Almost a home run
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
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Pros: Fit my car
Cons: Had to use RCA converter for speakers.
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Item # 120701786 | MFR # 70-1786
$16.99 Earn up to 17 Rewards points
Installation Note: This harness uses your factory amplifier; your new stereo must have two pairs of preamp outputs to connect this harness.
This vehicle-specific wiring harness makes connections between your new car stereo and your car's electrical system.
First, attach the color-coded wires on your Crutchfield-supplied harness to the wires from your new stereo. If you're not using a soldering iron, we recommend that you purchase some wire connectors to secure the connections. Check out our handy article on three ways to connect the wiring harness here.
Now, once this harness is connected to your new stereo, you'll be able to plug right into your car's factory radio connector. This harness makes installing your new stereo easier, and allows you to put the factory radio back when you sell your vehicle or return it at the end of the lease. A detailed instruction sheet comes with the harness. Warranty: 60 days.
Please read this important note: This harness may not contain provisions for every wire needed to complete your installation, and it will not accommodate special navigation, video, or factory steering wheel control connections. You will need a special adapter if you want your factory steering wheel audio controls to work with your new stereo.
Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.
Average Customer Review(s):
Pros: Fit my car
Cons: Had to use RCA converter for speakers.
This item really simplified my install. On my car (2002 MB E320) accessory power had no connection so I had to tap it off of Cig. lighter.
Worked as designed.
Exact fit for my Mercedes. Easy instructions for correct connections.
Excellent fit, easy installation. - worked out perfect !
Perfect connection harness for my older car. Easy to install.
Pros: easy to connect perfect fit free with Kenwood receiver purchase
Can't get any easier. Thank Norm (Crutchfield) for your advise.
Pros: Make installation easy.
Doesn't get any easier than this! Just plug the existing connector in the car into this cable and plug in the 4 audio jacks into the level shift adapter. Connect the remaining wires on this adapter to the same color wires coming out of the cable from the new radio and everything works!
Pros: Quick, straightforward, and it WORKS with no hassle.
Cons: None I can think of.
Once I got over my fear of doing something wrong, I got out the soldering iron and heat shrink and mated this harness to the one that came with the Kenwood head unit. No drama, no fuss, it just worked. Thanks, Crutchfield!
Made installing my stereo a breeze. Didn't even need any directions.
Pros: Simple and works great
Fits and works fine. I could have used a little more information on the excess wiring on the car. However, the Crutchfield tech rep I called was very good and things were sorted out in no time
Did exactly what it was supposed to do - very easy to use.
Pros: Worked perfectly, wires came pre-sheathed for easy connection to the stereo harness
I installed a new hu in my slk 230 with the factory Bose amps. This eliminated the popping noises when I changed inputs or other settings.
Pros: Cheap, works great. Easy install.
The Metra 70-1786 harness plugged right into the stock harness on my factory amp equipped '03 Land Rover Discovery II and everything works great!
Pros: RCA's for preamp equipped head units
perfect fit no splicing requiered
Pros: no wiring needed
Crossfire 2005 wires fit perfectly
Crutchfield makes it easy to get parts I need.
Fitment and product matching was perfect as per Crutchfield's recommendation.
Pros: Wiring layout on package. Product seems the be well built
Cons: Possible extensions must be made if using a line-output converter.
This was exactly the item that I needed, but it took me a day or so to figure it out. I had quite a few wires that were not needed and had to be tied off. Since it was my first attempt at such a task, I attribute my ignorance to inexperience. Since installing, I have had a half dozen friends want to modify their vehicles exactly as I did. That is a compliment towards the effectiveness of your product.
Pros: perfect interface once you figure out the wiring.
Cons: None really. If I had to do this again my 2 day project would be a 30 minute project.
Great product, perfect fit! My favorite thing is that Crutchfield sends a MasterSheet with instructions and diagrams!
Easy to install, does what it is supposed to do. I had a setting off in my Kenwood which when synched to iphone6 only played music on front speakers. Called the team at Crutchfield and it was just a setting change not the harness. Crutchfield, your support is the best
Pros: Easy to install and it works
Cons: Absolutely none
This harness fit perfectly as part of my after market sound system per the advice of the experts at Crutchfield. I was thoroughly satisfied with the easy fit between the Pioneer CD receiver and the factory Bose system.
Pros: Excellent fit, easy connection.
Cons: Happy to say no cons!
This product worked perfect with my set up.
Pros: Great product
Perfect fit. Made installation quick and easy.
This wiring harness adapter made my installation painless and left my car's wiring intact. The wiring diagram that Crutchfield sent by email made it easy to connect the head unit's wiring correctly and without issue.
Pros: The proper connections make a neat and tidy installation.
Easy to connect
Pros: Best thing ever
Cons: No con
This harness made adding my new head unit to my Mercedes. Super easy and works great.
Where the heck were these things years ago? These wiring harnesses are great for a neat and professional installation that allow switching back to the original setup if needed (classic car, keep original radio, etc.). Take your time, use soldered connections sealed with shrink tubing and you'll have a super setup.
Pros: Instructions for my specific application were not available. Hunting around in the various forums gave me enough information to make it work the first time.
Cons: Lacked a "Master Sheet" for my application (1999 Mercedes SL500)
Perfect fit. Easy to install. Free with head unit purchase.
Pros: Perfect fit
This harness was a perfect fit and easy to wire to the harness that came with my radio. The wires were color coded to match the color of the Alpine harness, making the wiring job easy. It would have been better if the instructions had said to plug the front speaker jacks into the front ports, and the rear jacks into the subwoofer ports on the radio. My Crossfire does not have rear speakers, it has rear subwoofers.
Pros: color coded wires
I got this for a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire, which is essentially a Mercedes since it was built in Germany by Mercedes for Chrysler. which was owned at the time by Daimler (Mercedes). Anyway, this connector made the job installing my stereo (Clarion M502) much easier since it doesn't require the cutting or splicing of wires. You just wire this connecter to the connector that plugs in the back of the new stereo and plug it in.
Pros: Simple & Doesn't require cutting any wires.
Cons: Nothing really except I saw where the materials that this is made of of is known to cause cancer in the state of California. Good thing I'm in Texas.....LOL.... Seriously why would they make anything out of lead paint or whatever. I just washed my hands after touching it and now I'm enjoying my new Clarion Stereo.
The local shop wanted $300 because I had a Mercedes Benz e430 with a Bose premium system to install the new deck that I already bought. I called Crutchfield they sent me the plug and play wire harness for this price and I had it installed in 20 min. awesome customer service awesome product
Pros: plug and play
works good but seems like power is low going out of rcas but it does work and easy to hook up
Pros: easy connection
A simple, easy to use installation harness to provide a professional installation. A necessity in providing a correct, straight-forward installation of an aftermarket radio.
Pros: Takes some of the guesswork out of matching the correct wires to complete your installation without changing the original connector harness in my vehicle. Very nice that Crutchfield makes this available at no charge when purchasing your new radio!
Cons: Not all of the connections and signals match this wiring harness adapter and not all of the Crutchfield provided instructions were accurate to my vehicle. Most importantly, the switched power lead is in the wrong location to use this harness. An additional power lead had to be added.
Received in a timely manner, and product works great. Also i like the professionalism and how fast the person on the phone found my part.
It worked with little bit of work. My 2001 Mercedes E430 didn't have switched power on and dimming wire coming from the car. I had to connect switched on power wire from cigarette plug to make it work. Also I need to get dimming light wire connection from the light switch.
Pros: Plug in
Cons: Didn't connect to my car's switched power on wire.
Saved me hundreds on install. Local shops wanted to do a custom install, because Alpine did not show a compatible harness...guess they for got to ask you guys and girls. The harness made it a simple "plug and play"
Pros: Easy diagram to follow. Wired at kitchen table.
Worked just fine. I was able to remove the pins from this harness using a tiny screwdriver and re-crimp the wires on the stereo harness onto the pins.
Pros: Good quality, wired correctly for the Chrysler Crossfire.
Cons: I wish that harness makers would include a spare set of pins for the harness so that I can make the harness using the radio's wiring loom. When done this way there is no soldering and it works/looks excellently. I ended up pulling the pins from the harness and removing the harness supplied wires to make this happen.
Crutchfield provided it, free of charge, I connected it to my Alpine unit (purchased through Crutchfield) and it worked beautifully the moment I turned the unit on. This is in stark contrast to a Kenwood unit and harness I purchased from other suppliers, which gave me a hot popping sound every time I changed stations, sources, or songs. Crutchfield gave me the combination of products that worked flawlessly together.
Pros: Easy, fast, it works.
Makes life easy!
Great fit. Crutchfield made it easy!! The rep loaded my cart with everything I needed. Trust the tech!!
Pros: Easy as pie. Mmmmmm! Pie!!
Used this in an Alpine install into a Mercedes and it matched the factory connector well. The instructions included said I would have to cut the factory connector but that was not the case. The plugged in with zero modification needed.
Pros: Using this helps keep the factory wiring uncut. Good fit to the factory plug.
Random but this my save you some frustration: If you have a Mercedes 230 SLK (R170), you do not need the rear outputs from the head unit. While this harness has rear RCAs, they don't actually lead anywhere after you connect the Crutchfield harness to the factory harness. It works fine because the signal from the front outputs goes to the car's built-in amp, which powers both front and rear speakers. This can be really confusing because your fader will not work and you might think there's a problem with the rear speakers or wiring. But your fader never actually worked. Who needs a fader in a 2-seat roadster? Also, remember to get posi caps and an antenna adapter.
Pros: Works, simple, easy. Amazing customer service from Crutchfield, that's hands down the best part.
Pros: Good quality and fits perfectly
With this plug installation couldn't been easier!
Exactly fit my Crossfire wiring
Pros: Perfect fit
very simple to use although the instructions could be a little more detailed.
Harness worked as advertised, however I still had to cut the speaker wires due to the having rca connectors on the end.
Changing the unit would not be happening without this harness.
Pros: The only way to go.
Easy install and work perfectly. Thanks Crutchfield
Works great made the installation a breeze. Once I had the harness wired to new receiver it took about 10 minuets to install the receiver.
Pros: Makes the install super easy
It works as it should, wire coding matched lined up well with car and stereo.
Pros: it's works
This harness made the unit "plug & play".
Pros: It works.
This was included with the radio I purchased. It was setup to work with my vehicle and the Bose system that was already in the vehicle. I connected the wires to the radio and was able to plug the unit right in when I installed it. Everything works perfectly. The only issue was that there is no accessory power (red wire) in the oem harness. The plug has a spot for it but there was nothing on the vehicle side. I ended up running power from the cigarette lighter supply. This has nothing to do with the harness kit, it is an issue with the car itself. The factory head unit got power from another source.
Pros: Plugs right in and had the rca jacks to plug right into the pre-outs on the head unit. I did not have to connect one speaker wire.
This connector was a perfect fit to my Bose amplifier. All the 12 stock speakers are rocking aloud
A perfect fit, just plug and play! After reading forum posts and wiring it accordingly (was told to switch a couple of power wires), found out the wiring on this connector was correct all along. So much for 'expert' forum installers..ha, ha. This is the reason to go with Crutchfield and no one else!!!
Pros: Perfect fit for my application
This harness is not worth the aggravation it caused, even for free. The RCA connectors are too loose and nearly fall off the back of the HU. They made poor contact, leading to excessive alternator noise entering the amplifier loop. I eventually removed this adapter it and replaced it with a higher quality unit that I purchased elsewhere; doing this dramatically reduced the alternator noise. I would give 0 stars if I could. Application was a Mercedes C280 with Bose amp.
Pros: Free with order.
Cons: RCA connectors are very poor quality.
Must Must have for land rover if keeping factory speaker system.
The harness made it easy to make the required connections.
Pros: After making sure that the wiring connections were secure, it will be there forever!
The wrong item was sent, called Crutchfeild. They immediatedly sent out the correct one, got it two days later and in went the new radio!
Pros: Crutchfield immediatedly fixed problem
Cons: Wrong item
This product solves connection issues with Euro vehicles when connecting American / Asian head units.I used it in my Mercedes and all the factory speakers and amp now work with the new CD player.
Pros: Easy and accurate connection harness and quality RCA jacks.
Cons: I think the connecting wires could be longer for some applications.
When I tried to install the radio the harness plugged in OK but the wire match was not exact. After talking to company reps additional wiring was required beyond the harness. One of the suggested fixes was jumpering the power to constant power and just remembering to turn off the radio when I left the car.
Pros: The way Critchfield misled me
Cons: It did not work
I have a 2001 Mercedes E320 and this wiring harness fits everything perfect. Some advice though for Mercedes owners: If the stock connectors don't have a line going into the switched power (red) line on the harness you will have to tie into the cigarette lighter's switched power source. To access this: lift the wood around the shifter knob up (the whole thing with the window controls and everything)so that you can access the two screws that hold the ash tray in place. Unscrew and pull out the ash tray. You will see a yellow/black wire, hook into that with a 8"+ wire and pull it up behind and through the cd slot. Connect that to the switch power wire for the stereo and enjoy.
Pros: Saved me lots of time. Only had to solder the power wires and didn't have to lookup the car's wiring info.
One of the best things about Crutchfield is supplying a harness such as this one with the purchase of a head unit. Harness was perfect to allow use of the Bose amplifier without needing to read a wiring diagram to splice everything in place. Thanks for saving me a lot of anguish.
It plugged right into my factory harness, so that's cool because it's clean and saves you from having to splice. Unfortunately, the "always on" and "Ignition on" leads were reversed from those on my car. It took a little investigation to figure that out. Also, the left rear speaker connection is flacky, so you should make sure the connections are good, before you cram all those wires into the dash.
product was as described, easy to self install, product manual not the easiest to understand, happy w/product and purchase
This harness is very well made, and plugged right in, can't ask for any more than that
Crutchfield Wiring Harness: Crutchfield wiring harnesses prevent you from having to cut your vehicle's factory radio plug when replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket head unit. Simply solder or crimp the Crutchfield wiring harness to your aftermarket head unit's harness (solder & crimps not included), plug the aftermarket head unit's plug into the rear chassis of the aftermarket head unit, and plug the Crutchfield wiring harness into your vehicle's factory radio plug.
Note: Installation tools, hardware, & accessories are not included & sold separately. Please see the Accessories tab for recommendations & availability.
Wiring Notes: If the Crutchfield wiring harness is not equipped with a ground wire, you will need to ground the aftermarket head unit's ground wire to the metal chassis of your vehicle. Some vehicle's may require you to bypass the vehicle's factory amplifier (in another location from factory radio) or hardwire certain connections. If your vehicle is equipped with factory steering wheel controls, an additional adapter is required & sold separately.
Wire Code Chart:
|Red||+12 Volt Accessory|
|Yellow||+12 Volt Constant|
|White RCA||Left Front Channel|
|Gray RCA||Right Front Channel|
|Green RCA||Left Rear Channel|
|Violet RCA||Right Rear Channel|
Factory Amp Note: This harness includes RCA connections (instead of speaker wire leads) to connect the aftermarket head unit's preamp outputs to your vehicle's factory amp. Your aftermarket head unit must be equipped with front & rear preamp outputs.
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recomended [ G Feb 15, 2017 ]
said i needed it [ JOHN Dec 30, 2016 ]
recommended [ Eugene Nov 30, 2016 ]
Just makes life easier so I can solder the radio wires to the harness on my bench in the garage and then hook everything up quickly in the car. [ david Oct 15, 2016 ]
Suggested for my car [ Tony Oct 05, 2016 ]
Fixing the installation of my radio (done by a chain store). [ Jeffrey Jay Sep 17, 2016 ]
To install a previous Crutchfield purchase into a different vehicle [ Ken Sep 03, 2016 ]
Needed for the install [ B Aug 25, 2016 ]
because mine 70-1784 doesn't work with my bose and i stated that when i bought now im stuck with it i guess [ EDMOND Jul 29, 2016 ]
Needed item to install new radio [ John Jul 26, 2016 ]
Required to retain use of factory Bose system [ Roderick Jul 17, 2016 ]
Must have to connect to existing harness. [ Itay Jun 02, 2016 ]
Needed for installation. [ Tristan Jun 01, 2016 ]
no cutting original wires [ Rafael May 05, 2016 ]
So i will not cut any wires on my vehicle [ HERIBERTO Apr 21, 2016 ]
only place that had it [ ROBERT A Apr 01, 2016 ]
Install in Mercedes Benz [ Graham F. Mar 13, 2016 ]
I needed an adapter and the price was reasonable for a name brand product. [ James Feb 11, 2016 ]
To keep from damaging factory harness incase I reinstall original unit [ Michael Dec 19, 2015 ]
Made wiring connections quick and easy [ Andrew Dec 05, 2015 ]
Yes the harness kit came with a wiring diagram so you could easily connect the cortect wires together. I had no problem doing/ following the diagram [ Gabriel Jul 03, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Dec 03, 2014 ] Staff