S is equipped with the following connections.

  • OEM Harness: This 14-pin plug provides connection of the supplied T-harness which plugs into your factory radio's plug and then plugs into the back of your factory Honda radio.
  • iPod: 8-Pin proprietary port provides connection of the supplied 11' iPod connector cable which has an Apple iPod dock connector on other end to connect to your iPod.
  • AUX In: Stereo L/R RCA input for connecting an external portable audio source to your Honda's factory radio using optional stereo RCA audio cables (sold separately).
  • DIP Switches: 5 DIP switches provide programming for Honda factory headunits with and without XM Radio tuner.
 
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1 out of 5

Junk

Written By smitty, pooler ga on Sunday, January 15, 2012
 
This thing is junk, easy instal espically with all the sheets and support that crutchfield offers (really love this company). So got it all hooked up and then it played at first but failed to be controlled buy any of the controls on the dash or my stearing wheel. So I figured it played and that was better than in my 2007 ridgline (not sure what honda was doing with no aux jack). So considerd keeping it wrong the next day could not get any aduio to play, and the thing kept freezing my ipod... So called support and with there awesomeness they set me a usaSpec brand one that did the same thing and was cheaper.... This one also easy installand about 20 dollars cheaper. Just go with the later and avoid a headache.
Pros:
had a long cord that went to the ipod could have used it inthe back seat.
Cons:
read the comments...
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3 out of 5

Works okay

Written By Ron, Baltimore on Thursday, September 15, 2011
 
I've had this product for about 3 years on my 08 Civic (no NAV). I really wanted to keep the factory look but be able to control my iPod through my car's stereo. Navigating to specific artists, songs, etc was really important to me and this adapter claimed to be able to do that.

I like the ability to browse by Artist, Album, Playlist, Genre. It charges my iPod and the audio quality is very good.

On the downside, I'm not really happy with the interface and how they designed the controls. Sometimes it just displays "Loading" for hours on my stereo. Maybe it is due to the amount of songs in my library. Additionally, the controls not intuitive and it can takes a while to get used to the behavior. I would have preferred if I could use my tuning knob to scroll through my library instead of the seek buttons ( >). I might have to hit the seek buttons a hundred times to find the artist I want. I would also prefer if it would allow me to drill down and select the album from that artist. Instead, it will start playing the first album from that artist alphabetically.

I just began using my iPhone 4 to store my music and it doesn't charge it so I will be looking for a new adapter.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Engine Noise

Written By Mike, Dallas, tx on Thursday, March 10, 2011
 
Works great but tons of radio noise. Really surprised at this.
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4 out of 5

P.I.E. iPod® Adapter for Honda

Written By ME, Florida on Sunday, August 15, 2010
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Works great. Installed this unit in my wife's Honda Pilot. She can operate her I-Pod through the radio, or the I-pod. Simple to use.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works for iPhone!

Written By Mark, Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, February 28, 2010
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It does NOT have to be in airplane mode to work...just ignore and hit "no" on the iPod (or
just leave it).

One issue with the iPhone is that you need to be in simple mode in order to really have
control over the songs or the playlists...at least, that is my impression so far.

Either way, it charges and plays the music through my wife's Honda Odyssey...will be a
dream come true on our next drive to Florida. No more FM modulator.

Install was very simple...only issue was routing of the cable which will depend on the
vehicle you are putting it into. Was tough to route behind the dash and get to the glove
box in the Odyssey. May eventually drill a hole so it can be in the center console storage
area for easier access to change songs.

Once a playlist/album/artist is selected from the iPod/iPhone, you can still use the
normal "skip to next song" control (tune knob on the Odyssey) to get to the next song or
back to the beginning of the song you are listening to.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Dont buy for an iphone

Written By fastcarz2, CT on Monday, September 14, 2009
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Didn't know the iphone had to be in airplane mode in order for it to work, so what's the point if you lose the phone functions. SO im just using an old ipod instead of returning it. You have to press the FM then XM until you get it to turn on which is annoying. Although i called to return and an "email was sent" with a return number, it never came. I think down the road i will just buy a head unit.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product !!!!

Written By Hnas, Cincinnati, Oh on Sunday, April 12, 2009
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With not wanting to remove the factory radio. An Honda Pulling its music link due to problems. I was happy to find a product that would work with the factory radio an controls. With out cutting into the factory harness. Product was easy to install took about 1/2 hour to install. It allows access to the I-pod playlist, albums, artist. The only knock is having to put radio to am when turning radio off. Have recommended this to many honda owners as a alternative to replacing factory radio.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just what my Ridgeline needed!

Written By Jim, Fishers, IN on Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Works great...SOUNDS great! FM modulator, I don't need no stinkin' FM Modulator! The Ridgelines radio responds really well to this device, I can use the radio buttons to control the ipod and it is wonderful. I have XM and switching between the ipod and XM is no hassle.

****Just remember to push the AM/FM button first before you switch to the ipod function! P.I.E. sort of left out that little tidbit in the instructions.****

I am very happy with this product and would reccomend it to anyone with a factory radio in a Ridgeline...man it's nice to have a kick booty radio straight from the factory.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Shows Text on your car radio

Written By Ismael, Burke, VA on Tuesday, September 02, 2008
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Pro's: Display song/artist info on the radio display; control iPod from radio controls; very transparent in terms of sound quality; easy to install/setup; add auxiliary input to the radio (to connect, for example, dvd player); charges the iPod; works with almost any iPod.

Con's: Slow interface; weird/convoluted iPod navigation

Overall this is a good gizmo; it does what it is supposed to do in a good way (not excellent, but good). I had previously bougth an Alpine iPod adapter for the Alpine overhead dvd player in our Honda Odyssey, but the sound quality was terrible to say the least, and you could either listen to the dvd player or the iPod. With the PIE adapter the sound quality is excellent and we can listen to the ipod while the kids in the back are watching a movie (or, if we want to, we can listen to the movie via the AUX audio input).

There a couple of things that could be improved, but I would recommend this device.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Shows text and controlled via factory radio

Written By Mark, Alabama on Thursday, June 19, 2008
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PROS: Works through factory radio, shows artist name or song title, still
allows use of XM just toggle back and forth to XM and AM/FM, charges iPod,
allows control of iPod itself in simple mode and then keeps same song
playing when returned to full control mode, offers aux input which can be
switched on and off via scan button, can jump through songs by holding
tune button counts in 10's vice 1's

CONS: My channel button on the steering wheel does not change songs
(button works just not with this device), interface is not slow but when
changing songs it only displays numbers until the song starts playing, no
way to see rest of song title just 1st 15 characters, getting it to sync
sometimes an issue will display loading for 5 minutes while songs playing,
but no text info-maybe 6th gen issue.



17 out of 18 people found this helpful
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