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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

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

Item # 794ADSMSW

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering...

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About the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Don't lose control

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering wheel audio controls. iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MSW adapter allows you to retain those controls when you install a new car stereo in a wide range of vehicles. It's compatible with over 1700 vehicles made after 1998, and it'll work with just about any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Visteon, and Valor.

Don't lose control

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering wheel audio controls. iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MSW adapter allows you to retain those controls when you install a new car stereo in a wide range of vehicles. It's compatible with over 1700 vehicles made after 1998, and it'll work with just about any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Visteon, and Valor.

Program it yourself

You can install the ADS-MSW yourself if you have experience installing car audio gear — keep in mind that you'll have to splice into your vehicle's wiring and solder connections. Before installing, you'll program the adapter at the iDatalink site to work with your particular vehicle and car stereo. (Note: you'll need a Windows-based computer, see Details.) Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. If your vehicle isn't covered, the Maestro is the only steering wheel adapter that allows you to program your car using a simple step-by-step web procedure.

Assign each control a secondary function

And here's a great feature that's unique to this adapter — you can also choose and assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled. For example, touch the "Volume Up" button, and it'll turn up the music. Hold down the "Volume Up" button, and you can switch on the loudness on your car stereo. Warranty: 1 year.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle to connect this adapter.

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What's in the box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module
  • 24" Seven-pin harness with bare wire on other end
  • 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

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Features

Steering Wheel Control Interface: The iDatalink Maestro SW Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface lets you retain your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls when replacing the factory radio with an SWC-compatible aftermarket radio. The Maestro SW lets you retain original steering wheel functions and assign a secondary press & hold feature to the buttons of your choice. The Maestro SW also lets you instantly create firmware for vehicles that are not included in the coverage list using a simple step-by-step web procedure.

Note: You'll usually have to hardwire this adapter into your vehicle's wiring. In most vehicles, the factory radio plug does not have a wire dedicated to the steering wheel audio controls, so splicing & soldering is often required.

Compatibility: The iDatalink Maestro SW is compatible with over 1400 vehicle models with analog steering wheel inputs from 2000 to date, and with most aftermarket radios (Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony). The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or wired remote connection.

Note: Please enter your vehicle information and aftermarket head unit model to confirm compatibility.

Flashing the Module: The supplied USB cable plugs into your PC and allows you to flash (program) the Maestro SW with the appropriate vehicle's firmware to prepare it for installation. Visit iDatalink's Weblink site and follow the instructions. System Requirements for Weblink 6.3 include:

  • Windows 2000 (SP4), XP (SP2), Vista, 7 (32 or 64-bit), 8, 8.1, or 10
  • Administrative rights on your PC
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater (excluding 64-bit version)
  • Available USB port
Note: iDatalink Maestro SW is not compatible with a Mac.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I need ma steering wheel buttons! [ Trevor  Mar 21, 2019 ]
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included in install package [ Douglas  Mar 11, 2019 ]
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required for proper installation [ Paige  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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To keep my controls on my steering wheel [ Lawrence  Feb 26, 2019 ]
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so I could use my factory equipment [ james  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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This is my 2nd of these and they are great for keeping your factory steering wheel controls. [ Clinton  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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I need this to be able to control the head unit with my steering wheel controls. [ Dennis  Feb 16, 2019 ]
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included in kit [ Robert  Feb 08, 2019 ]
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Keeping the factory steering controls intact is crucial to maintaining the vehicles factory functionality intact, making the new system seem as OEM as possible. [ Christopher  Feb 05, 2019 ]
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Needed for Steering wheel control [ Steve  Feb 04, 2019 ]
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Recommend [ James Keith  Feb 01, 2019 ]
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Convenience [ Anthony  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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Just want to keep using the OE features of my car [ Janice  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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On direction of your utility to identify what is needed to use the device [ Todd  Jan 19, 2019 ]
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Recommended by Buster in sales as part of the package he showed me. [ David  Jan 06, 2019 ]
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I choose this because this will allow me to use my steering wheel controls. [ joshua  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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recommended [ Richard  Dec 21, 2018 ]
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To principally get the additional performance monitoring info on my head unit and secondarily to keep the steering wheel controls. [ Perry  Dec 20, 2018 ]
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factory functionality is a must!! [ JOHN  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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Gotta keep the steering wheel controls working! [ Michael  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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I like having volume and track selection on my steering wheel [ KEN  Dec 04, 2018 ]
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To be able to keep steering wheel controls. [ Steve  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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I want t0 utilize sterring wheel controls [ Michael  Nov 30, 2018 ]
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To maintain steering wheel controls [ Jose  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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Make installation easier and cleaner. More of the OEM look I'm looking for. [ CHRISTOPHER  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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Steering wheel controls retained. [ John  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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Wanted my audio controls to still work from the steering wheel [ Jeffrey  Nov 20, 2018 ]
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Works with pioneer Avis 8200nex radio pin my Chevy truck [ CHARLES  Nov 16, 2018 ]
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I still wanted to be able to use my steering wheel controls [ John  Nov 08, 2018 ]
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Want the steering wheel volume controls to work [ Thomas  Oct 31, 2018 ]
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Wanted to keep my steering wheel controls. [ L  Oct 29, 2018 ]
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I didn't choose this.it was included, I cant use it. [ Michael Nelson  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield to work with my 2010 Accord. Hope it works! [ Tim  Oct 16, 2018 ]
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Crutchfield said this is the one that worked with my car and the receiver [ Royce  Oct 12, 2018 ]
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Wanted my controls to work. [ David  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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My current cars all have hands-free capability, and while this older model car's wheel has more limited inputs, any control that I can manage with the steering wheel is a positive. I'm sure that the Crutchfield staff has tested the unit thoroughly and found it to be a reliable product. Highly discounted price always helps as well. [ Tim  Oct 04, 2018 ]
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To keep steering wheel controls. [ Mark  Sep 18, 2018 ]
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On my 2006 Honda Civic, I was going for the "full monty" with the full Maestro. But then found out it wouldn't give me the fancier benefits, as my car doesn't supply the necessary info, such as rpm, tire pressure etc. This will do fine I hope, for steering wheel volume etc. [ Tim  Sep 11, 2018 ]
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Recommended by CF [ Owen  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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To retain factory functionality. [ Allan  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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Needed to work with my steering wheel controls [ John  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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Was recommended so we can use our steering wheel controls. We were given a big discount when we ordered it with our new radio. [ Eric  Aug 27, 2018 ]
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To keep all functions on my steering wheel [ Jose  Aug 06, 2018 ]
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retain factory control [ Roy  Aug 01, 2018 ]
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To use factory steering wheel buttons. [ Shawn  Jul 21, 2018 ]
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factory controls [ Keola  Jul 16, 2018 ]
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Ease of installation [ Scott  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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Advise from Tatum [ Dominic  Jun 29, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield. [ Rigo  May 07, 2018 ]
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also a recommended item for installation and wanted to continue to use the steering wheel controls [ anthony  May 04, 2018 ]
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This was a suggested add-on and I expect to be able to use my steering wheel controls. [ L  Apr 26, 2018 ]
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needed [ Steven  Apr 21, 2018 ]
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i wanted the steering wheel controls on the car to continue to work [ Alan  Apr 20, 2018 ]
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Don't want to lose steering wheel radio controls. [ William  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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Compatibility with head unig [ John  Apr 05, 2018 ]
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Super price on this part. It allows to keep the OEM functionality of the steering wheel controls. [ erwin  Apr 01, 2018 ]
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Is a better solution to maintain the steering wheel controls according to Subaru forums and many people who are doing there own installs. [ Timothy  Mar 12, 2018 ]
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To maintain the use of my steering wheel controls w/ my new head unit [ Daniel  Feb 15, 2018 ]
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This was suggested after identifying my Pioneer AVH-X391BHS as the double-din aftermarket stereo that I want to install into my 2016 Kia Optima. [ Justin  Dec 20, 2017 ]
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To ensure that existing steering wheel functions were available with the new stereo [ John  Dec 12, 2017 ]
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Wanted to retain factory steering wheel controls. This was recommended by Mark my crutchfield rep [ Austin  Nov 30, 2017 ]
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Recommended by audio shop [ Mark  Sep 16, 2017 ]
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Picked for me by rep. Want steering wheel controls. [ C  Aug 15, 2017 ]
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Fits radio and is programmable [ Josh  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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Twice the control options [ David  Jul 17, 2017 ]
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Wife would die without her steering wheel buttons. [ K  Jul 15, 2017 ]
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it appears to be the easiest toinstall [ George  Jul 08, 2017 ]
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To control Pioneer receiver [ S  Jun 14, 2017 ]
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My current metra aswc is faulty, and this one provides dual function buttons, plus USB programming. [ Carlos  May 27, 2017 ]
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Recommended [ A  May 10, 2017 ]
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Wanted to keep steering wheel controls [ Stephen  May 01, 2017 ]
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Makes my new stereo function like OEM but with many more features [ John  Apr 29, 2017 ]
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Because I like controlling the volume and skipping songs from my steering wheel [ Brian E.  Apr 20, 2017 ]
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Just bought a used car and want to transfer the Poineer head unit from my old car to this one. [ Jason  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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bang for your bucks... very straightforward I think. [ John  Apr 07, 2017 ]
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Because the Axxess ASWC-1 does not work with the Off hook or PTT buttons in my 2015 Hyundai Accent. According to Axxess support, they are incompatible. The Maestro site says they are compatible even though the configurator says it isn't, so here's hoping... [ Christopher  Feb 18, 2017 ]
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Based on the choice I made for the previous item, I needed this to retain my steering wheel controls. [ Roger  Jan 28, 2017 ]
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Easy to program, ability to program extra features [ Frank  Jan 23, 2017 ]
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Able to program steering controls to aftermarket radio [ Arturo  Dec 22, 2016 ]
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simple connections [ Gregory  Dec 15, 2016 ]
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The allow me to continue controlling my radio through my steering wheel after my aftermarket unit is installed it was easy to install and program. [ CARL  Nov 26, 2016 ]
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For harley [ Bill  Nov 25, 2016 ]
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Adviser Recommendation [ WARD  Nov 14, 2016 ]
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wanted to try this. [ O  Nov 01, 2016 ]
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It was an excellent choice to connect my steering remote to my Kenwood... works great! [ OTIS  Aug 26, 2016 ]
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Very good. Works great [ STEPHEN M  Aug 12, 2016 ]
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This adapter is more customizable for additional steering wheel functions [ Chris  Aug 07, 2016 ]
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Like the idea of being able to program the steering wheel buttons for more than just one function. [ Charles  Jun 25, 2016 ]
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I wanted to keep the steering wheel controls. [ ROBERT CRAIG  Jun 23, 2016 ]
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perfection when comes to stering wheel controlers [ Antonio  Jun 20, 2016 ]
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Convenience [ Andy  Jun 10, 2016 ]
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needed to use hand controls on my bike [ matthew  Jun 06, 2016 ]
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Maintain steering wheel controls [ Kenneth  Jun 06, 2016 ]
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wanted full functionality of the factory radio [ David  May 25, 2016 ]
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based on crutchfield; this item would help me use the steering wheel feature to control my radio which it did. I thank you very much for your help crutchfield [ fritz  May 22, 2016 ]
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tech support and price is great. [ Nathaniel  May 16, 2016 ]
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to maintain handlebar controls [ M  May 04, 2016 ]
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smart set up w a computer is a lot easier than pressing buttons way to go maestro.... [ LUIS  Apr 07, 2016 ]
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I want to retain my factory stereo controls. [ David  Apr 04, 2016 ]
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Read online that it offers option of programming two functions for the limited buttons on my vehicle. [ Scott  Mar 26, 2016 ]
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Easier to program than others. Like the fact I can program a second function on each button. [ Greg  Mar 20, 2016 ]
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Stock Options Is A Must! [ Juan  Mar 20, 2016 ]
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Seems like a good fit to my earlier purchase of pioneer radio [ Peter  Feb 28, 2016 ]
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Wanted to keep my steering wheel controls [ CHARLES D  Feb 24, 2016 ]
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Cheaper than best buy. They wanted $80. Also you guys are the best! [ Terry  Jan 26, 2016 ]
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This was a simple add on to save my factory steering wheel controls when adding a Kenwood head unit. Worked like a charm. [ titanium man  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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Tried the CRUX adapter for an installation in a Nissan Versa with a Kenwood and was disappointed with how it worked, the Maestro has worked well in my other car (2013 WRX with Sony) so I figured I would use it for the Versa too. [ Mark  Dec 29, 2015 ]
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Recommended by a pro [ STEVEN R  Dec 28, 2015 ]
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12 questions already asked

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Will my Onstar function work in my 2013 Chevrolet Silverado?
[ Eddie  Dec 28, 2018 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Krissy  Jan 02, 2019 ]  Staff
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Probably, most of their products are universal and you download your vehicles info online. Good luck in hooking it up. The instructions are vague and when you need a specific cars wires to interface the unit for installation there is little to no help unless you can find someone who had gone through the trial and error process already. A big gamble to take when you are hooking it up to a vehicles ECU. Mine is hooked up to the stereo unit of the car I purchased it for and is programed for the steering wheel also. It is "NOT" spliced into the OBD II port because I couldn't find the instructions (and yes I called tech support and searched online for 2 days) to be confident not to fry my cars computer.
[ Sheila  Dec 28, 2018 ]
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I have a 2008 Explorer with sync and no sub woofer. I have a Kenwood model DDX23BT and I want to use the maestro to connect everything to my steering wheel controls..........Will this work OK with my radio?
[ Donald  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze, this product did not work with my Kenwood DdX23BT.
[ Luis  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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it worked for my 2010 f150 with sync
[ jose  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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can this connect a 2016 Kia Sedona to a Pioneer AVH-4200NEX?
[ Jonathon  Apr 25, 2018 ]
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Sorry, no. The Kia Sedona is not compatible with the ADS-MSW.
[ Ryan  May 02, 2018 ]  Staff
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will there be a need to connect wires , or is this unit plug and play???
[ Drjsb2  Mar 27, 2017 ]
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Kenny  Mar 27, 2017 ]  Staff
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do I need iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module and iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter for my 2013 f150 with 4.2" screen with mysynch when installing a Kenwood DNX 893S or just the ADS-MRR?
[ jason  Mar 25, 2017 ]
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Because there may be additional questions as this can get pretty detailed I would still reach out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Kenny  Mar 25, 2017 ]  Staff
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Kenny  Mar 25, 2017 ]  Staff
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What other wiring harnesses will I need with my 2011 Corvette ZR1 3ZR (With Bose)? Planning on Pioneer AVH-4200NEX
[ Matt  Jul 23, 2016 ]
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You can check to see everything you need for your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx After adding vehicle information and adding the receiver to your cart you will be given different package choices. For additional details please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Jul 23, 2016 ]  Staff
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Will this work with a Toyota Tacoma?
[ Graham  Jul 10, 2016 ]
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This will depend largely on the year and version of your Tacoma. For details on your installation, you can enter your vehicle info in the "OutfitMyCar" application: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx?lp=%2fCar%2foutfitmycar%2fmycar.aspx And if you have further questions, feel free to speak with an Advisor via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page. I hope that helps!
[ Larry  Jul 13, 2016 ]  Staff
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Compatible with 2016 Hyundai Elantra? Installer says no, Maestro website only shows compatibility up to 2014. Any data to support that it does?
[ Mike  Jan 29, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Jan 29, 2016 ]  Staff
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Will this program with a Mac?
[ Paul L.  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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I do not think so if you are using safari. the website only works for internet explorer, I have windows 10 and google chrome, windows new Edge broswer do not work, you need to use internet explorer, once its flashed for a car, it is a nightmare to reflash.
[ justin  Nov 23, 2015 ]
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I'm not sure. Mine was programmed with windows. I do think it comes with Mac instructions also
[ MARVIN  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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Unfortunately no. I had to return it because it's not compatible with any Mac OSX. I would get the axxcess
[ AUSTIN  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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Is cutting into to factor harness required to use this?
[ ryansievers  Oct 22, 2014 ]
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Yes, you have to splice into wires that go to the steering wheel controls. Quick connects do not work properly, you have to have a secure connection. I tried initially with quick connects and could not get it to work due to poor connection. Once I spliced and taped the wires, works like a charm
[ Gil  Jul 29, 2015 ]
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Krissy  Oct 24, 2014 ]  Staff
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What's the difference between maestro rr and maestro sw?
[ Eric  May 18, 2014 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  May 18, 2014 ]  Staff
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Will this work on a 2003 Navigator?
[ Patrick  Jan 14, 2014 ]
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Jeff  Jan 14, 2014 ]  Staff
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