PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter
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Perfect Worked great the 1st time.
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Item # 541SWIRC | MFR # SWI-RC
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Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here to see if you need an interface to install the SWI-RC adapter in your vehicle. If you see one, add it to your cart along with this adapter.
You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.
Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-RC's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 2"W x 7/8"H x 2-7/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.
Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-RC. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-RC works with most Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.
Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.
Average Customer Review(s):
Perfect Worked great the 1st time.
The documentation is confusing. My vehicle wasn't listed on the vehicle application guide, which according to them means my vehicle isn't compatible or it hasn't been tested yet. My vehicle is a 2015, but the newest year on the guide was a 2013, with a date on the guide of 2013. The note closest to my vehicle was obvious it wasn't for my vehicle. I ignored the note, and used the instructions on their website which worked. Also, a software programming procedure on the website was different from the instructions that came with the adapter. Although it worked in the end, to many confusing instructions.
The Swi-Rc steering wheel control adapter was easy to program and works flawlessly on my 2006 F250 with a Pioneer AVH-2300 DVD double din aftermarket radio.
Pros: Good directions, easy connections
Cons: I had a wire in my truck wiring harness that had a bad connection. But no cons for the steering wheel control adapter. Make sure you read directions carefully and set it up for your application!
Not impressed at all with PAC customer service, or Crutchfield for that matter. Couldn't find model year specific instructions on PAC website (2016 Nissan Frontier). Called Crutchfield, was told that a wiring diagram would be emailed. Never happened. Called again, all I got was a link to PAC website. Emailed PAC and got offered the contact info for a local installation facility. Had to figure everything out on my own. At least most controls work - still can't get phone controls to work. Think REAL hard if you hate the stock system bad enough to take a chance on third party equipment. Wish I had saved the money and left well enough alone.
Pros: Most functions work - still can't get phone buttons to work
Cons: terrible instructions, no model-year specific instructions, terrible customer serviceCrutchfield response on 8/29/2017 We were sorry to hear about Michael's experience with our Tech Support team. We're having one of our Tech Support supervisors contact Michael to help get this working correctly. We strive to provide the best service, before, during, and after your purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Works good but....calling Crutchfield for exact wiring is almost a must. It comes with very detailed complicated wiring scenarios which needs to be done right....so call them. They will guide you and make it 100x easier!
Does what it is supposed to....allows me to control the audio from my steering wheel in my 10 Crosstour.
Pros: Lets me retain steering wheel controls and easy to connect.
Cons: Slight delay when using steering wheel controls.
I admit I was in a hurry to install my CD player in my wife's minivan but when I started to figure out how to install this it was way over my head. This was my 1st install and it went well except for this. Maybe watch some oneline videos or something but the directions are horrible.
Pros: The bundled package was a good price
Cons: Good luckCrutchfield response on 6/27/2017 Dave, we're sorry you had difficulty 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 gear installed and working. Our customer support team has issued a refund.
Good product . Works flawless . The installation instructions were concise and easily applied .
Pros: Great instructions
Works as described, little challenging to install.
Pros: Allows use of steering controls with aftermarket radio
This product works great all features of my cars steering wheel work like if it came like this out of the factory
Pros: Works as it should and if programmed accordingly to instructions you should have no issues
Giving it 2 stars since I had to send it back. When connecting to a 2001 intrigue, the directions I got directly from the site were for a 2002. Maybe that was a big deal. Not sure. But the pin out was different than what I was seeing. So I decided to skip it since it was only to be used for volume, program and seek.
A little confusing for first installation. Next one will be easy. Had to program several times to get SWC to function correctly but glad I did. It is so nice to be able to use SWC!
Easy to program and wire up small to fit in tight places.
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: None so far
If I could give it 0 I would. Worked for a year once warranty was up it no longer worked and was messing up my system by cutting out the audio. Buy a diff brand!!
Pros: Worked for a year
Needs improvement. Just like others have said, instructions are unclear and on multiple sheets. Many wires are not used on the unit and factory lines have to be cut to add this( it doesn't tell you this, just have to figure it out eventually). Very hard to program because the system is a pain and the button is recessed so you'll need a pen or similar item to push it, while juggling the unit and the controls you need to push in the right order before it times out and you start over. Lots of trial and error. I have most of the functions working but not all of them.
Pros: Makes some of the steering wheel controls work
Cons: Not all of the original functions work. Crappy instructions. Have to look in 2 locationsCrutchfield response on 4/10/2017 Chris, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If you need help, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Not easy to program, instructions from PAC were not very detailed (or completely accurate). A quick phone call with Crutchfield's excellent customer service helped though! I got it working for my volume, never was able to get track up and down to work. Would not purchase again, but I am happy enough with the unit now that its installed and working partially.
Don't bother. The instructions are terrible and conflicting. I gave up after multiple attempts to get this thing to work.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 4/4/2017 Jeff, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. 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.
It was a lot of work to put in, but I have done stuff like this before. Not that big of a deal for me. But once the unit was programmed (no issues there) it worked for about 3 minutes then stop. Double and triple check my connections, no issues. Seem to think that it does not like the blue tooth on the radio. still looking into this. Not happy with the product so far.
Cons: will not work continuouslyCrutchfield response on 3/29/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If the problem continues, or if you need some help, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
This is perfect now I can still turn my volume up and change the station from the steering wheel!! That was my biggest drawback to changing out the factory stereo.
Can't get it to work with my controls
Cons: Won't workCrutchfield response on 3/22/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Kris to help her with the adapter. We'll either help her get it working the way it should, or help return it for an exchange or refund.
I didnt use due to its complicated instructions and install.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 3/21/2017 Whenever you are not completely satisfied 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 installed this on a 2007 Ford Edge. I downloaded the specific instructions for the car. They were about a 80% solution. I had left over wires that the instructions did not mention. Called Crutchfield and they told me to ignore them. I did and it worked. One area I did not like was the requirement to "cut" two wires from the factory harness and then attach to the PAC SWI-RC harness directly. 20-20 hindsight a better solution would have been to splice into the wire harness. Cutting the wires made this a one way street.
Cons: Required to cut factory wires on OEM harness
have installed a few of these with no issues , but didn't work properly on my frontier, not saying it's a bad interface just didn't work on this vehicle
Pros: good instructions, easy to wire
Cons: wouldn't work properly on my nissan truck
Did not work well with my 04 Nissan Maxima
Cons: Didn't work well with my 04 Nissan Maxima
I love this invention.Take control again of your steering wheel buttons after installing an aftermarket head unit with this clever device.Very easy to program and also has a nice selection of options that you can add if desired.
I installed this in a 2007 F250. The instructions are kind of extensive for what the product does in my opinion. They could have summed them up and made them a bit more clear. I did like the fact of being able to program the module to specific button functions, this took me a few tries however because if you don't do it exactly in the right order you have to start all over. Had a lot of wires that were not used in my install.
Pros: Once installed and programmed it works like a dream
Cons: Instructions are lengthy and could have been more clear. Also could have an easier way to program the button configuration
Easy to install. Alot of information online and in the installation guide. Great quality
Poor instructions could not complete install, left off vehicle and made due without steering controls
Cons: Poor instructions for installation Didn't useCrutchfield response on 3/13/2017 James, we're sorry you ran into problems during your installation. 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.
This is by far the most complicated part of redoing my entire car, the wires that their website said were there, were not their at all. I actually didn't even install it i tried for 30 minutes to figure it out then just gave up.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 3/13/2017 Trai, we're sorry you had problems during 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 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.
Works as expected with no isses. Easy installation and programming with full instructions.
Pretty easy to use! Don't forget 1 ground wire connects to the factory harness in the car, along with the info wires. Follow step by step instructions and it's a breeze! PACaudio.com has all the info you need also. Print out whatever car make and model you have for the easiest install!
Pros: Works like it should!
I have mixed feelings about this product. I have installed many stereos, some with multiple amps and subs. The many confusing instructions made this very difficult to install. It took 2 calls to Crutchfield support to get this to work in my vehicle. Thankfully, their support was great and we got it to work. I was able to program it to work with my controls, and it does a great job. The instructions could use some clarification.
Still don't have it working
Pros: I hope it ends up working
Cons: Difficult instructions. I ended up not installing this after 2 hours of messing with it. When the weather warms up I'll try again
The installer at a local big box retailer did not know how to install it with the radio.
Cons: Make sure that you call around to other audio installation stores and ask them if they can install this before you order it.Crutchfield response on 3/6/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Jerry to offer our help with the installation. We'll either help him get the adapter installed, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Works great so far. However the installation instructions could use updating to be more clear.
Simple to use and works well.
Worked perfectly in my wife's 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara. One thing I love is that you program your steering wheel buttons independently into this controller. That means you can assign the button on the wheel any function regardless of what the button says. If you want volume up to answer the phone and volume down to hang it up, you can do that.
Works great. Installing is simple enough (if you can install a stereo, you can probably install this unit). It helps to grab a pencil and make notes on how to install on your specific application. There are many wires and instruction sheets that you won't need to use. On my application, the blue and yellow wire from this unit goes to the input control wire on my JVC (also blue and yellow).
Programming is always a pain and no dual functionality. Product works great though.
Cons: Pain to program No dual function
Very difficult to understand and hard to program. Thank you Crutchfield for being there for me when I needed help.
So, this product worked like 5 stars, but the directions were a bit lacking. The ground wire actually had a split wired into it that was not mentioned, and the directions on the program were not very clear. I actually used the extra ground to make a ground connection on the new wiring harness to ground out an old OEM wire without having to cut into the OEM harness. It took about 15 minutes of trial and error and then I think I figured it out. Regardless, it ultimately works great. I'd buy it again, especially since I paid half as much another brand offered at another retailer.
Pros: Wiring allowed for a lot of flexibility and functionality
Cons: Directions need some work
I hooked this up in my 2016 Kia Forte and it is great. It is paired with a Pioneer AVH-X2800BS. It was very easy to install and program with the help of Crutchfield tech support.
Pros: Easy install Easy Programming
I ordered this product to use with my Blaupunkt new jersey. First I called the company that makes the control adapter, they were not sure how to make it work with my radio. I called Crutchfield and they knew exactly what to do, which was to go into the New Jersey's menu and set it up there. Which worked right away.Friends are amazed I got an aftermarket radio to work with my steering wheel controls.
Pros: Works with my radio, price was low, small unit.
Cons: Directions were not completely clear to me.
Half works. Everything else programmed and functioned but it would not turn the radio on or off which is important to me. Reached out to PAC customer service and was told via email that turning the radio on or off isn't a supported function of the control adapter, so I'm not sure what function power is supposed to do based on PAC's understanding of what their product does. Requested clarification and heard nothing else back from PAC.
Pros: Bundled with other items so didn't have to pay full price.
Cons: Not all functions work, PAC tech support seems clueless.Crutchfield response on 2/21/2017 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. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I'm conflicted on this review. On the plus side, this device seems to work perfectly and I'm glad it exists. I was able to get the steering wheel controls to do everything I wanted with the new radio I bought, which makes me very happy as I rely on them a lot. On the negative side, it was kind of a pain to install. Having said that, I don't know that there's much this manufacturer could have done about some of that. Perhaps instead of tapping into wires an adapter harness or something, but that could get unwieldy. But I think it suffers a bit from trying to be everything to everyone. The included instructions are huge, but it turns out you don't need much of them. I went to the website to get the instructions for my car, which is a nice feature and they're much smaller. But they're poorly written. I was very confused by them until I went to an online video website and saw a third party describing the process. At that point it turns out there aren't that many steps, and it's not too awful of physical install. But they could have been clearer initially about the subset of instructions that you'll need, that you can get rid of many of the wires (likely), etc. The simplified instructions for your vehicle online could have replaced ALL of the instructions with just a little bit more explanation behind them. The programming step was a little time consuming as you have to start over if you make a mistake. Plus, it wasn't clear what happens if you try to overload instructions to the sa
Pros: Works great!
Cons: Instructions and install process is a bit elaborate
Steering wheel controls work perfectly.
Pros: Easy to use and works great
Product alone gets 5 stars. It works exactly as it should. The instructions get zero stars. Do your self a favor, read the instructions to figure out what wires you need and a general idea of how it installs. Then call Crutchfield's technical support. That 10 minute phone call will save you piles of time and frustration. Also, be sure to test all controls thoroughly prior to putting everything back together. I programmed "presets" on my controls and tested it and the station changed. I hadn't yet programmed stations so I thought it was working. It was actually just "tuning". I had to program for "track" to get it to go through the presets, even though there was a function called "preset." If this is confusing you, imagine how I felt! At the end of the day, my steering wheel controls work how I hoped they would with an aftermarket radio, and that trumps having great instructions with a crappy product.
A little buggy. I have my CH button on my steering wheel programmed to do preset, track, and hang up and answer calls. So when I press the up CH button it skips the track and also turns off shuffle which is weird. So I will need to reprogram for the 4th time and I will try to remove the preset function and see if that makes a difference. But it was pretty straight forward to hook up if you have the knowledge of installing stereo stuff. If you don't it will be a little tricky.
I was a little apprehensive about this item during the installation, as it seemed much more complicated than the other steering wheel interface I had used a few years ago. But after watching a great YouTube video about installation, I got it working very quickly. It does everything it should do with no problems!
Pros: Does everything I need it to VERY easy programming!
Cons: Instructions are needlessly complicated SO MANY WIRES (you can remove some of the unnecessary ones)
Complicated: yes. Lots and lots of paperwork and instructions: yes. But worth it: of course. I found a video on YouTube about 10 minutes long walking you through how to set it up and it couldn't have been easier. Totally worth the money.
Pros: Not too expensive Can be used on almost any car
Cons: Time consuming Complicated, but simple
Fairly simlle to connect and program if your good with wiring. If not do not attempt.
Did not work.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/31/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Raymond 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.
Clear and concise instructions. Works great!
Pros: Works great. Great instructions
Cons: Have to splice factory wiring
Used it on my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it works perfectly. There are no delays using the controls like I read on other blogs. The only problem was the programming, directions are incorrect and had to figure out on my own. You do not have to hold steering wheel control (SWC) buttons for 5 seconds. Press and release SWC buttons instantly and only press the reset on the PAC SWI-RC to skip functions not being used.
Installation was confusing at first, but the online instructions really helped. They could be a little more detailed but the product works great after you get it all installed.
Installation is a little tricky, had to call tech support to get it partially working. Phone controls are not working.
Everything worked fine for me. Follow the customized instructions for your vehicle from the manufacturers website. Deciphering the included instructions is nearly impossible. Didn't really like having to cut into the OEM wiring to splice it in. Kind of makes it a permanent install instead of something that can be removed later. It would be nice if there were a wiring harness that would work with these things to eliminate splicing the factory wiring.
Pros: worked with no issues, online vehicle specific instructions
Cons: have to splice factory wiring. complicated instructions.
Not the easiest item to install. My particular combination (2013 Hyundai Elantra and Pioneer AppRadio 4) required throwing a resistor into the mix. In the end, my undoing was not paying attention to which pin to connect the wires to. Thankfully, a quick phone call to Mike in tech support straightened me out and I was able to program it correctly and get my steering wheel controls back, albeit without the phone buttons. In other words, if you are going to get this, make sure you get it from Crutchfield, they're the best.
Pros: My steering wheel buttons aren't useless
Cons: Install can require extra connections Programming is not super intuitive Phone buttons still don't work
Very helpful instructions, easy enough instal ...works great!
Installation was easy way my Sony radio in a 2003 accord
I'm not a professional installer, there was way more to do here than just "plug and play". Now, it was my fault for not reading the reviews or page of this product after adding it to my cart. I wanted my factory SWC to work and I knew Crutchfield wouldn't steer me wrong. So I bought this. Long story short, there's a bit of detective work to getting this wired properly. The instructions are not really clear and are rather daunting to get through in general. I was able to wire it mostly right, but it would't pair with my headunit. but it wasn't until I talked to a Crutchfield support person (thanks Cecil) that I learned I'd need to splice into the factory wire harness, which I had zero interest in doing and nothing to splice with! So, I left this out of my install and will just use the Pioneer remote to control my device. I rarely use the steering wheel buttons in my cars anyway. I'm undecided on whether to keep this device and try later, send it back or save it for the next owner if they want to deal with it. I have no desire at this point to pull the car apart again! In short, it might be a 5 star product, but the directions drop it to 3 stars.
Pros: I'm sure it's great if it works!
Cons: Daunting directions. If you're not comfortable with splicing, you might want a professional installer to do it.
Instructions not as clear as Crutchfield radio installation instructions. My car required an exception to the instructions provided, which was a pain.
Pros: Good flexibility
Cons: Not great instructions.
Product is great. It works as promised. I had it professionally installed but all my steering wheel controls work.
For an amateur, this was a complicated installation. The wires from my Toyota harness did not coincide with the instructions. Needless to say, I could not get the steering wheel controls to work the radio. I will have to take to a professional to get it wired correctly.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/25/2017 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.
It fit my car perfect! Works great, I love it!
Giving it a 3. Lots of video watching and instruction reading and I got it installed. The Steering wheel buttons registered with the adapter, but I couldn't pair with the radio. Don't know who's fault it is - me (the installer), the radio or the adapter. Would have been cool if it worked.
Pros: I couldn't get it to work, but I can't say it is the devices fault.
Cons: None.Crutchfield response on 1/24/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Stephen 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.
It works. Mostly. Nice to be able to still use the steering wheel controls to do stuff with an aftermarket head unit. This was probably the most complicated part of installing a new head unit though, which also included running a harness to the factory amp to bypass it (which included pulling the console out of the car). It wasn't that hard to program. I gave it 4 stars because the steering wheel controls' functionality isn't 100% there. There are only 4 buttons vol UP, vol DOWN, channel UP, channel DOWN. Volume buttons work fine. Channel buttons work fine to toggle between radio stations. But the channel buttons used to toggle between tracks on a CD, and that function isn't there anymore. So I did a lot of work (I probably spent 1.5-2 hours on just this part of the install between wiring it and reading the directions and reading the website and splicing the factory harness to make it work) to only regain 2 of 3 OEM functions. /shrug/
Pros: retained some steering wheel button functionality, which is convenient
Cons: Did not retain ALL steering wheel button functionality.
When I opened the package I saw a mass of wires. This is only the 2nd car stereo I've installed, and the last one was about 15 years ago. I was amazed to see that only one of the wires needed to be used. The programming of the remote buttons was easy, and everything worked perfectly! Some websites may scare you into thinking it's complicated to keep your steering wheel remote controls, but the PAC website gave step-by-step instructions that were clear and accurate.
Pros: Great instructions Works as advertised
works well, took crutchfield tech to get it wired right.
Pretty nice product. Additional capability on unit than what I am using. Program works well but have not figured out how to properly bypass unused steering wheel features (requires program in specific order). Nice to have option to use factory steering wheel controls.
Pros: Nice to keep steering wheel functions
Cons: A little bulky
This is an unnecessarily complicated install for the average consumer. I'm an IT manager with 20 years of experience taking things apart and putting them back together, and I struggled with this install. The instructions for the SWI-RC seem to have been translated through several languages before finally landing on English. Finding specific instructions for my vehicle (2016 Hyundai Elantra) required a visit to their website, and the provided instructions took several read throughs before I figured them out. Programming the device requires counting flashing LEDs, and pressing the buttons on your steering wheel in a precise order. Remarkably, on the second try of programming, I got it right, which felt kind of like dumb luck. There must be better options than this; but this is what Crutchfield recommended to me when I purchased my Sony XAV-AX100.
Pros: It works, except for one button.
Cons: Poor instructions not written originally in English; programming procedure requires three hands.
I gave this 4 stars since it works perfectly, I'm not going to deny it though I had to spend some time to wrap my mind around how to wire it up. It wasn't that bad though just needed to read every detail well.
Pros: Can use the factory steering wheel controls
Cons: Little confusing installation
Horrible instructions. It tells me to go to the website then the website tells me to follow the instructions that came with the product. My steering wheel controls still do not work.
Pros: It is small and compact ro tuck under my dash area
Cons: Instructions are confusing and tells you to go to website and website tells you to follow instructions that came with the productCrutchfield response on 1/17/2017 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.
Do you want your steering wheel controls to work with your new head unit? Do you enjoy counting blinking lights? Are you dexterous enough to hold the device in one hand, turning the ignition to accessory with the other, and using your third hand to press in a button with a pen simultaneously? If you answered yes to these questions, this device is for you. PAC does provide useful instructions on their web site to take you through each step of the installation. You're not completely on your own... unless your vehicle happens to be a Subaru STI with OEM Kenwood Navigation, which incidentally, is my car. I got to put my electrical engineering degree to work on this project. PAC doesn't supply pin-outs for this car let alone step by step instructions. Crutchfield was able to send me some pics of where to connect it, but configuring this thing without step by step instructions was like solving a mystery. I did get it working with my SONY XAV-AX100 head unit. It was the most labor intensive aspect of the installation. While the I followed the PAC programming setup for SONY, the radio didn't respond to the VOLUME UP button -- the SWI-RC mapped it to something else. Fortunately, the SONY XAV-AX100 includes the ability to remap the buttons within the head unit. Problem solved. So, in the end it did work. If your car is listed accurately within the pac-audio web site, you will probably have an easier go of it, but there has to be bett
Pros: Least expensive option, If you can figure it out -- it works
Cons: For a consumer self-install, it's a big hill to climb, More expensive options aren't that much more expensive, Engineering degree is more useful than it should be
Works good. The amount of wires in this harness can be intimidating. But you only need about 3 of them. Take some time and read the papers, find what you need, then tape the rest back. Only took a few minutes to program after soldering everything into the radio harness.
Was a technical challenge to get working right and needed to install the capacitor to get it working correctly. The manual programming took a couple of attempts to get it all in sequence and correct. Kept reading about others who bought the AXXESS one and how nice the auto programming feature was for the AXXCESS. Next time would spend the extra money to get that one instead of messing with the PAC.
Didn't connect as easy as advertised. However tech support at crutchfield took the time and we got it to work
I didn't realize when I bought it, but you can program the buttons on your steering wheel to do whatever you want. I changed my "mode button" to activate my voice control on my iPhone, instead of switching between sources. Awesome!
Pros: Customize you steering wheel buttons, Save your steering wheel control
Cons: Tricky to install
Pros: Some hard to install
This is all I needed to use to make the steering wheel controls work with my new radio. The instructions were confusing and did not indicate to use the blue yellow stripe to connect to vehicle wiring, I thought it was going to be the 3.5mm plug. I did not verify the correct wire until I got to the trouble shooting chart. I also had problems as even though I set the selector correctly before I powered it the wrong selection was stored. I called and they helped me get it on the correct selection and it works great.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Wiring and default to factory instructions confusing to me. It never indicated to use the single wire rather than the 3 conductor plug for my vehicle.
At first I was a little intimidated by all the wires spilling out of this steering wheel adapter. I actually installed my Kenwood deck and buttoned it all up without hooking up this adapter because I was afraid I would mess something up. After driving around for a few days touching my now phantom steering wheels buttons I decided to give it a go. PAC's website had very specific instructions that made the install fairly easy. I'm glad I didn't give up, now I have my steering wheel controls back!
Pros: Great online instructions. Fairly easy install. Controller works great.
Cons: Steering wheel control seems a little laggy, takes more than half a second from push to result on my deck. Wires seem a little long therefore a lot to button up after installation.
Little scary at first but make sure you follow the directions downloaded for your specific setup and it is easy. Everything was clear except when you are to connect to the receiver. The directions just say to connect it. Well there are two ways to do it and i had to make an educated guess which worked. Otherwise every worked and the programming was easy. Thankfully there was enough room under my dash for all the wiring, adapters, etc.
Came as part of the complete installation kit for a JVC unit and also wanted to keep 4Runner steering wheel controls functional. Seems like a cheesy little gizmo, but it works! Gets a little funky when programming it, but after a couple of tries everything was good.
This product worked on a 2006 Honda CR-V. Programming was finicky but to be expected from a universal controller. Wouldn't recommend tackling this if you're a novice installer. Take your time and everything will work as instructed. No surprises here. Excellent documentation PAC!
This adapter works, but the instructions for installation wasn't 100% accurate. The instructions for my vehicle specified a Black/White wire to look at in one of the factory harnesses, but it was actually orange. After figuring out the pin the instructions were referring to, it worked like a charm. Programming this device is simple, but it's absolutely critical that the instructions be followed since it talks about button order and it depends on what brand of head unit you have.
Pros: It works well for what you get.
Cons: Installation instructions could be improved a little. Nowhere near as good as the quality the Crutchfield MasterSheet provides, but then again they don't include information about third party remote adapters in their instruction sheets.
Easy to use!!!
Pros: easy to use, read directions carefully.
I had it professionally installed but it works flawlessly
Pros: Works great
I didnt want to give it a 1 star This thing is a nightmare i had tech support walk me through installing this it set my factory alarm system off it took me several phone calls 2 full days to get my car out of lock down mode it was a total waste of time and stress i disconnected it and finally got my car running they are refunding me for the product not worth the hassle to do all that work for a couple controls i recommend asking lots of questions before attempting to install one of these
Cons: It killed my car
Instructions are so poor I hooked up the stereo without without this product. I'll try again when I have more time to commit.
Pros: None yet
Cons: Poor instructionsCrutchfield response on 1/3/2017 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 and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Pros: works like factory
Cons: should be a little more simple to program
Able to integrate the steering wheel controls to the new head unit. The unit itself works great, I just wish that the instructions were clearer (more detail).
Replaced a Monsoon factory radio in 2006 Pontiac G6 with Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS. After reading the detailed instructions for the installation of this device it took me a few tries to figure out the programming. After I got the hang of the programming I was able to get all of the steering wheel buttons to work.
Pros: Allows the use of factory steering wheel controls with aftermarket radio.
The steering wheel controls on my wife's 2006 Pontiac Torrent would not work.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/2/2017 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 working properly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Installed on a 2013 Mazda Miata with a Pioneer head unit. Instructions directly from website are vehicle specific and detailed (Crutchfield links you to them). I can confirm you will have to splice into your stock wiring for this install. It was a better option (to me) than not having working steering wheel controls. Still somewhat annoying if you do want to quickly change back to stock. I would like to point out - in my case the "preset +/-" and the "Track +/-" are the same buttons. If you program them both on the Pioneer head unit the "Track +/-" will not work. I skipped the preset and programmed only the track function and it works exactly like stock for me. Not sure if this is how all aftermarket head units will perform or just Pioneer. I did not rate this the entire 5 stars due to the somewhat confusing nest of wires (mine only required 4 of 9), reprogramming to find the correct setting and splicing into factory wiring. However, I am very happy with the outcome if it did take a little longer than I thought it should.
Pros: Steering wheel controls work exactly like OEM.
Cons: Requires splicing into factory wiring. Programming "trial & error" to find the setting that works for you.
It shouldn't have to be this complicated. What are there? about a million Toyota stereos but there is no adapter plug for the steering wheel control? so I have to cut my factory harness, solder connections, install a resistor, and do some super complicated programming? I would've looked into a newer factory radio or some other solution that would've retained steering wheel controls if I'd have known how funky this thing was.
Cons: Poor instructions, splicing required, funky solution...
Just followed the enclosed instructions and it installed and connected perfectly. Easy to program and works great.
Great product for keeping steering wheel controls
Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls
After reviewing the very detailed installation instructions, I fully expected this to take some time to install, and multiple attempts at programming. To my surprise, was simple to do, and worked perfectly the first time. This is a great product for the installation I had (2006 Toyota Tacoma). Would certainly recommend to anyone.
The controls worked as required. Make sure you take the time to read the instructions and understand the programming steps. It's fairly easy once you understand. Also, make sure steering wheel control setting in your stereo do not have to be changed for this to work.
Pros: Ability to keep steering wheel controls. Fairly simple installation
Cons: Finding a place to stow the unit for future access.
The instructions said to set the switch to position #8 but the radio wouldn't recognize the signal. After calling customer service I was told to try switch setting #7. This worked great. Good thing Crutchfield has great customer service or I would have never got this adapter to work.
Pros: Great customer service.
Cons: Bad instructions
Read instructions carefully to make the programming easier, did not get all my steering wheel functions but it is a universal adapter
Pros: Fairly easy to setup after reading instructions carefully to understand steps
Cons: Didn't get all my steering wheel functions, most of the common ones did work
Installation required cutting wires on factory side of wiring harness. Not going to do that. Product info on website should have stated this. Not going to alter factory wiring. Sending it back.
Cons: No car specific adapter furnished. Requires cutting into oem harness
What should have been a relatively simple process was over complicated by an overwhelming set of instructions. Unit only allows for limited use of original steering wheel buttons. Metra wiring harness sent did not contain the pins necessary for connecting this device. Wires on harness in the dashboard had to be cut to make connections.
Work as promised, would be nice to have vehicle specific instructions. On the other hand the staff at Crutchfield is flat our awesome in assisting me. Great team.
Instruction are not intuitive, but once set up, works perfectly.
Pros: Maintains use of stock steering wheel controls
Cons: Takes a little time to identify the exact connections that need to be made.
Most complicated part of install on 06 G35. Had to contact Crutchfield tech assistance several times to get it right. Mainly due to instructions for unit weren't compatible with instructions that came with adapter.
As many others have noted this unit can be a little tricky to program. I first tried to program this unit to operate a Sony receiver in my 2013 Silverado and it would randomly switch what each button would do, i.e. if I were selected the volume up button it would turn the volume up for a period of time and then randomly switch. After calling Crutchfield the advisor suggested there was something wrong with the Sony and sent a new one out. While waiting for the new receiver I realized I wasn't happy with it all around so I canceled that order and got the JVC KW820BT. The unit came in yesterday and I got it in and programmed the PAC SWI-RC. Everything worked and I was so happy. This morning I got in my truck and on my way to work I tried turning down the volume. To my dismay it changed the station. Of course turning up the volume, now turns down the volume. I could not be more disappointed in this product. Now I have to pull my dash apart again and pull this stupid unit out. If you try it I hope it works for you but I could never recommend it.
Pros: You get experience pulling your dashboard apart.
Cons: randomly loses its programming
It did not work with the radio as advertised, I had a shop try to put it in first and after paying a hefty troubleshooting fee and it still not work. I tried myself and it acts like it works, the led lights up when you press the button but it does not actually do what the button I am pressing is requesting.
Cons: instructions, tech support, over all experienceCrutchfield response on 12/6/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
total waste at least one and a half hours trying to get it to work. Finally today i went to my local car stereo place and they put in one that self programs mind you it cost three times as much as this cost but you get what you pay for. it took them 15 min to program
Cons: dosent work and Over complicated
Works perfectly. Wiring may be a lil much for beginners. Call Crutchfield if you get overwhelmed. A smart man always knows how to say he when doesn't know how.
Very basic interface. Limited control of dash mounted radio controls.
Pros: Simple install.
Cons: Only capable of volume control. Not able to use seek/scan/memory functions from dash switches. At list price this would have been a waste for my vehicle.Crutchfield response on 11/30/2016 Tony, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. Please feel free to 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.
Spent hours trying to get this product to work, eventually I just gave up because it wasn't worth the effort
Cons:Crutchfield response on 11/21/2016 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.
This steering wheel control work awesome. Very very happy with it.
Pros: Very easy to install.
Cons: Learning how to program the commands was a little tricky.
This is a complicated install! the mfg instructions are not car specific and as a result have multiple pages of notes, pictures,etc. Most is irrelevant to any one cars install. The radio mfg (Jensen) directions conflicted with the mfg instructions on which features would work. The exact series of setup pushes did not work and as a result the answer and hangup buttons act as next channel buttons. The elantra I put in in did not have all the steering wheel buttons and there was no way to skip the missing ones so the device simply coded the buttons to the missing features. The mfg needs to create a web site that prints specific instructions for a specific car. If i had not called Crutchfield's tech support, I would have wired it incorrectly. Yea for Crutchfield support.
Pros: allows some radio control from steering wheel
Cons: Only provides some controls, very poor and poorly written instructions.
This thing comes with lots of documentation and wires so it's a little overwhelming at first. Crutchfield provides a nice one page doc to get you started and directs you to the PAC website for details customized to your vehicle and receiver. It makes it clear which wire(s) to use, what setting to use on the SWI-RC dial, and the programming sequence. I can see where the programming sequence can be frustrating for some, but I read it 3 times through and made notes before doing the work so it went fairly smooth. I only had 4 basic steering wheel buttons to program so it works great for my use. Don't hesitate to call tech support if you're unsure about something. They really are experts and want to help.
Pros: Crutchfield doc and PAC website provide good instructions. Works well for basic 1-funtion buttons.
Cons: Programming can be frustrating if you're not fast enough.
I gave it Three Stars instead of Five because it works. For one, programming can be challenging. I had to call PAC support to walk me through the voltage check for each button on the steering wheel. If you have multi-function buttons, you may want to look further for steering wheel controls. I also did not like the fact that it's not auto-programmable. Make a list of the features you need and the ones you want to skip, learn it before attempting programming as the unit will "time-out" if you take to long, causing you to start all over. I killed the battery in my wife's car trying to program the SWC.
Pros: It works. At least it's better than nothing.
Cons: Difficult to program. Limits buttons to single function.
I had problems with the unit not wanting to map all of the buttons the way that I wanted. Crutchfield tech support helped a lot, but could not solve it. Put me in touch with the PAC people and I got the problem worked out. Crutchfield sent a new SWI to me as they thought it maybe bad. I just had to send it back. Everyone involved in this was great to work with.
Pros: works well, great tech support.
Cons: Instructions are off a little. That is why it would not map for me.
Works for what I need in my want it for but not fully functional in my Nissan with my Pioneer 2800BS. Unable to program phone buttons due to the HU phone button is not programmable button for the this HU or the car isn't compatible. Not sure which it is. But I did try, when I got it to do 'something' it disabled my track up/down buttons. Turned off car and restarted it and only volume and track seek buttons work, so I'll do without the phone buttons. It's pretty accessible on the HU touch screen anyway.
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Can't use phone buttons and mistakes make you start over.
While I am sure this is a great product, the website says it will fit my '03 Dakota, however, the instructions provided say that it is incompatible. if you are looking to use this in a Dakota or Durango, it will not work.
This product is outstanding and easy to install. Highly recommend!
Pros: Easy Install
Cons: Once installed, re-programming is difficult since product is stowed behind head unit!
Still hooking up but easy to install so far
Pros: Instruction very clear
Easy connect and programming. Follow the instructions and you will be able to maintain all steering controls.
Pros: Works as advertised
Easy way to maintain you steering wheel controls.
Pros: Easy as pie.
Cons: Some extra wires that are not used on my vehicle, looks messy so I cut them off, simple.
Used this on my Mazda MPV to connect the JVC head unit with the steering wheel controls. There was a bit of a challenge identifying the correct signal wire on the harness but a call to crutchfield tech support gave me the correct answer. Programming is a bit flaky but got it right on try 2. All the steering controls work as per the original system. 2 thumbs up in integrating this with the JVC unit.
Pros: Cheap price for what it does.
Cons: Programming is a bit complicated. Printed documentation with the system is useless and there is quite a bit of it. Use their website link instead and or call Crutchfield tech support for an accurate answer.
Works really well installation is time consuming and programming it takes a while
Pros: Works well worth the money
Cons: Would recommend professional installation very time consuming
The basics of this device work however it has some limitations. I had this installed at Crutchfield store and they got most of the buttons working, but things like the voice command button would not work with my brand new Pioneer head unit which supports voice command/Siri features. The best they could do was make the voice command button work as a "mute" button. Also, this SWC only allows ONE function per button. You can not program it for a "press and hold" second function like the OEM controls. I'm thinking on swapping out this product for something different because of the limitations, however at least he basics work, which many be ok for many people.
Pros: The basic functions work
Cons: Can not program "dual press/press and hold" functions. Voice command button only works as mute.
Programing the steering wheel controls was quite difficult, but other than that great product
Working without any flaws
Wether set up data for this unit is inaccurate. I was unable to make it work with the info provided, it was not until I read a review on the website that I was able to interface it with my Blaupunkt. The sheet said position 8 but position 7 is correct. Also the instructions said nothing about accessing a menu in the Blaupunkt to get it to work. Works fine, but the info needs to be updated.
Cons: Supplied instructions are inaccurate.
Works great.... Directions are very confusing. Search you tube and then it's a snap to install and program
Pros: easy to install and program if you look up pac's you tube video
Cons: written directions are confusing
This unit was relatively simple to install using the web site which is great because the printed install materials are a disaster. The unit enables all of the steering wheel controls on the '08 Santa Fe so it gets good marks for functionality. It's also a bit twitchy to program - I had to restart the process a few times before it took. In the end though, everything worked.
Pros: Retains steering wheel controls
Cons: Poor install instructions in packaging require user to go to website for working instructions.
Programming this thing is so archaic and frustrating I am sending this back. There should be a wiring harness for this product. instead of cutting and splicing. Troubleshooting guide is all about worthless. There has got to be a better interface on the market and I cant believe this is the product Crutchfield recommends. I got so frustrated programming this thing I wanted to shoot myself.
Pros: There are plenty of online videos that try to explain the crappy directions.
Cons: pain in the to program, feedback from the device leaves a lot to be desired. I wish I could give it zero stars.
Great product. Works as advertised.
Pros: Steering wheel controls. Enough said
Cons: It took 8 attempts to properly program. Only 7 seconds to program the device.
Programming this thing is like stepping back into the dark ages of technology. Having to cycle through commands is silly in 2016. After a couple of days of working with this, I have most of the buttons working. It still likes to randomly reassign commands from your test phase to the actually using it phase with the engine running phase. The "hey Siri," voice activation especially like to randomly move to a different button. I wish the Maestro was more compatible with my Nissan as there are not a lot of options to choose from. The Access is just as cumbersome and wonky as this one. The last dragon to slay is the track adjust button. It works one way and adjusts the volume the other. I love programming by reading blinking lights as much as the next guy but it is a challenge to troubleshoot when the lights are doing what they are supposed to do but the button commands are not. Someone needs to make one of these units that programs like a Harmony remote online.
Pros: It works mostly Not ridiculously expensive Crutchfield discounts on accessory items are great Crutchfield service is exemplary
Cons: Everything else instructions are not user friendly, troubleshooting support on the PAC site stinks Has a mind of its own when it comes to assigning commands Figuring out what commands in the sequence are not understood by your car is a painful process of trial & error that requires you to run through the entire sequence EVERY time.Crutchfield response on 7/27/2016 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 working correctly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
What can I say. It works as designed. It's simple to install depending on your skill level.
Pros: This went in perfect and now I have all my steering control functions on my new Alpine
Cons: Took a little effort to get the correct install info as to which wire to hookup to.
The product works well with the stock buttons in the steering wheel and interfaced to the head unit easily.
Pros: Works as advertised.
Cons: It took a few try's to program the unit to work the way I wanted the buttons to work with the head unit.
This thing works as it should. One thing i wanted to note, when you program it, after you selected your vehicle type, you set it to accept the steering wheel control functions. The instructions say to go in and out of programming mode for each individual function. Thats not how it works. When you enter programming mode, press your steering wheel functions in the order they are listed on the page one time each, the red light flashes in response to each button pressed, until you have gone through all your functions, then exit programming mode as it instructs. Then all your functions should work.
Pros: Works as described.
Cons: Instructions on the programming part were inaccurate.
Hard to program, and my functions dont quite work correctly.
Pros: The volume works
Cons: Nothing else doesCrutchfield response on 7/6/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I've had this product for a few months now. I like the way it works without failing. It looks hard to install, but the tech support people were very patient and know how to walk amateurs(like me) step by step. I loved the fact that tech support is available on a Saturday!!!!
Pros: Reliable, small enough to fit in a small space
Cons: Looks intimidated to install
Nice to have controls back on the wheel.
Pros: Works on most buttons. There are only so many things that the PAC would do. My car had a mute switch, had to program it to something other than mute.
Cons: Was a pain in the back end, setting it up... wiring is not clear cut as one might believe. Mine had the Red and white wire... this meant i did not need the resistors, very good. I ended up having to take my car to a professional who in a short time had it working, at a cost of 150.00.
This product isn't the easiest install, but it isn't impossible. Remember to read over the instructions several times before starting. There is also an online video that really helps to understand the instructions better. I can now control my volume with the steering wheel controls. However, I can't change functions. Also, trying to skip to the next song while listening to music by Bluetooth only skips back to the beginning of the current song. I may try to go back through the programming sequence again to see if it improves anything.
Pros: Gained some of my steering wheel controls back.
Cons: Function control on steering wheel does not work and the skip control does not work as it should.
This product has given me a lot of trouble. Although the numerous connection wires give the product compatibility with many types of cars, they just complicated the installation process. It was hard to keep track of which wire went where. Once it was hooked up and the connections were double checked, the steering wheel buttons were correctly mapped to the corresponding parameters on my stereo. Often times, however, the steering wheel buttons seem to have no effect. Additionally, each button works or doesn't work independently of each other. For example, sometimes I can use the steering wheel buttons to turn the stereo up but not down because the volume down button is acting up. This effect seems to change with restarts of my car but can also start and stop working spontaneously. Uninstalling the product isn't worth the effort because, without it, the steering wheel buttons would be completely dead rather than not work most of the time.
Pros: Flexible to "work" with different cars
Cons: Button presses often do not register
This product is junk. Even at the discounted rate, it has no value to you. On Kenwood Radios with a Kia Soul, it disables half of your steering controls, Halfway works. Crashed my radio 4 times. Took seven programming cycles to get it close to working, then after a while, it would just fail again. I would recommend going with a Maestro product (I use the Maestro RR with my Kia Soul)
Pros: None. Completely worthless product.
Cons: Does not function well. Crashes radio. Does not allow use of all buttons. Does not retain memory. Would return, but Crutchfield's policies prevent it, as installer threw away package. Incomplete documentation from Crutchfield and horrible documentation from MFG results in bad install.Crutchfield response on 6/7/2016 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.
Didn't work have to returned
Cons:Crutchfield response on 6/7/2016 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.
This break out box enabled my daughter's Kia steering wheel controls for the after market stereo to continue to work. Only issues is the 350+ step instructions that come with the device and the fact you need to pick out the steps that apply to your specific vehicle. That being said, the company's web-site breaks down the specific steps you need for your specific vehicle. Additionally, it is easier to program with two people. One pushing buttons on the steering wheel and one pushing the "program" button on the device. It took a couple of tries but not the steering wheel controls work great.
Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls in play with after market stereos.
Cons: Directions that come with device are a little confusing. I recommend if you buy this device, use the web-site instructions.
works well,easy to install, but a little more difficult to program
Pros: ease of installation
Cons: some what difficult to program
you need a college minor in electrical engineering to figure out how to use this properly
Pros: actually works for the most part
Cons: documentation is way too confusingCrutchfield response on 5/23/2016 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.
Works as advertised. Was helpful to have Crutchfield rep's help on installation.
Pros: Works as advertised.
Just wasn't compatible
Decided to toss this in the package with the radio I was buying for my kids car since it was so cheap. It looked a lot more daunting to install than it actually was. The only negative I'd give it was that I had to snip off the stock connector and solder on the wires to connect it up. As another reviewer said, definitely go online to their website and generate the directions for your specific car, mine were spot on. The programming was easy once I read it over a couple times, the hardest part was making sure to remember what step you were on for the features since the car I was doing only had 5 (vol +/-, track +/-, and one more button). I remapped the "mode" button on the toyota to instead be the phone answer feature and it worked great.
Pros: Cheap Works well
Cons: Had to cut the stock connector off
Once installed, this unit is awesome. As a bonus it allowed me to map my own functions to use 2 previously worthless buttons on my wheel for 'play' and 'mute' functions. Don't bother with the printed instructions you get. Go to their website, put in your vehicle info, and CAREFULLY follow the instructions. I did have a couple questions I sent over email to the manufacturer that were answered quickly. If you have questions, ask. Again, carefully follow the order of instructions. Keep in mind you're installing a universal adapter designed to work with a lot of different vehicles. Yes, programming it is tricky. Yes, you'll have to splice into a couple wires. A cheap battery powered soldering iron let me solder in the wires in the car that I couldn't solder before taking my new head unit out to the vehicle. For my Toyota anyway, the splice job was quite easy as it was just into another harness on the back of the stock head unit.
Pros: You can map your buttons however you want. Let me use some extra features on my Kenwood that my wheel didn't originally have buttons for.
Cons: Tricky install if you are not the type to carefully follow directions.
Programming this device to work the steering wheel buttons was a nightmare. The results were incorrect and inconsistent after repeated (25+) attempts following the same format. Only after taking it to a local retailer and a stroke of luck did it set up correctly. The technician I took it to locally tried for over an hour and had given up when it finally set correctly. He said this device was an older one and unreliable. He also had the product technicians on the phone, who were of no help. Save yourself the aggravation and purchase an automated device (they are only a little bit more - but worth it).
Pros: Working for now
Cons: Very difficult and inconsistent to program effectively. Cost a few $$$ less than the new ones but add a lot more money for a professional to wrangle with for 2 hours.
The install of this unit is much more difficult than the Kenwood radio I installed at the same time. But if you follow the instructions carefully, it is not overwhelming. I installed it on a 2005 Honda Van with a Kenwood receiver. You have to cut two wires coming out of the honda that go to the honda connector and then splice them to this unit. There are two black wires on this unit which are both black and they both must be connected to two different wires. This was a source of confusion for me. The other source of confusion was where to hook up what wires to which set of Honda cables. Once I was clear on this, the assembly was straightforward but you do have to cut honda wires. The connection to the JVC was straightforward but there were some caps that have three wires connected to them, such as power and ground. If you have never installed a car stereo, this could be a bit confusing as there is nothing in any instructions that specifical says this. I needed help from crutchfield and they happily set me strait. I did call the manufacturer too when I could not get it programmed and they quickly set me straight about the second ground wire connection which solved my issue. Once your wiring is 100%, Programming the unit is fairly simple. Follow the step by step instructions to the letter. There is a 7 second timeout if you are slow on any of the 14? steps that might require you to start over.
Pros: It works with my old Honda.
Cons: Installation at bit advanced. You must program the unit prior to plugging in your radio.
Great Steering Wheel Control. Works ok.
This was\is really the nightmare portion of the whole new radio replacement project. I got it installed and got the volume up and volume down to work but even that quit working for me after several tries. I finally took a couple of hours break to calm my frustration. When I went back to the car my battery was dead! I uninstalled the SWI and charged my battery overnight. The car and radio works great without the SWI. I'm going to try it again before my 60 day return deal runs out. I may just have to settle for the remote that came with the radio
Pros: Good concept if I can get it to work.
Cons: Maybe my SWI was defective or something, but I could never get it to properly program.
Tricky to hook up, but when done, the "steering wheel" controls on my Honda S2000 worked as promised
Pros: Good price, works as promised
Cons: Tricky instructions and hook-up
My volume up won't work on it I tried many times to program it but it didn't work
Cons: Didn't workCrutchfield response on 5/3/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Works, had to watch an online video to program
Pros: Light compact!
Crutchfield treated me well while ordering and needing a little extra help. I followed the instructions (called once and then felt like a dope because the answer to my question was obvious) and it works perfectly. I have six steering wheel button controls and I was able to assign them with any of the available commands. Eventually, I assigned them the factory labeled options because they seemed to be the most useful. I guess Mercury did a little research before designing it. Would definitely recommend this product.
Pros: Great company and great products. Everything works as described and I installed it myself (I'm handy, but no professional).
Spend the extra cash and get the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter
Cons: wouldn't program. lousy instructions. if you call PAC for tech support on a Saturday, they will only talk to Dealers. Pffft.
I never was able to get this to work well. It requires splicing into the factory harness underneath the steering wheel, fishing wires through to the radio, then programing. I got the wireing part done, but the programing is difficult to do, and then I was able to progam was volume change and maybe station preset up. 3 of the 6 buttons on my Dash are not compatible with this unit. The Voice Call, Source selection and the preset Down Button on my BMW 325I factory steering column will not work with this unit. I called the PAC company, and the Tech support guy said that those buttons will not work with this unit, and he suggested another unit. I will be sending this back
Cons: hard to program, limited useage
Great product to keep my steering wheel controls
Pros: Easy to install and program
Works perfectly. With being used to using the steering wheel controls for the factory head unit, I knew that I would instinctively reach for those controls first. The added cost was well with the convenience of adjusting the volume +\-, muting the volume, or changing the source without taking my eyes off of the road.
Pros: Excellent value; provides convenience and safety while driving.
Installed along with the Pioneer AVHZX3800BHS. very easy install,very small& easy to tuck behind head unit.
Pros: Easy install, small size
Cons: Programing took a while without programmer but everything included to find perameters. Couple functions didn't work but no big deal.
After installing this, and programming it, and rechecking that I wired everything correct, not all of the steering wheel buttons worked. And only gave me a few functions. The programming process to set this thing up is long and confusing. I ended up using an interface from a previous install. The Axxess ASWC-1 worked perfectly on multiple vehicles, with the proper harness, and Automatically programs itself to the car and radio.
Pros: Easy wiring, multiple vehicle options
Cons: Has To Be Programmed. Doesn't always work.
It works like it was made to, I just wish I didn't have to cut into the factory wiring harness in order for it to work
Pros: You get to keep your steering wheel controls!
Cons: You HAVE to cut into the factory wiring harness for this to work. Lots of other useless wires attached that aren't used aswell.
Programming this is a pain
Was a little overwhelmed to say the least after I hooked the interface up a reviewed the program directions, kinda difficult but tech support walked me through it and was more than pleased with the results. My truck has steering wheel controls that I never used and with this unit being programable I was able to utilize them for my new HU and phone functions!! Works great!!
Pros: Ability to program any function you want
Cons: A little confusing programming at first
I installed this unit along with a new Pioneer receiver and wiring adapter, and I think trying to figure out exactly how to install the PAC SWI-RC took me longer than all the rest of the installation process put together. Installation instructions were just terrible; English is obviously not the primary language of whoever wrote them. After finally figuring out what to do (thank to several internet forums, but certainly no thanks to the manufacturer's website), I realized that those instructions could have been made clear with just a little bit of effort. What a shame. The installation itself was not too difficult, but next time I would gladly pay more for a unit with a vehicle-specific harness adapter rather than having to splice into the wires on the vehicle harness. Programming instructions were much clearer (though still not especially well written). Programming for my vehicle was pretty easy, and my steering wheel controls worked perfectly the first time. This is the only reason I'm giving the PAC SWI-RC 2 stars instead of 1.
Pros: It works
Cons: Terrible installation instructionsCrutchfield response on 4/5/2016 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.
Impossible install three different sets of directions. Decided not to install so nothing gets fried.
Pros: Great idea
Cons: Difficult installCrutchfield response on 4/5/2016 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.
The manual that comes with the unit is quite confusing and cumbersome. I think they try to include all possible info related on the planet compared to whats just needed for your car. I'm still not sure. Customer Service at PAC is awful, they just kept sending me to links that had the same info as the printed material I already have. Would not answer any specific questions I have in emails. Now I'm stuck.
Pros: Nothing yet.
Cons: Confusing documentation, poor customer service.Crutchfield response on 4/4/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
My car has a separate Bluetooth, and steering commands go through it. It took a while to figure out how to get it to work. The help desk got me through it, but the instructions (so many similar models) were confusing.
Pros: Functions as advertised
Cons: Confusing directions.
This adapter allowed my fiancé to keep her steering wheel controls in her Honda CRV. The instructions you were print out from PAC's website were Extremely confusing when it comes to programming the actual functions of the steering wheel controls. In the end i was able to successfully program volume up / down, and i somehow added mute to the mode button. I wouldn't have purchased this but Crutchfield has an awesome discount deal when buying with a head unit.
Pros: kept volume up and down , mute , steering wheel functions. great deal from Crutchfield deck package.
Cons: very difficult to understand directions. i understand that splicing into the factory harness has to be done, would be nice if some kind of an adapter was available as there is very little room to splice into those wires behind the dash and harness.
Works exactly as the sale reps and mfg's online content says it does. My install instructions did not match exactly how my car was configured. Tech support from Crutchfield referred me to PAC tech sup for next tier sup. PAC tech sup. was very knowledgeable quickly resolved, what I was doing wrong.
Pros: easy to install, and *easy to program. provides plenty of configurable inputs. Compliments the stereo I purchased giving all of the steering wheel remote controls features. complete detailed documentation included.
Cons: programing part of the supplied documentation has some confusing content. Requires rereading several times to have clear understanding. Could probably be broken in to more steps. *had to call mfg, tech for clarification on programing procedure.
If you aren't an electrician or stereo installer, you have very little chance of making this work. Hopefully once I take it to a stereo shop it will function.
Works as described. Instructions were ok but not the clearest set I've used before.
Pros: I can use my steering wheel controls with my new stereo.
Cons: Took a few times to get things right. Almost called customer service which would have been a first for me.
I would wish I had other options to keep my steering wheel controls. The instructions are terrible. They tell you to use the white wire for install. The problem is, there is one white wire that splits into three wires, white, white/black, and white/red. Which one do you use? What do you do with the other two? Do you use the other two with enclosed resistors? Really expected better from Crutchfield.
Pros: None as of yet, still isn't working.
Cons: Complete garbage. Shop elsewhere.Crutchfield response on 3/28/2016 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.
This item is installed and it is working great. I found the instructions difficult. I almost gave up but ended up calling Crutchfield's technical department twice and they walked me through it. If I had bought this at a big box store with no technical service to help me out I would have given up.
Pros: Works as advertised. Crutchfield's technical department gets all the credit on this install.
Cons: Confusing instructions. Took multiple tries to get it programmed correctly.
A Little confusing but got it
Pros: Good to keep controls
Was a little worried about this install but it went easier than I thought. Had go through the progamming twice but I got it
Pros: Works Great Glad to have my hand controls
Cons: Directions a little foggy
DO NOT USE T-TAPS!! The wires that you are splicing into are small, and the the t-taps do not cut through the insulation well. I was using t-taps to avoid cutting the OEM harness wires, but I couldn't get the product to work, so I ended up just cutting the wires and using regular butt connectors. All that said, once I did that, the product worked flawlessly and I liked the way I could program the steering wheel buttons to do anything I wanted.
Pros: Programming flexibility
Cons: Not the simplest install, but read twice, cut once!
Easy to install using instructions from PAC. Great price and worked perfectly with my 2003 Lincoln town Car.
Much easier install then anticipated. Programming was a breeze.
Works great once you get it installed.
Pros: Everything on my stearin wheel works for the radio. Easy to install and program.
Cons: Was confusing at first how the program but once I figured it out, everything went quick and smooth.
Took me 3 sets of instructions, 3 calls to 3 different Crutchfield advisors, and finally a call to the manufacturer to get it hooked up. Instructions that came w/it are wrong. Got new ones from a Crutchfield tech but those were wrong, finally have rep from PAC tell me that diagram is wrong, so just trust him. Almost sent back to Crutchfield, but would have cost me $10 to return; almost went to best buy to finish installing for me, I finally got it and it actually works. Miracle. Lots of stress getting there though. Had to clip 2 wires in my car's harness b/c I have the nav; but didnt have to clip one in the navi harness even though instructions said I had to.
Pros: Works good once you get it hooked up, tied into the right wires, and then programmed.
Cons: Diagrams in instructions are wrong, make sure you call a Crutchfield tech or even the manufacturer before you clip the wrong wires in your car's factory harness
Everything worked but it wouldn't let me program the last 3 functions .
Pros: Easy to install( just read the instructions!), works fine.
Cons: Won't let me program the last 3 functions (mic, answer call, hang up)
allows my factory steering wheel controls to work as they should
Pros: allows factory installed steering wheel controls to work as they should
Cons: had to replace the first module due to a defect, but Crutchfield customer service was great
The controller works as it should, but the instructions are hard to follow.
Pros: Compact light unit
Cons: Directions are poor Wires attached that are not in the instructions
The downloaded website instructions don't match the included package instructions. The instructions that came with it specified one extra ground needed that the website and the support team missed. I programmed the thing as directed, and I still haven't managed to get my steering wheel controls to work. I'll need to remove the stereo and make another phone call I suppose. Nothing I have seen yet tells me how to skip a pre-programmed function if my vehicle doesn't have it. The website instructions (vehicle specific) will only guide me through a base model stereo change-out. That's not what I have.
Cons: Conflicting instructions, have yet to get this thing to work.Crutchfield response on 3/8/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Easy to install and easy to use. Make sure that you follow the directions. They are very clear. Works great!!!
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Intimidated by the bag of resistors but I didn't use any anyway...
Device shows is programmed correctly with lights, but it doesn't work. Tried multiple times to reprogram and other options with no luck. Will not waste time on worrying about this item. Really enjoying the rest of the stereo system.
Pros: Reasonable to connect
Cons: Poor instructions for programming. No results in being able to correct and get it to work. I suspect it picky based on the type and age of vehicle you try to pair it with.Crutchfield response on 3/7/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Works as advertised.
Pros: Easy to install. Direction are great for install.
Cons: Pricey, but Crutchfield gave a big discount. Directions are confusing for programming the blue box. Result was to call crutchfield and have them walk me through it. Thanks....Guys.
Pros: Great product.
I've had to return over 60 of these because they simply don't take the programming. Have only had 8 work total. Complete junk. Buy an Axxess instead
This thing works great, and I love the fact that I can continue to use my steering wheel controls but it was a pain in the neck to get it programmed, I spent a good hour and it still isn't perfect, at least I got the important controls done.
Pros: Keeps your Steering wheel controls working right
Cons: Hard to get the program right.
Works great, no problems with my steering wheel controls (other than not having enough buttons :)) Ignore all the documentation that comes with it and use the auto-generated documentation off their website (Crutchfield also sends this link). Only used a fraction of the wires coming out of the unit, so the installation was easy. Programming takes a few tries and requires watching a tiny LED blink.
Pros: Works well
Cons: Quirky setup routine, but that's a one time event.
This is a good option for keeping your controls. However, instructions are all over the place, so it took me 2 different sets and some advice from a forum to get mine programmed correctly. It now functions great.
Pros: Works like it should
Cons: Instructions, programming
Worked as advertised. Was glad I could use my steering wheel audio controls with new reciever. Wiring looked intimidating but wasn't too bad.
Works just fine.
Pros: Fairly easy to install, thanks to the Crutchfield tech support team
Cons: Instructions pretty much suck.
disappointed in the steering wheel adaptor
Pros: they quickly gave me a refund (because they knew this was a bad product)
Cons: Could not get it to install. Installation instructions looked very difficult, then we would have to program each button on the steering column. When we called the tech support - the rep told us - "We should have got the other one that cost $10 more". I just picked the one that said it fit with my model car & stereo. I ended up skipping the install for this equipment and will just have to use the knob on the stereo.
I only rate this a couple stars because it works as advertised. The problem (and its big) is that it's missing a key part to make install workable. It expects you to permanently alter the car's side of the steering control interface. On the back of the factory stereo (2006 Toyota Camry) there are 4 parts that interface to the car: 1) Antenna, 2) Power molex connector, 3) Speaker/data molex connector, 4) Steering wheel interface molex connector. The adapter kit for the new head unit takes care of 2 and 3, and 1 is good as is. This leaves 4, the steering wheel interface. If you look at the photo of this item, you will note one pigtail set that terminates to a plastic plug housing. This plugs into the box that is part of this item. This means the un-terminated end of the pigtail is what must interface to the car. See the problem? You have to get these raw cables to interface with what is currently a molex connector (the car's steering wheel interface connector). Since I wasn't going to deal with the $10 I could get for my radio, I broke the factory radio's connector off the motherboard, and soldered the raw cables to the connector, forming my own adapter. Otherwise I would have had to cut off the molex on the car's interface, which is a huge no-go for me. What is needed is simply another pigtail specific to the car's steering control interface connector. I could wire its wires to the wires of this item and voila!
Pros: Works as advertised
Cons: Expects you to effectively damage the car's end of the install, making resale (going back to original stereo) a bit of an issue.
great little unit that will absolutely do the job it is made to do.
Pros: Works great, and once I had all the right instructions, it was a breeze to setup.
Cons: Really need to make sure you get all of the instructions - especially the ones that Crutchfield emails and the vehicle specific ones from the PAC website. Go slow and it is not a big deal.
Only partially functioning, so I am very disappointed. My initial gut after reading many reviews was to go with the more highly rated Axxess ASWC-1, but the sales person talked me out of that. Now I wish I had stuck with my gut feeling. After install and working with tech support they offered to swap the radio out for me, concluding that the PAC SWI-RC and my radio (a Sony model also from Crutchfield ordered together) were having some compatibility issues. I just didn't want to go through all of that, basically a gamble. So I have decided to live with it as is, but that is not a happy decision. The volume control on the steering wheel works fine. The channel up/down does NOT move thru preset channels but instead does a scan function. The mute button doesn't work at all. The mode button does different things based on the state of the radio. That's all I have on the steering wheel, just basic functions, disappointing that it couldn't get it right. The biggest disappointment is not being able to step thru the channel presets.
Pros: Volume control works.
Cons: Channel up/down does NOT move thru preset channels
2008 Honda Accord without factory Nav. The instructions are poorly written and fail to make a lot of sense. Had to call twice for clarification and it still did not work. Very vague with "connect chassis pin 6 to ground, it could be brown, yellow or orange". The factory harness has very little room for error and even using crimp splices then soldering it refused to work. Cut it out and will live without steering wheel controls, just not worth the headache and risk to the rest of the factory wiring. Money wasted.
Pros: None that I could find.
Cons: Poorly written instructions, not a lot to work with.
This part of the installation took the longest and had me thinking do I even need this piece. It still isn't right. The programing is suspect
Pros: If it worked right and easy to program those would be the pros
Cons: Programming instructions vague. It is still not right.Crutchfield response on 3/1/2016 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.
This unit works great in maintaining the functionality of the steering wheel controls of my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the new Alpine receiver that I installed
Pros: The buttons on my steering wheel all still work and installing it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Cons: Don't read the documentation that comes in the box. It will give you an anxiety attack. Visit their website. It will prompt you to enter information about your vehicle and the type of stereo you are installing. it will spit out customized install instructions that you can print. Took me about 3 programming attempts to get all of the buttons set up the way I wanted them. No fault of the device, just learning curve operator errors.
trial and error with the instruction
Downright terrible product. Went through instructions and videos and all and couldn't get this thing to work. I'm a pretty handy person as well. I've checked everything and followed all instructions to a T and still nothing. A friend tried to use one of these too and it didn't work for her either. I think this is a junk product that should not be sold! I'm going to try to get my money back.
Cons: Worthless overpriced junkCrutchfield response on 2/23/2016 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.
If you want your steering wheel controls this product does exactly what's advertised.
Pros: Crutchfield support save the day
Cons: Instructions are a nightmare website marginally better
Piece of junk. Directions for installation are worthless. Luckily Crutchfield has good tech help to walk you through the wiring process over phone. Still does not work after installation.
Cons: Does not work and hard to install.
Giving three star not because the product doesn't work well because it does. The instructions, however, are Horrible! If you're an auto installer professional they're probably fine but for the average Joe they're not. The programming sequence is also tricky, instructions are better for this though could be better. The tricky thing is the speed at which you have to perform the programming. You have to wait for the light to come on press your steering wheel control button and hold for a second after it goes off all in a specific order. It took me a few tries but I did get it and the unit has performed excellently.
Pros: Works very well
Cons: Very bad instructions for the novice, so-so customer service for the consumer-some of the reps had a better attitude than others.
Installed into a 2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx. This product works exactly as you would expect, nothing more to it.
Pros: Control volume and seek functions from steering wheel of 2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx in an after-market stereo
Was easy to install no inconvinece
After 30 minutes starts cycling the stereo. Waste of money, had to disconnect it
Cons: Doesn't workCrutchfield response on 2/15/2016 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.
The install was a bit overwhelming at first for a first timer but everything worked as it should per the intstructions. After a few uses though it didn't hold the programming right. I'm not sure if that's the unit or my car somehow but it's something to be aware of.
Pros: Instructions good
Cons: Didn't hold programming. Lots of unnecessary wires makes it intimidating.
It's a good product and it does the job for me without any problems. That being said, they made the installation sound a lot easier than it actually was. The kit only comes with very basic steps, you have to download and print the more detailed steps off the PAC website. Their instructions look kind of cheap and could use more detail. On my Subaru, I had to cut and splice into the factory wiring harness in the dash (which the instructions didn't mention), which made me a little nervous to say the least. If you're not electrically inclined, I recommend having someone install this for you. It's easy to do permanent damage to your factory harness if you don't know what you're doing. But I will say that once it was in, I followed the programming instructions to a T, and it works just like they said. But be careful to read every single step thoroughly.
Pros: Works just like they say, good value, personalized instructions for your specific car
Cons: No job for a novice, instructions are a little short on detail
I've installed two of these and both worked excellent.
Pros: works great easy to wire, install website ROCKS!
I am not having much luck with this item. I hooked it up and followed the programming directions, but it does not work. It is still attached, but I'm not using it. I may go back and eventually try to fix see if I can get it to work. For now I just want to enjoy my new stereo.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 2/2/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Product did not work for my 2015 Kia Soul
Cons:Crutchfield response on 2/1/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
It might be nice to program it for different things but I wasn't able to program it for dual button control. My 07 Tacoma came with it from the factory and anything I put in afterward would have to. Returned and upgraded to a Metra product.
Pros: None in my book
Cons: Had to cut factory wiring to install, just to find out it won't do what I want it to do.
Can't get it to work. My steering wheel only has a volume button, so trying to figure out how to work this thing is a waste. The instructions don"t match my truck and the pictures show wires that I don"t have. I can reach the head unit easier.
Pros: The paper instructions will keep the paper mills running forever.
Cons: Don"t workCrutchfield response on 2/1/2016 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.
The Pac SWI-RC, was installed successfully in about an hour. I had to read the instructions a few times to understand them fully. After that, I had no problems with installing or programming the adapter. The steering wheel controls worked with no problems when I turned the radio on.
Pros: Worked great the first time. All of my steering wheel control buttons work with my Pioneer radio.
Cons: None so far
With their focus on great service and a great experience, I'm not sure why Crutchfield even sells this product at all. It is just shockingly complicated and confusing to install and program. I can't believe that it is thought to be the 'best' option for the average self-installer. I have training in electronics and this was still FAR too complicated to be the best option. There are much easier (and better) alternatives available in my opinion. If the installation instructions were simplified and clarified it could help I guess. But, I will NOT be using this product again on any vehicle of mine. I bought and installed a similar product (Metra Axxess ASWC-1) for a stereo I installed last year and much prefer it over this device.
Pros: It works, after FINALLY figuring out the wiring and programming
Cons: WAYYYY too complicated to wire and install!Crutchfield response on 1/26/2016 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.
Price is good trying to figure out wiring is not easy
Cons: paying install company to hook up
Product works, but be prepared to call for installation clarifications and set-up arrangements.
Pros: Unit works and has more options than stated in instructions
Cons: Instructions unclear, requires call
I only bought one of these because Crutchfield's website said I would need one to keep the steering wheel controls in my 2003 Jaguar S-Type when I replaced the stock stereo with the Sony unit I was buying from them. I tried to program this and could never get it to work with my car and that head unit. Crutchfield offered to send a replacement and while I waited for it I tried to connect the steering wheel controls directly to the Sony head unit using the jack they supplied with it and sure enough it worked fine. Fortunately Crutchfield took back both of these adapters and credited me for them so all it cost me was time, but it was a couple of hours wasted. I wish their site would not have told me I needed this adapter when clearly the head unit is equipped to interpret the signal directly from my steering wheel controls without it.
Works as described. Took a few tries to program it but once I figured it out it works well.
Pros: Use steering wheel controls like the factory radio had.
Cons: Kinda confusing at first.
I downloaded the instructions, tried to link my steering wheel controls to the stero to no avail. I have a 2005 f150 larinet. The back of the factory raidio has two wiring harnesses and I suspect the second one is for the steering wheel controls. The swi-rc instructions do not list a second wiring harness. It tells me to use a single wire (the white one). Well the white wire is daisy chained to two other wisres.
Cons: does not work, no specific instructions for my vechileCrutchfield response on 1/20/2016 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.
Great product , works perfectly. very pleased
Well, after struggling through what should have been a much simpler process in my opinion, I ended up with nothing. I hopped on the manufacturers website and followed their instructions to the T, but never could get past the programming stage. Spent some time on the phone with Crutchfield Tech support, and they verified that I was indeed doing everything right. They stressed that the grounds must be rock solid, so I tried a few, even made my own good ground without ever getting any feedback from programming. I am going to return this and already ordered the Axxess to replace it. They claim that their unit will auto detect, and the install looks much easier than this one. Spend the extra bucks I say,
Cons: Advanced wiring for some, soldering may be required. Never worked. Instructions are somewhat messy and would leave a beginner lost.
I've done all kinds of car audio installations and usually don't have much trouble figuring things out, but that was not the case with this steering wheel interface. The instructions are poorly written on PAC Audio's website, which made it difficult to install. Also, I watched a Crutchfield installation video on line, in which they recommended you install the adapter with Posi-Tap connectors. I ordered these connectors and attempted to use them, but they failed. Upon calling Crutchfield, they told me not to use the Posi-Tap connectors, which was irritating. Finally, I got the interface soldered in correctly and the SWI-RC was receiving signals from the steering wheel. However, after speaking with Crutchfield, we tested it out with a multimeter and after all this, the SWI-RC was faulty! Crutchfield sent a new SWI-RC and I was able to get the new interface to work on the first try (finally). This installation was so complicated I will never attempt to install another of these interfaces or recommend them to a friend to install, unless it is installed professionally.
Pros: Works as advertised once you finally get it installed.
Cons: Confusing instructions, poor quality
I understand this is a one size fits all, but the instructions were very confusing and I had to use reference data from the internet, and the pages of configuration data included. I guess it's hard to get around all of that but I think it could have been written better with better explanations.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to.
Cons: Instructions were very poorly written and confusing.
I decided to pay the considerable extra cost for this device so that I could retain the option of the steering wheel controls I had gotten accustomed to using. Product works great, no lag as some places on the Internet would have you believe. But I knocked off at least 1 star because I have to admit, that of all the parts of my stock stereo w/ Bluetooth hands-free replacement I researched prior to making my purchasing decision, this thing was by far the hardest to understand and took me 2+ weeks of research both through the paper documentation, online instructions from the manufacturer (arguably the best but still lacking enough detail). I had to sift through hundreds of photos online of my stock stereo (which with the exact options my car has is apparently not very common). Once I found what the instructions were vaguely referencing, then and only then did I finally gain some confidence. The instructions are precise, if only lacking in some not exactly minor details. Pin numbers were exact though colors however, on the connector in the dash for the stereo side, did not match. Colors for the connector nebulously located in my "trunk" (which I don't even have) did however match the referenced pin numbers. Programming procedure was actually the easiest part of this thing, as that was documented perfectly with no ambiguity. Maybe it was just my car with the options I have, but this thing was not easy to install. Still glad I got it though.
Pros: Works, apparently super complicated to install precisely because it's compatible with nearly Everything.
Cons: Because it appears to want to be compatible with everything, it's instructions are confusing being both quite detailed while simultaneously leaving out other very important details.
Lots of unused wires and instructions could be simplified. But it works. That's the plus
Cons: Instructions and unused wires and programming. Programming is the longest part
Read the instructions in the box, downloaded vehicle specifics from PAC, and talked with a Crutchfield tech rep. Nothing worked. Poor instructions from PAC. This really isn't Crutchfield's problem. I could get to the programming phase and the adapter would fail every time. I would look at the Axxess adapter instead.
Pros: It came in a timely manner and nice box.
Cons: Poor instructions via PAC.
does what it says, but confusing instructions.
I had the steering wheel remote work very quickly. The controls didn't match exactly but close enough. I have steering wheel control of volume, presets and radio band. Make sure you layout all the wiring before connecting anything. You will need to combine with some wires from the receiver like power and ground.
Pros: Works well.
Cons: Lots of extra wires unused. Manual programming of the adapter a little tedious.
I bought this along with the other adapter for my 2011 f350. I tried to retain my factory sync system and steering controls. I found the instructions to be ok. However, trying to get this thing programmed is a task in its self. It seems simple. Put it in program mode, press and hold function buttons in the order they list.....sounds easy. I had minimal succes with this, and after two days of holding buttons and counting...I have about 1/4 of the functions I should have. If your radio comes with a remote, Id skip this one.....and if not....skip it anyways and just reach over to your dash.
Pros: Cant think of one.
Cons: Touchy to program. No real good way to check the programming until you are done, and if its not right....your right back at zero. Its an all or nothing type situation.Crutchfield response on 1/13/2016 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.
The product works and it isn't too hard to install, BUT the instructions make it a lot harder than it needs to be. They weren't very clear on what to do with the white/red wire on my application. Programming isn't as bad as everyone says as long as you go one step at a time.
Pros: Does what it says it does
Cons: Terrible instructions from PAC
Works like a charm!
Pros: Works as advertised and not to hard to install.
Cons: Directions could be clearer and you have to cut into the car wiring harness
Overall, this product was very confusing to install and program. I would not recommend this product to anyone unless you have a professional to install it or have someone install it that has done it before. To this day, I still have not gotten the adapter to work with the steering wheel controls. In some way, this adapter responds to my cruise control buttons versus my stereo control buttons. I need to call Crutchfield Tech Support to figure this out and see if they are able to help me...
Cons: Horrible directions/guidance, very confusing on how to accurately install adapter and also how to program it correctly. The way my steering wheel is setup is the cruise controls are on the right and the stereo controls on the left. This adapter somehow works with my cruise controls buttons versus my stereo control buttons.Crutchfield response on 1/6/2016 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.
So far the product has worked well. However, instructions were not very clear. I attempted the connection once and couldn't get it to work. However, after calling Crutchfield, their tech people explained very clearly what I needed to do and walked me through each step. Once they did that, it worked fine.
Cons: Instructions not clearly written by the company.
Would not work no matter how many times it was coded, second one I could not get to work.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/5/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Great product very easy to install and program.
Pros: Easy to use comes with all instructions. If you can't hook this up you must not be able to read
This Steering Wheel Control Adapter works excellent. The online instructions were easy to use and the steering wheel functions work excellent.
Had trouble getting the box programmed until I contacted Crutchfield tech support - they are awesome. I had made all the connections, including the serial SWC hook-up to my radio, but it turns out that the box won't accept the programming if the serial command hook-up is present. Disconnected the wire, re-programmed, and it worked. Maybe I missed this in the instructions, but I re-checked and couldn't find that note.
Pros: Was able to get all my steering wheel controls to work with the radio (Kenwood DDX672BH).
Cons: Instructions aren't the greatest. Read through most of the connection instructions and follow along step-by-step when I get to the part that says if you're using a vehicle interface box (e.g., the PAC OS-5), do something entirely different.
This steering wheel harness was very easy to install. The instructions were straight forward and only took a few minutes to connect to the new Pioneer head unit I purchased for my daughter's Nissan Versa.
Pros: Inexpensive and easy
Works well, but wish install instructions had been a bit more thorough. Like everything, there was a YouTube video I was able to find to help. Overall, great product.
This products work well once it is wired and configured. However the instructions are hard to follow making it difficult to wire and configure.
Pros: Works well and works as avertised
Cons: Difficult to wire and configure.
The product broke after a few months, so I would not recommend it to anyone. One important thing you should know - it is not plug and play. You have to program it with a series of pressing and holding buttons in various patterns depending on the function and the make and model of your car and radio. I would highly recommend writing out the instructions in a simple way you can understand, because if you have to read the instructions as written while you are trying to program it, you will take too long and will have to start all over again. There are a lot of steps and a lot of codes, so trying to memorize it all would be hard. Also, there is no internal memory back up, so if you lose power to your car for any reason - for example it goes into the shop and they have to remove the car battery - then you will have to go through all the programming again. This could mean ripping your dashboard apart again to get to it, so make sure to install it in a place that is easy to get to but also won't have any of the buttons pressed. Basically, it's a really bad design.
Pros: For a short time it worked fine.
Cons: Broke after a few months. Programming it is annoying. No memory back up so if you lose power, you have to take your dashboard apart again to get to it to reprogram it again. It was a while since I installed it now, but I l\believe it required more splicing than I expected. I thought it would be plug and play and it wasn't.
I've never installed any car audio before and I managed to figure out everything except this steering wheel controls adapter. It didn't come with anything to mate with the OEM wire harness and I wasn't about to cut it off to start splicing things myself. I'm going to ask Crutchfield for help and will update my review if anything comes of that.
I was amazed that the state of the art forces me through such a complicated instal in order to keep my steering wheel controls! Those controls simply plug into the back of the factory unit. This product is not user friendly from an instalation perspective!
Pros: It works once you get it hooked up.
Cons: Instal directions are very difficult to decider. It took two calls to Crutchfield for advice and around 3 hours just to hook this up. There has got to be a better way!
Ordered this adapter to go with Pioneer video receiver. Installation and programming was easy with one hiccup. Not sure if it was a typo or not but the unit would not program properly when turning teh ignition to the accessory position. I found that to program it the ignition had to be turned to the on position on my car. Worked as expected.
Works as advertised but it was a little difficult to get working. Had to call tech support.
Pros: Works as advertised
Cons: A little difficult to install and program
Purchased this with a Pioneer AVH-X5700BHS head, to swap out the factory deck on my 2009 Ford Fusion. Instructions were not clear - had to wade through their website, only to get More conflicting information - finally reached out, and got support from Pioneer. When I finally had it all installed, it flat out wouldn't work as advertised... "Retains steering wheel control functions when replacing the factory radio; retains programming even if the vehicle's battery is disconnected" That's nice, however, it doesn't work out that way. I just moments ago got a note back from Pioneer support telling me how I need to Bypass Sync, in my car, for all of the steering wheel controls to work, which meant buying another expensive harness, despite their own website pretty clearly stating that both my vehicle and the new stereo head are fully supported. Does not work as advertised, does not get adequate support, not going to buy from pac-audio again.
Pros: It controls volume... just not much else.
Cons: In Bluetooth mode, supports volume Only - no Track+ or Track-. In Any mode, voice activation does not work at all. in Any mode, phone answer/hang up does not work at all. Go with iDataLink Maestro, instead - which is what I'll be doing next.
Easy install for my application. Easy programming (again for my application) worked after install for a few hours. Worked about half the time shortly after. Next morning stopped working. Checked connection (soldered connections when installed) reprogrammed and again failed as before. Called Crutchfield and they gladly let me return the product. If I decide that reaching another 9 inches to change my volume becomes too difficult, I will opt for a more expensive unit.
Pros: Easy to install and program. Lots of instructions and charts for many applications
Cons: Not of great quality. Failed quickly
This product functions as expected, but the programming is more difficult than expected. Timing is everything, so follow the instructions closely.
Pros: Works as expected, steering wheel controls working as they should after mapping. You can also change the programming to map differently if you want.
Cons: Takes a while to program.
Worked as it should.
Cons: Online guide kept referring me to a honda harness/pin setup for my suzuki grand vitara. The wire colors they referenced were correct just the location of the pins on the factory harness were not where the instructions indicated.
I've been 35 yrs in computers and electronics, a well as being, and Extra licensed HAM. My last 11 yrs were as a Senior engineering technician contracted with NASA. I give my short resume to assure that I may know how to follow instructions and figure out solutions. The SWC did not work in my 2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax. The Install instructions were pieced together through referencing two listings, one for the vehicle's particular Molex type connector on the wiring harness and the second listing of notes pertaining to the two wires to be connected to pins on the wire harness. After looking these over several times, it was clear which wires go to which pins on the vehicle's wire harness radio connector. However, I was never sure that I was connecting to the correct connector. No photographs are provided for the vehicle. I did find conflicting information about the location of the proper wire for the steering wheel control. The other source had it located behind the glove box. I investigated that location, but had no reference to pin designations. So, I stuck with the packaged instructions. With everything wired up and indications from one red LED being correct, I proceeded with the button programming which was straight forward. There was a YouTube video that explained the programming method. The instructions were not clear enough for me to be confident that I was doing the procedure properly. Following the video I tried to enter the buttons. This did not work.
Pros: The vehicle already had it's own factory installed SWC
Cons: Lost cell phone interfacing but is the new radio's fault did not work Instructions need more photographs and more work.Crutchfield response on 12/15/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
I installed this, along with the Alpine CDE-153BT, in a 2005 Honda Odyssey with the base stereo (no navigation, no subwoofer). The vehicle-specific instructions are so poorly written that reviews that say the instructions are "confusing" are very charitable. The instructions are both poorly written and ambiguous. In the case of the Odyssey, the vehicle-specific note reads: "Connect the INTERFACEs white wires to Pin3 (white) of the above connector. Connect pin 11 (brown) to ground." It took 2 hours, multiple Google and YouTube searches, and finally looking at the instructions for the competing Axxess ASWC-1 to realize that the brown wire referenced in that statement was the brown wire that's part of the vehicle's wiring harness, not the brown wire in the SWI-RC.
Pros: It actually controls the stereo through the steering wheel controls and comes in an attractive cardboard box Programming survives loss of vehicle battery (at least for short durations)
Cons: Requires cutting wires on the vehicle wiring harness Confusing, poorly-written, ambiguous instructions with typos No YouTube videos from PAC showing how to program this particular model Ruined a good chunk of my Saturday
This item works great but has a degree of difficulty in installation
Pros: Can be customized Works perfect
Cons: Difficult to install Vague instructions
Very difficult install for my application. Still doesn't work correctly
Pros: My steering wheel controls aren't completely useless anymore.
Cons: Difficulty installing. Still isn't programmed correctly but I give up.Crutchfield response on 12/15/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Read all the directions and take your time. It works great after getting it programmed...
Pros: Works great
Cons: Can feel a little overwhelming when wiring up and programming.
Comes with everything you need to retain factory steering wheel controls. Might be difficult for a first time installer depending on the application.
Pros: Easy for someone with moderate installation experience.
Cons: Some might find this difficult. Crutchfield should include a vehicle specific walk through that would help some people.
The PAC SWI-RC was difficult to install compared to the Axxess ASWC-1, but allows for customized control programming, which is also a little complicated. To install the PAC SWI-RC it was necessary to connect the unit to the wiring under the steering column. Programming required setting up the unit for the car and stereo type, then initializing the unit, then setting each function for the steering wheel controls. In comparison the Axxess ASWC-1 only required tapping into an existing wire that was immediately behind the stereo unit. Thanks to Crutchfield for amazing technical support with this product!
Pros: Customize steering controls
Cons: Difficult to install
This remote does what it is designed to. But the directions for installation are quite vague and difficult to decipher. Also for some strange reason it does not include a harness to connect to the car's factory harness for the steering wheel controls. You are forced to cut out the car's factory harness and hardware the two together. Doesn't make much sense and really leaves too much room for error.
Pros: Works well Can be easily reprogrammed
Cons: Vague instructions hard to understand what you need to do. No harness makes no sense and makes installation more difficult and risky. Not a great product for people not comfortable with self installation.
Easy install and programming. Looked scary at first with all those wires, but you don't use most of them for my setup. 2006 F150
No complaints so far. easy install as long as you use correct instructions. set up was easy.
Couldn't figure it out (and I'm an engineer). I got the vehicle and radio specific instructions on line, reviewed them, watched the online video, read the instructions, rewired it three times. Finally gave up on it.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 12/2/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
I was concerned It wouldn't work as advertised, but it does. I use my steering wheel controls 95% of the time so this was a very important part of my aftermarket head unit, speaker and sub upgrade.
Pros: I maintain the controls via the steering wheel.
Wired up fairly easily & allowed me to keep my factory steering wheel controls in my '05 4Runner. Instructions were a little sketchy, but with a little google searching, I got it figured out & working great.
Pros: Simple & it just works
Cons: instructions not clear at times
Does not work fully with Sony XAV-68BT. This was my second steering wheel control adapter from Crutchfield and the second one with problems.
Pros: Mostly works if you don't need a volume up - you can map volume up to another command.
Cons: Tech support is hit or miss. Apparently steering wheel controls don't work well.
I find this very useful to continue to have the steering wheel functions that I had with my factory installed unit. It goes for safer driving as one does not have to take your eyes off the road while driving.
Pros: Good device
Wanted to retain steering wheel controls but after having messed with itI could have just as easily done without. You have to manually splice into the vehicle wiring harness. Pain. Then you have to program it. Pain. If you ever disconnect the battery you will have to reprogram it. Pain. And worst of all it is not near as functional as the OEM set-up. Save your money.
Pros: Few if any
Cons: Not user friendly. PITB installing. Does not work well
Was a pain in the butt to install in my 2010 Tacoma and kenwood dx371. I finally got it running after some connection issues. After a year it just stopped working. I have reprogrammed it according to the instructions. Everything lit up on the controller as intended but it had no effect on the radio. I was really pleased while it worked but it doesn't anymore so it's a waste. I wish I could get it working again.
Pros: Great while it lasted.
Cons: Pain to put in Stopped working for no reason after 1 year
works perfectly, instructions were spot on
I am very disappointed in this product. Programming was a hassle. Now I've had it installed for about 2 weeks, the steering control buttons only work intermittently, seems like only after the truck has warmed. I have not attempted to reprogram it yet as it will require taking the dash apart again. It was a waste of money!!
Cons: Is only working intermittently after about 10 days. :-(
OK, i wrote a long review that told you how I got it to work....then it deleted...so I turned car to On position, held down program button and disconnected the female end (all wires are attached) to reset the switch, BECAUSE nothing else worked. Once disconnected with program button down, i reconnected and let go of the program button. IT WORKED. Then programmed, because shutting the car to off position never reset the switch...good luck..sorry shorter this time.
Pros: finally worked
Cons: Took forever to get to work.
Little confusing at first but read over instructions several times, wired into aftermarket harness and installed. You have to install module before you can install the head unit. You have to follow instructions on setup and programming steering wheel buttons. Works great and very satisfied.
Pros: Little confusing but read several times prior to installing. Make sure to installing into aftermarket wiring.
Cons: Instructions somewhat confusing but as I mentioned in pros, read read read.
It was a bit hard to program. I had to cal 4 times to the right answer from Crutchfield as to which vehicle # I needed
Pros: small and easy to connect
Cons: hard to program
It won't work.
Pros: none. waste of time and money.
Cons: Followed the directions. Called for help. It doesn't work.
Worked perfectly on my sons Honda S2000 with Pioneer heed unit
Pros: Works Easy to wire with new headunit
Cons: Directions can be a bit confusing.
This thing stinks, i want to return it !
Cons: The instructions are horrible and they didn't match my carCrutchfield response on 11/16/2015 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.
I bought this because the radio in our old Audi broke. The car is a back up car used in winter so after installing all the other parts I decided programming the steering wheel controller just wasn't worth the time.
Pros: Nice feature to add if it is important to you.
Cons: Installation is not straight forward and tedious.
Works as advertised. Makes for a nice installation.
Pros: Simple after the learning curve.
Cons: Be sure to download your specific instructions 1st, don't rely on enclosed material.
Easy to install and program and have my steering wheel control
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Did not work. A waste of money and time spent wiring!Crutchfield response on 10/26/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This little deice allows you to use your factory steering wheel radio buttons on aftermarket radios.
Pros: Allows use of factory steering wheel controls
Cons: Complicated install
When I first opened the box and saw a ton of wires AND resistors I just about give up and returned the product (didn't help that it was midnight already). I decided to give it another look the next day and found out it wasn't that bad... you don't even use half the wires in most cases! Just follow the directs exactly and you should have no problem and perfectly functioning steering wheel controls.
Pros: It just works. You can also customize your buttons and re-map them how you like!
Cons: Very intimidating when starting.
This product hooks up the steering wheel controls for music to the stereo. Easy to install and program. This is a good product to have if you have controls on your steering wheel that you don't want to lose when installing a new stereo.
Pros: Easy to install. If you have problems, the Crutchfield support team is there to help you.
The device works well and is very configurable to about any car. Trouble with being very adaptable is deciphering the instructions to know all of the connections needed to work for your car. If you read through the steps, you'll be missing what is laid out in the diagrams. Have to pay attention to both the diagram and the instructions to get it connected correctly. For my installation ('10 Toyota Tacoma), I needed a 560 ohm resistor to connect pin 8 from the factory steering wheel harness (referred to them as INTERFACE - deciphered that) to the modules white wire which I did according to the step by step instructions. Unit wouldn't program until I connected the factory steering wheel harness Pin 6 to ground, which was covered in the diagram. The unit can handle more options that I have steering wheel controls, figured out to use my track up button to switch between presets and track down button for changing between bands (FM1-3 or Sirius SKM1-3)
Pros: Works as described once you get past connecting it.
Cons: Connecting is was painful to figure out the unclear instructions from manufacturer and Crutchfield.
Very confusion directions. It took a while to figure out the "interface" referred to was not the "interface" between the main plug and the head unit. I suppose it wold have been too much work to write "PAC SW-1 Interface box". I was glad to figure out that my set up had the white and "black and white" wires so I didn't have to solder in the reisistor. Well, maybe that was good, maybe not. I was genuinely amazed when this thing worked as soon as I programmed it. . . ticked off when it stopped working a few days later. . . confused when suddenly it started working again. . . then ticked off again when it quit. Then very, very ticked off when I burned another half day of vacation taking the whole thing out to check the connections, the ground etc. with the result that now it won't work at all. Considering the overall weak ratings here I can only guess it was "recommended" because it's more profitable. Do yourself a favor and read the reviews of the minor components "recommended" with your headunit. This has been a real time waster for me and I'll have to try again when the wife gets back from her trip.
Pros: Worked. . . occasionally
Cons: Only worked occasionally.
Product did not work at all with the initial settings. When tried to program manually functions on steering wheel did not correspond to radio functions on radio.Used the white wire on the unit connected to the brown on the harness and green to ground and rotary switch position 7 with program 8 and nothing happened. Glad the radio had a remote. Notworht wasting time on this feature.
Cons: Didn't work.
Install instructions weren't great, but after a quick call to Crutchfield, I got it installed easily enough. Controls, though, seem to be delayed, if they work at all. May pull the new stereo back out and see if there's some wires I forgot to tape up.
Pros: Gets the job done
Cons: Delayed, sometimes non-working controls; poor install instructions
Kind of confusing at first. The connection in the chart is not the same that I had on my 08 Tacoma. Once I figured out though it was a great products. Works good but with a little lag. Could just be my unit though.
Pros: Works good once figure out the correct wires to use.
Cons: A little slow, confusing at first.
Works great with 2006 Honda Odyssey. Included instructions are not easy to follow, though.
Pros: Steering wheel controls work well.
Cons: Hard to follow instructions
Directions were not super clear, but it works for the most part. One original button did not work. Would have been nice to know that beforehand.
Cons: Directions could use some clarification. Understand that it may not support all original buttons.
Installed on 2012 Tundra, installed in a couple hours. Works great!
Pros: Works just as described
Easy install and programming. Functions as advertised.
Unable to get the adaptor to recognize my steering wheel controls. Got it powered up and wired the harness (which should be the difficult part) with no problem, instructions said to tap one wire into the car-side harness and nothing--now I don't want to cut it out and have to try again. Instructions were not clear, white wire on PAC unit splits into 3 white wires, didn't say which one.
Pros: Great Idea
Cons: Unable to get it to work in my carCrutchfield response on 10/19/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This unit works as advertised but programming was an absolute nightmare. The instructions are completely wrong. Even going to the web site they were still wrong. I had to do some major digging through the forums to figure out how to program this. Hopefully the info that I give here will prevent someone from starting there vehicle and closing the garage door after trying to program this. Where the instructions say to hold the program button for 5 secs.....DO NOT. When you turn the ignition key on, push the program button once, then set your first command by hold the swc button for 5 secs, then your next command and so on. If you need to skip a command, just push the program button once then move to the next swc function.
Pros: Works well
Cons: Terrible instructions.
I used this to attempt to retain my steering wheel controls in my 2003 Focus SVT. I wired in the unit. It would power on but I was unable to program the steering wheel controls. It did not appear to recognize the controls when I would try to program them. The steering wheel controls were not that important so I quickly gave up. I followed the installation and programming instructions per the manufacturer's website but I can't guarantee I didn't do something wrong.
This unit worked great in my 06 Civic for retaining the steering wheel buttons. The directions provided by Crutchfield were simple step by step- No problem. Thanks!
Pros: Works great
Great interface to keep factory steering wheel controls. Programming is a little tricky, but even a novice (like me) can manage it.
Pros: Keeps your steering wheel controls.
Cons: Programming a little tricky.
the product does come with all the resistors neded to make it work on a motorcycle
Cons: dosent work
Installing this thing reminded me of that classic scene from MASH where they have to defuse the bomb using Army instructions ("Cut the wires... but first, remove the fuse..."). You definitely need to look at the paper instructions, go to their web site and download your vehicle-specific instructions, and read them both completely and make sure you understand what you're supposed to be doing. In my case it actually said in one step that I would only need the black, white, and red wires, then in the next step said if I also had a black/white striped wire I would need that too (I did). When you order your stereo from Crutchfield they automatically offer the vehicle adapters for the stereo, but not for this unit. I didn't want to cut the wiring inside my car, so I ended up rigging up an adapter myself. Once actually installed, programming the unit worked great (the paper instructions were correct, the downloaded ones were obviously not) and everything worked perfectly the first time.
Pros: Works great Easy to program
Cons: Installation instruction are confusing No vehicle adapter
The unit was easy to install and configure, and worked perfect the first time I completed the configuration. It is great to be able to retain the use of the Steering wheel controls with the aftermarket deck!
Pros: Fairly easy install and configuration. It worked perfect the first time through!
Cons: Instructions could be a little better on identifying the factory wiring harness to connect to and some of the wiring reference specific to the device.
I replaced the OEM radio in a 1995 Taurus with an aftermarket one that had a CD player and Bluetooth technology. I was a little hesitant at first because the old radio still was in good working order and had external controls not on the steering wheel but located near the steering wheel on the dash that I still wanted to work. After speaking to technical support at Crutchfield they provided me with this simple add on. I am now happy with this purchase and my Grandson is elated! I suppose the next purchase will be a backup camera or blind spot monitoring!
Pros: Easy install only took a few minutes after the radio is removed.
Cons: A little difficult to program. I wanted to use the dash mounted button MEMORY to be used as a MUTE button since no control was listed. I had an extra unused wire labeled as MUTE that may have been used. The VOL+ and VOL- and SOURCE controls work fine however.
It worked for 3 days. I'm not sure what happened, but everything stopped working. I am assuming that the programming glitched, but I was not expecting to have to take my stereo back out to re-program it. The batter was never disconnected, so it isn't related to power. I will just have to investigate.
Pros: Online install instructions were good | Compact | Does what it's supposed to do
Cons: Paper instructions are overwhelming. It stopped working in less than one week.Crutchfield response on 10/5/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This thing was a pain to put in. I wish I had paid the extra money for the Metra adapter. I put a Metra steering wheel adapter in a friend's car and it was way easier. Didn't need to program anything push a couple buttons and it learned everything one it's own. Not this thing tho.
Cons: Confusing to put in and get it programmed.
Very complicated install but when you do it works flawlessly
Pros: Does what it's supposed to
Cons: Complicated install
with the headache of install and soldering that had to be done you'd think it'd work correctly. We followed install steps to a T and had less than half the function promised. It would turn up my radio after the relearn process but would not turn it down, turn it off, change sources, or anything aside from turn the stereo up. When we tried to redo the learn process it would always take the first step but then for step two it wasn't even acting as if I was pressing the down volume button it would just flash and skip that step.
Pros: easy to read instructions.
Cons: hard to get to work correctly even after following every step in the book and provided website.
Once the device was configure, it worked well and was nice to have.
Pros: You get to use the factory steering wheels controls.
Cons: Installation was a bit of a hassle and the instructions were not very intuitive. Also, if you need to re-program it, you need to dis-assemble your work. I think they are on the right track with the device, but installation and configuration needs to less hassle, and I'm guessing as technology changes it will.
I have yet to get this product working. The instructions stated to simply connect the data wire to the appropriate pin position on the factory harness, but doing this would prevent my ability to connect my METRA harness from the aftermarket deck to the factory harness in my car. The instructions did not go into enough detail about how to appropriately terminate the data wire to either the METRA adapter nor the factory harness. I will try splicing the factory wire behind the factory harness in order to get this working.
Cons: Instructions are lacking in detail concerning the data wire connection to the factory harness.
I Include the PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control with the receiver I bought for my '04 Expedition. It was more complicated than I thought, but with a phone call to the technical support from Crutchfield, the programming of the unit was done in 5 mins. Now I can control the volume and input selection of the unit from the steering wheel.
Pros: Great product, easy to install and program after you understand the logic behind.
Cons: You need some electronic experience and knowledge. The functions are limited to the buttons of the OEM.
The reason i waited so long to change out my unit, was i didn't want to loose my steering wheel controls. This is a good product and well worth the money. Make sure you fully read the instructions and you must know what your doing. As long as you follow the instruction on the website you should be fine.
Pros: works great and can be programmed to operate different functions then the factory functions.
Cons: took a couple of times to get the program pattern down and insulation will differ depending on vehicle
Everything was good till I started wiring it. Wrong color wires, wrong pin #s the wiring is all wrong. None of my controls work. I've been doing stereo installs for 20 years an this had me upset.
Pros: Size price concept
Cons: Wiring chart. Needs to be updated or at least checked.Crutchfield response on 9/15/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I like how it makes my steering wheel controls still work on my radio
This product works perfect n was easy install
Pros: Fast shipping and easy install
Cons: Too complicated . Should of bought the more expensive one that programes itself. Instructions suck. Ended up trashing it and forgetting steering controls.
I paired this with a PAC TATO for installing a Pioneer AVIC-7100NEX into my 2007 ES350. Thankfully the TATO is setup to work with the SWI-RC so the wiring is super simple as you will replace the harness from the SWI with the one from the TATO which makes everything plug into the factory harnesses so there was no cutting/slicing required into the factory harness at all. The instructions could use some improvements but otherwise the installation went smoothly as I was able to retain all the factory steering wheel controls including phone operations. Overall I'm really pleased with the operation. I've used Peripheral/PAC products for years and have not had any issues so far.
Pros: Simply installation if paired with another PAC adapter. Was able to retain all steering wheel controls.
Cons: Not the greatest instructions.
Was easy to figure out how to wire and make it work but the programming directions are wrong. Most of the functions for the car don't do anything and will have to be frigged to make the few that I can get to work.
Pros: Easy wiring
Cons: Incorrect programming guide
This unit works great. However the installation was difficult. The wiring diagram didn't make sense. However, Crutchfield support was fantastic. The support tech new what i needed to do and I was able to complete the installation.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Plan on calling support for installation
Had my doubts, but after going through the programming a couple of times changing various options it's doing everything we can ask of it. I even programmed a button to answer the Bluetooth phone calls. We're using it with a Kenwood head unit.
Pros: Almost like it's not there (Which is want you want with a device like this). Allowed me to map factory buttons to different features. Very small, able to hide behind the dash easily.
Cons: Programming take a few tries, make note what you want the buttons to do and be prepared. If you make a mistake, start over. It took me 4-5 tries to get the exact functions I wanted mapped to the exact buttons I wanted. It's not difficult, but does take some effort - maybe 30 minutes. Program, test, reprogram.
Installed it on a Toyota Rav4 to maintain usage of the steering wheel controls. No matter how many times I did it, it did not program the correct buttons. The directions are not very clear.
Pros: Works on some of the controls
Cons: not easy to program. Pay real close attention and read the directions several times
Im new to installing a steering wheel control adapter, but i don't think it should be this hard. Although the process is methodically complicated I didn't expect to stump both the experts at Crutchfield and PAC with abnormal feedback from the adapter. With several days of working with multiple tech advisors and a background in building projects with arduino and raspberry pie I did not expect this adapter to fall through the cracks and not be capable of adapting to a 2015 pioneer stereo purchased with the latest PAC adapter.
Pros: It is a thing you can purchase.
Cons: Functionally the adapter did not work. Specifically track up and down. The buttons on the steering wheel could be programed through the controller. the controller responded abnormally to tech support at Crutchfield and PAC who could not diagnose any errors. Several days and many hours later I am wishing I spent double for a better adapter or programmed one myself.
Worked as expected.
Pros: * Well integrated.
Cons: * I guess no option to integrate call button on steering wheel but no big deal.
Nice unit but the instructions are not concise and i ended up not using
Cons:Crutchfield response on 8/31/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I've always had good luck with PAC products. Once they are programmed, they work flawlessly. With that said, learning the programming process can be a pain as it MUST be done in EXACTLY the right steps. Additionally, to ensure success, I advise programming with the engine running (to ensure that your battery is fully charged). The PAC module works by reading the voltage signal coming from the buttons. If you program with the engine off and the battery voltage drops (which it will do over time), the PAC module will get incorrect/skewed voltag