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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Connect a new stereo and retain the steering wheel audio controls and factory amps in select Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and VW vehicles

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Overview

Our take on the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MRR module, along with the correct interface harness for your vehicle, allows you to install a new car stereo in select late-model Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, or Volkswagen vehicles while retaining your factory steering wheel audio controls and the use of your factory amplifier, if present.

iDatalink's Maestro RR module

iDatalink's Maestro RR module

iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MRR module, along with the correct interface harness for your vehicle, allows you to install a new car stereo in select late-model Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, or Volkswagen vehicles while retaining your factory steering wheel audio controls and the use of your factory amplifier, if present.

Here's how it works

First, you connect the Maestro to your Windows-based computer (not compatible with Mac or Windows 10) using the included USB cable, visit www.idatalink.com/maestro, and follow the instructions. Once the unit has been "flashed," it's ready to go. Next, you'll either solder or crimp the vehicle-specific Maestro harness  (sold separately) to your new receiver's wiring, just like you would with any Crutchfield wiring harness or wiring adapter.

Important Note: You will also need an additional Maestro vehicle-specific wiring harness that connects your new receiver to the ADS-MRR module and your vehicle's wiring. We will automatically add this harness to your Cart at a discounted price when you purchase a new car stereo and this ADS-MRR module.

Retain steering wheel audio controls, too

The ADS-MRR module also allows you to use your factory steering wheel audio controls with your new receiver. Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. Better yet, you can also assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled.

Keeping your factory features with an iDatalink-ready car stereo

If you're buying a compatible Kenwood, JVC, or Alpine receiver, you'll enjoy the outstanding performance of your receiver, plus seamless touchscreen control over most of the factory features in select GM, Ford, Chrysler, or Volkswagen vehicles (see Details for specific functions and installation notes).

  • Ford: You'll keep your SYNC® system, including the factory Bluetooth, satellite radio (in select vehicles, see Details), steering wheel audio controls, and other great features.
  • GM: You'll retain the use of OnStar® system, along with your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, and safety warning chimes.
  • Chrysler: You'll retain the use of the Uconnect® system (including voice command), along with your steering wheel audio controls and factory amp.
  • Toyota: You'll retain your vehicle's A/V input, USB port, and backup camera.
  • Volkswagen: You'll retain your VW's Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus VW's media device interface. Select Kenwood receivers allow you to display navigation info on your VW's multi-function screen.

Important Note: iDatalink Maestro RR is not compatible with a Mac or Windows 10.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Works as advertised. Highly recommend!

Les, Honolulu, HI

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What's in the Box:

  • Radio replacement interface module
  • 23" Eighteen-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Three-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Four-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Ten-pin harness with bare tin wires on other end (black connector)
  • 23" Ten-pin harness with bare tin wires on other end (green connector)
  • 23" Four-pin harness with a male 3.5mm connector/bare wire on other end
  • 7" mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • 4-pin to 4-pin Serial Port Cable
  • Cable with 3.5mm miniplug

Product Highlights:

  • allows installation of a new car stereo in select 2006-up Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota, and VW vehicles
  • works with required vehicle-specific harness (sold separately) to retain factory steering wheel audio controls, retain the factory amp if present, and integrate all car stereo connections
  • retains factory convenience features (OnStar, SYNC, Uconnect, and more) with select Kenwood, Alpine, and JVC touchscreen receivers
  • displays engine performance data on touchscreen with select Kenwood, JVC, and Alpine navigation receivers
  • not compatible with Mac or Windows 10
  • dimensions: 4-1/8"W x 3/4"H x 2-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module Reviews

Average Customer Review:

174 Reviews

Excellent product

Written by: Les from Honolulu, HI on May 1, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Works as advertised. Highly recommend!

Pros: Very easy to set up and install

Cons: None

Maestro RR 2013 Tahoe

Written by: Matt from Hagerstown, MD on April 25, 2016

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

I'm currently still in the install process. I had a very hard time linking this up to a pioneer 4100 NEX, I have spent countless hours on the phone with Crutchfield trying to solve issue. I currently am not able to retain my factory Rear system audio (RSA) headphone jacks for the kid. Idatalink currently will not power on a Kenwood 9702s and I've reflashed the module countless times. Has not been as rock solid as I've read. I'm definelty worried I'll be driving and lose all radio functions. Wiring diagrams are ver generic from Idatalink and did not match exactly the module I had. Crutchfield has been a lot of help trying to resolve these issues and Idatalink has not been much help.

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Needs some work / great idea

Written by: Expedition Driver from Denver on April 1, 2016

2010 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a great idea, but make sure you go to the iDatalink website and use the simulator to make sure it'll meet your needs. Mine will not use the Voice, OK, or Phone buttons on the steering wheel unless you keep the Ford OEM Sync. Sync is what was my reason for replacing the entire system. It's a 2010 Expedition with 2007 Ford software trying to interface with an iPhone 6 Plus running an iOS that came out last week (April 2016) No wonder the sync no longer speaks to my iPhones. So, iDatalink, you need to be a replacement for the Ford Sync My Ride and work on your own with all the buttons and functions. Not being able to go "next preset" is annoying at best. I was told I'd have to configure this in the Kenwood, but that option is not there. Connecting to the Ford system reproduces the problem I had to begin with

Pros: Great idea... I bet it's awesome for some

Cons: Not enough programmable key options in the pull down menu for each button function.

Extremely finicky hardware

Written by: Zachary from santee, CA on March 28, 2016

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am not impressed with the Maestro RR. I bought a Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX that said "optimized for the Maestro RR." Trying to get everything working in my truck with this thing was a heck of a time. I ended up having to call Maestro's tech support because I couldn't get my truck to start after I had everything hooked up. Tech support literally had me unplug everything and plug it all in one piece at a time. The final formula was the exact same thing I did in the first place. After I hung up with tech support, I mounted the radio and everything else in the dash kit then reassembled the dash. My truck wouldn't start again. For some reason, my truck absolutely refuses to start unless I have the original WiFi module installed along with the Maestro. The only things that work fairly flawlessly are the blinkers and door chimes. One very annoying issue is the accessory kill option, I'm supposed to be able to start my truck without the radio turning off. My 8100NEX takes a long time to turn on and even longer every time I start the truck. I don't know if my truck was/is the issue, but next time I'll stick to the Metra kit.

Pros: Can potentially give a HUD of engine diagnostics Can be controlled through the head unit Keeps factory sounds and warnings The included chime speaker has impressively high volume

Cons: Was difficult to install and get running The blinker volume sometimes jumps to max volume Radio turns off when I start my truck Maestro (not Crutchfield) tech support was not knowledgeable towards my vehicle at all. Their only suggestions were unplug everything and start over. Doesn't show anything when I adjust my climate controls It has an additional plethora of wires that aren't conducive to working in a tight space

Works as promised

Written by: Ethan from Anaheim, CA on March 24, 2016

2011 Dodge Nitro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it says, easy to program once you get to the website

Pros: Easy to install, set it and forget it.

Cons: not able to reset the OEM device is need be

90%

Written by: Joseph from Ellicott City, MD on March 23, 2016

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This worked great except for one button on the steering wheel. I programmed the "volume down" button to reduce volume but it brings the preset channels down. I am currently working with Maestro on a software fix. Other than that it worked great. The online instruction could be improved. You have to select a steering wheel type. One with no telephone buttons or one with audio only buttons or one with no buttons. You select a picture in the app that matches your steering wheel. The images look exactly alike for one with telephone buttons and audio buttons or the one with audio buttons only. That can be confusing.

Pros: Allows you to retain factory features while greatly improving the radio.

Cons: one software bug.

Complex, but worth it.

Written by: AndyAk from anchorage, AK on March 20, 2016

2008 Ford F-450
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what it says it does. I was lucky to be working in a dash that had a lot of space available.....normal sized vehicles may pose a challenge to find a place for it and the wires. The instructions didn't quite match the unit....some of the wiring didn't quite match up and directions are a little vague on what the specific wires do. There were a number of calls to tech support and pulling the unit a couple of times to get everything working right. Tech support is only open during "normal" hours, which of course, are not the hours most self-installers are working on it, so a few days drifted by. But this is six months later and it continues to work flawlessly.

Pros: Makes keeping your steering wheel controls possible. Use means very minimal wire splicing.

Cons: Takes up some space and may not be testable until things are fairly put back together. Changes mean pulling it all out again.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: JaFlo from San Diego on March 13, 2016

2010 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's not what I expected.

Pros: Some of my factory stuff works.

Cons: So when I hold down volume down button on my steering console. It goes to mute. I dislike this greatly. The Hang up button on the steering wheel is obsolete. I am so unsatifised with this. Also The equipment is only PC compatible. I own a MAC. I didn't find this out until I relieved it. Who looks to see if a piece of equipment for their truck is PC or MAC compatible. It was a pain to get it setup.

Awesome product

Written by: Alexander from Trenton, NJ on March 11, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, allows full integration with factory ECU system

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Great Product!

Written by: Coachabk from Lake Jackson, TX on March 11, 2016

2013 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Break out the spaghetti! Between this and the Maestro K150, wow! After looking at the wiring, though, it wasn't so bad. Not all wires will be used. This has a cable that connects directly to my Kenwood for data communication.

Pros: Allows seemless integration. Best system I've used to date.

Cons: Having to find a PC to use to flash the module. I thought we had moved on from those dark days.

Works great

Written by: J Adams from Ft. Worth, TX on February 29, 2016

2012 Ford F-150 FX2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised, good instructions

Pros: Good instructions

Cons: None

Unbelievable!

Written by: Robert from midlothian, VA on February 8, 2016

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

Installed with Kenwood DDX393 in my 2011 F-150. Clear instructions and wiring was a snap. Operates all steering wheel controls as advertised and allowed me to keep all SYNC system functions. Even fires the old SYNC display with artist/track information.

Pros: Functions as advertised. Clear instructions. Allows you to keep ALL SYNC functions.

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Just what I needed

Written by: Kevin.ryebrook from Ry Brook, NY on February 6, 2016

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly easy to install. I recommend also buying wire connectors. You need a PC (Windows) to setup the unit.

Pros: Does the job, great support

Cons: None

Maestro DS-MRR

Written by: Tony from brunswick, GA on February 3, 2016

2013 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions could have been a little mire detailed especially concerning merging with SYNC, as this was the main reason to purchase this item!!!

Pros: Offers everything to keep OEM features

Cons: instructions leave a lot to be desired

Maestro ADS-MRR Review

Written by: Mike from Ft Worth, Texas on January 27, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product seems to be working fine once installed. The downloading procedure off of your computer is very hard. I contacted tech support and was told I had the wrong web browser (and I have three). Ended up taking it to another retailer to have them download the drivers so it could communicate with my vehicle. Allow extra time for downloading the drivers to the product. Other than that it works fine and is worth the time to use.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Jeff from Nc on January 25, 2016

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

Work great and you can even change how some of the controls work

Pros: Can change how some controls work

Cons: Have to have go on line to program and for wiring diagram

No uconnect

Written by: Perry from Arkansas on January 13, 2016

Uconnect does not work after install. Voice button and call button do not work anymore unless I program them to do something other than uconnect. All other features work flawless.

Pros: Has all of the features of the cheaper kit.

Cons: uconnect does not work anymore.

Crutchfield response on January 20, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the interface installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works perfectly!

Written by: rw from Virginia on January 11, 2016

The iDatalink Maestro works perfectly with my 2012 Expedition and Alpine X008U to retain Sync for and free calling and internal gauges display. Complicated wiring harness, but definitely worth it to maintain full factory functionality.

Pros: Perfect for maintaining factory system integration.

Cons: Quirky to program, requires Internet Explorer and Windows to program, with some security features turned off. I had to dive into the iDatalink forums to find the solution to get it programmed.

confusing

Written by: Danny from middletown, va on December 29, 2015

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After following instructions still my steering wheel controls do not work

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Crutchfield response on December 30, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Does the trick

Written by: Rocco from Utah on December 29, 2015

2013 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this on a 2013 F150 after replacing the entire factory system. I have retained all factory functionality, including SYNC (for better or worse), the steering wheel controls work great (no delays), and the vehicle diagnostics are pretty cool too. Installation was not nearly as bad as I thought it might be, with zero wire-tapping and just a few crimp connects between the aftermarket receiver's main harness and this unit. Everything else was direct harness-to-harness connections, including the OBD-II connection (which will have to be unplugged for diagnostics by a repair shop or emissions inspection.

Pros: Maintained 100% of my original functionality plus added a few features I didn't have before.

Cons: A huge spaghetti bowl of wiring. You can expect to spend a fair amount of time just staring at the wiring diagram and actual wires before it finally clicks in your head and you understand what to do with all of it.

Great for Steering Wheel Buttons

Written by: EricJK from Battle Ground, WA on December 19, 2015

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

Excellent support of steering wheel switches in Dodge Caliber. However, integration with other devices isn't as good. Fader control may be lost with factory amplifiers.

Pros: Allows customization of the steering wheel buttons to allow most common functions to be handled without removing your hands from the steering wheel. For example, Mute can be set up as a press-and-hold of down volume, unlike factory radio which requires reaching over to the head unit.

Cons: Doesn't support all factory digital amplifier features. Per Crutchfield tech support, only certain head units will support the digital output needed to keep the fader control.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: Marc from Indiana on December 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic product!!!! Plug in the computer, flash and install. Couldn't be more simple. Way less complicated then other products!!!!!

Pros: Easy of use, simple to install, fantastic installation instructions. limited wiring. Maintains all features!!!!!!

Cons: If you don't have a Maestro ready, or a more expensive radio, one may not retain all functions like Sirus XM..... But well worth it!!!!!

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Haverhill, ma on October 28, 2015

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works good, but doesn't support back up camera On my 2009 jeep, allows custom setting for steering controls which is nice, and my uconnect didn't work after, even though it said it supported it for my model, the installation of the wiring could be better.

Pros: Most factory setting work with my after market deck

Cons: Lack of oem camera support

Worth Every Penny

Written by: EscottX from New York on October 19, 2015

2012 GMC Acadia
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like a dream with my truck's OnStar, factory XM receiver, and steering wheel controls. I even had to call iDatalink to clarify some things and they were very helpful and spot on.

Pros: Works as advertised. Techl support was great. Easy to install

Cons: Wiring can get a little hairy. It was not clear to me that I needed the ADS-MRR module AND a vehicle specific harness.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Wyoming on October 19, 2015

2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to program. Keeps almost all stock features. Depending on the head unit additional satellite tuner may be req. To keep Sirius xm

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Cons: Between wiring harnesses, maestro and sat tuner tight squeeze for the head unit.

Impressive

Written by: Sully from Illinois on October 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Gotta say, I was quite impressed with this little guy. Programming and updates worked fine first time. Steering wheel controls are customizable and work as expected.

Pros: Works as advertised, made the install very easy.

Cons: The programming and updating via the website was a little tricky to get working due to browser restrictions and web based content management. Most web based applications are like that, but this one couldn't use chrome or MS Edge (default in windows 10). I had to open up an older version of Internet Explorer to get it work.

Great product

Written by: Tech Guru from Tennessee on September 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic integration with my cars internal tech.

Pros: Flawless integration with my 2012 Volkswagen CC internal wiring/systems.

Cons: none.. worked flawlesslyy

Will not work 100% with Pioneer AVIC-4100NEX

Written by: Anonymous from California on September 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This review is based on my experience with the Maestro iDatalink coupled to a Pioneer AVIC-4100NEX receiver in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with the stock Alpine Radio System. I changed out the head unit for the Pioneer AVIC-4100NEX. I have used Pioneer for decades. Always liked the interface and performance. Tried others but came back to Pioneer. I coupled it with the Maestro iDatalink to retain steering wheel and voice controls. It works fine except the fader will not stay set. Once the car is turned off and back on the fader setting reverts back to 0 (or near zero, it's not always zero). Pioneer blames iDatalink and says there are no updates for the 4100NEX. Crutchfield says it's an issue with Pioneer. Looking on the net, seems that the Metra ASWC-1 works with the Pioneer although that unit requires some wire splicing. Crutchfield sells it. Don't know if I can get my money back on the iDatalink, it's been 6 months since purchase. But I will try the Metra ASWC-1 in hopes that the fader setting will stay set.

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Great Product!

Written by: BBrown from San Diego, CA on September 12, 2015

2011 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great little device to retain factory features and wiring. I used this gizmo to retain the steering wheel controls and use of the factory Infinity amplifier and speakers in my '11 Wrangler when I installed a Pioneer head unit. For my application a couple of the wires were Very difficult to access, but they are unique to my vehicle and I may have approached them from the wrong panel. The iDatalink Maestro must be programmed before you use it and you will need to do some soldering on the harness. Once installed it worked perfectly as advertised.

Pros: Does what it says. It let me keep using my steering wheel controls and factory installed amplifier after installing my Pioneer head unit.

Cons: It takes some work to install, but it is easy work if you can solder wires and apply some heat shrink.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on September 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Part of the recommended install kit for the JVC KW-V11 I purchased. The instructions provided for the Maestro from their website led to a support call with Crutchfield. The support tech was able to diagnose and resolve the issue quickly.

Pros: Everything works.

Cons: Crap instructions for wiring. Misleading flashing instructions on their website led to re-flashing the device once.

Amazing integration

Written by: Hemidog from Florida on September 8, 2015

2006 Dodge Charger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was pleasantly surprised how much integration the kit provided to the factory APIs on my Charger. It allows my Kenwood 9702S to display feeds on the engine and tire pressure that I didn't realize the car could do. And the steering wheel controls are everything the kit promised.

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Great product

Written by: TedS from New York on September 8, 2015

2008 Lincoln MKX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hookup was easy with this, the required ford harness, and a pioneer unit. Wiring diagram was pretty simple to follow, and once the harnesses were all wired together it was pretty much plug-in ready, then a few simple steps when first powered up to complete the programming setup and it was done. All the steering wheel controls work great, and are even customizable. I can return to using Sync if I want to re-flash the module (am currently not using Sync) and factory amp is still used for my amp with this unit.

Pros: Everything works great, is customizable, and can be re-flashed if you want to change which factory features to retain later.

Cons: Instructions seem a little outdated, as it showed splicing into a couple of wires for the OBD-II connection but the harness actually came with an OBD-II plug on those wires, so it just had to be plugged into the OBD-II plug in the vehicle.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: a from hawaii on September 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product hooked up flawlessly in my jeep, Crutchfield is top notch service as always.

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Great Product bad instructions!!

Written by: Mike from Massachusetts on September 1, 2015

2009 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome produc. The instructions for wiring are terrible. Wire diagram had mismatched wires on one wire.

Pros: Works wonderful!!!

Cons: Only directions they have are for the software end. No directions on what wires to use. Wiring diagram was great accept 1 wire was the wrong color. Had to figure it out myself.

Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: GUNNER from Pennsylvania on September 1, 2015

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

Works great ,it brings your steering wheel controls back to use like stock.

Pros: Brings your stock controls to use.

Cons: Poor wiring diagram.

Interface

Written by: Doug from Il on August 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't do what supost to

Pros: Gauges is all that works

Cons: Worthless

Crutchfield response on August 24, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Allowed me to retain Sync on my 12 F150 XLT.

Written by: Todd from Missouri on August 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it says, and keeps all factory features, as well as Sync without cutting or splicing factory wiring.

Pros: Easy to install, and hookup.

Cons: None

Great Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Texas on August 17, 2015

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

install in my 2015 F-250. Interface module works great with Sync. Allowed me to customize steering wheel controls, or keep factory settings if I want to change back.

Pros: Allows customization of steering wheel controls and use of factory installed mic

Cons: Sync voice command lags just a bit, and a lot of wires to jam in a small area of HU cavity

Maestro Module

Written by: James P from Sulphur, LA on August 5, 2015

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use/install. I prewired everything before starting the install which eased the installation along smoothly. Steering wheel controls work fine. No issues

Pros: Ease of installation Steering wheel controls work

Cons: None

Maestro interface

Written by: skier from Alabama on August 4, 2015

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

this is a neat little box! easy to program, easy to install, all info accurate and included or readily available on website. I'm well pleased !

Pros: ease of programming, accuracy and availability of detailed instructions, works just great

Cons: can't really think of any

99% Great...installed on 2013 F150

Written by: Scott from Ohio on July 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lets me keep my Sync - Steering Wheel controls etc.. now with their newer version (and new harness version) dont even have to cut into any wires for the OBDII link or the Sync module link. Its completely plug and play after you do the initial software install from your PC. Only thing Ive seen that I would call a negative is it sometimes gets a little buggy on the stereo controls when you try and make configuration changes to the OBDII settings - have to reboot radio as it will lock up from time to time. but not sure if that is this module OR the Stereo.. The other issue would be their directions for my F150 and stereo combination were a little off.. as their new harness has you connect the speaker leads (which now have RCA jacks on them) to the amplifier output jacks -- well of course with no amplifier feeding those into the factory harness... you get only a whisper of sound..easily remedied by cutting off the RCA jacks and connecting to the stereo high power output leads. Other quirk I noticed as I have two of these modules on two vehicles -- on my F150 it doesnt allow you to pull trouble codes from the ECU or any data for the gauges screens other than RPM.. same module / same stereo on my 2013 Mustang - will read trouble codes and clear them if I want -- gives me almost 35 different engine conditions I can monitor on the gauges screen.. not sure why they would be different .. but they are - All in all though makes an aftermarket stereo install VERY simple.

Pros: Keeps Sync, Steering Wheel Controls, Sync Bluetooth with nothing but snapping on the correct harness plugs to the module. Also allows you to see the TPMS data, Battery Voltage, and in some cases trouble codes -AND definitions for them - and reset them too.. If you can follow simple directions VERY quick and easy to install.

Cons: sometimes communication with the ODBII gets a little quirky. If module cant be reset from stereo when it locks up you have to take your dash apart again to reset it manually. (Both of those instances only happened 1 time in 18 months) - Froze up - unable to reset or control from stereo - had to pull it out and do manual reset with button on housing.

Ads maestro rr

Written by: Mike from Virginia on July 18, 2015

2012 Ford F-250
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great way to integrate factory controls with aftermarket stereo. Retains all factory features and adds so much more!

Pros: Small size, plug and play Easy to use interface online to program.

Cons: Can be difficult to get set up the first time, being installed behind the dash doing multiple resets before all the kinks are worked out.

Not quite what I expected

Written by: Jen from South Carolina on July 14, 2015

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

I've used harnesses before but I didn't like this one. My chimes were retained, but I don't like that onstar and oem bluetooth comes through the chime speaker. There's also a wire for the parking brake to hook to your stereo so you won't have to tap your car wire, but that didn't work. I called idatalink, they said the car sends data through that tells the radio its in park and nothing I can do about the chime speaker situation thats how it works. Maybe it's just my car? You have to flash the module, and everything else is easy if you follow directions after that.

Pros: My stereo works and I have chimes at least

Cons: Parking brake wire didn't work. Bluetooth and onstar comes through chime in dash. I wish I returned this and stuck with pac or metra

Crutchfield response on July 14, 2015 Our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help her get this working the way it should, or help her return it for an exchange or refund.

A Must Have for F-150 Owners

Written by: MikeC from Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The iDatalink Maestro will allow you to retain all your factory settings with your receiver. I have a Kenwood DDX5902 installed and was able to retain my steering whell controls, backup camera and able to bpyass the Ford Sync and use the receiver to control my cell phone.

Pros: Retained all the factory features

Cons: The AC On/Off Button does not work from touchscreen

Easy - Follow The Directions

Written by: thetoolmandar from Florida on July 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was able to find all of the wiring diagrams online and printed the pages to a file as recommended, then reviewed the instructions on my phone while crimping all of the wires in the harness. If you are familiar with crimp connects and working with thin gauge wire, then this installation will not be a challenge. Be sure to flash the device prior to installation.

Pros: Easy to install, clear instructions, does what it's supposed to.

Cons: None.

Maestro

Written by: Gabriel, Installed in a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado from Portland, Texas on June 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit works great. Was able to flash unit with no issue, hardest parts was just finding a good spot to place the small box. But so far I have no issue to report.

Pros: easy install, keeps steering wheel controls

Cons: none so far

Maestro Please...

Written by: rrc67 from Mississippi on June 23, 2015

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

really cool device and easy to configure, all of my steering wheel settings are working via this module

Pros: Works as described.

Cons: non so far

idatalink doesn't deliver.

Written by: Postman from Florida on June 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Chose the IDatalink Maestro because it promised the most when paired with my Pioneer AVIC-7000NEX, I was wrong. Per IDatalink's own latest manual for my Grand Cherokee SRT8 "retains steering wheel controls, Uconnect, Uconnect Bluetooth, and more!". More? Do tell because all I got was the steering wheel controls, nothing else. The install instructions were outdated "latest from their website" and I later found I didn't need to hook up one supplied cable or splice in the OBD2 connections.. Two stars for keeping steering wheel controls and factory amp (which I don't need). Also being that it was their harness they could've supplied backup cam and gps adapters. Please note Crutchfield isn't responsible for these issues and they did throw in the IDatalink and harness at quite a discount with the head unit.

Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls and factory amp.

Cons: Overpriced, Doesn't deliver as promised, bulky with the harnesses, outdated installation instructions.

Great Product

Written by: Dexter from Georgia on June 16, 2015

2013 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this myself and it was not really that hard to do. Just follow instructions. Crutchfield advisers and the support from idatalink made this rather easy. Kept all of my factory settings with this product. I would add that one must have some basic electrical and installation experience to do this.

Pros: Great support. Easy to install.

Cons: None.

I DATA LINK MASTRO INTERFACE

Written by: rwasson69 from Washington on June 14, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works very well in my 2012 ram 1500 Gave me a ton of extra features that my truck didn't have before installing this interface

Pros: Lots of extra features bells and whistles

Cons:

Awsome product

Written by: Greg from Texas on June 8, 2015

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is amazing, and it's the primary reason I chose to install an aftermarket radio into my brand new F250. All of my Sync features and steering wheel controls were retained, with plenty of bonuses provided by the Idatalink Sync combination. The only drawback was the sheer volume of wires that the harness marriage produces. I personally couldn't fit it into my dash, and had to have my set up professionally installed. I flashed the module and wired the harnesses together, but couldn't fit the radio and harnesses into the radio cavity. I can't say if that's a problem for other vehicles, but it was for mine. It took someone with experience to run that stuff through my dash.

Pros: It retains all factory Sync features w/ bonus features.

Cons: Volume of wires from the harnesses.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Alabama on June 2, 2015

2012 Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item does a lot more than just the steering wheel controls. Backup light trigger, 12volt acc. power,and e brake connection.

Pros:

Cons:

Excellent Product

Written by: JordanA from Nebraska on May 27, 2015

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

Simple to use product and worked exactly as expected. Installed in a 2011 RAM with factory Uconnect and backup camera.

Pros: Easy programming & installation.

Cons: Backup camera is a separate harness that makes wiring a bit of mess.

Helped me keep my steering wheel controls

Written by: Santi from Chicago on April 26, 2015

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

Programmed via computer. Plugged in easily

Pros: Easy to program. Great step by step instructions

Cons: Website didn't support Chrome. Had to use Internet Explorer

Interesting

Written by: Pat S from New Jersey on April 16, 2015

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Interesting device. Works as described.

Pros: Easy steering wheel control interface.

Cons: Programming. First off you must have a pc/windows to program, seriously disappointing. Second it asks for the pioneer radio serial number which it needs to communicate to the radio, that is incorrect it needs the access PIN number from the radio, which you need to power up the radio to access.

Maestro

Written by: Anonymous from Gainesville Florida on April 13, 2015

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it's supposed to

Pros: Works well

Cons: Gotta have a pc to program it.

Works but takes effort to get there

Written by: david from Alabama on April 10, 2015

2015 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not the easiest thing to install. First of all, required Windows 7 running Internet Explorer. I have never used a Windows computer before (sorry, lifelong Mac person). Finally borrowed a computer and my car was not listed in the options. Called to iDatalink and they said "just pretend you have last year's model and that should probably work." Really, are you kidding me? Finally got it flashed and installed but took more effort than it should have. However, I do like that not only did I keep my steering wheel controls, I got to program them to do exactly what I wanted them to do.

Pros: Custom steering wheel buttons

Cons: Requires an outdated Windows system to program

So confusing

Written by: Joey from Iowa on April 9, 2015

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

The idatalink system is amazing and works just like advertised... But getting to the point of having it work 100% takes a bit of work.

Pros: Small profile for fitting behind the dash better, with the right kit I had everything and more for wires

Cons: The reset button can be easily pressed depending on how its mounted, the instructions could be easier to follow, and it would be nice if the company offered the programing app for mac computers.

bulky unreliable

Written by: Howard P from Oklahoma on April 7, 2015

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far my experience with this device has not been the greatest. I bought this along with the gm5+ to work with my ahv-x4700bs. i have an 078 silverado ext cab ltz w/ bose system. So far after flashing the firmware on the head unit and downloading the programmer for the unit and putting the right profile on it, half the time the chimes dont work, not just the door open chime or open with key in chime. it also effects my back up assist chimes and blinkers. The steering wheel controls work as they should half the time, the other half they do the opposite of what they should. Sometimes when i play music via bluetooth i can no longer hear phone audio through my speakers afterwards, im not sure if that is part of the rr problem or the head unit though. I also have an android phone with mirrorlink abilities and half the time it doesnt work right either.

Pros: easy to update. update ability should mean better functionality

Cons: entirely way to bulky with the box and the extra speaker they require to use and all the cables.

Crutchfield response on April 8, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Almost!

Written by: Sean from Woodacre on April 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The set up states that you need to flash the module with a computer running windows 7 or earlier. All my computers are older then 3 years old and none of them have that old of an operating system on them! I spent day looking for a friend that I could borrow a vintage computer from with no luck. I ended up using my windows 8 computer and it seemed to work fine. It's not a perfect fit and solution if you want everything to work like stock but it's acceptable! customer service is 9-5 m-f so if your installing on a weekend there will be no support!

Pros: It's a good patch

Cons: Loss of some stock features. Set up. Customer service hours

Crutchfield response on April 7, 2015 Don't forget, as a Crutchfield customer, you get access to our free tech support, too. Our Tech Support team is available 7 days a week. You can see our full hours of operation and other ways to contact us here.

2008 GMC Sierra Installation

Written by: John from Tennessee on April 3, 2015

2008 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lots of wires to work through. However, all wires are color coded and if you take your time and follow the installation instructions carefully all steering wheel functionality remains intact as it was from the factory. I had to call iDatalink's customer support concerning the plugin that has to be installed before you flash your unit. The technician was very helpful and was able to resolve my plugin installation problem within 5 minutes.

Pros: You are able to retain your steering wheel functionality with an aftermarket stereo.

Cons: Live customer support is available on weekdays only. No live customer support on the weekends.

Pioneer AVH4000NEX to 2012 F-150 Installq

Written by: Zach from Anchorage, AK on April 1, 2015

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

As other reviewers have pointed out, the iDatalink is a decent product in concept, not necessarily in practice. Note that this review encompasses both units I've had to tear my truck apart to install. Basically, interfacing the phone functionality between the Pioneer and factory Sync properly is a mystery to tech support at Crutchfield, Pioneer, and iDatalink. Once the install instructions are followed (and even reflashing the unit two to three times) the radio is incapable of answering calls from the steering wheel and will display "unknown" to any contacts associated with Sync phone commands: (call John Smith; "calling John Smith" - radio display shows "unknown" and all call commands have to be initiated from radio screen. God bless Crutchfield for trying, but their tech support is ill-prepared to deal with all the nuances of all the products they sell. Calling Pioneer or iDatalink results in a blame game as to whose interface is causing the problem and neither offers meaningful support. Good thing the radio is smarter than all of us and rebooted itself at a stoplight yesterday and NOW my phone works like a charm! Apparently this last step should be added to the instruction manual? The only remaining issue is that trying to skip a song on my iPod/iPhone from my steering wheel results in it skipping through the song and not over it. Irritating, but at this point - I'll take it!

Pros: Great to be able to ditch the factory six disc for something that can keep up with my smartphone but keep factory steering wheel and bluetooth.

Cons: Install instructions and tech support are crap. Also, who uses Windows/Internet Explorer anymore? Wake up and service the 50% of the population on Mac OS. If you're a tech product you shouldn't have to use stone age technology to program it.

Mostly works

Written by: cs1981 from Texas on March 31, 2015

2014 Ford F-150 STX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what it says it will do for the most part. instructions i received were incorrect though. but a quick call to Crutchfield and they confirmed i did indeed need to cut the RCA's off the speaker wires since i was not going to an amp with the doors even though the instruction sheet said that there were separate wires for that function. SYNC pretty much works always. It is a little slower starting and responding than before and has developed an issue staying paired with my phone since adding the idatalink. but i haven't been annoyed enough with it to do anything about it. I could have sworn the compatibility matrix said my factory sat radio would be retained. it was not though. not that big of a deal, but something for future buyers to double check if they are interested in keeping sat radio,.

Pros: able to program steering wheel buttons for long hold integrates factory features with less hassle than other products i have dealt with ODB II connection lets you get data about your car on the fly and custom gauges with i really like

Cons: has somehow created a weird bluetooth issue sync runs a little slow

Idata link

Written by: Mike from 48420 on March 29, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Plug and play....everything is color coded. Easy to use

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Overwhelming wire harness

iDatalink Maestro Rr for Chrsler

Written by: gatorguy from Kokomo, Indiana on March 28, 2015

2007 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Apparently this is a necessary piece of equipment to use when installing an aftermarket radio. Especially when my 07 RAM 1500 has an Infinity 7 speaker sound system with its own Infinity amp. After stumbling thru the online instructions and a call or two to Crutchfield tech support, I completed the installation. It works fairly well as far as steering wheel controls, but the MAESTRO will not let me fade the music from front to rear. Called again to Crutchfield tech support and was informed that it only received two channel input. Kinda wierd, but not terrible. All 7 speakers still get powered by the Infinity amp, but by only 2 channel feed, not 4. Still sounds really good in truck because I added an amplified subwoofer and there is no need to fade the audio. My subwoofer uses the sub signal from the stereo, so the MAESTRO doesn't effect it. Overall a good unit. Couldn't use factory amp without it. If it allowed me to fade the audio then I would have given it 5 stars.

Pros: Works as described

Cons: Doesn't fade audio front to rear.

Install in 14 Wrangler LTD

Written by: Andy from NY on March 23, 2015

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Should have done more research. What advisors say from idatalink vs Crutchfield becomes conflicting. Diagram says one thing, written instructions says different, Crutchfiled advisors say another-which one is right!!? Pretty much useless for Jeep/Chrysler interface.

Pros: Added new features to steering wheel controls-that's it

Cons: Lost fade capabilities with stock amp-all the interface components do this (Crutchfield advisors). Wiring was conflicting and confusing, not with radio harness but with yellow/red/brown wiring to OBD port. Had to flash it twice and NO APPLE interface-only Microsoft.

Ford Gear

Written by: Brian from Midland, TX on March 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product for connection with the ford system. Install was a breeze.

Pros: Easy install, clean hookup to factory wiring

Cons:

Perfect for Ford SYNC

Written by: Karl from Virginia Beach, VA on March 22, 2015

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

Works perfect with my Pioneer head unit and retains all the features of my Ford SYNC system. Easy to program.

Pros: Easy to program and perfect integration with Ford SYNC

Cons: none

A Little Daunting

Written by: Pensive Guardian from Chicago on March 22, 2015

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

Works great, but you have to connect it to computer and internet for programming prior to installation. Not real complicated, but it is a bit daunting.

Pros: The fact that someone even makes a device that makes changing to an aftermarket radio possible while maintaining steering wheel controls is impressive.

Cons: Have to program it yourself via usb connection to internet.

Works great!

Written by: Kyle from New York on March 21, 2015

2014 Jeep Compass
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great in my new Jeep. A little tricky to download off of their website, but after that it was very simple!

Pros: Has everything needed to utilize all your factory controls and features.

Cons: Tricky website programming.

Too easy

Written by: crankin from md on March 21, 2015

2011 Ford F-250
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Intimidating when you first open it but the online wiring diagrams and support make it easy as could be

Pros:

Cons:

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Warsaw Indiana on March 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in my Jeep Wrangler. Great product did what it was suppose to.

Pros: Worked great. Good instructions.

Cons: A lot of wires.

No Music from the Maestro

Written by: 2010Mustang from Honolulu, HI on March 13, 2015

2010 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First took about 2 hours and 2 calls to IDatalink customer service to get the box to flash. Then my installer could not get the Maestro to interface with my Mustang's SYNC system (tried every single wire), another couple hours wasted. Fortunately my installer had an extra steering wheel control unit or I would have wasted the entire day, and I get more features from my new head unit (Pioneer NEX8000) than I get from SYNCH anyways. Anyways, had to return it, 1 star for the Maestro, but as always Crutchfield service was great -- they get 5 stars.

Pros: None

Cons: Extreme difficulty in loading software/flashing from iDatalink online site. Professional installer couldn't get box to interface with SYNCH as advertised.

A great product

Written by: Darin from Denver, CO on March 9, 2015

Allowed for me to keep the steering wheel controls and Ford Sync in a 2011 Ford Focus. When adding it to the Crutchfield Cart, they claim it will retain Satellite Radio, when in fact it does not. Not a big deal for me, as I do not subscribe to sat radio, but it is misleading. I like the simplicity of programming the individual steering wheel keys, and ability to choose which OEM features to keep. I opted to not use the OEM bluetooth, and was able to switch the steering wheel buttons to integrate with the aftermarket radio bluetooth. Slight hiccup when installing, as it requires spicing in to the OEM and Sync wiring. OEM was no issue, but the wire colors going to Sync were difficult to tell apart. The grays and blues were very similar. Would have preferred a pin number on the Sync wiring harness connector. That would have saved some time spent pining over the colors. Called Crutchfield tech support to see if they had the pin numbers, but they were no help. They told me it should be obvious by the color. I would have provided the pin number here, but as tech support suggests, it should be obvious, so I won't bother.

Pros: Easy to customize.

Cons: Misleading information on Crutchfield website about retaining Satellite Radio with 2011 Ford Focus. Not a fault with product, so did not affect my rating. The product received did not match the connectors in the instructions, but it was easy enough to figure out. Maestro should upgrade the documents to match the product.

Crutchfield response on March 16, 2015 Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're reviewing the logic that makes our site say that the adapter retains satellite radio. We'll adjust our database so that the correct information is shown. Sorry you weren't able to get that pinout information. We've passed along your feedback to the Tech Support team for review.

Easy Install

Written by: BrentL from Hertford, North Carolina on February 28, 2015

2008 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is great along with the additional wire harness and It was recommended by customer service. Once received, I thought oh boy because of all the wires. But after an easy "flash" on my computer, it was pretty much idiot proof after that. The product controls my SWC just as designed on my 2008 F350 with a Jensen V7020 head unit.

Pros: Easy setup and install Easy to follow directions and wiring schematic.

Cons: Really can't think of any

Easy hook up

Written by: TomC from Chesapeake VA on February 24, 2015

2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to hook up and use. Wired right into the radio and truck with only a little confusion with the wiring. The Stock AUX did not work with this system and had to be wired into the Radio's second Audio input. The directions were a little vague regarding this and what was required and not required. After a few phone calls it was worked out. Now, AUX is wired as an extra plug and the Audio is connected to my stock AUX. It seems to be a bypass for proper set up. Now I don't have the video in hooked up that goes with the audio in so I don't know if that causes issues if a second video player is hooked up and needs both the vid/audio to play on the unit.

Pros: Easy to use and works great with the stock set up minus the AUX

Cons: System is NOT compatible with MAC for programing. A windows system is a must. Wiring diagram doesn't explain clearly how the AUX system is set up.

Unit Is A Total FAIL

Written by: DaveK from Utah on February 8, 2015

2013 Volkswagen CC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What I did not like and was VERY disappointing in was the Maestro RR interface. This was supposed to give me all the original functionality of my in car unit, plus all kinds of looks into the gauges and stuff like temp and oil pressure. I also thought it was supposed to simplify the hook up of the car stereo.Don't believe ANY of that! First off, the instructions DID NOT match the unit I have. Connectors were different (changed) on the unit shipped from what the instructions show. No explanation on how to hook up the new wires. Second, I still had to solder a LOT of wires. It may have simplified SOMEWHAT the soldering, but there is still a LOT more to do. I thought this was going to be plug and play. It is NOT. I contacted iDatalink and got NO RESPONSE. Crutchfield responded quickly, but ended up saying for me to get the mic function that is built into my car, I would have to hard wire in a whole new mic... All in all this unit was a lot of broken promises and expectations...

Pros: None

Cons: It does NOT work as advertised, and makes more promises than it can deliver.

It Works But Not 100%

Written by: Cory from Bakersfield, CS on February 2, 2015

2007 Chevrolet Suburban
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This setup worked with my existing factory setup but needless to say if I didn't have a friend who is well versed in stereo install I would of been lost. It works though but not until after much troubleshooting with my Pioneer head unit. What frustrates me the most is that after flashing the module with my exact head unit, the module didn't work. Only after a suggestion from Crutchfield to flash the module with a generic Pioneer firmware did the box work. Why allow you to choose your specific unit if it won't work? Strange. Still missing the turn signal sound from my vehicle.

Pros: Combines well with factory system

Cons: The flashing if your exact model stereo (Pioneer) isn't always right

Very Necessary Device

Written by: Rob from Michigan on February 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is a must for anyone wanting to retain the original vehicle features (such as OnStar, warning chimes, steering wheel controls, etc) with their aftermarket stereo receiver. It is actually pretty easy to install and enables you to print very detailed installation instruction (for your vehicle) from the Maestro website once you complete the required online setup (called flashing). However, don't miss the fine print. This unit can only be setup to work with you specific vehicle, via the use of a PC with internet access. You will need administrative rights to the PC you use for this so you can download the required Active-X file. No Mac computer allowed for this process.

Pros: Works great! Easy to install with detailed wiring diagrams.

Cons: Can only be setup with a PC! No Mac computer will work for the required online initial setup!

Works Great!!

Written by: Eddie R. from Tennessee on January 21, 2015

2011 Ford F-250
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly easy to setup and use. Had a few bugs to work out after install but the great support took care of them in short order. Worked fraet with the Sync on my Ford Super Duty.

Pros: Great product

Cons: No cons.

perfect for my 2015 Jeep Unlimited

Written by: Anonymous from Arrington, TN on January 20, 2015

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect! Love that you can customize your steering wheel controls. I have used it for 2 weeks now and everything does what it is supposed to do.

Pros: Easy to set up customize steering wheel controls plug and play. So easy! Allows me to use my factory bluetooth

Cons:

Life saver

Written by: Mark from Myrtle Beach on January 18, 2015

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cut install time by 1 hour.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Park Sense and Uconnect not supported 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Written by: Andregg from Virginia on January 17, 2015

Steering wheel controls are the only retained item for 2005 Grand Cherokee limited. Uconnect isn't a big deal but the parking sensors no longer work when the maestro is in the system. The product is sold with the belief you retain all features that were factory until you install it and then begin the task of troubleshooting only to find that for a given software download and your make/model/year that only some features work.....Painful

Pros: Fairly simple wiring harness, except OBD II connections

Cons: Lost 2 out of 3 factory features

Tricky to get set up but works great

Written by: RobP from Nevada on January 16, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Make sure to check your pc capabilities before buying this unit. I had to try 3 separate laptops to finally get the website to flash the module to make it work.

Pros: item works great and it retained all steering wheel controls.

Cons: Using the modules website was a pain and i wish you could customize the button layout/controls.

Does not retain UConnect on 06 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Written by: BobbyH from Houston, TX on January 6, 2015

Firstly, both Crutchfield and iDatalink have been extremely friendly and helpful throughout all my questioning and research. However, it stops there... I've spend at least the past 3-4 days troubleshooting my so called "retained" OEM features just to find out that iDatalink's firmware, well actually the module itself, doesn't support 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with UConnect. Granted the steering wheel, amp fader, and other audio features are supported. This still doesn't change the fact you're paying for a feature that doesn't work and sold as if it does. I spoke to a rep at iDatalink, and she apologized about the delay on the front page of their website. Crutchfield may not even be aware of this, but it's definitely something to note if you were indeed looking to keep that stuff going.

Pros: Customer service was great.

Cons: UConnect advertised to work on 06 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't.

Great Interface - Once You Get It Figured Out!

Written by: RobR from Illinois on January 6, 2015

2014 Jeep Patriot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The unit works great, but isn't as simple to hook up as I was thinking. I'm sure it is simpler than another unit I purchased, but not the easiest. The worst thing is, it only works with window. Beware Mac users!

Pros: Works Well

Cons: Only compatible with Windows. Somewhat complicated.

It works

Written by: Anonymous from Groves, TX on January 4, 2015

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

Easy to install so don't let all the wires put you off,forgot a wire and the helpline sorted it out in less than a minute,all controls work great.

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Cons:

outlook saturn

Written by: Nate from southeastern Mass. on January 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Opened box read instructions and all went well. No real complaints. Only issue was my reading of MasterSheet and the difference between using factory amp and not using. A quick 5 minute to Crutchfield and my doubts were gone ant proper harness connections were made. So far so good.

Pros: Does what supposed to radio and accessories all work. A novice like me installed it

Cons: A lot of harness to pack in under the head unit on my Saturn outlook.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on December 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy to install

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Cons:

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Linda K from Illinois on December 19, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install.

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Cons:

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Krum, Tx on December 15, 2014

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very disappointed in the installation instructions. To flash the module I had to use a friend's windows based computer. I doubt I'm the only person in the world using Apple! Once I searched a forum I figured it out. It works well but not what I've come to expect from a product bought from Crutchfield.

Pros: Works well once I figured out how to flash it.

Cons: Installation instructions stink!

Installed with DNX891HD in 2006 Chrysler 300c

Written by: Joe Turner from Gardendale, AL on December 9, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this unit with a Kenwood DNX891HD in a 2006 Chrysler 300c. I couldn't find a lot of information specific to my car, so I figured I would add some notes here: 1. You can go to the iDatalink website and run a simulator for your car that will show you what will work once you program it. This was very helpful. 2. I had to call customer service because the additional harness that is necessary had been wired incorrectly for the ODBII connectors. They were very helpful and knew exactly what the problem was, and they sent me directions on how to re-pin it. 3. This does allow for gauges to show up on the 2006 300c. It also would have allowed me to keep my uconnect. I bypassed the factory amp, and you can turn the factory amp back on from within the Kenwood interface. If you bypass the factory amp, it bypasses the factory speakers, making it unnecessary to cut all of their connections when adding all new amps. You can change many of the other parameters as well. 4. Be careful if you zip tie it inside the car. The reset button protrudes out, and my zip tie got stuck over the button, causing it to continuously reset, which made my system not display.

Pros: Works great!

Cons: They should have provided information about the mis-pinned wires. When I called Crutchfield they knew nothing about it, but when I called iDatalink they knew immediately. You would think they would spread the word to their dealers. I also wish the reset button was recessed.

Excellent

Written by: Brian R from North Carolina on November 30, 2014

2012 Ford F-150 FX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice product to retain steering wheel controls and Ford Sync for aftermarket HU's. Installed along with a Kenwood DNX691HD and so far i'm happy with the results. Installation was pretty straight forward especially since I used the vehicle specific Ford wiring harness that I purchased separately. Works very well.

Pros: Compact, easy installation, maintains steering wheel audio functions

Cons:

works great

Written by: Anonymous from Plant City on November 30, 2014

2014 Ford F-150 STX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made installation a snap.

Pros:

Cons:

09 enclave... Worked for a bit...

Written by: Jason from Chicaho on November 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It took 3 hours to flash it. It uses windows only!! Tech rep was awesome!! The controls worked but has static when you the steering wheel controls... And after a week, they dont work. The ding still works, but no response from the radio. Simply not worth taking it all apart again to send it back.

Pros: Its plug and play. An awesome tech team for support!

Cons: Windows, windows windows! Instructions are very limited but you can work with them and it seems to have stopped working for no reason!

A+ Great!

Written by: Anonymous from Bourbonnais, IL on November 11, 2014

2014 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was an easy install and worked great in my 2014 F150 XLT with a Pioneer AVH4000NEX.

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Works great

Written by: Donn from Lake Forest, CA on November 7, 2014

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2012 Dodge Caravan. All factory functions work great.

Pros: I kept all of my steering wheel and backup camera controls.

Cons: Instructions can be a little vague but it's not really too bad.

Must bup for GMC Sierra

Written by: BrownGuy from Virginia on November 6, 2014

2011 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a must buy for GMC SIERRA. Allowed me to keep everything factory even SiriusXM. These made the installation simple. I didn't have to hunt or look for wires. I'm still able to use the steering wheel controls and was able to program them to however I wanted them. The flashing was simple and quick with their online interface.

Pros: Easy install, program what you want the buttons to do

Cons: Price. Half off with Crutchfield

Nice Module

Written by: Malcolm from Dallas, TX on October 30, 2014

2012 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used to retain factory chimes, SW controls, onstar, and backup system features. Easy install into vehicle. Programming was easy with the idatalink site. I had to get use to new chime sounds but no big deal...was like driving a new vehicle.

Pros: All of my factory features still work

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Makes install a breeze

Written by: Easy install from Chicago il on October 20, 2014

2012 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy flash with website and makes everything work! Steering controls are customizable!

Pros: Easy install and setup

Cons: Another box to hide in dash

Great Unit

Written by: Dan from Springfield, OH on October 19, 2014

2013 Ford F-150 XL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent. This module retained all Microsoft Sync features in my 2013 F-150. Even the secondary display works! Couldn't be happier!

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consumer

Written by: scott d from steel, mo on October 16, 2014

2012 Dodge Truck 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I found that it works good.

Pros: Had no problem flashing the unit and installing it

Cons: A little complicated for just steering wheel control interface .

Idatalink review

Written by: Kevin from South la. on October 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really easy to download and program install was a breeze

Pros: Really easy to install

Cons: Hate the turn signal speaker sounds bad.

awesome interface

Written by: Kilovars from Phoenix, AZ on October 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Navigating the set up was confusing but finally figured it out. Went to the FAQ's on the web site to determine that the internet address provided for actually programming the device options was not correct, and other consumers had the same issue so I guess it was not just me. Overall a great and highly recommended product if you want to use your vehicle's external steering wheel controls. Worth the money no doubt!

Pros: Works well and provides a lot of flexibility for controlling your deck with OEM vehicle controls.

Cons: Instructions were confusing but once navigated the site correctly it worked well and have had no problems!

maestro

Written by: data interlink from colorado springs co on September 28, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked great help from tech support was thorough and easy

Pros: works great

Cons: none

Pretty cool

Written by: Terry B from Ohio on September 23, 2014

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in my 09 Silverado with the Kenwood DNX891HD head unit. This unit work as advertised, fairly easy to flash the Maestro to match your vehicle. Just make sure you flash this little unit with the correct parameters. For example if your vehicle does not have any digital displays ie.(speedometer) then don't tell the Maestro you want gauges displayed on your radio, it locked up my radio and resetting did not even work had to disconnect battery to reset radio. Thanks to a call to Crutchfield and some trial and error got system to perform as expected.

Pros: Works everything it supposed and sync'd with vehicle with no problem

Cons: None

Great product

Written by: Chad b. from Sandy, oregon on September 20, 2014

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

Works excellent once programmed. Getting it to link and program was tough would not recognize the unit on multiple attempts but then finally connected.

Pros: Integrates vehicle controls flawlessly

Cons: Getting programmed initially

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: Donnie from Azle, TX on August 19, 2014

2011 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought a Kenwood GPS receiver and had it installed locally. Everything works!

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Factory Integration Adapter

Written by: Armando from Florida on August 13, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product makes your stereo even better by integrating with your factory vehicle.

Pros: integrating with your factory vehicle.

Cons: must be flashed, not that big of a deal but would be great if they came already programmed for a specific vehicle. Could save a little time if they were.

Almost Perfect!

Written by: Titus from Myrtle Beach on August 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit integrated my Pioneer 4000nex into my 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 almost perfectly. I did loose fade capabilities, because the factory amplifier only accepts inputs from the rear speakers. I also have to switch the rear with the front speaker wires in the harness to be able to hear phone calls. I wish the Maestro could compensate for this. However I was able to retain my advanced EVIC display which I am thrilled about!

Pros: Makes installation easy! Retains most functions.

Cons: Lost Fade capabilities. (firmware update?) Need to switch wires to function properly (for phone calls) Loose radio station info on EVIC display.

Sick adapter

Written by: hd_dh from Las Vegas, NV on August 5, 2014

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

Easy install to my kenwood. Takes my receiver over the top with its gauges and AC control. I would highly recommend it

Pros: easy to flash, easy to install

Cons: none

Not As Advertised!

Written by: SamA from El Paso, TX on August 5, 2014

It took me some time before I purchased this product. Maybe that is why I only rated it 3 stars. Advertised: purchase this product to "retain steering wheel controls and factory amp" This is not accurate at all. I should have listened to some of the lower rated reviews, but you always think some people are just upset. I had this professionally installed by a certified Kenwood Dealer along with a Kenwood 691HD head unit. The steering wheel controls do work but have been altered to do different things other than what the factory settings were. The turn signals and hazards have been altered to some annoying clank and the timing is completely off. So, basically my personal opinion: is that if I knew I would have to listen to the generic fake chimes that this unit is producing, and the controls this activates on the steering wheel, I would have never bought this thing and lost the controls and chimes. Shame on Crutchfield for what I believe is making this unit seem better that what it is and not being forth coming with the information that it is basically a toss up on the interaction at feature when properly installed.

Pros: Your head unit works.

Cons: Not as advertised!

Crutchfield response on August 18, 2014 It's too bad the ADS-MRR didn't work out for you. For other people in this situation, the button assignments can be re-programmed to suit your needs. The installer could've "re-flashed" the device to change those settings for you. There's not much to be done about the sound of the chimes and turn signals, but repositioning the chime speaker might've helped decrease the delay. What's more, since you have an iDatalink compatible Kenwood receiver, in the stereo's Setup menu, you can adjust the door chime volume directly. This also might help alleviate the delay.

Perfect

Written by: Ken from Iowa on August 4, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Use this unit in our 2014 GMC Savana Van. It was the only one that assured we retained all of our door chimes and lighs on warning signals.

Pros: Plug and play

Cons: none

Must have!

Written by: Greg from Near PGH, PA on July 24, 2014

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

If you have any kind of factory hands free/steering wheel controls, you absolutely MUST get one of these. The ease of integration and programming, plus the added features and of course retaining the factory controls and SYNC in my case, is invaluable.

Pros: Easy to install and use! Excellent customer support from the MFG!

Cons: None.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: Lbubba from N. California on July 19, 2014

2006 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter works great and the customer support is awesome. I installed this in a 2006 Ram and still having problems with it not tuning my factory amp on every time. But, this thing will integrate your factory bells and whistles very nicely. It is highly customizable and seems to be very stable even in the N. Ca summer heat.

Pros: Easy to set up Customizable

Cons: Have to remove to re-flash Have to have a windows machine to flash

Nice, but not as advertised

Written by: Daniel from Mobile, AL on July 16, 2014

The device has numerous options with the programmable interface, but does not have any additional features over the competition in my 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Several desirable features do not work from the device despite complete, correct connections as per the instructions and correct harness (sold seperate)

Pros: Easily customizable buttons

Cons: Does not correctly translate illumination wire, radio stays fully bright all the time Does not detect reverse, had to go around the device to the reverse light switch. Does not translate speed pulse, making problems with A/V and GPS Navigation. Does not pass Track or GPS information back to the Chrysler Uconnect EVIC display, an OEM function.

Crutchfield response on July 22, 2014 Unfortunately, the last issue mentioned (sending track or GPS information back to the Uconnect display) can't be fixed. According to our Techs, that's not something that can be done once you install almost any aftermarket stereo. Our Tech Support team has reached out to the customer to see they can help solve some of the other problems. Remember, lifetime Tech Support comes free with any Crutchfield purchase.

Maestro

Written by: Rob from Alabama on July 7, 2014

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

I installed this on a 2011 Silverado and everything worked except the Truck Bluetooth. I'm very happy with this purchase. I did not have to cut any wires on my truck.

Pros: Didn't have to splice any wires on my truck. Programming the unit for my truck was very easy......

Cons: Factory Bluetooth didn't work and I didn't like the factory sirius interface with the Kenwood. The station or title didn't show up on the screen. The only information was the channel number. I installed an aftermarket satellite tuner and it worked much better.

Everything Works!

Written by: Dave M. from Aurora, CO on July 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install for all those wires.

Pros: All my vehicles buttons still work

Cons: none

Great Product

Written by: hoefs13 from St. Paul, MN on July 2, 2014

2008 Dodge Nitro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Allowed me to continue to use my steering wheel controls. Down the road if I upgrade head units I'd like to see it's other capabilites.

Pros: Fairly easy to install. Allowed me to retain current functions

Cons: None so far.

Just like factory

Written by: BillC from Harrisburg, PA on June 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The idatalink Maestro worked as advertised. I had to do a little soldering and what not but no problems. Installed it and it worked. The only thing that was an inconvenience was the lack of Apple support. But luckily the neighbor came through and let me use his (PC) laptop to do the programming. Other than that, I had no problems and would recommend this product.

Pros: Simple to program. Adapter is fairly small and easy to tuck out of the way.

Cons: Must have a PC to program. And a little labor intensive, not a plug and play device.

Lots of functions for such a little box

Written by: Todd from TX on June 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product for plug and play and allows my to view a lot of the gauges for my Silverado and see ce codes when thrown. The current model that I have does have a few annoying factors with one of the ways it gets hooked up. Whenever the blinker clicks it cuts out the front left speaker which is annoying. I found out how to turn off the alarm but other alarms from car like low gas or seatbelt also cuts off the speaker.

Pros: Can see lots of gauges from truck, very programmable.

Cons: Sound cut off is very annoying however this model is now discontinued so the replacement may have fixed that.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Bob from Brunswick, ohio on June 17, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked great in the beginning has some issue with excessive heat I need to relocate

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Neat but not ready for prime time

Written by: 762x51 from Greensboro, NC on June 16, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to integrate a Kenwood DNX691DX into my 2010 GMC Sierra XFE and while it did integrate most of the functions, missing were some of the chimes (door open for example) and reasonable integration for the OEM XM receiver. If you select the XM receiver from the main menu then you will get a message to check the receiver. You have to go to the first sub menu, select "My Sierra", then XM radio from that screen to get the XM radio to work. Very distracting while driving!! Another quirk is the chimes that do work... If you adjust the chime volume so it doesn't blast you out of the car then you cannot hear the turn signal reminder.

Pros: Makes connecting a radio to your car/truck somewhat easy and it will pass some of the vehicle's data to the radio.

Cons: Finding documentation and connection (maestro - radio - vehicle) data is difficult. iDataLink's WEB site isn't easy to navigate but with patience you will eventually find the info you need to install their device.

Nissan Integration iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: Rey from Toms River NJ on May 29, 2014

2011 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great product. I was able to integrate the Maestro Rr with my new Kenwood DNX891 head unit and keep my Steering controls. I am able to view gages and ODBII Engine diagnostics on the Kenwood until. I was able to easily link the Kenwood until the factory Bose amplifiers / Speakers

Pros: Easy instructions for connections based on vehicle type. The firmware flashing process for vehicle was easy to follow. Nice having the ability to view vehicle info on my head until Read/Reset Check Engine Codes. I can view dash gauges. My steering wheels controls work great and can be reprogramed to accommodate different functionality.

Cons: I had to call Crutchfield connection points for reverse and parking brake as they were not provided in the harness. The Crutch filed web site said the Maestro Rr was not compatible with my 2011 Nissan Maxima even though it's fully supported by ADS Idatalink.

5 DAY INSTALL

Written by: CHRISTIAN from CA on May 27, 2014

I'm on day 5 and the unit still does not work. I installed the Maestro RR with the suggested GM harness, a Pioneer AVIC-6000NEX, in a 2007 Chevy Avalanche. After the initial install, the steering wheel controls worked, but I could not get my dash lights to turn off, even when the vehicle was off. The speaker output was almost nonexistent and the amp turn on was blowing fuses. After several hours of going over the wiring, and in fear of blowing up my amp and head unit, I put the install on hold. I called IDATA in the morning and the tech told me that the pink and white wire was seated incorrectly on their harness. I removed the wire and put it into the correct pin placement. The tech also told me to remove the "blockers "(an inline series of caps) from the speaker wire. These steps seemed to do the trick. However, after about 5 minutes the volume began to increase and decrease all on its own. I had to turn the volume down manually. Then the steering wheel controls ceased to work at all. I called tech support again and they told me that I needed to solder a 47 ohm resister on the red wire of the control plug. I performed that task. The volume still has a mind of its own and the steering wheel controls do not respond. I'm not certain what they will suggest next. I'm incredibly frustrated. IDATA seems to desire to place blame on Pioneer. I have three letters for you, if you are planning a Pioneer head unit install with the Maestro, PAC.

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Crutchfield response on June 4, 2014 The customer decided to return the ADS-MRR after going way above and beyond in troubleshooting the situation. Normally, the MRR does not require this kind of headache. We're reviewing this application and will document things accordingly so the next Avalanche owner knows what to expect.

MEstro

Written by: Duncan from Saint Martinville, la on May 24, 2014

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, better than expected!

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Good Product

Written by: Jeremy C from Tullos, LA on May 10, 2014

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Installation was a pain but keep your cool and you'll get through it. Glad I got it from Crutchfield, because they have awesome tech support. The product does exactly what it says. Make sure you buy the maestro wiring harness for your vehicle (sold separately).

Pros: CRUTCHFIELD TECH SUPPORT! Lol. Kept my steering wheel controls. And got to program what each button does.

Cons: Installation sux. You have to have internet explorer. A lot of wires and a box you have to stuff in your dash.

Is this the best you can do?

Written by: Mo from Atlanta, GA on May 10, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Seems to work great. Here's my problem. I'm an enlightened Mac user. It's all I use. I pay extra because their products work. I have a several years old iMac. Works like a boss. I have three iBooks. Awesome. iPods, iPhones... All of my friends are enlightened Mac users. I get this thing in the mail and it not only requires a PC to flash software for my application, IT REQUIRES INTERNET EXPLORER! Ok, maybe you use PC's, you're forgiven. Do you honestly have the latest version of internet Explorer? You will, if you buy this product. I was not happy when I had to start calling people asking if anyone would mind me using their PC's so that I could install my new sound system.

Pros: It works fine.

Cons: It only works with PC and Windows Explorer 7 or higher. Plus you have to install a third party software to flash the thing.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written by: Trent from WTH, IN on May 9, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It worked after I called and got another one sent. Flashing the module on my 08 GMC required me to turn off turn signal click in order for it to not shut off all the speakers on the left side of my truck when the turn signal was on. If you have a GM and use this good luck.

Pros: Kept my steering wheel controls

Cons: Poor information regarding the flashing process.

Maestro 2014 GMC

Written by: Montgomery from Texas on May 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product allows you so many functions. I was able to display gauges and other info on my Kenwood.

Pros: - The gauge function. - Double up on steering controls - Great price - I was able to use factory XM

Cons: - you should have a pro install it. There are a lot of setup tricks.

Works

Written by: David from Albany NY on May 2, 2014

2008 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Seems to work well. Downloading the new file on it was simple and easy. As far as wiring goes it's definitely recommend that you buy the wiring harness for this you because it's a sea of wires if you dont.

Pros: Keeps my steering wheel controls and factory subwoofer

Cons: Recommended wiring harness definitely makes things a lot easier

Naestro works perfectly

Written by: B Pepper from Athens Alabama on May 2, 2014

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm usually hesitant to give a 5 star rating but this device worked perfectly and was easy to install. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler and everything worked flawlessly.

Pros: Easily adapts to your vehicle by connecting it to your computer and then going to the iDatalink website, selecting your vehicle, steering wheel type and stereo. Just click the flash button and your Maestro is programmed.

Cons: The iDatalink website programming function only works with PC's, not Macs.

Maestro RR

Written by: Danaxgab from Warsaw,ky on May 1, 2014

2007 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

One of the best products

Pros: It has everything

Cons: None

great product

Written by: Rob from Raleigh, Nc on April 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Need to hook up to computer before install

Needed to call Crutchfield for it to work properly.

Written by: ng2T2 from SoCal on April 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on a 09 Challenger with Pioneer AppRadio 3. I picked this unit over the PAC because I was told It would work with Uconnect. It doesn't. Still a good quality unit that was able to keep steering wheel controls. I like that you program it on the web and can change the funtions of the steering wheel controls to your liking. If you have my setup, you will need a modified steering wheel control cable that Crutchfield can provide. Only thing is you have to call customer support. They were great, but I wish they would have told me this before I spent time troubleshooting thinking it was something wrong on my installation.

Pros: Programable steering wheel controls that can be changed to the users liking via the website.

Cons: Uconnect will not work (although I was told it would) with late model Challenger/Mopar and AppRadio 3. Needed modified steering wheel control cable (for my setup) that should have been included with original purchase.

Great Product

Written by: JMD1388 from Marion, IL on March 30, 2014

2007 Mercury Milan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing made steering wheel integration a breeze. Paired with the iDatalink Connec harness, it was almost a complete plug-n-play installation.

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Flawless operation

Written by: Kirk from Ocean Springs, MS on March 20, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I wanted to retain Sync and SWC's in my 2013 Mustang and this looked like a good option. The installation is a breeze with the optional manufacturer specific harness. Soldering the stereo harness in took longer than anything else, but was no problem. Flashing the module is easy to do and allows you to assign two functions to each button which is nice.

Pros: Easy to install and program, retains all factory functions

Cons: None I can think of!

Needs better directions

Written by: Anonymous from Clarksville, TN on March 18, 2014

2009 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Needs a direction make over

Pros: It works

Cons: The directions that it comes with aren't very helpful had to go online to find good ones.

Sync Integration is awesome!

Written by: Matt from Michigan on March 4, 2014

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

If it wasn't for this unit, I wouldn't have an aftermarket head unit in my F150! The unit is very easy to set up and install using the T-harness sold for Fords. Only about 10 connection to make to the head unit and everything else is plug and play. Programming is a snap (but you must use Internet Explorer.) In use it just works. About the only thing bad I can say is that there's a bit of a delay when pressing the voice button. An ADS rep offered that since I'm just using it for phone, press and hold the voice button for fast access to the phone menus.

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Easy-ish. Nothing is as easy as it seems

Written by: Joey B from Maryland on March 2, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Upon reviewing procedures for installing my stereo, I was pretty optimistic regarding the ease at which this would install. Dash came apart easily and almost everything plugged in. For my chrysler product, the adapter had an extra harness but, must be extra... or so I thought at first. Secondly, I had to go in and solder up all the wires (it sounds plug and play when you order it, but plugging to an aftermarket stereo, have to solder the stereo harness to the Idatalink pigtail. Now I'm ready to go. Everything should be plug and play at this point. WRONG. Turns out, the software in the iDatalink actually controls the routing of the audio, so, bad program equals no sound. Of course, I programmed it and it said it took, so I thought I was missing a connection or did something wrong. It was a saturday, so no customer support available, so I kept plugging away, checking every little thing. Turns out, programming didn't go right. After struggling to get the thing flashed, it worked. I don't know what happened the first 39 times, but the 40th time with the same settings, I plugged it in and boom... audio. My fader is still all messed up. Fade to the back and it goes away. But all the speakers and subwoofer are working. When watching a movie, the quadraphonic sound fades the proper direction when a helicopter flies overhead on screen, but I can't fade it to test each speaker. Other than programming on a bad website, it was worth it to get the functionality.

Pros: Easy plug and play once you get the website to work properly.

Cons: Not so easy to get and more so CONFIRM that it's actually programmed right. An issue when you have an untested stereo. Which is broken? Soldering or butt connecting required. You might expect that to be the case, but I figured, I told them what stereo and what car... they would give me a harness. Naive maybe, but I don't install new stereos for a living. If it will run with a USB cord, possible to leave a USB connected run to the glove box to change settings without disassembling.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Factory Integration Adapter

Written by: Maestro ADS MRR from Oviedo, Fl on February 25, 2014

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

The maestro was easy to program and install. You don't need to be a electrical engineer to follow the diagram and hook it up. The feature I wanted was an interface with the SYNC system in my Ford F150. This device hits it out of the park.

Pros: Easy to program Easy to install Directions are easy to follow

Cons: Interface is slower than I expected

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: SteveG from Edgewater,FL on February 13, 2014

2007 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Product

Pros: Easy to Install

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro

Written by: Casey from Utah on February 6, 2014

2008 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Took many phone calls to figure out the instructions and still cant use the factory Sirius.

Pros: Works

Cons: Instructions capability button delay cost Doesn't retain factory Sirius

2012 Chevy silverado

Written by: Facundo from Carlsbad NM on January 27, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Never got it to work

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Cons: Never got it to get a green light only the red light would blink and I did what the instructions said also on the computer I couldn't program it it would say that I needed the latest program but I would download it and it still wouldn't work

Crutchfield response on January 29, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Adapting

Written by: RMA from WA on January 14, 2014

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

Lack of directions from manufacturer disappointing. Customer from Crutchfield surpasses all expectations. You need to set up a (free) account on Maestro's site and plug this into a USB drive to "flash" it to your vehicle's specs. IE must be used, not firefox. Then their website will walk you through programing what each button on your steering wheel will do. An excellent opportunity to customize to your own uses! Comes with all wires (which I did not need having purchased Datalinks FOR01 adapter-and worried me when I had so many excess pieces).

Pros: Ability to customize steering wheel controls. Superior Crutchfield customer service. Seriously, they would stay on the phone for hours if you needed them!

Cons: Confusing (to me) at first, but made perfect sense when I figured it out.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on January 6, 2014

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

Great product, made installation easier and full support for steering wheel controls and Bluetooth.

Pros: Made connections very easy.

Cons: None

Works great

Written by: dling from New Hampshire on December 10, 2013

2013 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just finished the install and works great! It's nice to be able to retain the use of the steering wheel audio controls. I did have to call the tech support line as something on my browser was not configured correctly. I spoke with Mike on the tech line and he quickly walked me through and had me up and running in less than 5 min. The online process was easy to navigate as it walks you through you vehicle type and such. The wire diagram was clear and easy to read. I would have liked to see a small "How to get started" card maybe in the box. Be sure to download the plug-in first and register on the site. Website is on the back of the box. Also be sure to order the harness that is sold separately. Do not be confused by all the wire harnesses that come in the box, you will not need them, as the harness sold separately replaces them. Harness colors matched wire-for-wire to the harness for the Pioneer deck I installed.

Pros: Ability to retain factory steering wheel audio controls.

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An ok adapter

Written by: Brandon from Baton Rouge LA on December 5, 2013

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

It's only OK. The cons negate the pros on this one. The ability to configure your unit online and customize it is nice but the online instructions are terrible at explaining what the functions do or mean so you have to guess. Then after installing you realize it's something you want different and have to uninstall it from the car to flash it again online (hope you didn't put the dash all back together yet).

Pros: Customizing is nice

Cons: Lack of description of features while customizing is frustrating. Lack of online troubleshooting for after hours or nights is also frustrating. I also now have a static pop in my front driver speaker when door chimes or turning signals try to make noise

Works perfectly

Written by: JC from Brunswick, GA on November 16, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adaptor was very intimidating at first. I also had to use the iDatalink Connect ADS-HRN(SR)-G for my 08 Chev Avalanche. I downloaded the connection guide that iDatalink Maestro indicated I needed for my vehicle. I hooked it up according to the sheet and got NOTHING! Didn't do anything. I was a little more than aggravated at this point. So,,,, I called the tech number to iDatalink and spoke with one of their technicians who told me that the radio that I chose was not compatible with the iDatalink Maestro system. I was almost irate at that point because this was the system Crutchfield told me I needed to keep my full steering wheel audio controls to include OnStar. I contact "Jenny" my sales advisor and kind of explained what happened and she suggested I call the Crutchfield tech support. I did and spoke with (I believe his name was) Charles. He walked me through the hookup process. The problem wasn't with the system, it was with the downloaded connections sheet I got from iDatalink. It was outdated. Charles walked me through the now simple hook up and now it works perfectly. Can't say enough about the Crutchfield staff.

Pros: Allows me to keep all the steering wheel audio function plus OnStar.

Cons: Make sure you have the updated connection sheet. Call Crutchfield if you have any problems...

buyer beware...

Written by: Al from Peekskill, NY on November 6, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My efforts to program the Maestro were stopped dead in my tracks when I went to their web site and found that I would not be able to flash the unit without a MS Windows computer. Since this type of road block seems so last decade, I called the support and asked if this was indeed the case. The tech support replied with "Oh you drank the apple kool aid". I found this dismissive and offensive. Then he said "well I guess you will have to get professional installation". In an effort to make this work, I was anxious to get my stereo installed, I actually went to best buy and asked a salesman there to help me with a new laptop. He tried for about an hour to get the unit to flash using a brand new computer. Even with a windows computer, this was a dead end. I returned the unit and bought a similar product from PAC. The interface I got from them worked GREAT and the support was sensational. They walked me through the entire process and were both friendly and respectful. If you want a recommendation... check out their products. If you are a kool aid drinker like me... MAESTRO is NOT FOR YOU>

Pros: it never worked, so I can not give you a pro.

Cons: the entire review is a con.

Amazing Product for Ford Mustang

Written by: Zach G from Lenexa, KS on November 3, 2013

2012 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this product along with a Kenwood DNS890HD and the MUS1 dash kit in my Mustang and it works flawlessly. The unit it easily programmed and customized allowing for factory integration of steering wheel functions. This also allows for the Kenwood unit to display gauges from ODBII data. Anything data the car knows of the unit can display. Also, this allows for the cars climate control to be displayed on the Kenwood for a cleaner dash. There is no longer a wall of buttons in my Mustang, which I very much prefer. If you have a Mustang this, plus the MUS1 dash kit and a Kenwood head unit are a must!

Pros: Flawless integration with steering wheel and ODBII data

Cons: None