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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Overview

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You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here to see if you need an interface to install the SWI-RC adapter in your vehicle. If you see one, add it to your cart along with this adapter.

You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-RC's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 2"W x 7/8"H x 2-7/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-RC. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-RC works with most Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

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What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module (with attached 9" blue/yellow wire and 34" cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • 24" Wiring harness
  • Packet of 8 resistors (includes 47 ohms/100 ohms/150 ohms/560 ohms/1000 ohms/1500 ohms/3900 ohms/5100 ohms)
  • 0.47uF Capacitor
  • Installation Instructions
  • 2 Vehicle Connector Charts
  • Bluetooth Commands note
  • "WORK LESS! note
  • Technical Support contact information
Reviews

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review:

487 Reviews

Steering Wheel Controls

Dirtbikedude from Enumclaw, WA on 8/28/2016

2001 Dodge Ram

Easy way to maintain you steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy as pie.

Cons: Some extra wires that are not used on my vehicle, looks messy so I cut them off, simple.

Just what my vehicle needed.

D W from New Jersey on 8/23/2016

2002 Mazda MPV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this on my Mazda MPV to connect the JVC head unit with the steering wheel controls. There was a bit of a challenge identifying the correct signal wire on the harness but a call to crutchfield tech support gave me the correct answer. Programming is a bit flaky but got it right on try 2. All the steering controls work as per the original system. 2 thumbs up in integrating this with the JVC unit.

Pros: Cheap price for what it does.

Cons: Programming is a bit complicated. Printed documentation with the system is useless and there is quite a bit of it. Use their website link instead and or call Crutchfield tech support for an accurate answer.

Nice prdouct

James from Canton, OH on 8/18/2016

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works really well installation is time consuming and programming it takes a while

Pros: Works well worth the money

Cons: Would recommend professional installation very time consuming

Basics work, but not perfect

Scott S. from Herndon, VA on 8/16/2016

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

The basics of this device work however it has some limitations. I had this installed at Crutchfield store and they got most of the buttons working, but things like the voice command button would not work with my brand new Pioneer head unit which supports voice command/Siri features. The best they could do was make the voice command button work as a "mute" button. Also, this SWC only allows ONE function per button. You can not program it for a "press and hold" second function like the OEM controls. I'm thinking on swapping out this product for something different because of the limitations, however at least he basics work, which many be ok for many people.

Pros: The basic functions work

Cons: Can not program "dual press/press and hold" functions. Voice command button only works as mute.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Wichita, KS on 8/16/2016

2010 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programing the steering wheel controls was quite difficult, but other than that great product

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Harrisville, RI on 8/12/2016

2013 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Working without any flaws

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Works, but difficult to set up.

Ed from Abilene, TX on 8/12/2016

2010 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wether set up data for this unit is inaccurate. I was unable to make it work with the info provided, it was not until I read a review on the website that I was able to interface it with my Blaupunkt. The sheet said position 8 but position 7 is correct. Also the instructions said nothing about accessing a menu in the Blaupunkt to get it to work. Works fine, but the info needs to be updated.

Pros: Works

Cons: Supplied instructions are inaccurate.

Works great

Seth from Torrington, CT on 8/10/2016

2007 Pontiac G6
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great.... Directions are very confusing. Search you tube and then it's a snap to install and program

Pros: easy to install and program if you look up pac's you tube video

Cons: written directions are confusing

Works as advertised

B Davis from Williamsburg, VA on 8/7/2016

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

This unit was relatively simple to install using the web site which is great because the printed install materials are a disaster. The unit enables all of the steering wheel controls on the '08 Santa Fe so it gets good marks for functionality. It's also a bit twitchy to program - I had to restart the process a few times before it took. In the end though, everything worked.

Pros: Retains steering wheel controls

Cons: Poor install instructions in packaging require user to go to website for working instructions.

Pain in the Rear

Anonymous from Rome, NY on 8/7/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming this thing is so archaic and frustrating I am sending this back. There should be a wiring harness for this product. instead of cutting and splicing. Troubleshooting guide is all about worthless. There has got to be a better interface on the market and I cant believe this is the product Crutchfield recommends. I got so frustrated programming this thing I wanted to shoot myself.

Pros: There are plenty of online videos that try to explain the crappy directions.

Cons: pain in the to program, feedback from the device leaves a lot to be desired. I wish I could give it zero stars.

It works

First timer from Manchester, NH on 7/28/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Works as advertised.

Pros: Steering wheel controls. Enough said

Cons: It took 8 attempts to properly program. Only 7 seconds to program the device.

Great if you want to experience computer programming from 1976

Richard from Silverton, OR on 7/27/2016

2016 Nissan Frontier SV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming this thing is like stepping back into the dark ages of technology. Having to cycle through commands is silly in 2016. After a couple of days of working with this, I have most of the buttons working. It still likes to randomly reassign commands from your test phase to the actually using it phase with the engine running phase. The "hey Siri," voice activation especially like to randomly move to a different button. I wish the Maestro was more compatible with my Nissan as there are not a lot of options to choose from. The Access is just as cumbersome and wonky as this one. The last dragon to slay is the track adjust button. It works one way and adjusts the volume the other. I love programming by reading blinking lights as much as the next guy but it is a challenge to troubleshoot when the lights are doing what they are supposed to do but the button commands are not. Someone needs to make one of these units that programs like a Harmony remote online.

Pros: It works mostly Not ridiculously expensive Crutchfield discounts on accessory items are great Crutchfield service is exemplary

Cons: Everything else instructions are not user friendly, troubleshooting support on the PAC site stinks Has a mind of its own when it comes to assigning commands Figuring out what commands in the sequence are not understood by your car is a painful process of trial & error that requires you to run through the entire sequence EVERY time.

Crutchfield response on July 27, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter working correctly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Jeep 5.9 LTD

TigerTactical from Madison, MS on 7/19/2016

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What can I say. It works as designed. It's simple to install depending on your skill level.

Pros: This went in perfect and now I have all my steering control functions on my new Alpine

Cons: Took a little effort to get the correct install info as to which wire to hookup to.

Stealth install

Brett from Findlay, ohio on 7/18/2016

1993 Dodge Stealth
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product works well with the stock buttons in the steering wheel and interfaced to the head unit easily.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: It took a few try's to program the unit to work the way I wanted the buttons to work with the head unit.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Blaine from Hanover, PA on 7/11/2016

2003 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing works as it should. One thing i wanted to note, when you program it, after you selected your vehicle type, you set it to accept the steering wheel control functions. The instructions say to go in and out of programming mode for each individual function. Thats not how it works. When you enter programming mode, press your steering wheel functions in the order they are listed on the page one time each, the red light flashes in response to each button pressed, until you have gone through all your functions, then exit programming mode as it instructs. Then all your functions should work.

Pros: Works as described.

Cons: Instructions on the programming part were inaccurate.

Meh

Todd from Henderson, NV on 7/5/2016

2008 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hard to program, and my functions dont quite work correctly.

Pros: The volume works

Cons: Nothing else does

Crutchfield response on July 6, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

MrOrange from Los Angeles, CA on 6/20/2016

2008 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've had this product for a few months now. I like the way it works without failing. It looks hard to install, but the tech support people were very patient and know how to walk amateurs(like me) step by step. I loved the fact that tech support is available on a Saturday!!!!

Pros: Reliable, small enough to fit in a small space

Cons: Looks intimidated to install

No mute option...

Doug from Atlanta, ga on 6/17/2016

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice to have controls back on the wheel.

Pros: Works on most buttons. There are only so many things that the PAC would do. My car had a mute switch, had to program it to something other than mute.

Cons: Was a pain in the back end, setting it up... wiring is not clear cut as one might believe. Mine had the Red and white wire... this meant i did not need the resistors, very good. I ended up having to take my car to a professional who in a short time had it working, at a cost of 150.00.

Mostly Works

Michael from Dryden, VA on 6/14/2016

2003 Land Rover Discovery
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product isn't the easiest install, but it isn't impossible. Remember to read over the instructions several times before starting. There is also an online video that really helps to understand the instructions better. I can now control my volume with the steering wheel controls. However, I can't change functions. Also, trying to skip to the next song while listening to music by Bluetooth only skips back to the beginning of the current song. I may try to go back through the programming sequence again to see if it improves anything.

Pros: Gained some of my steering wheel controls back.

Cons: Function control on steering wheel does not work and the skip control does not work as it should.

Unreliable Operation

Ben B from Round Hill, VA on 6/7/2016

2005 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product has given me a lot of trouble. Although the numerous connection wires give the product compatibility with many types of cars, they just complicated the installation process. It was hard to keep track of which wire went where. Once it was hooked up and the connections were double checked, the steering wheel buttons were correctly mapped to the corresponding parameters on my stereo. Often times, however, the steering wheel buttons seem to have no effect. Additionally, each button works or doesn't work independently of each other. For example, sometimes I can use the steering wheel buttons to turn the stereo up but not down because the volume down button is acting up. This effect seems to change with restarts of my car but can also start and stop working spontaneously. Uninstalling the product isn't worth the effort because, without it, the steering wheel buttons would be completely dead rather than not work most of the time.

Pros: Flexible to "work" with different cars

Cons: Button presses often do not register

Do not buy this product

Keyport from Tacoma, WA on 6/6/2016

2013 Kia Soul
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is junk. Even at the discounted rate, it has no value to you. On Kenwood Radios with a Kia Soul, it disables half of your steering controls, Halfway works. Crashed my radio 4 times. Took seven programming cycles to get it close to working, then after a while, it would just fail again. I would recommend going with a Maestro product (I use the Maestro RR with my Kia Soul)

Pros: None. Completely worthless product.

Cons: Does not function well. Crashes radio. Does not allow use of all buttons. Does not retain memory. Would return, but Crutchfield's policies prevent it, as installer threw away package. Incomplete documentation from Crutchfield and horrible documentation from MFG results in bad install.

Crutchfield response on June 7, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Palisades,NY on 6/6/2016

2014 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't work have to returned

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Cons:

Crutchfield response on June 7, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

Steering wheel controls still work!

Bob from Omaha, NE on 6/1/2016

2009 Kia Optima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This break out box enabled my daughter's Kia steering wheel controls for the after market stereo to continue to work. Only issues is the 350+ step instructions that come with the device and the fact you need to pick out the steps that apply to your specific vehicle. That being said, the company's web-site breaks down the specific steps you need for your specific vehicle. Additionally, it is easier to program with two people. One pushing buttons on the steering wheel and one pushing the "program" button on the device. It took a couple of tries but not the steering wheel controls work great.

Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls in play with after market stereos.

Cons: Directions that come with device are a little confusing. I recommend if you buy this device, use the web-site instructions.

works great

gwm from lakeville,mn on 5/25/2016

2006 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works well,easy to install, but a little more difficult to program

Pros: ease of installation

Cons: some what difficult to program

super confusing

Anonymous from Mercer Island, WA on 5/22/2016

2004 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

you need a college minor in electrical engineering to figure out how to use this properly

Pros: actually works for the most part

Cons: documentation is way too confusing

Crutchfield response on May 23, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works well.

Anonymous from La Grande, OR on 5/22/2016

2011 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised. Was helpful to have Crutchfield rep's help on installation.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: none

Did not work wasn't compatible

Gigs from Albany NY on 5/19/2016

2006 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just wasn't compatible

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Cons:

Works great, programming no big deal

Kevin from Salem, NH on 5/15/2016

2006 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Decided to toss this in the package with the radio I was buying for my kids car since it was so cheap. It looked a lot more daunting to install than it actually was. The only negative I'd give it was that I had to snip off the stock connector and solder on the wires to connect it up. As another reviewer said, definitely go online to their website and generate the directions for your specific car, mine were spot on. The programming was easy once I read it over a couple times, the hardest part was making sure to remember what step you were on for the features since the car I was doing only had 5 (vol +/-, track +/-, and one more button). I remapped the "mode" button on the toyota to instead be the phone answer feature and it worked great.

Pros: Cheap Works well

Cons: Had to cut the stock connector off

Works great, use the online instructions.

AlexK from Lansing, MI on 5/13/2016

2007 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once installed, this unit is awesome. As a bonus it allowed me to map my own functions to use 2 previously worthless buttons on my wheel for 'play' and 'mute' functions. Don't bother with the printed instructions you get. Go to their website, put in your vehicle info, and CAREFULLY follow the instructions. I did have a couple questions I sent over email to the manufacturer that were answered quickly. If you have questions, ask. Again, carefully follow the order of instructions. Keep in mind you're installing a universal adapter designed to work with a lot of different vehicles. Yes, programming it is tricky. Yes, you'll have to splice into a couple wires. A cheap battery powered soldering iron let me solder in the wires in the car that I couldn't solder before taking my new head unit out to the vehicle. For my Toyota anyway, the splice job was quite easy as it was just into another harness on the back of the stock head unit.

Pros: You can map your buttons however you want. Let me use some extra features on my Kenwood that my wheel didn't originally have buttons for.

Cons: Tricky install if you are not the type to carefully follow directions.

Do NOT purchase this

Anonymous from Clemmons, NC on 5/11/2016

2012 Hyundai Veracruz
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming this device to work the steering wheel buttons was a nightmare. The results were incorrect and inconsistent after repeated (25+) attempts following the same format. Only after taking it to a local retailer and a stroke of luck did it set up correctly. The technician I took it to locally tried for over an hour and had given up when it finally set correctly. He said this device was an older one and unreliable. He also had the product technicians on the phone, who were of no help. Save yourself the aggravation and purchase an automated device (they are only a little bit more - but worth it).

Pros: Working for now

Cons: Very difficult and inconsistent to program effectively. Cost a few $$$ less than the new ones but add a lot more money for a professional to wrangle with for 2 hours.

A bit challenging to install and program.

DVDMike from Norcross, GA on 5/10/2016

2005 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install of this unit is much more difficult than the Kenwood radio I installed at the same time. But if you follow the instructions carefully, it is not overwhelming. I installed it on a 2005 Honda Van with a Kenwood receiver. You have to cut two wires coming out of the honda that go to the honda connector and then splice them to this unit. There are two black wires on this unit which are both black and they both must be connected to two different wires. This was a source of confusion for me. The other source of confusion was where to hook up what wires to which set of Honda cables. Once I was clear on this, the assembly was straightforward but you do have to cut honda wires. The connection to the JVC was straightforward but there were some caps that have three wires connected to them, such as power and ground. If you have never installed a car stereo, this could be a bit confusing as there is nothing in any instructions that specifical says this. I needed help from crutchfield and they happily set me strait. I did call the manufacturer too when I could not get it programmed and they quickly set me straight about the second ground wire connection which solved my issue. Once your wiring is 100%, Programming the unit is fairly simple. Follow the step by step instructions to the letter. There is a 7 second timeout if you are slow on any of the 14? steps that might require you to start over.

Pros: It works with my old Honda.

Cons: Installation at bit advanced. You must program the unit prior to plugging in your radio.

Great Steering Wheel Control

dyant from Seymour, TN on 5/10/2016

2002 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Steering Wheel Control. Works ok.

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Still Struggling With It

Alvin from Houston, TX on 5/10/2016

2003 BMW 5 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was\is really the nightmare portion of the whole new radio replacement project. I got it installed and got the volume up and volume down to work but even that quit working for me after several tries. I finally took a couple of hours break to calm my frustration. When I went back to the car my battery was dead! I uninstalled the SWI and charged my battery overnight. The car and radio works great without the SWI. I'm going to try it again before my 60 day return deal runs out. I may just have to settle for the remote that came with the radio

Pros: Good concept if I can get it to work.

Cons: Maybe my SWI was defective or something, but I could never get it to properly program.

Gets the job done

BF from Kingston, ON on 5/8/2016

2005 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Tricky to hook up, but when done, the "steering wheel" controls on my Honda S2000 worked as promised

Pros: Good price, works as promised

Cons: Tricky instructions and hook-up

Didn't work

Matt k from Colorado Springs, CO on 5/3/2016

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My volume up won't work on it I tried many times to program it but it didn't work

Pros:

Cons: Didn't work

Crutchfield response on May 3, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Ridgeline

Tony R from Henderson, NV on 5/2/2016

2007 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works, had to watch an online video to program

Pros: Light compact!

Cons: Touchy

Great product, smooth installation.

FamilyMan from Hudson, NC on 4/26/2016

2004 Mercury Monterey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield treated me well while ordering and needing a little extra help. I followed the instructions (called once and then felt like a dope because the answer to my question was obvious) and it works perfectly. I have six steering wheel button controls and I was able to assign them with any of the available commands. Eventually, I assigned them the factory labeled options because they seemed to be the most useful. I guess Mercury did a little research before designing it. Would definitely recommend this product.

Pros: Great company and great products. Everything works as described and I installed it myself (I'm handy, but no professional).

Cons: None.

Horrible

Brian from Ogden, UT on 4/26/2016

2003 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Spend the extra cash and get the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Pros: none

Cons: wouldn't program. lousy instructions. if you call PAC for tech support on a Saturday, they will only talk to Dealers. Pffft.

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Jerry B from San Jose, CA on 4/25/2016

2003 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I never was able to get this to work well. It requires splicing into the factory harness underneath the steering wheel, fishing wires through to the radio, then programing. I got the wireing part done, but the programing is difficult to do, and then I was able to progam was volume change and maybe station preset up. 3 of the 6 buttons on my Dash are not compatible with this unit. The Voice Call, Source selection and the preset Down Button on my BMW 325I factory steering column will not work with this unit. I called the PAC company, and the Tech support guy said that those buttons will not work with this unit, and he suggested another unit. I will be sending this back

Pros: none

Cons: hard to program, limited useage

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Bill from Williamsburg, VA on 4/24/2016

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product to keep my steering wheel controls

Pros: Easy to install and program

Cons: None

Works perfectly

JC from New Castle, PA on 4/22/2016

2006 Hyundai Azera
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly. With being used to using the steering wheel controls for the factory head unit, I knew that I would instinctively reach for those controls first. The added cost was well with the convenience of adjusting the volume +\-, muting the volume, or changing the source without taking my eyes off of the road.

Pros: Excellent value; provides convenience and safety while driving.

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Jeff S. from New Iberia, LA on 4/21/2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed along with the Pioneer AVHZX3800BHS. very easy install,very small& easy to tuck behind head unit.

Pros: Easy install, small size

Cons: Programing took a while without programmer but everything included to find perameters. Couple functions didn't work but no big deal.

Didn't work properly. Programming bad.

Keith from Arvada, CO on 4/18/2016

2005 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After installing this, and programming it, and rechecking that I wired everything correct, not all of the steering wheel buttons worked. And only gave me a few functions. The programming process to set this thing up is long and confusing. I ended up using an interface from a previous install. The Axxess ASWC-1 worked perfectly on multiple vehicles, with the proper harness, and Automatically programs itself to the car and radio.

Pros: Easy wiring, multiple vehicle options

Cons: Has To Be Programmed. Doesn't always work.

It does what it's supposed to

Hunter from Clarksville, TN on 4/8/2016

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works like it was made to, I just wish I didn't have to cut into the factory wiring harness in order for it to work

Pros: You get to keep your steering wheel controls!

Cons: You HAVE to cut into the factory wiring harness for this to work. Lots of other useless wires attached that aren't used aswell.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Collierville, TN on 4/6/2016

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming this is a pain

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Cons:

Sweet deal

Ron from Albany, OR on 4/5/2016

2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a little overwhelmed to say the least after I hooked the interface up a reviewed the program directions, kinda difficult but tech support walked me through it and was more than pleased with the results. My truck has steering wheel controls that I never used and with this unit being programable I was able to utilize them for my new HU and phone functions!! Works great!!

Pros: Ability to program any function you want

Cons: A little confusing programming at first

There's got to be a better way

Jeff from Plant City, FL on 4/4/2016

2011 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this unit along with a new Pioneer receiver and wiring adapter, and I think trying to figure out exactly how to install the PAC SWI-RC took me longer than all the rest of the installation process put together. Installation instructions were just terrible; English is obviously not the primary language of whoever wrote them. After finally figuring out what to do (thank to several internet forums, but certainly no thanks to the manufacturer's website), I realized that those instructions could have been made clear with just a little bit of effort. What a shame. The installation itself was not too difficult, but next time I would gladly pay more for a unit with a vehicle-specific harness adapter rather than having to splice into the wires on the vehicle harness. Programming instructions were much clearer (though still not especially well written). Programming for my vehicle was pretty easy, and my steering wheel controls worked perfectly the first time. This is the only reason I'm giving the PAC SWI-RC 2 stars instead of 1.

Pros: It works

Cons: Terrible installation instructions

Crutchfield response on April 5, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Difficult install

Connor from Billerica, MA on 4/3/2016

2012 Nissan Sentra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Impossible install three different sets of directions. Decided not to install so nothing gets fried.

Pros: Great idea

Cons: Difficult install

Crutchfield response on April 5, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Poor instructions, worse customer support

adam from Ballston Spa, NY on 4/2/2016

1996 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The manual that comes with the unit is quite confusing and cumbersome. I think they try to include all possible info related on the planet compared to whats just needed for your car. I'm still not sure. Customer Service at PAC is awful, they just kept sending me to links that had the same info as the printed material I already have. Would not answer any specific questions I have in emails. Now I'm stuck.

Pros: Nothing yet.

Cons: Confusing documentation, poor customer service.

Crutchfield response on April 4, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Instructions cloudy, but unit works great!

Marty from Sumter, SC on 3/31/2016

2012 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My car has a separate Bluetooth, and steering commands go through it. It took a while to figure out how to get it to work. The help desk got me through it, but the instructions (so many similar models) were confusing.

Pros: Functions as advertised

Cons: Confusing directions.

it works.

Jake from knoxville, TN on 3/29/2016

2005 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter allowed my fiancé to keep her steering wheel controls in her Honda CRV. The instructions you were print out from PAC's website were Extremely confusing when it comes to programming the actual functions of the steering wheel controls. In the end i was able to successfully program volume up / down, and i somehow added mute to the mode button. I wouldn't have purchased this but Crutchfield has an awesome discount deal when buying with a head unit.

Pros: kept volume up and down , mute , steering wheel functions. great deal from Crutchfield deck package.

Cons: very difficult to understand directions. i understand that splicing into the factory harness has to be done, would be nice if some kind of an adapter was available as there is very little room to splice into those wires behind the dash and harness.

works for me

tomd from albany, OR on 3/29/2016

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix

Works exactly as the sale reps and mfg's online content says it does. My install instructions did not match exactly how my car was configured. Tech support from Crutchfield referred me to PAC tech sup for next tier sup. PAC tech sup. was very knowledgeable quickly resolved, what I was doing wrong.

Pros: easy to install, and *easy to program. provides plenty of configurable inputs. Compliments the stereo I purchased giving all of the steering wheel remote controls features. complete detailed documentation included.

Cons: programing part of the supplied documentation has some confusing content. Requires rereading several times to have clear understanding. Could probably be broken in to more steps. *had to call mfg, tech for clarification on programing procedure.

Very hard

Paul from Jamestown, NC on 3/28/2016

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

If you aren't an electrician or stereo installer, you have very little chance of making this work. Hopefully once I take it to a stereo shop it will function.

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Pac swi-RC steering wheel controls

Shelleygirl72 from st petersburg, FL on 3/27/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as described. Instructions were ok but not the clearest set I've used before.

Pros: I can use my steering wheel controls with my new stereo.

Cons: Took a few times to get things right. Almost called customer service which would have been a first for me.

Terrible instructions

Larry from bucyrus, OH on 3/25/2016

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would wish I had other options to keep my steering wheel controls. The instructions are terrible. They tell you to use the white wire for install. The problem is, there is one white wire that splits into three wires, white, white/black, and white/red. Which one do you use? What do you do with the other two? Do you use the other two with enclosed resistors? Really expected better from Crutchfield.

Pros: None as of yet, still isn't working.

Cons: Complete garbage. Shop elsewhere.

Crutchfield response on March 28, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Good product

Scott B from dracut, MA on 3/24/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item is installed and it is working great. I found the instructions difficult. I almost gave up but ended up calling Crutchfield's technical department twice and they walked me through it. If I had bought this at a big box store with no technical service to help me out I would have given up.

Pros: Works as advertised. Crutchfield's technical department gets all the credit on this install.

Cons: Confusing instructions. Took multiple tries to get it programmed correctly.

Steering Controls

Erik C. from Ontario, OR on 3/23/2016

2007 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A Little confusing but got it

Pros: Good to keep controls

Cons: na

Nice Unit

Brian K from leesburg, FL on 3/23/2016

2009 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a little worried about this install but it went easier than I thought. Had go through the progamming twice but I got it

Pros: Works Great Glad to have my hand controls

Cons: Directions a little foggy

Works great, once installed correctly

Max from lake forest, CA on 3/21/2016

2011 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

DO NOT USE T-TAPS!! The wires that you are splicing into are small, and the the t-taps do not cut through the insulation well. I was using t-taps to avoid cutting the OEM harness wires, but I couldn't get the product to work, so I ended up just cutting the wires and using regular butt connectors. All that said, once I did that, the product worked flawlessly and I liked the way I could program the steering wheel buttons to do anything I wanted.

Pros: Programming flexibility

Cons: Not the simplest install, but read twice, cut once!

Works

Tim from Brewster, NY on 3/20/2016

2003 Lincoln Town Car
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install using instructions from PAC. Great price and worked perfectly with my 2003 Lincoln town Car.

Pros: WORKS

Cons: None

Easy

Jason from webster, NY on 3/16/2016

2006 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Much easier install then anticipated. Programming was a breeze.

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Cons:

Wheel controls

C valle from auburndale, FL on 3/16/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great once you get it installed.

Pros: Everything on my stearin wheel works for the radio. Easy to install and program.

Cons: Was confusing at first how the program but once I figured it out, everything went quick and smooth.

Requires Rocket Scientist to Install

Bryan from colorado springs, CO on 3/16/2016

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Took me 3 sets of instructions, 3 calls to 3 different Crutchfield advisors, and finally a call to the manufacturer to get it hooked up. Instructions that came w/it are wrong. Got new ones from a Crutchfield tech but those were wrong, finally have rep from PAC tell me that diagram is wrong, so just trust him. Almost sent back to Crutchfield, but would have cost me $10 to return; almost went to best buy to finish installing for me, I finally got it and it actually works. Miracle. Lots of stress getting there though. Had to clip 2 wires in my car's harness b/c I have the nav; but didnt have to clip one in the navi harness even though instructions said I had to.

Pros: Works good once you get it hooked up, tied into the right wires, and then programmed.

Cons: Diagrams in instructions are wrong, make sure you call a Crutchfield tech or even the manufacturer before you clip the wrong wires in your car's factory harness

Almost perfect

Wheaux from Opelousas, LA on 3/13/2016

2010 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything worked but it wouldn't let me program the last 3 functions .

Pros: Easy to install( just read the instructions!), works fine.

Cons: Won't let me program the last 3 functions (mic, answer call, hang up)

works as it should

Shannon from dallas, TX on 3/7/2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

allows my factory steering wheel controls to work as they should

Pros: allows factory installed steering wheel controls to work as they should

Cons: had to replace the first module due to a defect, but Crutchfield customer service was great

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control

Brent from Euless, TX on 3/7/2016

2006 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The controller works as it should, but the instructions are hard to follow.

Pros: Compact light unit

Cons: Directions are poor Wires attached that are not in the instructions

Still trying to get this thing to work

Mike F from ft wayne, IN on 3/6/2016

2006 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The downloaded website instructions don't match the included package instructions. The instructions that came with it specified one extra ground needed that the website and the support team missed. I programmed the thing as directed, and I still haven't managed to get my steering wheel controls to work. I'll need to remove the stereo and make another phone call I suppose. Nothing I have seen yet tells me how to skip a pre-programmed function if my vehicle doesn't have it. The website instructions (vehicle specific) will only guide me through a base model stereo change-out. That's not what I have.

Pros: Small

Cons: Conflicting instructions, have yet to get this thing to work.

Crutchfield response on March 8, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

steering control adapter

Lonnie from palo, IA on 3/6/2016

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install and easy to use. Make sure that you follow the directions. They are very clear. Works great!!!

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Intimidated by the bag of resistors but I didn't use any anyway...

2003 Honda Accord

Dave from Ogden, UT on 3/4/2016

Device shows is programmed correctly with lights, but it doesn't work. Tried multiple times to reprogram and other options with no luck. Will not waste time on worrying about this item. Really enjoying the rest of the stereo system.

Pros: Reasonable to connect

Cons: Poor instructions for programming. No results in being able to correct and get it to work. I suspect it picky based on the type and age of vehicle you try to pair it with.

Crutchfield response on March 7, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC

Novice installer from plano, TX on 3/4/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised.

Pros: Easy to install. Direction are great for install.

Cons: Pricey, but Crutchfield gave a big discount. Directions are confusing for programming the blue box. Result was to call crutchfield and have them walk me through it. Thanks....Guys.

Steering wheel control

Barry R. from eugene, OR on 3/3/2016

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly.

Pros: Great product.

Cons: None.

complete junk

Anonymous from Oklahoma on 3/3/2016

I've had to return over 60 of these because they simply don't take the programming. Have only had 8 work total. Complete junk. Buy an Axxess instead

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It works But...

IndepmoTim from Independence, MO on 3/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing works great, and I love the fact that I can continue to use my steering wheel controls but it was a pain in the neck to get it programmed, I spent a good hour and it still isn't perfect, at least I got the important controls done.

Pros: Keeps your Steering wheel controls working right

Cons: Hard to get the program right.

Works great, if you read the instructions

ccarl03 from blacksburg, VA on 3/1/2016

2005 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, no problems with my steering wheel controls (other than not having enough buttons :)) Ignore all the documentation that comes with it and use the auto-generated documentation off their website (Crutchfield also sends this link). Only used a fraction of the wires coming out of the unit, so the installation was easy. Programming takes a few tries and requires watching a tiny LED blink.

Pros: Works well

Cons: Quirky setup routine, but that's a one time event.

Good Option

Islidur from denver, CO on 2/29/2016

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a good option for keeping your controls. However, instructions are all over the place, so it took me 2 different sets and some advice from a forum to get mine programmed correctly. It now functions great.

Pros: Works like it should

Cons: Instructions, programming

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Robert from johnstown, OH on 2/29/2016

2006 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as advertised. Was glad I could use my steering wheel audio controls with new reciever. Wiring looked intimidating but wasn't too bad.

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Cons:

Works just fine

Thrownrod from Shawnee, OK on 2/29/2016

2011 Ford F-150 FX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works just fine.

Pros: Fairly easy to install, thanks to the Crutchfield tech support team

Cons: Instructions pretty much suck.

disappointed in the steering wheel adaptor

TIM from birmingham, AL on 2/29/2016

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

disappointed in the steering wheel adaptor

Pros: they quickly gave me a refund (because they knew this was a bad product)

Cons: Could not get it to install. Installation instructions looked very difficult, then we would have to program each button on the steering column. When we called the tech support - the rep told us - "We should have got the other one that cost $10 more". I just picked the one that said it fit with my model car & stereo. I ended up skipping the install for this equipment and will just have to use the knob on the stereo.

Works, but insufficient parts for smooth install

Brian from tucson, AZ on 2/29/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I only rate this a couple stars because it works as advertised. The problem (and its big) is that it's missing a key part to make install workable. It expects you to permanently alter the car's side of the steering control interface. On the back of the factory stereo (2006 Toyota Camry) there are 4 parts that interface to the car: 1) Antenna, 2) Power molex connector, 3) Speaker/data molex connector, 4) Steering wheel interface molex connector. The adapter kit for the new head unit takes care of 2 and 3, and 1 is good as is. This leaves 4, the steering wheel interface. If you look at the photo of this item, you will note one pigtail set that terminates to a plastic plug housing. This plugs into the box that is part of this item. This means the un-terminated end of the pigtail is what must interface to the car. See the problem? You have to get these raw cables to interface with what is currently a molex connector (the car's steering wheel interface connector). Since I wasn't going to deal with the $10 I could get for my radio, I broke the factory radio's connector off the motherboard, and soldered the raw cables to the connector, forming my own adapter. Otherwise I would have had to cut off the molex on the car's interface, which is a huge no-go for me. What is needed is simply another pigtail specific to the car's steering control interface connector. I could wire its wires to the wires of this item and voila!

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Expects you to effectively damage the car's end of the install, making resale (going back to original stereo) a bit of an issue.

Pac swi-rc - not as hard to get working as I feared.

Jay W from Taylors, SC on 2/29/2016

2007 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great little unit that will absolutely do the job it is made to do.

Pros: Works great, and once I had all the right instructions, it was a breeze to setup.

Cons: Really need to make sure you get all of the instructions - especially the ones that Crutchfield emails and the vehicle specific ones from the PAC website. Go slow and it is not a big deal.

Maybe not worth the trouble

Jerry from minneapolis, MN on 2/28/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Only partially functioning, so I am very disappointed. My initial gut after reading many reviews was to go with the more highly rated Axxess ASWC-1, but the sales person talked me out of that. Now I wish I had stuck with my gut feeling. After install and working with tech support they offered to swap the radio out for me, concluding that the PAC SWI-RC and my radio (a Sony model also from Crutchfield ordered together) were having some compatibility issues. I just didn't want to go through all of that, basically a gamble. So I have decided to live with it as is, but that is not a happy decision. The volume control on the steering wheel works fine. The channel up/down does NOT move thru preset channels but instead does a scan function. The mute button doesn't work at all. The mode button does different things based on the state of the radio. That's all I have on the steering wheel, just basic functions, disappointing that it couldn't get it right. The biggest disappointment is not being able to step thru the channel presets.

Pros: Volume control works.

Cons: Channel up/down does NOT move thru preset channels

Poor instructions, not worth hacking up factory harness

Chris from Portland, OR on 2/27/2016

2008 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2008 Honda Accord without factory Nav. The instructions are poorly written and fail to make a lot of sense. Had to call twice for clarification and it still did not work. Very vague with "connect chassis pin 6 to ground, it could be brown, yellow or orange". The factory harness has very little room for error and even using crimp splices then soldering it refused to work. Cut it out and will live without steering wheel controls, just not worth the headache and risk to the rest of the factory wiring. Money wasted.

Pros: None that I could find.

Cons: Poorly written instructions, not a lot to work with.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Mchulick from auburn, CA on 2/27/2016

2010 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This part of the installation took the longest and had me thinking do I even need this piece. It still isn't right. The programing is suspect

Pros: If it worked right and easy to program those would be the pros

Cons: Programming instructions vague. It is still not right.

Crutchfield response on March 1, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Works Great

Kenneth J from new lenox, IL on 2/27/2016

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit works great in maintaining the functionality of the steering wheel controls of my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the new Alpine receiver that I installed

Pros: The buttons on my steering wheel all still work and installing it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Cons: Don't read the documentation that comes in the box. It will give you an anxiety attack. Visit their website. It will prompt you to enter information about your vehicle and the type of stereo you are installing. it will spit out customized install instructions that you can print. Took me about 3 programming attempts to get all of the buttons set up the way I wanted them. No fault of the device, just learning curve operator errors.

pac swi-rc steering wheel adapter

Phyllis from twentynine palms, CA on 2/21/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

trial and error with the instruction

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Worthless!

William W from Champaign, IL on 2/21/2016

2002 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Downright terrible product. Went through instructions and videos and all and couldn't get this thing to work. I'm a pretty handy person as well. I've checked everything and followed all instructions to a T and still nothing. A friend tried to use one of these too and it didn't work for her either. I think this is a junk product that should not be sold! I'm going to try to get my money back.

Pros: None

Cons: Worthless overpriced junk

Crutchfield response on February 23, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Does exactly what it supposed to

Joe from hendersonville, NC on 2/21/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you want your steering wheel controls this product does exactly what's advertised.

Pros: Crutchfield support save the day

Cons: Instructions are a nightmare website marginally better

07 Toyota Highlander

Zach from san diego, CA on 2/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Piece of junk. Directions for installation are worthless. Luckily Crutchfield has good tech help to walk you through the wiring process over phone. Still does not work after installation.

Pros: None

Cons: Does not work and hard to install.

Works great, instructions bad

Bill from pleasanton, CA on 2/17/2016

2009 Toyota Matrix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Giving three star not because the product doesn't work well because it does. The instructions, however, are Horrible! If you're an auto installer professional they're probably fine but for the average Joe they're not. The programming sequence is also tricky, instructions are better for this though could be better. The tricky thing is the speed at which you have to perform the programming. You have to wait for the light to come on press your steering wheel control button and hold for a second after it goes off all in a specific order. It took me a few tries but I did get it and the unit has performed excellently.

Pros: Works very well

Cons: Very bad instructions for the novice, so-so customer service for the consumer-some of the reps had a better attitude than others.

Works

Daniel from everett, MA on 2/15/2016

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed into a 2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx. This product works exactly as you would expect, nothing more to it.

Pros: Control volume and seek functions from steering wheel of 2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx in an after-market stereo

Cons: None

Easy installation

Christian L Tor from north bergen, NJ on 2/14/2016

2010 Kia Soul
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was easy to install no inconvinece

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Piece of Junk

Jon from dayton, OH on 2/13/2016

After 30 minutes starts cycling the stereo. Waste of money, had to disconnect it

Pros: None

Cons: Doesn't work

Crutchfield response on February 15, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Works as described but...

Jason from Santa Maria, CA on 2/11/2016

2001 Saab 9-5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install was a bit overwhelming at first for a first timer but everything worked as it should per the intstructions. After a few uses though it didn't hold the programming right. I'm not sure if that's the unit or my car somehow but it's something to be aware of.

Pros: Instructions good

Cons: Didn't hold programming. Lots of unnecessary wires makes it intimidating.

Do your research

Wayne F from Ashland, OH on 2/9/2016

2010 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a good product and it does the job for me without any problems. That being said, they made the installation sound a lot easier than it actually was. The kit only comes with very basic steps, you have to download and print the more detailed steps off the PAC website. Their instructions look kind of cheap and could use more detail. On my Subaru, I had to cut and splice into the factory wiring harness in the dash (which the instructions didn't mention), which made me a little nervous to say the least. If you're not electrically inclined, I recommend having someone install this for you. It's easy to do permanent damage to your factory harness if you don't know what you're doing. But I will say that once it was in, I followed the programming instructions to a T, and it works just like they said. But be careful to read every single step thoroughly.

Pros: Works just like they say, good value, personalized instructions for your specific car

Cons: No job for a novice, instructions are a little short on detail

Awesome!

Steven from livermore, CA on 2/2/2016

2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've installed two of these and both worked excellent.

Pros: works great easy to wire, install website ROCKS!

Cons: none

Still working on it

Angela/Jeff from Mebane, NC on 2/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am not having much luck with this item. I hooked it up and followed the programming directions, but it does not work. It is still attached, but I'm not using it. I may go back and eventually try to fix see if I can get it to work. For now I just want to enjoy my new stereo.

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Crutchfield response on February 2, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Did not work

Heather from houston, TX on 1/31/2016

Product did not work for my 2015 Kia Soul

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Crutchfield response on February 1, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

NOT what I needed

Larry from goldsboro, NC on 1/28/2016

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It might be nice to program it for different things but I wasn't able to program it for dual button control. My 07 Tacoma came with it from the factory and anything I put in afterward would have to. Returned and upgraded to a Metra product.

Pros: None in my book

Cons: Had to cut factory wiring to install, just to find out it won't do what I want it to do.

Too much trouble

Pop from ft washington, MD on 1/27/2016

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Can't get it to work. My steering wheel only has a volume button, so trying to figure out how to work this thing is a waste. The instructions don"t match my truck and the pictures show wires that I don"t have. I can reach the head unit easier.

Pros: The paper instructions will keep the paper mills running forever.

Cons: Don"t work

Crutchfield response on February 1, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

JohnR from Victoria, Texas on 1/25/2016

2011 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Pac SWI-RC, was installed successfully in about an hour. I had to read the instructions a few times to understand them fully. After that, I had no problems with installing or programming the adapter. The steering wheel controls worked with no problems when I turned the radio on.

Pros: Worked great the first time. All of my steering wheel control buttons work with my Pioneer radio.

Cons: None so far

Shocked!

WT from bloomington, IN on 1/24/2016

2006 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

With their focus on great service and a great experience, I'm not sure why Crutchfield even sells this product at all. It is just shockingly complicated and confusing to install and program. I can't believe that it is thought to be the 'best' option for the average self-installer. I have training in electronics and this was still FAR too complicated to be the best option. There are much easier (and better) alternatives available in my opinion. If the installation instructions were simplified and clarified it could help I guess. But, I will NOT be using this product again on any vehicle of mine. I bought and installed a similar product (Metra Axxess ASWC-1) for a stereo I installed last year and much prefer it over this device.

Pros: It works, after FINALLY figuring out the wiring and programming

Cons: WAYYYY too complicated to wire and install!

Crutchfield response on January 26, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Scott D from sandwich, MA on 1/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Price is good trying to figure out wiring is not easy

Pros:

Cons: paying install company to hook up

Requires Call

Nik from orchard park, NY on 1/24/2016

2004 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product works, but be prepared to call for installation clarifications and set-up arrangements.

Pros: Unit works and has more options than stated in instructions

Cons: Instructions unclear, requires call

Couldn't get it to work and it turns out I didn't need it!

NHDoc from manchester, NH on 1/23/2016

2003 Jaguar S-Type
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I only bought one of these because Crutchfield's website said I would need one to keep the steering wheel controls in my 2003 Jaguar S-Type when I replaced the stock stereo with the Sony unit I was buying from them. I tried to program this and could never get it to work with my car and that head unit. Crutchfield offered to send a replacement and while I waited for it I tried to connect the steering wheel controls directly to the Sony head unit using the jack they supplied with it and sure enough it worked fine. Fortunately Crutchfield took back both of these adapters and credited me for them so all it cost me was time, but it was a couple of hours wasted. I wish their site would not have told me I needed this adapter when clearly the head unit is equipped to interpret the signal directly from my steering wheel controls without it.

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PAC SWI-rc

djrahbee from Floyd, VA on 1/21/2016

2011 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as described. Took a few tries to program it but once I figured it out it works well.

Pros: Use steering wheel controls like the factory radio had.

Cons: Kinda confusing at first.

does not work

bob from columbia, MD on 1/19/2016

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I downloaded the instructions, tried to link my steering wheel controls to the stero to no avail. I have a 2005 f150 larinet. The back of the factory raidio has two wiring harnesses and I suspect the second one is for the steering wheel controls. The swi-rc instructions do not list a second wiring harness. It tells me to use a single wire (the white one). Well the white wire is daisy chained to two other wisres.

Pros: none

Cons: does not work, no specific instructions for my vechile

Crutchfield response on January 20, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Florida on 1/19/2016

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product , works perfectly. very pleased

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Didn't work for me, 2007 Honda Pilot

Noob from Kentucky on 1/18/2016

2007 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well, after struggling through what should have been a much simpler process in my opinion, I ended up with nothing. I hopped on the manufacturers website and followed their instructions to the T, but never could get past the programming stage. Spent some time on the phone with Crutchfield Tech support, and they verified that I was indeed doing everything right. They stressed that the grounds must be rock solid, so I tried a few, even made my own good ground without ever getting any feedback from programming. I am going to return this and already ordered the Axxess to replace it. They claim that their unit will auto detect, and the install looks much easier than this one. Spend the extra bucks I say,

Pros: None

Cons: Advanced wiring for some, soldering may be required. Never worked. Instructions are somewhat messy and would leave a beginner lost.

Hard to install

Anonymous from Mississippi on 1/18/2016

2012 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've done all kinds of car audio installations and usually don't have much trouble figuring things out, but that was not the case with this steering wheel interface. The instructions are poorly written on PAC Audio's website, which made it difficult to install. Also, I watched a Crutchfield installation video on line, in which they recommended you install the adapter with Posi-Tap connectors. I ordered these connectors and attempted to use them, but they failed. Upon calling Crutchfield, they told me not to use the Posi-Tap connectors, which was irritating. Finally, I got the interface soldered in correctly and the SWI-RC was receiving signals from the steering wheel. However, after speaking with Crutchfield, we tested it out with a multimeter and after all this, the SWI-RC was faulty! Crutchfield sent a new SWI-RC and I was able to get the new interface to work on the first try (finally). This installation was so complicated I will never attempt to install another of these interfaces or recommend them to a friend to install, unless it is installed professionally.

Pros: Works as advertised once you finally get it installed.

Cons: Confusing instructions, poor quality

Works, instructions confusing

2014 Mustang GT from Mississippi on 1/17/2016

2014 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I understand this is a one size fits all, but the instructions were very confusing and I had to use reference data from the internet, and the pages of configuration data included. I guess it's hard to get around all of that but I think it could have been written better with better explanations.

Pros: Does what it is supposed to.

Cons: Instructions were very poorly written and confusing.

Not easy but I got to keep my steering wheel controls

Sly Midnight from Florida on 1/16/2016

2008 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I decided to pay the considerable extra cost for this device so that I could retain the option of the steering wheel controls I had gotten accustomed to using. Product works great, no lag as some places on the Internet would have you believe. But I knocked off at least 1 star because I have to admit, that of all the parts of my stock stereo w/ Bluetooth hands-free replacement I researched prior to making my purchasing decision, this thing was by far the hardest to understand and took me 2+ weeks of research both through the paper documentation, online instructions from the manufacturer (arguably the best but still lacking enough detail). I had to sift through hundreds of photos online of my stock stereo (which with the exact options my car has is apparently not very common). Once I found what the instructions were vaguely referencing, then and only then did I finally gain some confidence. The instructions are precise, if only lacking in some not exactly minor details. Pin numbers were exact though colors however, on the connector in the dash for the stereo side, did not match. Colors for the connector nebulously located in my "trunk" (which I don't even have) did however match the referenced pin numbers. Programming procedure was actually the easiest part of this thing, as that was documented perfectly with no ambiguity. Maybe it was just my car with the options I have, but this thing was not easy to install. Still glad I got it though.

Pros: Works, apparently super complicated to install precisely because it's compatible with nearly Everything.

Cons: Because it appears to want to be compatible with everything, it's instructions are confusing being both quite detailed while simultaneously leaving out other very important details.

F150

F150 from Arkansas on 1/16/2016

2007 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lots of unused wires and instructions could be simplified. But it works. That's the plus

Pros: Works

Cons: Instructions and unused wires and programming. Programming is the longest part

Look elsewhere.

Chip6007 from Georgia on 1/16/2016

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read the instructions in the box, downloaded vehicle specifics from PAC, and talked with a Crutchfield tech rep. Nothing worked. Poor instructions from PAC. This really isn't Crutchfield's problem. I could get to the programming phase and the adapter would fail every time. I would look at the Axxess adapter instead.

Pros: It came in a timely manner and nice box.

Cons: Poor instructions via PAC.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from California on 1/15/2016

2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

does what it says, but confusing instructions.

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2001 Nissan Frontier

Steve from Alabama on 1/12/2016

2001 Nissan Frontier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had the steering wheel remote work very quickly. The controls didn't match exactly but close enough. I have steering wheel control of volume, presets and radio band. Make sure you layout all the wiring before connecting anything. You will need to combine with some wires from the receiver like power and ground.

Pros: Works well.

Cons: Lots of extra wires unused. Manual programming of the adapter a little tedious.

why bother?

Dave from stevens point wi on 1/11/2016

2011 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this along with the other adapter for my 2011 f350. I tried to retain my factory sync system and steering controls. I found the instructions to be ok. However, trying to get this thing programmed is a task in its self. It seems simple. Put it in program mode, press and hold function buttons in the order they list.....sounds easy. I had minimal succes with this, and after two days of holding buttons and counting...I have about 1/4 of the functions I should have. If your radio comes with a remote, Id skip this one.....and if not....skip it anyways and just reach over to your dash.

Pros: Cant think of one.

Cons: Touchy to program. No real good way to check the programming until you are done, and if its not right....your right back at zero. Its an all or nothing type situation.

Crutchfield response on January 13, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

They could make it a lot easier

George from Texas on 1/10/2016

2004 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product works and it isn't too hard to install, BUT the instructions make it a lot harder than it needs to be. They weren't very clear on what to do with the white/red wire on my application. Programming isn't as bad as everyone says as long as you go one step at a time.

Pros: Does what it says it does

Cons: Terrible instructions from PAC

Steering wheel control

CG from Texas on 1/9/2016

2006 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like a charm!

Pros: Works as advertised and not to hard to install.

Cons: Directions could be clearer and you have to cut into the car wiring harness

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Review

Aaron from West Melbourne, FL on 1/5/2016

2006 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall, this product was very confusing to install and program. I would not recommend this product to anyone unless you have a professional to install it or have someone install it that has done it before. To this day, I still have not gotten the adapter to work with the steering wheel controls. In some way, this adapter responds to my cruise control buttons versus my stereo control buttons. I need to call Crutchfield Tech Support to figure this out and see if they are able to help me...

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible directions/guidance, very confusing on how to accurately install adapter and also how to program it correctly. The way my steering wheel is setup is the cruise controls are on the right and the stereo controls on the left. This adapter somehow works with my cruise controls buttons versus my stereo control buttons.

Crutchfield response on January 6, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Descent product, poor instructions

GaleG from Chicago, Illinois on 1/5/2016

2009 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far the product has worked well. However, instructions were not very clear. I attempted the connection once and couldn't get it to work. However, after calling Crutchfield, their tech people explained very clearly what I needed to do and walked me through each step. Once they did that, it worked fine.

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Cons: Instructions not clearly written by the company.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Tony S. from Alabama on 1/5/2016

2003 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would not work no matter how many times it was coded, second one I could not get to work.

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Crutchfield response on January 5, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Pac swi-rc

Adamp from Denver, co on 1/4/2016

2002 Ford Excursion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product very easy to install and program.

Pros: Easy to use comes with all instructions. If you can't hook this up you must not be able to read

Cons: None

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Jimmy from California on 1/4/2016

2008 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Steering Wheel Control Adapter works excellent. The online instructions were easy to use and the steering wheel functions work excellent.

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Good overall, confusing documentation

Dan from Baltimore/Annapolis, MD area on 1/4/2016

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had trouble getting the box programmed until I contacted Crutchfield tech support - they are awesome. I had made all the connections, including the serial SWC hook-up to my radio, but it turns out that the box won't accept the programming if the serial command hook-up is present. Disconnected the wire, re-programmed, and it worked. Maybe I missed this in the instructions, but I re-checked and couldn't find that note.

Pros: Was able to get all my steering wheel controls to work with the radio (Kenwood DDX672BH).

Cons: Instructions aren't the greatest. Read through most of the connection instructions and follow along step-by-step when I get to the part that says if you're using a vehicle interface box (e.g., the PAC OS-5), do something entirely different.

Easy to install

Todd P. from Fairhope, Alabama on 1/2/2016

2015 Nissan Versa S
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This steering wheel harness was very easy to install. The instructions were straight forward and only took a few minutes to connect to the new Pioneer head unit I purchased for my daughter's Nissan Versa.

Pros: Inexpensive and easy

Cons:

It works well, but needs better instructions

Chris from North Carolina on 1/1/2016

2006 Toyota Camry Solara
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well, but wish install instructions had been a bit more thorough. Like everything, there was a YouTube video I was able to find to help. Overall, great product.

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Difficult to wire and configure

Anonymous from Oklahoma on 1/1/2016

2005 Suzuki Forenza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This products work well once it is wired and configured. However the instructions are hard to follow making it difficult to wire and configure.

Pros: Works well and works as avertised

Cons: Difficult to wire and configure.

worked great for a couple months

Spencer S from Pennsylvania on 12/30/2015

2004 Toyota Prius
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product broke after a few months, so I would not recommend it to anyone. One important thing you should know - it is not plug and play. You have to program it with a series of pressing and holding buttons in various patterns depending on the function and the make and model of your car and radio. I would highly recommend writing out the instructions in a simple way you can understand, because if you have to read the instructions as written while you are trying to program it, you will take too long and will have to start all over again. There are a lot of steps and a lot of codes, so trying to memorize it all would be hard. Also, there is no internal memory back up, so if you lose power to your car for any reason - for example it goes into the shop and they have to remove the car battery - then you will have to go through all the programming again. This could mean ripping your dashboard apart again to get to it, so make sure to install it in a place that is easy to get to but also won't have any of the buttons pressed. Basically, it's a really bad design.

Pros: For a short time it worked fine.

Cons: Broke after a few months. Programming it is annoying. No memory back up so if you lose power, you have to take your dashboard apart again to get to it to reprogram it again. It was a while since I installed it now, but I l\believe it required more splicing than I expected. I thought it would be plug and play and it wasn't.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Kentucky on 12/29/2015

2005 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've never installed any car audio before and I managed to figure out everything except this steering wheel controls adapter. It didn't come with anything to mate with the OEM wire harness and I wasn't about to cut it off to start splicing things myself. I'm going to ask Crutchfield for help and will update my review if anything comes of that.

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It works, but very difficult to install!

Matt W? from Syracuse, New York on 12/29/2015

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was amazed that the state of the art forces me through such a complicated instal in order to keep my steering wheel controls! Those controls simply plug into the back of the factory unit. This product is not user friendly from an instalation perspective!

Pros: It works once you get it hooked up.

Cons: Instal directions are very difficult to decider. It took two calls to Crutchfield for advice and around 3 hours just to hook this up. There has got to be a better way!

Good deal

JoeS from New Jersey on 12/28/2015

2006 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ordered this adapter to go with Pioneer video receiver. Installation and programming was easy with one hiccup. Not sure if it was a typo or not but the unit would not program properly when turning teh ignition to the accessory position. I found that to program it the ignition had to be turned to the on position on my car. Worked as expected.

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Works as advertised

Works as advertised from California on 12/27/2015

2006 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised but it was a little difficult to get working. Had to call tech support.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: A little difficult to install and program

Does not work as advertised; mfg support is bait/switch.

Darryl from Ohio on 12/24/2015

Purchased this with a Pioneer AVH-X5700BHS head, to swap out the factory deck on my 2009 Ford Fusion. Instructions were not clear - had to wade through their website, only to get More conflicting information - finally reached out, and got support from Pioneer. When I finally had it all installed, it flat out wouldn't work as advertised... "Retains steering wheel control functions when replacing the factory radio; retains programming even if the vehicle's battery is disconnected" That's nice, however, it doesn't work out that way. I just moments ago got a note back from Pioneer support telling me how I need to Bypass Sync, in my car, for all of the steering wheel controls to work, which meant buying another expensive harness, despite their own website pretty clearly stating that both my vehicle and the new stereo head are fully supported. Does not work as advertised, does not get adequate support, not going to buy from pac-audio again.

Pros: It controls volume... just not much else.

Cons: In Bluetooth mode, supports volume Only - no Track+ or Track-. In Any mode, voice activation does not work at all. in Any mode, phone answer/hang up does not work at all. Go with iDataLink Maestro, instead - which is what I'll be doing next.

You get what you pay for

Dennis from Indiana on 12/22/2015

2007 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install for my application. Easy programming (again for my application) worked after install for a few hours. Worked about half the time shortly after. Next morning stopped working. Checked connection (soldered connections when installed) reprogrammed and again failed as before. Called Crutchfield and they gladly let me return the product. If I decide that reaching another 9 inches to change my volume becomes too difficult, I will opt for a more expensive unit.

Pros: Easy to install and program. Lots of instructions and charts for many applications

Cons: Not of great quality. Failed quickly

Works but Programming is Difficult

RubyK from Texas on 12/14/2015

2006 Chevrolet Equinox
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product functions as expected, but the programming is more difficult than expected. Timing is everything, so follow the instructions closely.

Pros: Works as expected, steering wheel controls working as they should after mapping. You can also change the programming to map differently if you want.

Cons: Takes a while to program.

Misleading online guide.

Anonymous from Ohio on 12/14/2015

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as it should.

Pros:

Cons: Online guide kept referring me to a honda harness/pin setup for my suzuki grand vitara. The wire colors they referenced were correct just the location of the pins on the factory harness were not where the instructions indicated.

PAC SWC-RC Out of Control

Richard from Maryland on 12/13/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've been 35 yrs in computers and electronics, a well as being, and Extra licensed HAM. My last 11 yrs were as a Senior engineering technician contracted with NASA. I give my short resume to assure that I may know how to follow instructions and figure out solutions. The SWC did not work in my 2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax. The Install instructions were pieced together through referencing two listings, one for the vehicle's particular Molex type connector on the wiring harness and the second listing of notes pertaining to the two wires to be connected to pins on the wire harness. After looking these over several times, it was clear which wires go to which pins on the vehicle's wire harness radio connector. However, I was never sure that I was connecting to the correct connector. No photographs are provided for the vehicle. I did find conflicting information about the location of the proper wire for the steering wheel control. The other source had it located behind the glove box. I investigated that location, but had no reference to pin designations. So, I stuck with the packaged instructions. With everything wired up and indications from one red LED being correct, I proceeded with the button programming which was straight forward. There was a YouTube video that explained the programming method. The instructions were not clear enough for me to be confident that I was doing the procedure properly. Following the video I tried to enter the buttons. This did not work.

Pros: The vehicle already had it's own factory installed SWC

Cons: Lost cell phone interfacing but is the new radio's fault did not work Instructions need more photographs and more work.

Crutchfield response on December 15, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Infuriatingly, aggressively unclear instructions

El Greco from California on 12/13/2015

2005 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this, along with the Alpine CDE-153BT, in a 2005 Honda Odyssey with the base stereo (no navigation, no subwoofer). The vehicle-specific instructions are so poorly written that reviews that say the instructions are "confusing" are very charitable. The instructions are both poorly written and ambiguous. In the case of the Odyssey, the vehicle-specific note reads: "Connect the INTERFACEs white wires to Pin3 (white) of the above connector. Connect pin 11 (brown) to ground." It took 2 hours, multiple Google and YouTube searches, and finally looking at the instructions for the competing Axxess ASWC-1 to realize that the brown wire referenced in that statement was the brown wire that's part of the vehicle's wiring harness, not the brown wire in the SWI-RC.

Pros: It actually controls the stereo through the steering wheel controls and comes in an attractive cardboard box Programming survives loss of vehicle battery (at least for short durations)

Cons: Requires cutting wires on the vehicle wiring harness Confusing, poorly-written, ambiguous instructions with typos No YouTube videos from PAC showing how to program this particular model Ruined a good chunk of my Saturday

PAC SWI-RC

Adam J from Fordyce AR on 12/12/2015

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item works great but has a degree of difficulty in installation

Pros: Can be customized Works perfect

Cons: Difficult to install Vague instructions

Complicated install

Jesse from Mississippi on 12/12/2015

2000 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very difficult install for my application. Still doesn't work correctly

Pros: My steering wheel controls aren't completely useless anymore.

Cons: Difficulty installing. Still isn't programmed correctly but I give up.

Crutchfield response on December 15, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

PAC SWI-RC

Jamie from North Carolina on 12/10/2015

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read all the directions and take your time. It works great after getting it programmed...

Pros: Works great

Cons: Can feel a little overwhelming when wiring up and programming.

Great product

Ryan E from California on 12/6/2015

2006 Toyota Avalon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Comes with everything you need to retain factory steering wheel controls. Might be difficult for a first time installer depending on the application.

Pros: Easy for someone with moderate installation experience.

Cons: Some might find this difficult. Crutchfield should include a vehicle specific walk through that would help some people.

Difficult Install

Anonymous from Missouri on 12/5/2015

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The PAC SWI-RC was difficult to install compared to the Axxess ASWC-1, but allows for customized control programming, which is also a little complicated. To install the PAC SWI-RC it was necessary to connect the unit to the wiring under the steering column. Programming required setting up the unit for the car and stereo type, then initializing the unit, then setting each function for the steering wheel controls. In comparison the Axxess ASWC-1 only required tapping into an existing wire that was immediately behind the stereo unit. Thanks to Crutchfield for amazing technical support with this product!

Pros: Customize steering controls

Cons: Difficult to install

Meh

Effer J from Knoxville Tennessee on 12/5/2015

2006 Toyota Camry Solara
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This remote does what it is designed to. But the directions for installation are quite vague and difficult to decipher. Also for some strange reason it does not include a harness to connect to the car's factory harness for the steering wheel controls. You are forced to cut out the car's factory harness and hardware the two together. Doesn't make much sense and really leaves too much room for error.

Pros: Works well Can be easily reprogrammed

Cons: Vague instructions hard to understand what you need to do. No harness makes no sense and makes installation more difficult and risky. Not a great product for people not comfortable with self installation.

Easy install

Aaron from Washington on 12/3/2015

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install and programming. Looked scary at first with all those wires, but you don't use most of them for my setup. 2006 F150

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so far so good

Markbo from Texas on 12/2/2015

2013 Honda Fit Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

No complaints so far. easy install as long as you use correct instructions. set up was easy.

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how does this work?

dave from Buffalo, New York on 11/29/2015

2009 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Couldn't figure it out (and I'm an engineer). I got the vehicle and radio specific instructions on line, reviewed them, watched the online video, read the instructions, rewired it three times. Finally gave up on it.

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Crutchfield response on December 2, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

It works

AS from California on 11/29/2015

2012 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was concerned It wouldn't work as advertised, but it does. I use my steering wheel controls 95% of the time so this was a very important part of my aftermarket head unit, speaker and sub upgrade.

Pros: I maintain the controls via the steering wheel.

Cons: none.

Worked great

jtan from Georgia on 11/29/2015

2005 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wired up fairly easily & allowed me to keep my factory steering wheel controls in my '05 4Runner. Instructions were a little sketchy, but with a little google searching, I got it figured out & working great.

Pros: Simple & it just works

Cons: instructions not clear at times

Kinda works

Pfluff from Oklahoma on 11/24/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does not work fully with Sony XAV-68BT. This was my second steering wheel control adapter from Crutchfield and the second one with problems.

Pros: Mostly works if you don't need a volume up - you can map volume up to another command.

Cons: Tech support is hit or miss. Apparently steering wheel controls don't work well.

Very useful

MAK from Oregon on 11/21/2015

2000 Land Rover Discovery
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I find this very useful to continue to have the steering wheel functions that I had with my factory installed unit. It goes for safer driving as one does not have to take your eyes off the road while driving.

Pros: Good device

Cons: None

Don't bother

Kevin K from Nebraska on 11/18/2015

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wanted to retain steering wheel controls but after having messed with itI could have just as easily done without. You have to manually splice into the vehicle wiring harness. Pain. Then you have to program it. Pain. If you ever disconnect the battery you will have to reprogram it. Pain. And worst of all it is not near as functional as the OEM set-up. Save your money.

Pros: Few if any

Cons: Not user friendly. PITB installing. Does not work well

Great for a year... Then stopped working

Wes from Georgia on 11/17/2015

Was a pain in the butt to install in my 2010 Tacoma and kenwood dx371. I finally got it running after some connection issues. After a year it just stopped working. I have reprogrammed it according to the instructions. Everything lit up on the controller as intended but it had no effect on the radio. I was really pleased while it worked but it doesn't anymore so it's a waste. I wish I could get it working again.

Pros: Great while it lasted.

Cons: Pain to put in Stopped working for no reason after 1 year

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

TJ from Indiana on 11/16/2015

2007 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works perfectly, instructions were spot on

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