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It's a cool accessories piece to customize the head unit in the Ford excape
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Item # 142FD1436B | MFR # FD1436BLKB
$34.99 Earn up to 35 Rewards points
This mounting kit lets you install a single-sized (2" tall) or double-sized (4" tall) aftermarket stereo in your vehicle's dash opening. Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this kit is compatible with your vehicle. Warranty: 30 days.
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Average Customer Review(s):
It's a cool accessories piece to customize the head unit in the Ford excape
Perfect for for my 2009 Ford Escape. Looks like it came from the factory.
Color match perfect... easy fitment with Crutchfield car stereo... super easy to install... whole new dash!
Pros: Perfect color match and fit...
Cons: Make one in Carbon fiber...
The Kit itself fit perfectly into my 2008 Ford Escape. The color matches the original very well and the plastic is of a very similar make. The problem is that the single din unit I got didn't properly fir in it. The opening wasn't wide enough to fit it and wasn't tall enough when the pocket was installed with it. I ended up having to file out the opening to make it fit.
Pros: Looks good in the vehicle and works well when completed
Cons: Radio didn't fit. Needed filed down to work
Great color match and fit. Pick up four 1-inch number 10 nuts bolts, and washers. Other than that, great product.
Pros: Great match and look
Cons: hardware not included
Very good quality and looks factory, but instructions are not totally clear.
Pros: Good fit and finish
I don't fault Crutchfield, this is just a poorly-made item. Once you attach the side pieces to the head unit, it should be simple enough to attach the head unit to the trim piece. It isn't. Getting the side pieces attached was a chore, and there was no readily apparent way to fit everything together. If I'd followed the instructions, I would have ended up just kind of cobbling it together and sliding it into the dash. Sounds fine until you realize there's not much holding the stereo and trim in place. If you plan on having a professional install done, the installer can probably use this as raw material to modify into a better solution than it is out of the box. If you plan on installing it yourself, like I did, there are much better choices. I spent about an hour trying to make this work without having to add/subtract/modify anything, and finally resigned in disgust and returned it. It was frustrating enough that I don't want to bother leaving a detailed review. It's just garbage. If you want Matte Black, like I did, my suggestion is to buy the Gloss Black made by another manufacturer and Plasti-Dip it. ** Kudos to Crutchfield on how they handled my return. Customer service was excellent. Fast, responsive, understanding, and satisfied me as a customer.
Cons: Many. This thing is poorly designed, poorly engineered, and cheaply manufactured.
Installed unit with Sony Mex-N6000BH. The instructions were not totally clear. Instructions referred to 4 bolts that you removed to take out factory head (the bolts were there, you just didn't have to remove in order to remove the factory unit) -1 for clarity and +1 for recognizing the bolts were there and usable! As I related in my Sony Mex review, the head unit wouldn't fit in the double din as it was too wide. Perhaps a suggestion that one might have to remove the din sleeve and front bezel could be made in instructions. In any case, call to Crutchfield resolved issue and fits well after removing the bezel and sleeve. The color silver color does not match my 08' escape's trim color. Its close, but the factory trim has a slight gold tint to it...
Pros: Fits well
Cons: Instructions suck. Silver color is silver, but not really a match for my Ford.
This product looks great once its in, but definitely not the same quality as the piece it replaces. It will flex a bit, and squeak a bit. The Ford escape combined with this unit kinda leaves you hanging. I had to use zip ties to tie into the huge threadless factory/schosche holes on the mount to car interface. The finish product looks like what I wanted though and the color/finish matches up great.
Cons: Stability and mounting.
The mounting kit is pretty great. The bezel matches the dash of the Escape XLS pretty well. Lost 1 star because it did not include necessary mounting hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) for the new hard unit which left me wondering Home Depot for quite a while.
Pros: Great interior match.
Cons: No mounting hardware.
Pros: Looks good, Fits nicely, Color matches close enough Cons: No screw mounts on the plate for stereo, brackets for stereo are flimsy plastic, Not enough screw provided, In certain light you can slightly tell the difference in color to the surrounding trim (not really an issue, just honestly not an exact match) Other Thoughts: Definitely did the job. I put in a Pioneer AVIC Z-140BH, and it fit nicely into the slot. There were no mounting screws on the plate like the factory plate had. I had to mount the stereo to the car frame. Crutchfield didn't provide any screws or bolts to do so, so i had to take a trip to the hardware store. The plastic plates on the side felt pretty weak, and would move when i tightened the screws. Took a bit longer than it should have to get them lined up correctly. Still with those small issues, It's still a good face plate. Did the job, and looks sleek: 4 stars.
Very good quality and looks factory! Simple install.
Pros: Good fit and finish
The actual replacement front console fit perfectly into my 2011 Ford Escape, I have no complaints there. I picked silver, and it's VERY close to matching the other plastic, not perfect, but close enough for what it is. The directions were horrifying though, they really don't give you any useful information besides which side of the radio the brackets go on. I had to use trial and error to find the right placement, which even Crutchfield Support told me. Even when I found the perfect setting (about 2 inches from the front of the radio), I had to drill a small hole in each bracket to make all four screws line up properly. Further still, I had to add my own custom fasteners to keep the radio in-place, and I had to add a long wood screw in the back to ensure the radio weight was properly supported.
Pros: It matches almost perfectly, fits nice and snug, gives the illusion of a factory/pro install.
Cons: Directions are awful, had to mod it to fit properly
Was a perfect fit the color matches the rest of the car.
Pros: Fits perfect
Cons: Instruction where hard to understand
This matches the finish of the factory trim perfectly, easy to install, make new radio look like a factory job.
Pros: Easy to install, great finish
Cons: Instructions a little short on installing the radio brackets for the proper depth, ( this took longer than anything else on installation )
This is an adequate attachment but suffers from lack of stability (plastic construction) and difficulty lining up the slots with the pre-drilled holes in the radio. Ended up using one supplied screw and a personally-supplied self-tapping screw on each side. This process of trial and error took over two hours. Would have been a lot easier with a printed instruction sheet.
The Escape/Tribute/Mariner have a very odd dash setup for the HVAC and radio. This kit is a workaround so you can install an aftermarket headunit without having to cut very expensive factory trim. This kit requires TONS of trial and error to make fit well, the fit and finish is really poor. I had to use washers behind my headunit mounting tabs in the dash. If I had left it, the unit would stick out enough to have a gap between it and the trim plate. Very sloppy. Huge pain to get it to look decent.
Pros: Cheap. Doesn't rattle.
Cons: Fit and finish is sloppy. Texture does NOT match. Trial and error needed for assembly ears on head unit to dash connection. Huge gaps. Flimsy.
Fits Great !! Only draw back is that the limited Escape trim is glossy black but the wife is happy ! It's her vehicle !
Pros: Made very well and fit is right on ! I do a lot of trim work at my Ford dealer and I must admit I was a little concerned about how it would go.
Cons: No match for limited trim.
Exactly what I needed
Pros: Perfect color match
Cons: Haven't found one
This was a perfect fit, no shaving or adjusting needed (thats what she said) and looks OEM original.
I ordered two of these so I could do some custom work on one while the other was installed in my Escape. One of them did not ship with any screws to secure the single-din head unit and single-din pocket to the included brackets. The other one arrived with a plastic tab snapped off that screws into the air conditioning unit. If I didn't order two I would definitely have tried to exchange mine for another. The install isn't the most straight-forward. The head unit/ pocket combo mounts to the center console behind the dash kit and then the dash kit gets mounted on top. If you don't properly line up where you screw the head unit and pocket to the plastic brackets, it won't line up with the dash kit. This takes some trial-and-error to get right. The color did not match my interior at all but I knew that before-hand. I have the gloss/ piano black interior and Scosche only makes the flat black or grey version. Since I was doing custom work anyways to the dash kit I would be re-painting it. BTW- Metra makes a piano black dash kit but it's not available on Crutchfield. It does look very nice though once the install is finished and the head unit is properly lined up.
Pros: very affordable
Cons: missing hardware; install takes some effort.
Easy to install
Pros: Easy to install, works well with double and single din units
Cons: Not exactly the same texture as factory dash and doesn't have plastic clips, but works fine and is only noticeable close up
Perfect fit and match to my Ford Escape's dash. Snug fit. Looks good. *Be careful not to snap any of the plastic clips/posts. I was a little too rough and ended up gluing a part back on. Worked out fine.
Pros: Good fit, matches dash
Cons: Careful not to break off pieces
This product worked well for installing a single DIN Kenwood into my wife's 2008 Ford Escape. However, the instructions were confusing and it took me a while to understand how the receiver and pocket connected directly to the car and not to the dash unit. The Escape has the necessary holes drilled and hardware already in the dash. The hardware and holes seem to have no OEM function. Once this was understood I had no problems. The unit is now installed and looks very professional IMO. The color matched the silvery-grey color of the dash very well. The texturing is slightly off, but only noticeable under close inspection.
Pros: Excellent color match to 2008 Ford Escape. Very good fit; looks professional.
Cons: The Scosche instructions were confusing and sparse. Could do with an upgrade from Crutchfield.
Like the previous review there is only one option to replace the faceplate if you are upgrading the stereo in an Escape. It was my bad judgement not to read the reviews first. I've always had good luck with Scosche fitting well first time. I can not fathom why they didn't use the existing method of mounting (reciever mounted to faceplate). Shame on you Scosche for making such a low quality, but very important, oversight. They're lucky it's the only game in town otherwise I would have returned this product and gone to another brand. I don't have a problem custom fitting a stereo but why buy a factory adapter that doesn't adapt?
Pros: Only silver faceplate on Crutchfield. Oh and it was free with my new reciever
Cons: See above, or other posts. Should be a zero star product if that was an option
The only positive aspect of this dash kit is that it is the only option for replacing the HU in the 2nd Gen. Escape. Other than that, the negatives just stack up. The silver color does not match the original silver in the vehicle and thats just the beginning. This kit completely changes the way the HU is mounted in the Escape. The OEM stereo mounts to the dash face, NOT directly into the dash. This presents a problem since the instructions, or lack thereof, say to mount the stereo to the dash kit. There are holes in the dash to mount the new stereo, but you will have to come up with your own hardware. Once you do manage to mount the stereo, it is very difficult to get the dash kit opening to line up with the stereo, especially if your new HU flips down to put in a DVD.
Pros: It works, but just very poorly
Cons: Color does not match OEM, terrible mounting method, lack of instructions and hardware
This may be designed for earlier models, I do not know. It appears to be correct, and it does fit, the problem is the methods to attach the new radio are not correct. In a 2010 Ford the radio is actually screwed directly into the plastic that this piece replaces, however this piece does not account for that, the only way to make it work even remotely was for me to bolt the radio directly into the car by drilling my own holes and using nuts and bolts but then the odds of getting it to line up with the opening on this kit were very slim and it looks terrible.
this is the kit that fits a 2009 ford escape [ Andres Nov 30, 2016 ]
quality parts and reasonable price [ Michael Jan 11, 2017 ]
matches existing dash [ al Dec 11, 2015 ]
6 13/16 [ Michael Oct 11, 2015 ]