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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Chrysler

Connects your iPod to select Chrysler factory radios

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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Chrysler, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod (and the hours and hours of music it contains) at home. Just install USA SPEC's iPod interface — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you control song and playlist selections right from your radio. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Chrysler, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod (and the hours and hours of music it contains) at home. Just install USA SPEC's iPod interface — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you control song and playlist selections right from your radio. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible Chrysler factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface — you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different play lists right from the radio. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle. As the iPod interface uses the CD changer port, any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

Compatibility Note: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone device with a Lightning connector, then you will also need Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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What's in the Box:

  • iPod-to-Chrysler interface
  • 72" iPod interface cable (CB-PA85)
  • 44" Adapter to Chrysler radio cable (CAS-CXi)
  • Owners manual
  • Design Change Notice sheet

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select Chrysler factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast forward/rewind
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Dual Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: This adapter allows a compatible iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Chrysler vehicles. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA11-CHR is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Chrysler factory radio (as of 3/4/2015):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5/5C5S* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6+/6* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y


  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following control modes.

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice.
  • Dual Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be operated manually at all times. (May be referred to as "Hybrid Mode" in some manuals)

App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.

Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need applicable music service accounts.

Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a playlist, it should be named CHR1... through CHR5... Text can follow the CHR name and number, such as CHR3_artistname or CHR2-jazz. For a given disc slot (1-5), if there is no playlist named CHR followed by that number, that disc slot will play the first available playlist on the iPod (the second blank slot will play the second available playlist, etc).

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-CHR there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. The aux input is accessed at disc 6 track 1 using the factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. When using the aux input in the Playlist Mode, the Play All mode is moved to the Disc 5 slot and the CHR5... custom playlist is lost.

Playlist Mode Controls: In Playlist Mode the iPod is controlled using the CD Changer commands on the factory radio. Use the Radio's Disc Select controls to access the 5 custom mobile playlists, the Play All mode, or the auxiliary input. Track select, forward and backward, works just like on a CD. Other commands include shuffle play, scan (plays first 10 seconds of each track), Fast Track Search (skips forward or backward 10 tracks), and Fast Forward/Fast Reverse within a song (available in shuffle mode only).

Battery Charge: The PA11-CHR charges iPod battery when connected. Charging stops after 1 hour of non-use to prevent draining the vehicle's battery.

CD Changer Port: The adapter uses the factory radio's CD Changer port so if the vehicle has an existing outboard CD Changer it must be disconnected.

Pause: When a non-iPod source is selected on the radio (AM/FM/Cass/CD) the iPod pauses.

Resume: If the iPod is not disconnected after use, it will resume playing where it left off when you restart the vehicle.

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This is the best interface out there. I had a different one and it works but it will NOT turn off my iPod. It killed my iPod battery. I have the USA Spec on my civic and it works great. Now I'm buying USA Spec for my Dakota. Crutchfield is the best website to buy home, car, and personal audio/video. They even ship to APO AE/AP. The best thing, they overpack your product for shipping. This will guarantee your product will be in one piece with no damage. [ FELIX  Feb 15, 2016 ]

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Yes Jim, the USA Spec IPod Interface for Chrysler works fine with an iPhone 5S. I suggest you use the Apple converter and not one of the cheap versions as I understand they don't work. While at $30 the official version is expensive, it works as you expect. My CaseMate wood series case doesn't work with the adaptor and I have to crack the case to hook up so beware you may have case interference issues. Lightning connector extensions are available that may address this issue, but the one's I have seen get poor two star reviews, so I have not invested in this solution. I wish I had installed this interface earlier. For the money, this is the way to "upgrade" your old Dodge stereo to work with your iPhone or iPod. Since it uses the port and not the headphone jack, the sound is awesome. [ MARC F  Jan 31, 2014 ]
Yes it will work but one thing you got to have in mind is to use with auxyliary cord because the conector for iphone is different from old iphones to iphone 5 [ JORGE A  Jan 31, 2014 ]
Jim, The one I received did not include the new Lightning connector. However, they do state that it is compatible with an iPhone 5/5s, but requires the separate adapter to go from the old-style connector to the new Lightning connector. Here's the exact quote from their specs: "*Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (472LTN230P, sold separately)." Hope this helps. Love my connector that went into a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - it's awesome! Tim [ TIMOTHY  Jan 30, 2014 ]
The cable with mine only handles the older iPhone connection. But I saw at Target that Apple makes a simple converter you can put between your Iphone5 and the old connector. [ DAVE  Jan 30, 2014 ]
This will not work with I5 connection. USA Spec should have an adapter, or replacement cable for the control unit. [ JOHN  Jan 30, 2014 ]
This does work well with the iPhone 5. It does not come with the lightning connector but but I just got the adapter from Apple and snapped it on and it works perfect. [ ABRAHAM  Jan 30, 2014 ]
I bought my unit to go with an Ipod Classic so from that standpoint, I am no help. However, I can tell you that when I received my product, I contacted the USA Products tech line with a few of my own questions and they were both friendly and helpful. I suggest that you do the same just to avoid having to return a product because of compatibility problems. If the unit will work with your hardware, I think that you will be very pleased with it's performance. [ NEIL  Jan 30, 2014 ]