USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Connects your iPod to select 1998-up Volkswagen and Audi factory radios

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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Volkswagen or Audi, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Just install USA SPEC's Volkswagen PA11 iPod interface — it allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, and to control song and playlist selections right from your radio.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the included VW6 adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible 1998-up Volkswagen factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface and you'll control and charge your iPod while you drive. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

The PA11 adapter features two different playlist options: create up to five mobile playlists and use the vehicle's CD changer controls to access them, or use the "Direct" mode to select your playlist with the iPod's controls. Either way, you'll always have full control of all iPod functions, including random or shuffle play. The interface also provides an additional auxiliary input — so you can connect other devices as well.

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.

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

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select 1998-up Volkswagen and Audi 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
  • additional auxiliary input
  • auto memory locates last song accessed on each play list
  • 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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  • iPod-VW adapter (PA11-VW6)
  • 59" iPod interface cable (CB-PA85)
  • 59" Adapter to VW radio cable (CAS-VW6)
  • Owners manual

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Features

Overview: This adapter allows a compatible iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select VW and Audi vehicles. Display of artist and song information, track search by artist, song title, album, or genre are not supported with this product. Playlist number and track number only are displayed on the radio. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Optional CAS-AD3 Cable: Some Audi vehicles require an additional cable. If you have a 1998-2007 A4, 1998-2002 Cabriolet, 1998-2007 A6, 1998-2003 A8, or a 2000-03 TT, you will need purchase the USA Spec CAS-AD3 cable (581CASAD3, sold separately).

iPod Compatibility: The PA11-VW6 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible VW or Audi factory radio (as of 10/3/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 N N N N N N N
2 7.0 N N N N N N N
3 7.0 N N N N N N N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N N N N N

Notes:

  • *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.

Playback Modes: The PA11-VW6 provides two ways to control and access music on your iPod through the factory radio: Direct Mode and Playlist Mode:

  • Playlist Mode: The iPod is operated and controlled like a CD changer. You can access a maximum of four playlists from the radio. The iPod's controls are not functional.
  • Direct Mode: Search and select music on your iPod as you would normally, and all control functions on the iPod are available for use. The track up/down, fast forward and fast reverse buttons on the radio and steering wheel can be used to control the iPod. If you wish to play free WiFi music streams, such as Pandora, from your iPod touch or iPhone, you should use the Direct Mode.

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 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.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-VW6 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.

Battery Charge: The PA11-VW6 charges the iPod battery when connected. Charging stops one hour after the iPod is paused or the ignition is turned off to prevent draining the vehicle's battery.

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. An in-dash CD changer is not affected.

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.

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2000 VW New Beetle and 3rd Gen iPod Touch

Written By TC, Houston, TX on Monday, May 19, 2014

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After wearing out my tape player with an iPod adapter I finally searched out options for directly connecting my iPod Touch to the sound system for my 2000 VW New Beetle. I still have a stock radio and non-Monsoon system. Instructions were relatively easy to follow and the installation did not take too long. I even ended up pulling all of the screws for the car's glove box and routing the cable into it without much hassle. The car is old though and the plastics suffered for it a bit. I no longer used my CD changer so losing it for the connection was not a big deal.

Pros: Interface my iPod with my cars system. Easy to follow instructions and installation. Can skip songs directly from my car radio. Picks up quickly where playback left off.

Cons: System prefers to remain connected, is prone to get confused sometimes when taking the iPod into work or home. Doesn't display song info or interact at a higher level with the iPod. Replaces the CD changer capability (can't have both if you want it).

Worked until iOS update

Written By dean, chicago, IL on Thursday, April 10, 2014

This product worked great until the most recent iOS 7 update. Now it is non-functioning.

Didn't work

Written By Anonymous, Orlando florida on Friday, November 29, 2013

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Could not get this product working with my 2004 Audi S4. Started out with all speakers working except subwoofer. After a day only right side of speakers worked. Took everything out and reinstalled to ensure all connections were correct. Still not working. Will be returning.

Pros: Easy install. 10 mins max

Cons: Did not work properly. I pod connector does not secure well to I pod device.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By DaleR, Bartlett, TN on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Product is working great and fairly easy to install. I used a professional to install it because the placement of the cables to get them out of the way.

Pros: Good tech support and ease of installation.

Cons: A little concerning on the hiding of the long cables.

Not as advertised

Written By Dave, Texas on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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This product was supposed to fit my 2002 VW Beetle with Monsoon sound system. It was not even close. None of the connectors were the same type or size. Wasted a lot of my time. Ended up just buying a new radio with IPod USB port for about the same $$.

Fantastic Product

Written By Jeff P, Chicopee, MA on Friday, April 05, 2013

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Love this thing, works great with my iPod Nano and iPhone. Just set up the playlists or play all the songs on random for the iPod, Auxiliary input works good for my phone to make calls and use GPS over the stereo. I never thought I could get this functionality from my stock stereo system. Beats my cassette tape with a 3.5mm jack to a pulp. Installation was fairly easy, toughest part is running the wire up to the stereo unit and finding a place for the USA SPEC unit to live behind the dash.

Pros: Everything about this unit is great, it even charges my iPod

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By MikeP, Stillwater,Mn on Sunday, March 17, 2013

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this is my first attempt at installing anything "stereo related" in my Jetta. Removal of the stereo went well and I found the directions easy to follow. Likes: the best sound of any iPod adaptor i have tried, no exceptions. I listen primarily to classical music and no other adaptor plays as well or as clearly so this would be the best choice for me. IF it worked. I had a great day cruising on the first day of use, then... next day: NO DISC was the only message I got on the radio. the iPod displayed connected and had the VW indicator which showed that the iPod thinks it's connected, but still no sound. Now i have to remove and reinstall the adaptor. IF it keeps working this time... I will be happy. If not, i will return it.

Pros: When it works... great sound.

Cons: cord is so long that i had trouble fitting it all in behind the radio. Not currently working so need to re-install it.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By Anonymous, burlington, vt on Friday, February 01, 2013

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2007 Audi A4, with basic audi symphony stereo. Installation was easy enough, a bit hard finding a place for the ground. The interface works only with my oldest Ipod, Does not recognize my old iphones, nano, or shuffle. I also didn't need the CAS-AD3 adapter kit.

Pros: easy enough install and my wife is not pushing for a new car with an integrated system

Cons: only works with old ipod

2003 passat

Written By PeteR, arvada, co on Monday, December 31, 2012

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I have a 2003 VW Pasat and the ipod interface works as described. The playlists need to be titled VW#. And have the cd player on standard play, not mix.It will also turn off the music when a call comes thru on the phone.Very nice feature.

Pros: easy to install, and use

Cons: cant use ipod connector with an otter box case. No provision for a i5phone.

Easy to install...works great

Written By Tim K., Long Island, NY on Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Installed in a 2002 Audi A6. It was as easy as removing the radio (with the removal tool), pulling the connector, plugging in the CAS-AD3 cable as recommended and fitting the radio back in. Took approximately ten minutes to install...the hardest part was probably getting the cables back into the area behind the radio. The system works perfectly, I just wish I had seen this sooner.

Pros: Ease of installation and sound quality...previously using a cassette adapter.

Cons: None that I can tell

Simple Installation

Written By CCreecher, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, September 24, 2012

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Easy, clean install. Self explanatory, simple and neat. Use tends to be a little hit or miss without a playlist installed on my iPhone 4S. Sometimes I have to use Folder 5 to play and other times, Folder 6 to listen to Direct Audio such as Pandora or MLB At Bat. A little tight on the installation locations. Ended up under the dust panel beneath the glove box. Installed in a 2001 Audi A6 2.7T and required the CAS-AD3 adapter. Total install time was less than 30 mins.

Pros: Simple, Neat, Ample Cable Length

Cons: Buggy Operation at times

Fits great, easy install

Written By BrianH, Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, September 13, 2012

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On my 2000 VW Passat GLS with Monsoon sound system, installation on this was a breeze. There's space for the white USA Spec box and all.that.cable right underneath the insert that's underneath the radio. Take out that insert, and there's open space to drop everything into. Total time to install, maybe 40 minutes. Works like a champ for my iPhone 3GS and iPod Nano. One slight catch was that to attach the ground wire, you have to loosen a screw that requires a T-9 torx bit. Thankfully, I had one. Would have been a pain otherwise.

Pros: Super easy installation Awesomely clear sound

Cons: You'll need a T-9 torx bit to loosen one of the screws on the back of the radio chassis to attach the USA Spec ground wire. Lots of cable to find a place for.

Don't forget the CAS-AD3 Cable!

Written By david, Albany, NY on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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The unit works as advertised. Much to my surprise, it not only controls my iPad2 (spec sheet says "no") but it charges it as well. Bonus! The install was easy, but with two caveats:, 1.) This was spelled out in numerous other reviews but I chose to ignore it, wear gloves. The release tools that look like ninja throwing stars are at least as sharp. I have little nics all over my fingers 2.) Get the CAS-AD3 adapter if Crutchfield recommends it. If you get it and end up not needing it, you can always ship it back. If you don't get it, you'll end up needing it and have to wait for a new one. I fall in the latter category. My '04 A4 takes the wider plug, and without the adapter I have no rear speakers or subs. If you've ever done car stereo work, or are technically handy, the install will take 15 minutes, a bit longer if you buried the cables as thoroughly as I did. I brought it up under the armrest from underneath through a whole and a grommet. If you've never done this sort of thing before, or are not a technically proficient person, it could be tricky, but search youtube and you're bound to find something helpful.

Pros: Works as advertised. Works with iPad2 and even charges it.

Cons: $30 extra for a wiring harness that enough cars need that they should offer it in a separate kit.

Worked just like it should

Written By Jordan, Heber City, UT on Monday, June 25, 2012

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I got this for my dad for fathers day. We went out to his car (2006 Passat) and had it installed within 30 minutes. It works perfectly and he is excited to be able to rock out with clear music. Much better than an fm transmitter by far!!

Pros: Easy install Clean audio Simply does what it is supposed to

Great Product, True Plug and Play!

Written By Danomatic93, Grafton, WI on Monday, June 04, 2012

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Aside from the fact that my stereo was stuck in the dash, of which was no fault of USA Spec, this item was very easy to install.

Good basic interface

Written By DrewD, Denver, CO on Monday, May 14, 2012

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I have had several different iPod interfaces in vehicles over the last seven years or so. My favorite was a JVC head unit with a direct iPod accessory interface. I hate having to give up the factory fit and finish to get it though, so I bought this interface for my Passat's Monsoon system. Installation was fairly straightforward, though it's difficult to route the iPod cable into a usable location without drilling holes somewhere. The interface itself uses the changer controls and works essentially as expected. It is not at all intuitive, so plan to keep the instructions handy and don't use the iPod's built in shuffle feature. I have had to disconnect and hard-reset the iPod fairly frequently which is a drag, but this might be because the software is too new (It's an older iPod Classic). Overall I like the product but I think it could be better with some more attention to detail from the manufacturer.

Pros: Fairly easy to install. Works primarily as expected. Nice to keep the factory fit and finish and still have direct iPod control.

Cons: Buggy and complicated interface and instructions. Causes the iPod to crash more frequently than normal.

Super easy

Written By BoCo, Boulder, CO on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Super easy to hook up. The adaptor was only half as wide as the radio input, but I plugged it in anyway and it worked. The whole thing took me about 15 min. and I've never touched a car stereo before. It has jumped around a bit between discs when I start it up, but a few seconds of correcting it and I'm good to go.

Pros: Quick and works great

Cons: None

2007 Audi A4

Written By Bill, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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I installed this in my 2007 Audi A4. It has the symphony radio unit with an internal 6D changer, no external changer. The USA SPEC works as advertised. The radio is easy to remove. The USA SPEC fits in the dash just under the radio, no need to mount, just stuff it down there. Remove the multi-plug from the back, remove one of the 3 plugs in it and replace with the one from the USA SPEC. The instructions didn't exactly detail which one to replace, but the USA SPEC plug only lines up in one slot, so you can figure it out. The grounding wire can be attached to the radio under one of the screws on it's mounting rails. Similar to another person's review for this car, I DID NOT need the CAD-AD3 adaptor. Crutchfield paid the shipping for me to send it back. The sound is great, no complaints. The unit is a little cumbersome with the playlists, having to select CD6 to manually control, etc, but it works just as advertised. I get in the car, plug in my iPhone, and it starts playing where I left off. You can advance tracks with the radio control, but that is about it. Any selecting of music beyond that requires going to the iPod directly. Basically...it's easy to install, sounds great, doesn't allow much running the iPod from the radio, but works just as described in the catalog.

Bad audio

Written By mundycpa, Gainesville, GA on Monday, March 12, 2012

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Installed in a 2006 VW GTI. Music audio is good, but you can barely hear the vocals. It is very distorted. Not pleased at all and will probably have removed and return for a refund.

Pros: None

Cons: tough install, display does not show song or playlists, and again the sound is distorted.

Great Product!

Written By JDKC, Kansas City, MO on Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Great product. 30 minutes to install, worked perfectly right out ot the box.

Pros: simple, fast, worked perfectly first try.

Cons: none

Works like a charm!

Written By Don, Vienna, VA on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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A good product and the customer service I've come to expect from the nice folks at Crutchfield! Worked ok with our '05 Jetta.

2009 Jetta with 6 Disc

Written By Rob, Tampa FL on Thursday, January 12, 2012

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I purchased this unit for my 09 Jetta with a factory 6 disc. I spoke with the Crutchfield rep, and was assured everything was plug and play. Not so much. This unit didn't work with my car. Looks like If I want iPod/iPhone integration capability, I'll have to purchase a new head unit. Bummer.

Pros: Instructions on removing the factory components were excellent

Cons: Didn't work with my car.

Installed in a 2007 Audi A4 (with factory stereo, no bose, no navi)

Written By TomDom, Stamford, CT on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I just received this ipod adapter for Christmas and I installed it a few days later. I drive a 2007 Audi A4 and I didnt want to change out the head unit because I really like the stock look. This is connected to the factory head unit, which is the Audi Symphony (not Bose) there is no navigation, and the CD changer is internal (6 disc). Crutchfield said I would need the USA Spec CAS-AD3 Adapter for my installation but this adapter was not needed so I will simply send it back, no big deal.

The installation was very simple, pretty much a plug and play. The only thing I had trouble with was figuring out how to play my iphone 4 through the stereo. I figured out that you need to press "CD" twice. The first time brings up discs 1-6 then the second time brings up discs 7-12. Disc twelve MUST be selected in order to use your device in "direct mode". This is where you can control which songs play by using your ipod/phone and you have full access to your entire library. Also, direct mode DOES work with my iphone 4 with iOS5.

The sounds quality is great, I love being able to use the steering wheel controls to change through songs/volume, and its nice to be able to charge my iphone while I listen to music. Pandora works great as well.

All in all, I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking to play their ipod/phone in their car but would prefer to keep the stock look of their head unit, or simply save a little money.

Pros: Quick and easy installation, great sound quality, reasonable price.

Cons: I wish the cord to connect the ipod was slightly longer, this way I would have more freedom with where to run the cable

Installed in an Audi A4 B6

Written By Chris H, Fort Worth, Tx on Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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I've read several negative reviews about the difficulty in installing this product and the lack of an owners manual. With some trepidation, I ordered the USA Spec and waited for it's arrival (thanks Crutchfield for the free shipping!). It arrived much quicker than I ever expected it so and was nicely packaged in packing peanuts that are made of starch and completely biodegradeable!! Win and win again!!! After receiving this product, it took me a few minutes to see how everything worked together and then I decided to see if I could tackle this project.

28 minutes later (really! 28 actual minutes) I cranked up the car and enjoyed my favorite playlist from my iPod, piped though the wonderful audio system in my car. For those hesitant about combining this system with iOS5, my 20 gig clickwheel(which does not use iOS5) and iPod Touch (which does use iOS5) both worked just fine. I leave the old 20 gig clickwheel in the glovebox and trade out with the touch if I want something different, both work equally well. I also combined the RCA aux input and ran it up through the ashtray slot with a 3.5mm jack to incorporate my android phone for hands-free calls. Yep, that works fine as well (flip dipswitch one to the opposite position it comes set in and then playlist six becomes your aux input). The free tools provided by Crutchfield were a lifesaver and I would have never been able to complete this project without them. That was awesome!

Pros: Installs easily and small enough to slip behind A/C controls beneath radio. p.s. The owners manual is available on your invoice for those complaining about that... click the link that says "Owners Manual"

Cons: Sometimes the steering wheel controls can be a bit laggy with this unit. I also wish the playlist would be titled on the screen (however I knew in advance they wouldn't, so it's not a deal breaker).

Easy install

Written By jim G, Boston MA on Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Great product. Everything works as advertised. My only tough part was finding a place to mount the transceiver in the German engineered Jetta. Works great!

No iOS 5 support

Written By RPM, Los Angeles on Sunday, October 16, 2011

This worked great for several years, but as of today does NOT support iOS 5. As soon as I upgraded my iPhone 4, it stopped working. Still works with an original iPhone with previous operating system.

I have emailed USA Spec to let them know.

These work great, but call USA Spec before buying to make sure they've fixed the iOS 5 compatibility issue.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By Whossier, Indiana on Friday, September 16, 2011

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Worked great sounds great easy to hook up

Poor Documentation

Written By pec110, Fairfax, VA on Sunday, July 31, 2011

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The owners manual that comes with this product is one of the poorest I have ever used. I had to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with Crutchfield customer services to get them to translate and correct the numerous errors just so that I could use the product. Please put pressure on the manufacturer and get them to produce a better owners manual.

No direct mode on latest iPods / iPhones

Written By benchun, SF, CA on Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Beware! If you have 4th gen or later iPod nano (2009 on) or iPhone 4, direct mode is not supported. This means you have to make specially-named playlists before you get in the car in order to be able to control what you're hearing. This is particularly bad if you have friends get in the car and try to hook up their devices.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By VW driver, Wisconsin on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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The product works well, and I am quite happy with it! Love having the ability to play my
ipod! There are 3 things I don't love, but 1 of them is probably due to my Volkswagen
using space so efficiently that it is hard to run the cables where i want! Here are the
MINOR issues: 1) Instructions were not great, however I was able to figure it out. Install
took me 1.5 hours total. 2) I wish the cord that the iPod plugs to was not as thick. My VW
has such tight tolerances that if I run the cable out of the glove box it severely pinches
the cable when I shut the glove box. So, I have to chose my playlist and just keep it
inside my glove box. Not ideal, but it works fine. 3) Finally, the volume level changes
from radio to iPod. If I switch back to the radio from playing the iPod it is much louder.
Also, if you have the ipod playing and hit pause, there is some static in the speakers, but
completely gone when playing music so it isn't an issue.

Overall, I am very happy with it though! those are minor issues!

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By DL, Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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I installed this in an Audi TT. The only problem was removing the radio. After searching
online I was able to find a video that showed how to remove the radio if it won't come out.
The video warns that their extraction method could be dangerous, but I was able to remove
it without any damage. Once the radio was removed, the installation wasn't difficult,
everything just plugged into place. IPod sounds great, I haven't have any problems using it.

2004 Cabrio Installation

Written By Jerry, Bekmar, NJ on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Great product for the use of the IPOD in the car (04 Cabrio). Easy install,
great directions. I installed in one daughter's car and plan to do the same for
my other daughter. Great product and well worth the money. She loves it!

20 Minute Install in 04 VW Passat - Works Great

Written By Eden P, Washington DC on Sunday, June 27, 2010

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About 20 minutes total for install. The 4 provided tools got the factory stereo popped out in under a minute. Box fits easily into space under/behind stereo. I could easily see (from stereo opening) a clear path down to the passenger floorboard area, so I decided to route the cable down there, tucked up under the center console (easy to push under) and then brought it out/up at about the cup holders (better than glovebox since having the iPod/iPhone sitting in the cup holder is a pretty nice location and the cord is long enough to allow someone in the front or back seat to hold it).

Works like a charm with no static, and pressing the CD button on the stereo one time gets you into the USA Spec (fake CD changer) mode where you can press 1-4 to get to the special playlists you can set up for it and control through the stereo or 6 to get direct access controlled through your iPod/iPhone, which I prefer. Press the CD button again and you're back to playing your in-dash CD player.

One note is that every time you hook it up it goes through a quick init (takes ~2 sec) and that at least on my iPhone 3Gs with iOS 4 I get a warning that the accessory I have connected wasn't made for it and how it might impact my phone reception. Not sure why I get it but its a false alarm that you can just say OK to (get a similar message on my wife's iPhone w/o iOS 4 which actually encourages you to turn on Airplane mode, but once again say no and you're all set).

Installed in 2004 audi A4

Written By Anonymous, Austin, TX on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Installation was a cinch, just like the instructions say, disconnect CD change(which i dont have) use CAS-AD3 adapter cable, routed to glove box, connected to ipod set the dip switches and now we are in business, sounds really great! took less then 2 hours to setup and install

2001 Audi TT - Good Stuff!

Written By DRL, Oak Park, IL on Friday, April 30, 2010

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Originally purchased the Dice, it didn't work. Crutchfield stood behind it and
exchanged for the USA Spec, which works beautifully.

Installation was easy. not sure why others had problems with VW products.
Popped the tools in the slots, pressed, pulled, out came the radio. Looked at
the instructions, saw the plugs to use, unlatched, inserted, re-latched.

Tested, hid the wires, ready to go.

I really have no complaints about this at all. The radio controls aren't the
clearest, but I've owned a Dice, a Neo, and now this one, all installed in VW
products. None of the radio controls are that clear.

I use this primarily for audiobooks, and it remembers the stopping point, though
if I've crossed over to a new section, I have to manually advance it. Maybe I
just haven't discovered the radio control for this, but it's a minor nuissance.

Would I do again? Certainly.

For VW you need FOUR KEYS!!!

Written By Kirk, Duvall, WA on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Bought this to install in a 2003 VW Jetta. Instructions were a little archaic but fine after reading some tips from others who did this. I was able to successfully unlock all 4 tabs and gently nudge the radio out (it was a little sticky). Install was easy after that.

USASPEC iPod Interface Adapter - 2003 Passat

Written By Robert, Massachusetts on Friday, March 06, 2009

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Firstly, I found it challenging to install the USASPEC iPod Interface. The instructions to remove the radio and the instructions to install the iPod Interface are not comprehensive and important information is missing. For example, the instructions to remove the radio do not explain how to remove the cable, specifically the plugs, from the back of the radio. As Lynn from Nashville explained, the plugs are inserted into a holder at the back of the radio. The entire holder must be removed, accomplished by lifting a latching arm, in order to remove a single plug. This was unclear and frustrating.

Secondly, it was necessary to remove the glove compartment in my 2003 Passat in order to pull the Interface cable through the area behind the radio and to mount the Interface control module to the vehicle in an area adjacent to the glove compartment. Removing and replacing the glove compartment was difficult and time consuming.

Thirdly, the 6" ground wire on the end of the Interface cable is simply too short. I had to splice an additional 18" of ground wire in order to connect it to the metal chassis of the vehicle. It is very important to connect the ground wire or you will hear static in the background when using an iPod.

The USASPEC Interface works quite well. I use it in the Direct Mode. It does take a few seconds for the radio, via the USASPEC Interface, to recognize my iTouch 2 when connected. Crutchfield customer service and technical support are excellent.


Rocking out

Written By Lynn, Nashville, TN on Saturday, February 21, 2009

This thing is expensive, but it works great. I had a tiny bit of trouble plugging it in. I was expecting a slot for it based on reading the installation instructions. I had to unplug something in order to install it, and I couldn't tell for sure what I was unplugging. Another tiny bit confusing thing was the instructions said to use the blue plug or the white plug whichever would fit. Well, my head unit had a blue plug in it that I unplugged but only the white adaptor would fit where the blue on came out of. I went with it anyway and it worked. Another thing was that I had to remove a carriage type device to get the new plug in. It took me some time and fiddling to figure it out. It should have been in the instruction manual. You lift a catch device and all the plugs come out together, then you install the new plug and re-attache the carriage device on the back of the head unit. Would have saved me some time if I had known.
This unit sounds great and makes living with my car much easier and it is better than a new head unit although nearly the same price. I recommend it.

IPOD Adapter - VW passat

Written By Matt, Nashville, TN on Sunday, February 08, 2009

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The adapter here is about $40 cheaper than the one at the dealer.
The plug to that goes into the cd changer port was slightly oversized. I needed to shave the sides of the connector down slightly to make it fit. The fit was tight. The sound is fantastic. Other than the difficult to seat connector the install was easy.
Great directions from Crutchfield again.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By davez, Akron, Ohio on Friday, February 06, 2009

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OK - The price is clearly too high. Also, not Crutchfields fault by any means but as with nearly everything these days, the manual is written by someone who understands English, but cannot write it (certainly not an instruction manual!) Also, your VW OEM radio MUST have the SAT radio capability for the ID3 tag to read properly-and this is not detailed very well. I didn't want to replace the head unit, but probably should have for the money this stinker costs. Don't get me wrong, it does work to get quality audio from the Ipod and AUX input into the radio, but as another poster stated - too high (though I paid it).

works, expensive

Written By Scott, Central Florida on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Installed and works just like expected with Jetta TDI wagon, 2X DIN Monsoon. Seems expensive for what it does. $69 seems like a more reasonable price.

With newer stereos including slots for flash ram devices, the market for i-Pod interfaces should be declining, or at least grow far less quickly than in recent years. I can't see messing with an i-Pod with my next stereo. To many add-on "things" plus costs of each add-on (i-Pod itself, adapters like this, cables, tools, etc.).

2003 VW GTI - Monsoon

Written By Mark, CA on Monday, October 27, 2008

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Easy Install. Installed Unit in Passenger side foot well. Cables are long enough to reach this area and locate unit out of sight and out of the way of feet!

Sound quality is great and love the ability to select playlists from the CD changer menu. Like the fact it remembers where you were in the playlist too.

All round a good product. Great value for money. Wish it was a bit quicker at starting up when you reconnect the ipod can take up to a couple of minutes to resync.

iPod adapter install

Written By Steve, Fairfax, Va on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Pretty simple install, except like previously mentioned, the cramped space behind the head unit. The install itself was straight forward, but I had the hardest time pushing the head nit back in. the cables kept getting in the way and blocking it. Also, the stereo removal keys are razor sharp and scratched up my AC controls and sliced my fingers up pretty bad. The adapter sounds great!

2003 Jetta 1.8T Monsoon

Written By Tony, Middleton, WI on Friday, August 08, 2008

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This is the 3rd USA Spec product I have installed. Overall difficulty of installation in a Jetta 1.8T with factory Monsoon system was more difficult than in an '02 Ford Escape and easier than in an '05 Honda Odyssey. Took me 90 minutes.

Removal of the double-DIN Monsoon head unit was easy, with the included 4 tools (2 pairs). The most difficult part of the installation was the short length of the wiring harness and the cramped quarters behind the head unit. I ended up attaching the USA Spec box on the right (passenger) side with velcro and the iPod cable exiting the dash panel under the climate controls.

One difference between this USA Spec box and the other two was the presence of a separate ground spade, meant to be attached to one of the screws on the back of the head unit. I didn't do this (again, because of the short wiring harness) and as a result I have a low-level background hiss. Other than this, sound quality was good. Much better than FM transmitter.

Steering wheel and head unit controls work with Hybrid Mode on a 1st gen iPod Nano.

2001 VW New Beetle

Written By Derek, Colorado Springs, CO on Friday, April 18, 2008

I just installed this on my 2001 VW New Beetle and it works perfectly.
Replacing the factory radio was an option I considered (the Alpine X001 is a nice
head unit), but I decided this go-around to keep the factory Monsoon radio and
look for an adapter that would work. I chose to really integrate this into my
vehicle with the addition of a mounting bracket and holder for my iPod/iPhone
and so the installation was a bit more involved than a quick 15 minutes. I
removed the glove box, and the bottom part of the center console that holds
the seat heaters, rear defroster, and hazard lights controls. This allowed me to
route all of the wires and the unit behind the dash and made for a really clean
installation.

I commute 60 miles one-way to work and with the integration of this unit and
my factory radio, my commute (while not necessarily enjoyable) is much more
relaxing and pleasant. The sound quality is excellent and I couldn't be happier
with how this has worked in my vehicle.

Ipod Adapter - Easy to install, works great

Written By brian, Rhode Island on Sunday, March 16, 2008

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I recently purchased this Ipod adapter for my 2007 Passat Wagon with Sat radio. Installation was very easy, hardest part was figuring out where to route the wires. Simply removed 3 wires from factory harness and plugged into this harness to keep the sat radio working ( instructions in the USA SPEC box). I am using this in Direct Mode, so all control is done from the ipod. - Note- This product doesnt work in Hybrid mode for some of the newest ipods ( ipod nano video firmware 1.1 is what i have), so I used direct mode option on this unit. All original radio functions work fine after installation ( in dash cd changer, sat radio, etc)

Remember to find your radio Unlock code ( in owners manual) for when you reconnect the battery.

Also ESP and Steering warnings come back on once you reconnect battery, both go out after short drive ( due to battery being disconnected)

USA Spec for Audi A6

Written By Don, Sacramento, CA on Saturday, March 15, 2008

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I've installed the USA Spec iPod adapter for use with an iPod and a Panasonic INNO XM satellite radio with car kit in a 2001 A6. Although the system does work, I lost the 2 rear speakers when using the supplied USA Spec harness that was listed for this vehicle. I talked to Crutchfield and they stated that it happens sometimes and didn't have any recommendations except to directly hard wire into the original radio harness which worked after a lot of splicing (8 wires). The biggest issue is the volume level out of the USA Spec. The iPod is reasonably loud (but not enough) when the radio is at full volume but the XM radio (AUX IN) is barely audible at highway speeds. After a lot of install work, the system functions (iPod & XM) but woefully inadequate. I've also purchased 3 other USA Spec units for my family's Vdubs which work fine for just iPods and a basic sound system.

Great sound quality, easy to use

Written By Edna, Gainesville, FL on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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I had been using the FM transmitter for a long time and it just ate batteries and the sound quality was such a waste on my premium sound system. I bought this after reading all the reviews and took it to a local store for the install. They seemed to think it was pretty tricky to install, but they had also never seen it before and didn't even know that such a thing existed for VW cars. In any case, the sound quality is fantastic compared to the transmitter, and only a slight hint of a buzzing can be heard during silent moments. My only complaint is that in my 2006 Passat this iPod input has to take the place of the CD player - you can have one or the other but not both. I thought I would include this here, because this is not made entirely clear for the layperson such as myself.



I highly recommend anyone to buy this item, it is great!

Good but not great - 2007 Gti 2.0

Written By William, Vancouver, WA on Tuesday, March 04, 2008

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Great sound (fm modulator doesn't come close!), easy install (for a DIY-er), but, so-so integration with factory controls. You can go to any gti forum and get a pic-by-pic guide to take out your OEM stereo. You change a few Pins (if you have Sirius), then you plug everything in, and it works. I mounted my ipod using a mount and it looks stock. It charges the ipod, turns it on when you start up, and uses the AUX input (accessed by pushing the CD button twice on a 2007 gti 2.0). There is plenty of room behind the stock radio, i used some two sided foam tape, and some zip ties. It doesn't rattle, and sounds great. $300 cheaper than the VW input, and the documentation was spot-on.

Another Homerun!

Written By c9chef, Greenwood, IN on Saturday, February 16, 2008

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I called Cruthchfield and told the advisor I wanted to be able to plug my I-Pod into my 2003 VW Passat, and at the same time control the I-Pod with the steering wheel controls. A couple of key strokes later she told me what I needed. I got the package two days later, and 15 minutes after that I had the USA Spec. Adapter installed, and it worked like VW installed it themselves. Yep, another homerun from CRUTCHFIELD. Great products, great advice, great installation instructions, great shopping experience!! Thanks!

Easy installation in 2002 Golf

Written By Joseph, Orlando, FL on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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I just installed the Ipod interface in my 2002 Golf without any problems. (I've never installed car audio until today) I routed the cable that connects to the ipod through the gap in my panelling on the drivers side. This gives enough cord to keep the ipod anywhere from your lap, to the passenger seat or floor.

The product sounds great! I use it on direct mode, so that I can control the ipod, and only allow the stereo to control the volume, eq, and track selection.

My only complaint is the Crutchfield only sends two keys for the radio removal. My VW needed 4 keys, so I had to order and pay for the two extras. This wasn't a problem except that, as a novice, I felt like crutchfield should have either included the appropriate number of tools, or clearly let the consumer know how many would be needed before completing the order.

Overall, I'm happy with the product and Crutchfields mostly thorough directions.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for VW and Audi

Written By Mario, Newcastle WA on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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I bought an adaptor for my wife's car a couple years ago and envied and admired it. Now I have my own. My son and I installed in about 25 mins and the sound blows away the several FM transmitters I tried over the years. The installation instructions and tools were a god send. I only wish I could transfer this unit to future cars as I hope to trade in this car in a year or two.

2007 Gti Mkv w/Factory Stereo

Written By FoxieRoxie, Portland, Or on Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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So I gave this 5 stars only based on the sound quality, not the installation procedure. I am no pro at install, especially when it comes to keeping things "factory". So that said, this unit was a pretty quick install, hardest part ofcourse getting my dash apart. After that it was a cinch. The package came with some screws for mounting the actually interface somewhere?? I just dropped mine down to the bottom of the "pit" I call it, it doesn't seem to move or rattle at all, yet. Was a little hesitant on drilling holes for the screws with not knowing what is behind my firewall and all. The sound is excellent. My ipod I wired into my glovebox, so he just hangs out there waiting for me to pull him out. If you get this I think you will be very happy, just don't overthink the install, it is VERY easy. I don't have any scrolling text however, and if you pick one mode for playback, make sure its the one you want, otherwise you'll be taking apart your dash AGAIN.

Weak integration but good sound output

Written By Fred, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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Kudos to the support team at Crutchfield. Very helpful (for this first time installer) and the product specs and instructions were great.

I have an 06 Jetta with the factory installed six-disc CD changer.

They've changed the USA SPEC interface to allow you to controll the iPod from either the iPod unit or the care stereo (volume and track navigation.) This was a nice surprise and eliminates any of the DIP switch choices that others complained about.

Be careful - there is no way to install the interface box in your Jetta glovebox; there aren't any knockout holes in the glovebox thru which you might fish the USA Spec cords. I was however, able to find one knockout thru which i could fish the iPod cable. I simply dropped the entire USA Spec interface box BEHIND the head unit. Not a big deal - but i spent a good 30 minutes trying to figure this out.

The only thing that isn't smooth: You have to pound that CD button until you hit CD slot #6. That's a drag. Why isn't this read off CD #1?

All in all - a good product - I saved big money doing this myself. Happy that my iPod now can be played in my Jetta :>

Cheaper than the dealer installed interface and easier than MP3 CDs

Written By John, Michigan on Friday, April 20, 2007

I recently installed this interface in my 2006 Jetta. I have the factory head unit with the in dash six disc CD changer and the Sirius add-on. I decided to set the interface to Direct Mode, instead Playlist Mode, so that I could select a specific artist or album from my 80 GB fifth generation iPod instead of being limited to only a few playlists.

The interface works by making the iPod appear to be a CD changer to the head unit and it also transmits user inputs from the head unit to the iPod. This provides for excellent sound and allows for track selection from the head unit and steering wheel controls.

Unfortunately ID3 tag information is not transmitted from the iPod to the head unit display. In addition, the track selection number displayed on the head unit is incorrect. The only time the track number changes is when the user advances to next or previous tracks using the track selection controls on the head unit or the steering wheel. I don't find any fault with the interface for these issues. These issues are with the head unit, as it was not designed to interface with iPods. VW's dealer installed iPod interface has these same issues and costs significantly more money. Hopefully VW will correct this oversight in future head units.

Full of Compromises

Written By Stephen, Oklahoma City, OK on Friday, January 12, 2007

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I bought a iPod adapter and was amazed at the sound quality. However, it doesnt control the iPod at all (no auto-play when you start the car, no forward and reverse using the stereo), so I decided to get this USA-SPEC adapter instead.

From the factory, the USA-SPEC sounds about the same -- both have very good audio quality. There is a very low level of static present on either system, but it is so quiet you can't really hear it when the car is running.

Sadly, if you switch the USA-SPEC from Playlist Mode (where the iPod controls are locked out and you have to do everything from the radio) to Direct Mode, the sound quality suffers bigtime. In other words, if youre okay with 1) not using your iPod controls at all (i.e. basically access to 5 playlists only) and 2) not being able to look @ the iPod to see what is playing, then youll be happy with this USA-SPEC adapter.

Using Direct Mode, which allows you to use the radio buttons in your car AND the iPod controls at the same time (for instance, if you want to access a certain artist or more than 5 playlists, or even if you just want to know what songs are playing) means putting up with lots of random beeps and noticeable static noise at silent points in songs/between songs. The quality is great when you use the Playlist Mode where the iPod is locked out, but in Direct Mode you get a lot of random noise introduced. I tried this with a 4G "Click Wheel" iPod with B/W screen. Maybe other models work better?

PS - The FF and Rewind feature didnt work on my radio. All others did.

Even works with in-dash VW factory CD player in a 2000 Golf!

Written By Ann, Dayton, OH on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The installation directions for this interface are a wee bit confusing. I have a VW factory in-dash CD player but not a CD changer (the kind that mounts in the hatch area). The install said to remove the head unit and plug the interface in where the CD changer would go. For those of us with the CD player, doing this disconnects the CD player! Instead, you should remove the in-dash CD player and plug the interface in where the CD changer would connect. Voila! Now I have the in-dash CD player, cassette player, AM/FM radio and thanks to this interface I can also listen to & charge my iPod and still plug in my XM radio in a pinch. My only gripe (and its a small one) is that I still have to plug my XM receiver into the cigarette lighter to draw power. This interface is a simple, elegant, and marvelous-sounding solution to getting everything hooked up to the VW head unit!

Fantastic Integration with In-Dash CD changer, with a catch

Written By brian, Los Angeles on Thursday, October 12, 2006

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When I ordered this from Crutchfield the product advisor on the phone told me he wasn't sure if it would work with my factory 6-disc changer unit without having to disable the satellite radio. I am happy to report that it does and that the satellite radio was able to stay intact. The only catch is that you need to pull some pins out of the factory harness and insert them into the harness that comes with this product. This is not documented anywhere in the manual, however Jimmy at USA-Spec told me over the phone. By doing this, it makes the interface show up as an external CD changer as opposed to having to use the Satellite radio input. Once it's installed you just need to hit CD again to cycle through the two 'changers'. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to keep the factory look of their dash and add ipod integration to their VW.

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