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Peripheral iPod® adapter

Listen to your iPod through the factory stereo in your General Motors vehicle

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Overview

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It's true — you can listen to your iPod in the car without replacing your factory stereo. All it takes is a CD changer-compatible factory stereo and this iPod2car adapter kit from Peripheral.

It's true — you can listen to your iPod in the car without replacing your factory stereo. All it takes is a CD changer-compatible factory stereo and this iPod2car adapter kit from Peripheral.

Just install the iPod2car adapter in an out-of-the-way spot, connect it to your radio with the included vehicle-specific cable adapter, and hook up your iPod. You'll be listening to all of your favorite tracks through your car speakers in no time. This kit is compatible with the factory radios in select General Motors vehicles, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Isuzu, Pontiac, and Toyota.

The iPod2car interface allows you to access iPod functions, including track up/down, fast forward, and rewind, with your radio's buttons — even if your car has steering wheel radio controls. The iPod itself stays active, so you can access all of your playlists and filters. And you won't have to worry about sound quality. The wired connection ensures the best possible performance from your portable player.

Once everything is installed, you'll be able to access the iPod by pressing "CD" or "AUX" on your radio. And the iPod2car will even charge your iPod while it's plugged in. A dash mount for your iPod is included.

Note: If you haven't already, please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to make sure this vehicle-specific cable adapter will work in your car.

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select GM factory stereos
  • controls track selection and fast forward/rewind
  • iPod remains active, allowing for access to all of your playlists
  • charges your iPod battery
  • includes an 11' cable for your iPod and vehicle-specific connection cable
  • includes dash mount
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • iPod2car Interface
  • Cradle
  • 11' Docking cable (has a dock connector on one end and a round 8-pin connector on the other end)
  • PXHGM1 harness
  • PXHGM2 harness
  • PXHGM3 harness
  • Flexible dash mount with self-adhesive pads
  • AC vent mount (comes in three separate pieces)
  • Installation Manual
  • Note on mounting cradle
Reviews

Peripheral iPod® adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

It works, but not perfectly

Chuck from Vandenberg AFB, CA on 5/24/2008

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

Not surprised that Crutchfield lists this as not compatible anymore with my 06 Chevy Silverado w/ Bose. I have the 80GB iPod with video, and all the latest firmware upgrades. For some weird reason, iPod does not work when I step on the brake pedal before I shift the truck into gear. Work around is to switch to CD player, back to Aux (iPod). Sometimes stereo displays "CDX Error", and I can't switch to iPod at all. Found out fix action is to unplug adapter from power source, then plug back in. A big hassle since adapter was installed behind head unit. So I relocated adapter under dash, and spliced longer wires to harness connected to head unit. I still have to unplug adapter from time to time. Also, I lost XM.

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Not Perfect But Works

Jamie from Victoria, TX on 3/16/2007

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

I bought this late last year. It was relatively easy to install, and does what it says. However, there are a few gotchas that I was not aware of. First, if you have XM Satellite Radio, the unit will cause the volume to be a lot lower. I fixed this by installing a toggle switch under the dash to turn the unit off manually when I was listening to XM and didn't need it on anyway. There is also some bleedover when listening to the ipod that sounds like alternator interference or something. I have not found a solution to that yet, but maybe someone will. Overall, I am happy with the purchase.

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Far from perfect

Jason from Rochester, MN on 3/12/2007

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

I installed this in my 2001 Cadillac STS and it went in smooth and initially I thought it sounded fine. Upon more prolonged listening and on some quieter tracks distortion is evident in the higher frequencies. I do not get this distortion when playing a CD and it is not related to alternator whine. I checked all connections and they seem fine.

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This is an awsome ipod adaper

Anonymous from Cedar Park, TX on 1/27/2007

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

I took a chance because I have a 2007 Classic Silverado (Old body style). This is not listed on the approved vehicles but the 2006 was so bought it. I hooked it up in 10 minutes and the sound is awsome. The only thing I did have to do is upgrade my ipod firmware but they tell you to do that. Make sure all the wires are tight and you will be happy.

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Not on a 04 GMC Envoy XUV with XM/Bose

Vernon from Hughesville, MD on 12/31/2006

2004 GMC Envoy XUV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had installed professionally....twice. Long Story short, no controls and XM bleedover. Called Crutchfield, advised some issues with peripheral and gave me a RA # while sending me the US device which is 10 dollars cheaper and doesn't have bleedover issues. We'll see. I hope. Crutchfield is great to work with. :-)

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PERFECT for '03 Siverado w/ 6 disc in dash and Bose Stereo and no XM

MICHAEL from Minneapolis, MN on 10/15/2006

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was in the market for an iPod to car kit for some time. I researched all sorts of brands and decided that Peripheral was the one to go with. They have a MUCH MUCH smaller box to be located than the other choice on Crutchfield. <BR><BR>This kit installed in about 1 hour time and looks INCREDIBLE professional! The harness is a direct plug & play and comes with 4 different fits for many vehicles. On my kit I had to run a seperate ground and a power source. I am guessing this is due to charging the iPod and the factory power not being quite enough.<BR><BR>There is plenty of room for the box behind the stereo. Note, you should remove both the radio and the AC controlls (5 total screws). This gives you freedom to work and run wires behind the dash. I ran the extra ground and power down to the cigarette lighter positive and ground. I had to add some wire to do this, but that is also something very minor. <BR><BR>There are two locations I suggest for your iPod. I started out with my iPod in the cubby hole below the cigarette lighters, but later moved it and mounted it (supplied iPod mount) on the panel with the passenger air bag switch. The mount using self adhesive tape worked perfectly here and the wire had NO DRILLING since car dash panel fit perfectly over it. <BR><BR>As for controls you have volume control, skip songs (back and forth), fast forward and reverse. ALSO all the stearing wheel controls still worked for all. <BR><BR>What really sold me on this kit is that you can use ANY of your playlists, not just the top 5 AND AND AND, you can still control the iPod by itself while attached. P

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***NOT for 02 Suburban w/stock radio, no Bose, no CD chgr, w/Onstar***

Scott from Houston on 8/4/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Before ordering, I did my best due diligence because I was suspicious whether the device would suit my needs. The info on Crutchfield's site was presented well, and the guy I talked with on the phone seemed very knowledgeable and helpful. <BR><BR>However, after installing the device (pretty tough in the Houston summer heat BTW) and troubleshooting my work because it didn't work, I called the manufacturer's tech folks who informed me that the device would not work on my vehicle despite the published information or what I had been told. <BR><BR>BTW, information published on Peripheral's on site is also wrong, so don't blame the Crutchfield folks!<BR><BR>Happy ending, however...a simple call to Crutchfield yielded a prompt RA, and the box is on its way back with full credit anticipated.

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Works, but quirky

Scott from San Francisco, CA on 7/23/2006

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

I installed the ipod2car in my 2004 Corvette. Installation is easy: unplug CD changer, plug in ipod2car. Running the cable back to the front where I wanted the iPod was the hardest part and took me a few hours.<BR><BR>Sound quality is good except for some electronic chirping that sounds like interference from the circuitry in the ipod2car box. Ive heard noises like this from poorly designed computer sound cards before. Its only a problem on quiet passages but is loud enough to be distracting.<BR><BR>When its working correctly, the iPod comes on and starts playing when the stereo is switched to the CD changer input. It turns off when the stereo is turned off, or switched to radio or CD/tape. Next and Prev track buttons work, but there is a noticeable (1-2 sec) lag between the button press and the track skip on the iPod. Fast fwd and rev also work. The head unit display shows nonsense. The iPod display is accurate, and iPod controls remain functional. The iPod volume setting has no effect.<BR><BR>But sometimes it doesnt work correctly. Usually when I plug the iPod in, I have to power cycle the head unit several times before the iPod will start responding to it. Until then, the sound will still come through to the stereo, but none of the controls work, and the iPod wont power down when the stereo is turned off. Usually it takes 3 or 4 cycles of power on/off before it starts working. After that, it keeps working until I unplug it.<BR><BR>Also it has an annoying habit of randomly skipping ahead to the next track, even though no buttons have been pressed. This seems to happen more when it gets hot.<BR><BR>Verdict: qualified recommendation; seems to be the best option for my car

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Features and Specs

General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific GM
Brand Specific No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---

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Features

Overview: The iPod2car Interface allows you to control an iPod directly from your factory radio, in select vehicles. The iPod2car delivers CD quality sound directly into the factory system via the CD changer port and eliminates the use of RF modulators. The factory radio enables track selection and fast forward/rewind just like using a CD changer. In addition, the iPod2car allows you to keep full control of the iPod from the click wheel. The iPod2car also keeps the batteries in the iPod charged. For all vehicles, you will have to disconnect any external CD changer to install the iPod2car.

Note: The iPod2car is designed to be used with Generation 3, 4, Mini and Photo iPods. The iPod2car is also compatible with the iPod nano.

Vehicle Compatibility: The supplied harnesses are compatible with select GM vehicles, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn.

Note: Please use the "What Fits My Car?" feature on the website to determine compatibility with your specific vehicle.

Vehicle Specific Harnesses: Depending on your vehicle, you will need one of the following harnesses:

  • PXHGM1: One end of the harness connects to the iPod2car Interface and one end connects to the factory system. On the interface end, the cable has a clear rectangular 22-pin (6 pins present) female connector that plugs into the iPod2car Interface. On the opposite end, the cable has an 11" jumper section that interfaces with the factory system. The jumper section has a black rectangular 9-pin female connector on one end and a white rectangular 9-pin male connector on the other end.
  • PXHGM2: One end of the harness connects to the iPod2car Interface and one end connects to the factory system. On the interface end, the cable has a clear rectangular 22-pin (7 pins present) female connector that plugs into the iPod2car Interface. On the opposite end, the cable has a white rectangular 21-pin (7 pins present) male connector that interfaces with the factory system.
  • PXHGM3: One end of the harness connects to the iPod2car Interface and one end connects to the factory system. On the interface end, the cable has a clear rectangular 22-pin (6 pins present) female connector that plugs into the iPod2car Interface, and 8" constant and ground leads. On the opposite end, the cable has a 7" jumper section that interfaces with the factory system. The jumper section has a black rectangular 12-pin (10 pins present) female connector on one end and a gray rectangular 12-pin (10 pins present) male connector on the other end.

Radio Display During iPod Operation: The iPod2car Interface does not send any information from the iPod to the radio. This means that the disc and track numbers shown on the display will not reflect the song number on the iPod due to the complex nature of the music library.

Steering Wheel Controls: If your vehicle's steering wheel controls have the ability to select track and control the forward and rewind functions of your factory CD changer, then they will also control these same functions on the iPod.

Programming the iPod2car: The interface has eight dip switches located on its side. Different vehicles require different switch configurations. Once you have determined the correct harness for your vehicle, you will need to program the iPod2car Interface. A Dip Switch Configuration Chart in the Instruction Manual tells which configuration is right for your vehicle.

Note: The dip switches must be set before the interface is plugged into the vehicle.

Installation Location: Most installations will require you to remove the factory radio in order to plug in the vehicle specific harness. Some vehicles may require you to connect the interface to a factory pre-run CD changer cable. The location of these CD changer cables will vary by vehicle. Some common locations of these cables are in the trunk, behind the glove box, and in or under a center console.

Cradle: The supplied cradle has adjustable, padded grip arms that hold the iPod in place. A self-adhesive, flexible bracket allows you to mount the cradle to any flat or slightly curved surface on your vehicle's dash or center console. You can also mount the cradle to a vent, using the supplied vent mounting bracket.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Interface: W=3.243", H=1.228", D=3.262" (5.586" with cables)
  • Cradle: W=2.731" to 4.895" (takes into account the adjustable grip arms that hold the iPod in place), H=4.345", D=1.488"

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