Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter
1999 BMW 3 Series
The adapter worked perfect with my 1999 BMW 323i and my sony radio.
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Item # 120ASWC1 | MFR # ASWC-1
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The ASWC-1 adapter from Axxess allows you to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to almost any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and more. (Note: your new stereo must have a 3.5mm steering wheel control or wired remote control input.)
Installation is a straightforward process. You usually have to connect a few wires to your factory wiring. In most cases, the adapter automatically recognizes the vehicle it's been connected to. If not, you can manually program the adapter 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 allows you keep the ASWC-1 current when updates become available. 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-1 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-1 adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. Axxess does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.
The adapter worked perfect with my 1999 BMW 323i and my sony radio.
Anonymous, Coppell, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
The adapter worked perfect with my 1999 BMW 323i and my sony radio.
This was the best decision I have ever made when putting in a new head unit. My paticular vehicle only had 3 wires to hook up. Power, ground, and the pink wire.
Pros: Easy to setup. Easy to use. Small unit. Hidden well
Easy installation. All functions work perfectly. No need to program. Just plugged it in and it worked.
Very simple to install and has given me the ability to keep the use of my steering wheel controls!
As a part of the installation of a JVC stereo in my wife's 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe. I was skeptical that it would be able to make the steering wheel controls function with the new stereo. Along with the interface, it works perfectly.
Flat-out didn't work. Tech support people were responsive, but nothing that they suggested worked, although they confirmed correct wiring. Unit did recognize the receiver I have, but didn't recognize the steering wheel controls. Gave up after several hours.
Cons:Crutchfield response on February 21, 2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
The device is very intuitive and easy to install. Directions are good. I installed the adapter on a 1987 Harley and it was kind of a custom installation (which is not supported) but the project went well.
Used this interface to access my steering wheel radio controls. These is a specific sequence of actions, power-on, power-off, door open , door close. Call Tech for details on your car. May require adding a resistor somewhere. Luckily I didn't need it. The unit self-detect my steering wheel controls correctly. I had originally intended to program it so I could answer the phone and hang up using the long press button capability. This has to be done before complete installation and counting flashes. More risk for the effort so I didn't do this.
Pros: Auto-detection of cars controls worked great.
Cons: Can't easily progam switches after full installation
Worked perfectly, I can use my steering wheel controls with my new radio now.
Worked fine with a new Blaupunkt head unit installed in a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. Instructions say to splice and soldier connections I used wire taps I purchased from Crutchfield and they worked fine and made installation so much easier. Followed instructions for adapter and new head unit on programing the steering wheel buttons everything worked fine. Take your time and read instruction and all should work as they are supposed to.
Pros: Small and easy to install.
Cons: None so far.
Used this to retain steering wheel controls in '06 Tahoe. Worked flawlessly. Was easy to hook up and programming was simple. All controls work with new radio. One thing I would mention is the instructions from the manufacture tell you to keep pushing volume up button during programming. I would advise they amend that to mean the volume button on the steering wheel, not the head unit which I was incorrectly doing. Thanks to quick call to Crutchfield I was politely informed the correct way and instantly it worked after doing it correctly. Thanks as always Crutchfield.
Pros: Easy to install, easy to program. Small form factor so does not take up much room inside dash.
Cons: Instructions could have been slightly more clear, otherwise no complaints.
This was recommended by Crutchfield to preserve the operation of the steering wheel controls on my '04 Toyota Highlander when I replaced the factory JBL audio system with a new Kenwood. It was easy to install with the new Kenwood and auto programs when first powered up. It took only a few seconds to recognize and adapt to the system and it works flawlessly. Nothing to do but let it do it's thing, tuck it away and forget it. A great addition to my new audio system.
Pros: Simple to install, completely self programming. Just tuck it away behind the radio and forget it.
Cons: None for my installation.
The Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel control adapter works as it should in my 2009 volvo. It is not a quick install, however - you have to also take a few steps to program it. Programming it is easy enough, but it requires the car to be powered. In a volvo, powering the car without the HVAC controls connected results in an airbag fault light which can only be reset by the dealer or a volvo-specific code scanner. So, it's a bit of a pain. Also, a big disappointment for me is that unlike the steering wheel control adapter Crutchfield provided for an older 2005 volvo, this unit does not provide an illumination wire to automatically dim the radio display at night. If there is another option for HU integration, take it.
Pros: Steering wheel buttons function
Cons: Requires powered-up programming does not provide illumination control
Works great. Used tech support to help with the programming. Took about 60 sec.
Pros: Retains all functionality in my 05 dodge ram
Was not able to connect to 2003 dodge ram 1500 steering wheel controls
Cons:Crutchfield response on January 31, 2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Wow , this thing works great and was easy to install
Pros: Easy to install
Worked fine. I can see how some would find this confusing. Installed in 17 civic, a bit confused at first. Found a Crutchfield video at an online video website that cleared it right up.
Pros: Works as it should.
Cons: Instructions could be a little better but a quick Googling and I was back in business.
Got this eith the axxess interface to keep my wheel controls in my 07 denali. Had to play with it twice to get it to program. It did what I needed, just wish it wasn't so expensive.
Pros: It worked
Cons: Too expensive. Bulky for just needing the box
I received the after market adapter for my 2016 Nissan Sentra and am unable to have it installed. I purchased a JVC Iplay stereo through Crutchfield and the wiring harness does not match any harness that is accessible on my vehicle. I took the adapter to a local installation company and the said the adapter I had was for the 2015 model and they could not install it. I am very disappointed and without steering wheel controls.
Cons:Crutchfield response on January 19, 2017 Dino, we're sorry you're having problems with your steering wheel control installation. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Don't have functional experience to relate. Wiring was too hard given the existing harness in my 2015 Nissan Versa Nate. I managed to undo the damage and forget the steering wheel control. Easier to control the head unit, itself. a no splicing harness would have helped. I can envision a simple harness solution, but, I guess they have not gotten to my make/model yet. I still love Crutchfield, don't get me wrong!
Cons:Crutchfield response on January 24, 2017 Steve, we're sorry you had difficulties with your installation. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get your system installed and working the way it should! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Perfect fit to keep the steering wheel controls. DON'T be in a rush to wire up.....and have a tech on the phone while you are trying to program....those guys are serious gurus when it comes to seeing thru the phone and walking me thru the mess I created in my dash!!!!!
Installed and working fine.
I have a Sony head unit and was having a problem with the Axxess ASWC-1, it kept resetting my radio, making my clock kept resetting and forgetting my presets and the steering wheel controls wouldn't work either. Spent many hours on phone with Sony and Axxess tech support and got nowhere. They had me trying eveything and nothing worked. Sony even told me that my Head unit may be bad. So I decided to take matters in my own hands, because i knew my head unit was just fine. After i disconnected the Axxess ASWC-1, my radio worked just fine (No resetting of clock and presets). Since this Axxess ASWC-1 consumes no real power, i decided to run a dedicated (Constant) power wire from battery to the Access ASC-1, and everything worked just fine. I did have to manually program the Axxess ASWC-1. Its been three months and still working just fine. The Axxess ASWC-1 doesn't draw really anything from the battery even though i hooked it up as a constant. And just so everyone reading this will ask, NO, i did not have it originally hooked up to the accessory, i had it hooked up to the constant on the harness and it was still resetting my radio (It would only reset after car was parked for several hours; basically every morning. but during the day it was fine)
Pros: Works great, once you getting it working
Cons: Needed a firmware update and better pictures in the instructionsCrutchfield response on January 19, 2017 Shaun, if you purchased this product from Crutchfield and the problem reoccurs, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website.
Works good on low volume but when over half volume it keeps turning up when you try to turn down. Also not all buttons only 5 out of 6 will program
Easy instructions to follow. Worth it
Worked flawlessly with my pioneer install. The included instructions so wereal a little hard to follow for me but I went to their website and it will give you specific instructions for your make and model. After I did that, it was very easy to install.
Item works great - but the instructions for my vehicle were not on their site which lead to several calls and a lot of guessing / assuming. Once installed properly, it works great.
Pros: works great
Cons: no instructions for my vehicle
Supplied by Crutchfield along with the no-splicing harness for my 2010 Prius. Plugged everything in and it worked straight away. Couldn't be happier really, would recommend unconditionally so long as you get the no-splice harness
It wouldn't work at all initially. I was getting alternating red and green led no matter what I tried. I then updated firmware after reading some of the reviews here. The unit then behaved exactly as it should and started working right away. Happy with result but deducting a star for all the time wasted. Recommend updating firmware before installing.
Pros: Works great after update, easy programming.
Cons: Didn't work at all until firmware update.
Worked as advertised - good easy to install
Pros: easy to install
Cons: video references would be useful to see what is meant by a 'long led flash'
Works with all my steering wheel controls. Self programming works great.
Pros: Retains all steering wheel functions. Self Programing, turn on the ignition, press the up volume button, wait for the lights. That simple!
Product arrived quickly and what was delivered matched the description - I'm installing now and don't expect problems beyond sorting out my Jaguar wiring - look forward to using product enjoYABLY...
Pros: Small accessory, clear instructions, makes older cars adaptable
Cons: Could use slightly better pictures and description
Does the magic very very well, fantastic
Pros: Works as expected
Cons: none so far
works as advertised
This adapter works as advertised. A little confusion with the initial hookup , that was quickly cleared up by Crutchfield support!
Fully functional after a large amount of messing with it. Make sure to heed the advice in the booklet that comes with the adapter (not the direction from Crutchfield/Axxess) and take the ground wire to chassis ground NOT the wiring harness ground and do not share this ground for the AXXESS. Never could get the adapter to identify the car until noticing this information in the booklet. Support didn't help with this either. Do not like splicing behind factory connectors....Metra should have wire out connectors for the ASWC-1.
Pros: Provides steering wheel controls on Nissan Maxima
Cons: Have to splice wires behind factory wiring harness connector when using Metra wiring adapter.
did not work for Mazda 6. Was supposedly supposed to Auto-Detect. Went through the sequence fine, but never actually worked. Unfortunately, I called Crutchfield support, and I get an automated response saying the call volume was too high and they could not help me. You can only imagine my frustration... so I installed the stereo without controls. Frustrated @ Crutchfield's service. Not there when you need them.
Cons:Crutchfield response on January 4, 2017 We're sorry we were busy when you called. Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Sean to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Excellent product. Very easy to install and it configured automatically. Works great with the aftermarket head unit and my car's sterling wheel controls.
Pros: Easy to install and auto configure.
Cons: None, does what it is supposed to do.
You have to be very patient with when installing this part, first of all, route all grounding wires to metal part of car, not the metal radio case. I ended up having to update the firmware to make it work, I made a Youtube video to show the installation and troubleshooting process. Called Metra for help, their tech support offered useless suggestions. It was Crutchfield's tech guys finally helped me out.
Gave a 4 only because the instructions need a little more details for the beginner. With a call to Crutchfield,Eli helped in 5 min. Thank you Crutchfield!!!! I'm a customer for life.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Needed Crutchfield's help
You have to follow the directions precisely to program it correctly. It works great
The specific directions for my vehicle were not available through the website but the number provided got me the help I needed to determine the proper wiring. Once wired up it automatically configured itself to work with my steering wheel controls in about a minute. My steering wheel controls work perfectly with my aftermarket radio now (Pioneer MVH-AV290BT). I installed this in a 2015 Mazda 6 w/o the Bose stereo system.
Pros: Easy install Auto-configuration worked quickly
Cons: Wiring instructions weren't available on the website, had to call the 1-800 number.
This item works exactly as described.
Didn't work on my 2007 Honda Civic unless you splice some wires and find a ground in the dash.
Cons: Have to splice wires and find a ground in dash, not a plug and play like I was lead to believe.
Mine arrived DOA so I cannot comment to much on the product. That being said CrutchField was easy to work with and they are sending me a new one (should arrive 6 Jan 2017)
These are usually good units & I'm sure that the problem lies within my Soundstream VRN-65HB. The volume controls worked for a while. Now nothing. For now I'm just using the controls on the head unit. Will call Crutchfield at some point to try & get this working again.
Pros: Works on my other car!
Cons: Does not work with my Soundstream VRN-65HB
Good product! Works as advertised. Simple install. I'm quite satisfied.
Works As intended
Instructions were a little vague. Had to go online to make sure I connected to correct wire. Easy to program to my truck. Everything works great.
Biggest waste of money ,bad support and was un able to make this product . Don't waste your money !
Cons: doesn't work waste of moneyCrutchfield response on December 27, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
I own a 2004 Dodge Ram SLT Quad cab with the infinity sound system. I replaced the factory radio with a Kenwood dnx572bh. By far this has to be the easiest steering wheel interface to install and the auto detect works awesome!! Prior to this purchase I purchased a idatalink Maestro RR which only works with a 2004 dodge darango as far as 2004 dodge vehicles. I then purchased a ControlPro PAC SWI-CP1 which before purchasing I called PAC tech support and asked about ease of installation and compatibility with my vehicle. Upon installing the easy 5 wire install it didn't work. Called manufacturers tech support again and was told to return it where it was purchased??? What company doesn't stand behind their product and do a direct warranty?? Buy AXXESS
Pros: Easy as pie install!!! (On a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500)
I have not installed yet but did update firmware with no problems after finally getting the little door open (hardest part of the upgrade) and instructions are a bit confusing but work. update after install
Excellent product. Easy to hook up, worked right the first time.
Pros: Retained my steering wheel controls
This adapter was far easier to use than I expected. While it clearly has a ton of capabilities, installing it in my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee to hook up the existing steering wheel controls to my new Pioneer head unit was stupid simple. It took exactly 1 wire. One wire! (OK I also had to connect it to ground, but that barely counts.) I literally spent more time trying to figure out why it wasn't more complicated than I did hooking it up. It auto-detected my vehicle on the first try and all the features work like a charm!
Pros: Easy to install, automatically detected my vehicle, gave me all the vehicle's factory feature set with my after market stereo
Cons: Somehow, it seems like it should be more complicated. (This isn't much of a "con" is it?!)
This is a great gadget. I put it in my 2006 2500HD along with a Pioneer 830. I got it together and the autoprogramming function worked but it mixed up some of the controls. So I manually programmed the controls via their instructions. This worked for the most part. I had to get creative how I programmed it to get the right buttons to do the right thing. I have a button that is supposed to select presets up and presets down. It will only go up. I have yet to contact tech support about this, perhaps they can solve it. I suspect also that there may be some software interfacing that isn't cooperating. We'll see what tech support has to say when I call them. All in all, I feel it is a good product. T
Didnt work for me . Audio tech spent hours on installing it and couldn't succeed.
It works well, but the instructions are very vague because it's a universal product.
Pros: Works as advertised.
Cons: Instructions aren't as clear as they could be.
It does what it supposed to do. It gives you steering wheel control with aftermarket head units.
Pros: Easy to install, works perfect, steering will controls can be reconfigured through an app.
Exactly what i needed. Fast easy to install, and works perfect on my 05 E46. Service was over the top and delivered in 2 days.
Once programmed it works but not easy to program maybe directions could be written better
At this point my steering wheel controls do not work at all. This problem makes answering my phone more dangerous since I have to pickup my phone. I don't dare try to make a call because I have to dial on the phone or the screen since voice commands do not work at all.
Pros: None I can see at this time!
Cons: Doesn't work with my RamCrutchfield response on December 8, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Works great, easy install. I was very apprehensive before doing this install because of the steering wheel controller, but with the right wiring harness adapter and Axxess tech support (got right through to them the two times I called), it took all of maybe 2 minutes to connect to my 2006 Rav4 steering wheel controller. It automatically found my car did did the setup by itself. I thought I would have to manually adjust the seek buttons, but realized it was a radio function that i needed to change, not the adapter.
Pros: Easy install and setup, but need to call support to get it right. Support was also easy to reach, got right through.
Cons: Wiring instructions didn't make any sense.
I'm going to assume the second one they send me works. It was easy to program and steering wheel controls worked like they were suppose to. You can also change what the buttons control, which is cool. Problem is that every time I turned off the vehicle the unit reset and I had to reprogram it. Crutchfield is replacing it.
Pros: Can reset steering wheel buttons to do different commands.
Cons: Hopefully this is a fluke that it resets every time the vehicle is shut down.
- I double and triple checked that the wires I needed (Pink and Blue/Pink) were in connected to their corresponding wires and it still would not work. - Pressing down on my SYNC paddle caused my head unit to turn off completely. - The only thing that I was able to get was the "volume up button" (only after looking at some threads that I would have to make sure I was in the "SYNC Line In" mode) but no other buttons.
Pros: Came pre-wired in my wiring harness
Cons: Would not work after multiple attempts Shut off my Head Unit after pressing "SYNC" paddleCrutchfield response on November 30, 2016 Denis, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If the problem continues, please just reach back out to our tech support team. They can help either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Worked great immediately did not have to do anything extra except update firmware first. HU is Pioneer 380BHS
Pros: No fuss
Cons: The voice recognition button on the steering wheel didn't work. Did not bother to program it manually
Easy install. DIY saved me $200 over the stereo shop. I was prepared to call Crutchfield or assistance but found a great video on-line that walked me through it
Pros: Ease of installation, self-programming
Cons: Installation manual too vague
Easy to install and pair with vehicle. Really enjoy that I am able to use the steering wheel functions with my new Pioneer stereo.
Pros: Only applied three wires for my vehicle. Instructions were spot on.
Cons: No issues
Installed this in a 2013 Impreza with a Pioneer Radio. The volume and channel changer worked on the steering wheel, but the call and voice buttons didn't. I have to go through the radio to make calls. No big deal. I rarely used those buttons anyways. To keep the volume and channel changer on the steering wheel was worth the cost.
Works like a charm in my Pilot. Very easy set up. The hardest part about swapping the radios, was getting the dash trim out.
Overall fairly easy to install, but a little complex. Instructions in box weren't complete, so I had to get more online. Not a huge problem, but was slow going back and forth making sure I was following correct instructions.
i really don't know how to rate this item because it did not link to my 03 Dodge Ram 1500 sLT steering wheel. i'm sure that this product works for other vehicles but since i lost money on it, i can only give it a two star rating. BTW, a pro shop attempted the install with a consult from the radio producer.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 17, 2016 Whenever you need assistance with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
works perfectly in an NC mazda miata! simply hooked it up as instructed from the fit guide on the axxess website (instructions from crutchfield are generic and garbage. Get the vehicle specific from the axxess website.) and it worked flawlessly. just make sure to use good connectors. those crappy blue splice connectors that you can get at autozone and oreillys wont work. they dont give a good enough connection to the vehicle harness to be used. also keep in mind that you may have to splice wires depending on the vehicle.
Pros: auto programming easy install works perfectly
Cons: a bit bulky going behind the radio. need to route it into footwell can be difficult to understand a lot of extra wires crutchfield instructions for device are generic
I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL with Bose Audio/Bluetooth. I followed the bypass wiring in the trunk, verified it many times. Followed the wiring up front checked it many times. It would not autodetect the second wire. After checking and checking I finally manually programmed it which worked fine. So the wires were ok...but I would recommend that if you're having trouble go ahead and try the manual program first. :)
Pros: Plenty of wires, decent manuals
Cons: Tricky install
I installed this into a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with a Kenwood DDX373BT touchscreen head unit....it works perfectly. The support team with Crutchfield was awesome. I called them when it was time to wire the adapter and they let me know that only a few wires were required to use. They informed specifically which ones to use and which to ignore. I also had an issue with the initial setup and they walked me through the reset and setup phase. Works beautifully!!!
Works GREAT!!!!!!!! Wire colors matched.
This product did not work with my aftermarket head unit as advertised or as described in the instruction book. I called tech support and was just sent a page out of the instruction book. One that I had already tried. After that, I was referred to the head unit manufacturer who didn't even answer my inquiry.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 17, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Cons:Crutchfield response on November 15, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get this adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Connection and programing were simple since the harness that came with the rest of my order was prewired.
Pros: Programed without issue works the same as the factory SWC.
Read the instructions, then call Crutchfield tech support. Don't waste a bunch of time trying to figure it out. Seems to work usually. It went weird on me once where the functions changed, but working again now. Once wired, recognized everything without programming. The instructions wanted me to solder into the factory harness. Instead, I was able to pull two unused pins from the adaptor, put in the correct spot and just use the adaptor. Glad I got this adaptor overall.
Pros: Worked the first time. Kept steering wheel controls.
Cons: Lousy instructions.
Works well. A little tough to set up, but the troubleshooting is very useful.
Great product. Excellent performance.
This installed and worked flawlessly in my 2001 Mercedes E320. Recognized both the car and the Kenwood head unit.
The Volume Goes down by itself after using it for 60 days without a problem, After going to local Car Audio Shop it wasnt the deck but the steering wheel control adapter went bad, went to Crutchfield online and seems to be Alot of people saying the same thing. Avoiding this i guess i will buy the PAC and try that one.
Pros: The specs and details on unit
Cons: The unit is only good for 60 days and lots of complaints about it lowering music by itself. Go with the PAC not the Metra.Crutchfield response on October 25, 2016 Our Customer Support team reached out to Mark to issue an apology and send out a replacement free of charge. If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, it's important to contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return or replacement within 60 days of purchase.
Installation was easy enough, programming was simple. They include way more wire length than most will probably need. It works great. My wife loves that she was able to retain her factory steering wheel controls.
Pros: It does what it is supposed to do without any hiccups. Included references are all you will need to get it working.
Cons: It felt a bit lighter than I anticipated, but I suppose it is just a tiny pcb in a black plastic box.
Works as advertised. No instructions for soundstream stereo, but tech support knew the answer right away. Was able to choose what the buttons did via the stereo, but that's a feature of the headunit.
Pros: I can use my steering wheel controls, easy setup
Cons: It won't make me eggs in the morning
Didn't have any problems hooking this up to my car and stereo. It didn't need any special configuration thankfully, but sometimes it misinterprets the input, and it feels like there is a bit of delay that didn't exist before (not a huge deal).
Pros: -Easy to connect in '02 Accord -Configured itself
Cons: -No options to change what the buttons do, which could be a problem for others -Slight delay between button press and stereo response
Works as described with minimal effort
This is a replacement of the 1st generation ASWC. It was easy to install.
This device is a smart way to preserve the steering wheel controls when installing an aftermarket stereo. It was fairly easy to connect and program (it did most of the programming by itself). So far it works just like it was designed. I initially had a few glitches when using the radio and changing the volume. On occasion it'd change the preset station instead. A re-programing seemed to fix the issue, but only time will tell if it fixed it 100%. It works great for all other options (CD, Pandora, Bluetooth audio, etc.).
Works as advertised
This was the first install I've done where I kept the steering wheel controls...and though I was a little nervous about how difficult it might be to program it to recognize the car and the stereo, it turned out to be extremely easy! The wiring was the toughest part and that was no big deal at all. Will definitely use this again.
Pros: Programming was a non-issue...did everything on its own.
Cons: Con? Can't think of any.
Took a few tries to get it to work but it does work as advertised.
This product works well - overall I'm satisfied.
Pros: Functions as advertised
Cons: Installation instructions were very confusing.
Easy to install and setup. Perfect for retaining my factory controls.
Very easy to use and install!!!
Pros: Simple plug and play
Recently had this professionally installed along with my new Pioneer double din head unit. Works flawlessly!
04 Toyota Sienna This unit is better than the Crux unit it replaced. I can crawl channels and seek presets in Sirius/XM now, couldn't seek before. I can also toggle between sources, Crux unit would turn power off when I tried that. After soldering the power and ground, I plugged the other 2 harnesses in and the unit did it's own interface thing and we were good to go! One of the easier steps in this whole process...
Pros: auto interfaced for me
Cons: more soldering
Worked great in my 2007 Volvo S60 when I upgraded to the pioneer radio. While instructions were thorough I still had to call tech support on a Sunday. Only waited a minute and the guy was great! Hit me squared away in just a few minutes.
Pros: Great tech support experience
Does what it claims. On 04 Pathfinder clip off factory white plug connect two wires and ground the third.
Cons: needs better model specific notes
Plug & Play easy .... Go to website ... Find your vehicle ... Print out instructions ... Update the "brick" ... Follow w instructions to connect ... And boom-digity, steering wheel controls! Happy Wife equals Happy Life!!!
Pros: Easy install w/ a little common sense
Cons: None so far ...
Install instructions were a little tough to decipher, but I was able to figure it out. Had to call customer support when it still didn't work, and they walked me through a stereo setting that needed changed. On my vehicle it only seems to control the volume and mute buttons, but not the up/down button for changing tracks or radio stations.
Pros: operates the volume and mute controls.
Cons: Confusing instructions even after getting the model specific instruction sheet, and watching the video online. Customer support was invaluable.
It works as described, excellent product.
It connected right up the first time but when I disconnected it to get the wires straight in the back of the radio, It has not connected since. I have looked at the website to try to figure it out and have looked at many videos to find out why it will not connect but no help at all.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 20, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
works well with my Mazda MX5 and JVC stereo. had a few problems getting it to recognize the car, but customer tec service talked me thru step by step to get it properly programmed. Top notch tec support
Pros: works well with all steering wheel functions
Cons: may need tec support.... but they are great
The adapter was very easy to install in my 2008 Subaru Impreza STI. I'm using it with my Pioneer AVH-4200NEX and it works without any issues. All I had to do was connect it to two of the wires in the harness coming from the car and to the stereo itself through a 3.5mm connector.
Pros: Works like a charm!
Cons: I wish Metra had included a picture of the wiring harness connector like they have for other models. I found the correct wires, but I was a bit nervous since the drawing they included in the wiring instructions was not a good match to what the harness connector actually looks like.
Didn't work. Checked all wiring several times. Called tech support, didn't help. A waste of my money.
The installation and programming manual is awful. I have a 200 Pontiac Grand Prix and the following buttons on the steering wheel work: "Volume", "Seek", "Mute" "Play" (although it changes sources). The "AM/FM button" does nothing and apparantly can't be programmed. The "Preset" button is just another Seek up button and can't be re-programmed. Axxess technical support leaves a lot to be desired. I called them and the wait time said it was 1 minute. I was on hold for 20 minutes and then the call dropped. I had to call back and wait another 15 minutes. The rep I talked to was very curt and rude. He walked me through the programming steps and then when it didn't work just said "well, nothing I can do...guess that Kenwood doesn't recognize those commands." Pretty bummed.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 12, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This module was very simple to install and auto detected my vehicle and radio. Can't get much easier than that!!
Pros: Easy install
The install wasn't difficult, just had to splice into a couple of wires. Setting up the buttoms seemed like a huge pain and I couldn't figure it out for a long time. After pressing tons of random buttons, the reset button a hundred times, it somehow started to work. I don't know how, I never upgraded the firmware but it somehow figured itself out and now it works...except the bluetooth buttons. Bluetooth buttons still do not work but I like it that way because I hate accidentally pressing those buttons and calling someone.
Pros: Somehow started working correctly even though I didn't know exactly what I was doing. (Wiring was correct, the programming was confusing.)
Cons: Confusing as anything to setup and Bluetooth buttons do not work.
Didn't work in my 2005 Dodge Durango. I was able to configure the steering wheel buttons so am confident I installed/wired the Axxess unit correctly. However, once I turned on the engine I found my gas pedal completely unresponsive and my tachometer wildly oscillating. Unplugging the Axxess control module stopped the above issues. Had no choice but return the unit. BTW, second Axxess replacement unit supplied by Crutchfield exhibited the exact same problems.
Cons: Interfered with my car electronic controls: Gas pedal stopped working and tachometer wildly oscillated!
From the installation this items was the easiest to install make sure check the website for the wire you gonna use in my case I have a 2002 GMC Yukon Denali is on the plug is pin 14, after I power up the unit the ASWC-1 turn on and I press on the steering wheel the up volume button and it begin to detect the new radio unit it took like maybe no more than 3 minutes after that I was able to change tracks from the USB driver and mute and volume works flawlessly really nice indeed, the only thing I notice is that in my Yukon if I press "PROG" If I'm using the files from the USB storage device, it will go back to the first song from the USB driver not a big deal is all cool. Other options I have not try the blue tooth stuff yet I just fill up a USB driver with some tunes and Rock that out !
Pros: really easy to install you only need a few wires, black GND chassis, red to ignition switch, and the one indicated from the website to your vehicle
Cons: nah all good !
Determining which set of instructions to follow was a bit challenging. Having to upgrade the firmware on a new purchase doesn't seem right.
I don't know if it was my fault or the wiring harness diagram on the Axxess website, but thanks to Crutchfield tech support for answering my questions and emailing me photos and instructions, explaining what I was doing wrong. Originally, I couldn't get it to work properly. There is one sterring wheel button that doesn't work with the interface, but it's not important. All the other ones function flawlessly. I'm glad I purchased this with my Kenwood stereo. It's very convenient to have hands free control of the stereo. Nice product!
Pros: It works! Contact Crutchfield Tech Support If You Have Problems With The Install....They're Awesome!
Cons: I may have misinterpreted the wiring harness pin diagram on the Axxess website. But Crutchfield tech support was able to help me with a successful install! Make Sure You Call Crutchfield Tech Support For Help If You Have Problems!
This product worked great for about 10 days then just quit working. Now I will have to go back into the dash to try to figure out why...
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 5, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
Works great, install was easy.
Cons: Not tested on the 2015, need to download the 2014 modle for wire instructions.
Works as advertised. Instructions were a tad overwhelming, many extra unused wires lead to initial confusion. With some patience, (rare for me) it's all good.
Pros: Works as OEM
Cons: Initial confusion by many, many wires. Instructions were a bit overwhelming, but keep calm and install on.
Gave it a shot, but could not get it to work. Definitely bummed, as the stereo was a gift for my wife and I would have preferred for her to stay hands free. The directions were absolutely useless with respect to the wiring.
Cons: You're trying to get the car, this adapter, and the stereo to talk. Not easy.Crutchfield response on August 30, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Works great. Had a little trouble installing myself, but no big deal.
Stock/oem functionality for the win.
Pros: Keeps the steering wheel controls need i say more. bought in conjunction with the ch02 kit, and together they are brilliant.
Cons: Instructions that come with are a little overwhelming at first. if you buy it with the wiring harness kit it makes it easier to install.
Just perfect. Exactly what I need.
I am an novice installer. I needed a little help from Crutchfield. It only took a few minutes for them to point me in the right direction. I didn't want to give up the steering wheel controls when I put in the new stereo. This apparatus works flawlessly with my system.
Pros: easier to install than I originally thought worked properly the first time I tried it
Cons: The instructions weren't clear that this apparatus just plugged into the Axxess CHTO-02 and no wire splicing was necessary.
Super easy to program. Followed the instructions per the axxes website. Used in conjunction with Axxess GMOS-LAN-01 Wiring Interface and it eliminated several wiring connections being that you just plug the two together.
Installation instructions weren't very clear.
Pros: Works perfectly
Cons: Installation instructions we not very clear
Follow the instructions and call them when you get confused. I did and it was easy.
Easy to install. Match color for color, maybe one non color match but instructions inform you. Customer service is great!
Inexpensive, works perfectly right out of the box and super easy to install. It detected the truck and worked immediately. I programmed a few long button presses since I'm limited on buttons and that helped also. I did have trouble understanding the instructions on how to reprogram a button and gave up after trying many different interpretations - never was able to reprogram a button press, but I'm sure Crutchfield would have sorted it out if I called. It just wasn't that important so I didn't bother. I heartily recommend this product and Crutchfield. I don't shop anywhere else - the customer service is second to none.
Pros: Lowest priced option they had super easy to install Detects the vehicle by itself so no programming Fantastic customer support
Cons: The reprogramming instructions were vague
Could not get it to work in a 2013 Subaru Outback. Called the manufacturer three times, download new software, made new harness, separate ground wire nothing worked.
This unit worked for one try. When I took the key out of the ignition and tried again, no-go. I could never get it to auto or manually recognize my vehicle or radio, even after firmware update. I had to use tech support to find out which wires to connect and even then, it took them several minutes to pull up the schematics for my vehicle.
I'm not a professional installer, but this unit was fairly easy for me to connect between my 2001 Xterra and a modern Pioneer Double-DIN radio. I believe two things would have been very valuable to know ahead of installing it: 1> The unit can (should) be updated and programmed using a laptop and a USB micro B cable (very common cable used for cellphones, etc.) BEFORE sealing it up in the dash. 2> Without programming / updated the unit, the functions of my specific steering wheel controls were misplaced and mixed up, though functional.
Pros: Functions are there. Installation is easy.
Cons: Instructions really should emphasize that the unit should be programmed / updated for full and best functionality AND that the cable required for that update is a common USB micro-B cable.
Works just like the factory
Pros: Works well
Works well, had this professionally installed as my install days are over
Pros: Works and preserves steering wheel controls
Cons: Wasn't free Didn't install itself
WorkS well and easy to install.
Pros: Simple to install
Cons: Instructions are slightly confusing
It works, but it took me a while to get it right. My fault for not reading the instructions through completely before installing. One should be able to view the lights on the back of the unit when setting it up. I, unfortunately, installed it, closed up the dash, and could not see it. Had to set it up blindly. Great help from Crutchfield Tech Support, though. Was able to get it on second try. AGAIN, read the instructions through first.
Pros: Controls volume and station changing as it is supposed to do.
Cons: Does NOT connect or work the steering wheel controls for the phone. (I did not have that before, so it is no big deal.) Also, if it is not set up correctly, it will cause the radio to act a little funky. For example, it made my radio volume suddenly drop by about 1/3 and also change channel and display - all by itself! Once I got it set up correctly everything worked just fine.
Warning: If you own a 2008 Ford Edge SEL do not purchase this Axxess ASWC-1 unit. The presets/scan/seek buttons on the steering wheel will not function correctly. I had to return the unit for a new same unit and it still did not work. I called Crutchfield tech support which is the best that I know of and they were very helpful and recommended exchanging for a different unit. I called Axxess tech support and they were not that helpful. They blamed the unit not working because of the steering wheel buttons being bad. I had Ford replace my steering wheel control button switch and the Axxess unit still would not work. Axxess does not want to take the blame on their products. I finally called Crutchfield tech support back again and they recommended the "idatalink maestro SW" steering wheel control unit. So I did another exchange and the idatalink worked easily and flawlessly the very first time on my own hooking it up. I give idatalink 2 thumbs up for their tech support! I spent a total of about 9 hours on this entire project just to get my new JVC radio to work with the steering wheel controls. It was nothing but a huge headache as far as I'm concerned but I learned a valuable lesson and hope to save you the headaches. Do not buy the Axxess ASCW-1 for a 2008 Ford Edge SEL even though they claim it works! Crutchfield's tech support was very helpful!!
Pros: Crutchfield Tech Support
Cons: Axxess ASWC-1 is not compatible with all vehicles like they claimCrutchfield response on August 2, 2016 Because of Randy's review and perseverance, our vehicle integration buyer, Darren, pulled the Axxess steering wheel interface from several Ford Edge models and contacted Axxess, so they can investigate further.
I installed the Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (ASWC-1) with my new Kenwood DNX893S. The ASWC-1 allows me to use the factory radio control buttons on my steering wheel with new HU. The ASWC-1 has "auto-detect" that senses the steering wheel buttons and syncs them to the HU. It auto-detected my volume and channel up/down buttons and Mode button (toggles from radio, to SiriusXM, to Nav, etc.). My phone on-hook/off-hook buttons and Talk button (used with Bluetooth) did not auto-sync. A manual programming option exists, which I will try with these buttons. The ASWC-1 is "forgetting" its auto-detect settings from one car start to the next; the buttons work, then don't the next time the car is started. I must access the ASWC-1 inside the dash (remove trim bezel) and press its reset button to force a new auto-detect. Axxess tech support advised to ensure the ASWC-1 is directly grounded to the car chassis to eliminate changes in resistance from one car start to the next. I have it grounded with the HU, so I will separate the grounds and hope this corrects the problem. There is also a new firmware release. I will use the firmware updater utility from their website for this.
Pros: Allows me to use some of my factory steering wheel radio control buttons with my aftermarket head unit.
Cons: Not all steering wheel buttons auto-detected. Some problems with unit "forgetting" its auto-detect settings, which necessitated multiple manual resets. (May be due to incorrect grounding on my part. I will continue to troubleshoot. See "review" section for more details.)
It is fairly easy to install with the directions it comes with and the Crutchfield ones. It works very well. I did not need to update it for my '03 Ram 1500, but could see where other newer vehicles might require the new firmware. My only issue is that it doesn't work 100% of the time. There have been a couple times (very seldom) where the steering controls will not work with it. Usually they come back the next time I start the truck.
Pros: easy to hide easy to install
Cons: doesn't work 100% of the time
a little hard to get to the USB port on my control box. other than that is worked great in conjuction with my radio that I purchased and my town and country.
Pros: easy to install. functions work well.
Cons: difficulty getting the unit to register the car and radio. but once I figured out the instructions. it worked. needs a little better manual.
Once the product is installed and working properly, its great. I have my original steering wheel controls operating my new after-market JVC radio and iPhone (the "talk" button o the steering wheel fires up Siri on my iPhone.. neat!). I was disappointed that I had to cut into my vehicle's harness wiring to access some of the pins that were not included on the Wiring Harness that was sent to me. Other than that, it seems to working fine.
Pros: Integrates well with my steering wheel harness and JVC radio
Cons: I had to cut into my vehicle's harness wiring to access some of the pins that were not included on the Wiring Harness that was sent to me.
Great product, works flawlessly with my 2005 F350 and Kenwood DDX6902S. No programming/updating needed. Just splice it in and go. Not too difficult. You need to go on the company's website for installation instructions for your specific vehicle. Tip: For my vehicle's harness (Harness), the vehicle's steering wheel wire is pin #18. Unfortunately the supplied adapter (Adapter) that goes inbetween the Harness and the Kenwood does not have a wire in slot #18. Instead of cutting into the Harness, I just moved a spare Adapter pin/wire over to open Adapter slot #18 and connected the Axxess white/green wire to the relocated Adapter wire. All you need is a very small screwdriver to release and pull the red plate out of Adapter and then use the screwdriver to release the tab holding the extra pin/wire. The released wire can then be snapped into Adapter pin #18. Much easier to do than write about!
Pros: It works with very little installation effort.
Cons: Vehicle specific Instructions could be a little more detailed but they were sufficient. I didn't need the resistor but it is easy to lose when you open the packaging so be careful in case you need it. It is very small.
I can use the steering control , thank goodness, wiring can be tricky and intimidating, but with the help of crutchfield techs, it works
I bought this wondering "Why does this cost so much?", but I soon found that this adapter is awesome. I saves a ton of time and effort in installation and really does work great thanks to the auto-detection. The issue I had was with my newer Kenwood showing as a JVC. The documentation Crutchfield sent clearly stated that this is a known issue and they bolded the text that a 10-12K ohm resistor is needed for my radio during the programming phase. The only problem I had was that the document said the resistor was included, but I couldn't find it in the kit. A quick trip to the store sorted that out and my radio was properly detected in a snap.
Pros: Easy to install, good LED feedback, and works great.
Cons: The 10K ohm resistor either 1) wasn't in the package or 2) I lost it as I opened it (more likely). This was no fault of Crutchfield and was easily resolved.
Easy to install, but not easy to get it to work. I worked on getting it set up to work with my SUV (2004 Kia Sorento EX) off and on for a week. The Tech support from Crutchfield is great, they could not find out what the problem was, so Crutchfield sent me a whole new unit. I received the new unit reinstalled the new unit and it did the same thing as the old unit. So at this point I called AXXESS Tech support and with just a few steps the tech guy had it up and working in 5 mins. So why I'm letting you'll know this is while Crutchfield Tech Support is great, just call AXXESS Tech support with any problem with the ASWC-1 unit and you will save a lot of time.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Hard to set up and to get it to work right. I would have given it 5 stars if it was not so hard to get it to work.Crutchfield response on August 3, 2016 Thanks to Ron's comments, we're reaching out to Axxess for more training info to see how we can better help customers directly with the ASWC-1 steering wheel interface without having to go through two different tech support groups.
Work, but I havn't gotten it to work well yet. The up volume and up track change are glitchy and done work consistently. Additionally I lost a couple of functions after taking out the stock receiver. I am thinking some of my problems are due to programming issues (when you install it you have to program it to recognize your receiver). Overall it is better than not having use of the steering wheel controls, but I feel it could be better
Pros: Give you use of the steering wheel buttons
Cons: Buttons work inconsistently and have lost a couple of the functions from the factory setup.Crutchfield response on July 20, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Easy to install and allows all of the steering controls to work. Ive installed older ones and you had to program them, this one does it automatically. Awesome.
Pros: Steering wheel controls retained, easy to install, auto programming
Cons: Instructions could be written better
Works just as they said it would, I did have a problem figuring out which wires to hook up to, but Crutchfield was there to help like always!
Pros: No programming for this vehicle
Cons: Which wiring harness to choose to wire the three wires from the unit.
Based on previous success with another vehicle (VW Passat), I took the advice of Crutchfield and bought the steering wheel control module. After following all the diagrams from the head unit manufacture, Crutchfield and Axxess, I was able to connect the system. Thank goodness I did not crimp/shrink-wrap the connections, because as soon as I turned on the unit, the volume increased to the maximum. Any attempt to lower manually (on wheel or head unit) went back up to max as soon as the down button(s) were released. Checked out several boards (auto, axxess, and JVC/Kenwood), and it looks like there may be a wiring diagram problem. Decided the time to investigate was not worth it. Disconnected the adapter and successfully installed the head unit without steering wheel controls.
Pros: Instructions were thorough, if inaccurate. Easy to follow.
Cons: Wiring diagrams are not completely accurate. Volume uncontrollable.
I have used this item in the past with no problems. This time, I have not been able to install on my truck. The wiring instruction do not match the wire colors that I have available. I have been searching the Internet to no avail to find the correct diagram.
Pros: Good unit when working.
Cons: Wiring instruction not right for my vehicle.
I replaced the stock unit in my 2006 Mazda3 and wanted to keep the steering wheel controls. This box worked very well. The website had exact instructions for my car. I wired it up, turned the car and the stereo on, and this thing worked perfectly. I did spend some time on it because when I used the search buttons on the steering wheel it would search up through the frequencies instead of go from channel to channel the way I wanted it. Turns out that was an issue with the way the radio was set, not the ASWC-1. Once I set the radio correctly it works just exactly like I wanted it to. So if it doesn't seem to work you might make sure it's not the radio.
Pros: -Worked exactly the way I wanted out of the box.
Cons: -I can see where it might be a tight fit if you don't have a lot of space behind the dash. It's worth making sure you have the space for the control box to fit in.
Tried to install this product. Couldn't make it work. The instructions from the manufacturer don't match my vehicle. They say to run the control input to the left from speaker, and ground the radio power supply. That can't be right. Obviously they gave me the instructions for a different car. I can't find instructions that fit my car. Utterly useless.
Cons:Crutchfield response on July 11, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
For my vehicle it was plug and play. Bought with the Metra 99-7803 Dash and Wiring Kit. With this kit and it's included wiring harness it just plugs into the supplied harness and everything worked with no programming necessary. This is a must have to keep your steering wheel controls.
Pros: All steering wheel radio controls work with no programming necessary.
I'm a newbie to this and the automatic setup didn't seem to work at first. Spent a lot time figuring out the flashing LEDs and trying to manually set the radio type which was wrong based on the number of LED flashes. I think part of the problem may have been the radio was on. I turned the radio off at some point and everything seemed to auto detect fine and everything now works.
Pros: Should have been easy because it does the auto detection of the radio and wiring. Seems to be working fine now.
Cons: If having the radio off at some point makes a difference, that should be in the instructions. I had to go to the website to find the explanations of the flashing LEDs. If having the radio off doesn't matter, then some other magic happened along the way and I'll just consider myself lucky at this point.
Took half of my steering wheel options off air pressure mileage ect etc...
Cons: Took half of my car options off not what I wanted.Crutchfield response on July 11, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
When I saw all of the wires I was a little taken back wondering exactly what I'd gotten myself into. My concerns were unfounded once I followed their instructions, went on line and found the specific instructions for my car. The details were easy to follow, they had both written instructions and pictures of each step and the installation took a lot less time than I originally expected. Most importantly, the unit works perfect and all of the steering wheel control features that I had with my factory installed bose system, work with my new Alpine radio that I installed along with this unit.
Pros: Detailed easy to read instructions specific to your vehicle Self programming once initiated. Works exactly as advertised.
Cons: Unit has a lot of extra wires for different possible installs making it look a lot more complex to install along with having a lot of unused wires to tie off.
Took some time, and a couple of sets of eyes to understand how to wire this properly. Through no fault of this product, the separate adapter harness purchased at the same time was frustratingly missing 2 wires which would make installation a breeze. This meant we needed to either splice into the factory harness of a 1 week old car, or add pins ourselves to the harness. After getting past this, control adapter was automatically detected by the head unit, and controls work as expected.
Pros: Automatically configures itself to the vehicle and head unit. Restores factory wheel function.
Cons: A bit challenging to fully understand expected wiring.
I had to purchase this because I wanted my steering controls in my '98 Grand Prix to work with my new radio. So far I have not been able to figure out how to sync it with the radio (?) and the directions are extremely unclear. My dad has replaced 100s of radios without the problems we had with this adapter.
Pros: Fits my car
Cons: Hard to figure out
Attached instructions did not make sense. I did the install after Crutchfield had closed so no tech support available. It is wired correctly and I programmed it the way I was instructed (even after I spoke with Crutchfield again). The steering wheel now only will control volume up on my wheel. Cannot turn anything down. Junk.
Pros: Be great if it worked.
Cons: Doesn't work.Crutchfield response on June 29, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Very difficult to program once you get it programmed it works OK but the mute button doesn't actually mute the radio.
Pros: Volume and mode buttons work fine
Cons: Very difficult to program once you get it programmed it works OK but the mute button doesn't actually mute the radio.