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Axxess AX-ADBOX2 Interface Module

Connect a new car stereo and retain many factory functions in select 2000-up vehicles

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Overview

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You want to install a new car stereo, but you don't want to lose the useful features built into your factory radio. The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module gives you the ability to connect your new radio to the existing wiring in your vehicle and keep your factory features working. When used with the required Axxess interface harness for your car (sold separately), this module automatically configures itself to work with your vehicle's data system. You'll keep the features you've become accustomed to, including OnStar®, Bluetooth®, safety warning chimes, Retained Accessory Power (RAP), and the SYNC® system.

Adapt the factory features to a new radio

You want to install a new car stereo, but you don't want to lose the useful features built into your factory radio. The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module gives you the ability to connect your new radio to the existing wiring in your vehicle and keep your factory features working. When used with the required Axxess interface harness for your car (sold separately), this module automatically configures itself to work with your vehicle's data system. You'll keep the features you've become accustomed to, including OnStar®, Bluetooth®, safety warning chimes, Retained Accessory Power (RAP), and the SYNC® system.

Versatility and compatibility

This Axxess module works with amplified and non-amplified systems. The AX-ADBOX2 gives you a “plug and play” connection for the Axxess ASWC-1 steering wheel interface (sold separately). And if you're installing a new navigation receiver, the AX-ADBOX2 also includes the parking brake, reverse, mute, and Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) outputs you'll need.

Installation note: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 must be used with one of the following Axxess vehicle-specific interface harnesses: AX-ADCH01, AX-ADCH02, AX-ADFD01, AX-ADFD02, AX-ADGM01, AX-ADGM02, AX-ADGM03, AX-ADMZ01, AX-ADTY01, or AX-ADVW01.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if the AX-ADBOX2 and its accompanying harness are compatible with your vehicle.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Product Highlights:

  • connect a new car stereo and keep factory functions working
  • must be used with the Axxess interface harness designed for your vehicle
  • works with non-amplified or amplified factory audio systems
  • detects vehicle model automatically to set up configuration for the new car stereo
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Radio replacement interface
  • 16-Pin harness w/ stripped leads
  • Installation Instructions
Reviews

Axxess AX-ADBOX2 Interface Module Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Mostly works

Jason from Fargo, ND on 6/30/2017

2014 Ford Focus
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For integration of factory systems to an aftermarket stereo it seems to work. I came across 2 wires that do not work as they should. Voltage on illumination wire (Orange/White) and Reverse signal wire (Green/Purple) varies. The result is my radio flickers when the lights come on so i disconnected the illumination wire and manually dim my radio as needed. The reverse signal wire randomly tells my radio the vehicle is in reverse and switches to the backup camera (oddly enough never turns on when in reverse), my fix for this was to disconnect this wire and instead run a wire from my reverse lights all the way through the car to connect to the radio.

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Anonymous from Portland, OR on 4/2/2017

2012 Ford Focus
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as expected

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Anonymous from Hudson, WI on 3/21/2017

2013 Ford Edge
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it said it would do.

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Interface

Ten toes from chesapeake, VA on 2/22/2016

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what it says it does period... If your not a professional installer use the help crutchfield provides

Pros: It works and easy to install

Cons: I feel like it should be $20.00

Well, it works, for the most part.

GBTheater from Washington on 8/6/2015

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well, it did seem to integrate my factory sounds like door chime and blinker, etc. This is very important and I'm glad those things work, but the door chime is VERY loud while the blinker can barely be heard. So, now I need to go tear things apart again and see what I can do to resolve these issues.

Pros: Integrates factory sounds into new sound system

Cons: Complicated wiring with challenging instructions. Bulky box too stuff behind the stereo during install. Loud door chime, quiet blinker.

False advertising!!! Not happy

Anonymous from 02038 on 1/15/2015

2007 Buick Lucerne
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The fact your website and product state I can connect to factory xm but couldn't! I am completely unhappy cause I had to get the xm tuner

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Cons: You lie and say it can connect to factory xm radio and then it doesn't

Crutchfield response on 1/20/2015 We're sorry that the adapter didn't get the satellite radio working for you. According to the manufacturer, the AX-ADBOX2 should have worked with your vehicle to retain control of the factory satellite radio. The downside is that you'd have to use the steering wheel buttons to control the satellite radio and channel and song info will only show up on the factory Driver Info Display - not on your new stereo's display. That might've been part of the problem. We hope you've had a better experience with the external tuner we sent you - it'll let you control everything from the stereo.
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Auto-Detect System Interface: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module auto detects the vehicle it is in and automatically configures itself to work seamlessly with that vehicle. The AX-ADBOX2 interface supports 100's of vehicles including Chevy, Cadillac, GMC, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Toyota, Lexus, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mazda, and Volkswagen. You will need an Axxess vehicle specific installation harnesses (sold separately) which connects between the interface module and your vehicle's factory radio plug.

Vehicle Compatibility Chart: Using an Axxess vehicle specific installation harness (sold separately), the AX-ADBOX2 auto-detect system interface supports the following vehicles (as of 7/30/2013).

MakeModelYearHarness
BuickAllure2005-2009AX-DGM03
Century2004-2005AX-DGM03
Enclave2007-upAX-ADGM01
Lacrosse2005-2011AX-ADGM03
Lucerne2006-2011AX-ADGM01
Rainier2004-2007AX-ADGM03
Rendezvous2002-2007AX-ADGM03
Terraza2005-2008AX-ADGM03
Cadillac Escalade 2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
Escalade EXT2003-2006AX-ADGM03
DTS2006-2011AX-ADGM01
SRX2007-2009AX-ADGM01
ChevroletAvalanche2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
Cavalier2000-2005AX-ADGM03
Cheyenne20013AX-ADGM01
Cobalt2007-2011AX-ADGM02
Corvette2005-upAX-ADGM03
Equinox2007-2009AX-ADGM01
Express2003-2007AX-ADGM01
HHR2006-2011AX-ADGM02
Impala2000-2005AX-ADGM03
Impala2006-upAX-ADGM01
Malibu2000-2004AX-ADGM03
2008-2012AX-ADGM02
2013-upAX-ADGM042
Monte Carlo2000-2005AX-ADGM03
2006-2007AX-ADGM01
Silverado2003-2007AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
SSR2003-2006AX-ADGM03
Suburban2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
Tahoe2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
Trailblazer2002-2009AX-ADGM03
Traverse2009-upAX-ADGM01
Uplander2005-2008AX-ADGM03
Chrysler2002011-upAX-ADCH02
3002005-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-upAX-ADCH02
Aspen2007AX-ADCH01
2008-2009AX-ADCH02
Sebring2007-2010AX-ADCH02
Town & Country2008-upAX-ADCH02
DodgeAvenger2008-upAX-ADCH02
Caliber2007-2009AX-ADCH01
2009-2010AX-ADCH02
Challenger2009-up AX-ADCH02
Charger2005-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-2010AX-ADCH02
Dakota2005-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-upAX-ADCH02
Durango2004-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-upAX-ADCH02
Grand Caravan2008-2010AX-ADCH02
Journey2009-2010AX-ADCH02
Magnum2005-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-2009AX-ADCH02
Nitro2007-upAX-ADCH02
Ram 15002006-2008AX-ADCH01
2009-upAX-ADCH02
Ram 2500/35002006-2009AX-ADCH01
2010-upAX-ADCH02
FordEdge2007-2012AX-ADFD01
Escape2008-2012AX-ADFD01
Expedition2007-upAX-ADFD01
Explorer2008-2011AX-ADFD01
2012-upAX-ADFD02
Explorer Sport Trac2008-2011AX-ADFD01
F1502009-upAX-ADFD01
F250/350/450/5502011-upAX-ADFD01
Fiesta2011-upAX-ADFD02
Five Hundred2005-2007AX-ADFD01
Flex2009-2012AX-ADFD01
Focus2008-2011AX-ADFD01
2012-upAX-ADFD02
Fusion2007-2012AX-ADFD01
Taurus2008-2012AX-ADFD01
Taurus X2008-2009AX-ADFD01
GMCEnvoy2002-2009AX-ADGM03
Savanna2003-2007AX-ADGM03
Acadia2007-upAX-ADGM01
Sierra2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
Yukon/XL/Denali2003-2006AX-ADGM03
2007-upAX-ADGM01
HummerH22003-2007AX-ADGM03
2008-2009AX-ADGM01
H32006-2009AX-ADGM03
IsuzuAscender2003-2008AX-ADGM03
I Series2006-2008AX-ADGM03
Jeep Commander2006-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-2010AX-ADCH02
Compass2007AX-ADCH01
2009-upAX-ADCH02
Grand Cherokee2005-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-upAX-ADCH02
Liberty2008-upAX-ADCH02
Patriot2007AX-ADCH01
2009-upAX-ADCH02
Wrangler2007-upAX-ADCH02
LexusES3302004-2006AZ-ADTY01
ES3502007-2010AZ-ADTY01
ES3002002-2003AZ-ADTY01
GX4702004-2008AZ-ADTY01
IS3502006-2010AZ-ADTY01
IS3002002-2005AZ-ADTY01
IS2502006-2010AZ-ADTY01
LS4602007-2008AZ-ADTY01
LS4302001-2006AZ-ADTY01
LX4702001-2007AZ-ADTY01
RX3002001-2003AZ-ADTY01
RX3302004-2007AZ-ADTY01
RX35020007-2009AZ-ADTY01
RX400H2006-2008AZ-ADTY01
SC4302002-2009AZ-ADTY01
LincolnMark LT2007-2008AX-ADFD01
MKS2009-2012AX-ADFD01
MKT2010-2012AX-ADFD01
MKX2008-2012AX-ADFD01
MKZ2007-2012AX-ADFD01
Navigator2007-upAX-ADFD01
MazdaCX-72007-2012AX-ADMZ01
CX-92007-2012AX-ADMZ01
MercuryMariner2008-2010AX-ADFD01
Milan2008-2010AX-ADFD01
Mountaineer2008-2010AX-ADFD01
Sable2008-2009AX-ADFD01
MitsubishiRaider2006-2007AX-ADCH01
2008-2009AX-ADCH02
OldsmobileAlero2001-2004AX-ADGM03
Bravada2002-2004AX-ADGM03
Intrigue2002AX-ADGM03
Silhouette2000-2004AX-ADGM03
PontiacAztec2001-2005AX-ADGM03
G52007-2008AX-ADGM02
G62009-2010AX-ADGM02
Grand Am2001-2005AX-ADGM03
Grand Prix2004-2008AX-ADGM03
Torrent2007-2009AX-ADGM01
Solstice2006-2009AX-ADGM02
Sunfire2000-2005AX-ADGM03
SAAB9-7x2005-2009AX-ADGM03
SaturnAura2006-2009AX-ADGM02
Outlook2007-2009AX-ADGM01
Relay2005-2009AX-ADGM03
Sky2006-2009AX-ADGM02
Vue2008-2009AX-ADGM01
SuzukiXL-72007-2009AX-ADGM01
Toyota4Runner2003-2011AZ-ADTY01
Avalon2011AZ-ADTY01
Camry/Camry Hybrid2010-2011AZ-ADTY01
Corolla2005-2010AZ-ADTY01
Highlander2008-2010AZ-ADTY01
Prius2010AZ-ADTY01
Rav42004-2010AZ-ADTY01
Sequoia2005-2011AZ-ADTY01
Sienna2004-2011AZ-ADTY01
Solara2004-2009AZ-ADTY01
Tacoma2005-2011AZ-ADTY01
Tundra2004-2011AZ-ADTY01
Venza2009-2010AZ-ADTY01
Yaris2007-2010AZ-ADTY01
VolkswagenCC2009-upAX-SDVW01
EOS2007-upAX-SDVW01
Golf2002-upAX-SDVW01
GLI2008-upAX-SDVW01
GTI2002-upAX-SDVW01
Jetta2002-upAX-SDVW01
Passat2002-upAX-SDVW01
Rabbit2007-upAX-SDVW01
Tiguan2009-upAX-SDVW01

Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Factory Amplified/Non-Amplified Compatible: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module can be used in vehicles with or without factory amplifiers, including digital amplified systems. The AX-ADBOX2 provides an amp turn-on lead (Blue/white) to turn on any factory amps. Retains balanced & fade in vehicles with factory analog amplifier. Does not retain fader in vehicles with factory digital amplifier.

Navigation Outputs:  The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 auto-detect system interface provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense), Parking Brake, Mute, and a Reverse Gear output to make installing an aftermarket navigation radio simpler and less time consuming.

R.A.P (Retained Accessory Power): The ignition power source of many vehicles keeps the radio on until one of the doors is opened. This feature is called the R.A.P. (retained accessory power). The AX-ADBOX2 is designed to retain this feature.

GM Onstar Retention + Other Retained Features: The AX-ADBOX2 is designed to retain the factory OnStar emergency services system that would normally be lost when your GM factory radio is replaced by an aftermarket head unit. This interface module will also retain your GM factory Bluetooth & Satellite Radio functionality. In addition, the Axxess auto-detect system interface retains your GM vehicle's factory warning chimes and turn-signals. It even allows you to keep your factory back up camera and rear seat entertainment.

Ford SYNC Retention: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 retains all functions of the Ford SYNC system; including Voice Recognition Music Search, USB, iPod, Auxiliary Input, Bluetooth Phone & Audio Streaming, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, 911 Assist, and Vehicle Health Report.

Optional Steering Wheel Control Interface: The vehicle specific wiring harness (sold separately) features a right-angle 3.5mm connector that lets you keep your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls via the optional Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (120ASWC1, sold separately).

16-Pin Harness Color Codes: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 includes a 16-pin harness which connects between the interface module and your aftermarket receiver. These connections will need to be crimped or soldered together.

Wire ColorFunction
Red+12V Accessory
Blue/pinkVSS (vehicle speed sense)
BrownMute
Red+12V Accessory
Purple/blackRight Rear Speaker -
Gray/blackRight Front Speaker -
Green/blackLeft Rear Speaker -
White/blackLeft Front Speaker -
Orange/whiteIllumination Output +
Green/purpleReverse Output +
Light greenParking Brake
Blue/whiteAmp Turn-on
PurpleRight Rear Speaker +
GrayRight Front Speaker +
GreenLeft Rear Speaker +
WhiteLeft Front Speaker +

Adjustable Gain Control: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 provides adjustable gain control for overall volume (on amplified systems), for chimes and OnStar (in GM vehicles), and SYNC system (Ford only).

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so I can keep my OnStar[ Walter  Apr 14, 2016 ]
This is necessary to retain vehicle features with an aftermarket unit.[ Bobby  Feb 18, 2016 ]

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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Greg  Aug 26, 2014 ]  Staff
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