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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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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



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.


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.



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.



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.



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!


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


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



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



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.


Cons: Bad instructions


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.


Cons: Doesn't work!!!!


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.



What a snap

Dave S from TN on 1/20/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What a snap to install



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


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.



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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.



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!


LARRYH from APACHE OK on 11/13/2012

2006 Kia Sorento EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




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



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


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



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


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.



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


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.



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 reaching for the radio driving

Cons: Had to cut the OEM plug to tap into the wires...I think Axxess or Crutchfield should supply an adapter 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



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 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.



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..



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!


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



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.


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.



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


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.


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.



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

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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.



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


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
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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.



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
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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
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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.



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)).



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


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.

Axxess aswc

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.



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



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.




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.



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!


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.



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



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 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.



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.