USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Connects your iPod to select Ford factory radios

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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Ford, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod (and the hours and hours of music it contains) at home. Just install USA SPEC's iPod interface — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you control song and playlist selections right from your radio. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible Ford factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface — you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different play lists right from the radio. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle. As the iPod interface uses the CD changer port, any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

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

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select Ford factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast forward/rewind
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Dual Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Great product

Written By Zach D., CA on Monday, October 06, 2014

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Put onto a 2002 Mercury sable(Ford Taurus). Make sure you buy the extension. You will be needing it. Took 30-45 to install. I do know what I am doing so just set about an hour to install. Try to go towards the passenger side while running the cable.

Pros: Great integration. Fast charging for iPhone.

Cons: Expensive but works great.

Horrible Product!

Written By Dale, SWVA on Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Problem One: The audio level is extremely low from this device. Since it works digitally with the iPod the volume control on the iPod does nothing, so you have to turn the radio volume all the way up for the iPod to play at a normal level. The audio quality is good, but very very low.

Problem Two: Randomly from a couple minutes to twenty minutes the radio looses communication with the unit. When this happens the radio displays "Empty Mag" and switches back to FM radio. Well, due to problem One above the radio is now turned wide open and you will about crash the car when the radio starts unexpectedly blasting wide open. Once the unit looses communication you have to pull over, stop and unplug and replug everything to get the iPod to play again.

Problem Three: The unit comes with a small harness that plugs between the radio and the factory harness. The plugs on this unit does not fit the radio. No matter how hard I pushed the plugs would not go in far enough to snap into place on the radio.

Problem Four: Any time the small jumper harness was in place the factory sub would not work, as soon as I removed the jumper harness the sub was back.

Problem Five: The unit never seemed to control the iPod reliably, naming the playlist FORD1, FORD2 and so on as the manual stated didn't seem to work correctly, but due to problems One and Two above I couldn't use it long enough to really learn how it was supposed to work.

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: So many that Crutchfield don't have enough room in the review box above to describe them all! Extremely low audio levels Causes the factory sub to quit working Randomly looses communication and causes the radio to revert back to FM at levels way louder than the iPod Jumper harness does not fit radio correctly.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Good while it lasted.

Written By Rhiannon, Missouri on Saturday, July 27, 2013

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I bought this item in January of 2012. It took me probably 30 minutes to install (as a 25 year old female with no previous car stereo type experience), which was a painless experience. It did not charge my iPhone 3GS, but with a different iOS version it might have. Even though it didn't charge the phone, it sounded great, so I was pretty excited. It gave me many hours of music, until it stopped working in June 2013. I thought maybe a wire had wiggled loose, but all the connections were still solid, it was just dead. I wish it would have lived a little longer (or died before the one year warranty was up!), but I'm still pretty happy with the purchase.

HOWEVER, instead of buying a new iPod interface to replace the broken one, I decided this time to buy a new stereo for my Focus instead. I bought a Sony CD player/reciever, again from Crutchfield, model CDX-GT570UP, and I am thrilled with it. I bought this iPod adapter instead of a stereo in 2012 because I thought installing a stereo would be too hard, but it really wasn't. I used the faceplate kit and wiring harness that Crutchfield suggested, and it was a really simple process. I installed it myself in maybe an hour. Now I have a stereo with a USB port and an AUX port, that works much better with my iPhone than the adapter did (and actually charges it), and it actually cost less than the adapter did. This product is great, but a new stereo is even better. Don't be scared, guys.

Pros: Quick and easy to install, great sound quality. Easy to use. I was happy with my purchase.

Cons: Died after 18 months. In retrospect, I would have been better off buying a new stereo instead of buying this adapter, but I was scared because I thought installing a stereo would be too hard. This is still a pretty good product, though!

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By Vinny, NYC on Monday, April 15, 2013

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Works great. Easily operated through existing radio control head. POOR INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION.

Pros: Once installed, works great

Cons: 99 Ford Taurus SHO installation instructions & diagrams needs to be more specific. Diagrams just show drawing of dash radio & the adapter cable......Taurus needs to be connected in trunk. and not specific which plugs get pulled and what stays in.

Better than any other ipod connection

Written By tbawd, MI on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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I've struggled with all of the ipod connections- FM modulators, Cassette adapters, even computer speakers sitting in the front seat. I spent a bunch of money on a nice stereo system, then found that there isn't a faceplate that fits my center console (1999 Mercury Sable, Digital Climate Control), so I couldn't instal an aftermarket radio. With this system, I have the ipod integration that I have longed for. It gives CD-quality sound, and some integration with the installed radio. The playlist setup is a little bit quirky, but once you get the hang of it (you either name your playlists FORD 1, FORD 2, etc. or you put the 5 playlists you want most first) it becomes pretty handy. Installation was a breeze, the only difficult part was running the wires to the front of the car (again, the sable was designed horribly). I haven't had any difficulties yet.

Pros: CD-quality sound, integration with existing radio, playlist control

Cons: hard-to-maneuver

USA Spec does not stand by their product

Written By Doug, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I bought this product to allow me to use my iPhone in my car. Half of the time the unit would not recognize my iPhone with the dreaded "NO MAG" error on the head unit and required me to unplug the USA SPEC unit from the vehicle to reset it. I spoke with USA SPEC support and they said no firmware update was available and to try some other dip switch configurations. Still got the "NO MAG" error randomly and dealt with it as I had no other options. Last week when I phoned USA SPEC support about iPhone 5 cables. During that conversation I bought up purchasing another module for a different car and the NO MAG error in my car and the gentleman was easer to assist and asked me to pull it from the vehicle for a firmware upgrade as that was not proper behavior of the device. I called back after I pulled the device and spoke to the same gentleman. His demeanor the complete opposite and was less eager to help with my issue. He said the device out of warranty (even though it never worked 100% to begin with) and they were going to make me a "deal" and only charge me to have the unit updated! I expressed that i was extremely I was disappointed in the fact they do not stand behind their products and he simply said, "Sorry". $ for a half working product and they couldn't care less. I should have returned the unit to Crutchfield when I had the chance. AVOID USA SPEC!

Pros: Only interface for this type of vehicle.

Cons: Product does not work as advertised 100% of the time. Company does not stand behind their product.

USP Spec PA11 FORD1 Configuration Problems

Written By GaryH, Wyoming, MN on Friday, September 14, 2012

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I have a 2005 Ford Excursion with the internal 6 disc CD changer and rear entertainment (DVD) system. I contacted Crutchfield prior to my purchase to confirm that this interface would work with my configuration and was told that it would. Installation was a breeze! I tried using the interface with my iPhone 4S but found a high level of white noise whenever the interface was selected (CD/DVD button). The unit would play music, podcasts, Pandora, etc., but with an unacceptable level of hash or white noise. I contacted USA Spec and was informed that my configuration would not work with their product and was pointed to the area on their website which stated "Please Note PA11 FORD! is NOT compatible with FORD radios that have Satellite Radio, In-dash 6 CD Changer, MP3 Player, Navigation, or Rear Seat Entertainment." Fortunately Crutchfield has a wonderful return policy. As Crutchfield had informed me that my configuration would work, they even picked up the return postage. It is also refreshing to be able to work with Customer Service that resides in the USA.

Pros: Ease of installation

Cons: Didn't work properly with my specific configuration. The iPhone 4S works only in Direct Mode

Works Great

Written By Ford F250, Montana on Monday, January 30, 2012

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The USA Spec Ipod interface works great for my Ford pickup. It installed in about 5 minutes with no tools other then the DIN tool Crutchfield sipplied. I would recommend this to product to anyone that does not have an Ipod hook up in their vehicle. For the price you cant put a new stereo in your vehicle. The sound quilty is just like a CD, no more static or constantly changing stations to get the best reception.

Pros: Price, Sound quality, ease of install, fit and finish

Cons: None

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford install 2001 Ford F150

Written By JEC, Dallas, TX on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Very good product with insufficient instructions in the manual. Despite that, installation was fairly easy in a 2001 Ford F150. The player initially had very low volume which I couldn't figure out until I read the reviews and somebody had noted not to plug the CD player back into the interface harness. I assumed they wanted you to since they had that connection. Once i unplugged it from the interface harness, the sound volume was in line with the AM/FM stereo. That's something that should have been covered in a decently written owners manual/installation instructions. that's the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5. The product itself seems to work perfectly at playing the IPOD and controlling it from the head. Took about 2 hours to install but that's cause I removed the center console and fished the cable through to the console to hide the IPOD. Without that, it probably would have taken around an hour. Seems like a very good product so far that does what it advertises. Would but it again.

Pros: Fairly easy install. Good sound. Straightforward hook up.

Cons: Poorly written owners manual/installation instructions that were written like that were poorly translated from another language.

USA Spec PA11 03 Mustang With Mach 1000 system

Written By Steve, NY on Friday, January 20, 2012

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After finally giving up getting decent sound from my Mach1000 system and a Kenwood X794 I put the stock head unit back (sounds GREAT) and bought this USA Spec interface to connect my 80gb iPod Classic. Even though the warnings on this and USA site say it doesn't work with 6 CD in dash Changer model and that you must have a Comp. button (I don't, it's a Mach1000 button on mine which turns on the subs etc), there are enough reports on the net and here saying it works. Install was simple but like others say the plugs are a VERY TIGHT fit. I set both switches on and away it goes.

The sound is FANTASTIC. For those that don't know, the Ford Mustang Mach1000 system sounds great but if you replace the head unit results are marginal because the stock head unit eq's the sound BEFORE it gets to the amps. You can undo this a bit with the equalizer in the aftermarket units but it's never really correct sounding. I got sick of too much bass, too little bass, holes in the mid-range and so forth so I put the stock unit back. I LOVE the way it sounds now, clear, and I don't find myself fiddling at all. It doesn't display song titles etc on my radio but I have the green "old fashioned" style so it doesn't bother me. I can control things from the head unit or the ipod itself. I am very satisfied I have full range sound back. BTW this is a zillion times better than an FM transmitter and is great for those who like the stock head unit.

2004 F-350 Super Duty (CD6 Lacking Aux Input Capability)

Written By BJ, Detroit, MI on Sunday, December 11, 2011

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This product is perfect for my 2004 F-350 Super Duty. For years, I suffered through scanning for open stations as I would drive around the Midwest for work. Fort Wayne, IN is particularly difficult for some reason. All I ever wanted was an aux input for my XM Skydock, streaming radio on the smart phone, or laptop. It took 30 minutes to install in my truck, the connectors worked perfectly, the DIN removal tools worked perfectly, and it immediately went to the aux input when I turned on the stereo after installation. Although recommended, I did not even turn off the truck during the install.

Some have mentioned problems with needing to hit CD multiple times to access what you want. This might be true if you use the iPod connector. If you only use the aux input, you hit CD with no CD's in the stereo, and it goes straight to the aux input.

I cannot speak to the iPod control, since I am not using it. But I plugged in the iPod once (to the iPod connector) and it went straight to the music that was queued up on the iPod and sounded great. It seemed confusing switching between the iPod and aux input, but that did not matter for my purposes.

Pros: Easy to install. Didn't require instructions (although they are included). Works perfectly to provide an aux input.

Cons: Seemed confusing switching between iPod and aux input (but that is probably Ford's fault for the old stereo technology).

Adapter for 2003 Mustang Cobra

Written By John, Palmdale, Ca. on Friday, December 09, 2011

The PA11-Ford1 model is perfect. It sounds great. The difficult part is removing the factory stereo. After it was out, all the plugs fit perfectly and everything worked great. I chose the direct play option without using the RCA inputs. My Iphone charges, it pauses when you turn the key off and re-starts when turned on. Pandora, SIRIUS, Ipod feature and streaming pod cast all work with my Iphone. No more annoying static and the install looks completely stock which is great for my Cobra. I am very happy with your product and I will purchase again! Thank You!

Pros: Plug and play. It installed and worked as described.

Cons: I never knew it existed, I found it by accident after searching YOUTUBE!

works and easy to install

Written By T, Sacramento, ca on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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This is just what I needed, very easy install (05 Excursion w/6 disk cd) and even has aux input. Light humming when volume is loud and track is changing but 99% of the time cant hear the hum. Sound quality is just about cd quality. Very happy with what i got for the price. Thanks Crutchfield!!

Where have you been ???

Written By Grandpa, Las Vegas on Sunday, October 02, 2011

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Where have you been ?? This is a great upgrade to your vehicle. Installed in our 2002 Excursion Limited 7.3L Diesel 4WD with factory 6 CD Disc Radio. Music is very clear and sharp with all stearing wheel controls that work music selection or by passenger assist for music selection on the go. Cables are long enough for easy install and mobility of the IPOD. I have been waiting for this upgrade for a long time and must have missed it when it first was available. If a 68+ year old Grandpa can install this unit, so can you. Enjoy

A Frustrating and Ultimately Disappointing Product.

Written By RCL, Caddo Valley, AR on Sunday, July 03, 2011

I bought this about two and a half years ago as I wanted to be able to play my iPod in my 1999 Ford Taurus (which at the time only had its original cassette player/radio), and as I have very little knowledge in terms of installing car electronics, I decided to have it professionally installed. After its installation, I realized rather quickly that this was not the product I had hoped it to be. Every time I was going for a drive, I'd hold my breath and hope that it would work, but more often than not, I ended up being very frustrated and disappointed. Even when it would work, it took several attempts before it would randomly decide to work. And now, after having spent two and half very frustrating years with this product, I cannot get it to work at all. I placed my order today with Crutchfield for a new CD receiver as well as the Ford faceplate integration kit (because of the ridiculous oval-shaped faceplate featured in my car - Thanks a lot Ford!). I wish I had done ordered the receiver from Crutchfield before buying the USA SPEC iPod® Interface, simply because I want to install my new receiver myself, but I am not sure how complicated that would be now that I have the iPod interface already in there. I guess I will find out.

In short: the USA SPEC iPod® Interface is an unreliable piece of junk which will ultimately disappoint and is definitely not worth the money.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface

Written By Steve, Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 27, 2011

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My Ford has the factory radio with single CD. I installed this unit in under 30
minutes. I used 2 sided tape to mount the unit behind the fuse panel cover and
ran the iPod cable through a hole in the dash pocket below the radio. I can
feed all the excess cord into the dash and pull it out when I hook up the iPod.
This way, there is not a lot of cord hanging out of the dash. Make sure dip
switch 1 is set to ON and 2 is set to OFF. Once the iPod is connected with the
radio on, you push the CD button and the display will show DJ-01(?) and the iPod
will start playing. Pressing the seek forward button will advance to the next
song. If you press CD with a CD in the player, the CD will start. Pressing CD
again will go back to the iPod. Volume is controlled by the radio volume. You
only look at the iPod to see what is playing. And a great feature is the iPod
gets charged by this unit.

I am very satisfied. This is much better than the FM modulator I had installed
previously (before this unit was available). No more hissing and volume issue!
I highly reccomend this unit.

Not so great

Written By Brad C, Goddard, KS on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Really about 1 1/2 stars.
Hooked this up to my Mercury Sable to replace a failed CD changer in the trunk.

The first one I got did not work correctly. Sometimes could get it to read the Ipod, then it wouldn't. Crutchfield sent a replacement which did work, but now I find it drains the car battery if I leave the box plugged in. So, now I have to unplug it from the rear amp or it will drain the battery overnight.

Also, has a lot of electronic background noise... especially when changing tracks.

With hindsight, I would have been better off just purchasing a replacement deck for the factory unit. I would have had better sound and a lot less frustration. Not impressed... I would stay clear of this and just replace the factory deck. Crutchfield was excellent... the product not so much so.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By taylor, VA on Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Crutchfield gave excellent support! I'm glad I called the tech as I attempted to remove the radio using the supplied DIN tools. His advice, that it might take hours of struggle, cut short my 15 frustrating minutes.

I would change one piece of advice: don't bother with these DIN tools after 15 minutes of the struggle. Just remove the two screws at the base of the radio housing, and the entire molding will slide out with the metal radio housing in it! Then you can spend another five or ten minutes with the miscreant DIN slide clips applying direct pressure inward with a good deal of force using two flat tipped screw drivers to cause the radio clips to release. I am sure they NEVER would have released using the well-designed DIN tools, as the Ford clips were just way too tight for the tiny tools to have worked.

Thanks Crutchfield! you saved me a huge amount of time! The iPod interface is a bit squirrely, but works fine, ultimately. A huge improvement for my stock Ford radio. And the built in CD changer still works fine.

Well Worth it!

Written By Kona Cruiser, Kona Hawaii on Friday, February 18, 2011

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I've had FM transmitters and line in jacks for my Ipod. Nothing even gets close to this in
quality for adding to your stock stereo. I don't pump up the volume so it is perfect for my
I have a 02 F350 and I am quite impressed with this unit (Plug and Play!). As an added
bonus you can Piggy back the Parrot Bluetooth and pair it with your phone(s).

Works great on 2003 F150

Written By Hal, Panama City, Fl on Monday, December 06, 2010

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This product works great. I installed it in about 1-hour; I'm pretty methodical
and would probably take 30-min or less if done again. I put the unit down in
the void behind the A/C controls, and ran the wire strait down to exit right in
the middle below the heater; reaches the console with cordage to spare.
I ran both the IPod cord and one for my portable satellite radio and phone
(not an I-Phone). Instructions do seem to be written by someone with English
as a second language, but it's good enough to understand. I have the stock
internal 6-disk player and everything plugs in great. Plug the adaptor into
the stereo first (I used T9 to help lubricate) these plugs are tight; the plugs
to the truck wiring harness are no problem, doing this way will allow you
to get to the radio plugs a little better.

Wish I knew about this back in 2003.

Why did I wait so long to buy this???

Written By Stephen, Surprise, AZ on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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I've been fighting with FM transmitters for years now. I debated over product this for
awhile thinking it would not work with my factory radio. I have a 2001 Ford F150
SuperCrew. My stereo is a single CD, AM/FM radio. Even though it has the COMP and
SHUFFLE buttons, I was skeptical because I didn't think it was CD changer compatible.
I wish I would have bought this a long time ago. It works perfectly, sounds great, and
was incredibly easy to install! I did not experience any of the problems mentioned by
some of the other reviewers--low sound levels, wiring harness not going in the all the
way, having to repeatedly hit the CD button, not recognizing the Ipod, etc. I would highly
recommend this product.

Works Great

Written By Anonymous, Niceville, FL on Sunday, November 07, 2010

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Plug and play, no problems with install or operation..

ipod interface

Written By Paul L., Gallup, NM on Friday, October 15, 2010

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The most effective ipod interface unit on the market. Don't waste your money on FM
modulators. The ipod interface is an easy install. Truly a plug and play system. enjoy the

amazing sound quality

Written By michael, oregon on Saturday, October 09, 2010

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I installed this in my 2001 F-150 with a 6 disk cd changer. I used the radio removal tool that came with my order, after inserting the tools you have to push out towards the edges of the radio as you pull it out. I also removed the trim around the radio, gently pull straight out, then disconnect the wiring. then just unplug the back of radio and plug in the harness, It DOES go in all the way! You just have to push hard. then plug the radio wiring back in.But DO NOT plug in the cd changer, as it will cause low volume levels and you will get a no mag message that other people have complained about. I set both dip switches to on ( no aux. and playlist,hybrid mode) mounted unit below radio and ran ipod connection down then out the bottom, (it will reach the center console) Turn on wait 30 sec. then press cd,recognized ipod no prob.(1st gen.touch) radio control works fine, but can be quirky. SOUNDS AWESOME!!! should have bought this sooner! Love it so far!

Works great despite some fitment issues and odd instructions

Written By AutoJim, Houston on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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As has been mentioned, one of the wiring connectors will not fully engage with the head
unit, but it's in far enough to be functional, even in my F350 that sends a lot of vibration
through the dash.

Sound quality is light-years better than the wireless FM modulator (iPod) and wired FM
modulator (XM sat radio) I've been using, and the ability to move between tracks on the
iPod using the head unit controls is handy.

The instructions read like they were translated from a different language. Not really a
problem for installation, but the operating instructions are just confusing. I did better just
pushing buttons to figure out what they did.

USA Spec has done it again.

Written By Glenn, Keswick, VA on Sunday, September 27, 2009

This is my second USA Spec device. I previously purchased one for my 2004 Jeep Wrangler and it was a plug and play installation taking about 15 minutes. I just purchased another unit for my 2004 F250 Super Duty and it also was a very easy installation that took less than 7 minutes. Most of the time was spent removing the factory radio. Great product(s), excellent workmanship. Cables were easy to plug in a secure. The Crutchfield sales staff was, as usual a vast wealth of information.

Can't get it to work

Written By Tiffany, Mesa, AZ on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Like a previous reviewer, I have the following problems: One was that one of the plugs on the wiring harness doesn't click in ALL the way. It still stays in though. The other was that when installing, if the wires move a certain way, there seems to become a break in the connection. I can't get it to keep a connection at all unless I'm sitting there holding the wires a certain way and not move. I thought maybe the problem was with the first one and exchanged it, but can't get the 2nd to keep a connection either. I'm very disappointed with this product.

Works as advertised

Written By phil, Denver, CO on Friday, February 06, 2009

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I was looking for an iPod adapter for a 2000 Lincoln LS that allowed use of the factory radio, delivered excellent audio quality and generally worked as advertised...the USASPEC unit meets the need.

I did have an initial snafu with an older USASPEC adapter that would fail to "handshake" with the factory radio, resulting in the dreaded "No Mag" message. Initially a DIP switch change had the unit operational, but after repeated starts/trips, I once again received the "No Mag" message on a continual basis. Crutchfield being the quality company they are, arranged for a replacement unit selected from the latest stock, fresh from the USASPEC factory.

The second unit started off like the first, resulting in the "No Mag" message after 2 or 3 car trips. After getting a taste of what the daily commute could be like with a functioning USASPEC adapter, I was determined to find a solution. A quick call to USASPEC Development netted a recommendation to enable DIP switch #2 to ON (RCA jacks enabled). This time around the combination of DIP switch changes and updated USASPEC hardware did the job.

So now with DIP switches #1/2 set to OFF/ON respectively, the adapter is up and running, and the commute time is much more enjoyable!

Great Product, Great Service

Written By Joe, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, January 17, 2009

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At first, I was a bit nervous about ordering this. I had heard that it would not work at all with a built in-dash 6 CD changer.(from USA Spec, and Crutchfield customer support.) Some reviews said it worked, so I took a chance. It works great, with an insanely easy install. There were only two small problems through the whole thing. One was that one of the plugs on the wiring harness doesn't click in ALL the way. It still stays in though. The other was that when installing, if the wires move a certain way, there seems to become a break in the connection, and you lose sound to the left side of the car.(pretty sure not because of problem #1) After a few wire movements, it installed easy, and works great. With the new updated version of it, Crutchfield sent the new page for the manual and everything.(no more hybrid mode from what I understand.)

Some work, Some don't

Written By Brenton, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, January 17, 2009

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I've owned two of these and the first one worked great. The second one not so much. They don't deal well with the cold. I wind up taking the converter with me if it plans on getting below freezing. Sometimes it refuses to recognize the ipod or it shows the charging screen for extended periods of time.

It does, however, produce good sound quality and the stereo controls work well.

Don't do it

Written By Mike, Nevada on Sunday, October 12, 2008

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I agree with the previous review. The install was fairly easy as it is a plug and play affair. The unit does not perform as I would have expected. If I take out my ipod I must reconnect the unit and turn off my car and restart for it to identify the unit. That is a problem if you want to switch the unit with your kids or friends while driving. I also get an engine whistle or hum through the stereo now.

I called technical support for the unit and he seemed nice but I still have no idea what he was saying. His suggestion, I think, was to take out the unit and disconnect it with the car off and then reinstall it.

I would definately return the unit if would have kept the boxes.

When it Works, It's Great!

Written By Bob, Flanders, NJ on Thursday, July 10, 2008

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I was VERY hopeful when I purchased this unit to play my iPod Classic through the factory system in my 2003 Taurus [with 6-disc external CD Changer]. I took it to a local installer and it was done within an hour.
My problem [and the reason I may be returning this product] is that the radio either takes a very long time to "recognize" the iPod OR doesn't recognize it at all.
Per directions, I make sure the radio is on...connect the iPod and when the iPod screen says, "OK to Disconnect" I keep hitting the "CD" button....sometimes it will recognize after 12 or more hits....sometimes I have to disconnect and re-connect 3-5 times [20+ hits each] day it wouldn't work at all.
Sitting in the driveway for 15 minutes trying to get this to work isn't my idea of fun.
When it works, it's great though. [small consolation]
Trying for a couple more days and the Crutchfield tech said to be the installers disconnected the CD changer when installing and I have to have them check that. If it was installed correctly, it will be returned.

Excellent Product

Written By Dave, St. Peters, MO on Saturday, May 24, 2008

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This is an excellent product that was easy to install and sounds great. I even used the manufacturers tech support and they were helpful and accessible. I installed this in my 2000 Lincoln LS and it was a snap. I highly recommend this product if you want to use your MP3 player with your manufacturers head unit.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By tbonifie, Portland, OR on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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I had really high hopes for this thing, installation was simple as advertised in my 1999 Ford Expedition. But I have one major and three minor problems with it:

Major: After installing it, I turned on the electricals in my car (didn't start the engine), plugged in my iPhone, and played a few samples. At some point, I decided to start the engine and the iPhone just died. I played with the iPhone for a long time, finally managed to boot it up, but it just kept crashing and was electrically dead this morning. Fortunately, I went to the Apple store and they replaced it under warranty today without asking too many questions.

Minor 1: Volume too low - has already been stated so I won't stress the point.

Minor 2: Seems to lose the link with my wife's iPod every 10-15 minutes, which leaves the radio blasting at full volume due to "Minor 1" above...

Minor 3: when I first plugged in the iPhone yesterday, it was charging fine, but no longer charges my wife's ipod now.

New method (until I send it back, unfortunately) is to make sure the ipod is plugged in AFTER the car is started and radio is on, and then to make sure to unplug the iPod before turning off either the car or the radio.

You'd think they would've put some type of surge protection in this unit to keep it from frying the iPod... I can imagine several cases where you might (intentionally or not) start the engine while the iPod is connected.

Sadly, I'll be returning this and still looking for a better alternative...

Better than FM Transmitter

Written By Tony, Middleton, WI on Saturday, March 22, 2008

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I've use a few different FM transmitters over the past 5 years and became frustrated with their flaky operation and poor sound quality. I put this USA-Spec product in my 2002 Ford Escape about 2 weeks ago. I have the 6-disc in-dash head unit (without MACH). I consider myself technically inclined (wired my home with ethernet), but I've never done any work on cars. The instructions and tools included by Crutchfield made installation ridiculously easy. Probably took me an hour at most, double-checking my work. I decided to put the USA-Spec in the glove box. I have the cable going to the iPod taped on the side of the passenger-side of the center console and my iPod nano in one of the cubby holes.

Operationally, the sound quality beats any of my previous FM transmitters hands-down. My particular unit has the "Playlist" and "Direct" modes (not "Hybrid"). That was somewhat disappointing. I have not been able to get "Playlist" mode to work properly and I prefer to use the controls of my 1st gen iPod Nano to select playlists anyway. Even in "Direct" mode, I am able to use the head unit control to fast-forward and reverse (handy in podcasts) and also to skip forward and back tracks. One quirk I quickly realized is that the iPod cannot be asleep before starting my Escape, otherwise it is not recognized ("Magazine not found"). Similarly, if my Escape is already running I cannot connect the iPod and have it recognized without turning off the ignition and restarting.

Pros: Easy installation. Excellent sound quality. Allows you to keep the "factory look."
Cons: Expensive for what you get. "Playlist" mode does not work properly.

2001 F-150

Written By Tom, Everett, WA on Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Easy to install - quick process. The amount of space behind the stock Ford 150 radio was limited. We did have to jockey the wiring around for a few minutes before we had the space to relock the radio. System works!

Finally a clear ipod channel

Written By Robert, Naperville, IL on Tuesday, February 05, 2008

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I live in the Chicago area where there are no dead channels on the FM band. I tried four different FM systems, and none worked all around the area. The USA Spec device worked as advertized. I was able to keep my factory CD changer. Both the CD changer and ipod worked prefectly, and finally a static free signal.

Great Product

Written By Sumeet, Springfield, VA on Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Great Product, was very easy to set up. Look some trial and error to get the adapter plugged into the correct socket. But figured it out like 4-5 minutes.

Works great as Ipod Connection. Use it with my Ipod Nano. The Line in quality isn't as good. The sound is low and if you crank up the headunits volume high you end up picking up alot of engine noise.

Great for Ipod, not so great as line in. Definately worthwhile.

RA11 Installation

Written By dayton, New York City on Sunday, November 18, 2007

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The installation instructions were not quite enough for an inexperienced person such as me. However, with a few emails to tech support, I got it installed-- pretty easy in the end.

It works nicely. I don't have enough experience yet to rate it overall.

One down side is that for my car (97 Taurus wagon) the RA11 and the IPOD are with the spare tire, not too convenient. Fortunately, I got a large IPOD so that I can put everything on it.

Great product!

Written By Greek, Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I have a 2001 F250 with the factory-installed radio and CD changer. I had read online elsewhere that an iPod adapter wouldn't work or the CD changer would have to be disabled to make the adapter work. I was also told by a local audio shop that they'd have to disable the CD changer and cut wires.
I was thrilled when it turned out that none of the above is true. After we figured out how to pull the radio, we had a little trouble getting the wiring right, but Crutchfield tech support quickly set us right. The only other problem was the iPod not being recognized at first, which was because I was testing the system with a nano, when the ipod connection is for a 3rd or 4th generation iPod.
I can now use the connection in 2 modes. The direct connect mode allows me to change tracks using the radio controls, and the iPod is charged while connected. The auxiliary mode allows me to operate the iPod directly, but the iPod is not charged. I change modes with a dipswitch.

Great Product Great Sound

Written By Bob, Richardson, TX on Friday, October 12, 2007

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Install went great in my F350 when I got my 17 year old son to pull the factory radio. I had the tools and tried for 20 minutes but could not figure out the correct way to use them. We ran the wire from the radio to the glove box and it is still close enough to put the iPod on the console. I may relocate it later to another spot if it proves to be better. We set the dip switches for use in the direct mode which allows me to use the iPod click wheel and my playlists. We could not get the radio to recognize the iPod so we call Customer Service. What great help. After going over everything we had done so far, he suggested we turn the key on then off 3 times without starting the truck. Guess what, the radio recognized the iPod. Sounds great, I don't have to burn CD's any more, and my son asked "When are you going to get me one?"

Finally got it installed, Explorer Eddie Bauer

Written By wing, Ithaca, NY on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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Had hard time pulling the radio from the dash. You really need to do it once before it makes sense. But it turns out that you don't need to do this! (1997 eddie bauer edition explorer with jpl system)

Once I had the radio out I couldn't connect the unit to it! Turns out that the unit connects to the amplifier behind the back right panel, by the subwoofer. (Crutchfield's support was excellent). Popped off the panel and unscrewed the amp to pull out the connectors. I ended up with one connector and a black wire connected to nothing (but it supposed to be normal according to USASPEC).

Tested it out and it worked, excellent! The only oddity was that the display kept on flickering between 6/2..2/1, over and over again. A call to USASPEC solved the problem. Need to disconnect the CD player. This involves pulling up the computer console and the the cup holders. Under that is a connect to the cd-changer. Unplugged that and all is well.

Took several hours and a couple of calls to Crutchfield and USASPEC, but it's done and works great.

I've used both an FM converter and a tape cassette converter, this is leaps better.

Highly recommended


Easiest Install with Great Quality Sound

Written By Jason, New York on Friday, August 10, 2007

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I just installed this unit tonight and the hardest part was just removing the vent trim to get to the radio. Purely plug and play. I got this for my 2003 Mustang Cobra Mach 460 w/ built in 6 CD changer. I was worried when some of the warnings said it wouldn't work with a built in CD changer but had heard good results from other Cobra owners and they were right. Just had to make sure that there were no CDs in the radio before install. Otherwise it won't detect it, but CD's will work after install. Not sure about other complaints of low volume, both my Ipod and Sirius were loud at 3-4 bars, were it usually is. Best product yet. Returned another unit that required a lot of wiring work and got this instead. Happy with my decision.

I dont usally write reviews_____but i have to for this.

Written By Jason, Oregon on Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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Keep a perfectly good factory radio, Everything is hidden and very clean looking. It really cranks. Good control of the ipod. Charges your ipod.

Small delay when skipping thru songs. High Price (but worth it).

I wanted to keep my stock radio because it really rocks. The installation was beyond easy. No wires to cut, everything was included (except the tools to pull the radio out). I pulled the radio ran the cables from behind my glove box plugged in all the wires and I was done. The sound is even better than a CD. Crystal Clear and very loud, louder than a CD. If you had been hesitating because of the price don’t. It performs better than I thought. Its expensive when compared to some other types of adapters but they can’t even compare.

Used in playlist mode.
Installed in 25 min.
Installed in a 2003 Ford F150 Lariat Supercrew.

This site is awesome!

Written By jaycpa99, Richmond, VA on Monday, May 14, 2007

My wife got an ipod for Mother's Day and I wanted to figure out a way for her to use it in the car. I called a local, reputable installer and their response was that for our vehicle they could only install a fm Modulator. I wanted something with better sound quality. Upon googling "ipod adapters for car radios" I was directed to this site. The "outfit my car option" directed me to everything I needed. Shipping was free and fast, I ordered on Friday and it was delivered on Monday. Installation was simple using the instructions provided and the product works great!

Crutchfield is a great site and I will always come here first for my electronic needs!

Pricey...but Worth It!!!_______2002 F150 SuperCrew

Written By gadgetier, Olympia, Washington on Thursday, March 22, 2007

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I am a bit of a details person, so I was willing to go a little further than the average installer. Although the whole job did take about 40 minutes, the over result is that my interior looks the same as it did before purchasing the adapter. My truck came with an AM/FM Tape w/ changer controls, the extra wiring is bulky and the space behind the deck is too small for the additional wiring. So I removed the dash piece above the radio to pull the excess wiring into the empty cavity. The adapter is a convenient size for hiding in the dash, the best location I found was below the ashtray/cup holder when closed, which also allows for easy access to connect addition devices to the AUX inputs that USA-SPEC cleverly incorporated. Since the iPod 30-pin cable was shorter than I had hoped for (1 meter), the location was perfect for glove box storage of my 5G 30GB Video iPod.

As for the sound quality, I had been using a tape adapter which provided decent sound but dealing with 2 volume controls is irritating for any driver. The USA-SPEC adapter provides superior sound quality to my factory deck, I have not turned it passed 7 (| | | | | | |) which is much louder and more clear than the radio at the same volume. The reason I gave only 4 stars is for that the price it should not take so much time to realize it has an iPod connected to it. Every time I connect my iPod my deck says “EJECT”, so pressing play on the iPod first has remedied the problem. Overall Crutchfield and USA-SPEC have done an excellent job. Since my primary concern was Security, (otherwise I would have bought an Alpine w/ iPod controller) I would definitely buy this product for my other vehicles.

Best Pricey Interface For A lousy Factory Stereo

Written By BuddhaBoy, Stockton, CA on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Here's my two-cent novel in an attempt to help anyone else who has held off purchasing this item for lack of specific info. Nothing in the manuals will indicate it. And no one will say its for certain. I've not found this info ANY where after weeks of searching. But thank the gods, this unit DOES work in my 2001 F-150 with a built-in SINGLE CD ONLY (okay, plus AM/FM) head unit.

I held off buying it because everything I'd read indicated the necessity of a CD CHANGER (internal or external). I first purchased the Ipod2car device, which did not work out. After returning it (Crutchfield's so cool about returns), I was quite apprehensive about purchasing this unit.

As for THIS device; Easy install as-advertised. Sound quality respects the iPods capabilities. No need to repeat other reviewers accolades. Accepts both my 3G 40GB iPod as well as my wife's 5G 30GB Video iPod. So it should work with ANY iPod boasting a 30 pin Dock.

The only negative comment as such thus far is an incident where the unit reversed its' On/Off functionality. Whilst figuring out the various buttonologies, I turned off the ACC (via the ignition key of course) and noticed that my iPod was still playing. I turned the key back to On and my iPod paused. Hitting the On/Off button of my stereo at this point operated the iPod in reverse order (Off for On, On for Off). To correct the situation, I simply paused the iPod while the Radio was off, then things were back to normal.

Although user-error may have played a role here (as its only happened once so far), I'd hate to be forced to pull my iPod out of hiding every time I'm leaving the truck- to be sure it's stopped playing.

Needs more work

Written By Mark, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Poor engineering - like the previous review said, gain is so low that the stereo volume has to be maxed out for an acceptable sound level. A great idea poorly executed. Also, the stereo intermittently disconnects from the ipod and says "no remote cd" when ipod is physically connected.

Awesome Product for 2002 F-150

Written By Justin, Russellville, AR on Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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I installed this on my 2002 Ford Super Crew F-150. The install took less than 30 minutes. You do not have to have a cd changer for this product to work but the factory radio must have a button labeled "COMP" and another button labeled "SHUFFLE" which is what my truck had. The sound is awesome and the ability to use your factory buttons is a huge bonus. This unit will also charge your IPOD when it is hooked up. I also like the fact that I can plug up satellite radio later with the auxiliary inputs which will eliminate those less than satisfactory FM modulators. The only reason I didn't give it all stars is because I think they are a little pricey.

sound level too low

Written By stanjo, California on Friday, December 01, 2006

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2000 Ford Focus ZX3

Installation was super easy.
Set it up in Playlist mode and functions worked as advertised.

However, the sound level was too low - on both, the iPod interface and the AUX input. I normally listen the in-dash radio/CD at 5 notches; with the USASpec I need to turn up to 20 notches (30 is max) to get the same volume. The dynamic range of the sound is lost and sounds worse than FM transmitter.
Also, sometimes, on start-up, the radio doesn't immediately find the interface and switches to FM radio, deafening me at volume 20.
Talked to USASpec tech support about this and they said "Yeah, it's normal. Nothing can be done about it".

I give it two points for ease of installation and features.
Sound level is not usable. May be it's the Ford radio unit, not the USASpec, but ultimately, the combo didn't work out for me.

Crutchfield have excellent support.

Works Great

Written By Jake, Wheatfield, IN on Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Very good product. The quality is way better, easier install. Crutchfield customer service is great. I installed this in a 2001 Mustang Cobra w/ Mach 460 6CD-In-Dash radio. Great product and price!

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By Flint, Round Rock, TX on Friday, June 09, 2006

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Excellent. Just put in my daughter's 2002 Ford Focus. Took about 30 min usting the $5 radio din removal tools for the OEM radio. Able to use the I-pod play list or can use the CD track changer to change songs. Have to use the Ipod to change playlist - but pretty much the best of both worlds - if just want to move to the next song - just press the track button on radio, but if want to change playlist or artist - able to use the I-Pod controls. Did not need any of the extra wires and cables included with the kit. Just plug in straight into CD changer plug in back of radio and off it went.

Not compatible with all Ford radios

Written By Paul, Tampa, FL on Saturday, June 03, 2006

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I have a 2006 Ford Escape with the single-CD, AM/FM radio (it does have the 'comp' and 'shuffle' buttons as listed in the requirements). This interface is apparently not compatible with that model radio (Ford makes several radio options), as it would not recognize my iPod on any of the input options ('sat', 'aux', or 'CD').

On the good side, installation was super easy (with the $5 radio removal tools), although both the manufacturer's and Crutchfield's instructions were a bit vague - there are three different ways you can connect to my stereo, using two different ports on the back, none of which worked so it was a bit frustrating to have to experiment via trial and error. Crutchfield's excellent return policy was simple and no-hassle.

I'm disappointed about the compatibility of this device with my car, but it didn't cost me anything but time to try it out. I guess I'll try a wireless FM transmitter...


Written By Josh, North Carolin on Monday, May 01, 2006

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I Installed this around 3 months ago and i love it. It works perfectly in my 2000 ford focus zx3. I use it in playlist mode all the time and on longer trips i switch it over to direct. I installed this myself and it took around 30 min. I put the modual behind the dash near the peddals and ran the ipod cable to the ash tray where my nano fits perfectly. This is a must buy for any ipod owner!!!

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By Paco, Reseda, CA on Sunday, April 30, 2006

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Once recognized, the sound is great. I actually do enjoy the quality. However, the inability to have my stereo recognize the USA-Spec unit immediately outweighs the benefits of the sound. I need to plug and unplug the unit multiple times and press the "CD" button way too many times for my stereo to get a reading.

However, Crutchfield's support is outstanding. The first unit delivered to me turned out to be defective. Crutchfield exchanged the unit for me, no questions asked. I give Crutchfields customer service 5 stars, the unit gets two....

Works Great!

Written By Louis, Mansfield, CT on Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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The USA-spec ipod adapter works perfectly and was a snap to install, it sounds awesome and charges the ipod when in use and when not in use it ejects the ipod so you can take it and use it normally, its the perfect solution, greatly recommended!

Great Product!

Written By Jason Lighthart, Pasadena, CA on Saturday, April 15, 2006

I am very pleased with this product. I have a 2000 Ford F150 and I ordered a competing iPod connector brand that failed to live up to its hype. So I came across Crutchfield and started reading about the USA-SPEC iPod connector. They were very accurate about the features of the product unlike the competing brand and the sales team was very helpful with my purchase. When I received the adapter, it took me about 15 minutes to accomplish the whole installation and I've never done something like that before. Overall, I've been using the adapter for about 3 weeks now and I haven't run into any strange problems. Great Product.

Excellent, simple solution !

Written By Dave, Cape May County, NJ on Tuesday, April 04, 2006

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2004 Ford F-350 Super Cab w/ in dash 6 disc changer:

I installed the adapter behind the "hook" near the ash tray. It's completely out of sight and sounds great. I used the 'aux' input for my Sirius Sportster Replay and it is sounds so much better than the FM modulator that comes with the Sirius car kit. I ran the Ipod cable into the glove compartment so it, also, is out of sight. Since I use my adapter in 'Playlist' mode, I never need to handle the Ipod once it's put away. Also, you should know that you can set the 'aux' input to on and leave it that way, your Ipod plays on discs 1-5 and the Sportster plays as disc 6.

If you're looking to stay with your Ford radio, this is it !

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By Ronald, Denville, NJ on Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Great product! Took 10 minutes to install and works perfectly.
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Easy installation, works perfectly

Written By Rich Stephens, Atlanta, GA on Monday, March 06, 2006

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Although this unit was not advertised to work in my 2002 Mazda B3000 pickup, I ordered it anyway since my truck is identical to a 2002 Ford Ranger.

The installation was simple and the interface works perfectly. The sound quality is far beyond anything you can get with an FM adapter.

I would recommend to anyone who uses one of these USASpec adapters to use the DIRECT mode, since the Playlist mode disables the IPod display so you have no way of knowing what song is playing or how far along you are in the song.

Overall though, a great buy!

Ipod on the road

Written By No Thanks, Nacogdoches, Tx on Friday, January 06, 2006

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I just installed this in my 2003 F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab and it took no more than 10 minutes to plug and play. The installation was a breeze and it worked perfectly with my factory in dash 6 disk changer. Crutchfield delivered fast and was a pleasure to do business with. This was my first purchase from them and I look forward to the next time.

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What's in the box?

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  • iPod-Ford1 adapter
  • 49" iPod interface cable (CB-PA14)
  • 46" Adapter to Ford radio interface (CAS-F12)
  • 7.75" Adapter cable needed for certain Fords (CAS-F20)
  • 6.625" Adapter cable needed for certain other Fords (CAS-F10)
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual
  • Limited warranty registration card

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Overview: This adapter allows a compatible iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Nissan vehicles. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA11-FORD1 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury factory radio (as of 3/4/2015):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5/5C5S* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6+/6* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y


  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) or cable (472LT30PAD, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following control modes:

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice.
  • Hybrid Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be operated manually at all times.

App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.

Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need applicable music service accounts.

Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a playlist, it must be named FORD1... through FORD5... Text can follow the Ford name and number, such as FORD3_Favorites or FORD2-jazz. For a given disc slot (1-5), if there is no playlist named FORD followed by that number, that disc slot will not be available.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-FORD1 there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. The aux input is accessed at disc 6 track 1 using the factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. When using the aux input the Play All mode is moved to the Disc 5 slot and the FORD5 custom playlist is lost. To use the auxiliary input on the interface, dip switch #1 is set to the "Off" position.

Battery Charge: The PA11-FORD1 charges iPod battery when connected.

CD Changer Port: The adapter uses the factory radio's CD Changer port so if the vehicle has an existing outboard CD Changer it must be disconnected.

Pause: When a non iPod source is selected on the radio (AM/FM/Cass/CD) the iPod pauses.

Resume: If the iPod is not disconnected after use, it will resume playing where it left off when you restart the vehicle. If you're listening to a Ford playlist portably and you plug the iPod into the adapter, playback continues from the previous spot.

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