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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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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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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review:

392 Reviews

Awesome!

Written by: Steven from livermore, CA on February 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

Written by: Angela/Jeff from Mebane, NC on February 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

Written by: Heather from houston, TX on January 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

Written by: Larry from goldsboro, NC on January 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

Written by: Pop from ft washington, MD on January 27, 2016

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

Written by: JohnR from Victoria, Texas on January 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!

Written by: WT from bloomington, IN on January 24, 2016

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

Written by: Scott D from sandwich, MA on January 24, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Price is good trying to figure out wiring is not easy

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Cons: paying install company to hook up

Requires Call

Written by: Nik from orchard park, NY on January 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

PAC SWI-rc

Written by: djrahbee from Floyd, VA on January 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

Written by: bob from columbia, MD on January 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

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on January 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

Written by: Noob from Kentucky on January 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

Written by: Anonymous from Mississippi on January 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

Written by: 2014 Mustang GT from Mississippi on January 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

Written by: Sly Midnight from Florida on January 16, 2016

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

Written by: F150 from Arkansas on January 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.

Written by: Chip6007 from Georgia on January 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

Written by: Anonymous from California on January 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

Written by: Steve from Alabama on January 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?

Written by: Dave from stevens point wi on January 11, 2016

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

Written by: George from Texas on January 10, 2016

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

Written by: CG from Texas on January 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

Written by: Aaron from West Melbourne, FL on January 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

Written by: GaleG from Chicago, Illinois on January 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.

Pros:

Cons: Instructions not clearly written by the company.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Tony S. from Alabama on January 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

Written by: Adamp from Denver, co on January 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

Written by: Jimmy from California on January 4, 2016

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

Written by: Dan from Baltimore/Annapolis, MD area on January 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

Written by: Todd P. from Fairhope, Alabama on January 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

Written by: Chris from North Carolina on January 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

Written by: Anonymous from Oklahoma on January 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

Written by: Spencer S from Pennsylvania on December 30, 2015

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

Written by: Anonymous from Kentucky on December 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!

Written by: Matt W? from Syracuse, New York on December 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

Written by: JoeS from New Jersey on December 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

Written by: Works as advertised from California on December 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.

Written by: Darryl from Ohio on December 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

Written by: Dennis from Indiana on December 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

Written by: RubyK from Texas on December 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.

Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on December 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

Written by: Richard from Maryland on December 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

Written by: El Greco from California on December 13, 2015

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

Written by: Adam J from Fordyce AR on December 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

Written by: Jesse from Mississippi on December 12, 2015

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

Written by: Jamie from North Carolina on December 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

Written by: Ryan E from California on December 6, 2015

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

Written by: Anonymous from Missouri on December 5, 2015

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

Written by: Effer J from Knoxville Tennessee on December 5, 2015

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

Written by: Aaron from Washington on December 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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Cons:

so far so good

Written by: Markbo from Texas on December 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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Cons:

how does this work?

Written by: dave from Buffalo, New York on November 29, 2015

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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Cons:

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

Written by: AS from California on November 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

Written by: jtan from Georgia on November 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

Written by: Pfluff from Oklahoma on November 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

Written by: MAK from Oregon on November 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

Written by: Kevin K from Nebraska on November 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

Written by: Wes from Georgia on November 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

Written by: TJ from Indiana on November 16, 2015

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

works perfectly, instructions were spot on

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Cons:

Not very good

Written by: Tim from Idaho on November 13, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am very disappointed in this product. Programming was a hassle. Now I've had it installed for about 2 weeks, the steering control buttons only work intermittently, seems like only after the truck has warmed. I have not attempted to reprogram it yet as it will require taking the dash apart again. It was a waste of money!!

Pros:

Cons: Is only working intermittently after about 10 days. :-(

Figured it out

Written by: Matt from Virginia on November 11, 2015

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

OK, i wrote a long review that told you how I got it to work....then it deleted...so I turned car to On position, held down program button and disconnected the female end (all wires are attached) to reset the switch, BECAUSE nothing else worked. Once disconnected with program button down, i reconnected and let go of the program button. IT WORKED. Then programmed, because shutting the car to off position never reset the switch...good luck..sorry shorter this time.

Pros: finally worked

Cons: Took forever to get to work.

Easy to install.

Written by: warpedscout from Mississippi on November 8, 2015

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

Little confusing at first but read over instructions several times, wired into aftermarket harness and installed. You have to install module before you can install the head unit. You have to follow instructions on setup and programming steering wheel buttons. Works great and very satisfied.

Pros: Little confusing but read several times prior to installing. Make sure to installing into aftermarket wiring.

Cons: Instructions somewhat confusing but as I mentioned in pros, read read read.

Hard to program

Written by: Jwerl from Michigan on November 8, 2015

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

It was a bit hard to program. I had to cal 4 times to the right answer from Crutchfield as to which vehicle # I needed

Pros: small and easy to connect

Cons: hard to program

Nope

Written by: jewels from Georgia on November 1, 2015

It won't work.

Pros: none. waste of time and money.

Cons: Followed the directions. Called for help. It doesn't work.

Works great

Written by: chirowolf from Illinois on November 1, 2015

2000 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly on my sons Honda S2000 with Pioneer heed unit

Pros: Works Easy to wire with new headunit

Cons: Directions can be a bit confusing.

Stinks!

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on November 1, 2015

This thing stinks, i want to return it !

Pros: Non

Cons: The instructions are horrible and they didn't match my car

Crutchfield response on November 16, 2015 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.

More of a pain than it was worth

Written by: CC from Ohio on November 1, 2015

2006 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this because the radio in our old Audi broke. The car is a back up car used in winter so after installing all the other parts I decided programming the steering wheel controller just wasn't worth the time.

Pros: Nice feature to add if it is important to you.

Cons: Installation is not straight forward and tedious.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Indiana on November 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised. Makes for a nice installation.

Pros: Simple after the learning curve.

Cons: Be sure to download your specific instructions 1st, don't rely on enclosed material.

PAC SWI-RC

Written by: Steering Wheel Control Adapter from Florida on October 27, 2015

2004 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install and program and have my steering wheel control

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Ted from California on October 26, 2015

2004 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't buy!!!

Pros: None

Cons: Did not work. A waste of money and time spent wiring!

Crutchfield response on October 26, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Complicated

Written by: LeRoy from North Carolina on October 25, 2015

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

This little deice allows you to use your factory steering wheel radio buttons on aftermarket radios.

Pros: Allows use of factory steering wheel controls

Cons: Complicated install

Stick with it

Written by: gar.rocko from New Hampshire on October 23, 2015

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

When I first opened the box and saw a ton of wires AND resistors I just about give up and returned the product (didn't help that it was midnight already). I decided to give it another look the next day and found out it wasn't that bad... you don't even use half the wires in most cases! Just follow the directs exactly and you should have no problem and perfectly functioning steering wheel controls.

Pros: It just works. You can also customize your buttons and re-map them how you like!

Cons: Very intimidating when starting.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Ken D. from West Virginia on October 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product hooks up the steering wheel controls for music to the stereo. Easy to install and program. This is a good product to have if you have controls on your steering wheel that you don't want to lose when installing a new stereo.

Pros: Easy to install. If you have problems, the Crutchfield support team is there to help you.

Cons: None

Instructions need improvement

Written by: swb from Iowa on October 21, 2015

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

The device works well and is very configurable to about any car. Trouble with being very adaptable is deciphering the instructions to know all of the connections needed to work for your car. If you read through the steps, you'll be missing what is laid out in the diagrams. Have to pay attention to both the diagram and the instructions to get it connected correctly. For my installation ('10 Toyota Tacoma), I needed a 560 ohm resistor to connect pin 8 from the factory steering wheel harness (referred to them as INTERFACE - deciphered that) to the modules white wire which I did according to the step by step instructions. Unit wouldn't program until I connected the factory steering wheel harness Pin 6 to ground, which was covered in the diagram. The unit can handle more options that I have steering wheel controls, figured out to use my track up button to switch between presets and track down button for changing between bands (FM1-3 or Sirius SKM1-3)

Pros: Works as described once you get past connecting it.

Cons: Connecting is was painful to figure out the unclear instructions from manufacturer and Crutchfield.

PAC SW-1 RC

Written by: Alan from Texas on October 21, 2015

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

Very confusion directions. It took a while to figure out the "interface" referred to was not the "interface" between the main plug and the head unit. I suppose it wold have been too much work to write "PAC SW-1 Interface box".

I was glad to figure out that my set up had the white and "black and white" wires so I didn't have to solder in the reisistor. Well, maybe that was good, maybe not. I was genuinely amazed when this thing worked as soon as I programmed it. . . ticked off when it stopped working a few days later. . . confused when suddenly it started working again. . . then ticked off again when it quit. Then very, very ticked off when I burned another half day of vacation taking the whole thing out to check the connections, the ground etc. with the result that now it won't work at all.

Considering the overall weak ratings here I can only guess it was "recommended" because it's more profitable. Do yourself a favor and read the reviews of the minor components "recommended" with your headunit. This has been a real time waster for me and I'll have to try again when the wife gets back from her trip.

Pros: Worked. . . occasionally

Cons: Only worked occasionally.

Brad

Written by: 2009 Sonata owner from Ohio on October 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product did not work at all with the initial settings. When tried to program manually functions on steering wheel did not correspond to radio functions on radio.Used the white wire on the unit connected to the brown on the harness and green to ground and rotary switch position 7 with program 8 and nothing happened. Glad the radio had a remote. Notworht wasting time on this feature.

Pros: None

Cons: Didn't work.

Gets the job done

Written by: DFlem from Arkansas on October 20, 2015

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

Install instructions weren't great, but after a quick call to Crutchfield, I got it installed easily enough. Controls, though, seem to be delayed, if they work at all. May pull the new stereo back out and see if there's some wires I forgot to tape up.

Pros: Gets the job done

Cons: Delayed, sometimes non-working controls; poor install instructions

Steering Wheel Control

Written by: Wesley from New Jersey on October 19, 2015

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

Kind of confusing at first. The connection in the chart is not the same that I had on my 08 Tacoma. Once I figured out though it was a great products. Works good but with a little lag. Could just be my unit though.

Pros: Works good once figure out the correct wires to use.

Cons: A little slow, confusing at first.

Works w/ 2006 Odyssey

Written by: MikeC from Louisiana on October 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great with 2006 Honda Odyssey. Included instructions are not easy to follow, though.

Pros: Steering wheel controls work well.

Cons: Hard to follow instructions

Ok

Written by: JWP from Ohio on October 18, 2015

2004 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Directions were not super clear, but it works for the most part. One original button did not work. Would have been nice to know that beforehand.

Pros: Works

Cons: Directions could use some clarification. Understand that it may not support all original buttons.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Written by: JoeH from San Diego, CA on October 18, 2015

2012 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on 2012 Tundra, installed in a couple hours. Works great!

Pros: Works just as described

Cons: N/A

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Utah on October 16, 2015

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

Easy install and programming. Functions as advertised.

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Cons:

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Matt from New York on October 16, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unable to get the adaptor to recognize my steering wheel controls. Got it powered up and wired the harness (which should be the difficult part) with no problem, instructions said to tap one wire into the car-side harness and nothing--now I don't want to cut it out and have to try again. Instructions were not clear, white wire on PAC unit splits into 3 white wires, didn't say which one.

Pros: Great Idea

Cons: Unable to get it to work in my car

Crutchfield response on October 19, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works well, but ....

Written by: Dan K from Ohio on October 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit works as advertised but programming was an absolute nightmare. The instructions are completely wrong. Even going to the web site they were still wrong. I had to do some major digging through the forums to figure out how to program this. Hopefully the info that I give here will prevent someone from starting there vehicle and closing the garage door after trying to program this. Where the instructions say to hold the program button for 5 secs.....DO NOT. When you turn the ignition key on, push the program button once, then set your first command by hold the swc button for 5 secs, then your next command and so on. If you need to skip a command, just push the program button once then move to the next swc function.

Pros: Works well

Cons: Terrible instructions.

Unable to get it working

Written by: Travis from Richardson, TX on October 15, 2015

2003 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this to attempt to retain my steering wheel controls in my 2003 Focus SVT. I wired in the unit. It would power on but I was unable to program the steering wheel controls. It did not appear to recognize the controls when I would try to program them. The steering wheel controls were not that important so I quickly gave up. I followed the installation and programming instructions per the manufacturer's website but I can't guarantee I didn't do something wrong.

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Cons:

Works great

Written by: Tim in NY from New York on October 13, 2015

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

This unit worked great in my 06 Civic for retaining the steering wheel buttons. The directions provided by Crutchfield were simple step by step- No problem. Thanks!

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Keeps your factory controls.

Written by: Larry G from Florida on October 12, 2015

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

Great interface to keep factory steering wheel controls. Programming is a little tricky, but even a novice (like me) can manage it.

Pros: Keeps your steering wheel controls.

Cons: Programming a little tricky.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: barry from California on October 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the product does come with all the resistors neded to make it work on a motorcycle

Pros: cheap

Cons: dosent work

Tricky installation but works great

Written by: RickH from West Virginia on October 6, 2015

2012 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installing this thing reminded me of that classic scene from MASH where they have to defuse the bomb using Army instructions ("Cut the wires... but first, remove the fuse..."). You definitely need to look at the paper instructions, go to their web site and download your vehicle-specific instructions, and read them both completely and make sure you understand what you're supposed to be doing. In my case it actually said in one step that I would only need the black, white, and red wires, then in the next step said if I also had a black/white striped wire I would need that too (I did). When you order your stereo from Crutchfield they automatically offer the vehicle adapters for the stereo, but not for this unit. I didn't want to cut the wiring inside my car, so I ended up rigging up an adapter myself. Once actually installed, programming the unit worked great (the paper instructions were correct, the downloaded ones were obviously not) and everything worked perfectly the first time.

Pros: Works great Easy to program

Cons: Installation instruction are confusing No vehicle adapter

Steering Wheel control adapter is great!

Written by: CiscoGory from Wisconsin on October 5, 2015

2008 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The unit was easy to install and configure, and worked perfect the first time I completed the configuration. It is great to be able to retain the use of the Steering wheel controls with the aftermarket deck!

Pros: Fairly easy install and configuration. It worked perfect the first time through!

Cons: Instructions could be a little better on identifying the factory wiring harness to connect to and some of the wiring reference specific to the device.

PAC SWI-RC steering wheel control

Written by: Karl from Washington on October 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced the OEM radio in a 1995 Taurus with an aftermarket one that had a CD player and Bluetooth technology. I was a little hesitant at first because the old radio still was in good working order and had external controls not on the steering wheel but located near the steering wheel on the dash that I still wanted to work. After speaking to technical support at Crutchfield they provided me with this simple add on. I am now happy with this purchase and my Grandson is elated! I suppose the next purchase will be a backup camera or blind spot monitoring!

Pros: Easy install only took a few minutes after the radio is removed.

Cons: A little difficult to program. I wanted to use the dash mounted button MEMORY to be used as a MUTE button since no control was listed. I had an extra unused wire labeled as MUTE that may have been used. The VOL+ and VOL- and SOURCE controls work fine however.

Work...ed

Written by: ChadEver from Michigan on October 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It worked for 3 days. I'm not sure what happened, but everything stopped working. I am assuming that the programming glitched, but I was not expecting to have to take my stereo back out to re-program it. The batter was never disconnected, so it isn't related to power. I will just have to investigate.

Pros: Online install instructions were good | Compact | Does what it's supposed to do

Cons: Paper instructions are overwhelming. It stopped working in less than one week.

Crutchfield response on October 5, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Pain in the...

Written by: RubeCube5785 from Wisconsin on September 29, 2015

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

This thing was a pain to put in. I wish I had paid the extra money for the Metra adapter. I put a Metra steering wheel adapter in a friend's car and it was way easier. Didn't need to program anything push a couple buttons and it learned everything one it's own. Not this thing tho.

Pros: None

Cons: Confusing to put in and get it programmed.

Complicated

Written by: Bbass from Ohio on September 28, 2015

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

Very complicated install but when you do it works flawlessly

Pros: Does what it's supposed to

Cons: Complicated install

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: alexw from Illinois on September 24, 2015

2006 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

with the headache of install and soldering that had to be done you'd think it'd work correctly. We followed install steps to a T and had less than half the function promised. It would turn up my radio after the relearn process but would not turn it down, turn it off, change sources, or anything aside from turn the stereo up. When we tried to redo the learn process it would always take the first step but then for step two it wasn't even acting as if I was pressing the down volume button it would just flash and skip that step.

Pros: easy to read instructions.

Cons: hard to get to work correctly even after following every step in the book and provided website.

A Little Bit of a Hassle, But Worth It

Written by: Paul from Florida on September 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once the device was configure, it worked well and was nice to have.

Pros: You get to use the factory steering wheels controls.

Cons: Installation was a bit of a hassle and the instructions were not very intuitive. Also, if you need to re-program it, you need to dis-assemble your work. I think they are on the right track with the device, but installation and configuration needs to less hassle, and I'm guessing as technology changes it will.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Charleston, SC on September 15, 2015

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

I have yet to get this product working. The instructions stated to simply connect the data wire to the appropriate pin position on the factory harness, but doing this would prevent my ability to connect my METRA harness from the aftermarket deck to the factory harness in my car. The instructions did not go into enough detail about how to appropriately terminate the data wire to either the METRA adapter nor the factory harness. I will try splicing the factory wire behind the factory harness in order to get this working.

Pros:

Cons: Instructions are lacking in detail concerning the data wire connection to the factory harness.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control

Written by: Hector from Texas on September 14, 2015

2004 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I Include the PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control with the receiver I bought for my '04 Expedition. It was more complicated than I thought, but with a phone call to the technical support from Crutchfield, the programming of the unit was done in 5 mins. Now I can control the volume and input selection of the unit from the steering wheel.

Pros: Great product, easy to install and program after you understand the logic behind.

Cons: You need some electronic experience and knowledge. The functions are limited to the buttons of the OEM.

Works Great

Written by: Anonymous from Hawaii on September 13, 2015

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

The reason i waited so long to change out my unit, was i didn't want to loose my steering wheel controls. This is a good product and well worth the money. Make sure you fully read the instructions and you must know what your doing. As long as you follow the instruction on the website you should be fine.

Pros: works great and can be programmed to operate different functions then the factory functions.

Cons: took a couple of times to get the program pattern down and insulation will differ depending on vehicle

Tried using in a 09 Harley

Written by: Mark from Kentucky on September 13, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything was good till I started wiring it. Wrong color wires, wrong pin #s the wiring is all wrong. None of my controls work. I've been doing stereo installs for 20 years an this had me upset.

Pros: Size price concept

Cons: Wiring chart. Needs to be updated or at least checked.

Crutchfield response on September 15, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great

Written by: adam from Arizona on September 13, 2015

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

I like how it makes my steering wheel controls still work on my radio

Pros:

Cons:

Perfect product

Written by: Matt from Dallas TX on September 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product works perfect n was easy install

Pros: Fast shipping and easy install

Cons:

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Larry from Indiana on September 12, 2015

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

Too complicated.

Pros:

Cons: Too complicated . Should of bought the more expensive one that programes itself. Instructions suck. Ended up trashing it and forgetting steering controls.

Simplifies install

Written by: A. K. from California on September 11, 2015

2007 Lexus ES350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I paired this with a PAC TATO for installing a Pioneer AVIC-7100NEX into my 2007 ES350. Thankfully the TATO is setup to work with the SWI-RC so the wiring is super simple as you will replace the harness from the SWI with the one from the TATO which makes everything plug into the factory harnesses so there was no cutting/slicing required into the factory harness at all. The instructions could use some improvements but otherwise the installation went smoothly as I was able to retain all the factory steering wheel controls including phone operations. Overall I'm really pleased with the operation. I've used Peripheral/PAC products for years and have not had any issues so far.

Pros: Simply installation if paired with another PAC adapter. Was able to retain all steering wheel controls.

Cons: Not the greatest instructions.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: CJ from Florida on September 8, 2015

2005 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was easy to figure out how to wire and make it work but the programming directions are wrong. Most of the functions for the car don't do anything and will have to be frigged to make the few that I can get to work.

Pros: Easy wiring

Cons: Incorrect programming guide

Works good, difficult installation

Written by: Difficult wiring from Missouri on September 7, 2015

2009 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit works great. However the installation was difficult. The wiring diagram didn't make sense. However, Crutchfield support was fantastic. The support tech new what i needed to do and I was able to complete the installation.

Pros: Works great

Cons: Plan on calling support for installation

PAC SW1-RC in a 1998 Grand Prix

Written by: LGM from Amarillo, TX on September 4, 2015

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

Had my doubts, but after going through the programming a couple of times changing various options it's doing everything we can ask of it. I even programmed a button to answer the Bluetooth phone calls. We're using it with a Kenwood head unit.

Pros: Almost like it's not there (Which is want you want with a device like this). Allowed me to map factory buttons to different features. Very small, able to hide behind the dash easily.

Cons: Programming take a few tries, make note what you want the buttons to do and be prepared. If you make a mistake, start over. It took me 4-5 tries to get the exact functions I wanted mapped to the exact buttons I wanted. It's not difficult, but does take some effort - maybe 30 minutes. Program, test, reprogram.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Hector C from Georgia on September 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed it on a Toyota Rav4 to maintain usage of the steering wheel controls. No matter how many times I did it, it did not program the correct buttons. The directions are not very clear.

Pros: Works on some of the controls

Cons: not easy to program. Pay real close attention and read the directions several times

2003 mini cooper S with HK system for JCW

Written by: Anonymous from Wisconsin on September 1, 2015

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

Im new to installing a steering wheel control adapter, but i don't think it should be this hard. Although the process is methodically complicated I didn't expect to stump both the experts at Crutchfield and PAC with abnormal feedback from the adapter. With several days of working with multiple tech advisors and a background in building projects with arduino and raspberry pie I did not expect this adapter to fall through the cracks and not be capable of adapting to a 2015 pioneer stereo purchased with the latest PAC adapter.

Pros: It is a thing you can purchase.

Cons: Functionally the adapter did not work. Specifically track up and down. The buttons on the steering wheel could be programed through the controller. the controller responded abnormally to tech support at Crutchfield and PAC who could not diagnose any errors. Several days and many hours later I am wishing I spent double for a better adapter or programmed one myself.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control

Written by: sampro from California on August 31, 2015

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

Worked as expected.

Pros: * Well integrated.

Cons: * I guess no option to integrate call button on steering wheel but no big deal.

Quality unit but instructions kinda worthless to the layman

Written by: Dave from Charlottesville on August 30, 2015

Nice unit but the instructions are not concise and i ended up not using

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Crutchfield response on August 31, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Nice product

Written by: ChrisS from Arizona on August 30, 2015

2001 BMW M3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've always had good luck with PAC products. Once they are programmed, they work flawlessly.

With that said, learning the programming process can be a pain as it MUST be done in EXACTLY the right steps. Additionally, to ensure success, I advise programming with the engine running (to ensure that your battery is fully charged). The PAC module works by reading the voltage signal coming from the buttons. If you program with the engine off and the battery voltage drops (which it will do over time), the PAC module will get incorrect/skewed voltage signals. This will result in it "learning" the wrong commands and it won't work right when you start the engine (battery is full).

Pros: Excellent product that works exactly as it should.

Cons: Can be difficult/tedious to program (but it isn't hard).

Perfect!

Written by: HB from North Carolina on August 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great instructions, pretty simple to make the connections and program. Ensure you get posi-connectors to simplify connections. Now my steering wheel controls work exactly the way I want!

Pros: Steering wheel controls work perfectly. Easy installation and programming.

Cons: None

Works Well

Written by: DaveR from New Mexico on August 25, 2015

2003 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Although there are myriad directions, and I had to call Crutchfield a few times, this thing works great. What I like best is that you can assign whatever function you want to a particular button. So, I have volume up and down, skip track forward and backward, and answer phone. Very cool. If you have a SONY radio you might have to go to the menu and set the steering wheel control to remote. Crutchfield can walk you through that.

Pros: works well, can assign different functions to buttons

Cons: complicated to set up, not sure if I have to reprogram if the battery ever gets disconnected/dies

Works great

Written by: Prius 05 Ren from Pennsylvania on August 20, 2015

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

Was a bit confusing to install but I don't have too much experiences with wiring stuff. With help from Cruthfield and a bit of time I was able to get full use and am very happy with the steering wheel controls.

Pros: Works as intended and even more useful than stock steering wheel controls.

Cons: Difficult install

Still not working....

Written by: Jmz from Missouri on August 16, 2015

1999 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well installation was pretty easy but it is still not working. Need to spend more time on set up and see if I can get it.

Pros: If/When it works will be safer and easier for my daughter.

Cons: Set up is not the easiest.

Crutchfield response on August 17, 2015 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

Written by: Tom from Houston, Tx on August 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Working good, easy to set up.

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Almost controls what you need

Written by: Ed H from New York on August 10, 2015

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

OK, you have to strip wires in the middle of the wire (be careful) and do some under the dash soldering. Hooked it up and programmed it (using the Mode function to select the source). It would not operate the source control from the steering wheel. Reprogrammed it to use the the Select function on the menu. No good. Still cannot control the source. There were only two choices for this function in the programming menu. All other functions work. Volume, Track/ Radio Station Up/Down are good.

Pros: Works most of the functions for my Prius.

Cons: Programming this is not fun. Works most of the steering wheel functions on my Prius but not all.

Crutchfield response on August 11, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

So far a good product

Written by: citrus from Maine on August 5, 2015

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far this piece is working well for me. It was easy to program to my steering wheel. The only issue I had was with the wiring, but that was me misreading the instructions. I contacted the support team for this product and quickly realized my mistake. After I corrected the wiring, it took only a couple minutes to program the device properly.

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: WDP from Pennsylvania on August 2, 2015

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice feature for vehicles with steering wheel radio controls.

Pros: Nice, easy to follow, step by step instructions.

Cons: Not all features on the steering wheel were programmable with this unit. Should include quick connect wire splices.

Works As Advertised & Beyond

Written by: Black_Coffee from Maryland on August 2, 2015

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

I am going to give this a five. I went to the website and printed out the vehicle specific instructions for install. Everything worked as advertised. This basically senses a button push and transforms it into a command for the receiver.

Considerations: I have both steering wheel and rear remote controls. The instructions only allow programming for one option. Rear required different program code from front so both could not be used. Since there is only one radio input, you can't get two and combine. An option to accept two remote inputs would have been nice. You can also change button applications. I had a memorize button on the steering wheel which I hardly ever use, following the program sequence I assigned it to the hands free phone and can now call up the phone from the steering wheel.

Pros: Wire length good and website vehicle specific instruction help with install. Recommend mounting where you can gain access to program button after install without removing trim or behind glove box.

Cons: Only one remote input. Also, no adaptor plug for installation. I had a third plug (OEM on vehicle) that only needed a female connector with pigtails to make the installation the same quality you get from Crutchfield. Had to cut the wire from the back of the plug and splice into unit. No big deal, but would have liked a connector.

Great but not perfect

Written by: NateS from Idaho Falls, ID on August 1, 2015

2005 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is another product that really made me glad I shopped through Crutchfield. Looking at the manufacturer's instructions made me want to throw up. But Crutchfield already did most of the complicated work for me, and there were several wires I didn't even needed, so reading Crutchfield's instructions made me realize installation wasn't going to be that difficult. It was just a few solder connections and I was done. Programming it to my steering wheel was pretty straightforward as well, especially since my car doesn't have a million buttons on it. It works as it's supposed to and I'm glad I bought it, but my only complaint is that there is a brief delay for me when pressing buttons. Adjusting the volume from the steering wheel takes about half a second to register the command, and skipping tracks takes 2-3 seconds after I pushed the button to actually register the command. Thus I give it 4/5.

Pros: Gets the job done, easy to install, easy to program, straightforward if you have the Crutchfield instructions

Cons: Delay between button push and registering of command

Steering wheel control adapter

Written by: JVC KW-R710apabearj from Texas on July 31, 2015

2004 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was glade that I was able to keep my steering wheel controls. I am pleased with Crutchfield for hooking me with the correct adapter

Pros: Able to keep both hands on steering wheel and eyes on the road while changing radio stations or songs on any of the stereo's inputs

Cons: Hard to figure how to splice, first timer, but all it took was a phone call to Crutchfield support and they guided me through the correct procedure

Vague instructions

Written by: Rick from Michigan on July 31, 2015

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

In hind-site I would have saved the extra money on this, I probably will end up not installing it on the 2002 Honda van that my son drives. All of the instructions that I have gotten from Crutchfield in the past are very well done and clearly written.

This additional feature is a little cloudy as to which wire on the harness you are to connect to, the pin on the adapter is open and the wire color on the factory side does not match up with the wire color either.

Pros: Don't know since I decided not to take a chance on messing things up by splicing a wrong wire.

Cons: If they the manufacturer of this device would take a cue from the Crutchfield directions it would have been an easy install.

Works, but some problems

Written by: ohiogeorge from Avon, Ohio on July 27, 2015

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

Small problem with wiring, almost spliced into wrong factory wiring, but Crutchfield support easily guided me to the correct area. Programming was more difficult than I expected. Timing on pressing the programming buttons is very crucial. If your timing is off, your steering wheel controls are off. In order to reprogram you need to do the entire program all over again. It took me quite a few trys to get it almost correct. I got my volume controls and mode controls to work, but my forward and reverse control buttons are not working. I was satisfied with that and did not want to try programming again and possibly lose what I already got correct.

Pros: Relatively easy installation. Happy to have my major steering controls working

Cons: Programming a little more difficult than expected. Might be easier if two people were involved.

Works for 1998 Grand Cherokee

Written by: Keith from Florida on July 20, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great! Although the Crutchfield website said it was not compatible with my vehicle, the PAC website showed that it was. I had to use the programming instructions for "All Other Vehicles" under Jeep for 1998 instead of specifically Grand Cherokee, but it works great!

Pros: Functions exactly as advertised.

Cons: None.

Crutchfield response on July 22, 2015 Thanks to this customer's feedback, our Vehicle Research team confirmed the PAC's functionality and updated our vehicle database.

READ PAC'S INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR WEBSITE

Written by: Pete from Louisiana on July 18, 2015

Go to pac's website and print the instructions for your vehicle. Read and follow them carefully. I had a problem programming when it came to skipping a funtcion I did not want, all I had to do was to READ CAREFULLY the instructions, told me what to do on the next line. Works perfect, Alpine CDE-143 BT / 1999 Dodge Dakota

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Pretty good

Written by: TexasLynn from Texas on July 12, 2015

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

Instructions were decipherable, and after a few missteps in programming which required starting again, it works. Unfortunately, hubby accidentally tapped the programming button while installing the unit (after I programmed it), which then erased all the commands. This required removing the newly-installed head unit again, soldering a longer wire onto the module so I could SEE it while my fingers danced across steering wheel buttons in a particular order within a specified number of seconds, and then reinstalling everything again. Overall, would say I'm pleased, but the steering wheel controls don't work "exactly" like they did with the OEM radio. The "up" and "down" buttons used to step through whatever radio stations were programmed into the buttons on the head unit; now they just "scroll" through radio stations, without regard to what is programmed. Oh well, I can still tap the buttons on the front of the radio easily enough. Bottom line: Good enough that I would recommend, with the caveat that it may not work EXACTLY like it did prior to head unit replacement. Programming button placement is difficult to use for programming, but apparently extremely easy to inadvertently push while trying to secure it inside the dashboard. It would have been very helpful if the wiring had been just a little bit longer, to allow easier access for "reprogramming." You might need it. :)

Pros: Works, beats the heck out of "dead" steering wheel controls.

Cons: May not exactly duplicate prior actions of buttons on steering wheel; we found that wiring attached to module needed to be a foot or two longer.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: DaveB from California on July 9, 2015

2004 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The bottom line is that it works. Installing and programming isn't easy. The directions could be better. Once installed it took two of us to program it right. One to read the directions and another to push the buttons.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Installing and programming isn't intuitive.

Nice product

Written by: Clint from North Carolina on July 9, 2015

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

This was a little tricky to program but I ended up getting what I wanted for the most part.

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Works great

Written by: JGB78 from California on July 9, 2015

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great. Easy setup but you need to go on to their website for proper setup. There you will find your make and model of deck and vehicle.

Pros: Works on every model under the sun

Cons: Setup can be a pain if you don't use their website.

Ford Focus interface

Written by: Steve S from Ohio on July 9, 2015

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It took me awhile and a phone call to PAC to figure out the correct connections to the Focus wiring harness. But after that it worked flawlessly.

Pros: Affordable in comparison to other units

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Somewhat works.....

Written by: pbrmerfn from Medford, WI on July 5, 2015

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

Should have chosen a different brand....then again this product should have been advertised that it ALMOST works to control your radio.....could not program to skip CD tracks AND skip thru FM presets, one or the other

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Cons: No dual(hold) functions of buttons allowed in programming, does not work like OEM did 2011 toyota Camry

Crutchfield response on July 6, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great!

Written by: Chris from Washington on July 3, 2015

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

Excellent product. Works great in my '11 Impreza Outback Sport. Had to call Crutchfield to help me with the install at one point because my harnesses didn't match what PAC said I should have. They were able to help me figure it out and get things working on the first try! After that, programming and install was nice and easy.

Pros: Straightforward install. Works great!

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Austin, TX on July 1, 2015

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

It took me a while to figure it out how to connect the cables for my car (Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006). Connectivity varies a lot depending on your car and model and year built. They have pretty extensive list of cars and how to setup, but it was a bit confusing for me. The pre-configuration did not work for my car (however, I might have powered connected at the beginning using the wrong code setup, which might have messed up the programming for the wheel controls). I had to re-program the buttons, which it works fine, although sometimes (very few times) does not respond. It could be because of a loosen cable connection or I need to re-program the buttons correctly.

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Gets The Job Done With Additional Support

Written by: Kkoppy from Missouri on July 1, 2015

2008 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The installation instructions as related to the wiring are simple but the programming instructions are terrible. Contained within the box are pages and pages of indecipherable information for various vehicles. I went to the online site and after step seven, the instructions lack sensible clarity and left me gnashing my teeth. The instructions online are different than the instructions contained in the box so I called Crutchfield for support. I received the help I needed and everything is working correctly. The solution was very simple but the instructions led me no where near the final resolution. Thank you Crutchfield, I went from significant frustration to complete satisfaction.

Pros: Works great and as hoped.

Cons: The programing instructions are much more difficult and confusing than necessary. A simple rewrite by the manufacturer could easily fix the problem.

Pros and Cons

Written by: Paul from Montana on June 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The elephant in the room that we need to talk about is programming this controller. That can be a bit of a pain in the rear and try your patience while wishing you had opposable thumbs on your feet to get the job done. The first time did not go well for me because I was trying to double assign buttons to the thing. Yeah, it does not like that. So programming it.... well, that can be a bit of a pain.

The upside is that it is programmable so you can program different functions for the steering wheel buttons. Really, once you figure out how to program the module it is not that big of a deal to get it going. The thing I learned.... make sure YOU SET THE VEHICLE program correctly. You will want to throw thing out the window. Instead of breaking something I just put it away and went to bed. The next morning I realized I forgot to turn over the page where it tells you to program the vehicle.... duh! Now, it works like a champ.

Pros: You can program it to use the steering wheel buttons as you desire.

Cons: You have to program it and splice wires while standing on your head.... okay not that bad, but it feels like it at times.

Once figured out wiring and programming works very good!

Written by: JMartinez from Puerto Rico on June 29, 2015

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

At first, item and wiring looks intimidating, but once instructions are followed step by step, no problem. Takes patience and time plus the ability to have an assistant help with the instructions so you keep track of where you are, especially with the programming of the functions.

Pros: Keeping the steering wheel controls is great. Once helped via email from Crutchfield for detailed instructions, wiring is simplified.

Cons: Lots of splicing and technical knowledge necessary.

Would not wotk

Written by: Russ-Mazda3 from South Windsot, CT on June 28, 2015

2005 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Could not get to work in a 2005 Mazda 3. Vauge instructions and simply would not program after a couple hours of frustration. Gave up.

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Crutchfield response on June 29, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get this installed and working! We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Excellent Product

Written by: Dave U. from Willoughby, OH on June 28, 2015

2008 Hyundai Veracruz
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. Worked great. Retained all functions of radio controls in steering wheel. Highly recommend.

Pros: Easy to install and works as described. Excellent product.

Cons: Would have liked to see longer wires. Make sure to read installation and configuration instructions completely. Made mistake of not connecting ground wire. Identified problem after reviewing instructions again in detail. After correct connection, worked fine.

Works, but complicated install

Written by: Morsk from California on June 25, 2015

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

It works, but my Nissan required resistors which for one weren't labeled so I had to discern color bands (is that a black or a blue?), then the instructions said to "stick resistor into connector". Well that doesn't hold, so I had to cut off the factory connector and solder the resistor in place. If things are that complicated then a Nissan wiring harness should have been made available. Programming the device was clunky, but in the end it worked.

Pros: It works and is reasonably priced.

Cons: Having to sort through a packet of resistors and then solder them in place is a bit much. Had I known what I was getting into I would have abandoned the steering wheel controls.

great adapter

Written by: reival from Massachusetts on June 25, 2015

2009 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works great

Pros: love this product replaced factory head unit, this product allowed me to keep my steering wheel controls with after market radio

Cons: difficult to install, even worse to to program...

It worked with some work

Written by: Eric from Florida on June 24, 2015

2006 Mazda 5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I did get it to work properly with all the buttons and no delay. I did have to call tech support twice to get info that was not included in the manual or on the manufactures website. There were two wires I had to loop. They guys from TS were great! They exactly what I was doing and how to fix it. Call support if you need help and you will have it working in no time

Pros: Works well, no big delay

Cons: Instructions can be confusing- Call tech support for help they are the best

turbod22

Written by: Mike from Florida on June 23, 2015

2006 Mercury Monterey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions said follow number 9 for my vehicle, went from 8 to 10. OK so says go to website for further information after searching for quite some time I finally clicked on a link for vehicle Specific instructions put in a few things and was able to print step by step instructions. Website needs some work. Then get to install process and the Metra harness doesn't provide wire to steering wheel buttons so had to tap into vehicle harness. Programming went pretty well. I was successful retaining all buttons.

Pros: Works well

Cons: Web page not very easy to navigate. Instructions for my vehicle skipped. Had to cut into factory harness to install due to Metra harness missing wire.

Nice...

Written by: Don G. from California on June 23, 2015

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

When I first opened the box for this ans saw the wires and all the instructions and diagrams I was thinking "ah $h!t, what did I do?" but after going online and and entering the vehicle type and system, it was a very easy set up. I actually read it a few times because I couldn't believe it was that simple and thought I was missing something. One connection and some programming and it was done. I would highly recommend this if you want your steering wheel controls to work.

Pros: So easy to hook up.

Cons: None yet.

stearing wheel

Written by: randyj from Washington on June 22, 2015

2008 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

once i figured it out it works great

Pros: down loadable instructions work great

Cons: very confusing instructions that came with unit out of the box. programing was a pain once i figured it out it wasn't too bad

Works well

Written by: Alan from North Carolina on June 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not the easiest thing in the world to install. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly, never skipping any steps. I screwed up a few times, but Crutchfield helped me figure it out with a couple of quick phone calls.

Pros: Works, that's all you can ask

Cons: Not the easiest of installs. Must follow instructions exactly.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Ed from New York on June 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was told that this would work with my 2003 Excursion - does not. After a dozen attempts - forget it . . . . . . . the only feature that was allowed was the volume and it never took the commands. Now I have NO volume control on my sterring wheel. It's going back.

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from South Carolina on June 21, 2015

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

thought I would be able to keep using my subwoofer but now have to buy a separate amp. Not the wiring fault but I assumed I would be able to run all the speakers of the new head.

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Works As Advertised

Written by: John from New Jersey on June 21, 2015

2007 Kia Sedona
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this to adapt 07 Sedona's steering wheel controls to new JVC stereo. Came with all sorts of resistors and confusing instructions. Looked online and found easy vehicle specific instructions. Hooked up plugged in and have steering wheel controls!

Pros: Works as good as oem 4 wire hookup for my application easy to program

Cons: Wire color in instructions didnt match vehicle Could be complicated install if resistors are required unclear instructions

Easier to install than I feared!

Written by: Andy S. from Denver, CO on June 18, 2015

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

Prior to ordering this, I looked up the process on PAC's webpage, and looking at the instructions without the unit right there in front of me made installation look intimidating. However, when I got it and the new JVC head unit I put into my 2006 Scion Xb, I found that the installation process was surprisingly quick and easy! There are a good amount of extra/unused wires that had to be wrapped up and tucked behind the dash (it must look like a rat's nest behind my stereo), but the unit is working great, and it's nice to be able to keep my steering wheel controls.

Pros: Relatively easy to install, works great!

Cons: A lot of extra unused wiring taking up space

New to me but great perform

Written by: Ale L from Ewa Beach, Hawaii on June 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

All new to me...buy great. product!

Pros: Tricky instructions but able to do it in time

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PAC SWI-RC Steering wheel control adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Memphis,Tn. on June 17, 2015

Instructions where bad and conflicting

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Cons: I still do not have it working yet.

Crutchfield response on June 23, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

SWI-RC

Written by: Ed from Crawfordsville IN on June 15, 2015

2001 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cake install. Instructions easily laid out for people if they've never installed one before. Had an awkward year of vehicle. Called manufacturer and they told me in my year only was a while a different color. All years prior and after were wire as listed in instructions.

Pros: Retains most (selectable) steering wheel controls.

Cons: Dumb auto manufacturer changed wire color for one year. Must have been a drought on red with black wire insulation. Wasn't a problem on the SWI-RC though.

Great Product

Written by: Zach from Pampa, Tx on June 14, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this for my 2012 Lancer Gt, head unit was the Pioneer FH-X720BT easy to install. Instructions was easy to follow just needed to plug in 5 wires, 2 of them plug is to factory wires the rest was ground and pluged in back of radio. Controls works good no problem setting up controls to work like factory. Would recommend this.

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Poor performance

Written by: IvanLN from Florida on June 10, 2015

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

The PAC SWI-RC is not worth the cost. The control is difficult to install mainly because of the poor instructions it comes with but also it is technically complex. I consider myself better than average in electronics matters; I am an electronics engineer but the instructions are very poorly written. It is sold as compatible but it does not come with compatible connectors. Cutting OEM connectors and soldering are necessary for the installation. Functionality is also bad. The control would not correctly program the seek or the preset functions. Two calls to tech support and no resolution. The best they could offer was to "try programming again". This is definitely a do not buy. Would give a negative star if possible.

Pros: None.

Cons: Installation difficulty. Poor performance. No OEM connector interface.

2006 F150

Written by: Deadeye from Georgia on June 8, 2015

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

The adapter worked well, but installation was a little cumbersome. I can see where it would frustrate some. I cannot stress enough the need to solder all of the wire splices rather than using any type of quick connectors.

Pros: Works well once installed.

Cons: The need to test after installation and add (by soldering) a capacitor if not operating properly and test again. I needed the capacitor, which was provided with the unit. Must be programed manually.

Probably Great but...

Written by: Delaware from Delaware on June 8, 2015

2010 Honda Civic LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Funny story. When I ordered my equipment I forgot this particular car did not have factory steering wheel controls. Crutchfield offered refund but I had already prepped soldered and snipped.

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It works - mostly

Written by: Skylark from KC Metro Area on June 8, 2015

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

I purchased a Pioneer FH-X720BT for my 2005 Honda CRV, with appropriate wiring harness and dash adapter kit. Of all the stages of this install, I was least confident about installing the Steering Wheel Interface. The instructions provided by the manufacturer were very brief and not entirely helpful. After attaching the red and black wires, I was supposed to attached the white wire(s) to the correct wire matching Pin #3 in the Honda 20-pin. I didn't fully understand which wire they were talking about, and certainly didn't understand I needed to splice into the factory wire harness (Green wire with red stripe). I called Crutchfield Tech Support and they confirmed what I needed to do. The product allows most of the steering wheel controls I had with my factory 6-disc radio, but I was not able to capture all of them except what I decided was most important - volume up/down, mode, and the channel up. Channel up does not seem to move through the preset channels but actually moves up the tuner and will scan if held up.

Pros: I was able to keep the most important functions of my steering wheel controls.

Cons: Installation instructions were a bit vague, and programming the unit was tiresome and took several tries to get it right. My previous channel up/down control allowed me to cycle through AM/FM presets, as well as tracks on a cd. I seem to have a scan capability only with the radio, but have not tried a CD yet. It doesn't appear you can assign more than one function to the same control - like using channel up/down for track up/down, etc.