PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Connect a new car stereo and retain OnStar®, factory amp, and steering wheel audio controls in select 2000-up GM vehicles

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Keep your factory features

PAC's RadioPRO5 RP5-GM11 wiring interface enables you to install a new car stereo and retain useful factory functions in your 2000-up GM vehicle. You can upgrade to the higher sound quality of an aftermarket receiver while maintaining your factory-installed OnStar®, factory amplifier, Bluetooth®, safety warning chimes, and the Retained Accessory Power (RAP) if equipped. In some vehicles, you can also retain your factory rear seat entertainment system. If you're installing a navigation receiver, this interface also features the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS), parking brake, and reverse connections you need.

Control your new radio

The RadioPRO5 interface retains your factory steering wheel audio controls with your new stereo. You can even reassign the functions of your factory buttons.

Installation note: This interface will not retain the fader controls on vehicles with the factory premium Bose® audio system.

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

Product Highlights:

  • works with GM vehicles with the CLASS II data systems
  • works with amplified and non-amplified systems (including Bose audio systems)
  • retains rear-seat entertainment system in select vehicles (new receiver must have RCA inputs)
  • provides Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS), parking brake, and reverse connections for installing a navigation receiver
  • retains factory Bluetooth if equipped
  • retains factory steering wheel audio controls
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Radio replacement interface (RP5-GM11)
  • 24-in/12-pin Vehicle harness (RP5-GM11-HAR)
  • 22-pin Radio harness (RP5-RADPWRAUDIO)
  • SWC harness
  • Chime module (CMX)
  • Antenna adapter
  • Instructions
  • Wiring codes

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Feature

GM Class II (24-pin/12-pin) Radio Replacement Interface: The PAC RP5-GM11 radio replacement interface allows the replacement of your vehicle's factory radio with an upgraded aftermarket head unit in select GM vehicles. The RP5-GM11 has been engineered to interface seamlessly with your vehicle's computer data bus system (Class II) and retain important safety and convenience features. This all-in-one radio replacement interface offers OnStar retention, amplifier retention, built-in SWC, navigation based output signals, and other features that save time during installation.

  • Convenience Features: The PAC RP5-GM11 radio replacement interface retains a variety of convenience features when replacing your vehicle's factory radio with an aftermarket head unit. You'll continue to be able to use your vehicle's factory OnStar system with turn-by-turn voice prompts and volume adjustments. Your vehicle's warning chimes (w/ volume adjustment) and retained accessory power output (RAP) will remain completely functional. RAP allows the ignition power source of many GM vehicles to keep the radio on until one of the doors is opened.
  • Amplified & Non-Amplified Systems: The PAC RP5-GM11 is compatible with amplified and non-amplified factory audio systems. Its compatible with both Bose and Premium Bose audio systems. The unit does not support fading for Premium Bose systems.
  • Factory Entertainment Features: The RP5-GM11 retains several factory entertainment features; including Bluetooth (2009+ vehicles), rear seat entertainment (RSE), rear seat audio controls, and dual zone functionality. In order to retain factory rear seat entertainment, your aftermarket head unit must be fitted with a rear-panel AUX or AV input.
  • Navigation Outputs: The PAC radio replacement interface also provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense), Parking Brake, and a Reverse Gear output to make installing an aftermarket navigation head unit simpler and less time consuming. In addition, the interface retains your vehicle's back-up sensors and park assist feature.

Built-in SWC: The interface comes pre-programmed for all of the vehicle's factory SWC functions and does not require programming, unless you wish to re-assign the SWC functions to different buttons. The SWC functions can be easily programmed; see control settings and functions in owner's manual. The interface retains programming even if your vehicle's battery is disconnected.

Note: The SWC harness contains a Blue/Yellow wire and a 3.5mm connector. You will only use one of the connectors, based on your type of aftermarket radio. The Blue/Yellow wire supports Kenwood, Newer JVC, OEM and Blaupunkt radios. The 3.5mm jack supports Alpine, Older JVC, Clarion, Pioneer, Sony, and Dual radios. Not compatible with Soundstream head units.

Vehicle Compatibility: The PAC RP5-GM11 is compatible with select 2000-up GM vehicles with Class II (24-pin/12-pin) data bus systems. Compatible vehicles as of 2/18/2014 include:

Make Model Year
Buick Century 2004-2005
LaCrosse 2005-2007
Rainier 2004-2007
Rendezvous 2003-2007
Terraza 2005-2007
Cadillac Escalade 2003-2006
Chevrolet Avalanche 2003-2006
Cavalier 2000-2005
Colorado 2004-2013
Corvette 2005-2013
Express 2004-2007
Impala 2000-2005
Malibu 2001-2003
Monte Carlo 2000-2005
S-10 2003-2004
Silverado 2003-2007
SSR 2003-2006
Suburban 2003-2006
Tahoe 2003-2006
Trailblazer 2002-2009
Uplander 2005-2008
Venture 2003-2005
GMC Canyon 2004-2011
Envoy 2002-2009
Savana 2003-2007
Sierra 2003-2007
Yukon 2003-2006
Hummer H2 2003-2007
H3 2005-2009
Isuzu Ascender 2003-2008
Oldsmobile Alero 2001-2004
Bravada 2002-2004
Silhouette 2000-2004
Pontiac Aztec 2001-2005
Grand Am 2001-2005
Grand Prix 2004-2008
Montana 2000-2006
Sunfire 2000-2004
SAAB 9-7X 2005-2008
Saturn Relay 2007

Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible. Visit PAC's website for the most up to date information.

Wiring Connection Chart: The included wiring harness features the following hardwire connections.

Wire Color Function
Red +12 Volt Accessory
Yellow +12 Volt Constant
Black Ground
Blue Not Used
Blue/White Amp Turn On
Orange/White Illumination
White Left Front Speaker +
White/Black Left Front Speaker -
Gray Right Front Speaker +
Gray/Black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/Black Left Rear Speaker -
Violet Right Rear Speaker +
Violet/Black Right Rear Speaker -
Red/White Parking Brake Detection (-)
Purple/White VSS Output
Green Reverse Output (+)
Brown Loop Mute Loop

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No Steering controls

Written By KC, Georgia on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Like other reviewers I was sold this very expensive product so that the steering controls would work- installed professionally and they do not! Told it was essentially an "up-sale". Also sold an antenna adaptor cable- one comes with the kit! Out this much and no steering controls. Disappointed!!!

Cons: Does not allow for steering controls to work as advertised on website and confirmed by rep when purchasing.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 The steering wheel controls should work if this adapter was installed properly. That's a big part of what this adapter does. (If you DON'T want to keep the steering wheel controls when installing a new stereo, then yes, you could save some money by purchasing a different adapter. But if you DO want to keep them, this is the way to go.) Our Tech Support team has reached out to the customer to try and resolve the situation. Also, the wiring interface does indeed include the antenna adapter, so we have refunded the customer the price of the extra adapter.

PAC RP5-GM11 into '05 Suburban

Written By 57loboy, Palm Beach County, FL on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Got this with Kenwood receiver and speakers to complete an upgrade of the factory Bose system. Connections were easy to make and there's enough room to slide this unit into the space at the upper left of the factory radio. Wires of both harnesses were plenty long. Hate hate hate the sound of the replacement chime. As others have said, it's pretty tinny and cheesy sounding. Oh well. Steering wheel controls, etc all work just fine.

Excellent!!

Written By Jime7372, Miami, FL on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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This product is great!!! All the controls in my car are functional. Will defitely buy it again.

Pros: Work as advertised.

Cons: None

Wiring interface

Written By PAC rp5 gm11, Venus, pa on Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice unit, easy to install with clear directions. Very professional

Pros: Easy to use and modify to your favorite steering wheel button configuration .

Cons: None

PAC RP5-GM11 Interface Module

Written By Rick M, Valparaiso, In. on Thursday, October 23, 2014

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This was a great add on for my receiver allowing me to keep my steering wheel controls, not bad to install, need patience and a little wiring experience. Instructions very accurate and wire color codes very easy to follow. A very nice splice between the steering wheel controls and the receiver. It also fit well in the dash for its size.

Pros: Keeping steering wheel controls and warning chimes.

Cons: Loss of the mute button on steering wheel controls, day, date on my driver info center

Gm interface

Written By Phillip, North canton oh on Friday, October 17, 2014

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Had nothing but problems

Pros: Does enable user to use steering wheel controls

Cons: Drops antenna power, horrible radio reception

Crutchfield response on Monday, October 20, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Great product

Written By Don, Iowa on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My order was sent to me as promised and with instructions to make installing less difficult. I can use the steering wheel controls making it feel like this head unit replacement like a oem.

Pros: Works as advertised. Crutchfield tech support a major +.

Cons: I wish a replacement wiring connector could made to eliminate wire splicing.

Wiring Harness

Written By BillW, Baton Rouge on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hmmmm... interesting. This seems to be a rather strange request. You want my review of the wiring harness AND the 'Screw Pack' but not the stereo? OK. Here goes -- the wiring harness seem to be doing what its supposed to do, as the stereo works, despite your not wanting my review of the stereo itself. It was a bit of a pain soldering all those connections, but I finally got 'em done. When I ordered it, the salesperson did say that you have a set of wire connectors that you highly recommended. Wish I had gotten them. With this high-end type of equipment (well, sort of), it would be nice if you had included them with the original purchase price. Not a biggie, though. The steering controls work just fine, but I didn't need the dingy thingy noisemaker, as all warning "chimes" worked just fine without it (now really--"chimes"?). And the instructions did say, "if needed". Since you sent me a separate link for the 'Screw Pack', I guess I'd better review it at the appropriate link....

Pros: Most of the wiring is conveniently a matter of connecting the same color wires together...

Cons: ...but not all of 'em. Two or three wires connected to different color wires, which were not really a problem; just follow the directions carefully. And buy the wire connectors!

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Prattville, AL on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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Product was very easy to install and works perfect.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: None.

Nice product

Written By Johnnie, Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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Worked as promised. No programming for my silverado. Hooked up wires as directed and plugged it up. All controls work.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Lots of wires.

Works as advertised

Written By Bob T, Cincinnati on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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I would have given it a 5 star but the installation instructions were horrible. Kind of had to make it up as I went. But, once installed, it works completely as advertised.

Pros: Works as advertised. All functionality (steering wheel, etc) maintained.

Cons: Horrible installation instructions. Very bulky unit(s). Very hard to cram into nooks and crannies and still allow double DIN receiver to be inserted and fit. Door chime sounds very cheap.

PAC RPM5=GM11

Written By dondl, Callaway, FL on Monday, October 06, 2014

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Excellent product to use to continue using your steering wheel controls

Pros: Easy to install.

Doesn't work

Written By Chandler m., Randolph wi on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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This thing was supposed to make my steering wheel controls work on my car i hooked up all the wires and it didn't work such a waste of $100. I wish they would refund me that portion since their description did not meet the requirements

Crutchfield response on Monday, October 06, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By JSt, Denver, CO on Sunday, September 21, 2014

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It works!

Pros: Everything works as advertised

Cons: Cheap sounding door chime. Expensive.

Good Adaptor

Written By Jeff, ABQ, NM on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A very good adapter but not for those with limited electrical background. You will have to marry two pigtails and I found getting and maintaining a good connection very challenging. I recommend soldering and shrink wrapping the connections if you have the option. I tried pinch connectors and ended up having to switch to wire nuts. I'm sure the experienced among you are chuckling but this is not a "plug and play" kind of thing so be prepared. In hindsight I would have taken it to an installer. The unit itself works perfectly.

easy to install

Written By Brian d., Wellington, fl on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this for my 2007 Chevy Silverado classic. I have a Bose surround system installed. This was very easy and plugged into all of the components in the truck. No cutting or crimping required. When I switch to switch it out the notification buzzer was very loud and annoying, now I can barely hear it makes it very simple and easy. Would buy again!

Pros: full picture directions, programmable for all steering wheel functions, easy to install, no crimping required, quiet buzzer.

Cons: a little large and may be difficult to fit in the compartment with deep units. Shallow ones no problem.

Works as advertised

Written By JeremyA, Ponchatoula, LA on Monday, September 08, 2014

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Installation and programming was easy. All functions (BOSE, OnStar, and steering wheel controls) work just as if was factory installed.

Pros: Easy installation and programming. All factory functions work great.

Cons: None

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By GaryK, Irwin, PA on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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It did EXACTLY what they said it would do. I have all my steering wheel controls.

Pros: I retained all my steering wheel controls, plus I was even able to reprogram them to better fit my needs.

Cons: None at all

Retaining the factory amp with a new deck

Written By Garden Sausage, Phoenix, Az on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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This product is quite easy to install and comprehend. Directions are definitely needed to program the wheel controls. After time I got this wired in and working great withing about 30 min. Even with some issues I would say if you are not to the point of running all new speakers and amps but just need a deck this is a great choice.

Pros: Allows you to change out your broken deck and retain your factory amps and steering wheel controls.

Cons: Steer wheel programming isn't perfect but it got me close enough to how the buttons on the wheel are labeled. Directions on the wheel programming can be confusing. Trial and error is needed to finally figure out what you need to do to get it right. Unit is kind of big so it is snug behind the deck. Heads Up no longer displays the station ID or anything related to the radio. Could be my deck choice but I saw no option for HUD wire-ups.

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By Litt, Melbourne, Fl on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Was easy to set up

Pros: All functions as promised

Cons: None

PAC RP5-GM11 Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Rocky, Aurora, CO on Friday, August 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter did everything as advertised. All factory functions were retained after the installation of my aftermarket stereo.

Pros: Ease of installation, easy instructions!

Cons: None

Quick to Setup Worked Great

Written By BryanM, Columbia, MD on Friday, August 15, 2014

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The OnStar, door chimes and factory amp in my 2001 Chevy Impala made me hesitate to buy a new head unit. I really wanted auxiliary input and bluetooth, so I found this product to help the install. I was definitely impressed with how easy it was to install. When installing a custom head unit in an impala however, make sure you choose the input without factory amp. Bypassing the amp is the only way to get quality sound from a third party head unit. The only problem I have is that the steering wheel control diagram was not accurate. I have to manually configure the steering wheel controls for my Kenwood head unit.

Pros: Quick and painless install.

PAC RP5-GM11 Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Blake, Arkansas on Friday, August 08, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like the unit, works well with the steering wheel controls. Fairly easy to install, do not like the way the power connections are made. When installing all the excess wire and the unit in the dash, the cheap heat shrink on the power wire tore, shorted to ground and killed the unit.

Pros: Unit works well with the steering wheel controls.

Cons: The cheap heat shrink on the power wire tore, shorted to ground and killed the unit. Kind of hard stuffing the unit and extra wiring in the dash. Becareful when installing.

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By Anonymous, VA Beach, Va on Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Great product works great the new chime module is really annoying sounding but other than that install took 30 minutes.

Awesome

Written By Erik, appleton,WI on Sunday, August 03, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. easy to set up, adjustable door chime volume. kept my SWC in my grand prix. thanks to crutchfield its at a good price too.

Cons: only thing is that its kinda big so it makes it a little more difficult to install the deck.

awsome and easy

Written By jimbo.d, tennessee on Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Everything was so easy my teen daughter did most the work

Excellent product

Written By Daniel, Texarkana, TX on Sunday, July 27, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Exactly as advertised. Made the installation a breeze. Easy to follow instructions. Everything works just like factory: Chime, On-Star, and more importantly the steering wheel controls. A must have for your installation. Installed in a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD.

Great Adapter..

Written By Rudolph, Houston, Tx on Monday, July 21, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Adapter does as it advertises. With little previous history needing these adapters-I was a little worried about the install. It does install similar to a basic harness. Allowed me to keep my steering wheel controls in my 03 Sierra- well all those except the mute button. Program changes between sources, seek changes track or station, volume works. Wish I could mute with my steering wheel on the fly (may be a way to program manually-honestly havent re-read the manual to try this) but it does not work from factory with pre-programmed setting. The unit is quite bulky as it has 3-4 wiring connections on the box as well as a chime module which all have to fit in the dash. Luckily, this was not an issue in my sierra as I could push it behind the dash along the left side almost behind the instrument cluster. Be careful not to pinch the wires as you push the CD player in your dash. All in all, does what it says, but wish the mute button was pre-programmed by PAC.

Pros: Fairly ease of install. Does what it says..mostly. Provides both a mic input and wire for SWC connections to fit your needs across multiple radios.

Cons: Wasn't pre-programmed for mute button..which I attribute to being such a generic adapter for cross platform application. Quite alot of wires to fit in the dash which is an eye sore if you don't wrap to clean them up.

Everything in my 2004 Silverado works like the OEM unit

Written By Bruce, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So I selected my radio manufacturer, soldered the leads, plugged it in and it works. All the steering wheel controls work, the chime works. Great!

Crutchfield Support Second to None

Written By D.H.,, N.J. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like some of the other reviewers this is more Kudos for Crutchfield Support and staff. Received Pioneer FH-X700BT as a fathers day gift for my 2006 2500hd silverado. Unfortunately my kids didn't purchase it from Crutchfield other wise the PAC-RP5 would have been about half the cost but they did tell me to go to Crutchfield to get everything I needed to install it. Went on on their website and plugged in all the information about my vehicle and it returned with a list of everything I needed! GREAT website! Still not sure if the PAC-RP5 was the one I needed to keep all the factory controls for the Bose, steering wheel controls and On-Star , I followed up with a phone call. Spoke with a product advisor who pleasantly and knowledgeably answered all of my questions and was able to process my order while I had it up on my computer screen. Received everything (PAC-RP5-GM11, GMK-422 In-dash Receiver Kit and Metra 40-GM10 Antenna Adapter) a few days later. With Crutchfield and the product instructions it was a pretty straight forward install. Got everything up and running in the evening.next morning nothing worked. Removed it checked the wiring. Spoke with tech support at Crutchfield and he set me straight on the orange/white wire and red acc wire. Made the correct changes and I was back in business but no alert chimes. Spoke with tech support again, bad CMX module(chime), had to send a complete PAC unit. A few days later replaced the CMX module and everything thing is up and running. Working flawlessly.

Pros: Great stereo! everything that I needed to do the install Crutchfield had and the expertise and knowledge to make my life easier.

Cons: The chime module sounds cheap compared to the factory tone but it works as advertised.

Perfect for easy installation

Written By Mike R, Cape Cod, MA on Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter made the installation of my new head unit so simple. Truly a plug-and-play setup. The factory steering wheel controls work (they didn't with my old stereo). A necessary product for any installation.

Pros: Simple install works perfectly

Cons: none

RP5-GM11

Written By Jon, Lexington, NC on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This interface did mostly what I needed it to. The installer couldn't get all my steering wheel controls to work properly. I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado SS with the Bose package. It does connect my Pioneer radio to my Bose system and pushes it nicely. I was a little freaked out that my "dinger" for my keys changed tones. I suppose that is built into the interface? Overall I was a little disappointed not all the buttons on my steering wheel work as I had intended.

Pros: Connects radio to Bose System. Got a discount when purchased as package through Crutchfield.

Cons: Not all the steering wheel controls work.

Aftermarket instal

Written By Anonymous, Del Rio Tx on Sunday, July 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great add on to my silverado, I needed this for my truck because it has Bose system, on-star, and the steering wheel control buttons. It was fairly simple to instal once we ready the instructions and I am extremely pleased at the results. A must have in order to keep your vehicles original on-star, and Bose system amp working properly.

Pros: Kept my Bose system intact when I swapped out my factory head unit

Cons: None

PAC RP5-GM11 Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Chuck, Baltimore MD on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works as expected.

Pros: It works as expected

Cons: None so far

PAC RP GM 511

Written By RCW, Greenbelt on Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well no problems unit was pre programmed just had to install it. All steering wheel controls work

Pros: Pre programmed from the manufacturer

Cons: Non

Great and low cost product.

Written By Abel, (Grand Prairie)Dallas,TX on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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This device let me keep my sound entertainment, on-star, and sreering wheel controls in my 06 Suburban. Has been working very well since i installed it.

Pros: A lot less than the price given to me at Car Toys. Easy to hook up, even for someone who hasnt done it before which wasnt my case but decided to just say that it was.

Cons: Since my stereo is just a cd player and not an in-dash or flip out, i have to plug the auxilary from the front and the chime sounds weak, nothing like GM's chime but it does the job. Cant get everything always.

RPG-GM11

Written By Juan, Santa Ana, CA on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Looks like a pain to hook up but was pretty easy to install, Some times have to push the buttons twice to get volume to change, there is a little bit of a delay when you push button and radio finally adjusts, the chime is pretty loud and is annoying at times thinking of disconnecting it or covering it up with something to quite it down

Pros: Keeps all steering wheel controls, easy to hook up, has door chime

Cons: Door chime sound is annoying at times, lag between pushing buttons and adjusting

Works Great with my 2006 GMC Yukon

Written By John B., Saint Johns FL on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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This adapter works great in my Yukon. The most time consuming thing was to splice together the wiring.

Pros: Works great, easy install works seamlessly with the JVC KW-R710.

Cons: The chime is a bit too loud, but duct tape solved that. Also the steering wheel control(SWC) was confusing initially but worked out great in the end.

Does what you need it too, and you get crutch field support on the ins

Written By Matt, San Diego CA on Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Item does exactly what you need to which is retain door chimes, steering wheel controls, and Rear Seat Entertainment features of your mid-2000s chevy (in my case the 2005 Chevy Uplander). Instructions were at times a bit general - for instance the purple wire is for the left rear speaker which would be straightforward except there are 2 purple wires on the harness so I had to do trial and error to figure out which one did what (the other identical purple wire was for steering wheel controls I think). Also the unit has two plugs one for amplified systems one for un-amplified but the instructions on where to plug everything in were drawn only one way without a clear explanation. Led to some confusion on my end before I called for CF support and made the simple switch. My only real complaints are the chime module is pretty lame, it says for best results get it as far away from the radio as possible and pointed straight down, I did this but it still seems a bit inconsistent, like it works most of the time but every once in a while it cuts off abruptly and the sound is pretty bad (not quiet or anything, just unpleasant and gritty like it's coming through the worst speaker of all time or something). Lastly it CAN retain RSE not just in the headphones which is AWESOME because I want to hear what the kids are watching on long trips BUT you need an adapter it doesn't have and that's kind of annoying to me. Please include an RCA female to 1/8in cable and save peeps a trip :)

Pros: Makes switching the factory stereo in your unnecessarily complicated mid-2000s chevy possible without losing any features (on star, Rear Seat Entertainment, steering wheel stereo controls, and door chimes)

Cons: Ridiculous expensive - would cost more than most stereos which is just insanity but I mostly blame chevy for making it complicated by integrating everything. Instructions aren't clear in a few places - Don't include 2 wires of the same color that do different things without any indication at all which 1 to use for what. The door chime module is pretty crappy though functional. Include an RCA female to 1/8in male adaptor or RCA extension if decks have RCA aux input so RSE can be fully retained

Great Product

Written By Tayk, Eugene, Or on Friday, April 25, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Easy to install. Kept the factory GM settings intact.

Pros: Kept the factory GM settings

Cons: Pricey

Shoddy build quality

Written By Evan, PIerre SD on Thursday, April 24, 2014

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I installed one of these in a an 05 Avalanche with Bose right away I had problems. The conections into the "brain" (the blue box thing that everything plugs in to) didnt snap securely, any bump to the wiring would cause them to come loose. Even when I had all the connections in and plugged securely I got really loud alternator interference even at idle and the drivers door speaker was hit and miss whether it would work or not. So I called Crutchfield and they promptly sent me a new unit. So I tear apart my dash again, assuming this one would work perfect. Nope. Very similar issues with the new unit. So I call Crutchfield again. They are now sending me the a Metra unit that does the same things. Hopefully Metra hired someone that knows how to solder, PAC sure didn't

Pros: It was fairly easy to hook up. One unit does everything, you don't need a separate unit to retain steering wheel controls.

Cons: Very badly built. Like Yugo badly built, Like leaning tower of Pisa badly built, Like Tacoma Narrows Bridge badly built, Like a Chauchat badly built, Like Apple iii Badly built, If you don't know what some of those things are, take my word for it they were all really bad.

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By caudell22, Athens, GA on Sunday, April 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product. Steering wheel controls and everything else works perfectly with no delay. The chime, if used is quiet louder than my factory was.

Works Great with my 2004 Chevy Silverado

Written By Sheldon, Northern California on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First unit had some issues and was bad out of the box. After calling crutchfield tech support, they quickly sent another one to me (3 days) and this time the unit worked flawlessly. Easy to follow instructions, and no problems connecting to stock wiring harness and my new pioneer deck. All steering wheel controls work with no probs, warning chimes, on star, and rear controls all work. Just set the small dial on the unit to match the manufacturer of your stereo and presto! It works. Also, you get a great deal when buying this with a new stereo. Crutchfield is great, any questions at all, they are there to help. Can't see why anyone would go anywhere else, they have great products and prices and most of all, people that can help and KNOW what they are doing. Do your homework, you will need a unit like this if you want anything else in your Chevy to work besides the speakers!

Pros: Great instructions, easy to set up, and they give you almost too much wire on the harnesses!

Cons: The piezo for the chimes is a little cheesy sounding but works

Much needed

Written By Christian, Huntingdon Valley, PA on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Certainly needed this to make the steering wheel controls and ONSTAR function with the radio. Works perfectly

Pros: Works like described.

Cons: Adds almost 100.00 bucks to your installation costs.

GM 2500HD

Written By Brainerd, Brainerd, MN on Monday, March 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would have been lost without this kit and Crutchfield Directions

Pros: Good directions Worked First time

Cons: None

Finally a harness that works for the Corvette!

Written By Alex, Davenport, IA on Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have been looking for a harness that works for the C6 Corvette and after some research online, found that the Metra GMOS-04 works but does not retain the active handling and ABS system chimes. Several people online reported that the PAC RP5-GM11 keeps both the door chimes and the warning chimes such as ABS, active handling, low tire, etc. so I decided to give this a try. Ordered from Crutchfield and could not be more pleased with their customer service. I had two issues with the installation: (1) The unit is quite large and does not easily fit in the Corvette's dash unless the wires are neatly bundled together. I ended up cutting the radio harness and the PAC's harness about 2-3" shorter so the wires were not as long. (2) The steering wheel controls at first did not work. Not sure if this is Corvette specific, but disconnecting the battery for 30 minutes and then reconnecting the battery allowed the steering wheel controls to work. After I got everything working, I was pleased with how this harness worked and the sound quality is excellent! Even though it converts speaker level to line level (to feed your factory or Bose amp) the sound is great with no hiss or background noise like the stock radio. Overall, a great harness, and kudos to Crutchfield technical support for helping me get this working. If you own a 05-13 C6 Corvette, this is the harness to get!

Pros: Keeps the factory ABS, Active Handling, and Low Tire Pressure chimes.

Cons: Wires are a bit long requiring careful placement of the unit in Corvette applications.

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By Anonymous, Bronx ny on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Plug and play perfect......by far the best harness for your gm truck.

Pros: Steering controls harness come with this package...you don't have to buy another harness to use your steering wheel controls..plus the wires are the perfect length so your not trying to stuff a bunch of wires into your dash...very very easy to program

Cons: The aftermarket chimes are very very annoying...the worst sound on the planet....lololol...so buckle your seat belt ASAP

User Friendly

Written By Ron, Webb City, MO on Monday, March 10, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation went well.

Pros: Easy install

Cons: The tone alert is too loud for my preference

Low Volume in Rear of Vehicle

Written By David, Fremont, NC on Sunday, March 09, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I soldered all my connections and used shrink wrap and once the install of complete i had sound issues in my 2005 Avalanche. The sound was fine from the front speakers , however the sound in the rear speakers was so low you couldn't hear it from the front. Adjust all the settings to no avail, called PAC support and they had no solution other than to change the port for the wiring harness on the RP5 to the Non-Amplified Factory sound port and this gave me sound in the front and rear but there was static noise in the radio. The static seem to be caused from using the non amplified port that amplified the signal and then sent this amplified signal to the factory Bose amp thus causing the static noise. I confirmed i have a Bose amp by the UQ7 code in the glove box and by disassembling the center console for visual verification. I then replaced the RP5 on the premiss it was defective and the new unit functioned the same way. Lost many hours pulling the reinstalling the Kenwood DNX890HD. I finally corrected all this by removing the RP5 and installing the Metra GMOS-04 in my Avalanche ( Onstar,Bose Sound system & Navigation ) despite the fact Crutchfield couldn't confirm it to be compatible with my Avalanche due to it having factory Navigation but it worked flawlessly and added the Pac SWI-RC which i didn't care for either as you have to tap into the lime green wire under the steering column for it to work.

Pros: Small size no programming required

Cons: Sounds almost no existent in back of truck and had static noise in audio and at a volume setting of 0.

Nice harness

Written By Manh, Charlotte NC on Thursday, March 06, 2014

I bought this harness to install on a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban with Bose and OnStar system and steering wheel controls. everything came with the harness as promised and installed pretty easy. there are only a couple of complaints that I have. the first is the steering wheel control. the harness has a one wire system or a mini din plug. my stereo has a two wire hookup. so I only get volume up and down, secondly when I installed my stereo I lost my factory TPMS. I am working with tech support on that but so far no resolution. Everything else works great! OnStar, Rear entertainment, rear DVD (there is a little noise until the DVD starts but not really a big deal) the door chimes, etc... on another note, the space is REALLY cramped. you will have to get creative on shoehorning the harness and box in there. I would highly recommend this system!

Pros: easy to install, great directions, everything works as promised

Cons: lots of cables, tight fit, TPMS stops working

Makes install easy

Written By Chris, Indiana on Thursday, March 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered this as needed to maintain my chimes and warnings in my 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax. It made the install so much easier. I was able to make all of the connections from the wiring harness of the stereo unit (Soundstream VR-652NB DVD Receiver ) while at the kitchen table. The stock wiring harness connected right up and I was able to install the receiver very easily. I do think that the attached chime module could have been better. It sounds as though it is dying not clear and crisp but it doesn't bother me that much. Also since I was connecting to a soundstream, I had to test and retest the different presets to find the right one for my receiver so that the steering wheel controls would work. They don't work perfectly but the volume and source buttons work great. By the way the setting I had to use on my truck was the number 3 position.

Pros: Makes install a breeze and maintains chimes and SWC.

Cons: Chime warning a bit sick sounding and the fact that I had to hunt for the correct setting for my receiver unit.

PAC

Written By Nelson1248, Albuquerque nm on Thursday, March 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wish you could program track and seek on one button but can only program one function per button

Pros: Have steering wheel controls

Cons: Only able to program one button per function

PAC RP5-GM11 Wiring Interface

Written By Potts, Corinth, MS on Friday, February 28, 2014

Product will not allow you to keep the DVD entertainment center in the back of a 2005 Tahoe. It will allow it to play the sound but the people in the front can't listen to the stereo. They have to listen to whatever is playing on the screen.

Pros: Full function steering wheel control

Cons: Does not allow the driver to listen to radio while the DVD player is on.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 To fix this problem, viewers in the rear seat need the wireless IR headphones from the dealer (GM part #20830572). If those are used, you won't have to switch the stereo to the aux input (the rear seat system) and the front passengers can listen to a different source. We reached out to the customer to let him know this option is available.

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I do not have this configuration. [ ROBERT J  Oct 06, 2014 ]
I used module on my 2004 trailblazer is hooked into the factory module with the new module that was supplied by Crutchfield it worked excellent together on my audio controls are retained on my sound and stereo features I also retained.including my Bluetooth and OnStar. [ DENNIS  Oct 06, 2014 ]

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