PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

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

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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.

What does a steering wheel audio control adapter do?

Many people aren't thrilled with the sound of their car's factory radio, but don't want to replace it because they'll lose those convenient audio controls on the steering wheel. For most vehicles, you can purchase an adapter that allows you to use those controls to run a new car stereo, so now you can have great sound and convenience too. Even cooler, if your new stereo has iPod controls, you can use your steering wheel controls to run your iPod.

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What's in the box?

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  • 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

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Features

Overview: The PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface lets you retain steering wheel control functions when replacing the factory radio in select vehicles with an aftermarket head unit that is OEM steering wheel control compatible.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to hardwire this adapter into your vehicle's wiring. In most vehicles, the factory radio plug does not have a wire dedicated to the steering wheel audio controls, so splicing & soldering is often required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

Compatible Aftermarket Head Units: The PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface is compatible with the following steering wheel remote ready aftermarket head units.

  • Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen Pioneer, Sony, and Valor: The aftermarket head unit must be equipped with a 3.5mm steering wheel input jack.
  • JVC & Kenwood: The aftermarket head unit must be equipped with a blue/yellow steering wheel input wire. (Not compatible with Kenwood KDC-BT318U, KDC-BT558U, KDC-BT758HD, KDC-X598, KDC-X798, or KMR-D558BT.)

Note: Not compatible with Rosen, CarShow, or Parrot receivers.

Vehicle Application: The PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface is compatible with models from the following car manufactures; Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Check out PAC's online vehicle application chart for the latest vehicle compatibility.

Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Control Functions: The PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface can be easily programmed. See control settings and functions below.

Switch Position 1 2 3 4 5 7
Radio Alpine JVC Kenwood Clarion Valor Dual Pioneer Sony
Control Functions Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/- Volume +/-
Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute
Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source
Preset +/- Track +/- Play Search +/- Track +/- Preset +/- Preset +/- Preset +/-
Track +/- Band/Disc + Track +/- Band Cursor up/down Track +/- Track +/- Track +/-
Power Preset/Disc - Disc/FM + Send OK Band Band Band
Play/Enter Select Disc/AM - End *** *** Phone Menu ***
Band/Program Attenuation Answer *** *** *** Answer Call ***
Receive (phone) Phone Receive/Reject *** *** *** *** End Call ***
End Voice Dial *** *** *** *** Voice Activation ***
*** Power *** *** *** *** *** ***
Note: The PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface retains programming even if your vehicle's battery is disconnected.

Compatibility Notes:

  • The Clarion CZ500 does not support remote Bluetooth controls.
  • The JVC KW-NT1 and KW-NT3HDT do not support preset up/down from steering wheel controls.
  • The Pioneer AVIC-F series radios do not interpret radio preset seeking commands. This is a limitation of the radio, not the SWI-RC.
  • Pioneer head units with Bluetooth feature, the steering wheel controls will not adjust the phone call volume. The phone call volume must be adjusted on the face of the Pioneer head unit. This is a limitation of the radio and not the SWI-RC.
  • Only the Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT, Z120, Z130, and AVIC-X920BT, X930BT will support the voice recognition function via wired remote input.

Vehicle Exception Notes:

Vehicle Make Year/Model Description
Audi 2002-2008 A4/S4 A PAC radio replacement interface or the SWI-CAN is required.
2002-2005 A6/S6
BMW All Not compatible with 5V SWC data wire at the steering column or with factory activated cellular phones.
Mercedes 2003-2004 C230 A PAC radio replacement interface or the SWI-CAN is required.
2003-2004 CLK
2003-2004 CLK 320
2000-2002 CLK A PAC radio replacement interface or the SWI-CAN2 is required.
2007 CLK 350
2000-2007 E
2008 GL
2001-2003 S
2006 SLK
Mitsubishi 2006-2007 Raider A PAC radio replacement interface or the SWI-CAN2 is required.
Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 2004+ Durango A PAC radio replacement interface, the SWI-CAN or SWI-CAN2 is required (unless you are using the SW-IRC in conjunction with the C2R-CHY4).
All 2005+ Vehicles
Toyota Sienna Not compatible with vehicles before 2001.
Volkswagen All A PAC radio replacement interface or the SWI-CAN must also be used in all models with double-DIN head units.
Volvo All Not compatible with any Volvo models.

Resistor Kit: Some vehicles have a separate wire for each of the steering wheel buttons. Use the resistor kit for steering wheel push buttons that do not already have a resistor network connected to them. The resistor kit includes the following resistors:

  • 47 Ohms (yellow, purple, black, and gold bands)
  • 100 Ohms (brown, black, brown, and gold bands)
  • 150 Ohms (brown, green, brown, and gold bands)
  • 560 Ohms (green, blue, brown, and gold bands)
  • 1000 Ohms (brown, black, red, and gold bands)
  • 1500 Ohms (brown, green, red, and gold bands)
  • 3900 Ohms (orange, white, red, and gold bands)
  • 5100 Ohms (green, brown, red, and gold bands)

0.47uF Capacitor: In the rare case where your vehicle's steering wheel buttons are intermittent or the aftermarket radio sometimes functions by itself, the enclosed 0.47uF capacitor can be installed to solve this issue. The 0.47uF capacitor can be connected between the SWI-RC interface's white and black wires. Connect the lead of the supplied capacitor to the SWI-RC's white wire and the remaining lead to ground.

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control

Written By don, Illinois on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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very good product easy install. And it worked!

Works Flawlessly!

Written By LariatLady, Flemington, NJ on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Installed this on my 2005 f150 about a week ago, and so far, no complaints! Install was simple because I was replacing a different SWI unit that was not compatible with my head unit. I have a Pioneer AVIC F700BT, which did have mixed reviews about the functionality with this unit, but have had no issues.

Pros: Simple connecter to unplug and replug when swapping out different SWI's within the PAC brand, instructions clearly explained programming.

Nice Prodcut

Written By Scott S, Spring Grove, IL on Monday, December 15, 2014

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Easy installation and works great.

Pros: Unit was very easy to install and program.

Cons: Instruction manual could be a little better.

Eh.

Written By Max H, Illinois on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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When I first hooked it up it worked perfect. Then next time I used it the volume down wouldn't work. After and hour of driving it began to work but now sometimes none of the buttons work. Not sure what the problem is. It may have something to do with the low temp lately as it seems to work once the car has warmed up.

Pros: Easy to program and install (ounce you get you bearings).

Cons: Some functions don't work all the time. Not sure if unit is defective or if it is just too cold right now.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works As Advertised

Written By MattC, Burlington, KY on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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I used this SWI-RC with a Pioneer FH-X720BT receiver in a 2009 Camry LE (originally with base audio).

Pros: Fairly simple to install & program if you read over the directions a few times prior to actually taking the steps.

Cons: Most challenging part of install was finding the proper 3 factory steering wheel control wires from the Toyota harness. The PAC instructions (pin diagram) was accurate, but I double-checked versus a Toyota wiring diagram. I wanted to be 100% certain before cutting the wires from the factory harness to connect to the adapter.

Decent product, ridiculous install

Written By Nate, MI on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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I wanted to keep my steering wheel controls so I took the chance with this adapter. Even with the "detailed" instructions from the PAC website (some broken steps with one picture with arrows pointing to a wire, like a 10 year old setup the instructions), it still requires a few hours and several re-reads. I only had to splice into one wire, but in today's world why should I be required to splice into factory wires? It took a few hours to install because
1. the one wire I had to use on the adapter was not long enough to go from the radio area to where I had to splice into, so I had to extend the wire by soldering another wire - PAC could honestly add 6-8 inches to the wires to make it easier. If someone didn't need the extra wire, they could clip it, rather than making people hodge-podge something together
2. After extending the wire, I had to snake it through my dash, and
3. I just took my time. Programming the unit wasn't horrible, but took me a few tries because I would start the process and when I looked down to read the directions and waited longer than 5 seconds, the unit stopped the programming mode, so I'd have to restart.

All in all, its a solution but seriously PAC needs to come up with a better solution so people don't have to splice wires. I've only had this in one day but thus far no issues. I have this dreaded feeling that something will break or stop working down the road.

Pros: Does what it says it will when done correctly

Cons: Install is not overly complicated, just ridiculous in that you have to splice into your factory wires, which runs the risk of screwing something up and also the wires may not be long enough from the unit to where you need to go in the dash.

Wow

Written By Randy, KC, MO on Friday, December 12, 2014

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Worked great with the 2002 Altima.

Pros: Simple to use and install.

Cons: None

Very cool gadget that works well.

Written By jzap, Florida on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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Had no problem installing with Crutchfield's great team. The volume, channels, and everything the old buttons used to do still work and much better. Even lets you answer the phone where the feature was not available before.

Pros: Everything it states for 2005 Toyota Highlander.

Cons: None that i can think of.

Universally complicated

Written By Anonymous, Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, December 06, 2014

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Way too involved for most installers and isn't worth the time to have the basic controls that are on my steering wheel.

Works great

Written By Dave, Helena, MT on Friday, December 05, 2014

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Got it installed and it works great, but I had to call the manufacturer a couple times to ask questions. The directions are not great for DYI installs. On my Lexus, I had to splice three wires into the auto side of one of the car's factory harnesses (black-white, white and black). Programming sounds difficult, but isn't. Just follow directions.

too simple

Written By Ed S, Nebraska on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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There's nothing to this. I read, and re-read, the instructions looking for the difficult part. Just solder on the power, ground, and one signal lead. Clip off the non-used wires just to keep things clean. Follow the programming instructions and send your daughter back to college happy.

Cons: Wasn't able to replicate one of the functions from stock. What had been "scroll down" is now "scroll through radio bands".

product failure

Written By stoke, Texas on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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I purchased this item to install with my Pioneer stereo that I also bought from Crutchfield. I read the instructions with the item and all the tips on the website. I wired it up and had the item trying to recognize the steering wheel controls on my vehicle but it never would. I called Crutchfield support and they were very helpful with other ideas to try and get it working but in the end it still never worked for me. I got tired of messing with it after several hours and returned it.

Pros: Great idea

Cons: Poor result for me. I'm sure it works well with most people judging by other reviews but I wasn't able to get it working correctly.

Steering Wheel Controls

Written By M Decker, Morristown, NJ on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Confusing to setup. Had to call tech support. Had it all set then it reset itself. Not happy with this product.

Bad Instructions

Written By Ken, Sedona, AZ on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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The unit is smarter than me, and with poorly written instructions I failed. Read very carefully and it works ok.

PAC SWI-RC

Written By craigs, greenville, nc on Monday, November 17, 2014

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Great product but instructions are a bit confusing. I call to tech support and a installed it pretty quick.

Pros: works great

Cons: Installation instructions could be better

did not work for me

Written By stand, north carolina on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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did not work correctly

Cons: hard to install had to buy resistors

Crutchfield response on Monday, November 17, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Steering wheel adapter

Written By grawgen, maryland on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Works alright, confusing to set up and sync with the steering wheel

Cons: confusing configuration

Easier

Written By consumer, denver, co on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This would have been a lot better with a wiring harness, You have to get into wires for the car and it was difficult even for two professional installers. The only control on my car that works is the sound, the up and down and the source don't work even after contacting Crutchfield technical support. I would suggest getting a control specifically for your car and not this universal one

Pros: The sound from my stereo wheel work

Cons: Nothing else works

install per instructions! !!!

Written By Woody, Cheektowaga NY on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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Make sure you have a separate body ground and power. Crutchfield technical support is outstanding

Pros: Working well

Cons: None

Steering wheel radio control

Written By Scott, Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, November 08, 2014

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Thoroughly read and understand directions before starting. Installation instructions were very good and easy to follow. Make sure to read the programming instructions top to bottom. If you need to skip a function it gets a little tricky.

Pros: Works great!

Steering wheel control review

Written By Mike R, New york on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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Easy install works great

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By scott, westminster md 21158 on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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OVERALL ONCE I FIGURED DIRECTIONS JUST REAR CLOSLEY I HAD TO MAKE ONE PHONE CALL TO CUSTOMER SERVICE! BIG HELP

Pros: WORKS AWESOME

Cons: DIRRECTIONS

Not bad

Written By ShawnCoo, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Worked once programmed and installation instructions could have used a little more detail but a quick call to Cutchfield support straightened me out and all worked perfectly from then on.

Pros: The functionality once programmed works as my stock instruments.

Cons: Programming is a bit tricky but not really too much of a con.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Northfield nj on Monday, October 27, 2014

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Did not work for my application.

FINALLY!!!!

Written By Ran, Florida on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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I love this thing, it was so nice to be able to keep my factory steering wheel buttons. Incredibly easy to install. Don't be intimidated, its actually VERY straight forward and easy. If you can install a radio, you can certainly install and program this. I love the fact that I can custom program my steering wheel buttons to whatever functions I want. I was able to program one of the buttons to activate Siri on my iPhone, which gives me a complete hands-free connection to my phone and music. GREAT product!

Pros: install and programming is a breeze. The ability to customize each button is a really handy feature.

Cons: none

Far easier to install than it would appear

Written By GregB, Lancaster, PA on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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I read several reviews of this product before adding it to the while purchasing a new JVC head unit for my daughter's RAV4 and based on those reviews, I thought it might be a bit of a pain to configure. Nothing could be further from the truth. I WOULD have preferred to have a factory plug adapter available to prevent the need to clip wires but in truth, it's not the end of the world. I simply left enough wire to reconnect the factory plug in the unlikely event we put the original radio back in. As others have stated, go to the PAC website and download vehicle and radio specific instructions. With those in hand, this thing is chimp simple to install and program. Using the included directions might be more daunting for some.

Pros: Works just as advertised

Cons: Quite a number of unneeded wires for some applications...it's a bit of a bundle to carefully tuck away in the dash.

Highly Recommended

Written By Cory, Norman, OK on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Easy to install and kept the use of my steering wheel controls on my 1999 Dodge Durango SLT+ with my new Alpine head unit.

Pros: Able to make steering wheel buttons do whatever you want them to do. Easy to install and program.

Easier than expected, works great!

Written By Jason -, Austin, Texas on Monday, October 20, 2014

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Installed in 1998 Buick Regal. I had my doubts about how well this would work, and I am happy to admit that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. There are a lot of wires hanging out of this thing, but don't panic - take the time to read through the instructions, and then GO ONLINE to the manufacturer's website to make sure you have the most up to date information. My car's installation only used 4 of the wires - ground, 12v constant, 12v switched, and the single wire feed from the steering wheel. Programming was successful on the first try, and the steering wheel controls all work as expected.

Pros: Lets you keep steering wheel controls Extensive documentation Long wiring leads make wiring easy, and allows more options for tucking the device up into the dash

Cons: Some cars could have fairly complex installations Might be tough to hide all the wiring in cramped installations.

Confused

Written By ChesterC, Arkansas on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Couldn't quite get this to work.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC

Written By Alab F, Layton, UT on Monday, October 13, 2014

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Well worth the money. It is nice to be able to keep the functionality of the steering wheel buttons.

Pros: The company has a good website to get detailed instructions for a vehicle specific installation. It does function as promised..

Cons: There are other units out there that will auto program the buttons. This was my first time installing a steering wheel remote adapter, and the programming process is a little cumbersome. Now that I know how to do it, I will use this adapter again.

SWI-RC

Written By Dennis, west alexandria oh on Friday, October 10, 2014

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SWI-RC. Worked ok.

Cons: Could have better instruction for motorcycles.

2004 Honda Pilot

Written By Rich, Concord, NH on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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Auto programming for a JVC stereo didn't work. 2nd try manually programming worked fine.

Pros: Easy to wire

PAC SWI-RC

Written By Craig, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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Works well once programed.

Pros: Can program buttons for needed functions no just as labled.

Cons: Wiring connect requires stripping of wires no quick connect is offered. Programing is fussy but once figured out you will be happy.

Works well. Have to be a PHD to program it

Written By Larry, Napoleon, OH on Saturday, October 04, 2014

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I would love to give this item 5 stars, but because of the difficulty in installation....I have to give it 4. Before the item arrived, I went on their website and entered my model of car and had the exact instructions for installation. The install required cutting a few wires in the factory hardness and splicing it with the PAC adapter. Not a big deal and when I fired up the car, the PAC lit up. After that is where the confusion set it. I thought since I had set the adapter to control my Pioneer via the dial setting that it would be programmed. Wrong. I then dug deeper online and each control (Volume +, Volume -, etc. needs programmed). Once I figured that out, I was able to program it. I have volume +, volume - programmed obviously to control volume, and then the seek + and seek - to go to the next track while playing bluetooth audo, then the MENU button I then programmed to control voice, which with my Pioneer and my iPhone allows me to talk to Siri. I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla, and so far once the keys were programmed, it has worked great.

Pros: Does a great job and do like the ability to program each control

Cons: Instructions, instructions, instructions!

Love it

Written By JRY, Van, TX on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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I love not having to give up my steering wheel controls with my new Alpine!

Pros: My old OEM radio the steering wheel controls were intermittent and this fixed that problem.

Cons: The instructions were a little vague for my vehicle but their customer service dept. helped me through it.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Tim, Missouri on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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This product was very easy to install and program would recommend it

Works great for my Tacoma

Written By Anonymous, Lancaster, PA on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Let my steering controls work with the new receiver like it came from the factory. Felt the need to rehearse set up before actually doing it but it was worth the extra little time.

Pros: Let the factory controls work with the new stereo.

Cons: None

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Il on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Was a bit difficult to program and first unit was defective. One phone call and a new unit was sent out immediately! As always, great tech and customer service

Pros: Continue to use factory steering wheel controls

Cons: Programming a bit confusing at first

Works great, but hard to install

Written By Steve, Tucson, AZ on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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I installed the PAC SWI-RC to retain the steering wheel controls on my 2011 Nissan Frontier when I upgraded the head unit to a Kenwood DDX471HD. I've installed dozens of car stereos in my life, so this project was nothing I was concerned about, but I had never installed a steering wheel control interface before. I was dumbfounded at how incredibly difficult it was to install the PAC SWI-RC. Once installed correctly, however, everything worked great. The difficulty with the installation stems from difficult to understand wiring instructions, combined with the fact that you have to rig the connections to two different plugs without the aid of mating plugs like you get for the stereo installation. The OEM vehicle plugs are TINY, and one is under the passenger's seat and NOT labeled "Bluetooth unit" in any way. So once I found the right plugs, finding the right wires to connect was also not simple as the instructions on pin assignments did not exactly match how the plug in the dash was configured (however, the wire colors were correct), The under seat connector it was not clear if the connector was supposed to stay plugged in to the Bluetooth unit or stay unplugged (unplugged worked). Then the song and dance of programming the SWI-RC was also not simple. But now that it's all configured and wired, the unit works great. So I'd give it 1 star for installation, but 4 or 5 stars for functionality.

Pros: Correctly utilizes all the functionality of the steering wheel controls. Price.

Cons: Instructions lack a lot of important details. Lack of harness adapters. Difficult to program.

works great

Written By mark, MA on Monday, August 04, 2014

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works great. easy to install and compact

Pros: easy to use and connect to the os-4

Cons: no cons with this product, it is what it is supposed to be. be careful if you are using it to bridge to a unit that has SWC built in. You have to program the SWI but you also have to use the units SWC to get it to work. it took 4 calls to tech support to resolve the install issues. the last tech finally noticed that i had to use the head unit swc to get the connection to work.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, las Vegas nv on Sunday, July 27, 2014

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My experience with this product was less than good. I had a bad experience with an outside installer and got a good deal on a Kenwood dnx570hd as a result. I ordered all the necessary installation hardware from Crutchfield, whose shipping and customer service were all top notch. After receiving all the product I called about the install kit and the tech schooled me quickly and answered any and all questions I had. This piece on the other hand was not so simple. I went thru the 3 instruction books and found what I needed for my specific car, and quickly realized this was not going to be easy. I went to a different installer to have them take care of the install, and even the MECP certified professional couldn't get this thing to program. I ended up buying a different steering wheel control and am in the process of sending this back to Crutchfield. Kudos to Crutchfield for great service! But to install this yourself, you will need a good 6hrs and a degree in electrical engineering...

Pros: Didn't get that far...

Cons: Insanely difficult instructions, need for in line capacitors specific to certain vehicles, does not auto program.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Sparks, NV on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Works well, does what it says it does. However, my cheif complaint is that the instrustions (to which there are about 5 different sets of instructions for each phase of installation) were relatively vague at some points. With some time, persistance, and probably some swear words, you will program this. Just be patient and read through the instructions. I haven't installed a car stereo in many years and never have installed a steering wheel adaptor, so perhaps this is just my experience, I'm confident professionals or people who do this on a regular basis will have little trouble. I could do this again now with little to no problems.

Works Great

Written By jddow, Peoria, Az on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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This product fits so many different applications the instructions are so complicated and confusing it would take you for ever to install it. Just go to their website type in your vehicle and get a 2 page detailed easy to follow guide and hook it up in no time.

Pros: Easy to install once you go to their website and get specific instructions for your situation.

Cons: None.

pain in the neck

Written By SHolland, Southaven, MS on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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It does what it's supposed to do. Crutchfield advisor said it's an easy install. It has terrible instructions and you really need to be careful installing it or know someone that knows their stuff, like a pro. I luckily knew someone and it was still pretty bad. It's necessary to have one with an after market radio on a motorcycle but they really need to simplify it.

Pros: It serves it's purpose

Cons: Too many cons to list. Very complex install

Works Great and is Configurabe

Written By Clean Sweep, River Edge, NJ on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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Installed on a 2003 Grand Marquis with not issues

Pros: Works perfectly

Cons: None

Not everything works as advertised

Written By LarryL, Dallas, TX on Monday, July 07, 2014

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I was told that this would allow all buttons on my steering wheel to function as they did before with my new stereo unit. Not true. The volume buttons work fine but you can advance stations selection.

Suzuki 2009 Grand Vitara

Written By Soso, NJ, USA on Sunday, July 06, 2014

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I have a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara. My deck is a Pioneer AVIC-7000NEX. This product works with my setup. I have no problems with this product. Read the instructions and everything should work. Don't jump from step 1 to step 5 if instruction sheet states to do so. This installation can be tricky, but it works if you follow the instruction sheet.

Pros: I now have stock steering wheel control for my mew deck

Cons: no cons if it works ;)

maintains wheel control

Written By Paul, Gardiner, ME on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I replaced my stock head unit with a Kenwood DDX371. Works fine on my 2011 Toyota Tundra. Dont read included instructions to in depth. Go to PAC's web site to get specific wiring instructions for your vehicle and radio manfacturer and follow those.

Pros: Easy to program and wire.

Cons: included instructions are intimidating.

Good

Written By S_T_WILLIAMS@LIVE.COM, Gallatin, TN on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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This is not a bad unit, I did spend some time trying to figure out the instructions, it's some what complicated but it can be done and does work pretty good.

Pros: It does as it claims,

Cons: Somewhat complicated to program.

PAC SWI-RC

Written By BWC, Encinitas, CA. on Sunday, June 22, 2014

The PAC SWI-RC recommended by Crutchfield does not work with the Kenwood KDC-BT758HD (as well as the several other Kenwoods that Crutchfield does list as not compatible) I recently purchased the above Kenwood and have spent more than 10 hours pulling the radio out and reinstalling it, rechecking wiring, resistors, etc., while trying to program the SWI-RC to work with this radio. I have done a number of head unit upgrade, installs for friends and family and though not an expert, I do have a reasonable skill factor and until now have been 100%. I finally contacted PAC tech support only to find out that the only PAC that will work with this Kenwood KDC-BT758HD is their SWI-CP5.

Pros: Probably works well like their other steering wheel interface products that I have used in the past.

Cons: Does not work on the several listed Kenwood head units including the KDC-BT758HD that I was told it should work with!

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 We followed up with PAC and confirmed what the customer found: Select Kenwood stereos, including the KDC-BT758HD, are not compatible with the SWI-RC. Instead, those stereos need the SWI-CP5. The correct steering wheel control interface will be listed as an accessory for the stereo (found in the Accessories tab of the stereo's web page on our site). SWI-CP5 is a new piece from PAC, so it might not have been in place when this customer ordered his gear.

Easy to set up

Written By The Flying Dutchman, La Porte, IN on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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This adapter comes with a ton of paperwork, my recommendation to you is that you go to the PAC web site and locate the instructions for your specific vehicle and print them out, this what I did. It's much easier than weeding through the papers that are in the package PLUS this way you know you have the latest and greatest. I hooked mine up to a pioneer radio in my Ford 500 and got it to work the first time through.....no issues.

Pros: Easy to set up, easy to use, and it works.

Cons: None at this time

Does not work on RX8

Written By Very Disappointed, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 17, 2014

Worked with tech support on weekends for a month and never got it working. Tech exchanged it multiple times but still doesn't work. Tech Support was great but there's only so much he could do since the device simply doesn't work.

Pros: I wish there was even just one pro. Again I was happy with the efforts of Tech Support.

Cons: Use of the installation instructions was a total nightmare. When we finally got it installed the programming didn't function at all like the instructions. This experience was so bad I doubt that I will be using Crutchfield in the future and never ever purchase a PAC product again.

Great Product

Written By Jeff S, Lake Bluff, IL on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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The PAC unit easily installed in my Harley. Make sure you have a good ground!!! It works great with the thumb controls. The only tricky part was finding the pink wire on the bike that you need to cut and ground. Programming was easy also.

Pros: Easy to install Works great with my 2011 Harley Road Glide

Cons: The instructions look overwhelming. - No worries though!

PAC Steering Wheel Interface-RC Review

Written By SteveCP, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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The PAC SWI-RC is very easy to program. Once programmed, I was able to recover most of the original functions of my steering wheel controls. The provided instructions were good for most vehicles, but for my particular vehicle, I had to enlist some help from Crutchfield to customize some wiring and program inputs to maximize the number of functions I could control on my new, aftermarket stereo.

Pros: Very easy to install and program this electronic module to communicate with the car's onboard computer to link the steering wheel controls with an aftermarket stereo.

Cons: Provided instructions from the manufacturer were not completely customized to my vehicle. The Crutchfield technical assistance line help to fill in the details to complete the job.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, palm beach gardens,fla on Monday, April 21, 2014

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was a easy install programming was easy great result

A little tricky, but works great!

Written By Eric, Hockessin, DE on Friday, April 11, 2014

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It was a little tricky to get it set up, but not that bad. Use the website instructions, not the paper ones that are included. Once installed, it works perfectly -- without having to think about it at all

Returned!

Written By DK, Los Angeles on Monday, April 07, 2014

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I'm not cutting wires from my stock harness!

Pros: No idea, didn't install

Cons: Apparently, even with the harness adapter from the Scosche HD7000B kit, you STILL must cut a pink wire from you wire harness and ground it our somewhere. Not acceptable. Returned. I'll have to spend the $$ for a different adapter instead... no cutting there, just plug and play.

Steering wheel controls now work

Written By JeffW, Bend, OR on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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Works just fine. The wiring is simple in that you just plug it in. Programming is more complex, but Crutchfield tech support suggested I call when ready to do it, so I did. Very knowledgeable technician stepped me through the process (not at all intuitive) and within a few minutes, it was fully functional.

Pros: Retains functionality of original steering wheel controls (volume and channel scan).

Cons: You will want to phone in to get excellent support for programming.

PAC -rc

Written By Miguel, New jersey on Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Good product works great

Pros: Compatible with my app radio

Cons: Not the easiest to program but works

Great product

Written By Chad, Dacula, GA on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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If you want to use your factory steering wheel controls this is the product that you need!

Pros: easy installation easy to program

PAC SWI-RC

Written By John, Northern VA on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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I installed this in my '06 Audi A4 Avant. I really like this unit. I like that it is programmable, and was able to program it to have a lot more functionality than the OEM Symphony II unit had at the steering wheel. The only issue is that it was difficult to program. I probably went through the programming 10 times to get it right, but those 10 times probably took me 15 -20 minutes, so it's not all that bad. My steering wheel has scrolling controls. The instructions say to push and hold the s/w button until you see the light flash. But for the scrolling controls, you just scroll them 1 click, then immediately go on to the next function. For the push button controls, just push them once, then move on. So it's actually very simple once you figure it out. On the instruction sheet, I just wrote down what button to push/scroll, then flew through the process pretty quickly once I figured out the quirks.

Pros: A lot more customizable control than the OEM unit gave me.

Cons: Occasionally, I have to scroll 2 clicks or push a button twice to get it to take effect. But that may actually be the buttons on my steering wheel, because I think it also did that with the OEM stereo. You also need some space behind the head unit for the box, or would need to attach it somewhere outside the compartment, such as the glove box, and run the wires. With some effort, I got it to fit behind the h/u in my car

Ok

Written By Greg, Westford, VT on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Better than nothing. Too universal.

Pros: Able to retain most controls.

Cons: Programming difficult. Factory function is not retained. Buttons only do as unit allowed.

Steering wheel controls

Written By Anonymous, Columbus, GA on Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Would have been nice to know there is a specific harness for my vehicle that would been easier to install, no need to program

Pros: Fairly easy to program

Cons: Bulky and hard to fit behind radio

PAC SWI-RC

Written By Anonymous, Waldorf. MD on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Easy to install works great in 2005 Nissan titan

Pros: Easy install works great

Cons: None

Installed in MINI Cooper S Convertible

Written By Ron, Cary, NC on Monday, March 17, 2014

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This SWI-RC does the trick! I installed it in my 2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible. But keep in mind, it is VERY important to follow all of the instructions when installing this in the MINI. At first, I had some issues, but this is because I tried to take a short cut. But it all worked out, thanks to Crutchfield's tech support personnel. The issue was that in the instructions, it tells you to locate the wire in the steering column and cut it there. I found the same wire at the wiring harness, but this did not work properly, because MINI/BMW has a K-BUS, and the wire at the head unit wiring harness gets converted from analog to digital somewhere along the way, and you need to pick up the wire in the wiring harness in the steering column where it is still analog. It now works perfectly! Thanks Crutchfield for your help!

Pros: Give me full functionality of my audio controls on the steering wheel. Works with little/no delay.

Cons: Will not work with the phone nor RT buttons if your MINI has handsfree/Bluetooth buttons on the steering wheel. Mine does not have these, but definitely worth noting for those who have a 2006+ model year MINI.

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Written By PAC SWI-RC Review, Hartford, CT on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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it works with my Range Rover, highly recommended

Pros: excellent product

Cons: none

Does What It Is Supposed To

Written By TimH, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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Does exactly what it's supposed to do. All my steering wheel controls work exactly as they did with the factory head unit.

Pros: Good support, great website, and good documentation made this easy to install and program.

Cons: None

Easy install

Written By Artemis, Portsmouth, VA on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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I purchased this so I could keep my SWC when I replaced my radio and was able to wire this myself with a little help from y brother. Since I had to wire it to both the radio and my aftermarket radio interface also had to be wired to the radio we had to fit 3-4 wires together for almost everything. We did not soder like the directions stated; we actually used heat shrink with perfect results.

The programming was only difficult because I overlooked a part of the directions. Once I saw my mistake and was able to correct it the SWC worked just fine.

Pros: Easy to install and program.

I wouldn't Reccomend

Written By Finkleton, Sartell, MN on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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The instructions I received were vague and did not match with my vehicle and when I looked up more detailed instructions on the suggested website the instructions were different from the original ones and I couldn't get it to work. Don't bother buying this product and pay someone else to install it.

Pros: None

Cons: Difficult to install. Very poor instructions.

Only way to go in steering wheel controls!

Written By BlindNinja14, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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Best controls on the market, easy install and no delay when pressing the buttons. Great buy and a must have for a modem car with aftermarket stereo!

Pros: Easy install, works great!

Cons: Pricy and doesn't work with voice enable steering wheel.

Not user friendly

Written By Anonymous, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Not easy to install, still trying to get to work.

Pros: Not sure yet

Cons: Very difficult to install

Works great

Written By Andy, Hazard, Ky on Monday, February 24, 2014

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Made the use of SWC's just like factory controls.

Pros: Worked great.

Cons: Had to call Crutchfield and found out I had to hook up an additional power wire that wasn't mentioned until i read the fine pring in a note! But 5 minutes latesw up and running!!!

OK

Written By Fonix, Texas on Monday, February 24, 2014

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Difficult to program, had to do it 6 times as it could never get all the buttons working, one or more wouldn't "take"

Pros: Seems to work

Cons: Programming was a bear

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sunday, February 23, 2014

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This interface unit was easy to install but tricky to program. It took us about 5 tries to get it programmed and it works good and we are happy with it.

Incompatible with Blaupunkt Toronto 420

Written By Jeffrey C, United States on Friday, February 14, 2014

Too bad! I would have rated it a 4-5 star product but it is not compatible with Blaupunkt Toronto 420. Really too bad!

Pros: Excellent vehicle specific installation and programming instructions.

Cons: Connection to the radio is slightly confusing/unclear. Incompatible with Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 As it turns out, the SWI-RC actually is compatible with Blaupunkt receivers. Our tech support guys have contacted the customer to offer further help and specific wiring details.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA on Friday, February 07, 2014

I bought this to connect an aftermarket KDC-X597 with my newly purchased 2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. The installation instructions were a little confusing but a phone call or two with the great people at Crutchfield sorted everything out.

The unit does the job very well. All the of the steering wheel controls interact flawlessly with my stereo. I was particularly pleased that I was able to program the buttons on my steering wheel for whatever I wanted-regardless of what they were meant to do when the car came from the factory. For example, I programed the "source" button to act as a "pause/play" button.

Pros: Steering wheel buttons work great.

Cons: Installation instructions are somewhat incomplete.

works.

Written By Martin, Atlanta on Sunday, February 02, 2014

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It works just fine, but sadly after I finished programming it all I found out that access makes one that is much easier to set up. I had to solder 150 ohm resistors to this, so the actual install was also a pain. That being said it works perfectly and I hope I never have to touch it again.

Pros: works.

Cons: technical install. annoying to program difficult

PAC SWI-RC

Written By B, Pgh, Pa on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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EASY to install! Plenty of wire length for ease of location.

Pros: Clear, complete instructions. Easy to program although I recommend reading through the option list so you'll know what tho push and when... there is a specific sequence.

Cons: None so far.

Works great

Written By jeepster, Erie PA on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Great product it really works well if you read the directions over its an easy set up if you can do automotive wiring.

Pros: easy to install and works great on my FJ Cruiser

Cons: none

works great, installation could be made easier

Written By kman, Bozeman, MT on Monday, January 06, 2014

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This item works great and has some flexibility as to what you want your buttons to do but more flexibility would be nice. Installation required tapping into some some wires in the vehicle, it would be nice if someone made wiring harnesses for these controls but I guess that is not really a fault of this product. I would highly encourage the purchase of posi-taps or similar product as stripping the middle of the wire and trying to solder that connection inside the vehicle is not very fun.

Pros: works as designed

Cons: installation could be easier

2008 4 runner w JBL

Written By alan in nc, raleigh on Friday, December 27, 2013

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super plug and play, with minor programing. I did not want to change HU and not have the SWC, and this still allows SWC volume controls. what SWC not used is d/t the HU, not the interface. Directions (programming) could be written by someone with a command of the English language....but I figured it out.

Pros: easy to hook up, easy programming

Cons: directions are a little sketchy....I had a few glasses of wine and was able to comprehend..... ;)

Nice to have control

Written By Papa Burgundy, Weldon Spring, MO on Monday, December 23, 2013

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It is nice to have my steering wheel controls back. Easy to setup if you can follow directions. Crutchfield rep recommended getting current install instructions from PAC website. This helped streamline the process.

Pros: Easy to install. Smooth and responsive control of volume, tuning, and media select (that's all my ford explorer uses).

Cons: None so far

Didn't Work

Written By RCR, Yuma . Az on Friday, December 06, 2013

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Had this professionally installed on my 2013 Toyota Tundra , bottom line the interface didn't work for for my truck , the installer called tech with negative results , my installer has a theory that maybe the voice activation controls that my truck also has on the steering wheel may be the reason that the interface didn't work , just a theory.

Pros: none

Cons: didn't work

not what it appears

Written By wilbready, Casa Grande, AZ on Monday, November 18, 2013

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Very difficult to program! Made several calls to Crutchfield, only to find that the jack plugin was NOT to be used. Still, it took over two hours out of my day for what eventually took a total 5 minutes of programming.

Pros: works 4 out of 6 steering wheel buttons

Cons: never could get the center buttons to accept the control features. Instructions are a joke and serve very little use.

Good unit

Written By Kevin D, Central Mass on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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Good unit, easy install, works good with my new Pioneer radio in my Rav4

Pros: Yes

Cons: None

The way to go

Written By Romey, LaGrange GA on Saturday, November 02, 2013

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This product is well worth the money. My steering wheel controls work with my new receiver like factory it's nice!

Pros: It's everything the techs at Crutchfield said it would be thanks guys.

PAC SWI-RC

Written By AJM, NW Iowa on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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