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Axxess ASWC

Steering wheel control interface — connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to an aftermarket stereo

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Are you looking to install an aftermarket stereo in your car, but want to keep your handy steering wheel audio controls? This ASWC interface from Axxess allows you to connect the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to almost any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Jensen, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and more. (Note: your new stereo must have a 3.5mm steering wheel control or wired remote control input.)

Are you looking to install an aftermarket stereo in your car, but want to keep your handy steering wheel audio controls? This ASWC interface from Axxess allows you to connect the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to almost any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Jensen, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and more. (Note: your new stereo must have a 3.5mm steering wheel control or wired remote control input.)

Installation is straightforward - you usually have to connect a few wires to your factory wiring. In most cases, this interface automatically detects which vehicle it's connected to — if not, you can manually program the interface for your vehicle by following a step-by-step process with LED confirmation. Once connected, the adapter's memory retains its programming even if battery power is interrupted. A USB slot lets you keep the ASWC current as updates become available. Dimensions: 2-3/4"W x 11/16"H x 1-7/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Installation Note: This adapter will not retain your vehicle's factory Bluetooth functionality. Please identify your vehicle or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the ASWC adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a Metra Axxess OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this Axxess ASWC adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. Axxess does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

Awesome product, could have used a little better instructions but once I figured out the wires it's AWESOME and is simple! A must when installing an aftermarket deck and keeping steering wheel controls

RJ, Ray, Minnesota

What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module
  • 11" Twelve-pin harness (with male 3.5mm connector)
  • Female 3.5mm connector (with attached 9" brown and brown/white wires)
  • Resistor
  • Installation Manual
  • Application Chart
  • Product Registration Card

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Reviews

Axxess ASWC Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(304 Reviews)

Not Happy

LAURALAURAcr125 from littlerock, CA on 4/22/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Can't get it to work at all. Tried all directions and still does not work

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Crutchfield response on 4/23/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Awesome

RJ from Ray, Minnesota on 4/21/2013

2002 Jeep Liberty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome product, could have used a little better instructions but once I figured out the wires it's AWESOME and is simple! A must when installing an aftermarket deck and keeping steering wheel controls

Pros: Awesome product

Cons: Could have used more instructions

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Mission Viejo, CA on 4/19/2013

2004 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not much to say since it's a pretty straightforward unit. The plug & play advertisement is true, I can't complain there. The only issue we have is the scan buttons do a radio station search rather than skip through the presets like the factory system did - not sure if that's a function of the adapter or the head unit.

Pros: Plug & play, fast "learning" and easy to install

Cons: Large control boxes hard to fit into the limited dash space, buttons don't work exactly like stock

Axxess without success

GaryV from DeFuniak Springs, FL on 4/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried to get the box to read my set up without success. I called Crutchfield tech support 3 times during a 45 minute period - wire hook up checked out each time. For some reason the Axxess box did not pick up my system. It was a disappointment. However, Crutchfield sent me prepaid postage return and credited my purchase no mussy no fussy.

Pros: Curtchfield tech support was patient and accomodating.

Cons: Axxess did not work on my system.

Good product

Anonymous from Lexington, SC on 4/17/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would have given 5 stars but I had to call crutchfield for help just to reset it. But works perfectly now

Pros: Works with all my steering wheel features

Cons: Non

Axxess ASWC

Rick P from Bedford, NH on 4/16/2013

2009 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made connecting the radio to the Steering controls very easy. Worthwhile adjunct to the JVC radio.

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Did not work for me.

Michaeli from St louis, MO on 4/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Called tech support prior to install to verify connections. Could not get it to work, so called tech support again, on a Saturday no less and went through some trouble shooting with them. Result was install was correct and the product was faulty. Returned for a full refund with no shipping cost. Crutchfield tech support and customer service is the best. Tech support available 7 days a week!

Pros: None

Cons: Costly and did not work. Product is no longer available from Crutchfield?

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Enon, Ohio on 4/9/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this ASWC interface unit with a Pioneer DEH-6500BT CD/Radio. The Axxess unit did not program itself automatically for my car like the web site and Crutchfield said it would. One of the three steering wheel buttons wouldn't work. I had to program it manually per the instructions. I spoke to Crutchfield technical support during this process and they sent me to the Axxess technical support people. It all worked out, but it was more hassle than I had expected. And to get the Axxess wire bundle to connect with my car's wiring hardness properly, the splice connector I had bought from a local shop did not work; it didn't even cut through the wire insulation, and I ultimately had to cut the proper wire in the car's wire bundle and solder in the new Axxess wire to the reconnected wire in the wire bundle. That was a bit nerve wracking since I don't do this kind of thing very often. Oh, and the Axxess instructions said to connect this particular wire to "Pin #3" of the car's wire bundle to the original radio. It was Crutchfield tech support that gave me the wire's color code so that I could more easily identify it in those cramped quarters in my car.

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Nice product!!!

P Roche from Little falls nj on 4/8/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Never used a product like this and was amazed at the ease of installation.

Pros: Very easy to install and the directions and online support were great!!!

Cons: Took no time at all to install and was forced to start another job

Works great

Anonymous from Santa Rosa ca. on 4/8/2013

2004 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this for my 2004 pontiac GTO. Followed the instructions in the manual provided with product. Went to their website to get the wiring info for my specific vehicle. It programmed itself quickly and works perfectly. Buttons respond instantly. Very happy with product.

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Keeps steering wheel controls working.

RickAG from Erie, PA on 4/1/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as it should. I installed it in my 2006 Town & Country and did not want to loose the use of the steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy to connect.

Cons: Had to try several times to get the self programing to work with the Kenwood. Needed to connect the resistor.

It works...

Brett T from Phoenix, AZ on 3/29/2013

2000 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

While this device does exactly what it's supposed to do I can't give it 5 stars simply because it's almost impossible to determine which wire to use for your car. Their web site is horrible. I had to call them to find out which wire to use. However, once I was using the correct wire the device worked like a charm.

Pros: Great having functional steering wheel controls again

Cons: Horrible instructions/web site

Steering wheel controls adapter

0nurneez from Goodyear, AZ on 3/29/2013

2001 Cadillac DeVille
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install! Your factory steering wheel controls work perfect every time. If used with the GMOS-06 Gm adapter, simply plug it in and push up on the volume button on steering wheel with stereo on and you're done.

Pros: Easy to install, very compact, and no lag time on response.

Cons: It's not free LOL!

Aswc

Javier H from Yuma, Arizona on 3/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to use and install

Pros: Simple the color coding made it super easy for me

Cons: Don't have any complaints

Easy to install works great.

DevP from Columbia, SC on 3/27/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit works great, it was easy to install in my 2011 Nissan Frontier to my Pioneer Avh-X5500BHS. I have seen other comments that say this unit messes with the SiriusXM tuner, Which I did not have any problems with at all.

Pros: Easy to install, great instructions. Took less then ten mins to install and program.

Cons: Cutting into factory harness.

Junk in an FJ Cruiser

Village40 from Nashville, TN on 3/26/2013

This steering wheel adapter is easy to install and programs quickly. It worked quite well for a day or two. After the first couple of days, the steering wheel controls became spotty at best. I would say this works probably 15% of the time, with the exception of the "source" button, which works about 90% of the time. If you have an Appradio 2 and an FJ Cruiser, I implore you not to waste your money on this item.

Pros: Easy Install Quick Programming

Cons:

Access aswc

Charlie from Chico ca. 05926 on 3/23/2013

2009 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The axxess aswc was easy to install, come with good directions.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Didn't find eny cons to this product.

Axxess adapter

chefonfire911 from Griffin,Ga. on 3/22/2013

2004 Mazda RX8
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Kind of a pain to get to get in and there is barely any room behind the stereo to easily push it in. it has to be laying just right on my Rx8

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Integrate with your Steering Wheel Controls

Gil at Gil-A-Monster Sound and Recording from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas on 3/19/2013

2008 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The unit did exactly what it said it would do. In my case, it acted as a middle man between the car's computer and the stereo receiver allowing complete control from the steering wheel. One wired in, it recognized the car and receiver so no programming was required.

Pros: Was able to recognize both the car and stereo requiring no programming

Cons: Had to be wired to, and not through the factory wiring harness. The manufacturer's technical support was lacking but a quick call to Crutchfield Tech support had it up and running in minutes. Crutchfield seemed more knowledgable and was definitely more helpful that the manufacturer.

Simply Easy

Yodannyp from Texas on 3/18/2013

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfect. Fairly easy to install. The hardest part was connecting to the factory harness. ( 2 connections only)

Pros: controls on steering wheel work just as they did before

Cons: no problems so far

Works well

Tommy from Gansevoort, NY on 3/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great just hooked up to a 2010 tundra and kenwood deck just wish I didn't have to buy a seperate harness so I didn't have to splice into factory wires didn't have to program anything

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Good, But Not The Best

NVSkier from Elko, NV on 3/17/2013

2004 Lincoln Navigator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Although this control does what its supposed to, the installation is a bit complicated. I still have episodes of the steering wheel not working sporadically.

Pros: Once connected to the vehicle wiring, the device required no programming. It automatically recognized the key functions.

Cons: Price and lack of detailed instructions to walk you through the install. Be aware that you will have to splice into the vehicle wiring harness!

Steering whl control.

Andrew from Leesburg, VA on 3/17/2013

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

Works just as it is supposed to. You just have to remember to use a solid ground for device. The technical support from the manufacturer was excellent .

Pros: Easy instillation.

Cons: Make sure you use a good ground or it may not function properly.

easy peasy

Snowflake from Florida on 3/10/2013

2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Put this in a 2008 Mazdaspeed3 GT, Works like a champ, but you do have to read the instructions that come with the kit and the ones online to hook up the other wires. If you call the hot line at least have 30mins of free time of holding the phone to your ear waiting.

Pros: Easy install once you understand the instructions Auto sync is really nice, turn the key on and wait while it does its thing.

Cons: Instructions not all that great. Hot line had a really long wait time.

works great.

B from Washington on 3/10/2013

2005 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, lets my aftermarket stereo function like the factory unit. A little overwhelmed by all the wires at first, but after reading the installation manual i only used 3, this is an awesome device.

Pros: Works great, simple to install.

Cons: The manual doesn't describe which wires get spliced to corresponding wires on the vehicle. I called tech support and in a few minutes i had the correct answers.

Worked better than I was expecting

Anonymous from Palatka, FL on 3/2/2013

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After filtering through the instuction both on paper and looking on line(you have to do both). I was almost wondering if I shouldn't have ordered this. Once installed I was expecting to have to go through its installation process, but it was done and paired to my truck before I even looked down at it. It works perfect with the JVC head unit and the steering controls on my F350.

Pros: Worked better than expected, ease of pairing with vehicle

Cons: Instructions-You have to read the ones that come with and look online where to hook up other wires.

Steering wheel control interface

Antonio from Oakley California on 3/2/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall a good product...very simple to connect at least for my car. Allmost All the steering controls work, I'm not sure if I missed a wire...but still a good product

Pros: Easy to connect and affordable

Cons: Not all of the controls work Axxess should work on that

2004 Sienna Installation

Erik from Maryland on 2/25/2013

2004 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just plugged the ASWC to where it fits and it works without doing any adjustments. Turn on the radio and all the buttons on my Sienna XLE work immediately.

Pros: Ease of use,

Cons: Wires are a little long but easily cut and taped up.

Easiest part of the whole radio install

Steve C. from Barre, VT on 2/23/2013

2011 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was listed as not working with a 2011 Mazda 3 with the 4 speaker stereo system on Crutchfield's website. I purchased it because it was stated on the AXXESS website to work with my car. The install was excellent. All that was needed was to splice the white/green wire into the factory radio harness and let the control module auto-program. Quite possibly the easiest part of my whole install. I would definitely buy this product again!!!

Pros: Easy install, worked great with my Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD

Cons: Crutchfield almost lost a sale because of outdated information that is readily available on the AXXESS website.

Crutchfield response on 2/26/2013 We have confirmed this is compatible with your 2011 Mazda 3, and have updated our information.

Great Product

Al B. from Florence, SC on 2/23/2013

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The adapter was easy to install only reason I gave 4-star rating is that the instructions are a little vague. Depending on your vehicle it is not necessarily wired for exact fit. Had some issues but a quick call to Crutchfield tech support had me talked through the problem in just a couple of minutes. Problem was that there were too many wires connected to the adapter for my vehicle and tech suppot talked me through which wires to cut and tape off. Once talked through this the adapter programmed for my vehicle and stereo and worked like a charm with my factory sterring wheel controls.

Pros: Ease of programming for vehicle.

Cons: Instructions for install a little vague

Bad wiring instructions

Gripper from Col oh on 2/19/2013

2005 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would get a 3star, but I spent an extra three hours researching why it wasn't working. Turns out the wiring instruction provided, and metra's website PDF for my toyota model both had a misprint ( or they changed the cable colors and neglected to update the instructions). Regardless, green and orang are nowhere near blue/yellow and I found posts on the internet of other toyota folks having the same issue (thankfully!). I would pay 10 bucks more for a better alternative. Besides, it won't scan through my preprogrammed channels. It wants to scan through stations (search) instead.

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Cons: Bad instructions

Flawless

Patrick A from Duluth, MN on 2/18/2013

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly to hook up the SWC from my 99 Jeep WJ GC Limited (with Infitity system) to a Pioneer AppRadio2. Easy hookup, easy instructions, automatically found the code the first try.

Pros: It works and is easy to install.

Cons: Yet another piece to fit behind an already crowded space under the dash. Price is a bit higher than I would have liked.

Almost perfectly horrible

Chris H. from Memphis, TN on 2/15/2013

2002 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this product for my 2002 nissan pathfinder with an aftermarket pioneer avh-3600bh receiver. It worked fine while i drove home from my installer, but ever since, the track skip and rewind buttons never worked properly. The buttons rarely register, and when they do, it usually never does what it is supposed, such as going backwards when i want to go forward. The only flawless thing is that the volume controls never fail. I'm unsure if this was an installation error or just a bad quality product. My recommendation is that you try to find a better one regardless.

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Cons: Doesn't work!!!!

Awesome

Anonymous from Winston-Salem, NC on 2/5/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great item. I have a 2012 Scion XB and when I instlled my Alpine INE-S920HD I was really upset to think I may loose my steering wheel controls. According to the Crutchfield website this itme would not work on my car, but the manufacturers site said it would. So I took a chance and it works perfectly, nice to have my steering wheel controls back....and the light is back on the controls as well

Pros: Get back your steering wheel contols, easy to install. Great item.

Cons: Instructions for my car are not the best, but other than that not a thing to complain about.

worked perfect

Pat from Newton, NJ on 2/4/2013

2003 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install and it works perfect in my 2003 Honda Pilot

Pros: it works

Cons: nothing

Axxess ASWC works!

H.Music from LaPlace,LA on 2/1/2013

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Install was easy but had to call Crutchfield for help with one wire i wasn't sure about. Installed in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma Xrunner with the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 head unit. The Axxess ASWC auto detect my JVC with no problem

Pros: Work as stated,auto detect most receivers

Cons: Need to go to Axxess website for help in some cases or call Crutchfield

works great

schnydz from Raymond,CA on 1/25/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works just as advertised. auto configured by itself. 2005 Dodge Ram and Kenwood X796 HU

Pros: easy install

Cons: none

Axxess ASWC

Terrance from Church Point, La on 1/23/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine now. I brought my truck to have everything professionally installed and they even had trouble getting to work.

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What a snap

Dave S from TN on 1/20/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What a snap to install

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Good unit

Jeff from Raymond ME on 1/19/2013

2010 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit works flawlessly, volume control works faster than original which is better. I downloaded the connection instructions from the Axxess website and wired it up as shown and the unit didn't work. Called Crutchfield and they had me do it differently (very patient waiting on the phone while I rewired the connections) and it worked perfectly.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: You'll need Crutchfield's tech team to get this thing working properly (this is not a bad thing)

Axxess ASWC 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

C L from Chapin, SC on 1/19/2013

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Difficulty in programming the unit for my stereo (Pioneer AVH-2500BT) - could have been me, though, at least in part. Could NOT program the power button or the Stereo preset up and down functionality.

Pros: Works fine, but with limited functionality with my car and Pionoeer head unit.

Cons: Could NOT program the power button or the Stereo preset up and down functionality.

works great

stevek from salisburync 2003 focus svt on 1/17/2013

2003 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great no programing nessary good directions just hook up and go. dont waste your time with the included direction or crutchfields go online and get the right ones for your car

Pros: easy and works

Cons: none

Works Perfectly - Eventually...

SET from St. Louis, MO on 1/17/2013

2001 Acura MDX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions were vague and the pin locations on the connector illustration were WRONG. After two calls to Crutchfield, everything worked. I wish the instructions were easier to follow.

Pros: Following installation, unit worked perfectly!

Cons: Instructions

Amazing little box

Mako from Tallahassee FL on 1/13/2013

2006 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This device makes it incredibly easy to maintain your steering wheel controls on new radio installs. I have used it in two vehicles and it auto identified both.

Pros: Easy to install. Easy to setup. Works well.

Cons: I can't see to configure it to go through my presets instead of scanning using the steering wheel buttons.

Works Perfectly

MarkF from Moraga, CA on 1/12/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Followed the directions from the manufacture's website and the steering wheel controls work just like with the OEM stereo.

Pros: Worked as advertised. Simple to install.

Cons: Pricey but you get what you pay for...

Works great, but not 100% compatible

Anonymous from Cleveland, OH on 1/11/2013

2007 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Consult Pioneer before using this control with a Sirius XM Vehicle Connect Tuner. It caused problems with my Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS DVD. It would not allow me to use the Sirius XM. Pioneer representative told me they caution people about using this product if they're going to use Sirius. It worked like a champ with my 2007 Honda CRV but wouldn't allow me to use Sirius XM. Your alternative is a different brand of steering wheel control interface. Good luck!

Pros: Works great but with limitations.

Cons: Caused problems with the Sirius XM Vehicle Connect Tuner.

2005 Chevy Silverado - Time Saver/Safety Enhancer

Dave E from DFW Texs on 1/8/2013

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pays for itself 1000 times over when your teenage driver doesn't have to reach for the head unit to change channel or volume on complex touch screen while driving. Saves time during install--complete all wiring/soldering outside vehicle then just clip in between vehicle harness and head unit during install. Unit programmed itself. Unit has capability to manually reprogram some features (which we might do in the future) but unit automatically programmed itself and found ability to change channels between presets, change volume, and mute the radio.

Pros: Saves time during install and improves safety.

Cons: Automatic Programming might not hit all the features of the radio/steering wheel interface

Steering Wheel Control Harness

Mike from Miami, Fl. on 1/7/2013

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Piece of cake, Only had to use two wires. Instructions were very clear.

Pros: Simple to instal

Cons:

Be Careful not to Waste Your Time

JoeA from San Diego, CA on 1/6/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Crutchfield technician packaged this deal for me over the phone while he monitored me over the internet on the Crutchfield website after I put in my vehicle make, model and year. After I received the entire package, I went to a local installer who was able to install everything except the ASWC. Apparently, another part is needed when using this brand of steering wheel control interface. The installer can obtain the part but we had to reschedule this last part of the installation. Make sure the Crutchfield technician orders all the parts or a brand that doesn't require additional parts.

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Finicky yet solved a need

Mike C from Virginia Beach, VA on 1/4/2013

1999 Buick LeSabre
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Finally upgraded my factory radio. Was hesitant as I love the steering controls. This little baby made it all better. My vehicle model did lose the temperature controls, yet, added additional controls in their place. The control interface will misbehave at times and will usually correct itself with the next restart. Easy ton setup once you match your vehicle type and wiring diagrams.

Pros: simple and effective

Cons: will occasionally misbehave. Occasionally has sticky button effect with volume and cracks it all the way in the direction you press. Certain controls will just stop. Fixes with restart.

Steering wheel control

MartH from Texas on 1/4/2013

2006 Mazda 6
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

once I got the ground wire connected ( missed it the first time) the unit took little time to find the car and the controls work very well.

Pros: All the steering wheel controls work prefectly and I am glad I spent the money to keep this feature on the car

Cons:

Almost great...

SongH from Santa Cruz, CA on 1/3/2013

2000 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the ASWC performed well in that it accomplished what it advertised for the most part. On my car (2000 Honda S2000), the "mute" button wasn't supported as it doesn't generate a resistance signal to the ASWC box. This wasn't made clear and I didn't find out about it until I installed the unit, fiddled with it for a hour, and contacted support (ASWC support not Crutchfield support) twice. They asked me to reprogram the unit manually, which I tried but to no avail. Overall most of my controls worked and were automatically detected, however; I spent way too much time finding out about the "Mute" button issue.

Pros: Auto-detected my head unit and car, 90% of the functions worked out of the box.

Cons: Mute button not supported. Reprogramming didn't work - mildly frustrating.

Awsome Product

MW000 from Las Vegas, NV on 1/3/2013

2004 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was kinda intimidating when I looked at all the wires, but once I downloaded the instructions for my vehicle it was really quite simple. Red to power, black to ground and one other wire to under dash harness. My vehicle was auto programmed and all steering wheel controls worked. Easy, easy, easy!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Worked as described.

Cons: Getting the directions from Axxess web site kinda confusing.

Axxess ASWC

ThomasL from Bowie, MD. on 12/29/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation instructions were clear & concise. Installation was easy and straight forward.

Pros: Price could be listed as a Con, however, considering what the pros want to do the installation this was a bargain.

Cons:

Works well

Wayne P from WV on 12/27/2012

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install and works well

Pros: Very easy to install works well

Cons: Kind of expensive

Plug and Play

Mark from Chapel Hill, NC on 12/19/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My wife wanted to retain the steering wheel's volume and change channel controls with her new receiver. I wanted to avoid installation headaches. We both got what we wanted. Yes, programming is theoretically required, but the instructions lead me to believe that all I really needed to do was to power up the unit, and let it determine the proper settings. I turned on the ignition on my 2005 Camry LE, watched the LED lights flicker on the Axxess ASWC, and within 30 seconds I was changing channels and grooving.

Pros: Works as advertised. Easier to install than expected.

Cons: The instruction book is lengthy, and fortunately not needed.

Perfect! Worked perfectly out of the box!

eps from New Haven, CT on 12/19/2012

2005 Honda CRV LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly in my Honda CR-V. Bought it to map the OEM steering column to a Sony radio. Auto detected both just fine. Even found some hidden features I didn't see in the manual for using the column controls (skipping albums/songs by holding the "next" button)

Pros: - Works as expected out of the box - Highly recommend

Cons: - None

Works like it should

RJH from Georgia on 12/13/2012

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I only had 2 connections to make to the vehicle side of harness, so after doing that the unit functioned just like the factory steering wheel controls.

Pros: Works just like it should - no issues

Cons: Wish the install could be done on the radio side of harness instead of the vehicle side. Had trouble with accessing the wiring information on Axxess website, but for some reason it worked fine going through the Crutchfield technical service link.

Terrible

Slick from White Haven, PA on 12/13/2012

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not sure what to say about this thing other than it is garbage. I spent over an hour messing with it attempting to get it to work and could not. Confusing manual doesn't help and skips steps. My recommendation: If you want steering wheel controls, keep your factory system!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

Crutchfield response on 12/19/2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Did not work in 2002 Dodge Ram

ST from CO on 12/12/2012

2002 Dodge Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would not work in my 2002 Dodge Ram 2500

Pros: Easy install if it would of worked.

Cons: Would not work in my 2002 Dodge Ram 2500

NICE!

LeeN from Dothan, Alabama on 12/10/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is great still being able to use the factory steering wheel controls. Hook-up was very simple, and programming was a breeze (once I pushed the correct button on the steering wheel...LOL).

Pros: Easy hook-up, simple programming.

Cons: Response time is just a bit slow, but definitely liveable for the convenience.

Unbelievably Easy!

ayzx20 from Phoenix AZ on 12/9/2012

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This controller was recommended to me in order to maintain the steering wheel controls for the Pioneer radio I installed into my 2006 Tundra. It was advertised as a self-programmable module. And that is exactly what it did with no interference from me necessary at all. It just straight up worked. The only suggestion I have is if they could extend the wiring a little longer so that it will reach below the dash for observation. I had to extend the wires on my own so that I could verify by site that the unit was doing it's thing. Thanks again to Crutchfield!

Pros: Just worked, No fuss no muss.

Cons: Need the wires to extend a little longer to be able to be accessed below the dash.

Easy to install in a 2013 Subaru Forester w/o Nav

cgerald1 from Nashua, NH on 12/9/2012

2012 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First, please note, this unit DOES work in a 2013 Subaru Forester W/O Nav!! The 2013 Forester is wired just like the 2012 so when you go onto Axxess website just look up the 2012 to get the correct wiring information. Overall, the website instructions were simple and accurate. (Skip the instructions provided in the box and go right to the website for your vehicle specific information.) The unit auto programmed and worked as expected EXCEPT for the phone controls. They work but they do some other function. My guess is they could be reprogrammed but I didn't feel like investing the time. Overall, I was very happy with the product installation process, ease of setup and how it works.

Pros: Good installation instructions, easy setup.

Cons: Lost phone controls on Steering wheel.

easy install

Anonymous from Austin, MN on 12/8/2012

2000 Buick Park Avenue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once I went on the website and downloaded the specific information on my car, installing this was a breeze, and it works AWESOME!

Pros: Easy to install, works great.

Cons: Had to fit it into a cramped dashboard (not the manufacturers fault, but a con none the less)

Axxess ASWC works perfectly.

saxman0321 from Asheville, NC on 12/4/2012

2006 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this into my wife's 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited. We also used the Toyota ASWC adapter and this was REALLY easy to install. Just plug the adapter into the car's wiring, the remote lead into the head unit (Alpine CED-136BT in this case) and it's done. I turned the car on, pressed the volume up button on the steering wheel and it figured the rest out. It may be harder on cars that don't have the wiring adapter kit, but my experience was perfect.

Pros: Easy to install, it just works.

Cons:

Make steering wheel control fully functional

Scott from 21054 on 12/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to hook up.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: None

Tough install but works great.

Biker Jeff from Benton City, WA on 12/1/2012

2006 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit does what it says it will once you figure out the wiring. Instructions were not easy to follow.

Pros: Works great once wired correctly

Cons: Wiring diagram isn't up to date. It referred to an Orange/Green signal wire which did not exist. CF technical support confirmed that they had recently started shipping Yellow/Green on their harness. Got that straight, re-wired accordingly and it works great.

Simple install--works great

Smokytrail from Poquoson VA on 11/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazingly easy to install

Pros: Auto programmed--just two or three wire install.

Cons: I missed the promo where this was free with Navi purchase!

Accessory for in-dash unit

Dakota from Orlando, FL on 11/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ordered this as a part of a new in-dash unit for my Volvo. It's great, allowing me to continue to control the unit from my steering wheel. Highly recommend!!

Pros: Allows easy access to keeping my hands on the wheel.

Cons: None noted.

worked perfectly!

4morebucks from Ohio on 11/25/2012

2008 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked great. finally got steering controls back! product was as advertised. worked in our 2008 hyundai sonata with a pioneer avh-p3200bt dvd head unit. so easy to install and setup was so easy.

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Customer Service

Sean D. from San Diego, CA on 11/25/2012

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was calling to price check some adapters for a head unit I had purchaced. The associate sounded very familiar with the parts he was quoting me prices on. Less than ten minutes later I received an email with a mocked up invoice showing parts and shipping. Compared to othe mail/net based businesses these guys really have it together.

Pros: Personal, knowledgable staff clearly based here in the states. Emailed me a non commitment invoice within minutes of our conversation.

Cons: I guess they could have given me the parts for free. Other than that I can't think of a way they could have improved.

Steering wheel control adapter

Will L from Cocoa Fl on 11/24/2012

2004 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Followed the steps for installation and this worked like a charm. Will hang onto install procedures in the event of a power failure, etc.

Pros: Good job

Cons: non

Axxess ASWC

JB from Tulsa, OK on 11/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install. Works perfect. Much better than the PAC audio swi-ps. Auto program in minutes.

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Very easy to setup!

Sean H. from Clayton, nc on 11/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very very simple to use and setup!

Pros: Simple to use

Cons: The directions are hard to understand, but go to their website or better yet, call Crutchfield customer service, they were So helpful!

AXXESS ASWC

LARRYH from APACHE OK on 11/13/2012

2006 Kia Sorento EX
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THIS PRODUCT WORKS GREAT. EASY INSTALL AND SET-UP. MORE IMPORTANTLY MY WIFE LOVES IT.

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Does what it says it will do!

Gregory from Rhode Island on 11/9/2012

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Rather than lose my precious steering wheel controls I would have kept my lame stock receiver, so this adapter was just the thing. Once you have it all plugged in, stick it behind your new receiver and forget it's even there. As far setup goes, tech support said that all grounds should stay separate, but getting some good connections on the chassis in the receiver bay was going to to be a pain. On my 2010 Subaru WRX, there is black/blue ground wire that was going to be unused after the install so I connected all the grounds to that and the Axxess auto-detected just fine. So I got the setup right on my first try.

Pros: You don't lose your marvelous steering wheel controls. Axxess also has their own live tech support number like Crutchfield.

Cons: A little tricky to setup, the directions could be somewhat clearer, but Axxess has tech support if you get stuck. The mute button on the steering wheel doesn't send a mute signal anymore, just an attenution signal. But it does lower the volume down enough so this isn't an issue for me.

Works Well

Big D from Chicago, IL on 11/9/2012

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The manual that comes with the unit sucks. Not clear at all. However, when I went online, the instructions for my vehicle where available. Programmed it per instructions and it worked with only one caveat. The power button the steering wheel does not work, but if I hold the mode button down for a few seconds it will turn the radio off. I'm not sure if this is a function of this control unit or my head unit is programmed to shut of when the mode button is held in for 2 seconds.

Pros: Can control my head unit with the steering wheel controls. Good insturcions to intall from there web site!

Cons: Manual that comes with the unit is not clear (had to go online for better specific instuctions) Must be good at wiring elctroniccs. No easy wire harness. Have to cut facotry wires to connect. Power botton does not work, but holding the mode button will turn my head unit off.

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from 38016 on 11/8/2012

2007 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to operate and program

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Confusing instructions

PeteN from Oakley, UT on 11/5/2012

2008 Nissan Xterra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this for my 2008 Xterra upon recommendation from the Crutchfield advisor. It comes with a small booklet which lists every possible vehicle installation but no actual installation instructions or diagrams. So, going back to the manufacturer's website for more info, it suggested two PDF downloads; one a wiring diagram and another an explanation for how to retain the steering wheel bluetooth controls (I didn't know before this it required anything special for the bluetooth phone controls). The wiring diagram directly contradicts the wiring scheme in the booklet that came with it; Crutchfield acknowledges this and recommends using the downloaded instructions instead of the booklet. I wouldn't have known the booklet was wrong had I not gone to the manufacturer's website. The instructions for what to do to retain bluetooth controls on the steering wheel are equally cryptic and not very helpful. It says I have to locate the wiring harness and connector located under the passenger seat, disconnect it and jumper across 3 sets of wires in the harness. I can barely see the connector much less access it without removing the seat, which I'm not going to do. So, I guess I lose my telephone bluetooth controls. So, even though this product is advertised as retaining all steering wheel controls; a) the wiring diagram that comes with the product is wrong and b) nothing in the literature or the instructions indicates what has to be done to retain the bluetooth controls. Not happy...

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Terrible instructions. No warning about the potential problems with bluetooth controls.

Axxess ASWC

EZ from US on 11/5/2012

2005 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2005 RAM 1500 worked Great!

Pros: Easy to install, 3 wires.

Cons: None so far

Ahh, the steering wheel controls work!!

Stephanie B. from San Diego, CA on 11/5/2012

2004 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It definitely works! It was a bit complicated but not impossible. My only advice is to read the overall directions thoroughly first (before you're in the middle of the installation). Mostly to understand how it works so it makes more sense going in, it would have saved us some time and we wouldn't have had to re-trace our steps. I have a Honda S2000 and everything works except for the mute button on the steering wheel control. I believe this is due to the deck that I installed (I am not completely positive on that, but I did thoroughly check that everything was installed properly and no wire was left unidentified). I am over-all happy with this purchase and would definitely recommend it. It sure beats not having controls at all! My favorite part was that it automatically programmed the controls in just a few seconds.

Pros: The automatic programming is great!

Cons: It takes some time to understand how and where it connects exactly (I should note that I do not have prior experience working with steering wheel controls).

Read the Instructions - This will help with install

MrMark from Goleta, CA on 11/3/2012

2005 GMC Yukon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Yes, it was easy to install. Very important to read online instructions. You may need to cut some of the wires to the unit depending on your make and model of car/truck. I could not get it to work, but after a call to the Tech department, I realized I missed a wire connection. After I made the final connection, the unit worked perfectly. Read instructions carefully and reread if necessary. It will save you time.

Pros: Works as advertised. If you get stuck, call Tech service.

Cons: For some, a con maybe understanding following the wiring instructions. You really must go online to look up the instructions.

meets expectations

chris from allentown, pa on 10/24/2012

2002 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it says it does neatly. Only reason I gave 4 stars was that it doesn't include ALL of the wires I believe it should. You can accomplish basic wiring of a stereo, but if you want to hook up a steering wheel adapter there is no provided connector / wire for the interface. When I called Crutchfield they said to "solder it directly to the BMW harness"... good advice but totally defeats the purpose of this adapter. I ended up buying a 2nd adapter and removing a single wire / connector and adding it to my original to get the steering wheel adapter hooked up without destroying my factory harness.

Pros: allows easy connection of stereo

Cons: doesn't include steering wheel control wire

Easy!

Mike from New Jersey on 10/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just installed in a BMW X3. Very easy! Instructions were great. Just had to splice 1 wire in the wire harness. Auto programed to the JVC headunit I installed.

Pros: Quick and easy install

Cons: none

Good buy

Anonymous from Kalaheo, Hi. on 10/20/2012

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was easy to install I like the fact that it did everything for me I didn't have to hassle with programming

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Item Works with 2000 Ford Explorer

Ki-Rin from Illinois on 10/10/2012

2000 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Item works great. Instructions can be confusing and the website is no help either. If you read the manual you should be able to install this item. My husband had it installed in about an hour or so. I installed this into a 2000 Ford Explorer an so far no issues. Would of given it 5 stars if the instructions were better.

Pros: Works just like its suppose to

Cons: Instructions are a bit confusing

Flawless!

BrianL from CT on 10/10/2012

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

Easy to install, easy to program. No issues whatsoever.

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ASWC on Jaguar X-Type

Majik from Lewisburg, PA on 10/3/2012

2004 Jaguar X-Type
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Still not able to install this. Axxess site not very since there is no pin-out diagram of the Jag connection. Call to site explains pin out, but location does not have wire. Still unable to install the Steering Wheel Controller. All other installation is good and radio is working well... except for the steering wheel.

Pros: Will eventually allow for steering wheel controls of stereo unit. hopefully.

Cons: Does not use integrated fiber optic, but uses wireless connection, instructions unclear. still unable.

Tried twice but, no cigar!

JC from Fayetteville, GA on 9/29/2012

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like the others, my initial unit installed with some effort and I finally got it to work....for a few minutes! It would work perfectly one moment and the next, all functions would reverse, i.e. volume up would become volume down, etc. Crutchfield replaced the first unit but the second did the exact same thing, worked one moment and not the next. The Axxess customer support had me ground the unit which shorted out the speakers they then told me to splice into the truck harness which also caused the head unit to freak out. I finally resorted to taping the remote key fob which came with my new JVC head unit to my steering wheel which works perfectly. I only wish I'd returned the second unit for a refund in time.

Pros: None that I can detect

Cons: Does not work, the Axxess customer service was no help and actually made matters worse. Do not recommend!

AWSC module install

Pete from Sterling Heights, MI on 9/27/2012

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall I am satisfied, but disappointed that there was no wiring diagram for the unit.

Pros: The AWSC works great

Cons: This unit should come with a wiring diagram instead of just written how to connect the module.

Read the instructions!

PaulF from Palm Beach Gardens, FL on 9/27/2012

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The original instruction sheet from the Axxess website was fine concerning which wires to connect. The unit quickly autodetected my radio. My volume, track and mode buttons worked fine, but my phone buttons did not work. I went back an noticed that there was a step I missed because it was further along in the instructions, and it had to be completed within a certain period of time to enable the phone controls. I quickly reset and got them working. The full manual is somewhat better and clearer than the quick instruction sheet.

Pros: Easy to install, Programs itself.

Cons: none

Awesome Product with Great Support

Kirk from Bettendorf, Iowa on 9/25/2012

2002 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, although I did have to call tech support because the instructions were not accurate for my radio and car. Tech support was knowledgeable with product and small hold time to reach tech support. For instance, I needed to plug in 3.5mm cable to back of stereo; however, they say use blue yellow wire to the brown wire for my JVC stereo. JVC stereo unit had no blue yellow wire at all. Once installed programming was easy and item worked great. I highly recommend this product because it comes with great support and works great.

Pros: Great tech support that help me get product installed accurately . Product works perfectly and easy to program

Cons: Instructions were not accurate for my radio and vehicle

2010 Subaru Forester

MikeP from Millsboro, DE on 9/23/2012

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As soon as I made the last connection it linked up and we were able to use the steering controls immediately. Worked first time. Crutchfield team walked me through the installation. It was a breeze.

Pros: It really works

Cons:

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Orlando,FL on 9/23/2012

2005 Lincoln Aviator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in a 2004 Lincoln Aviator to control a Pioneer AVH- P3400BH, the Axxcess ASWC has worked from the word go with no problems.

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Steering Wheel Audio Safety

safetyt from Palm City, FL on 9/20/2012

2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy programming...But...Had to cut the OEM plug to tap into the wires...solder the ground wires (3 wires) you need a GOOD connection...Crutchfield avises to solder all...Do Not Use Posi Taps...waste of money

Pros: Easy to program...recognized the steering audio controls...no reaching for the radio controls...safe driving

Cons: Had to cut the OEM plug to tap into the wires...I think Axxess or Crutchfield should supply an adapter plug...like everybody else in the business. Do Not Use Posi Taps...waste of money...even though the website advises to buy them. Short wires

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Fairhope, Alabama on 9/20/2012

2006 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So glad I bought this device, after years with two kenwood navigation system and no luck getting a device that works the steering wheel controls I have finally got the device and tech from crutchfield( Allen) that I need to get everything to work. Thanks to the device and to Allen with his patients. It been a couple of weeks and the steering wheel controls works as advertised. Thanks

Pros: Finally a device that works

Cons: I could say price, but I'm not. It's work every penny.

jury still out

Anonymous from killeen tx on 9/13/2012

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I haven't installed it yet. The direction for installation is very limited. I will update my comments after ai install this weekend

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Works with Pacifica

Matt S. from Hudson, OH on 8/29/2012

2004 Chrysler Pacifica
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this to use in a Chrysler Pacifica and it works. The only issue I had with this was that the instructions told me to connect the pink wire to pin 14 wire from the main harness. I called the Crutchfield techs and was told to cut the wire leading to pin 14 and hook that to the pink wire. That information was close...but slightly incorrect. What I should have done was splice into this wire...in other words, cut the wire, strip both ends of that wire, and hook the pink wire to both of them to keep the circuit. Luckily the next tech I called knew the mistake right away.

Pros: Keeping controls for new stereo

Cons: Slightly incorrect information, but got correct information on next call.

Works Flawlessly

RickA from Knoxville, TN on 8/29/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in a 2006 Mazda MX5 to control a Kenwood DDX719, the Axxcess ASWC has worked from the word go with no problems. The volume, mute, and previous/next controls on the MX5 steering wheel all work as they should with previous/next adapting to the selected device. (cd-next track, ipod-next song, tuner-frequency up/down).. I can't speak to ease of installation because I did not install the unit. I was told by the installer that the Axxcess ASWC was one of the easier units to program.

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Axxess ASWC

Cm296 from Merced, ca on 8/20/2012

2008 Ford Fusion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

product seemed overwhelming2 first glance but was simple to instal and works great!

Pros: easy to instal and auto configaration went smooth

Cons: none

Very Nice Interface

Neal S from Suffolk, VA on 8/18/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Using this in an 03 Avalanche. Wasnt difficult to install, followed the instructions, it auto programmed itself just like it was supposed to and all the controls work perfectly. Its nice to have products work as advertised without any problems. If you are replacing your factory stereo, this is a no brainer to keep the steering wheel controls, a must have. The only negative I can say is, Id like to see it cost less..

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Excelent product

Victor C. from Costa Rica on 8/8/2012

I had installed on my Hyundai Accent Blue 2012, with a Kenwood DNX6180, excelent interface to the steering wheel, the only inconvenience is that the BT buttons does not work, I have to use the BT buttons on the screen of the radio.

Pros: Easy to install according the manual, by myself!!

Cons: The BT buttons does not work, could be if I configurate it manual but in the automatic configuration does not works

Nicely Done!

CZeph from Newport, NC on 8/5/2012

2002 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After reading mixed reviews, I decided to buy this unit figuring that if I ran into problems the folks from tech support would hook me up. After getting all the wires hooked up I couldn't get the unit to go to complete. Then on my fourth attempt and third phone call with Metra tech support it still would not work! Finally I called Crutchfield tech support and when I reminded him that I previously had a PAC-SWI unit, he realized that I had to cut the data wire before and that I would need to reattach that wire in order for the ASWC to recognize the vehicle's controls. I reconnected the wire and it worked immediately! Glad I purchased this!

Pros: Recognizes vehicle and aftermarket radio without much work from you!

Cons: The manual that came with the unit listed the wrong wire color with the correct pin number. Do your homework and research the internet and call Crutchfield tech support!

axxess

joe from hershey pa on 8/4/2012

2005 Suzuki XL-7
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

wire colors are a bit off but easy to install with a quick phone call to crutchfield. it programed itself and works great.

Pros: all of my steering wheel controls work just like they did with the factory radio.

Cons: wire colors a bit odd. yellows and oranges are sort of off.

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from grafton, ohio on 8/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instruction manual was worthless as was their website

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Works But instructions are Confusing.

RickH from Richmond, VA on 8/3/2012

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

Did not work first go around. Lights came on but would not auto program. Called tech support was told to change wiring. Then did not work at all. Called back to tech support. Last tech was wrong in wiring instruction. Changed back the way I had before, soldered one additional wire. Auto program then worked perfectly.

Pros: Crutchfield's tech support is great. Would never have got this steering wheel control to work with out. Would not buy this type of product anywhere but Crutchfield.

Cons: Product instruction and web site were confusing.

Works Great

Jim from Mich. on 8/3/2012

2004 Mazda RX8
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Since you are changing the sound system. Might as well put in a back up camera!

Pros: Can now see what I am backing in too!

Cons: Pricy

not happy with vendor

Kerlyn from Denver, CO on 7/31/2012

1998 Buick LeSabre
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

unable to install the product because the instruction links for my vehicle have been down on their site. I would still like to use the steering wheel volume controls for my 1998 Buick but not I will have to tear apart the dash again to install it since I had to use the vehicle.

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Cons: bad links on web site.

Crutchfield response on 8/1/2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works perfect!

Steering wheel controls made easy! from Alexandria, LA on 7/29/2012

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like a charm. The only thing I would add is if your are installing for 05-11 Tacoma you will want to buy the METRA 70-8114 harness in addition to this so you don't have to splice into any of your vehicle wire's. For any other make or model vehicle, you will want to find the one that matches your car or truck.

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Don't rely on AXXESS online instructions

fess from Charlottesville, VA on 7/23/2012

2009 Suzuki SX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love what this item does! I wanted a better stereo but didn't want to give up my steering wheel controls. I read the reviews and purchased from Crutchfield with my new head unit. Everything was wired up per instructions. Stereo worked, steering wheel controls did not. After a few hours of research on wiring diagrams for a Suzuki SX4 I found that AXXESS had me wiring it to the dimmer wire, not the steering wheel wire. If you purchase this be sure to do some homework if it does not work at first. I emailed AXXESS to let them know of the error

Pros: Love having my steering wheel controls

Cons: Wiring instructions were not correct.

04 Pontiac Montana

Geoff from Dayton, OH on 7/21/2012

2004 Pontiac Montana
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well, but the directions for wiring our 04 Pontiac Montana were insufficient. Wiring directions did not mentiion soldering into OEM wiring. There were not enough pins in the GM Factory Integration Adapter. Fortunately, Crutchfield customer service knew exactly how to fix the problem.

Pros: All buttons on the steering wheel work with our new JVC KDHDR61

Cons: Insufficient wiring directions

Great! Love it!

jesi from falmouth, va on 7/15/2012

2002 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great! Just be sure to solder the connections. You'll be sorry if you don't. That is the advice I got from Crutchfield. I didn't and it worked great.

Pros: I connected it, pressed the up vol. button and it programed itself. Worked right the first time, no peoblem. Even if I didn't use the steering wheel controls a lot I wouldn't want them disconnected and not working.

Cons: No way to attach the unit to anything. You can use wire and just attach it somewhere so is doesen't rattle around in the dash.

Axxess ASWC

Chris from Virginia Beach, VA on 7/14/2012

2004 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great with my 2004 Nissan Altima!

Pros: Works as advertised and makes me a happy customer!

Cons: Though it works, the preset buttons on my steering wheel were converted to seek up and down. Not a big problem, but the only CON I could think of.

work perfectly

CJJ from Lodi, CA on 7/12/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy install, worked perfectly

Pros: works great

Cons: instructions, needed to call for clarification on some wires

09 Honda Civic SI

Dave from Yonkers, NY on 7/8/2012

i was using the pac adapter in my civic si but kept running into issues i just wired this one up today and the auto programming worked right away and it recognized my z130bt

Pros: very simple straight forward install

Cons: none

The interface works great.

RonR from Havre de Grace, MD on 7/8/2012

2002 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I stated, I thought the worse would happen that I would need help to do it right. The device did exactly as the instructions said it would

Pros: Works great and the install was not complicated.

Cons: None

Works Great!!

Gorosoki from Montana on 7/6/2012

2008 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed the axxess into a 2008 Ford F-150 with an aftermarket Pioneer AVH-3300BT. The steering wheel controls now work again. Fairly simple to install and super easy to program. (the auto-programming worked) Overall, definitely worth the money!!

Pros: Everything, fast easy install, all of the buttons work

Cons: None so far

Works Perfectly in a 2003 Nissan Altima w/Bose System

Steve from Jackson, MS on 7/5/2012

2003 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was surprised at how easy this install went. I read over the instructions, followed them exactly and within 15 minutes the steering wheel controls were working just like they worked with the factory system. It says you can customize the button operations. I want to have the "Mode" button used for answering a call. I haven't tried this yet but will soon. I'll probably call the Crutchfield support line first before I try. When I did the initial install, I let it auto detect and it set the buttons exactly as the factory settings.

Pros: Has auto detect that works perfectly and sets the controls just like the factory settings.

Cons: None

Metra Steering wheel control interface

NickG from Dallas, TX on 7/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this unit to take advantage of the existing steering wheel control buttons on my 2009 Suzuki SX4. Little disappointed to find out that the controls on the steering wheel wouldn't access all of the features (such as the Bluetooth) found on the stereo. In my mind, the total cost really isn't justified to control the volume, scan channels, and mute. Nice to have, but a bit pricey.

Pros: Able to control volume, change channels, and mute using the existing steering wheel controls.

Cons: Not a whole lot of other features for the cost.

Installation 07 Dodge Grand Caravan

Ted from Chicago on 7/1/2012

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

I am truly amazed at how simple the installation was in my 07 Dodge Grand Caravan and well all the features of this unit works. I installed the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 and the Metra ASWC for the steering wheel control. I just had a couple of calls to Crutchfield's to clarify a few things and every time I called there was no wait and my questions were answered and I finished the installation in a few hours. Don't hesitate to buy this unit.

Pros: Great customer service work like the stock unit

Cons: None

Works

KItpeople from Newark, DE on 6/28/2012

2004 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Metra ASWC works fine. Did change the up and dwon arrows from search pre-sets to scan but the volume and source select works fine. Does not enable rear audio controls. Recommend alos purchasing the Toyota Metra ASWC wire harness sole seperately.

Pros: The Metra ASWC works fine on the Toyota Sienna and JVC reciever. Plugged in and it worked automatically.

Cons: Ended up buying the Metra ASWC Toyota Wire Harness from another company with free shipping at any price. The directions are hard to read (very small). the The Metra ASWC website was hard to use, but once I call Metra they told what wire harness to order.

Awsome

Curt L. from Sacramento, CA on 6/28/2012

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had a problem. After install it didn't work. Called Crutchfield. After some testing with the Tech on the phone we discovered that I had the green wire with the orange stripe but needed the orange wire with the green stripe. Now have my steering wheel controls working again it is great. I don' even use the wireless remote. It sits in the glove box. Thanks Crutchfield.

Pros: Convenient, works flawlessly, easy install.

Cons: none

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from brandon, ms on 6/28/2012

2002 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Easy to install.

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Extremely easy

Jeff from Olathe, KS on 6/28/2012

2008 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed the Axxess ASWC along with a Pioneer 2400BT headunit in my '08 Mazda 3. The install went extremely smoothly. There were only a few wires to hook up (power, ground, and two others). My only complaint would be that I had to snip a couple of wires that go into my wire harness to splice into. This isn't a dig on this product though, as the real problem probably lies with the wiring harness that I used. All of the controls detected right off with no setup required. This was well worth the money, and it was worth getting it from Crutchfield for me just because I know the support is there if I need it.

Pros: Easy install, no setup for my vehicle

Cons: Price? I guess I'm a cheapskate ;).

Awesome product!

BC from St. Pete Beach, FL on 6/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome little piece of technology--Connected it as described and it automatically found my vehicle, found my receiver and all of a sudden my factory steering wheel controls worked with my aftermarket receiver!!

Pros: Works great! Easy to use! Easy to install!

Cons: I wouldn't recommend this being someone's first experience with stereo component installation. It's easy for someone familiar with auto wiring and stereo install.

Not bad at all!

BIGB from Central California on 6/26/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this unit over the other unit Crutchfield offers because it's autoprogramming. Installed it in a Honda S2000 with the Sony DSX-310BTX so that I can maintain my console controls. Instructions that I downloaded neglected to tell me to plug the 3.5mm jack into the headunit so I had some issues at first. Called a Crutchfield advisor and he walked me through it. Mute function doesn't work, but no big deal. I'm happy with my purchase!

Pros: Self programming, small/discreet

Cons: Installation instructions were a little off, but nothing a crutchfield advisor can't help with! Led flashing sequence is too fast for trouble shooting.

2006 Honda Pilot, Pioneer AVIC-X930BT

Jon from Takoma Park, MD on 6/26/2012

2006 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly and the Honda specific installation instructions were spot on. The problem I had was with the blue Posi-tap connectors that were recommended in the Crutchfield installation video. Even though the connectors are rated for 16-18 gage, they didn't make the connection and the control unit couldn't 'see' that anything was connected. I called Axxess tech support and that was the first question he asked me. I removed the connectors and soldered 'copper to copper' as suggested, reconnected and the unit self tested and confirmed via the LED that everthing was good to go.

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Works great...after figuring it out online

Dawgfan from Atlanta, Ga on 6/21/2012

2009 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great once I figured out how to program it. Had to visit a few websites to get the right procedure to program it.

Pros: Works and easy to implement

Cons: lack of instructions

Easy/Peasy

WalterJ from Lakeland, Fl on 6/16/2012

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install with this unit. Used on a JVC KWR500 to a 2006 Avalanche. Purchased the Axxcess ASWC as well as the GMOS-01 and there was an extra red wire not mentioned and an identical harness supplied for both. Was confused so I called Crutchfield and they verified that one harness would be used and the other discarded. The red wire was the power to the ASWC.

Pros: It works

Cons: Instructions were almost perfect.

steering controls

m from mn on 6/14/2012

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

didn't work right away seems fine now. i have a pac sync interface for ford vehicles and wasn't told they make a steering control also that would have made install much easier.

Pros: still have steering controls with new head unit

Cons: wouldn't auto sync and after numerous tries to do it manually it finally worked, what i did different i don't know.

Axxess ASWC

Mel B from greenbelt MD on 6/13/2012

2007 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

neat quality harness

Pros: overall easy to install. It practically installs itself once it is wired into system

Cons: better clarity on explaining wiring for missing pins in the write up. The support team was great in explaining how to handle this.

not compatible with my aftermarket stereo,

Nghia from Davis OK on 6/13/2012

2004 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter is not compatible with my DD-1100BT aftermarket stereo.

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Simple Steering Wheel controls

BobL from Benton City, WA on 6/9/2012

2008 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter worked flawlessly on my 2008 Nissan Altima. I would recommend this to anyone.

Pros: Automatically programs itself. Works great easy to install, no lag time.

Cons: None

Works Great!

Dashiem from Conyers, GA on 6/8/2012

2010 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what is suppose to do! I never saw how one of these parts work but I was expecting a lag in response time. It responds as fast as the factory connection. Its like you dont even have it installed! I had it professionally installed along with the Pioneer AVH-P2400BT in a 2010 Tacoma and im happy with it.

Pros: Works just like factory.

Cons: None!!!

Steering wheel audio control

Bob Davis from Pensacola on 6/7/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I normally don't like "black boxes" but this one was fine.

Pros: Easy to install. Performed the auto setup without any problems.

Cons: None.

Pretty slick product...

Eric from Washington, PA on 6/4/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this in a 2008 Honda Civic EX with a Kenwood-X896 receiver. Easy install - only 5 wires. If you can install your own car stereo, you can do this. A few blinking lights, the ASWC automatically detected both my vehicle and receiver, and everything was working perfectly. Only remotely tricky part was that the control wire that goes to the vehicle wiring was in a separate harness than the rest of the radio connections. Rather than splice into that harness or cut it apart, I opted to solder a brass pin onto that wire so it could just be plugged into the correct spot on the harness. Looped it back over the harness and secured in place with electrical tape so I don't have to worry about it working it's way loose behind the dash.

Pros: Automatic detection of car and new receiver, no programming needed. Got my steering wheel controls back!

Cons: Depending on where your control wire goes, you may be in for a little more wiring work than you originally thought.

Axxess ASWC

sid from schenectady, ny on 6/3/2012

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install, works great.

Pros: easy install works great

Cons: none

Worked great

Daemon from Houston, TX on 6/3/2012

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My car's steering controls work.

Pros: Easy setup. Zero config

Cons: The only reason I did not give this a 5 was I had to slice my car's wiring to install it. Why not sell an adapter piece for this or just include it.

Works well

Joe from Wilmington, NC on 6/2/2012

2012 Nissan Xterra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I connected this as instructed, followed the procedure for start-up and it automatically detected my equipment and started working. It is installed between a Pioneer AVH-P2400BT and a 2012 Xterra PRO-4X that had the factory Rockford Fosgate system. All the audio controls work correctly. The phone functions don't work - I don't know if this is because the Pioneer doesn't accept remote commands for pickup/hangup or if the auto detect didn't work for that part of it.

Pros: Auto detect worked fine so start-up was completely painless in my application.

Cons: The 3 wires that this tapped into enter a connector that plugs into the factory stereo but is not one of the ones that is pigtailed out with the adapter harnesses. I had to break into the wires behind the connector to make the connections, as I was unable to find a pigtail connector for it. I used solder/heat-shrink to do it properly rather than using those horrible splices that cut through the insulation. It would be nice if this could be hooked up without cutting into factory wires.

Extra Instructions Required

NMD from Orange, CA on 6/1/2012

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item works great now that it is installed correctly, however it took some out of the box thinking to do so. I had to do some things not in the install guide. In my '08 Hyundai Santa Fe, I not only had to ground the ASWC with the stereo, but with the car steering wheel controls as well. I discovered this when the ASWC would only auto-detect the device it was grounded with when I moved the single provided ground wire from one to the other. I had to use one of the obsolete control wires from the ASWC to make a connection to both.

Pros: Worked with my vehicle and stereo. The auto detect feature is great.

Cons: Does not install as easily as described in the install guide.

Works well. Instructions ambiguous.

DonnieH from Columbus, OH on 5/29/2012

2003 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2003 Maxima GLE. Kenwood KDC-X696. Once I got it connected properly (mostly my fault), it worked immediately and flawlessly. Biggest challenge was that the supplied manual mentions what to do for Kenwoods, leaving the impression that that's *all* you have to do. The Crutchfield rep didn't help in this regard, as he confirmed what I thought were the only required connections. Eventually I found the right article on the Axxess web site (not as helpful a site as one might want), and I realized I needed to connect wires from the ASWC to one of the Maxima's wiring harnesses. Crutchfield supplied no information about this, either - not that they promised to. Once I'd addressed those connections, the device worked immediately. The device didn't come with any pins to go into the harness pin holes, so I put the wires in directly (reasonably tight, but not as good as I would have liked). Ended up using electrical tape to try to make sure wires didn't shake loose.

Pros: Works.

Cons: Instructions ambiguous, esp. for Kenwood and JVC units. Diagnostic codes (via LED) ridiculously obtuse. No instructions or recommendations on physical mounting within the dash. No instructions or comments from Crutchfield that this device interfaces with the 3rd of the 3 Nissan radio wiring harnesses. No pin connectors provided to better connect to harness. Supports manual programming, but device inaccessible once everything is remounted in the dash.

Axxess ASWC

HUW from Columbia, SC on 5/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as promised to install Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH in a 2006 Mercedes SLK280. Used in conjunction with the #120709003 wiring harness.

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Best Product

DANG T from FITCHBURG, MA on 5/27/2012

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Work very good on my 2006 Toyota Tundra. Just a little bit confusing on the color of the wire.(ex..Red/Orange. Orange/Red)).

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It works!

RBEmerson from SE PA on 5/27/2012

2004 BMW X3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing is a miracle of modern science. Hook up power and a signal wire, power it up, and... well dang! It works! The Axxess web site isn't the best one I've ever used, and it is needed to pick up wiring information, but the actual device strikes me as working about as well as a Harry Potter spell. Five stars and two thumbs up!

Pros: It works as promised and becomes transparent once it's set up. I wish more stuff worked this well!

Cons: The Axxess web site is hard to navigate when looking for wiring info for a particular vehicle (BMW X-3 in my case). Once at the right page, thought, it's all good.

Hassle Free

Eli from NY NY on 5/26/2012

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed using 3 or 4 wires. worked just like it was stock, Didn't need to program but could if needed but all the functions are there to control my new JVC radio.

Pros: easy install, easily detects radio brand(JVC)

Cons: none

Axxess ASWC

greg from long island,ny on 5/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

outstanding product

Pros: very good product

Cons: none

Does what it says

BrossHawg from Ephrata, WA on 5/22/2012

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product does what it says. It works very well in conjunction with the GM VT-GMOS-04. Installation was easy.

Pros: Easy install and works well with GM VT-GMOS-04

Cons: None

Axxess ASWC

Dave D from Roseville,CA on 5/22/2012

2004 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is a little confusing at first but after re-reading the instructions a few times it makes sense. I did have to cut 3 wires of the factory harness in my 04 4Runner which I did carefully allowing the option of putting it back to stock if needed. It would have been nicer if the harness was plug/play with the factory connector but it all worked out. Once connected I turned on the key and in about 10 seconds the Axxess kit was working with the JVC KW-NT50hdt, all functions work very fast.

Pros: Works very well

Cons: A plug/play connector to the factory harness would be nicer

CLAPTRAP

jimh from New York on 5/22/2012

2004 BMW M3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

At the recommendation of Crutchfield I installed this in a 2004 BMW E46 (M3) to provide differential outputs off of a Kenwood reciever to the OEM amp. My comments are related to using this device in that configuration. Mechanically, the design is poor. It is large and takes up valuable real estate inside the dash. The supplied harnesses are annoyingly short. If you understand how differential outputs work the OEM4 should sit between the HU and the OEM harness- but doing so makes any chance of creating a clean radio harness impossible. The case itself pops open too easily/won't stay shut - it needs to be opened when installing to verify an LED - they could have simply made a window to view the LED. Electronically, the SOEM4 SHOULD have done a good job converting the speaker output. In reality, all it seemed to do was attenuate the signal....alot! With the SOEM4 outputs all maxed out, I was unable to crank the volume to anything near acceptable levels without significant distortion - with the HU at max I was getting about 1/2 the volume of the original head unit..... and it sounded terrible. I ended up removing it and running straight off the speaker outputs to the HK Amp (as others have done). The only real risk to doing that is overdriving the OEM amp- I'll take my chances and if it blows out, I'd rather drop in a new amp than have this claptrap circuitry sitting between my expensive HU and amp. Either way, the SOEM4 creates more problems than it solves.

Pros: None that I can think of in this scenario... ok, may protect you from turning the volume too high.. .... May have other uses in other configurations. Cheap (when you buy it as part of a package from Crutchfield

Cons: -Oversized -Difficult to wire -cheap circuitry sitting between your HU and Amp -doesn't provide the right output levels for BMW OEM amp -You don't need it if you want to listen at levels that won't damage your hearing and if you do want to crank the volume higher, you're better off buying a new AMP than using this.

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Mike B from Long island NY on 5/15/2012

2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I perchased this ascw to use on my 01 camaro SS with a pioneer deh-6400bt. I love the fact that it only takes 3 wire and one plug to hookup and the programming was simple to do between holding down the volume button and watching for the lights on the unit. I would recommend to anybody who wants to retain their factory steering wheel controls a must have

Pros: Easy hookup and programming

Cons: None

Great Product

goldfinger777777 from Chicago on 5/14/2012

1998 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a: 1998 Honda Accord EX V6 3.0L I installed a new stereo so I could utilize Bluetooth. The problem was that there wasn't a way to connect the steering wheel audio controls to the new stereo. This product did it flawlessly. You need to know what you are doing to install it or have a pro do it. Well worth what I paid. Dis-connect battery>Install stereo & Axxess ASWC > re-connect battery> turn stereo on> do nothing for a few minutes (the ASWC is auto-acquiring the necessary data) > then try your controls; this should work perfectly.

Pros: LOW COST WORKS PERFECTLY

Cons: NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO PROPERLY INSTALL.

Axxess ASWC

Kevin from Livingston,La on 5/13/2012

2005 GMC Yukon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy to use, installation was a breeze

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Simple To Install

Mike Stramandinoli from Tampa Bay on 5/13/2012

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is easy to install. One wire hookup and presto it works. Miles ahead of the Swi-Jack.

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Easy!

redneckbubba from Texas on 5/12/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install with Kenwood KDC-996. Only a few snags, called Tech line and was on the right track in minutes.

Pros: Easy

Cons: Non- just fear of doing it myself.

Does not work in 2007 Tacoma

Brad from Allen, Texas on 5/10/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this unit in my 2007 Tacoma with Alpine INA-910W head unit. Instructions were incorrect for my vehicle but overall the install was easy for me. I am an electrical engineer however and can certainly imagine others having a very difficult time with this install. I'm on my second Axxess unit now and have reconfigured the the ground and power connections 3 different ways (per tech support) including completely dedicated power and ground runs. Same experience with both units. They work properly after start up but then send random signals from both the seek and mode functions on the steering wheel. This means that the audio source constantly jumps from radio to disc to i-pod to USB every two to three minutes (sometimes multiple times per minute). Radio tuner seeks randomly and i-pod songs advance randomly. Finally disconnected the unit to maintain my sanity. Kudos to Crutchfield for the quick and simple exchange process but it appears that this product simply will not work with my truck and head unit.

Pros: Automatic vehicle detection worked as advertised

Cons: Poor instructions; does not work with 2007 Tacoma/Alpine INA-910W

No idea

Lyadonna22 from Fayetteville, AR on 5/8/2012

2010 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy enough to install, but for some reason I can't get it to work in my car. I have quadruple checked that I installed it correctly, but still no go. It reads my car correctly (as indicated by LED blinks), but won't work yet. So far neither Crutchfield tech support or Metra tech support have been able to help.

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Very Neat

ED from Atlanta, GA on 5/6/2012

2001 BMW M3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The online wire instructions were not easy to understand, The car listing that cam with unit was a little better but still not that clear. I messed up because of what I saw online. Phone support was also confusing and while he steered me straight he did sound a bit bothered. One it was figured out, I would give it a five.

Pros: Worked fast and well (after I got it wired properly.)

Cons: Instructions complicated and model car listing for wires used not very clear.

Works Great

SK from Philadelphia, PA on 5/6/2012

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a bit tricky to install in terms of locating all the instructions (the manual tells you to go online to find the rest) and was a bit unclear about grounding wires. That said, Crutchfield was amazingly ready to help. One phone call and 5 minuets time had it all cleared up. Works terrifically and does exactly what I wanted it to. I can control the radio through my driver controls just as it was from the factory. I installed it with the Clarion CX 501 in my ford focus 2005 and couldn't be happier.

Pros: Does exactly what I wanted it to. I control my radio through steering controls and can't even tell it's there.

Cons: instructions were confusing but Crutchfield cleared it up in no time!

Awesome

Benja from Illinois on 5/4/2012

2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Connected this to a JVC KW-R500 with the Axxess GMOS II for my 05 pontiac grand prix with monsoon system. The buttons respond immediately. No delay as others have mentioned. The auto program worked with my setup ( I had to hold down the up volume button to program).

Pros: Great unit worked as it should.

Cons: nothing

Very easy to install

Mike from Copper Canyon, TX on 5/1/2012

2006 Lincoln Mark LT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was very easy to install on my Lincoln truck. Just hooked up the wires and it automatically found my system and the steering wheel controls began working just as they did on the old radio. Would suggest that you quck tight the plug to the back of radio so that it does not pull out when you put everything pack together.

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Works well with some patience

Michael from San Antonio, TX on 5/1/2012

2004 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the unit since my steering wheel controls simply can't work without it. This is an easy DIY if you know something about vehicle wiring and are comfortable tapping into such things as the ignition switch. Finding the 12V accessory wire and tapping into it was the most challenging part of the install. Having just installed a car alarm made this a breeze in comparison, but the install would have seemed more intimidating without that experience. I used Posi-taps with great success rather than soldering and I would recommend this and agree with avoiding traditional T-taps. If the prospect of tapping into your ignition switch frightens you, you will probably want to have someone knowledgeable install it rather than taking this on yourself. You also have to download the proper instructions for your vehicle on-line so you know which wires to connect to the harness. Worked great in my 2004 Maxima except that the power on/off switch does not function. Not crucial. All other switches worked. 5 stars because my steering wheel controls don't work at all without it, but I considered 4 stars due to the lack of the power on/off function.

Pros: The only way to get your steering wheel controls to work ... and they do! Programming was a snap.

Cons: Requires some familiarity with ignition switch wiring. Power button didn't work.

Metra ASWC Review

BE from Virginia on 4/30/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

With Crutchfield supporting this product I would recommend to others. The unit has performed well allowing the use of all of the OEM steering wheel controls. Just like the factory installation. The wiring documentation provided by Metra was incorrect for a 98 Honda Accord. After 30 minutes on hold with Metra I gave up and called Crutchfield. In 4 minutes we had the correct wiring and everything working good.

Pros: With correct wiring information the installation is very simple and easy to set up in the 98 Accord.

Cons: Metra documentation also provided a Web site to go to for updated wiring information. After having trouble with the install we could not find any additional informtion on the Web site. We Called Metra Technical Support at 3:00PM EST on a week day and was placed on hold. Hung up after waiting 30 minutes and called Crutchfield.

swing and a miss

jb from morehead city on 4/27/2012

2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

did not work for my DIY. took it to a local pro installer who still could not get it to work. am now removing the unit and sending it back.. this item only gets the one star if crutchfield takes it back. 2003 mercedes c240

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Works in the Mazda 3 2012

Ex. from Capitol Heights, MD on 4/24/2012

It works fine in the Mazda 3 2012. I used T-tap connectors (against the advice of the manual) for my 12v switch and ground connections and I used a butt connector to crimp the red wire/white-green wire. I also used a quick splice connector to crimp the violet wire to the aftermarket wiring ground. Once you connect everything properly, it will automatically install and work. Everything works fine and the head unit picks up the button input instantly.

Pros: Works fine using the same instructions for Mazda 3 2010-2011. No programming required.

Cons: The Mute button only halves the volume on my Pioneer head unit. It doesn't actually mute.

Not a DIY item!

DaveC from San Jose, CA on 4/22/2012

2009 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I need to say I ultimately got mine working. At least I think I did. I chickened out and hired a local installer to put mine in. He did a fine job installing, except on occasion the ASWC would go ape and start messing with the radio settings for no good reason. I finally determined that the ASWC had been sitting on the shelf for at least a couple of months since the firmware was more than a little out of date. Out of date enough to malfunction on my particular application. One $50 USB-CAB cable and another trip to the installer later and I think I got the thing working 100% correct. The installer explained that even though he does not install them the does like them. Now I worry about needing to upgrade the firmware again if the car manufacturer changes their software. Do I resell the cable or hold onto it? Really I wish I had made the choice of steering wheel controls adapter up to the installer. That way I could have relied on him to figure out the solution.

Pros: The steering wheel controls work like a champ. They are highly responsive. Even the installer who does not sell the ASWC said he has installed many and likes them.

Cons: It is possible the ASWC will malfunction in your car due to buggy or out of date firmware. The cable to update the firmware proprietary to Metra and is costly.

Works as advertised

Anonymous from Anchorage, AK on 4/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't even have to program it...it automatically worked in my 2011 Camry. Ensure that wire connections are soldered when installing. You must have the wiring instructions for your specific vehicle that are downloaded from the Axxess site, and the view of the connector pins is you looking at the open side (wires facing away from you, and pin numbers are more important than wire colors). Axxess' web site is not that intuitive, and if you select "select a vehicle" it will not provide your instructions; you must click on the big ASWC link that looks more like an advertising picture (took a call to Crutchfield to figure that out). It would be easier if Axxess simply had a link labeled "installation instructions", but that would make too much sense.

Pros: Works as advertised & Crutchfield's great tech support

Cons: Access to instructions

Axxess ASWC

Deadeye from Scranton, PA on 4/19/2012

2008 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2008 Miata. Works perfectly. Install was tedious because there is little space in vehicle wiring to splice into but doable. Called tech support for wiring clarification, they were helpful and polite. Worked as soon as power was applied.

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Honda Pilot

Wizzard from Red Bank, NJ on 4/18/2012

2003 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Provides easily installed interface for using Honda Pilot steering wheel controls with an after-market radio replacement for the OEM radio. Original radio CD player and tape cassette players failed. Honda makes it difficult to use non-Honda replacements but the ASWC handled the steering wheel control interface with no need for manual programming. Only recommended addition is to instructions. For the JVC/Kingston dowloaded instructions (need to use IE, a detail they do not mention, for the download; does not work with Firefox), they refer to a brown wire in the steps for the main interface wire connections. However brown wire is on a separate connector. Their phone Tech Support was condesending "Its easy. If you cannot figure it out, you need to get a professional installer."

Pros: Interface did not require manual programming for the Honda Pilot

Cons: Install instructions not pre-tested with representative customers. Phone tech support rude.

Works Great

RayB from Atanta on 4/17/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Put in a BMW X3 - works great. Controls both volume and changing stations.

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This is what you call easy!

ShaneR from Aberdeen, ID on 4/17/2012

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read some reviews that talked how hard this was to install. I found it just the opposite! Went to the Axxess web site printed off the instructions of which were simple to understand. This part of my install litteraly took no more than 10 min! Now before some of you call bs my vehicles steering wheel controls run off of resistance so it was only a three wire hookup. As soon as I powered it up it the led light flashed and recognized my vehicle and the new stereo. Been running with out any burps since.

Pros: Ease of install, self programing, Did I say easy

Cons: None!

Axxess ASWC

Axxess ASWC from Phila pa on 4/16/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great , had 1 problem but the crutchfield support them resolve the promblem in less than 2 minutes

Pros: Works great

Cons: Pay attention to the orange/ green wire versus green/orange wire

Worked like a charm!

Pilot from San Jose, CA on 4/15/2012

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This worked great in my 2003 Toyota Tundra. It comes with a generic harness, I strongly recommend buying the harness that fits your vehicle. It was simple to install and automatically sensed the vehicles control configuration. WATCH THE VIDEO FROM CRUTCHFIELD BEFORE INSTALLING! Made it VERY Easy!

Pros: Easy to connect and configured itself.

Cons: Somewhat pricey, but not many other options...

car specific harness should be included

dani from Astoria, NY on 4/11/2012

2004 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the price, car specific harness should have been included. Crutchfield sales didn't even mention this to me. I have to go to Axxess web site to find one for myself. Overall money spent on accessories to outfit the stereo cost more than paying someone else to do the job. Should have paid a local installer to do this and save me time, money and own labor.

Pros: none

Cons: should have come with car specific harness.

ASWC

Convoluted from Kent, Ohio on 4/8/2012

2010 Honda Civic EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't let the acronym fool you! Yes it comes with many wires, plugs, booklets, webpages and tech support and you going to need! Not working and won't be tearing apart my new Honda's dashboard again to try and make my steering wheel controls work.

Pros: Looks Fancy

Cons: Plenty of guarantees

Axxess ASWC

JT from San Antonio, TX on 4/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The directions are confusing to the novice. I'm sure those that install this item regularly would disagree, but even the 'vehicle specific' directions were confusing and did not differ that much from the booklet provided. I had to call crutchfield support twice for this one item. I ordered a vehicle specific part, I assume I'm going to get an item that only has wires for my vehicle. This thing came with 8 extra wires that I don't need. The reason given, just in case you want to remove it later and place it in a different car. I think I'll just buy another one.

Pros: Crutchfield support

Cons: confusing directions

Not working

David from Aiken, SC on 4/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far it does not work. I called your Tech support and they assured me it will work. So, Back to the drawing board this Wednesday hope I have better luck.

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Cons:

GMC 2500hd

Jay from CT on 4/3/2012

2003 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great! Just installed it and presto all the controls worked! If you are having trouble with this unit then make sure your vehicle is on the auto detect list for this unit. You can find it on the axxess website. It will still work but you will have to program it step by step which is still not that difficult. I saw some post that people were cutting the vehicle harness which really isn't necessary if you get the proper adapters that crutchfield supplies.

Pros: Easy set up!

Cons: Reset button a little hard to get to but not that bad!

Great System but BUY steering wheel control harness

JohnW from Miami, FL on 4/2/2012

This is a great system. Hooked it right up and required no programming in my 2005 Camry. I definitely recommend the Metra 70-8114 Steering Wheel Control Harness to go with it for Toyota so that you don't have to alter the factory wires ... If you decide to sell the car and want to put the factory unit back into the car, it will just be plug and play.

Pros: No programming. Works perfectly.

Cons: Difficult setup without steering wheel control harness.

Works fine, one wire harness problem

Mike from Windsor, Ca on 4/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed the Axxess ASWC on my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The only problem I had with the entire radio installation was that after numerous attempts to program this device, I could not get the steering wheel controls to work. I was just about ready to call Crutchfield when I noticed the LED flashing 3x. This ASWC LED readout indicated a problem with the green/orange wire. The instructions called out to attach the green/orange wire to pin 11. Who would have thought that out of 10 wire colors to choose, Axxess would decide to use an orange/green wire and a green/orange wire? It looked green/orange to me. It took me 45 minutes to figure this out and swap the wires. It worked perfect after that.

Pros: works fine

Cons: Out of all the wire color combinations to choose from, why would anyone decide to include a green/orange wire with an orange/green wire in a 12 wire harness???

Nissan Pathfinder

Rick from Seattle on 4/2/2012

2001 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Be sure to print off the model specific instructions from the Axxess web site. Once set up, this works well on an older Nissan. As noted below, it is easy to make a mistake on the wiring. There is a separate Molex in the back of the Bose for these 5 wires; you will need to cut that connecter off, so leave a little wire on the connector to verify the pins. Get the posi-twist connectors for this install,

Pros: Crutchfield support!

Cons: Do not confuse the orange/green wire with the green/orange wire. The latter is more of a green/gold.

2010 Nissan Frontier & JVC - Works great

RickNY from Long Island, NY on 4/1/2012

The Axxess interface itself works as advertised.. It auto-detected my vehicle and stereo correctly out of the box.. It did require that I send an email off to Metra to find out exactly what connections I needed to make for a 2010 Nissan Frontier -- however, tech support was responsive, provided me the correct link for looking up my vehicle, and also included instructions for bypassing the bluetooth module in my Nissan so that the buttons could be used. Metra's website could be a little bit better in tune with the printed documentation, but otherwise, the interface works flawlessly. One downside is that while firmware updates are available for the interface for new vehicles and stereos, it requires the purchase of a $40 USB cable to update the unit. Other than that, auto-detection worked great for my Frontier and JVC receiver.

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Cons:

Did not work

MykelJay from Long Beach, CA on 3/31/2012

2008 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did not work installer rolled his eyes as soon as he saw the device. He spent over an hour trying to program it then gave up, so I had to purchase one they supplied to which it took him only minutes to install and program.

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Cons:

Axxess ASWC

David from Michigan on 3/30/2012

1998 Buick Park Avenue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wow, installed and worked just like they said it would! I had hesitated replacing the factory radio because I didn't want to lose my wheel controls. No worries, this product works great! Hook it up, turn it on, hold down a button and presto, it works!

Pros: Really was simple to install

Cons: None

Not for the Do-It-Yourselfer!

JohnA from Charlotte Hall, MD on 3/29/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great item if you have the electrical experience of cutting the vehicle harness. I am not..The salesperson on the phone said it was easy, when I found out I had to cut the vehicle radio harness wires, we decided to do without the steering wheel controls for the radio.

Pros: Perfect to keep the steering wheel controls

Cons: Must have electrical experience and trust in cutting the vehicle radio harness!!

Works with Honda

DonnF from Placitas, NM on 3/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2006 Honda Pilot with a Clarion CX501. I initially installed this using Posi-Taps and it didn't work - wouldn't "find" a connection to the radio. After a LONG wait on hold for Axxess tech support the first question was what was the LED doing. The second question was how did I connect the wires. The connections definitely need to be soldered. Once I did that it synced perfectly with the Clarion radio.

Pros: Works great.

Cons: Difficult to strip the tiny wires with very little slack on a Honda.

Axxess ASWC

Ron D. from Sandia Park, NM on 3/25/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my second steering wheel controller, the other was for a Honda s2000 and i bought this one for my Honda Ridgeline. I consider myself pretty technically inclined and I've put in many stereos, but his ASWC controller was an absolute nightmare. The direction are baffling to begin with and it's suppose to automatically learn the type of vehicle it's hooked up too. Well it's suppose to. Buttoned everything back up, dash put back on and it's going haywire on me the next day. This is after I tested it before putting the dash back on. So guess what...i have to pull the dash off again! Good thing is Crutchfield accepted back no questions asked. I just have to say that these controllers are a pain to install and there is always some glitch with them.

Pros: Good if it does work.

Cons: Pain to install, directions are too involved and it's suppose to recognize your vehicle that it's being installed in. You have to splice into factory wires, and find a place to hide that black box and make sure it doesn't rattle around inside your dash. There's gotta be a better way!

Worked great in my 2003 Mini Cooper

JP from Oregon on 3/25/2012

2003 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was hesitate about getting the Axxess ASWC at first as my 'new to me' Mini isn't listed (at least not yet) as one of the 'tested' vehicles. Even so the reviews online seem to indicate it was the best so I decided to give it a shot. Using the USB-CAB cable (must be purchased separately) I updated the firmware before I installed it. The device from Crutchfield had an older firmware and Axxess has listed on their website an ASWC update on 1/10/12 of "Added 2003 Mini-Cooper". After updating the firmware I installed the device as specified by the first 2 steps and 4th step in the instruction manual. The difference in the 3rd step was to only use the #1 pin (pink wire on ASWC, the ASWC manual lists the 1 and 7 pin for the 2007-2008 cooper) and connect this to the #9 pin wire on the factory harness, it is a white wire with a red stripe and yellow dots. Axxess has this listed on their website under the 2003 cooper, but the instructions are cryptic IMO and until I was doing the install, didn't make much sense. Once installed, as per the manual, pressed volume up repeatedly at power on and the unit auto detected great. I think some of the steering wheel buttons are slightly different then the factory but having the controls again on the steering wheel is awesome. I might try to program the unit at some point and see if I can get it to truly emulate the factory controls.

Pros: Controls are responsive and the auto program mode worked great.

Cons: The included instructions are VERY generic and limited, since the unit is works in a wide range of applications I guess that is to be expected. It is too bad Axxess doesn't have better vehicle specific instructions on their website or something.

Works great!

Robert W from Levittown, PA on 3/24/2012

2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product works great! All of the factory steering wheel controls work. The instruction were off a bit for the car that it was installed in. It said to connect it to the green wire with orange stripe. I did that but it did not work. I read the directions several times to make sure I read it right. So I connected it to the Orange wire with green stripe and it worked.

Pros: Works great! Easy to install (as long as connected to the right wire)

Cons: Direction could be better!

Stupid thing only works half the time

Jkees from Jax,fl on 3/24/2012

2002 Acura MDX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Stupid thing only works half the time, the other time it will turn music up when your trying to turn down and will switch songs when trying to turn music up. Lame for a $70 part

Pros:

Cons: Doesnt work half the time

Nissan Versa 2010 SL

Sasha from Brooklyn, New York on 3/22/2012

2010 Nissan Versa
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine in Versa 2010 SL. Only one minus - buttons for answer and hand up phone can be activated by bypassing factory Bluetooth module. I wish it can be activated in automatic setup.

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Cons:

steering wheel controls are back

matt from fredericksburg, va on 3/20/2012

2003 BMW 5 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works as it should and not very difficult to install

Pros: controls are back, easy install, worked very well on my BMW

Cons: na

Not Bad, But Some Limitations

Stanton L. from Sacramento, CA on 3/17/2012

2006 Nissan Frontier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was on a 2006 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab with the factory Rockford Fosgate stereo. The units integrated fine, but there were a few hang-ups before I got it to work. The unit comes with basic instructions that are quite technical for non-technical people. There are two wires that all set-ups use regardless of the car. The remaining 2-3 wires will depend on the car it is being installed in and you obtain these "secondary" instructions on the manufacturer's website. These instructions are difficult to find. After selection my year, make, and model vehicle and clinks a bunch of links I finally got it. The instructions were incorrect for my vehicle though. HOWEVER, customer service was very helpful. Turns out that the Nissan connector was correct, the the actual pins used for my 2006 Frontier with Fosgate stereo was different. Customer service told the color wires to look for and I found them and installed the unit with no further problems. Only other thing is the steering wheel control for skipping to the next channel preset has been turned into a search, which is basically useless unless you don't use preset stations. So basically, it's only good for volume control, which I still think is worth the money.

Pros: Retained volume control on steering wheel

Cons: Website difficult to navigate to find "secondary" installation instructions, instructions inaccurate for 2006 Nissan Frontier with Rockford Fosgate stereo, preset skip is not a channel search instead.

Camry steering wheel controls

Dave from Tampa, Fl on 3/16/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once you get used to steering wheel controls, you can't live without them. Installation was a little tricky, just be careful which with the color of the wires you connect. It quickly recognized my car and stereo, giving me total access to all controls on the wheel.

Pros: Auto programing

Cons: Small wiring in close quarters

OEM control

JoeA from Orange County, CA on 3/14/2012

2003 Nissan Xterra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed OEM control on my wheel, it was between this ans PAC. I saw alot of good reviews on the Metra. When programming (auto), it did not work correctly, only the volume up button was correct. I had to manually program each button to get it set the way my OEM unit worked, I did not want to have to seek down to turn down the volume and so forth.

Pros: Compact design

Cons: Auto program did not work for a 2003 Xterra

Must have for Tacoma's

Chris B. from Slingerlands, NY on 3/1/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I wasn't sure if I was going to spend the extra money, but am very happy I did for my 2009 Tacoma. No problems at all with use. All buttons retained their use (channel, volume. mode) and interacts with my iPod. Wish it added a Bluetooth control for the Kenwood KDC-BT752HD I purchased with it. Had it professionally installed, but was told by installer that there was minimal wire cutting for it. Recognized the unit right away.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: No Bluetooth control

One of easiest things I have ever done!!

RebelFag68 from Pensacola, FL on 2/28/2012

Super easy to install, my steering wheel controls work with new JVC headunit... GREAT!!!! Instantly recognized car & system...

Pros: EASY!!!

Cons: not much!

steering wheel control for my aftermarket radio!

DGF from Atlanta, GA on 2/27/2012

2007 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this to work with my new Pioneer AVH-P3400BH system. The instructions were a little confusing at first, but once I understood what I was doing the install was very easy and the unit auto-detected my mazda MX5 and everything started working automagically. So now I have volume, channel & mute control on my wheel. Couldn't live without those. Now I won't miss the OEM stereo a bit.

Pros: automatically detected my car and radio. easy install

Cons: instructions were a little confusing at first, but there's lot of useful info on their website

Intimidating for beginners

whatsJDMsir from Texas on 2/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Note that this item requires cutting into your factory wiring harness, which may void your vehicle's warranty. Can be intimidating to install since it's not a direct plug-n-play item, its not as easy as clipping on a wiring harness and calling it done. Worrying that you might be voiding your warranty to try to get this installed can be a tad scary. That said, it works great.

Pros:

Cons: Vehicle specific wiring, requires cutting factory harness

Works well

Jonathan from Pinellas Park, FL on 2/24/2012

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Allows me to control my volume and tracks from my iPhone and DVD player.

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Cons:

ok

csp from minnesota on 2/20/2012

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly easy to install. Works with the GMOS 04 metra. The GMOS 04 adapter has the harness built in to it and all you have to do is plug in the steering wheel controller after you hook up the wires. Instructions are semi clear and it took a phone call to Crutchfield to get it working. The control response on my vehicle is sluggish but works.

Pros: Auto setup when hooked up properly. Works as advertised.

Cons: Instructions suck. Controls are sluggish.

Works great

BJ Scheid from Bay Area, C A on 2/19/2012

2003 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected,easy to install, and one happy wife. Could not for anything more.

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Cons:

Didn't work

socaljoe from Anaheim, Ca. on 2/16/2012

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed it with a Clarion CX501 on a 2005 Toyota Camry LE. The Radio works great but steering wheel control doesn't. Followed the instructions, triple check the wirings but wouldn't work. Finally gave up after 2 hours of trying to figure it out.

Pros:

Cons: Doesn't work, not sure if it's not compatible with my vehicle or the Clarion..or both...waste of money

Great product

LukeZ from Southern, MD on 2/12/2012

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed it myself in a f-250 Lariat with a Clarion radio. The instructions included in the box as well as online were very clear and easy to follow. The entire install took about 30 min. Luckily the product auto configured itself and I was up and running in no time. As with most third party steering wheel control adapters the response to input isn't instant but is reasonable and worth it to regain use of the steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy install and configure

Cons: None

The most complicated audio interface device I have seen.

Mark C from Maitland, Fl. on 2/11/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a combination of 5 for actual function and a generous 3 for installation and programming instructions. The install and use book was some 80 pages. Very daunting for a do it your self venture. The instructions were seemingly a direct translation from Japanese to english that usually comes with a product shipped direct from China. The web page was also very confusing. This device no doubt works on almost every radio made but only because Crutchfield technical support was I successful Also took rebooting the system twice to get my Expeditions programing.

Pros: Works exactly like OEM interface.

Cons: Expensive and very frustrating to install.

Access ASWC

Walter P from Miami, FL on 2/11/2012

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit worked nicely in my 04 F150. Maintained all my functionality. You do have to solder connections and cut into car's wiring harness (two wires) but in the end it worked for me as advertised.

Pros: This unit auto detected my car so it was a plug and play deal, no programming required.

Cons: The instructions were a bear. I had to contact manufacturer support and they provided clear and simple instructions for install.

a little quirky at first, but works great

Greg from Chesapeake, Va on 2/11/2012

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was reluctant to replace the factory stereo in my 1999 Grand Cherokee until Crutchfield introduced me to this unit. At first I was not sure it was going to work as described in the installation instructions, but after pressing the reset button more than the instructions said, it finally responded and has worked great ever since. Steering wheel controls work as expected, except that the button that scans through the radio presets always starts at the highest and works down instead of from the bottom up. Not sure if that is a quirk with this unit or the stereo. Installation was actually very simple, but you will need to have the ability to splice some wires.

Pros: easy setup

Cons: took a little patience getting it started, but now it seems to work good.

Wow...

ADM4463 from Marion, OH on 2/10/2012

2005 Lexus ES330
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read the documentation and watch the video on Crutchfield before installing! If you follow the instructions to the letter - this product will work right out of the box. It seemed intimidating at first but this thing works as easy as described!!!

Pros: This sucker works!

Cons: No margin for error on the instructions - follow them!

Very smooth install, works great

Derek P from Philly PA on 2/9/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice piece of equipment. I love the automatic programming. Knocked off 1 star because the online instructions said I should be splicing into a white wire, when in reality is was a purple/yellow wire. Took about 20 minutes with Crutchfield to verify this. After that however, the install went very smoothly and it works great. 2002 Durango R/T with Sony Xplod stereo.

Pros: Automatic programming. Smooth install.

Cons: Splice wire color did not match instructions.

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Muscle Shoals, AL on 2/7/2012

2002 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hooked up as instructed. Did have to call Crutchfield. Amazing customer service, had issue fixed within seconds. Allowed all my steering wheel controls to work as they should.

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Cons:

Axxess ASWC

Kenn27 from Las Vegas on 2/6/2012

2008 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product works great!

Pros: Once product is installed it works great!

Cons: Vehicle specific wiring instructions leave a lot to be desired! Vehicle wire colors not correct. Had to send much time on the Internet finding correct wire colors.

Works great, but installation can be tricky

Mark O from Schaumburg, IL on 2/5/2012

2007 Mazda CX-7
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to enable my 2007 Mazda CX-7's steering wheel controls on a Kenwood receiver. The unit auto programmed for both my car and my receiver quickly and painlessly. However, the installation was a bit of a pain. The wiring harness Crutchfield sent with my receiver did not have all of the wires needed for the Axxess ASWC installation. So I needed to splice wires from the car's stereo harness in order to connect the ASWC unit. In a tight space with little slack on the wires from the car, that was not an easy install. After that, the rest was easy. Just turn on the car and wait for the LED indicator to flash through its programming, then I was good to go.

Pros: Auto program worked flawlessly between Mazda SWC and Kenwood receiver Small unit fits in the center console cavity beside the receiver

Cons: Required splicing wires from car's stereo harness

Axxess ASWC

Nick G from Middletown, OH on 2/4/2012

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was too much headache and still doesn't work properly. The help I got from Crutchfield was superb. I have tried 10 times to reprogram the unit without success.

Pros: Should be simple but it's not

Cons: programming should fix the problems but, takes a lot of involvement from the operator. Definitely not plug and play.

works!!!

Stan from Chicago on 2/1/2012

2006 Mazda MPV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's easy to mount, programm automaticaly.If you notice after install it doesn't work try read manual one more time and check everything step by step. I had some problems but it was that harnes was made wrong. Check my describing on Mazda MPV harnes.

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Expensive, but works!

Anonymous from Livermore, ca on 1/30/2012

2006 Jeep Liberty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The steering wheel control works great! Installation was straightforward except for one wire. Had to call tech support and got great help to get it running.

Pros: Works as advertised. Great connection to steering wheel controls.

Cons: Instructions were good, but not perfect. Got stuck on one wire but received great assistance from tech support.

It Works!

billreg from Clarkdale, AZ on 1/30/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First one was possibly defective. Crutchfield replaced with no hassle. Instructions pretty thorough, but complicated. I was finally able to get it to read the vehicle by pressing the volume button repeatedly.

Pros: steering wheel controls work and that's nice.

Cons: takes some time to figure out the installation instructions.

Trouble With Kenwood Ecelon X995 in Nissan

First Time DIYer from Waldorf, Md on 1/29/2012

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Self programming feature is very nice making initial install a breeze. Unfortunately, I had to return mine as it would randomly change the Kenwood KDC-X995 source from radio to usb to standby. "Sometimes it doesn't work...so try the other interface" is what I was told over the phone. I exchanged it for the only other model available from the web site and installed it yesterday. So far so good...

Pros: Self programming is a great feature

Cons: Must visit web site for vehicle specific wiring instructions. Problems controlling the listed 'compatible' receiver I bought.

Axxess SWC in 2010 Ford Edge with Clarion 501

SteveS from Concord NC on 1/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

PERFECT! All steering wheel controls work flawlessly with my Clarion unit. Dont use the t posts or posi posts. They can create a poor connection due to the gauge of the wire. I soldered my connections after attempting to use the posts unsuccessfully. The unit immediately auto recognized my Clarion CD receiver.

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Cons:

Good-but

Wayne from Milford NH on 1/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Got this for a 97 Jeep--did not work. Website said that it had not been tested for my vehicle. Figured I would try it any way. I can live without the controls. Crutchfield was excellent for the return.

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Cons:

2006 300c srt8

Joe l from Cohoes, ny on 1/26/2012

2006 Chrysler 300
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Follow direction simple install works just like it said it would

Pros: Works great

Cons: none

Awesome Product

AmadoV from Rochester, NY on 1/26/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The installation took less than 10 minutes. Technical support was also extremely helpful. Overall, great product.

Pros:

Cons:

Works Fine

TomG from Austin, TX on 1/26/2012

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

All remote controls works as they did with OEM radio - Ford 2005 F250.

Pros: It works!

Cons: A little pricey

Works great, but installation was confusing

David from Alabaster, AL on 1/25/2012

2001 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Let me say that the device works just fine. It self-programmed at first power-up and has worked great ever since. My ony problem was that I struggled for a couple of hours trying to follow the wiring directions. Some of the instructions were a little misleading (although, in retrospect, technically correct). Summary: Works as advertised, but not for the feint of heart.

Pros: It works exactly as advertised, and self-programmed beautifully.

Cons: Not very easy to get the wiring right.

2006 350Z

PM from Indianapolis, IN on 1/23/2012

2006 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit works with steering wheel controls except for the on/off button. Auto program function worked great. Website was a pain to navigate and find the correct wiring instructions.

Pros: Auto program worked great.

Cons: On/Off function does not work. Poor website and instructions make it hit or miss on getting the correct wiring configuration. Need to be good at deductive reasoning.

Axxess ASWC

Phil C from Austin TX on 1/23/2012

2004 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what it is supposed to do

Pros:

Cons: It takes a bit of doing to identify and splice the wires, but the directions were good

Works but first one was faulty

Works as designed from gilbert, az on 1/22/2012

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First unit received was faulty. Wiring harness in plug not solid and caused unit to stop functioning. Replacement unit functioned perfectly.

Pros: good instructions, easily programmed

Cons: high price for what it is, you're talking a very small circuit board and $1 plug and wire. Should be $25.

Steering wheel interface

Jim from Loveland on 1/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works flawlessly

Pros: Works perfectly- Relatively easy to wire

Cons: None

Difficult

MarkB from Fort Collins, CO on 1/19/2012

2007 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ended up not putting this in because the instructions were so poorly written, I just didn't want to risk messing up the car wiring. These would work alot better if they made them so you don't have to tap into the wiring on the car, or gave better instructions on how to do it. The wires on the 2007 CR-V were all wrapped together and it would have been very difficult to tap into the two small wires indicated in the instructions.

Pros: none

Cons: Very hard to decipher their instructions.

Perfecto

Luke Olson from Eagan, MN on 1/12/2012

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

I used this in conjunction with the GMOS-1 for my 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. All that I had to do was plug it in to the connection pre-wired on the GMOS-1. Then I turned on the ignition and tapped the volume up button repeatedly until the light stopped blinking. Then voila! Everything worked perfectly. If you have a new GM radio and want the sound improved, don't be afraid to change it. The whole install of the GMOS-1, ASWC and my new Kenwood KDC-X995 took about 1 hour. I have installed a few stereo's in my day but the vehicles are a pain, with all of the adapters. They work much better now and I had no issues!!

Pros: Ease of install, no programming necessary!

Cons: The steering wheel controls don't perfom exactly as they did before, but no big deal here. Volume up, down, seek, source are all I needed.

Easy and works great

Dave from PA on 1/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this for a 2004 Avalanche. I also purchased the recommended GM adapter GMOS-01. The GMOS-01 comes with a pre-wired cable for the Axxess and only requires 1 AUX wire to be spliced. The instructions need to be downloaded from the Axxess site- no big deal. Easy to setup- only had to press the volume up button a few times until the system was recognized. Works great with Kenwood Excelon. Crutchfield gave me all I needed to install everything and it went very smooth. After doing a price comparison, Crutchfield was by far the best value. I usually never review anything, either.

Pros: Easy to wire and setup- GM adapter GMOS-01 comes with pre-wired cable for the Axxess. Plug and play setup was very easy. Works like a champ!

Cons:

Awesome!

Neil from Columbus, MS on 1/1/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Axxess steering wheel controller was easy to install and worked perfectly in my 2002 BMW 325i w/ Sony DSX-S300BTX radio. Absolutely no programming required - immediately recognized car and set up steering wheel buttons on its own. Make sure you go to the Axxess website for vehicle specific wiring instructions (link is a little difficult to find from their main webpage). The included wiring harness has about a dozen wires, but my car only needed 3 of them. Highly recommended!!

Pros: Effortless installation, automatically recognized car and programmed steering wheel controls

Cons: Axxess website - difficult to find vehicle specific wiring instructions

Axxess ASWC

Raleldor from Salt Lake City, UT on 12/8/2011

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this in my 2008 Lancer Evolution with a JVC KW-NT50HDT. The instruction booklet it comes with is worthless. It just tells you to update the unit (which you can't do without a special usb cable) and visit their website for instructions. It didn't help that the instructions were wrong. Their instructions showed me my factory wiring harness, and had the pin outs, and instructed the green/black wire be wired into Pin 19. However, Pin 19 is not connected to anything in that wiring harness. This of course led to much confusion. Several google searches later and it turns out I'm not the only one that's had this problem with my car. I used another website and looked at the instructions to connect their unit, and I connected this the same way. It turns out the instructions on this device's website were pretty much backwards. Their support replied to my email about it quickly, but just advised me to note the way to be looking at the harness when considering the pins. Short story, they're wrong, their instructions are wrong, but wired correctly, the device was brilliant.

Pros: Once connected, it just worked. No lag, flawless.

Cons: No USB cable included to update the unit (if you need to, luckily I didn't) It's not a standard USB cable like A to Mini or Micro or B. So you're likely not to have one just sitting around. The wiring instructions on their website to connect it to my 2008 Lancer Evolution were wrong.

It does work great, once you are able to connect it

Lee from Boston, MA on 12/5/2011

I bought this to control my JVC DVD player in my '06 Miata. Once I finally found the wiring instructions on the AXXESS web site I discovered that it was telling me the wire in my car to connect to was incorrect, and it wasn't clear which color wire to use on their harness. So I called tech support at 8pm or so on a Saturday, and was actually able to speak with a real person from the US. That in itself is pretty amazing these days. His listing for my cars steering wheel wire was incorrect, too, as it was different than the one I was using for PAC controller I previously had (for a Sony). So I asked which color wire from the AXXESS harness I should be using, and the guy I was chatting with told me. He wasn't the most friendly guy, but I don't think I would have been at that time, either. So I connected the wire in my car that I was using w/the PAC to the AXXESS wire, turned my key to "on", and the controller programmed itself and was ready to go right away. No hassle trying to manually program it, which is a really sweet feature. The response from the AXXESS isn't as fast as it was with the PAC & Sony I had before, but it isn't as slow as the PAC & Alpine I had quite a while back. I'm thinking the head unit has more to do with this than the ASWC. Overall I'm happy w/the unit as it does work well, and not having to go through a multi-step process to program the remote is worth the purchase price alone.

Pros: Automatic programming, response to input is quick, I got tech support at 8pm on a Saturday.

Cons: Instructions for hook up for my car were wrong, response to input doesn't happen instantly

Just Needed The Correct Technician

Mikki from Nashville, TN on 12/5/2011

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It only involved four wires, so based on the Axxess web helps, I thought the install would be a breeze. The first unit appeared to detect and program, but I was not able to get my steering wheel buttons to work. After several hours and four or five calls to Crutchfield, we assumed the Axxess was defective, and a replacement was ordered. Got the replacement, tear everything down, same issue!! I call a buddy of mine to help, and toss him a few dollars. He's stumped too. I call Crutchfield again, they tell us to re-work my ground wires. Boy, the folks at Nissan sure don't want you grounding to their chassis. Took a while, but I tapped into another clean spot.same result. Another call to Crutchfield, this time I want another R/A.let's just return it and I'll manage with the remote. However, as a save this last tech directs me to Axxess tech support. After HOLDING FOR OVER 30 MINUTES!!!! I FINALLY get an Axxess tech. Would you believe it, there's a little hick-up in the Axxess unit when used with Clarion!!!! The "auto program" on the Axxess units I received was looking for a different Clarion!!! Not sure why the folks at Clarion don't have this issue in their notes!??! Anyway, the Axxess tech had me flip an extra button or two. Within two minutes I have steering wheel controls (minus the power option)!!!

Pros: It allows me to keep my eyes on the road, and use MOST of my radio functions.

Cons: The installation took WAY TOO LONG(see my review)!!!!! Also, I'm not able to power off/on my Clarion VX401 with this unit, apparently there's a little hardware recognition issue. I kinda feel like Crutchfield should have been able to tell me this up front. However, all other functions work, so I can keep my eyes on the road.

Works Great!!

Mike from Chicago IL on 11/7/2011

2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
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I installed this in my 2007 GMC Sierra (Classic Body) along with a new JVC stereo. It went together very easy, but didnt work. I called the 800 number and spoke with a customer service rep (no wait time) who identified my problem. I had connected the divice to the wrong wire. He told me how to fix it and it worked great!

Pros: Easy Install, Great Customer Support, Ease of Use.

Cons: I have nothing bad to say.

easy after a call to the rep

ChuckW from Omaha, NE on 11/7/2011

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My 2002 Acura MDX doesn't have a very sophisticated steering wheel control. The module hooked automatically programmed itself and all was fine. Had to call a rep because the instructions were not too clear on tapping into the wiring harness, but that was easily resolved. No problems.

Pros: did what it's supposed to do. connected automatically with my Acura MDX

Cons: nothing.

Easy and works Flawless

W. from Cromwell Ct on 11/6/2011

2009 Ford Fusion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a very simple installation power, ground and the signal wire. Works flawless with my pioneer head unit....nice to have steering wheel controls again!!!

Pros: Very easy hookup

Cons: Nothing...

good unit

DJ from Texas on 11/3/2011

2006 Toyota Camry
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Used it for my 2006 Camry with Pioneer head unit. Works great, easy to install. After install, did not need to program anything. Already came programed to fast forward through the song if how hold the next track button, nice. Do not notice a lag compared to my factory radio. Only bad thing that I have noticed is occasionally, it will not accept whatever button I pressed and I have to press it again but its very intermittent. Do not make the same mistake I did, lol. I ordered this unit along with a Pioneer head unit to replace my factory radio. Crutchfield was cool enough to provide the wire harness to connect my car to the Pioneer and the mastersheet on how to connect them. The instructions that came with this unit say to download the wiring instructions for your specific car from their website, did that and printed up the sheet. The sheet shows a 20 pin connector but the wire hardness did not come with a 20 pin and the wire colors indicated were not matching. After thinking and running through several scenarios on how this could work just went ahead and removed my factory radio to see what the wire colors were coming from the car. Tada! There was the 20 pin connector hooked up to the factory radio. I have never replaced a radio with steering wheel controls before so I wasn't sure if the unit had to be somehow integrated with the radio wire harness for the after market radio.

Pros: works as advertised

Cons: occasionally have to press steering wheel button again for it to take

Axxess ASWC

Anonymous from Chattanoga, TN on 10/26/2011

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This product worked just fine in my 2005 Ford F150 Crew Cab, it was worth the money. If you have any trouble just call or go to the web site for information on your car. But I do not think you will have too.

Pros: It was just wire, plug & play

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Works in 2003 Infinity G35 Sedan

Steve from Missouri on 10/15/2011

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in a 2003 Infinity G35 Sedan to go with a new JVC KD-AHD79 head unit. The directions that came with it are indeed dodgy. Just go online, plug in the model car you have and it will crank you out a direction sheet that is a LOT easier to follow. It auto programmed just fine. (make sure to have your head unit on during the auto-programming) Only bummer is the preset up/down buttons are now scan up/down. You can manually program them to be preset up/down but then they don't work for CD/iPod track up/down. I also verified this with tech support. Not really a fault of the adapter as it has no way of knowing what mode the head unit is in. Pros - Works perfect with no delay Cons - Directions it came with are a bit spotty, download new ones. Metra Tech support line took about 30min to answer.

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Mark from APO, AE on 10/15/2011

2008 Toyota Sequoia
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Bottom Line -- "THIS PRODUCT DOES EXACTLY AS ADVERTISED" I installed this product with the Kenwood DNX9980HD inside a 2008 Toyota Sequoia. Prior to installation I did a lot of listening to other customers that had this product via web posts in multiple forums. For Instance 2011 model Kenwood radios use a firmware similar to JVC's so the ASWC will recognize the radio as a JVC. To correct this use a 12K ohm resistor between the brown wire of the ASWC and the blue/yellow SWC wire from the kenwood deck. Run the auto program sequence, all of 15 seconds, get a solid red light on the device. Remove the 12K ohm resistor and reconnect the brown wire to Kenwoods blue/yellow and Lo and behold I have full SWC controls... illumination on SWC buttons, Vol up, Vol down, mode, seek up, seek down, etc. I must say I am 100% satisfied with this product, the total set up took about 15 min. For Toyota vehicles Metra makes an adapter for the ASWC so you dont have to cut any steering wheel control wires and the stock number is 70-8114. You can google Metra 70-8114 and find it pretty easily. No lag or delay between button push and response by the radio. SWC just as responsive as factory radio set up. Very pleased!

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Works perfectly on 2009 Legacy

Matt L from Collegeville, PA on 10/14/2011

2010 Subaru Legacy
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Documentation could have been more clear (papers that shipped with item differed from the instructions on Metra's website). I ended up going with the directions from their website and everything went smoothly from there. Unit programmed itself automatically and controls work great with no delay .

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Too simple!!!

Dave from Schenectady on 10/11/2011

2002 Honda Accord
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Installation was a breeze, I was concerned about this part of my installation, but it was very simple, and works well with no adjustments

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Axxess ASWC

Bernard from Chicago on 10/6/2011

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Very easy to install. Excellent everything works perfectly.

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Plug and play simplicity

Phil from Hamilton, VA on 9/10/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great with a 2003 Silverado. Much easier than some other products I returned, and actually works! Connections are easy during any new head unit install and the programming of the ASWC is super easy.

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Too Easy

Mark D from Huntersville, NC on 9/2/2011

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I used this on our 98 Buick Regal. Three wires, one jack and one push of a button later and our steering wheel controls worked awesome on the new JVC radio. If you have steering wheel radio controls you need one of these to keep their functionality!

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Well that wasn't fun...

muggle from OH on 8/23/2011

2006 Scion xB
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This was my first stereo install. I had the head unit in and going in about an hour. This wasn't as much fun, and took several hours to get it up and running. The manual was written by car techs, for car techs. I'm sure installing this is easy after you've done a bunch of installs, but for a first-timer, it was a major hassle. It wasn't functioning after connecting the indicated wires, and there were differences between the wires listed in the manual and those found on the web. Called Crutchfield several times for help, but they couldn't get it going. Called the mfgr several times and they couldn't get it going until we connected a wire that the tech said shouldn't have been necessary. Both Crutchfield and the mfgr's support lines were INCREDIBLY patient. Once the connections were striaght, the unit performed beautifully. It did the autoconfigure, and worked without a hitch afterwards. As a first time installer, I'd say the degree of difficulty on the head unit was a 4/10. This thing is an 11. But once the connections are right, it works as intended. Haven't tried it yet, but it even allows you to remap controls. I'd like to change the steering wheel mode button to mute, so I may go about this some time.

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Great Steering Wheel Interface

Keith from New Orleans on 8/20/2011

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Not many things work as advertised. This one did! I read all the materials and after I installed the new radio with this device, I was able to control my radio with my steering wheel controls without hassle. Great purchase and well worth the money.

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Does not work

Staceyp from Stafford, VA on 8/18/2011

2008 Toyota Tacoma
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After getting good help from the Crutchfield staff, I still cannot get this thing to work. The documentation is terrible although going on the website was more heloful.

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Good product, confusing install

Robert W. from Edmond, OK on 8/13/2011

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i must have read two or three different references for the install of this product in my car and got three different wiring schematics. Ultimately, the wonderful folks at Crutchfield tech support directed me to yet a different schema and got it to work. I am very happy with it's performance, it just took me a long time to install.

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easy installation

steele from spotsylvania, va on 8/12/2011

2011 Subaru Legacy
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once wireing completed everything worked great. no problems like i have heard about other products.

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ASWC

Steven from Southern CA on 8/2/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine, once you figure out all the wiring. A little confusing compairing the installation instrutions and the info on their website. But, once installed, works great, very pleased.

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Axxess ASWC

Gary H from Richmond , Ky. on 7/24/2011

2002 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions were good and online help was super. easy to program everything works great.

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Axxess ASWC

jws from Wilmington, NC on 7/23/2011

1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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I installed this with a Kenwood KDC-HD548U inside a 1998 Monte Carlo. The radio installed MUCH more easily than these steering wheel controls. I'd recommend familiarizing yourself with the entire install/programming process before actually doing it (and go to Axxess' website to get the list of wires you need to interface with). It's easy to confuse all of the different flashes, and for a while, I thought I'd botched the install. I ended up manually programming the SWC. (this may not have been necessary, but it still seemed to work.) The Crutchfield wiring harness for my vehicle did not come with the proper wire to solder to the SWC, so it just got jammed down into the proper wire contact on the other, vehicle- side harness. Probably not the best way to install it, by the way, but it seemed to work. The specific Kenwood radio I installed (as well as all new Kenwoods, according to the Metra tech I spoke with) requires 12K ohm resistors connected in series between the ASWC and the radio while programming, but not afterwards. This does not show up in the manual, but plenty of reviews here and elsewhere warn about this. Not all of the buttons I'd programmed seemed to work. Volume up/down, seek up/down, and mute all seem to work (though on my Kenwood "mute" is actually "attenuate the volume about 90%"). Preset, play/pause, and AM/FM (band switcher) don't seem to work, but I rarely use those buttons anyways. Oh well.

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Great Product but Axxess support lousy

DilipS from Medina, OH on 7/22/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This works well with my Alpine CDE123 unit and 2008 Suzuki once configured. But, the instructions included and those on the Axxess web site are confusing as ever. Axxess was fast on their response to my e-mail inquiry (24 hours if you call it fast) but kept insisting that I did not know how to read their instructions (two different ones - supplied with product and on their web site). Their web site has browser support issues too. Worked on one IE 9 browser on my computer and did not work on my other computer with IE 9 browser. Google Chrome worked luckily. If I had not called Crutchfield support, I would have been sending this product back. The Crutchfield support person solved the problem in less than 10 minutes. I sent the corrected, marked up instructions to Axxess technical person so others cannot have the same problem. No acknowledgement so far from them. A good product (5 stars) but lousy directions from Axxess (2 stars). So I am giving it 2 stars. 5 Stars for Crutchfield for supporting the product. Took the car on a 1000 mile trip and everything works.

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05 Silverado

4WD from Sturgis, SD on 7/21/2011

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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I tried PAC on my last truck and it was garbage. It was hard to set up, slow to respond and some times would not respond at all. I was actually going to skip trying to hook up my steering wheel controls but decided to give this a try. It programed itself, was easy to hook up, and works flawlessly. I'm glad I took the chance, this thing is great.

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Simple install!

Shane from Boise, Id on 7/18/2011

2005 Nissan Xterra
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This steering wheel module was a breeze to install! For my particular vehicle, all I had to do was hook up a 12 volt constant, ignition, ground, two more wires that went straight to the steering wheel, and the module did the programming automatically. Be sure to go to their website and download the instructions for your vehicle.

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Subaru STI 2010

Johnny Hotrod from New York on 7/16/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was very tricky to get hooked up. Google search came up with better wiring instructions, as the included was of no use. It is working now with a JVC KW- NT50HDT. Only the mute button on the steering wheel has no function. After all the trouble I will just live with it.

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Coooool

MoFerr from Chester, NJ on 7/12/2011

2005 GMC Sierra 1500
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Bought this to retain function of my steering wheel controls on my 05 GMC Sierra with a Pioneer headunit-good product for sure. Quick snipping and crimping, ready in no time. Read the instructions carefully and git er dunn

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ASWC Steerinfg Wheel Conrols

JohnME from Corpus Christi, TX on 7/11/2011

2004 Toyota Tundra
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The unit works great now that it is installed. I gave the unit a four and not a five-star rating because it some time and a phone call to install. Crutchfield support did a great job on this.

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Works well, but...

otto from Colorado on 7/2/2011

2007 Mazda MX5
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Works great. But, the instruction sheets needs improved clarity on...how to interpret which wires to connect. Make it for a novice...

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Very easy to install

TCE from Pensacola, FL on 6/28/2011

2009 Honda Civic EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install, just match up the wire colors and go. I prepared the wiring adaptor harness to bridge between the new radio and the factory wiring, and had to disconnect the ground wires in order to add the ground for the ASWC, so you may want to leave the ground disconnected until you get out to the car. The auto- programming handled everything, and it worked right away. Very nice.

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Best Available

Chappy from Brownsburg, IN on 6/22/2011

2006 Jeep Liberty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product is wonderful. I just installed it this past weekend in an `06 Jeep Liberty w/ a Kenwood KVT-516 head unit. It auto-detected the vehicle right away and the controls worked immediately. The best part is that even after removing the negative cable from the battery to do some unrelated wiring, the unit remembered the settings and continued to work without any extra steps!

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Not for BMW

Thomas B from Cincinnati,OH on 6/11/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

tried every thing to get this product to work it just won't do as said. I took it to the installer and they could not get it work they said I should return it. Not for BMW. <br> <b>[Editor's Note: Our Technical Department has emailed you to try and resolve the issue. ]</b>

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Works great!

roughneck from Arkansas on 5/28/2011

This works great! It was simple to install. The auto detect didn't work for my vehicle, so I programmed it manually. I had no problems programming it; it was very simple. Great product!

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It works but intall was painful

Paul from Wisconsin on 5/26/2011

2006 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installing with a Kenwood DNX-9980HD wasn't easy. First you need a resistor between the head unit and this device. This is for programing only (steering wheel controls will not work with the resistor in place). Take the resistor out and it worked. Spent way too much time getting this to work. The biggest problem was none of this was in their standard directions(online or sent with the unit). Ended up calling both Cruchfield and Axxess support. Both were helpful and got me going eventually.

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Fantastic

StanDiego from San Diego on 5/23/2011

This Axxess works fantastic. I paired it with a Pioneer AVIC-X930BT in my 2007 Mazda MX-5. It is SOOOOO much better than the PAC SWI-PS that it replaced. The Axxess unit had clear instructions and programmed itself successfully the first time. No resisters to mess with or meters required to measure for the right wire. Best of all, there's virtually NO lag when pressing any of the switches, unlike the PAC SWI-PS that had terrible lag every time, so bad that I had stopped using the steering wheel controls. If you're trying to choose between the the AXXESS ASWC and the PAC SWI-PS, the AXXESS is the no-brainer choice. You'll be so much happier than with the PAC unit.

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Billy C from knoxville,TN on 5/18/2011

2007 Toyota Avalon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works good no programming was necessary. Only problem was the assumption that no wires need to be cut. After connecting all the wires it did not completely work. I called Cruchfield technical support. The technician told me how the system works. All I had to do was cut two wires in the harness that was included with the package and it worked perfectly. I have a 2007 Avalon and I needed a specail harness that Crutchfield included free.

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No and Yes

Mugabi from Austin, TX on 5/16/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I returned this item because it required me to splice into my factory steering wheel kit, and I didn't want to do it. So, I went with a local Tacoma shop who provides the same Axxess product, but with the correct fitting Metra part that ties directly into the factory harness. Very quick and easy. To be fair though, once installed, the kit just worked. No programming required, and is very responsive. I wish Crutchfield offered the Metra harness required for the type of vehicle.

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Axxess ASWC

Dan from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on 5/16/2011

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First of all, let me thank tech support for there patient effort to help me install this product. So far, it has responded that way it should. Thank you!

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Worked Like a charm

Carl from Little Rock, AR on 5/16/2011

2003 Infiniti G35
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Easy hook up and worked the first time.

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Axxess ASWC in 2011 Evo GSR

ProjectGSX from Austin, TX on 5/8/2011

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Im very happy with this purchase. My previous SWC unit required extensive configuration and had lots of problems with lag. When you hit a steering wheel button it would take about a second before the command was actually executed. The Axxess ASWC addresses both of those problems. The unit configured itself automatically and button presses are instantaneous. Very nice! There were a few small disappointments. You need to download vehicle-specific install instructions from their website. When I went to download mine, it said my vehicle was not compatible. I had to put in 2010 for the model year. Then, the JVC specific instructions are wrong. I had to follow the Kenwood instructions to get it to work. I called Axxess' tech support line twice. They were fast and knowledgable both times, but the first guy I spoke with wasnt very polite. All things considered, this unit is a must-buy. Just make sure you are prepared for the install process.

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F250 install

engineer from indiana on 5/7/2011

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

installed in 2005 f250 king ranch. Auto detect worked perfect. Used with jvc kw- nt3hdt

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Axxess ASWC in Nissan Titan

Matthew from Knoxville, TN on 5/5/2011

2004 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a good poduct and works well in my 2004 Nissan Titan. I had the worst time getting it installed. The wiring diagram and the wiring harness are incorrect. I only had to hook up three wires to the car and one of the wires was in the wrong spot on the wiring harness. I had to go with the diagram and wire slots not colors to get it to hook up correctly. Once it was installed it programed just as described and works great. I called Crutchfield several times about this and they said it was a grounding issue so they are not aware of the incorrect wireing on the unit. I would buy this again.

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atebit from NC on 5/1/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I agree with some of the other reviewers...sorta kinda works, and it was a lot of work to install. The diagram in the installation manual for the Axxess harness is BACKWARDS (or at best, from the perspective of the rear of the connector...which is BACKWARDS!). Anyway, I had high hopes with the auto-discovery function worked in my 09 Toyota Matrix with Kenwood DNX5160 HU. But the hopes quickly faded when I got spotty response from the channel up/down buttons on the steering wheel. "Well it has a USB port, maybe I just need to upgrade the firmware" I though. Well, in fact it DOESN"T have a USB port...it has a TTL serial port that you can connect to via a special cable (which of course doesn't come with the unit & costs $50). So I guess I'll drive around with no HU in the car & the wiring harness hanging out until I figure out what the problem is. NIce.

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Garbage

Mike C from Bluffton, IN on 4/30/2011

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

I was excited to be able to keep my steering wheel controls and that it would be so easy to hook up and program. Well, that excitement changed to disappointment , then to frustration . I had such a hard time with this product, it was not working for my vehicle, I checked the wiring on the vehicle, went to the manufacturers web site got all the info , still not working. Crutchfield sent out another unit and that one did not work as well. returned.

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Axxess ASWC

Tom from Madison, Wi on 4/28/2011

I purchased mine before it was avalable from Crutchfiield. I have found it to be an excellent product. Kudos to Crutchfield for adding to thier inventory. Installation and programming was a breeze. Almost too simple. It has performed flawlessly for over eight months.

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Better than nothing

Tim D from Nashville, TN on 4/19/2011

2005 Mazda 6
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Well, the unit kinda mostly works. But installation is scary to say the least. Instructions are downloaded in part from the web. On my Mazda 6, I had to cut two tiny wires out of one of the wiring harnesses, connect one to common ground and another to the unit. There was almost no slack in the wires (due to the harness), so there was no room for mistakes. I also had to connect the power and common ground of the unit itself to the power and ground for the car. The spaghetti mess of wires and taps and crimps was scary, and I was pretty sure it wasn't going to work right -- and then what? It did work right the first time, despite my fear. The unit works with my Mazda steering controls for volume, mute and audio source. The "up/down" buttons are iffy, however. They will sometimes work, but mostly they do the wrong thing (ie, I press "up" expecting it to go to the next track on the CD, but instead the volume goes down). Also, there is an odd delay in the system, so when you press on a button it may take a second to respond, or sometimes the first press doesn't respond at all. All in all I'd probably pay a professional for an installation that includes this kit with a Mazda 6 next time. It was a pain, and I'm not a novice installer.

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Works as advertised

Bacon28 from Chicago, IL on 4/18/2011

2006 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised, but the installation manual was lacking in details and was not the easiest adapter to install. Had to refer to online forums for my car in order to get this thing working.

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Axxess ASWC

B from Denver, CO on 4/17/2011

2009 Nissan 370Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to wire up, and wiring instructions from the site are clear. Auto setup instruction could be clearer (didn't know in the first step whether they meant press the Volume on the radio or steering wheel). But after watching a video on the site I got it to auto setup quickly. Recognized my Dodge Dakota and all the steering wheel buttons work great. Now that I know to hit the volume on the steering wheel right away, setting this up in the future is a snap.

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Eric from Marshalltown, Iowa on 4/10/2011

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
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I was really skepticial about the claims of this product. But after scaning the reviews and all of the instructions. Went to the web page and watched all the videos I could, of which I would recomend. Wired it in turned on the power and poof...all done. That simple!! All of the steering wheel buttons work, what a eazy piece to install. Instructions are super easy. All that worry for nothing.

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Steering wheel controls! Yeah!

Eric from Boise on 4/8/2011

2003 Toyota 4Runner
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Works as advertised without the delay that other boxes are rumored to have. I used the ASWC to connect my Kenwood KDC-348U to my 2003 Toyota 4Runner. Wiring was easy after I found vehicle-specific instructions at Axxess's website. The vehicle and head unit were auto-detected and were running within seconds. Total install time was ~10 minutes. I LOVE having steering wheel controls again.

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great recommendation

Rob from Nashville on 4/7/2011

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This little adapter to retain use of the existing steering wheel controls works like a charm. I was initially looking at the other adapter but Dean at the 800 number advised this one and it works perfectly. I had been afraid that a new radio/CD unit wouldn't let me continue using the old steering wheel controls but with this adapter I was pleasantly surprised.

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Impressive

Bucky from Ithaca, NY on 4/7/2011

2010 Subaru Impreza
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My only dislike of this is the instructions, they were very vague. I automatically had to call Metra tech support. I've done several installs, but this was the first with steering wheel controls. **To take the guess work out of this adapter for those that are considering Axxess unit, you are splicing into the wires just before they run into the original factory stereo plug. You will most likely have to splice into two wires, while you can use the aftermarket wiring to obtain ground and ignition power. My Subaru Impreza was tight and the original factory wiring didn't leave me much room to work. Once hooked up, Axxess unit read car and stereo instantly. Great product...install instructions are lacking.

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Great with Mazda Miata and JVC

Brian from Twin Cities, MN on 4/5/2011

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This is a great unit that preserves steering wheel audio controls. I installed it on a 2008 Mazda Miata with a JVC KDA-815 unit. I have noticed no lag in the Metra control response compared to what some reviews say about the PAC units. Installation was simple requiring only 4 crimp connectors. It works great!

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Works great!

Herb from Longmont, CO on 4/4/2011

2007 Ford F-350
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Works great. easy install!

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1998 Buick LeSabre

Doug from Fort Wayne, IN on 4/2/2011

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5 star product, no complaints! Print off all of the vehicle specific instructions online and follow them. Very simple and easy!!! I called Axxess Tech Service to answer some questions and they are awesome and available five days a week!

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MattB from St Charles MO on 3/30/2011

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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Very easy to install using the online directions. Programmed itself to my Kenwood automatically when I turned the key on!

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Works perfectly!

NH from TX on 3/28/2011

2004 Toyota Sienna
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I had never installed any car stereo before and this was super easy to connect following the wiring instructions from the manufacturer's website. I did mix up a wire color initially (green and orange is not the same as orange and green!), but once I got that fixed, it auto programed in seconds and works perfectly. I'm very glad I spent the extra $ to retain my swc with the new stereo!

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Great little product

Jeff H from Omaha NE on 3/27/2011

2005 Nissan Altima
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Nifty product. no muss no fuss and it work famously. Nice to have the buttons working again.

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Works as Designed!!

Carl from San Antonio, TX on 3/26/2011

2004 Mazda 3
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I had originally received the PAC SWIJack as it was recommended by crutchfield. The PAC install was horrible it came with resistors; you had to tap their button a certain amount times, blah blah to which after 3 hours I could not get it to work. Why Crutchfield recommends that brand over this product is beyond me especially when it's made by Metra who provided the harness for my radio (I am guessing profit margins). Anyway this product is great; the device automatically detected my radio and steering controls well sort of LOL. It found the down volume and source button but not the others. No problem though did the manual programming mode and was able to configure the rest. It's always a warm feeling when you purchase a product and it works as it says it would. I didn't want to use the remote that came with the radio and having my steering wheel controls back brings my stereo as close to OEM as I can get it. Don't be fooled by the link when the site offers you PAC model, search the Crutchfield site for this one.

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TomC from Hamilton, MA on 3/23/2011

2008 Honda Pilot
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Works well with 2008 Honda Pilot - auto sensed correctly. It might sound stupid if you're an experienced installer but I couldn't get it to work until I properly grounded it. In all I'm glad I have my steering wheel controls back with my new car stereo.

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Works just like factory!

Shawn from Kentucky on 3/15/2011

This ASWC adapter works like a charm. From the time I opened the box it took me 30 minutes to have it installed in my 2005 Jeep Liberty with Pioneer DEH-4300 and everything buttoned back up. It immediately auto-detected my Jeep and works just like factory with no delay when I hit the buttons. So far, I'm VERY happy.

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Pleasantly surprised

MNskier from Minneapolis, MN on 3/4/2011

2004 Toyota RAV4
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Worked great with my new JVC KD-HDR70. Because my unit doesn't have a 3.5mm jack on the headunit I was expecting headaches because many prior JVC units did. Tech support at Axxess was very helpful. Used the wiring data from the Axxess website for my car and turned on the unit. About 30 seconds later and it was working. Definitely a 5 star purchase. Just be sure to read the directions carefully!

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Great product

Johnny HP from Frankfort, Illinois on 3/3/2011

2004 Pontiac GTO
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Great product ! Outside of splicing a few wires together, it's Pretty much a plug and play unit ! I bought the ASWC for a Kenwood KDC-X494 and put it in a 2004 Pontiac GTO. I wanted a new stereo but didnt want to lose my steering wheel controls, it would drive me crazy having buttons on my steering wheel that didnt work. Crutchfield suggested the ASWC and the PAC SWI-JACK. The SWI-JACK required sodering resistors onto wires under the dash. The ASWC claimed no sodering and was pretty much plug and play. The ASWC requires you to visit their website to obtain the proper wire connections for your particular vehicle, don't let this scare you way. Once the unit is connected properly it works great, it auto detects the functions of your the buttons in your car. Or you have the option on custom programming the functions of your steering wheel buttons.

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Works Great

dsddcd from Kansas City, MO on 2/14/2011

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The controller has worked great for me so far until I tried to use it with my new Kenwood DNX-9960. If you are using this head unit and the module registers to a JVC head unit (Denoted by 5 Quick Flashes) then you need to do the following. I called the tech support at AXXESS/Metra and they instructed me to do the following which is a newly known issue with the newest Kenwood radio's. 1.) Power off the Vehicle 2.) Put a 12K ohm resistor between the Solid brown wire from the 3.5mm jack and LT Blue and Yellow wire from the head unit. 3.) Turn the power back on and press the Program/Reset Button for longer than 2 seconds and less than 5 seconds 4.) Program the vehicle per the instruction either tapping or holding the Volume Up Button 5.) Verify that you receive (2) Quick Flashes 6.) Power the unit back off and remove the resistor 7.) Reconnect your Brown and LT Blue & Yellow wires 8.) Enjoy

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MikeX from Phoenixville, PA on 2/13/2011

2006 Ford F-150
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I bought this product along with my Kenwood DDX516. It works great with my '06 F150 Lariat's controls. It comes with great instructions, very easy to install. With my truck it automatically recognizes the controls which made the install even easier.

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AK from Seattle, WA on 2/12/2011

2010 Subaru Outback
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Pretty nice just make sure you get latest firmware or you'll have to pay extra for a special USB cable and do it yourself. And make sure 3.5mm plug is plugged in ALL the way.

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Glenn from Maryland on 2/4/2011

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Installation was really easy. Give it power, ground, one connection into the existing radio harness and grounding another pin on the harness. Turn it on, when the LED goes solid, hold the Volume up button on the steering wheel. 30 seconds later, its working.

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Chris from Allentown, PA on 2/3/2011

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
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I got this adapter for may 97 Pontiac grand prix and it works great. Installation was almost plug and play, just had to connect one wire plus power. This there is no delay with this interface like others I've seen. There is also no programing ether, once the interface recognized the make of my car it automatically set all my steering wheel controls. This is a great interface it is worth the money.

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Axxess ASWC PERFECT!

RobertR from Lyndhurst, NJ on 2/2/2011

This product is great! Wiring was very easy to install with the specific instructions for my Maxima We ran into a slight hangup when we turned it on. Called Axxesses Tech Support....and the tech figured out my problem within a minute (didn't ground one of the vehicle wires). Programming after we fixed this was all of 20 seconds and done automatically by the device. Overall: Great Product Great Customer Support NO Lag or Delay in buttons as with other products NO complaints

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Nate from Schenectady, NY on 1/13/2011

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I should have listened to my Crutchfield advisor and ordered the other adapter that they offer. After spending literally over an hour trying to get this to auto detect I called the manufacturers customer service line. The first time I talked to someone they said it was a ground issue. I re-grounded it seperately and it still would not auto detect. I then made a second call to customer service and was then informed that I would need a series of varying ohm resistors to make this integrate with my car and Kenwood stereo. Nowhere in any of their literature or on their website did it say that this would be necessary! I would highly recommend NOT purchasing this product!

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Works well

piazza from Niles, MI on 1/6/2011

1998 Buick Park Avenue
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I ordered this product with my JVC Arsenal KD-A815, works great in my buick park avenue, BE SURE TO GO ONLINE to get the wiring diagram thats why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

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Nick from Cartersville, GA on 1/5/2011

2002 Chevrolet Camaro
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I did not like that I had to visit Axxess's website to download the installation instructions. Instructions were also hard to find on their website. Interface auto detected stereo and steering wheel controls as advertised. Works great.

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Great Product

Bill M from Beaver Falls PA on 1/3/2011

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Installed this yesterday in my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. No problems at all, the auto detect worked perfect. There is no delay after pressing the buttons it works exactly like the factory controls did. You have to go to there web site to find out what wire to use for your car, it took me a while to find it but it was easy after that.

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Overview: The Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (ASWC) lets you retain your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls when replacing the factory radio with an SWC-compatible aftermarket radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to hardwire this adapter into your vehicle's wiring. In most vehicles, the factory radio plug does not have a wire dedicated to the steering wheel audio controls, so splicing & soldering is often required. Metra does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

Compatibility: The Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface is universal and can be used on most any vehicle with factory steering wheel controls. The Axxess ASWC-1 supports the following aftermarket head unit manufactures - Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, Eclipse, JVC, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, Visteon, and Valor. The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow).

Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle and aftermarket head unit is compatible.

Programming: The ASWC can be programmed in one of two ways. It can be done automatically or manually.

  • Auto Detection: The Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface has the ability to auto-detect certain vehicles and aftermarket radios. It will preset the steering wheel controls to the aftermarket radio automatically, so no programming is required.
  • Manual Programming: If your vehicle is not auto-detection compatible, you can still manually program the ASWC to your vehicle's factory steering wheel controls and aftermarket head unit.

Reconfiguring Controls: If desired, the ASWC can be manually programmed so you can make your vehicle's steering wheel controls function the way you want them to; limited only by the functions of the aftermarket radio.

LED Feedback: The steering wheel control interface features an integrated LED to indicate programming status.

Non-Volatile Memory: The Axxess ASWC has a non-volatile memory, which means the steering wheel control interface will remember the programming even if the device is disconnected from your vehicle.

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