PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Listen to your iPod® through your factory stereo

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You can listen to your iPod — including newer iPods, like the nano, classic, and iPhone — in the car without replacing your factory stereo. All it takes is a CD changer-compatible factory stereo, a vehicle-specific cable adapter, and this iSimple PDXP adapter box. Just install the iSimple PDXP adapter box in an out-of-the-way spot, connect it to your vehicle's radio with the cable adapter, and hook up your iPod. You'll be listening to all of your favorite tracks through your car speakers in no time.

The iSimple PDXP adapter allows you to control the party with your radio buttons (even steering wheel controls if you have them) — including controls for track up/down, fast forward, and rewind. The iPod itself stays active, too, giving you access to all of your playlists and filters. And you won't have to worry about sound quality. The wired connection ensures the best possible performance from your portable player.

Once everything is installed, you'll be able to access the iPod by pressing "CD" or "AUX" on your radio. And the iSimple PDXP will even charge your iPod while it's plugged in. Peripheral gives you everything you need to bring iPod convenience on the road.

Note: If you haven't already, please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if we have a vehicle-specific cable adapter that'll connect the iSimple PDXP to your vehicle.

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

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for factory stereo
  • works with newer iPods, including nano, classic, and iPhone
  • controls track selection and and fast forward / rewind
  • the iPod remains active, allowing for access to all of your playlists
  • charges your iPod battery
  • includes an 11-1/2' cable for your iPod
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Easy to install, does everything I need it to do in my old F-150

Pros: Easy install, easy setup, works with factory radio and sounds good.

Cons: None so far.

isimple ipod adapter

Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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LOVE THIS ADAPTER. It was simple to install with the recommended cables from Crutchfield. It sounds great and is easy to use once I figured out how to activate the external CD changer that I do not have in my car.

Pros: Easy to install. Sound is very good.

Cons: Tech support could not tell me how to activate it once it was installed. I found the instructions for the external CD player in my auto manual,and the ipod adapter has worked flawlessly ever since.

Works great

Written By MattN, Greenville, SC on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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Easy installation and works great with my iPhone 5s with the 30-pin to lightning adapter cable. Controlling the iPhone music playback with the buttons on the radio is easy and works great

Pros: Work with the car radio buttons

Cons: They need to provide an updated cord so the 30-pin adapter is not needed

Excellent Product

Written By Jason, Granite City, IL on Saturday, July 20, 2013

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This does exactly what it is supposed to do. And it is much cheaper than converting factory system to an aftermarket setup. My only issue was I wish they would they which wires to splice since the colors do not match. Quick install. I used this on a 2003 Ford Taurus SES.


Written By Nathan, VA on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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This adapter kid works as I expected it to based on the other reviews I read. The unit's functionality is limited, but it makes it so I can listen to my iPod through my factory stereo. I did, at first, receive a defective unit, but getting it replaced was a breeze. Cheers to the helpful folks at Crutchfield!

Pros: Plays iPod through my factory stereo, easy to setup

Cons: Receieved defective unit on first try, made in China

2000 Jaguar S-Type = easy installation

Written By Luis B, Tucson, Az on Saturday, January 28, 2012

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I installed this adapter on my 2000 Jaguar S-Type. It was a very easy installation, great product for the price. It took about 30 minutes all together. I removed the factory stereo, by removing the two tear drop shaped inserts on each side with a flathead screw driver, thus exposing the bolt on each side. Then removed the half moon shape peace at the bottom which exposes two bolts. The entire stereo along with the climate control comes out. Now u should have the ford harness that comes with the adapter, remove stock harness block(cd changer) and connect the new harness. Connect the other end directly to the adapter, and connect the iPod wire onto the idapter as shown in the manual, connect to iPod/iPhone then press CD right on the stereo and u shoul be playin ur iPod or iPhone right away. Ive never once installed anything as far as car audio, but it was very simple.

Pros: Charges iPod or iPhone while playing music. Crisp clean quality. Easy installation

Cons: Goes loud but not the loudest, I'm pretty sure that is fixable. Have to sacrifice cd changer

The Perfect Solution

Written By AJ, Kansas on Monday, January 23, 2012

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This is an amazing product to allow you to keep the stock head-unit, but still have iPod input. I didn't want to put in a new head unit because of the cost and the risk of it getting stolen (soft top Wrangler).

Amazing product! Easy installation via included install guide!

Pros: Allows you to skip songs from your head unit controls (I have my iPod in my glovebox and never touch it). Charges your iPod all the time!

Cons: Can't change playlist from the headunit (this doesn't affect me because I just run my iPod on shuffle all the time. Have to have a CD changer input

Not bad

Written By Z man, Redlands ca on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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This product was not my 1st choice. But it had all what I wanted. So I decided to purchase this. Upon arrival I was excited to install on my 2002 F150. Followed instructions took about 45 mins I wanted the installation right. It was plug n play but and yes there is a but. I installed my 4th gen iPod touch and started to play. Then the thing went crazy. It would play a song then skips not 1 not 2 or even 3 songs n he same album. I had the random off. It would also play n skip like it was a cd that had a scratch in. So I decided to change the dip switches if that would help. I read in a few reviews that turn on the 6th switch would help sound. I got a sound of loud sqeaching from the system. I contiuned to make adjustments but 2 hours later I decided to remove the iPod adaptor. The only reason I gave 3 stars is do to the return policy. It was quick n fast. I decided that an FM modulator was a best fix for me so I can have both my 6cd changer and an iPod adaptor.

Ipod addpter review

Written By Nels, Austin on Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Ipod adapter works great. Easy to install and the sound is 10x better than FM or tape adapters.

Doesn't last

Written By Jeff, Detroit on Sunday, April 03, 2011

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I don't normally leave reviews, but thought this item needed one given my
experience. I have now had THREE of these in 3 different vehicles. Each one
died almost exactly 2 years upon using it. The first time I was miffed, the
second time suspicious, now I am pretty convinced: This is a nice product that
works very well but simply doesn't last. You can purchase with confidence if
you don't plan on having it very long but I wouldn't expect a very durable

PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Written By Lindsay, Efland, NC on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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This adapter does exactly what it's supposed to do. Install was very easy. I have a
2005 Chrysler convertible and I wanted to keep the stock head unit intact, I don't
like after market head units in there. I had to get the adapter cable as well for it to
work and the web site here even tells what cable you need to go along with your
purchase. Simply put, a very good ipod® adapter with a very easy install, less than
5 mins, no splicing, just plug and play. Hope this helps.

Ipod adapter

Written By JerryK, Lebanon, OR on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Great product. Gets rid of the extra wires and allows the use of the steering
wheel controls. The only problems are that it shows"Err" on the display when in the
"Disc" mode. Also, it puts dashes where the clock readout usually is until I
press the time button. It blanks out the clock whenever I change tracks from the
steering wheel controls. However, just a press of the Time button shows the
clock again. All things considered, these are minor problems that I can live with
when you compare them with the advantages of the unit. I would have given 5 stars
if the display wasn't affected.

Excellent product for my Wrangler

Written By Jesse N, Baton Rouge LA on Friday, January 21, 2011

Due to the threat of theft when the top is off of my 06 wrangler, I wanted to listen to my
iphone through my stock stereo system, and this product allows me to do exactally that.
the interface depends on the stock systems capabilities, so do not expect much from it
(i.e. you will still have to control the music from the ipod potentially) but for my purposes
this does not bother me,

I would suggest getting an aftermarket head unit if you are looking for a good interface,
but if you would like to listen to your ipod through the stock system this is exactly what
you need.


Written By ChrisM, Southern California on Monday, November 22, 2010

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This is the 4th ipod connecter I've purchased from Crutchfield for 4 different vehicles.
Each has worked perfectly and each was easy to install with custom instructions for
each vehicle. Thank you!

Ipod Adapter

Written By Kman2123, Cedar Falls, IA on Sunday, October 31, 2010

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This works perfectly! Charges Ipod, came with a nice long cable to reach from
the trunk to the drivers seat! Sound Quality is excellent

Peripheral iPod Adaptor

Written By JamieE, Virginia Beach, VA on Sunday, September 26, 2010

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I was very pleased with Crutchfield's tech support. They knew exactly what I needed for my car and application and were very friendly and professional. My son & I installed our Peripheral iPod with ease and success in less than half an hour. Love the adaptor-works great! Thank you Crutchfield-I look forward to coming back and will recommend to anyone. JamieE.

2007 Pacifica

Written By Brian, Portland, OR on Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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Pros: Easy install and works good for iPod 3G. Turns down iPod music when phone rings. Charges iPod
Cons: annoying prompt for airplane mode each time you plug it in (answer "no"), external blue tooth hands free disabled (or else it plays over bluetooth speaker).

Note, must turn DIP Switch 6 on

Peripheral iPod adapter

Written By Dale, USAG Humphreys, South Korea on Friday, October 30, 2009

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Awesome idea. Works well, pretty much as advertised. I used the advice of previous customers and turned on dip switch 6 to boost volume.I am very happy to not need cd's anymore. One small gripe is the annoying time count on my factory stereo. It alternates between 1:00 and 2:00, without actually counting track time.

Jeep Tj

Written By Anonymous, Turlock, Ca on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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East 30 minute install on factory radio. I don't know if it is the new 2009 Nano or my radio, but "charging is not supported." I bought it for the connection.

Great Product !

Written By William, Flagler Beach, Fl on Friday, June 19, 2009

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What a great product. It only took about 45minutes to install and it sounds fantastic ! The best thing is that it works with the steering wheel controls just like a CD disc does. You can also use the buttons on the radio or use the iPod controls. Since I have the factory installed Infinity sound system, it really sounds great. No more fading in and out with interference from local radio stations, which is really annoying. I would recommend this product to anyone with a decent factory stereo system. It sure beats changing out the whole works. I'd give ten stars if it were an option.

It's acceptable

Written By Evan, Palo Alto, CA on Monday, May 25, 2009

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Installed it on my 07' Jeep Liberty with a RBK factory stereo. Had to permanently disconnect the Sirius radio connection which I believe also serves as the CD changer connection. No big deal, I'm not using neither. Installation took less than 30 minutes - it was quite easy to pull the factory stereo out and get behind & underneath the dash since the glove compartment pops out easily. The sound is awesome much better than a FM connection. The controls however are very limited through the RBK radio. It cannot select a playlist so you have to go to the iPod (mine was a 4th generation) directly, and it doesn't display the song title but that has nothing to do with the product - its the RBK radio itself. Overall I think it's an acceptable solution since I didn't want to give up the factory look. The only thing that I didn't like and was surprised by is that it charges the iPod constantly & continuously even when the keys are pulled out and car is parked for days. I don't know what's the logic behind that design, perhaps the iPod knows when to stop charging. Net net, I give it 3-stars.

Great product!

Written By Tony, Milford, CT on Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Installed the adapter in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler with factory stereo, and it's great! Very easy to install (maybe 2 hours total) and the sound is very high quality. Everything worked properly once it was connected - the adapter turns my iPod on and off with the jeep, keeps it charged, and I can control basic functions from the stereo. Very cool product, highly recommended.

Great IPOD adapter!

Written By Charles, Brunswick, GA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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Very good product and easy installation. It sounds even better than the stereo radio! My only complaint would be that the necessary configurations needed for the initial setup were not listed on line as stated in the instructions. I had to call the technical phone number to get them.

Ford Explorer

Written By Anthony, Enterprise Alabama on Sunday, February 22, 2009

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This is the best money I spent, sounds excellent. Don't waste you time on
all the other products.

Works with iPOD Photo not Touch

Written By Bassam, Gaithersburg, MD on Friday, January 30, 2009

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I ordered it understanding that I could use my iPOD Touch 32G. It didn't work as I had hoped. Luckily I had my older iPOD Photo and it was very happy to work with it. I can skip songs from the wheel, very cool.

If you plan to use the iPOD Photo, it will do the job very well. If you have an iPOD Touch or iPhone, do more research to see if the bugs have been worked out.

2002 Taurus

Written By Don, IL on Friday, January 23, 2009

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I put this into a 2002 Taurus. The cable was long enough to make it to the center console, but no farther. Installation was pretty easy using the instructions. The rear seat instructions were not good. You have to push the seat cushion rearward, then lift up. Once I got this figured out, it was a piece of cake. It works fine too.

iPhone 3G

Written By Dan, Magnolia TX on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I have the PXPD and PXHFD3 installed in my Ford F350. Everything works as advertised, but the iPhone 3G does not charge (I get the annoying incompatible message each time I connect it). I understand Peripheral is aware of this and working on a cable that will interface with the iPhone 3g and iPod Touch (apparently Apple changed the adapter from the original iPhone). I'm hoping to get on a list so that I can exchange the cable that came with the PXPD with one that will work with the iPhone 3G...

It'll do

Written By Jack, Hayden, Idaho on Sunday, December 07, 2008

I have a 2005 Silverado with the Bose system. If someone else had installed this, I would take it back and I would expect everything to work as advertised. The only thing this does right is the only thing I wanted -to run the ipod sound through the stereo. It works.
I have the new 32Gb Touch. The radio does not control the ipod at all. It appears to display CD and track numbers on the factory unit. The XM still works as the harness was a "tap-in pass through", but if you turn the ipod on the XM channel-they will compete -doesn't matter because it operates on the CD/tape selection anyway -and I don't subscribe to XM. I haven't tried to put a CD in with it yet. It is possible that I may find I have to eject the CD out of the unit to use the iPod. I will try it.
I ordered this one because it advertises that it charges the iPod as well; Not so! First time I hooked it up, a message came up on the iPod stating that there was no charging support.
I wanted this in time for my four day road trip home so paid the extra $10 shipping. I can't say paying this much to simply plug the ipod into your car stereo is a great deal. with no charging support, a person is better off buying a generic MP3 1/8" jack patch-in and using a cigarette lighter holder/charger. I will be researching this to see if it's worth yanking the unit back out and sending it back. If not, I'll swallow the expense and be happy it does what I wanted and charge it at night.

Great Product

Written By Scott, Massachusetts on Monday, September 22, 2008

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Product was easily installed and worked right away. An FM modulator can not compare in sound quality. Only one wire to your Ipod makes the installation nice and neat.

Excellent Product

Written By Mike, Rochester, NY on Saturday, August 30, 2008

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This is such a huge improvement over my old FM modulator that it's not even worth comparing. No more trying to find free stations, especially on long trips through multiple cities. I routed the cable to the center arm rest compartment in my 2001 Mercury Sable, and now with the ipod hidden, I can just shut off the car and leave, rather than having to unplug and stow it out of sight every time. Sound quality is excellent. I went about 3 weeks without setting dipswitch 6 (to boost the sound level) and I loved it even with the lower sound level. Now it just rocks with switch 6 set. I love that I don't have to bring my ipod nano (8G) in to the house to charge it anymore. It's always charged and ready to go with this adapter.

The biggest factor for me in deciding to buy this unit rather than replacing the factory stereo with an aftermarket one with line input, was the fact that I don't like the small buttons on aftermarket stereos. It's great being able to skip forward/back with my factory stereo buttons. FF within a track does not work, but that's not a feature I would use anyway. If I want to do specific things like that, I can always pick up the ipod and do it right from the click wheel. It's great that it remains active when plugged in to the adapter.

I've had a great experience with this product, and Crutchfield was flawless.

It's ok for After market Products

Written By MAKK10, Richardson, TX on Friday, August 22, 2008

I have a 2002 BMW 325ci it works great for about 1 or 2hr after that it shuts off and you have to disconnect and reconnect. What a weaste of time? For the price you pay it is a great buy and the sound quality is the best. On my next BMW I'll makesure the iPod adapter is apart of the car.

Recommend this product

Written By Craig, Scottsdale, AZ on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Product was very easy to install in my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Instructions were very good, and thanks to the comments on the website to set dipswitch 6 on I get the volume needed. Hardest part was having to remove passenger side bottom dash trim to mount the box more easily. Sound is great with the direct connection. I have not tested all the controls, but know there are limitations on what can be controlled through the factory sound system. This is not a big concern to me - I wanted the direct connection to improve sound quality, charge my iPod and get rid of the pain of trying to find unused FM radio stations. A great product. Worth the $ (I paid almost $85 for the FM modulator and got half the sound quality).

Very nice product

Written By Chuck, Meridian, Mississippi on Friday, April 18, 2008

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This product is excellant. Installed in about 20 minutes. Everything works great. Installed in a 2000 Ford Taurus. When connecting my iPhone to the adapter, it says it will only work in airplane mode. Disregard the warning and go into regular mode. It works just fine and you can still get your phone calls. I've seen where some reviews reccommend you set the number 6 dipswitch to on for better volume, but mine is just fine.

PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Written By Brian, Georgetown, Texas on Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Works great, easy to install. Push #6 pin down for amplified sound. Make sure to order the wiring harness that fits your car.

Good Solution

Written By Charles, Toledo,OH on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Just installed this in a friend's '99 EB Explorer. Seems to be a good fit with the Mach system installed. The vehicle specific interface (PXHFD3) plugged easily in-line with the original wiring. I had a factory manual so locating power and ground was easy as well. At first even though I had good power and ground - Ipod was charging normally - the head unit would not "see" the Ipod and would display "NO CDDJ". A call to tech support yielded the idea of pulling the battery ground cable and re-connecting to "re-boot" everything. Not a bad Idea. But, prior to doing so I unplugged the Peripheral interface from the vehicle and cycled the DIP switches back to off and then set 2, 6 & 8 back to on. When I hooked it back up it worked as advertised. The Ipod responds to the CD changer controls to fast forward, rewind, next track etc. while also responding at all times to the click wheel. The only problem if any is that when switching between sources - radio, CD - and back to the Ipod, the Ipod will sometimes go into pause requiring a push of the click wheel to begin again. Not a huge deal as we wired it to the center console where the Ipod could sit in a cupholder and be reachable. As the click wheel remains active, you would probably not want to put the cable into the glovebox out of reach anyway. Sound quality is excellent. Very pleased.

Does the job nicely

Written By Steerpike, California on Friday, March 23, 2007

Ive had this device over a year now, and it works pretty well. I just now discovered the dip switch number 6 setting to increase volume - wish I saw that before!

The primary function of this device for me is to get my iPod playing through my speakers on my 14 year old car, and it does that well. I love the fact that I can still use the ipod controls.

It does not always send the stop command to the iPod when I turn off the car or stereo, so I have to double-check the ipod each time. But it always sends a start command when I power up the car or stereo.

When I press my car steering wheel next button, nothing happens. But if I first do a back command on the stereo, that seems to enable the forward command from that point on.

The battery on my iPod failed after relatively little use, and I wonder if this is due to the fact that its always being charged by this device, combined with high temperatures in the car. I would like the option to NOT have this device charge the ipod, and thats why Im wondering if one of those dip switches does that. I know that, with LiIon, you dont need to fully cycle the battery, but I also know that its not good to constantly charge; my thinkpad laptop has logic to start charging at 90%, and stop charging at 95% - this was considered the optimal setting for maximum battery life.

Id pay good money for a display that clearly showed whats playing on the iPod.

Needs improvements

Written By Lenn, Alaska on Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I have 05 4runner. The DIP switch that controls the volume had to be changed (different from the installation instruction). The steering wheel controls do not work very well. (I have to press and hold up or down track button to activate the ipod). The volume still does not come close to the factory stereo and a regular CD capability.
Overall a fair product. Better then changing cd's.

iPod2Car (Item #541PXDP) - Resolution findings to common issues.

Written By Jamie, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 08, 2006

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2006 Toyota Corolla with Non JBL 6 disk in dash changer/6 speaker.

Overall device rating:
I love this device despite minor fixable issue. I would recommend this device for anyone who has an iPod and plans to use it in their vehicle. The issue below should not deter from purchasing the product. The sound quality is excellent (I do consider myself an audiophile), the device is extremely easy to install, and does not require splicing wires. The deciding factor on this device for me was that the Peripheral device does not lock out the iPod interface (as do many other products on the market), and offers the ability of turning the iPod on and off with the car.
I bought this product from Crutchfield because they are reliable, their customer service is friendly, and delivery is quick.

Only Issue - Audio level is too low compared to the other radio functions.

Fix - Change Dip Switch #6 on the Peripheral device to the on position. This dip switch is (confirmed by Peripheral support) an audio output booster option.

not very good

Written By Kevin, Wilton, California on Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The I pod adapter sometimes shuts off the I pod, somtimes it starts playing the I pod, When you have the I pod not plugged in the head unit stills selects the I pod even when you were listen to a different device like sirus radio, I do not recommed this product to run your I-pod with the eclipse head unit.

Thanks to an I-Lounge tweak, I LOVE it!

Written By tbuick6, Hartsdale, NY on Saturday, March 04, 2006

When I originally installed the IPOD2Car in my 2001 Ford Explorer, I was disappointed by the lack of volume I was getting(only about 50-60% of my CD/FM volume). Peropheral's support regarding my problem was nil, and since I bought this from a local retailer, I did not think to reach out to Crutchfield for any answers. An internet IPOD forum had a solution which fixed my volume problem. Dip Switch #6 switched to the on position was the suggestion and it works! This switch is a gain control and will work as such for any installation, regarding of the car it's installed in. Now my IPOD rocks! I do have the same problem George describes regarding the forward and back buttons often skipping more than 1 track at a time, but I consider it a minor bug that I can live with given the awesome sound my Ipod now delivers on the road. Great Product!!

Cool item!

Written By George, Hartsdale, NY on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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I purchased this to install in my 2001.5 VW Passat. It was pretty easy to install and works great, except that the radio controls do not operate the iPod well.

Specifically, the track forward and track backwards do not work correctly. When I push either of these buttons, they usually do the action twice, skipping a track. Other than that though, the sound is great and volume controls work well.

I coupled this with a mount and attachment from Pro Clip USA. They have a custom mount for my Passat and iPod that works GREAT and now the iPod is easily reached near the radio.

This item is a great item.


Written By Al, Valencia, CA on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This product is great. It improves the overall iPod experience with full auto integration. Its ability to turn the iPod ON and OFF with the vehicle, while still charging, made it perfect for me. Also feels much safer skipping tracks without touching the iPod or removing my hand from the wheel during drive-time. Highly Recommended!

2006 GMC Sierra

Written By Scott, Orange County, CA on Sunday, January 29, 2006

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This product installed easily and works great on my 2006 GMC Sierra. The hardest part of the installation was splicing power for the unit and figuring out how to unhook (and then re-hook) the antenna at the back of the factory radio (there isn't much slack to work with). I'm happy with the product and would recommend it.

Best Solution for a factory install

Written By CarlT, Red Oak, TX on Tuesday, December 27, 2005

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Vehicle: 99 Cadillac Deville
AM/FM Cassette Only, but awesome factory sound system.

Problem: Factory CD changer (6 Disc, Plays CD's Only)
$800.00+ from GM (USA Spec changer *available from Crutchfield, less expensive but still only plays regular CD's) either option is trunk mount limiting the variety of music to be loaded.

This adapter was the perfect answer, less expensive; works with all Ipod's including the wife's NANO. Now she can load 35+ CD's at a time and the clarity of the sound is amazing.

I have read a lot of complaints here in the reviews about the limited functionality from the factory HU, ummm, here's a novel idea, read the overview!

Major Kudo's to the Crutchfield Team, the Caddy to peripheral wiring harness was mistakenly left off the order, 2 days before Christmas, and they corrected this by getting it to me for a Christmas Eve install that only took bout 45 minutes.

A young lady I met at the local Best Buy (idiots) wanted to install the same setup in her Jeep Gr. Cherokee, and the BB told her it could "Not be done with a factory setup", tried to sell her a complete aftermarket HU and interface system for about $600+.

I used one of the BB floor model computers, took her to the Crutchfield Website and got her all setup, I should be installing that for her next weekend!

The Crutchfield team scores again! (and so will my Send-a-friend Referral Credit)

Works well enough, best option for me

Written By Jordan, Raleigh, NC on Friday, December 23, 2005

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Audio quality is good. The volume is lower than the radio or a CD, but not by much (comfortable listening level on my stereo is about 30 for a CD, 35-40 for the ipod2car). It still sounds much better than a tape adapter (which wasn't even an option for me), or an FM transmitter (which I had previously). I didn't notice any added hiss or static. You do want to be careful unplugging the iPod, as it can give the speakers a nasty pop if the stero's still on.

Compatibility is good. I have a 2005 Camry with the basic factory stereo and no CD changer. My stereo has a "Disk" button on the front, but no obvious changer controls. Once I connected the iPod2Car, I had to disconnect power to the stero, then reconnect it to get it to recognize the iPod2Car as a CD changer. The additional adapter was needed for installation to a 2005 Camry. Peripheral actually makes a third Toyota adapter, PXHTY3, which offers all the connections provided by PXHTY1 and PXHTY2.

Functionality is sufficient. Basic function works reliably. The iPod interface still functions when connected. The basic stereo controls (Next/Previous track, RR/FF, volume up/down) work. That's about it. The track time blinks between 1:00 and 2:00, which isn't great, but I can live with it. The track number doesn't change if you skip tracks using the iPod controls.

Occasionally, the iPod won't start playing automatically when I switch to "Disk" on the stereo (I have to hit play on the iPod itself). I haven't figured out why yet. Most of the time it works fine.

Compared to an itrip the sound quality is better.

Written By purchases, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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This sounded like a good idea, especially with so many over zealous reviews, but lets talk about the problems I've encountered having not owned this device for 24-hours yet.

1. Pause. When starting the vehicle the ipod is paused. This is annoying because there isnt any button on the stereos face to unpause the ipod. So you have to take out the ipod and push buttons.

2. Power off. While the stereo is 'controlling' the ipod (only four features: skip forward, skip back, scan forward, scan back). The ipod continues to charge after you turn off the ignition. This was my biggest problem with the device, and why i dropped the rating. It's one thing to have limited functionality but I don't need some over-priced piece of junk sucking my battery dead to charge an MP3 player.

Its unfortunate because this could have been a decent product.

2006 Camry Install

Written By Randy, Manassas, VA on Wednesday, November 23, 2005

This product works great and is easy to install. The fact that the click wheel on the iPod still remains functional when in use is what makes this product better than the rest of them. Most lock out the iPod controls.

Side note for a 2006 Toyota Camry install. I have the JBL audio package from the factory. Crutchfield website says I need to have a stereo that has a button labeled 'DISC' for the 2006 Camry. This is not true. My stereo has button labeled 'CD' and it works just fine. the head unit just needs to have the ability to control a CD Changer. Everything Crutchfield says about the requirements are dead on. You do need both Toyota cables for the 2006 Camry.

[Editor's Note: We use what the manufacturer states when we get the application guide for each adapter. When we get updated information from our Research Department in the field or from our customers, we update our database - which we've done now thanks to Randy in Manassas!]

Didn't Work in Ford Exporer

Written By KATHY, Big Bear Lake, CA on Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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I imagine this is a good product, but we could not get it to work in our 1996 Ford Explorer. Sent it back for an exchange and it didn't work either. Apparently it is not compatible with our factory radio.
Customer service and the tech reps were fantastic. This is why we like doing business with Crutchfield.

PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Written By Dan, MI on Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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I installed the adapter in my 99' Accord. The installation went relatively well. The unit works great, however. The sound quality is really crisp and I am able to scroll forwards and backwards from the factory stereo. I would recommend this product to any who has an ipod and doesn't want to settle for the fm transmitters.

Great Product

Written By Mike, Lexington, KY on Thursday, August 04, 2005

I just installed the iPod2Car on my 2003 Chevy Silverado, and it sounds phenomenal. As advertised, it sounds just like the music were coming from a CD. It lies about showing the name of the song etc. on the stereo display, but that's not a big deal. It simply displays what it would if the music were coming from the the first cd in the cd changer. You can track back and ahead with stereo controls as well as fast forward and rewind.

The installation was a snap. I would mention to a novice (like myself) that splicing the 12v wire together to charge the iPod is the only tricky aspect. Other than that, it is extremely intuitive.

Great product, good sound, almost exactly as advertised.

Best of Currently Available Adapters

Written By Scott, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this into my 2005 Scion xA with standard Scion/Pioneer in-dash radio/cd. Radio removal was easy, I found a PDF doc from a Toyota service manual online. This is something Crutchfield should supply.

Supplied manual has DIP switch settings for most cars, but the Scion worked better by setting switch 6 to ON. Volume and sound quality was improved and controlling iPod from radio was more reliable.

Operation of the adapter is amazing. All of the logic is well thought out and better than what I've read of competing products. Here are the good points:
All of the iPod controls remain operational, you can still use the iPod while it's connected.
Charging is automatic.
Pause and Play are automatic.
If you switch to the radio, the iPod pauses.
If you switch back to Changer the iPod resumes play from where it was paused.
If you pause on the iPod and press Changer on the radio, the iPod plays.
Track Up and Down on the radio switches to the next or previous song on the iPod.
Track changing is fast. Press Track Up 5 times quickly the iPod skips 5 tracks instantly.

Scion is offering a built-in iPod connector on the 2006 models, but it's a $300 option. So I highly recommend this adapter to all Scion users.

Peripheral Adapter on Honda CRV and Toyota Sienna

Written By Victor, Boston, MA on Saturday, June 25, 2005

the unit works well, factory radio controls ipod forward and reverse, sound quality is CD as long as you encode Music at higher rate, if you encode at 128 kbps then that is the quality you will get, also found that 3rd generation ipods have problems with radio controls, but 4th generation(click wheel) work fine,this has to do with firware version on third Gen iPods, and even at the latest version of firmware for this generation, you still have problems, but it still sounds great and atleast you can still cotrol through the ipod it self.

I also like the fact that it does not lock the ipod, so you can select what you want to hear, and are not locked to playlist, like Monster Cables and Denison's version of this product.

All in all is great product, very easy to install and configure, sound quality is also great

Way better then a fm mod

Written By Scott, So Cal on Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I bought this for my 04 chevy silverado, with Bose XM onstar stereo.

Sound B+
Install A+
Compatibility c+
price C+

Overall it wasnt as described, because I can only control the Volume, skip frwd, skip back, and it charges. Im gonna keep it because of my system I think its my only option without losing my XM or onstar. Im sure as Ipods get more popular there will be a better way.

PAC iSimple PDXP Adapter

Written By Peter, Lafayette, CA on Thursday, May 26, 2005

I installed this unit on a 2003 Celica.
The Crutchfield Master Sheets describes just about everything you need to know to service any factory stereo component in the car. You definitely want to keep them afterwards. They don't cover the actual connection, nor does the instructions that come with the adapter. It was confusining at first beacuse the harness had two plugs, and only one was needed.
The Stereo controls only allow you to skip tracks forward and back, seek forward/back through the song, and volume. Skipping forward through disc does nothing. It won't go to the next album, playlist etc. The stereo face doesn't display any correct information either. It always displays 1-X, where X is the number of times I skipped forward a track. The track time toggles back and forth between 1:00 and 2:00. Intermittently the skip forward button doesn't work. Usually if I plug the iPod in while it's paused on a track. Pressing Skip Forward a few times, or Skip Back then Forward usually clears it up.
What the stereo control, and display are lacking you get back on the iPod. You can control the iPod as you normally would, and use it's display for accurate information. I was hoping more of this control would wind up in the stereo face because I didn't want to crash the car while fiddling around with the iPod. If you're the type of person that just uses shuffle and skips over tracks as they come up, this isn't a problem.
The sound quality is a lot better than the cassette adapter. I'm not convinced it sounds as good and using the orginal CD, but it's close.

Sounds great, but little functionality

Written By Andrew, Honolulu, HI on Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I bought this for my 2005 Tacoma last week. Installation was easy and it sounds so much better than the Monster FM Transmitter that I have. Unfortunately, I really can't control my iPod very well with my factory controls (or steering wheel controls). Occasionally, it will skip to the next track when I press the next track button, but usually it does nothing. I also have no ability to control playlists or browse my iPod as the other reviewer mentioned.

I guess it depends on the factory deck that you have with your system. I would recommend that you find a review of this product in your specific car before purchasing this item.

Good-bye itrip

Written By trojangod, Los Angeles, Ca on Monday, May 23, 2005

Just had this item installed into my Jeep. It sounds great and allows me to control the music from the ipod interface. No more static due to poor fm reception through an itrip. I can access any and all songs on my ipod, not just from certain playlists like some other devices I had been looking to purchase. The one down side at this point seems to be my inability to fast forward or rewind songs using the buttons on my radio as advertised. Not a major concern, but something that I think I should share.
If you like the ability to play all the music in your ipod without creating 6 playlists that include everything first, this is the product for you. You may want to purchase some sort of holder, either a vent mount or cup holder version, to be able to work the ipod without losing track of the road. Love it, and will be adding another one to my wife's car soon.

[Editor's note: you should be able to fast forward/rewind the songs on your iPod via the radio's control buttons. We suggest that you either upgrade the firmware on your iPod (via Apple's web site) or double check the DIP switches on the iPod2Car itself. If problems continue, please contact Crutchfield technical support.]

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  • iPod adapter
  • 11.5' iPod interface cable
  • Owners manual

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Factory Radio Compatibility: The iSimple PXDP interface allows select iPods/iPhone to be connected to the factory radio with CD-changer controls, using a vehicle specific cable (sold separately). Your vehicle must be equipped with or have the ability to support an external CD changer. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle and factory radio are compatible.
  • Not compatible with radios that have a built-in 6 disc changer.
  • Not compatible with any factory external audio source such as XM tuner, CD changer, or Cassette player. These devices must be disconnected and will no longer function.

iPod Control Compatibility: The iPod is controlled using the CD Changer commands on the factory radio (or steering wheel if equipped). Track skip forward/backward and fast forward/rewind within a song work just like on a CD. The controls on the iPod remain active so you have full playback control. The iPod2car interface does not disable any functionality of the iPod. The iSimple PXDP also charges iPod battery when connected. The iSimple PXDP interface is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible OEM (factory) radio using a Peripheral vehicle specific cable (sold separately); as of 4/30/2013.

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Radio iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
5* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
5th* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y
  • Requires the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or Lightning to 30-pin cable (both, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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