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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

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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. 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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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Round Lake Beac, IL on 9/11/2019

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I ended up not using the product. I need to return it

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Couldn't get it to work

Crutchfield customer from Sea Bright, NJ on 9/2/2019

2006 Honda Element

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The wiring for this install was very confusing. I could not get it to work with my Honda Element. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get it working.

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Crutchfield response on 9/9/2019
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Gage, reached out to this customer to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Crutchfield customer from Cartersville, GA on 9/2/2019

2013 Honda CR-Z

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Extremely confusing. The color coordination on the module isn't really helpful. It does what you need it to do, but the software makes special instructions for you that aren't clear.

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Crutchfield customer from Haymarket, VA on 8/30/2019

2006 Hyundai Sonata

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Great, easy to program and use.

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Crutchfield customer from Delano, TN on 8/21/2019

2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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this equipment is works very well

Pros: system is easy to program the way you would to set up

Cons: instructions are not very good, called crutchfield for help, they knew exactly what to do

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Did not work for the 2003 G35.

Crutchfield customer from Usaf Academy, CO on 8/15/2019

2013 Buick Regal

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Did not work for the 2003 G35. Talked to the manu for help and they stated I would have to cut wires to make it work. Works for 2005 G35.

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Crutchfield response on 8/20/2019
This customer contacted our Customer Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Crutchfield customer from Woodbury, MN on 8/4/2019

2004 Honda Pilot

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Works pretty well once installed. The setup instructions were lacking in detail. I couldn't figure out where to connect one of the wires and after calling crutchfield support (they're great!), I learned that I had to cut a wire from the car's harness and splice that to the wire on this unit. Didn't turn out to be a big deal at the end but wasn't clear at all from the set up instructions that that's what I had to do. The firmware programming was pretty straight forward and everything worked as advertised.

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Crutchfield customer from San Marcos, CA on 7/29/2019

2005 Honda CRV EX

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Works flawlessly. Installation is simple. Finally have my steering wheel controls back after years of procrastinating on getting this. Worth every penny

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Works

Crutchfield customer from West Richland, WA on 7/28/2019

2012 Honda Accord

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Works, but had issues installing

Pros: Works well

Cons: Had to call because a wire needed to be flipped. Instructions had it backwards.

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Patrick from Maple Grove, MN on 7/21/2019

2011 Honda Odyssey

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I got this to use the steering wheel controls with our 2011 Honda odyssey, and I'll start off by saying that it does work, so in the end I'm satisfied. That's where the satisfaction ends, though. I paid extra for Crutchfield to wire the harness , which they did correctly, as much as they could do. After flashing the firmware, you get some vehicle-specific 'instructions,' except they were awful and probably hurt more than they helped. The Connector diagrams were confusing and inaccurate. Thankfully, the rock-star customer service at Crutchfield came through and saved the day. J.P. spent about a half hour on the phone cross referencing the instructions with those of two other devices and we finally figured it out. If it wasn't for JP I would have given up and sent the thing back. Moral of the story: Crutchfield Awesome. Maestro - dismal.

Pros: Works

Cons: Horrible instructions

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Laurice C from Mobile, AL on 7/20/2019

2005 Acura 3.2TL

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I installed this in a 2005 Acura TL with a Pioneer AVH-2550NEX DVD Receiver and it works wonderfully. I was able to retain my steering wheel controls which was a plus for me. Now my vehicle feels like it is new with a modern head unit.

Pros: Internet programming made if easy to flash the controls I wanted for each steering wheel button.

Cons: For the TL I had to run a wire from the original Bluetooth harness located above the rear view mirror to the iDatalink Maestro in my dash.

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Crutchfield customer from Madison, AL on 7/18/2019

2011 Honda Accord

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I paid a little extra for Crutchfield to do the wire connections for me. Other than a little programming on the computer, it was just plug and play. Programming is simple, and crutchfield does send you with easy step by step instructions.

Pros: Maintain steering wheel controls with aftermarket stereos

Cons: Site to program the unit is picky about your internet settings.

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Not worth the hazel.

Crutchfield customer from York, PA on 7/11/2019

2006 Ford F-150

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Instructions aren't clear enough. You have to go to their website to register and that is also a hazel. I ended up not using the steering wheel control for the radio.

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Crutchfield response on 7/16/2019
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, Wesley, reached out to this customer to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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ryan from Bozeman, MT on 6/23/2019

2011 Ford Escape

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Super easy to program. Two options (using Internet Explorer - didn't want to work). I decided to download the standalone program. Quick and painless!

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Crutchfield customer from Mohegan Lake, NY on 6/18/2019

2018 Subaru WRX

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Slightly more expensive than it should be, but makes connecting your steering wheel controls a lot easier.

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Crutchfield customer from Brooklyn, NY on 6/16/2019

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It worked fine for me

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Crutchfield customer from Clarion, PA on 6/16/2019

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

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This was the easiest steering wheel adapter I've ever used. Such a simple install, great compatibility, and just works.

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Crutchfield customer from Vineland, NJ on 6/6/2019

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Install instructions should have clearly stated from the beginning that: 1) unit needs to be flashed 2) additional wiring needs to be completed by the user by attaching 2 wires (brown and yellow) on the factory harness to the corresponding steering wheel control wires on the ADS-MSW harness as specified in the wiring diagram.........This would have avoided a phone call to support

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Crutchfield customer from Ball Ground, GA on 6/4/2019

2008 Kia Sorento

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Ordered Kenwood Dpx793BH, Scosche SLC4 Line Output Converter, Metra 95-7328 Dash Kit, Metra 70-7302 Receiver Wiring Harness, iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter and Crutchfield ReadyHarnessT Service ..... with one call to confirm a two wire connection for iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW . All excellent !!!

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Impressive

Crutchfield customer from Baltimore, MD on 5/28/2019

2007 Honda Accord EX

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Very impressed. Easy wiring, programming and setup instructions. Surprisingly allows me to control my track selection on my phone via the Steering Wheel controls and my BT connection on my car stereo. Impressive.

Pros: Came highly recommended and delivers.

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Crutchfield customer from Taunton, MA on 5/27/2019

2015 Kia Sorento

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Requires you to have a Windows Operating System to setup and configure, which fortunately my wife had. After that it was quite easy to setup and configure. When we originally went to a local car audio retailer they stated it would be $250 just for the steering wheel adapter, I laughed. This device bundled with my purchase was maybe $40. Well worth it.

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Do Not Buy

Jake from Palmer, AK on 5/27/2019

2004 Ford F-150

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If I could give it less than one star i would. Absolutely horrible! I paid extra to get this with a new stereo, wasted over an hour trying to set it up, and it didn't even work. Total piece of garbage and waste of plastic. DO NOT BUY!

Pros: None

Cons: Doesn't work Waste of time Bad Customer Support Stressful

Crutchfield response on 6/3/2019
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, AJ, reached out to Jake to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Works great, but may be challenging for the inexperienced

Crutchfield customer from Satellite Beach, FL on 5/23/2019

2006 Chevrolet Equinox

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This device works as advertised but it is not for a novice installer, and in fairness, that's stated on the packaging. You'll need to use the supplied cable to attach it to your computer, register an account, and flash the firmware to configure for your car and stereo. Also, in my case only a couple of wires needed to be connected to the harness, but I had to identify them carefully, snip them away from the factory harness, and connect into the harness for this device. Go slow and be careful. The good news is it works like a champ!

Pros: Worked perfectly, even allows for some customization of steering wheel controls

Cons: Slightly challenging install, you'll need to flash the firmware and probably need to carefully identify some wires and cut the away from your existing wire harness without damaging the others. Take your time and call Crutchfield if you're stumped.

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Arts thoughts

Crutchfield customer from Phoenix, AZ on 5/21/2019

2006 Ford F-150

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Over all great, the installation and setup information included could use a little more details to clearly describe the installation and hook up of the unit to your vehicles wiring.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

william from Tampa, FL on 5/19/2019

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

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Works Perfect. Nice to have my steering wheel controls back. Took off 1 star due to the software work around's you need to perform on your computer due to the Maestro programming locked into a legacy mode (32 bit Internet Explorer and more workarounds.) Not exactly user friendly, but a YouTube or google search away from having instructions.

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Simple install!

Guest from Parker, CO on 5/16/2019

2004 Kia Sorento EX

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Easy install! Had to splice one wire into my dash harness. Program the steering wheel buttons however you like with a ton of control options and variations! Works great with my Kenwood double din dvd stereo.

Pros: Works perfectly

Cons: Have to remove dash and wiring to change programming via pc computer

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Great product. Even greater customer service

Zach from Pueblo, CO on 5/11/2019

2006 Infiniti G35

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To anyone reviewing this product and giving one star for the fact it does not program with an iMac, read instructions before you buy next time. Crutchfield clearly states that it is only Windows compatible. As far as programming goes, it is one of the most streamline processes. You can give a single button multiple functions which really adds variety to your wheel functions, while maintaining your factory controls you are used to. Note: you will most likely have to do some wiring yourself (to the vehicles system) for this product to work. I am a novice to automotive sound systems and it took me 10 minutes to wire so, nothing too major to worry about. If worse comes to worse, call Crutchfield customer service, I had an issue with connecting the parking brake wire from my Pioneer 1400 NEX to my vehicle and a technician talked me through it and everything is working great! Thank you Crutchfield, I am a very happy customer and plan on returning very soon.

Pros: Easy programming process on a Windows system. Multiple-function button programming adds new-car dimension to an older vehicle. Very easy to follow wiring instructions. Kept all off the factory controls on my wheel while adding even more.

Cons: Not iMac compatible which was a bit of a roadblock since that is my go-to system, but I made sure I had a Windows system before even buying this product.

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Worth it

Tom from Sarasota, FL on 5/4/2019

2012 Toyota Prius

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I would definitely buy this product again. I think it's worth spending a little extra to keep steering wheel controls. You will have to connect this device to your computer to set it to your car model (flash the device) but don't let that intimidate you. It's an "advanced beginner" installation and your Crutchfield tech support agent can help you if you need it.

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Easy to use

Crutchfield customer from Port Orchard, WA on 5/1/2019

2003 Ford Excursion

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Easy product to use. The only issue was that in order to flash the unit to work with our vehicle had to download some old software. If you are running windows 10 you will too.

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Crutchfield customer from Lincoln, DE on 4/30/2019

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

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I would give it a no star but it won't let me. On my second head unit. The first Kenwood they said there was something funky with the way Kenwood programmed it. Didn't work at all. The second unit. Also a Kenwood, won't work either. It's frustrating. Especially since they even have my current one listed to pick to flash on their site. UPDATED 5/6/19: I had originally left a bad review. I admit, what I was complaining about not working was MY FAULT! I neglected to connect one of the wires. I will take 99% of the blame. The other 1% goes to the instructions. Yes, the connection for the wire I neglected to connect was there on the schematic, but wasn't very clear to me at least. I had all the other wiring done as it should be. The Crutchfield forum was where I got my solution thanks to tech support. Tech support emailed me all the steps, which were in writing except for the one wire I neglected to hook up. Once Tech support gave me the color wire that should be connected, everything worked fine. This was on the second head unit I ordered as the first one the maesto people said the first one (KMM) they have problems with. I change my one star to a 5 star review.

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Trent from Nappnee, IN on 4/26/2019

2007 Ford Focus ZX4

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This thing was pretty straight forward. Yes you do need to use Internet Explorer. Yes you can use Windows 10 as long as you use Internet Explorer and not Microsoft Edge. I was able to program it, try it out and it worked the first time however I decided to change a couple buttons so I re-flashed it and connected it back up. The changes were made and all worked. Very nice!

Pros: It works

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Flash directions obsolete - didn't work in vehicle

Bill from Atlanta, GA on 4/26/2019

2003 Nissan Frontier

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The flashing directions sent by Crutchfield are obsolete and the ones on the IDataLink site don't work either. When I tried the Maestro help number.....well it's in French. I found a website giving me directions for the work around to was able to get it to flash. It still didn't matter - after 5 HOURS at a car stereo installer with everyone in the shop trying to figure out why none of my steering wheel controls, etc.... would work I ended up just having to take the stereo out and return it along with this adapter.

Pros: Small Box was pretty

Cons: Flashing directions don't work Didn't work in my car

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Crutchfield customer from Brooklyn, NY on 4/21/2019

2008 Honda Accord

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my car sounds good thanks to crutchfield.

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Not worth the hassle!

Crutchfield customer from Brookfield, MO on 4/18/2019

2008 Ford F-350

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This adaptor has to be flashed through the iDatalink website. The only problem is that their website is so obsolete that it can't be accessed with any 64 bit computer or any browser currently in use today. And it won't work with any Apple product at all. In addition the iDatalink website is not secure so the only way to log into it is to completely disable your antivirus. So it took me an entire afternoon to reconfigure an old Windows 10 machine to accomplish what should have been a 2 minute job. Not worth the hassle.

Pros: None

Cons: Practically impossible to set up

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It just would not work

Terry from Hanover on 4/15/2019

2006 Chevrolet Malibu

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No good luck with this device. Purchased this as part of a radio replacement project, all parts from Crutchfield and all worked great except the steering wheel control. I had Crutchfield do the harness service which made install 10 times quicker. The first issue was the weblink didn't recognize the device on three computers running windows 10 so I called Crutchfield support and was told to try windows 7 so I dug out an old windows 7 machine and we finally got it setup for my car. Took it to the car and plugged it in and nothing. no buttons on the steering wheel worked. Because of the harness service I only had to connect two wires which was easy but it just didn't work at all. Not a happy camper.

Pros: Install was easy with the Crutchfield harness service

Cons: I did not work

Crutchfield response on 4/17/2019
Terry, we're sorry you're still having issues with your SWC adapter. Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Jason, reached out to Terry to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Crutchfield customer from New Orleans, LA on 4/9/2019

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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works perfectly!!!!

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Crutchfield customer from Royersford, PA on 3/31/2019

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

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This device worked great. Please note all the warnings that you need a PC and internet explorer to flash the module. I have a Mac and used WindowsXP with Bootcamp and it worked fine. The ability to program two functions for all of the buttons is really great since I only had 6 button on my steering wheels for generic functions.

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More difficult than it should have been

Crutchfield customer from Springfield, IL on 3/24/2019

2010 Honda Accord

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Box did not come flashed. I hooked it to my laptop but ithe website would not function properly. I called Crutchfield. apparently the site does not work properly with the latest windows version. I had to open another version. then the flash went fine. Which is contrary to the directions. But I had to splice 3 wires for the steering wheel controls even though I paid extra for ready plug and play harnesses.

Pros: Works

Cons: Took 2 calls to get it working. frustrating

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Great product

Crutchfield customer from Bloomfield, KY on 3/20/2019

2004 Ford Excursion

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Easy access to directions and buttons work as I set them up on my laptop.

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Sweeeet

Crutchfield customer from Killeen, TX on 3/13/2019

2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS

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Very easy setup. Reprograms all steering audio control buttons. It's pretty good. Thumbs up.

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Decent device

Aaron from South Deerfield, MA on 2/28/2019

2009 Subaru Forester

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This product has been working in my car flawlessly for over a week now and I am very pleased with it. However, the programming process, as many others have stated, is quite frustrating. When I purchased this product I was aware that I would need a PC running Windows in order to program it. I had to borrow a computer to do it since I only have a Mac, but that was no issue. The issue was their software functionality, or lack thereof. The plugin takes FOREVER to download and install and if you don't do the process exactly the right way you have to start all over or else it won't work. It seems like they can get away with annoying software (from 2013) because you really only have to use it once.

Pros: works well once installed, retains factory steering wheel controls

Cons: bad computer software, very specific computer requirements

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If you only have a Mac computer, Do NOT get this!

John from Raleigh, NC on 2/18/2019

2007 Honda Odyssey

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It might be a perfectly wonderful controller, but I'll never know. I have to give it a low rating because of its requirement to have a specific, Windows PC-only computer and Internet Explorer browser configuration to program/flash it. Crutchfield rep told me I could use Bootcamp and install Windows on my Mac computer and do it that way, but after a frustrating weekend struggling to get it to work, talked to another Crutchfield rep this AM who confirmed the Bootcamp route won't work for this. If you only have a Mac or your PC isn't exactly what's required, don't bother ordering this. Such a frustrating experience.

Pros: Looks like it would've been simple to connect with the Ready Harness.

Cons: But could never get it to flash, so had to return it.

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Programming easy

Keith from Waco Ky on 2/11/2019

2014 Ford F-150 STX

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Easy to program

Pros: All

Cons: Instructions not clear had to tap 1 wire that was not explained well

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Requires a Windows PC to program it to work

Jon from King Of Prussia, PA on 2/3/2019

2008 Honda Element EX

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Sold this steering wheel control adapter in a package deal from Crutchfield tailored for my Honda Element 2008 EX installation. Never once showed that I'd have to program it myself to work, and that I have to own a Windows PC in order to program it. As exclusively an Apple Mac owner, it was a complete waste of money and time.

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Cons: Requires a Windows PC to program it to work

Crutchfield response on 2/11/2019
We're sorry about the programming platform limitations on this iDatalink piece. However, the second paragraph of our online presentation for the ADS-MSW mentions the fact that a Windows PC is needed for programming. The good news is that iDatalink will soon release a solution that works on both PC and Mac platforms.

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Good for programming additional functions

Crutchfield customer from Buford, GA on 1/31/2019

2009 Honda Accord

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Good product after you setup the software on your pc.

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James from Littleton, CO on 1/29/2019

2011 Kia Sportage

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Put this in my Kia Sportage and programmed from my PC. Super simple and worked perfectly.

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Crutchfield customer from Roanoke, VA on 1/25/2019

2017 Subaru WRX

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With a Sony XAV-AX100 the only part that is needed is the 3.5mm aux. You can cut the connector that connects to the Maestro adapter off and hard wire into the Axxess AX-SUB28SWC-6V to retain steering wheel controls for a 2017 Subaru WRX.

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Crutchfield customer from Cincinnati, OH on 1/25/2019

2005 Honda CRV EX

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Nice product. Works great on a 2005 Honda CRV. Instructions were incomplete and did not show all of the wiring connections. Website was useless.

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Crutchfield customer from Ada, OK on 1/19/2019

2014 Kia Rio

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Worked great. Had to use internet explorer to flash the device, but once I figured that out it works great and all my steering wheel controls work.

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Jashua from Bronx, NY on 1/19/2019

2008 Hyundai Sonata

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Dont buy this product I bought it around Christmas and tried installing it and it doesnt even work, I really hoped I could retain my factory controls but I couldnt and spent money on this piece of JUNK!

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

Crutchfield response on 1/23/2019
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, AJ, reached out to Jashua to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter installed and working properly, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Crutchfield customer from Anchorage , AK on 1/16/2019

2002 Ford Excursion

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Good in theory, but need a PC to flash the unit. IDatalink requires windows XP or 7 to perform this. They need to update the software options.

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A trip down memory lane.......

ERIK from Long Neck, DE on 1/15/2019

2009 Kia Optima

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I bought this despite the reviews telling of difficult installation. I received it in the mail today, and an hour or so later it was flashed, wired, and working as expected in my '09 KIA Optima with a new Pioneer AVH-2440NEX. Yes- it is stupid that you have to use Internet Exploder and .NET Framework V2.0 to allow your computer to communicate with the ADS-MSW module. Yet, Windoze 10 (which is on the HP/Compaq Elite 8300 I7 PC I used to flash my module) still has Windoze Exploder, and downloading .NET Framework is relatively easy. It's kind of like a trip back to 2002 or so. If you are only 17, you may want to spend some time learning a bit about the old software you need to use for programming this Maestro module. After configuring and flashing the ADS-MSW module via USB in my office, I went outside to the car. Aside from connecting the 3.5mm plug cable to the new Pioneer stereo wired remote input back panel jack, there are only 4 other wires to connect. Ground, accessory positive power, and 2 wires on the vehicle wire harness 24 pin jack. Thankfully I had a spare mating 24 pin plug with wire pigtails, so I just used crimp barrel connectors for those 2 wires (Pins 16 & 17). I do feel bad for folks that only have Mac PC's, as those computers are not going to talk to the ADS-MSW module USB ports (the programming port to get your module configured to "talk" between your car controls and stereo). The instructions should tell you that you will need a friend

Pros: Once programmed, it works well.

Cons: Ancient and limited module programming options. Pathetic instructions provided.

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Joshua from Nashville, TN on 1/15/2019

2003 Nissan Altima

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It works Great! It took a while to figure out the wiring. But, once I figured it out it was no problem at all! Also, something I found is the three wires that you are connecting to this retains all your controls on the left so, VOL + and -, Up and Down buttons, Menu button, and Trip button. If connect correctly you do not lose the trip button. A lot of the forums said you would.

Pros: Works great and still get to use all my button. Also, on my vehicle with this, I am able to program the button with whatever I want them to do.

Cons: Wiring is a challenge if you are new to hooking this up. But, it can be done!

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Crutchfield customer from Valley Stream, NY on 1/12/2019

2018 Subaru WRX

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Didnt work

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This customer contacted our Customer Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Easy!

VIK from California on 1/6/2019

2015 Hyundai Genesis

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Easy to set up! I have Windows 10. Search Explorer boom! Follow the instructions. Cut 3 wires & everything else was a breeze. You can't use the newer Internet explorer.

Pros: Easy to set up.

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Plainfield, IL on 1/3/2019

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Worked great

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Derek from Birmingham, AL on 12/31/2018

2006 Honda CRV LX

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Easy to program and install.

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Works!

Tad from Sherman, TX on 12/31/2018

2011 Kia Optima

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Easy to install when added with the Crutchfield ready harness. I retained all of my steering wheel controls!

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Crutchfield customer from Piney Flats, TN on 12/29/2018

2008 Toyota 4Runner

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I gave 4 stars due to instructions provided after programming. Somewhat confusing unlike the rest of the instructions provided. Device works great and being able to adjust programming to change button functions was a huge plus.

Pros: Optional Programming, Easy setup for car.

Cons: Install instructions a little confusing.

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Joseph from Framingham, MA on 12/28/2018

2008 Subaru Impreza

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I hoped that I could install everything without having to alter or cut into the harness in the car. But the instructions that came with this are not at all clear. As a result, I have not installed this yet. When I have more time, I plan on calling support for help

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Nightmare setup

Kennedy from San Jose, CA on 12/28/2018

2006 Lexus RX330

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It works as it's supposed to, after a nightmare of a configuration. Web-based setup? Not so fast. Not just the web... You MUST be running Windows. You MUST use Internet Explorer. You MUST use their ActiveX plug-in... or forget it. This was arguably a slick approach for some people in the previous century, but today, it's a dead end. The irony that their instruction sheet shows it being done from a modern MacBook Pro while in fact it's better off with an ancient PC running literally a 20 year old OS and a browser that even its creator is trying to kill off is laughable. If it weren't for the free availability of Windows 10, VirtualBox, and a lot of patience and experience battling poor product design, I would have given up and shipped this thing back after the first day of trying. Next time, I'll just buy the preconfigured alternative from Axxess instead and be done with it.

Pros: Does what it says it's going to do.

Cons: Such a pain to set up, I will hate it forever.

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Poor Diagram

Kevin from Wheaton, IL on 12/27/2018

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Diagram not correct for my car and stereo. No explanation for vehicle White/ green wire. Accessory Red has no pin out ID or color identification.

Pros: Easy online flash

Cons: Diagram not correct, not working

Crutchfield response on 1/1/2019
Kevin reached out to our tech Support team for help. If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, it's important to contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase.

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Good product, not the best website.

Roy from Melissa, TX on 12/26/2018

2013 Toyota Sequoia

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Product works good, but the programming is frustrating. First, most people have windows 10. How can it not be supported? I finally found an old laptop with 7 and even then, it took several tries to install and get it to recognize the module. I have installed flashlogic stuff before, so do have some familiarity with the website interface they use. The button definitions seems a little vague on some of the options.

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good product

Richard from Parkersburg, WV on 12/19/2018

2010 Toyota Tundra

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Perhaps a bit more complicated than a few of the other controllers. For one thing I could not get the program to run on google, it kept asking for a plugin even after I downloaded the plug in. Luckily Explorer did work and the flash did download and is working. The wiring can be daunting and I do electrical wiring such as networks and even housing.

Pros: one of the better ones

Cons: a bit more complicated

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Ken from Denison, TX on 12/17/2018

2008 Subaru Impreza

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Configuring this device on the PC to work with your vehicle was easy and they had pictures of the steering wheels to make sure you set it up right. The ability to remap buttons (I don't ever use the mute button, so I made it display phone info when pressed) is really cool and I didn't realize it did that until I was doing the initial configuration. Occasionally doesn't respond for a minute or two but .

Pros: Easy install, adds functionality to the buttons on the wheel.

Cons: Occasionally stops working for 2 or 3 mins

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Crutchfield customer from Shawnee, OK on 12/16/2018

2003 Lexus GS300

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Very easy to install. Works great!

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Crutchfield customer from Foley, AL on 12/15/2018

2007 Saturn VUE

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Easy to install. Keeps my steering wheel controls. Great product. Makes me want to upgrade the stereo in my other car.

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Doesn't work with 2018 WRX

Justin from Dayton, OH on 12/14/2018

2018 Subaru WRX STI

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Doesn't work with 2018 WRX

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Daniel, reached out to Justin to help him further. We'll either help him get the SWC adapter working, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Luther from Monument, CO on 12/12/2018

2013 Kia Rio

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Instructions leave a LOT to be desired and flashing only works with Windows. Thankfully Crutchfield tech support able to assist to get it working.

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Great gadget

Colton from Quakertown, PA on 12/11/2018

2004 Acura 3.2TL

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Really sweet unit. You can completely customize the functionalities of your steering wheels buttons! Works like a charm. Relatively easy install

Pros: Customizable button control Slim design Great customer service

Cons: Website is a bit confusing in order to install the software

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It works, but...

Jonathan from Bothell, WA on 12/6/2018

2010 Honda Odyssey

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oh man, what a pain. After a couple hours of staring at it and figuring out how to attach this to the super-short wire harness in my car, everything works as advertised. That said, I'm not likely to buy anything from this manufacturer in the future unless they start supporting browsers/OSes made in the last 5 years.

Pros: It works once installed.

Cons: Setup requires Internet Explorer (lol), the wiring diagram and instructions are somewhat vague.

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Old and outdated

James from Tucson, AZ on 11/1/2018

2008 Ford F-150

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You must load the maestro module software using a Windows 7 computer, or older, with Active X. This antiquated software is not compatible with newer browsers. Unless you have an old antique computer laying round or feel like loading a VM just for this, don't bother with this product.

Pros: none

Cons: System is only compatible with old outdated software.

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Crutchfield customer from Strasburg, PA on 11/1/2018

2007 Hyundai Sonata

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Works perfect. The interface is easy to understand and use.

Pros: I can use my steering wheel controls

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Crutchfield customer from Fredericksburg, VA on 10/28/2018

2005 Lexus RX330

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I didn't like having to install a software package before I could install the maestro software before I could download the firmware to the device. In the end it works fine though.

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Crutchfield customer from Myrtle Beach, SC on 10/26/2018

2008 Ford F-150

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This is much too complicated for end user to handle. The flashing process took a couple of hours to work through with several calls to tech support. Once that was figured out I went to install the unit and found that I could not get to the factory wiring inside my dash to figure out which wires to connect the unit. I finally gave up since the only steering controls I have are volume and station preset scan. It was just too much effort for the potential reward.

Pros: none

Cons: too complicated

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Crutchfield customer from Rathdrum, ID on 10/24/2018

2009 Honda Civic EX

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It works for basic radio controls from the steering wheel (volume, channel and mode select)...but bluetooth and voice nav buttons do not work...at least not in an 09 Civic with factory navigation/bluetooth steering wheel controls. It seems to be highly dependent not only on your car but the radio you select. For Kenwoods, you will need to use the Kenwood microphone. The steering wheel bluetooth controls amount to answering/hanging up a call...and even that is flaky but even if that worked it would not be that useful. If it won't prompt the radio via the steering wheel buttons to accept a voice command to make a call, its useless in my opinion. The voice navigation buttons will also not integrate or activate the Kenwood. I was expecting a full duplication of the bluetooth steering wheel controls and OEM functions on a Honda. I spoke with several "technicians" at iDatalink and confirmed that the "Maestro" was getting a signal from the steering wheel buttons, (so it appeared to be hooked up correctly) but then they went on to explain all the limitations with a Kenwood and that "its a problem with the Kenwood"....If that is the case, then someone needs to make this crystal clear as to exactly what this will/won't do especially when you have a working OEM bluetooth/nav system.

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Great product with awful (required) software updating

Iain from Gainesville, VA on 10/22/2018

2015 Subaru WRX STI

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This is a great steering wheel adapter but I'm only giving 4 stars because the firmware flashing process is terrible. iDatalink requires a computer running Windows 7 which Microsoft stopped providing support for 3 years ago and is officially EOL in 2020. It was a total hassle to get their software installed to do the software flashing, it required a janky combination of Internet Explorer 7 and some IE plug-in to emulate windows 7. At least you only have to do it once. Once flashed the setup was a breeze and it works very well. They just need to modernize their software flashing process.

Pros: Once you get the module flashed it's smooth sailing.

Cons: Flashing the module is terrible

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Works great.

Carla from Thomasville, NC on 10/18/2018

2007 Saturn VUE

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Okay, so this is getting 5 stars because I did eventually get it to work it took me 7 days, but truthfully it's because I had to work and spent what free time I had trying to figure out *how* to get this thing going. The instructions are vague. Plain and simple. Flashing the device isn't hard. You go to the site, select your car + steering wheel + and radio and program your buttons and bam. It's done. But it's the AFTER part that is confusing if you don't frequently deal with wiring. I am not someone who does. So I'm going to tell you what confused me in case it helps another clueless person trying to save money by doing their own install. Firstly, If you purchase the ready harness and think this thing can just be plugged up to go, you're wrong. This is probably common sense to most, but not to me. The ground wire and accessory wire will be hooked up for you. But the other wires will not be, because they have no way to hook them up to your car. This was a major "duh" moment for me. The diagram on idatas website will show you exactly which wire in the harness connects to which pin on your car. For Instance: the red/purple wire from the maestro went to the dark blue wire on connector A pin 11 for me. Just splice into it and you will be good to go. For me, 2 wires held me back. I just needed to connect 2 wires and my frustrations would have been solved. Anyhow it works perfectly and I'm glad it's over lol

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Crutchfield customer from Collingswood, NJ on 10/16/2018

2005 Honda CRV EX

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Used on a 2005 Honda CRV - not too bad to install. Only had one wire that I could not connect to the wiring harness adapter. Had to splice into vehicle harness. Works almost perfectly. Only issue is my channel changing button on the steering wheel - is a manual tuning button. I am sure I just need to adjust a setting. Flashing was super easy. I would buy again...

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Roger from Douglasville, GA on 10/8/2018

2014 Honda CR-Z

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This is a good device but the instructions for integrating this to a 2014 Honda CR-Z are not accurate. The instructions show that the Bluetooth module is located on the center of the dash, but this is not so. It is located at the passenger kick panel. You will need to remove the glove box in order to access it. You have to keep an open mind to the instructions with this as they can be slightly off, but it does work as intended once wired correctly.

Pros: Works as intended once wired correctly

Cons: Instructions aren't that accurate.

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Maple Center from St Johnsbury, VT on 10/3/2018

2008 Honda CRV EX

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Great! Easy to use. Customer service was super helpful

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Works Great

Mike from Beaverton, OR on 9/30/2018

2009 Subaru Forester

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This adapter could not have been easier to program and install. The web programming interface is very simple and intuitive. Can now control my JVC KW-935BTS receiver using the steering wheel controls just as I did the OEM factory receiver.

Pros: Easy to program. Easy to install.

Cons: None.

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kevin from Brockport, NY on 9/28/2018

2005 Ford Focus ZXW

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Really disappointed with several things about iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter... first off the instructions are very vague... I even spent the money to have Crutchfield attach the harness to make install easier (which they seem to have done a good job). Note you need PC not mac... but not just pc.. when downloading the program to flash the controller, you can't use chrome or firefox or even new internet explorer... you need to use internet explorer the old e with the little halo looking picture, no where in the instructions is that stated... so after 2+ hours of trying to flash the programmer and trying to do it on 4 separate PC computers I started making phone calls...called Crutchfield their customer service is great... but Ultimately had to cd all maestro who again had great customer support.. finally I was on the right track and got it all flashed and ready to go... On to the install... Since all wires were hooked up it was plug and play... or was it... I got it all hooked up and got the new radio installed and all back together... I work 6 days a week and between 52-60 hours with 2 little kids at home so to find the hour or so to do the install is tough... I first trip radio is great sounds good and I'm happy... now let's use those steering wheel controls... nope nothing... not working... so after hours of fighting and frustration and spending this much, I got something that doesnt even work.... sad

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: Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, AJ, reached back out to Kevin to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Works great!

Dylan from Hattiesburg, MS on 9/26/2018

2008 Honda Element EX

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Fantastic unit. Slightly better than the Metra Axxess. My only complaint is you need a PC and must use Internet Explorer to create an account so you can flash the firmware for initial setup. I would rather use my phone for programming like the Axxess does with no registration required.

Pros: Super easy to program if you have a Windows PC

Cons: Must use Internet Explorer to program Must register an account with idatalink

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Crutchfield customer from San Marcos, CA on 9/26/2018

2006 Honda Civic EX

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Very Frustrating experience. I had trouble programming it. I phoned tech support, they were very helpful in assisting me in configuring my browser. However, I never installed it. The wiring was more than I planned on tackling. I used Crutchfield's service to make the wire harness for the receiver, but they didn't provide any connection for the ADS-MSW adapter. I was left scratching my head looking for the right wire to splice, then didn't find any guidance on where to plug it into the one of the several module plugs. I suppose I could have called tech support, but alas, the project had consume a good portion of my afternoon, the car needed to be used, so I abandoned the ADS-MSW install.

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Our Customer Support specialist, Tylaher, reached out to this customer to set up a return. If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, it's important to contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase.

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Vague and useless instructions

Mark from Sauk Rapids, MN on 9/25/2018

2011 Toyota RAV4

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The instructions from the manufacturers web site were so generic and vague as to be useless. The instructions for Crutchfield were nonexistent. I'm sure it would work if I knew which wires to connect the Maestro to the wiring on my wife's 2011 RAV4. A simple thing like that would have been nice to have and I don't understand why it wasn't included.

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: Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Mark to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter installed and working properly, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Does its advertised jobe

John from Newport News, VA on 9/17/2018

2004 Nissan Maxima

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Works fine once you find someone with a Windows unit to program it for you. The unit works, but the lack of working with anything but windows is a negative

Pros: Does it's advertised job Crutchfield tech is awesome

Cons: only works with windows hookup pictures is lacking

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Steve from Murfreesboro, TN on 9/17/2018

2003 Infiniti G35

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Easy to install and works great

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Works well, but needs to be Windows 10 compatible

Terry from Davenport, IA on 9/13/2018

2006 Honda Ridgeline

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Works well, programmed successfully the first time. Reason for 3 stars is because you cannot use a Windows 10 PC (had to find another laptop) and the downloaded wiring page you get after programming is done is very hard to read. Too small to read when printed off.

Pros: Worked first time as it is supposed to.

Cons: Windows 10 PCs do not work to program. Downloaded wiring sheet has too small print to read.

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Crutchfield customer from El Dorado Hills, CA on 9/13/2018

2011 Toyota RAV4

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Installation was a bear. You are forced to use Internet Explorer. I haven't used IE in over a decade. It does tell you you have to use IE, but only after you have created an account and signed in and gone through the programming procedures do you have to do it twice if you don't know. Also, I felt the install instructions were a bit light and unclear. Look for the red, black, and white wire in the wire harness...I had 3 wireharnesses with red, black, and white wires. The correct wire harness, infact, had TWO red, TWO black, and TWO white wires. idatalink is not open on the weekends, but a quick call to Crutchfield and I had the right harness with the right orientation, so the right wires. Now it works.

Pros: Does exactly what it is supposed to

Cons: installation unclear.

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Shane from Vancouver, WA on 9/9/2018

2005 Nissan Altima

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Intermittently works, response by car controller is hit or miss. Will not buy another one of these and hope to find something different for my vehicle.

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- Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Jason, reached out to Shane to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working properly, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Good product

Austin from Mora, MN on 9/6/2018

2012 Kia Optima

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Works great

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Crutchfield customer from Bellevue, WA on 8/26/2018

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

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Works as expected.

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works as expected

Bryan from Belews Creek , NC on 8/22/2018

2010 Ford F-350

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Required for installation to retain steering wheel controls. I found their significantly more expensive model that allows you to retain the NAV/RSE/TPMS monitoring/etc. wasn't worth it since my truck didn't have and of that to begin with. For $50 you can buy a scan tool that will give you all of that anyway and you can easily take it from one vehicle to another. It's a really slick online interface to program it, very comprehensive if a bit busy in the GUI. Being able to reprogram the buttons to do different things via the computer and USB cable is pretty novel and a perfect April Fools trick for the most nerdy hardcore pranksters to switch around peoples volume up/down buttons!

Pros: retains steering wheel controls

Cons: costly adapters add up, can equal the cost of some radios

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Works Well!

Alan from Eugene, OR on 8/20/2018

2003 Honda Accord EX

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I like that I can program the OEM steering wheel buttons and this product works well in my '03 Honda Accord EX.....The bad news.....idatalink only works with a windows based computers. I've had Macs for years and I had to find a friend that has a windows computer to program the unit.

Pros: Integrates my OEM steering wheel audio controls

Cons: You need a windows computer to program the unit

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Easy install, Paper instructions to get started are iffy...

Jaron from Smithfield, UT on 8/19/2018

2012 Hyundai Sonata SE

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This has worked well and was relatively easy to install. Once I got the bugs figured out. First off, you'll have to download software through I.E. can't use Firefox, Chrome etc. you'll need to make sure you have pop-ups enabled or it will tell you repeatedly that you need to download the newest version of software. Setting up a new account was a bit wonky. Be prepared to have to reset your new password the first time you log in. Programming is very straight forward. make sure your steering wheel matches the pictures shown for flashing the module, you can customize the steering wheel controls if needed or desired at that point. wiring was pretty straight forward as well, since this will give you a diagram specific for your car. I would suggest to wire the harness and then test before putting your dash back together. if everything is connected properly the module should have a green light that turns on if you've connected the red wire on your module to your red ignition wire your new stereo. I missed this the first go and nothing worked until I connected the red wire, and I missed it because only two wires connected into the new wire harness of the stereo and I skimmed over the other wires. after that it worked as it should with no problems. I gave this 4 stars because the the software download and use was a bit weird with only having to use Internet Explorer and allow pop-ups. which is not mentioned in the paper instructions, so you're left to stumble for about

Pros: easy to program, easy to wire

Cons: paper instructions should mention needing to use Internet Explorer and allow for pop-ups before starting

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Disappointed

Crutchfield customer from Longwood, FL on 8/15/2018

2006 Nissan Maxima

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I spent over an hour with the very helpful Crutchfield tech support and was unable to get steering wheel control to work. I understand my 2006 Maxima is not simple like many other vehicles however, the ready harness had 2 connected wires, I had to connect 3 more in the dash and then bypass the factory Bluetooth under the drivers seat. Still no joy.

Pros: None for me

Cons: Complicated connection without success

Crutchfield response on 8/15/2018
We're sorry you're still having issues with your steering wheel controls. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Works Great!

RayJay from Olive Branch, MS on 8/6/2018

2009 Nissan Maxima

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Works as advertised with my 2009 Nissan Maxima and a Kenwood DMX7705S. Instructions were pretty clear, but did have some initial trouble getting the software to load for flashing the unit using a Windows 10 computer. Wouldn't work using Chrome or Microsoft Edge but once I selected the option in Edge to open up Internet Explorer instead, the software worked fine for flashing the unit.

Pros: Maintains factory steering wheel functionality

Cons: A little tricky downloading the software to flash the unit before install

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Factory fit

Dan D from Arlington, WA on 8/5/2018

2005 Infiniti G35

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Exceeded the expectation of its features which replaces the OEM parts. Well worth the price!

Pros: Exceeded the expectation of its features which replaces the OEM parts. Well worth the price!

Cons: None

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Keo from Puyallup, WA on 7/29/2018

2005 Honda Accord EX

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Instructions are a joke. Product works great but instructions on what wire goes where are terrible

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Crutchfield customer from Barrington, IL on 7/27/2018

2009 Honda Odyssey

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Works well with the Sony XAV-AX100 I installed in our 2009 Odyssey. When using CarPlay, it's great to use the mode button to trigger Siri. Installation wasn't too bad, though it would have been great to have a male 'B' connector to complete the connection (I had to stick a couple of wires into the female B connector and then twist-tie/tape them in place).

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Brad from Sachse, TX on 7/23/2018

2010 Toyota Prius

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It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I would suggest it.

Pros: Easy to install Does exactly what it is designed to do

Cons: Programming took some time to get downloaded on my computer. I tried 2 different computers and kept getting error messages on both. I had to go into the settings and allow some permissions in order for it to download.

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Crutchfield customer from Salt Lake City, UT on 7/22/2018

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX

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I followed the directions; I soldered connections; I flashed and re-flashed the connection. When I called and spoke to the representative with Crutchfield, they seemed to suggest that it was all connected properly. And still, no steering wheel controls.

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Crutchfield response on 7/23/2018
We were sorry to hear about this customer's experience with our Tech Support team. We forwarded this review to them to follow-up. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Tamassee, SC on 7/11/2018

2004 Ford Explorer

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Doesn't work!!!!!

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Cons: Company website useless.

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This customer contacted our Tech Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Works great once you look at the wiring diagram

Paul from Amsterdam, NY on 6/25/2018

2008 Hyundai Sonata

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Unit works great with my 08 Sonata. Had an issue with the instructions. I downloaded the firmware to the unit. Steering wheel pictures were a little confusing as mine was slightly different. Instructions that come the unit are vague. Turns out you need to look as the wiring diagram and splice in a few wires. Didn't realize this since I paid for the pre wired option for the harness. Tech Support helped me out greatly. Jason Sanchez showed me my error and once I wired everything into the stock vehicle harness life was good.

Pros: Keeps your steering wheel functions stock

Cons: Poor instructions.

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Works great 2015 STi Base model

Niral from Parsippany, NJ on 6/6/2018

2015 Subaru WRX STI

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I was able to easily flash the module on the website with my steering wheel, use their instructions to match the wires and remember to input the aux into the w/r on the back of my pioneer AVIC8200NEX and its working flawlessly. No issues.

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David from Seattle, WA on 6/4/2018

2006 Honda CRV EX

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Thought I got a bad unit out of the box. Turns out the installer used a Maestro supplied long cable and that was the issue. USE THE CABLE IT COMES WITH!

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Geren from Westminster, MD on 6/2/2018

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring

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With one exception, this thing seems to be just great. Setup was quite easy in Internet Explorer (IE is the only way to set up the interface), and it worked as advertised straight away. I did decide to leave a longer USB cable somewhat accessible, so that I can reprogram it if necessary. The included instructions are a little vague, but the web site walks through the process easily, and allows printing out a wiring diagram that explains the wiring pretty exactly (there is still one mystery wire in my installation).

Pros: Easily configured Easy installation

Cons: Requires Internet Explorer for configuration -- this really needs to be modernized to allow flashing with other browsers.

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Perfect solution for my steering wheel controls

Steve from Lakeville, MN on 5/31/2018

2009 Honda Fit Sport

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Flawless interaction with my new Sony Apple CarPlay headunit. Used the Posi-Tap 16-18 awg connectors are a MUST for a clean, easy installation. Be aware, you need a Windows-based computer to flash the firmware required to customize the unit for your car; does NOT work on Macs.

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Works Great!...Not so great directions

Chris from Baltimore, MD on 5/29/2018

2008 Honda Civic EX

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The product itself works great! The reason for 4 stars is that the installation directions were not the clearest. You could follow them but it took a bit of studying. It was just a diagram and no written directions explaining anything. You see lots of other people complaining about having to flash it but flashing it is awesome because it means you don't have to program it. Once it is hooked up correctly you are ready to use it.

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Christopher from Baraboo, WI on 5/28/2018

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX

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Haven't been able to flash it so haven't got it installed yet

Pros: Would be nice to use factory controls

Cons: Couldn't figure out how to flash it, I am not that computer smart and haven't been able to get it to work

Crutchfield response on 5/29/2018
Christopher, we forwarded your review to our Tech Support team for follow-up. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return/exchange within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Poor install instructions, cumbersome programming

Brad from Tulsa, OK on 5/28/2018

2005 Nissan Altima

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Are 0 stars possible?? Probably sending this back. Needs to be programmed before install using a windows computer with a specific Windows and IE version. Will not work with Apple, doesn't like my Windows laptop either. Also, there is no wiring schematic in the "Quick Start Guide". I can't even find one on their website. Give me a PAC interface with switches any day of the week. I would be done with the install instead of searching around the web for help.

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Crutchfield response on 5/29/2018
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Brad to help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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It Just Works

Jim from Eureka, CA on 5/22/2018

2008 Honda Element EX

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This unit gave me the ability to continue using the steering wheel audio controls in my Honda Element. I needed access to a Windows computer in order to flash the firmware that made this compatibility possible, but it was an easy process. Correct installation needed Crutchfield's help.

Pros: Does what it purports to do.

Cons: Setup instructions and directions are vague and confusing. I needed the help of Crutchfield's Cris to sort out the right way to hook it up to my new JVC head unit. Otherwise, I would have botched the install.

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Crutchfield customer from Fairfax, VA on 5/15/2018

2016 Subaru WRX

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Works exactly as advertised. Honestly the only complaint I have is the ActiveX (Internet Explorer only) setup, in 2018...

Pros: Works

Cons: ActiveX setup app

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WAY easier than other adapter/modules I've used

Bill from San Antonio, TX on 5/9/2018

2005 Ford F-150

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Really like it! Maintained the very few controls I had (volume up/down and memory stations) and was able to add more! Programming it however was a bit tricky. Had to enable .NET framework 2.0 on my machine before I could run the flash updater but then programming was easy. Could choose the alternate functions I wanted for the long-presses of the buttons I had available on my steering wheel. Flashed the controller, hooked up a couple of wires and was done.

Pros: easy to program, easy to customize

Cons: wiring instructions a bit vague.

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Crutchfield customer from Lyndhurst, NJ on 5/9/2018

2008 Subaru Impreza

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Great product

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Simply does not work.

Garrett from Columbus, OH on 5/6/2018

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This thing is trash. Requires ActiveX and their instructions are horrid. Tried 2 PCs and neither agree with the device. I work on computers for a living and have gone through exhaustive steps to try and get this to work, but it simply will not work. And their customer service is closed on the weekends, when 99% of people would have time to tackle a project like this. I honestly can't believe Crutchfield would sell this, because usually they don't sell junk.

Pros: None

Cons: Bad instructions Not working Doesn't cooperate with either of my PCs Their website is horrid and makes you "register" before letting you do anything.

Crutchfield response on 5/8/2018
Garrett, I'm sorry but we were unable to locate an order for you for this adapter. If you purchased this product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Great product

Mike from Louisville, KY on 4/22/2018

2002 Ford Excursion

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This product is well worth the money when wanting to retain a factory feel with your aftermarket stereo. programming is little difficult if you don't have the right platform on your personal computer but once into it, it was really easy.

Pros: Factory controls on a aftermarket stereo

Cons: Having to find a computer that isn't a Mac for programming.

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Buy It - Great Upgrade to factory controls

David from Grand Rapids, MI on 4/10/2018

2011 Kia Sorento

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Amazing upgrade to the factory steering wheel controls. Super Simple install and allows steering wheel controls to switch between tracks on phone when bluetooth streaming to in dash system. I definitely give this a BUY IT rating.

Pros: Easy Install Seamless integration with steering controls

Cons: None

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Timothy from York, PA on 3/25/2018

2018 Subaru WRX

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Others have had some issues with this product, but is working flawlessly for me. It was easy to flash and very easy to install. Highly recommend this product.

Pros: Easy install,

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Stops working after only a few weeks

Jason from Lowell, AR on 2/9/2018

2013 Toyota Avalon

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difficult to flash with windows 7: you have to download a program to allow your computer to open .msi files as administrator first. However, after finally getting it flashed the thing worked great for almost 6 weeks. Now every time I start up the car, it only works for the first 5 minutes of driving and then not at all. I installed it the last week of December, and it stopped working the first week of February. That's not very good in my opinion!

Pros: programmable use of buttons once it is flashed

Cons: difficult to flash on windows 7 stopped working after just a few weeks

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Easy but read the fine print

Crutchfield customer from Altoona, IA on 1/15/2018

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It comes with a lot of wires and can seem over whelming, but once you access the website it's pretty easy set up. For my vehicle (2007 Hyundai Sonata) I only had to attach the wiring harness to 2 factory wires.

Pros: Really easy to set up and assign functions to the module (flashing). Easy to follow diagram when you print them out.

Cons: Be sure to read the computer application requirements to make sure you have all the items (Window 7 or later ). Had to use 3 computers before I could find one with all the requirements to allow me to flash the drive.

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Beaware, PC must be in English to flash

Roberto from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 12/14/2017

2013 Toyota Prius

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Easy to flash but just works on windows computers in english !

Pros: Easy to flash. Instruction manual could be better.

Cons: I have three PCs in three different languages and to flash, the PC must be in English.

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Took a gamble, but it worked out

Ryan from Flemington, NJ on 10/24/2017

2018 Subaru WRX

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So first off, Crutchfield says this does not work in my car (2018 Subaru WRX). But after reading a few forums of people that have used it in previous model years, I decided to give it a go. I had originally bought the Axxess ASWC-1 but when it came to programming, the interface would not work - for some unknown reason. So I spoke to tech support and explained my situation and the guy was very helpful and allowed me to swap them. When it came to programming this interface, it was a huge hassle because first I tried to do it on my regular computer which runs Windows 10, but I found that it only works with Windows 7. So I had to dig out my old laptop. Also, the USB cable provided in the packaging did not work (the interface was undetectable) so I used another one I had laying around. Once I got all the wrinkles ironed out, programming was easy, intuitive, and quick. I connected all the wires, and everything worked perfect! I'm relieved that my steering wheel controls work now because I've been without them since a week after I bought the car. To Crutchfield: you guys should update the fit info for this product. It WILL work with a 2015-2018 Subaru WRX, even though on the iDatalink website, it only shows up to 2016. I used this model year to program it since it has the same steering wheel as mine. But overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase, and with Crutchfield's Tech Support. Thank you

Pros: Programming was straightforward once I got it figured out Wiring is easy and clear to understand It works perfectly

Cons: Provided USB cable was useless Took a while to setup the programming

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Very happy with this adapter

Bryson J. from Birmingham, AL on 10/13/2017

2015 Subaru WRX STI

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Very impressed with this adapter. It allows you to custom map your steering wheel buttons to do multiple things. Website and programming was easy.

Pros: Worked perfectly.

Cons: none.

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Great Product For Simple Programming

ChesireCat2003 from Renton, WA on 10/8/2017

2011 Subaru Impreza

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This is a great product for maintaining steering wheel controls on a 2011 Subaru Impreza while interfacing with a Kenwood DDX574BH stereo head unit. The unit was quite simple to flash. The wire hook up was a bit cumbersome as there were many options behind the dash to connect to. Luckily I was able to connect to many of the wires in the adapter harness. There were a (3) ship side wires that were not available in the adapter harness that required some tricky soldering. The only real CON that I can think off (and I do not know if this is the Adapter or the head unit) is that since installing Sirius XM satellite radio whenever I control the volume with the steering wheel there is a high frequency pop that is heard. This sound is ONLY when using the steering wheel controls. When adjusting the volume from the head unit there is no sound. When I upgraded the speakers with better tweets it only made the sound more prevalent. This sound is not heard when controlling any of the other sources (iPod, Bluetooth, HD radio, AM/FM Radio, Spotify, AV-In). The only source affected by the pop is satellite radio. I must say though as far as phone controls and integration this thing is top notch. The flash took no time and once complete the unit directly interfaced with the steering wheel in the vehicle. I just wish I knew what was causing the Pop with the satellite radio. System: Subaru 2011 Impreza Premium Kenwood DDX-574BH Infinity Primus 6500CS Fronts Infinity Prim

Pros: Easy to Program, Not too bad to install, works right on start up

Cons: Popping sound when adjusting volume from steering wheel on Satellite Radio

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Dave from Alexandria, VA on 8/12/2017

2010 Toyota Prius

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They insist that you login and register the product in order to actually use it, but their website login program is total crap, throwing errors and generally not working correctly. Stay away from this junk.

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Inconsistent

Noel from North Richland Hills, TX on 8/10/2017

2011 Kia Sorento

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I don't know if it's the Kenwood Excelon DDX9903S unit, the 2011 Kia Sorento controls, or the iDatalink Maestro, but my steering wheel controls are rarely assigned correctly. Super frustrating.

Pros: Easy set up

Cons: Does not help with existing microphone. Randomly assigns controls; not consistent.

Crutchfield response on 8/21/2017
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Noel to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Works flawlessly, easy to install as well!

Jeff from Aurora, CO on 7/20/2017

2015 Kia Sorento

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I've used a different controller in the past (will not say any names) that seem to always flake out randomly. That particular one includes a resister in the packaging that you "may" need to use if you have issues. Which means taking apart your dash again, and soldering in a resister, then having to put everything back again. This one was so easy to install I wish I had tried it first with my other installs! I'm an IT guy so flashing it was a piece of cake. I love the fact that you can select how to program it on the website for all the buttons right on the screen. I had no issues with the flashing process and the install was easy as well. This thing works flawlessly, all my controls on my wheel work perfectly. If you want your install to work right the first time, and go smoothly I highly recommend using this adapter over "the other one" that is offered.

Pros: Easy to flash, easy to install

Cons: None

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james from Auburn, AL on 7/9/2017

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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I filled out thr form on your web sight and this is whet it told me I need, Not!!! Went to manufacture web sight and it said I needed the Rr and the GM5+ now I have a product I don't need.

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Crutchfield response on 7/11/2017
Actually, all of these iDatalink items are compatible with this customer's vehicle. However, the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW is a steering wheel control interface only. The combination of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR and the iDatalink HRN-RR-GM5+ harness act as a complete wiring solution for replacing the radio in the vehicle. One of our Tech Support gurus reached out to this customer to explain this.

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D. J. from St. Augustine, Fl on 7/3/2017

2006 Scion tC

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The shop that was going to install this control for me informed me that it needed to be programmed. They were unable to do it because all they had was Mac's. I programmed it myself after a phone call to the company, must have windows seven or earlier to program it. You must open an older browser to do the programming, that was a bit of a learning curve.

Pros: Really enjoy having all the access I had from my factory unit, now my controls do even more.

Cons: Programming it was a bit of a hassle.

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No activation email sent to me so it's useless

Ed from Canaan, CT on 7/1/2017

2015 Subaru WRX

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I'll keep this short and to the point. This needs to be programmed or "flashed" in order to accomplish its intended function. In order to program it you need to install a bit of software on a PC and complete a registration process that involves creating an online account and then waiting for an email to be sent to you in order to activate that account before you can do anything else. I'm still waiting for that email to arrive, although it was "successfully sent" according to the company's website (idatalink.com). I requested they re-send it several times but it just isn't happening. I tried creating another account with another email address and got the same lack of response. Since I can't even get an activated account setup I can't use the product at all. What sucks here is that I paid extra money to have the order sent to me overnight so I could do the installation of a new head unit in my wife's car over the four day fourth of July weekend. I can still install the new head unit but the steering wheel buttons won't work until I am able to resolve this issue with idatalink. Then, I have to tear the dash apart again to finish the job I should have been able to complete the first time around. This seems quite contrary to the Crutchfield policy of making things easy for people. I think I should be able to access the necessary tools through Crutchfield or through an account Crutchfield maintains for their customers. Not a favorable situation.

Pros: Should work with the new Sony receiver and the target vehicle.

Cons: I won't know because I can't program the thing.

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Easy directions and it truly worked.

Kip from Cartersville, GA on 6/25/2017

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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All the functions worked like they said. Very happy. No problems, worth the money.

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Perfect

Antonio from Arizona on 6/5/2017

2000 Toyota 4Runner

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Programing worked fine for me using Google Chrome don't see why everyone complaining about Internet explorer second mac is outdated not Microsoft no affect but apple sucks but anyways product works great haven't had any issues since install almost 1 year ago in 15 days from now

Pros: Works Works great programming was easy

Cons: Wish wires were were a little thicker gauge

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Roseville, CA on 5/25/2017

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Very simple install and worked as advertised.

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Works as advertised.

David from Midland, MI on 4/30/2017

2008 Lexus RX350

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Works well with my 2008 Lexus RX350 steering wheel controls. Took away 1 star because the module needs to be pre-programmed and the only option to program it is via a Microsoft Windows computer (I have a Mac), and wiring into the car bundle is not easily done without some detective work. It would be useful if there was a wiring adapter module to plug directly into the car wiring bundle module. As it was, I cut out the module interface from the original radio and then soldered the Steering Wheel Control wires to this module. I was able to plug directly into the car wiring using the original module interface.

Pros: It works with Lexus RX350 steering wheel controls

Cons: No programming support for Mac. Wiring connections could be made easier with a plug compatible module for Lexus RX350.

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Stone Ages And Limited Advice

Jonathan from Houston, TX on 4/26/2017

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I've been having issues with my factory radio and finally decided to purchase an aftermarket radio. I have installed quite a few radio's in my time and figured it would be fairly simple to just plug all the wires in. Then it hits me. After spending quite a bit of money to get a radio, harnesses, and this poc I learn that the hardware has to be programmed to be able to use it by "Flashing it"... Honestly, this is 2017. Since when does hardware need to be programmed to install it? Not only this but their website, which I used to determine which module I needed, does not have any disclosure that you must use a PC and Internet Explorer to "flash" the hardware. Oh and you can't use any type of virtual machine (most consumers probably don't know what that is)... that it has to be a PC and internet explorer. Considering Mac's have become more mainstream I find that as many positive reviews that they receive they are severely lacking in their IT department. Seriously, they must be in the stone ages to still be working with PC's and internet explorers. And don't bother calling them...their customer service will only tell you that you're stuck to go somewhere to have it done for you and pay more $$$. I probably will go and spend more money because I'm tired of having radio issues and unfortunately this is the only company out there that does this kind of stuff. If they were wise, they'd clean house in their IT department, be a bit more clear in their disclosures, and

Pros: I haven't found any

Cons: Don't buy this product if you own a mac...it's not worth you're time.

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Crutchfield customer from Portland, OR on 4/15/2017

2015 Subaru WRX

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Had to install a ton of MS garbage on my laptop just to program the unit before I've even put it in my car.

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2012 Street Glide

Vinny from Newburgh, NY on 4/2/2017

2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

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Great product for 2012 Street Glide aftermarket radio controls

Pros: Great price Easy set up

Cons: Can't use a mac to set up

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Good product, Easy setup and install

Gregory from Joliet, IL on 3/30/2017

2003 Honda Accord EX

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Easy setup and install. I used internet explorer on windows 10 to flash the module. Installed on a 2003 Honda Accord with a Pioneer radio. Stock buttons on steering wheel work as they should. Secondary functions are hit or miss. I would purchase again for another install.

Pros: Retains factory steering wheel controls

Cons: Some secondary functions don't work

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Quick, easy setup

Eric from West Hamlin, WV on 3/26/2017

2008 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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Quick easy setup, small and light and works great!

Pros: Easy programming, very compact

Cons: None

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Great product, horrible to install

Craig from Forest Lake, MN on 3/19/2017

2008 Toyota 4Runner

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The product itself works great, I did not like the fact that I had to tap into the factory harness, was not told this up front.. Seems there is not a adapter to connect the factory Toyota steering column harness to the ADS-MSW controller.. Also did not like that Internet Explorer is the only browser that will work to configure the adapter. Having only MAc computers - this was a huge issue.. The install instructions were horrible.. In summary the product itself works great, getting it installed & working was touger than it needed to be..

Pros: Works great

Cons: Poor instructions, very vague. Did not state the factory harness must be taped into and that Internet Explorer must be used to configure.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from West Hartford, CT on 3/12/2017

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Correct part that allowed all the steering components to work Just verify with thecrutchfield team on to exactly which one you need

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Shawnee ok on 3/8/2017

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Works great

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It works.

CT from Reading, PA on 3/8/2017

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This is the brand my installer recommended and it works.

Pros: Kept my installer happy.

Cons: None that I'm currently aware of.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Barrington, IL on 3/1/2017

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after flashing module from idatalink website, handlebar switches all work great, good product.

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Sometimes works right

Jared from Nashville, TN on 2/6/2017

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Works great when it works right. I installed the iDatalink Maestro in my F150 to use the factory steering controls to control volume up/down and skip forward/backward on my Pioneer head unit. About 50% of the time the volume up control skips to the next track instead of turning up the volume and the volume down control turns the volume up instead of down. The skip forward and back controls and do some pretty screwy things too but I use those much less than the volume controls. So it works, just kind of a crap shoot as far as what's going to happen when you press the button. Maybe I'll try reprogramming it if I get bored one day.

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Crutchfield customer from Minneapolis on 1/18/2017

2009 Lexus RX350

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Easy to setup and install. Wish they had a few more options for the programming but was easy to install and directions were clear.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Rich from Boston, Ma on 12/27/2016

2006 Scion tC

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Istall instructions were pretty good and install was simple i would use this product for my next vehicle

Pros: Easy install and easy use

Cons: Downloading the free sowftware added a few minutes to my install but well worth it. Not for all radios but most

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Works as Advertised

Hector from Atlanta, GA on 12/12/2016

2006 Honda Pilot

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Worked as advertised.

Pros: Simple to use and program

Cons: None to date

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Frustrating at install...

Stephen from Carlsbad, NM on 11/19/2016

2007 Chevrolet Suburban

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I will re-visit this review once I have it all up and running, but there is a Major problem that Crutchfield Needs to address with the makers of this unit. How In The World do you make a product that you cannot update (read "flash") on an Apple computer? Even more, you have to find a Windows 7 PC just to get this thing to work. Wish I would have paid to have someone else install this. I've done countless stereo installs, and having to stop what you're doing to go and try to find an OLD PC to get this to work is just goofy. I expect better than this when I order from Crutchfield. I know they do not make this product, but they sold it to me as a "plug and play" item, that is FAR from that. Comes in two boxes, with a ton of different wiring harnesses, etc. Not nearly the simplicity that it looks like when you read about the Maestro online. Great idea, but the company needs some serious updates. This unit is not usable AT ALL without "flashing" it. Not good.

Pros: hopefully everything will work

Cons: pain to program, tons of wiring, zero help from manufacturer, Does Not Work With Apple Computers.

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2009 F150 with Integrated Radio and Sync

Dave from Hudson, OH on 10/23/2016

2009 Ford F-150 XLT

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Four stars because it does what it claims to do. One star removed because of the problematical flashing interface. Maestro WebLink requires Activex enabling. Also need this to be done in Internet Explorer. Since the newest Microsoft Windows 10 does not permit installation of Activex and does not have IE, my current PC could not do the flashing as configured. No iDatalink tech support on weekends, finally borrowed a Windows 7 computer with Internet Explorer and Activex resident and easily flashed the memory on the device. It seems to work okay. I have not tested out all of the steering wheel controls yet. Installed new Alpine head unit and amp, working fine through Maestro Rr interface cable system purchased with this Sw adapter unit.

Pros: A way to keep steering wheel controls with a new head unit installed. Flashing is vehicle specific and has good, intuitive configuration selection.

Cons: Newer computers may require adaptation to accomplish flashing and Maestro provides no guidance to that end. Frustration for user-level folks like me with little background in browser configuration.

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Billy from Dothan, AL on 10/4/2016

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Jury is still out on this item, I have been using it for about a week now, and for some reason at times I will loose my handle bar controls, I am still in the trouble shooting stages of if it does this while i am connected to bluetooth using slacker or will it lock up in any mode I am using.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Joe from Bloomington il on 9/12/2016

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This was a easy install it work out great all hand controls work as programmed on my street glide

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Works perfectly to retain steering wheel controls

Mike from Rock Valley, IA on 8/24/2016

2010 Ford F-150 Lariat

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This worked great on my 2010 F150 with a Pioneer deck to keep steering controls. I love all of the functions it does plus you can customize the buttons if you want.

Pros: Retains all factory steering wheel functions.

Cons: Had to program with computer and cut a factory wire on vehicle.

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John from Middleboro Ma on 8/23/2016

2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

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Had an issue flashing unit using Microsoft edge Customer service talked me though it easily. Works great

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

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Good product

Hank h. from O Fallon, IL on 8/8/2016

2003 Acura 3.2TL

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Took a while to flash the module due to some issues on the web page. Was able to Google some solutions to resolve the issues. After it was flashed and installed it works well and as described.

Pros: Allows you to keep steering wheel controls. Pretty easy install.

Cons: Had difficulty on the website trying to flash module. Tried on 3 different computers. Eventually had to Google a solution and found others that were having the same issue and a solution that worked.

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2006 Harley Ultra

E. H. from Lafayette, CO on 8/1/2016

2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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This product made my install very easy and worked perfect when completed. Absolutely loved it.

Pros: Easy Install and programing of steering controls. Customer service was fantastic.

Cons: None

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Maestro SW Won't Flash - Read This

Paul from Sonoma, CA on 5/19/2016

2008 Lexus RX350

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Just got off the phone with the idata link tech because my the webpage said my module was not detected. He instructed me to press the "Flash Module" button 12 times and it will be detected on the twelfth time. He was right! Make sure the web page cycles each time you press the button. The tech said this was a Windows 10 issue. Hope this helps anyone else.

Pros: Quick, helpful support (9 a.m. PDT)

Cons: Solution to known problem can not be found on the web idatalink web page.

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Doesn't work

Jeff from Lake Zurich, IL on 5/15/2016

2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

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It would be nice if it worked. Don't have a pc wish that you can format this unit using a apple product.

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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it' doing the job

Debra from Silver Spring, MD on 4/24/2016

2009 Subaru Forester

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Once installed this works fine. But installation took my husband a while, because the instructions didn't quite fit the reality. Customer service at Datalink Maestro was only semi-helpful. Crutchfield customer service far superior!

Pros: --it works

Cons: --installation instructions didn't match the actual parts; hard to jimmy it a little to make it work

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Works as advertised!

John F from Laurel, MS on 4/18/2016

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I didn't install the unit but I did program it and paid to have it installed. It does what it is advertised to do.

Pros: Does more than less expensive products. Great telephone support.

Cons: In the programming phase, you are not able to save the wallet size print for on-line review instead of printing.

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No Windows 10 Support

jaddair from Fremont, OH on 4/18/2016

2009 GMC Sierra

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Item was easy to use & program once I had a pc that did not have win 10 installed. No complaints other than that.

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Perfect Add-on for older car

Scott from Warrenville, IL on 3/31/2016

2004 Honda Odyssey

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This module is pretty slick. Nice to be able to customize (to a degree) and double the functionality of what the very limited buttons on my steering wheel can do. Would have been helpful if MAC supported them, however, everyone knows of someone with and/or works with a PC so not a big deal, just an added delay for me to have to wait until I was at a PC to program. Again, doubles the features and is customizable. It was very nice that their online specified the exact pin on existing car harness for one of the three wires I needed to use, however, they didn't specify the ACC and Ground for some reason. Not an issue since the Crutchfield harness had these wires labeled so was able to solder the ground and switched 12V ACC to the appropriate location. If not for that harness for the stereo, I think I would have sweated this a bit more. Also liked the photos of the steering wheel to confirm, although, the product listing lacked my stereo (Kenwood KDC-X599) but model down worked. Overall, awesome product regardless.

Pros: Doubles the functionality; Customizable

Cons: Lacks support from MAC - which was very clearly represented before purchasing; Wiring template lacked some nice-to-have detail for those not pairing with a wiring harness for new stereo

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Works likes a Champ!!!

Greg W from Wylie, TX on 3/30/2016

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

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Instructions were very clear. I had some angst trying to find the right vehicle harness to tap into, but the diagram was very clear. Works better than original as I can double the function of each button and use my volume controls for hands free operation.

Pros: Easy to hookup and program. Clear instructions. Double use of buttons

Cons: None

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Swift installation

Sly from Fayetteville, NC on 3/28/2016

2015 Subaru WRX STI

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No drama except flashing with windows 10. Read reviews and discovered that i needed to hit the "flash module" button 10 times before it decided to flash it. From there, ...cake! All connections are to be made on the car's factory harness' side and NOT the aftermarket stereo' side.

Pros: Easy installation. Flawless intergration

Cons: None

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Jose from Eureka, CA on 3/4/2016

2013 Kia Forte

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Worked just like advertised. Installed it on my wife's 2013 Kia along with a Kenwood Excelon DDX393 stereo. All the steering wheel controls work like before. Make sure to program it before attempting to install it.

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Cons: Had to use the 2012 Kia information when programming because the 2013 info was not compatible. Crutchfield Tech support walked me through the whole thing. They are awesome!!! 5 stars for Tech Support!

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Great Product

Mr JBL from portsmouth, VA on 2/16/2016

2006 Ford F-150

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Did the install without a hitch. It even added more features to my steering wheel

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A little quirky

Doug from Spartanburg, SC on 1/29/2016

2006 Honda CRV EX

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I put this into a 2006 Honda CR-V, coupled with a Pioneer stereo. It comes well packaged, and the wiring instructions are fairly easily figured out. Flashing the firmware is easy and pretty quick. When installing into the car, make sure you can still get to it or remove it easily, in case you have to remap the button functions (ie: some of them don't act the way you thought they would). I had given my buttons 2 functions each, and they would have none of it. I had to yank it out and reflash 3 times before the buttons would function as desired, and one of them still balks half the time. I would try out a different adapter, but for the time being, I can deal with reaching all 2 feet to the stereo to change the radio band. FWIW, I also put one of these into a friend's 2004 Pilot, and it worked perfectly from the get-go, so there's that.

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Excellent Product - not so excellent support

SEABEE from Virginia on 10/15/2015

2004 Ford F-150

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Product works as advertised....great steering wheel control interface device. Product requires flashing a module for your vehicle...which requires product registration and a return email...and a log on to access flash SW...which doesn't work...therefore to cant log on an flash the module for your vehicle. Cost me three hours to get the ability to flash my module...which after that...it worked fine.

Pros: Crutchfield staff had the email address of the one gent to allow the flash process to proceed.

Cons: product support is M-F 9-5 ...soooo, no one is around on weekends to assist... wiring a bit complicated...instructions could be more specific

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Works as intended

KenA from Colorado on 9/2/2015

2015 Subaru WRX

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So I get this, the instructions say to go to your computer and plug it in, go to their website and flash the thing, that worked great! Now, the instructions do not really make it clear that the piece you're splicing into is on the CAR side, not the harness side so the pinouts were a bit confusing but once I called Crutchfield tech support they ironed it all out for me and install was cake. In order to reprogram the module to do different things, like change the hold volume button to do a different function, you must unplug it from your car, plug into your computer then reflash the module, kind of a pain.

Pros: Easy install once I grasped the install instructions Small and compact, made for easy tucking Printable install card

Cons: Instructions weren't clear with some of the wiring and how the pinouts were Lots of wires that were not connected, maybe a less general unit, however I understand the costs involved it's easier to make a unit for most vehicles

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Good product

BeeDubSupreme from North Carolina on 7/12/2015

2015 Subaru Forester

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Does what it's supposed to do. If you have a 2015 Subaru Forester and want to retain your steering wheel controls, this will do the trick. I was skeptical at first because Crutchfield warned that it would not work for my application. I called to confirm with the peoples at Maestro. The technician told me that it would work, just to program it as if my ride is a 2014. They just have not updated their database yet. Ten bucks cheaper than the PAC unit. The PAC unit just seemed kind of janky.

Pros: Small. Easy install. Does what it claims to.

Cons: Nothing to report as of yet.

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Does what I want it to do

Rajan from Virginia on 7/4/2015

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Even though I just installed it, I love it. It does what I wanted and install is 1000x easier then PAC. I used the small posi-tap to install this on my Clarion NX404 in my 2006 Miata base model that did not have radio controls. I bought the switches from a wrecked Miata and used them (the cruise control also works from that FYI). I work at a dealership as a salesperson and drive a lot of new cars and myself get a new car every 2 or 3 years, the Miata is my track/show car but now it has convenience features.

Pros: easy install, program the way you want, no resistors to add

Cons: only thing I can think of is you gotta find somewhere to put in and thats not to easy with modern cars that are stuffed with wiring.

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Not a maestro

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 6/25/2015

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Extremely confusing instructions. Horrible wiring diagram.

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works as stated

mrmilo from hobbs nm on 5/5/2015

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX

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Work perfectly as stated on Subaru wrx, was able to maintain all steering controls

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Slightly difficult to use expanded features such as additional assignments and alternate buttons.

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Kept my steering wheel controls!

Crutchfield customer from Richmond, VA on 5/1/2015

2011 Kia Sorento

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The last time I installed an aftermarket radio, I just accepted the fact that I would loose steering wheel controls. This time around this nifty device was available. The directions made it pretty straight forward to program and connect. The controls are just as they were with the factory head unit. I'm completely satisfied with this product.

Pros: Keeps the same controls the factory deck had.

Cons: I only wish it were easier to reprogram if needed. I found that I could have programmed the "ok google" function in place of siri, but do not feel like taking the dash apart again just for one button.

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easy install

S from Albany, NY on 3/22/2015

2007 Ford Focus ZX3

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Seemed difficult at first...re-read the instructions a few times and realized which wires connected where. I was over thinking the install believing it had to be more complicated than it actually was.

Pros: Works perfectly. Easy install. Easy to program.

Cons: None.

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Does what it's supposed to do

fitz206 from West Virginia on 3/12/2015

2009 Hyundai Sonata

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Easy to program and flash for my 2009 Sonata. I did not like that I had to cut wires and splice them together rather than having a harness connector. I was told that was because it works off resistance and the pins may not have a good enough connection. I would have preferred to have an option to buy pins to install in the metra harness. But it works. That's the bottom line. Instructions could have been a little more detailed, but after some thought, I figured it out.

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Scratching my head at first

Jimbo from Georgia on 1/11/2015

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style

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I first opened this thing up expecting to find wiring diagrams. Instead I had two wiring harnesses and a book telling me to go to the interwebs. I followed the instructions which was easy enough, programmed it for my 2007 Silverado, updated the firmware, printed out my wiring schematic and installed it. It's really easy to do and it works amazingly well.

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Crutchfield customer from Florida on 12/31/2014

2003 Hummer H2

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Everything works as promised. I would recommend this to a friend. Customer service was a big help.

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Steve S. from Texas on 12/21/2014

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Excellent product. Used it with a Sony head unit in my 2006 Hyundai Azera Limited.

Pros: Programming was a breeze and the ability to change some of the steering wheel control functions was icing on the cake. iDatalink tech support was outstanding.

Cons: None

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Poor instructions

Adam K from Bethesda, MD on 12/8/2014

2004 Honda Accord EX

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This started off great. I went to the web site, identified my car, my steering wheel, my new radio and flashed the device. I downloaded the instructions customized for my exact config. That was the easy part. What turned this into a month long installation was that the pinning was transposed. The numbering of the pins were a mirror image of the real pins - and the colors were just close enough that I thought I was cutting the right wires. After numerous calls to support at Crutchfield (they deserve a medal) they figured out what I had done. I had barely enough wire to repair what I had done, but it seems to have worked, and now the system is functional. Oh, and they completely left out the fact that a couple of wires needed to be connected as well. Granted, the mistake was mine and it all makes sense "after." A professional installer probably would have completed it in a couple of hours. Instead, mine was a 4 day extravaganza spread over a month.

Pros: Eazy to setup and flash for your config. Great website.

Cons: Too many details left out of the install steps. To easy to confuse the amateur installer.

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Great Unit for Steering Wheel Controls

Gerret M. from Georgia on 12/7/2014

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This unit is great. I used the standard set up and all my steering wheel controls were retained

Pros: It did what I bought it for - it retained all steering wheel controls

Cons: none

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Works Well

John S from Deltona, Fl on 11/13/2014

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It works great. Installed it in my 2013 Chevy Silverado with a Kenwood stereo. Need to mess with it a little and adjust the settings but all in all it works really well. I installed it with the mini USB cord plugged in and ran that cable to my glove box so I can reprogram as needed. I did lose all blue tooth function and Onstar functions from steering wheel controls. Not sure if I can get them back when I reprogram.

Pros: Dual function controls for each button.

Cons: Lost Onstar functions through steering wheel controls.

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Works as Described but....

Crutchfield customer from Atlantic City, NJ on 10/29/2014

2006 Ford F-150

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I installed this unit with a new Kenwood head unit. It's in and functions great but it was a little tricky to install. You program according to your vehicle info on a PC which is pretty easy. However, for my install I had to cut to wires from the factory harness and connect them to the Maestro. Wasn't exactly clear in the directions. Everything went fine once I called and they explained that part to me. Otherwise, it's great.

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Easy Install, Good Product

Karl S from Milwaukee, WI on 10/12/2014

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I used this unit with an Alpine receiver/player/GPS unit. Clear instructions, easy to program and install. I really liked the additional functionality that the unit provided to the factory steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy programming/install. Good instructions.

Cons: None.

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great easy to install sw control

big mike from carson, ca on 8/31/2014

2014 Ford Mustang

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Great product. Website very easy to use and module very easy to upload firmware via website. Easy to install. Instructions were decent. Happy with my purchase.

Pros: Easy to install, intuitive website, easy to upload firmware

Cons: Nothing

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Dan from Ruther Glen VA on 8/30/2014

2007 Kia Sedona

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Works as stated. Just be sure you have the latest browser to connect it to the Web for programming it.

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works just fine

awh from williamsburg va on 8/11/2014

2005 Honda Pilot

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Works fine. Used default setup for honda pilot and pioneer radio. Very easy!

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

TomB from Cincinnati, Ohio on 8/7/2014

2014 Kia Rio

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Fits well in my car but right now I can not get it to work. Having some problems.

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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Crutchfield customer from austin, tx on 7/7/2014

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as the sales rep mentioned, this one is a little more expensive and involves a bit more work on the installation, but it's still a snap and allows you to program two functions for each steering wheel button, which is handy. i used the 2nd functions for answering hands free calls and muting audio.

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Radio control great, but install confusing.

Joe from Ohio on 7/1/2014

2005 Nissan Altima

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Wanting to keep my steering wheel controls on my 2005 Nissan Altima, read the reviews at the time so I was able to get a heads up as to what to expect. Must agree with the other posts on the directions given with the unit. Spent small amount of time as to what the directions were trying to explain about the hook-ups and the connection as illustrated. Called customer service line and found them to be helpful and surprisingly understanding and patient. Had the answers needed for my installed in minutes. Working as expected in the same amount of time. Idatalink maestro has a very good product and would not hesitate to purchase again. The download from the website to the unit for programming was quick and easy.

Pros: Easy programming, expanded controls available and customizable. Helpful customer service if needed.

Cons: Instructions not as clear as they could be. My connection did not match the pin-out as detailed.

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Ingenious Device

johpap from Albuquerque, nm on 6/30/2014

2010 Ford Fusion

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OK So I will admit that I am not up to date on much of today's technology so I am fairly easily impressed. I had this installed in my 2010 Ford Fusion to control my Pioneer avh-x26600b head unit. It works perfectly. I love the fact that I was able to choose a second function for each control on my steering wheel though the options are somewhat limited with this head unit. I know there are more expensive controllers out there but this one was just what I needed.

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Works Great!!

automate_tx from Fort Worth, TX on 6/24/2014

2013 Kia Rio

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The Datalink Maestro worked perfectly with my commuter KIA Rio and the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. The setup was fast and easy using they're online setup. Customizable and all the features I needed.

Pros: Easy Setup, Feature rich

Cons: Minor, but having to regis