iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module
2011 Scion xB
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Cons: Can't retain factory usb port
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Item # 794ADSMRR | MFR # ADS-MRR
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iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MRR module, along with the correct interface harness for your vehicle, allows you to install a new car stereo in select late-model Fiat, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota/Scion, Honda, Fiat, or Volkswagen vehicles while retaining your factory steering wheel audio controls and the use of your factory amplifier, if present.
First, you connect the Maestro to your Windows-based computer (not compatible with Mac or Windows 10) using the included USB cable, visit www.idatalink.com/maestro, and follow the instructions. Once the unit has been "flashed," it's ready to go. Next, you'll either solder or crimp the vehicle-specific Maestro harness (sold separately) to your new receiver's wiring, just like you would with any Crutchfield wiring harness or wiring adapter.
Important Note: You will also need an additional Maestro vehicle-specific wiring harness that connects your new receiver to the ADS-MRR module and your vehicle's wiring. We will automatically add this harness to your Cart at a discounted price when you purchase a new car stereo and this ADS-MRR module.
The ADS-MRR module also allows you to use your factory steering wheel audio controls with your new receiver. Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. Better yet, you can also assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled.
If you're buying a compatible Kenwood, JVC, Pioneer, or Alpine receiver, you'll enjoy the outstanding performance of your receiver, plus seamless touchscreen control over most of the factory features in select vehicles (see Details for specific functions and installation notes).
Chrysler: You'll retain the use of the Uconnect® system (including voice command), along with your steering wheel audio controls and factory amp.
Fiat: You'll retain your vehicle's factory amp, USB port, and backup camera.
Ford: You'll keep your SYNC® system, including the factory Bluetooth, satellite radio (in select vehicles, see Details), steering wheel audio controls, and other great features.
GM: You'll retain the use of OnStar® system, along with your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, and safety warning chimes.
Honda: You'll retain your vehicle's steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, aux iInput, and factory amplifier
Toyota: You'll retain your vehicle's A/V input, USB port, and backup camera.
Volkswagen: You'll retain your VW's Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus VW's media device interface. Select Kenwood receivers allow you to display navigation info on your VW's multi-function screen.
Important Note: iDatalink Maestro RR is not compatible with a Mac.
Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.
Anonymous, Kahului, HI
Average Customer Review(s):
Cons: Can't retain factory usb port
Totally worth the extra to make all the steering wheel functions work!
I used this along with a Pioneer MVH-2300NEX and my 2008 Ford F250. The install was pretty involved, but the wiring directions included once the Maestro was programmed and a couple phone calls to Crutchfield made it completely doable if you take your time. There are a lot of wires, but they're all color coded, so just go one at a time and make the connections. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the Maestro to read the reverse signal from the truck to turn on the aftermarket backup camera automatically, so Crutchfield guided me through which factory wire to tap to get the signal. It also didn't work with the parking brake safety interlock required for Android Auto integration. This required a 3rd party approach to solve the problem. As always, super support from Crutchfield!
Pros: Retained the factory steering wheel controls plus it added additional features you can program for "press & hold" when using the steering wheel controls.
Cons: Didn't pickup reverse signal from truck for the reverse camera and didn't work with the parking brake signal Pioneer required for Android Auto use.
First off and foremost, the steering wheel controls work - so if that's all you're looking for this is the correct product. OBDII plug in is a great touch and it's cool to see the data from all 4 tpms at one time or to see which reverse sensor is picking up an obstacle. This also retains your OEM Sirius/XM so you don't have to pay the stupid fee to transfer it over. There is some minor lag with the steering controls, but they work. My OEM Bluetooth now only gets static on incoming calls and I've completely lost the OEM microphone functionality - so until I figure out a solution, I've lost hands free calling. The blinker reminder and warning chimes are loud and extremely annoying now using the provided add on speaker and I may unplug it. If I cannot get the hands free working, the whole system will be returned and the OEM stereo will go back in - it is a 100% deal breaker for me.
Pros: Retained steering wheel control Didn't require cutting or splicing wires Kept the same XM receiver ID
Cons: Lost my hands free calling!Crutchfield response on 11/21/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Peter to help him further. We'll either help him get the interface working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
The Maestro sign up make a complicated install doable for the average joe. You will need to visit there web site.
Pros: Ease of instal.
Cons: some bits will not be used depending on your install
A very smart little unit it interfaced perfectly with my town and country keeping all the features or the original equipment
Amazing product. One of the biggest issues I had with my new Jeep was no bluetooth system. So adding this along with the Mopar steering wheel control and a new Alpine head unit I was able to completely upgrade the technology in the jeep and have full control over the OEM steering-wheel controls. Having the ODB connection is another nice feature as I now get realtime vehicle stats on my touchscreen display.
Pros: great for updating sound system and diagnostic system in a vehicle without sacrificing any of the controls
Cons: takes some basic vehicle wiring understanding, requires windows OS
With the integration harness it made this install super easy to to do. Works as advertised!
I was a bit skeptical about the Maestro but decided to give it a try with my new Pioneer media player in my old 2008 F250. It took awhile to get through the online setup process but with some patience I found everything I needed for my application. Do yourself a favor and use the Crutchfield ReadyHarness service - its a huge time saver with all the cables and connectors required. I was pleasantly surprised that everything worked first time, including the factory satellite radio & antenna, steering wheel controls, plus the gauges on the Pioneer display. Not quite plug and play, but given the complexity of interfacing with so many different cars and accessories I'd say its about as good as could be expected. Well done.
Instructions are horrible. The process of programming it on there website lacks any sort of explanation. It doesn't interact with the sync and steering wheel controls 100%. You lose alot of functions. Also the Crutchfield tech line is of little to no help when it comes to these units. These are the only thing on the market to get the job done with sync, but it lacks alot.
Nice update on older vehicles
Pros: Integration and update
Cons: Install is difficult
Idatalink maestro made the installation of kenwoods new dnx694s into my 2013 silverado as easy and straight forword as possible. I was able to retain all factory-installed options including OnStar Bluetooth satellite radio and steering wheel controls. Great product combined with the idatalink vehicle specific harness made the installation seamless for a fully Factory appearance and feel
I would have given it 4-5 stars if I had reached a better cust service person, guy didn't seem too happy to be helping. And also they're are few instructions & tons of add harnesses to confuse u. It would be helpful if they tagged these harnesses cause when trying to describe it to customer service ur reduced to counting wires, where it could be "plug in harness marked "B". Also the backup camera had to be spliced into my truck/loss of factory jbl bt mic so it's not really plug & play for ur factory stuff.
Pros: Adds a few features (simple odb2 /tpsm), retained steering wheel controls & overall still a great concept and engineering
Cons: Cust service wasn't great & was told to disregard a bunch of adapters that I would end up needing , loss of Oem factory mic, oem backup camera required splicing to rcaCrutchfield response on 11/13/2017 We were sorry to hear about Jon's experience with our Tech Support team. We're forwarding this on to our Tech Support supervisors, so they can look into it. We strive to provide the best service, before, during, and after your purchase, and it looks like we missed the mark this time. We hope Jon gives us another chance to prove we're the best in the business.
Great product, definately need to add to your system to keep all the functions of the steering wheel.
Let's start with this: You NEED this. There are so many cool things that this device does - and for my 2017 Toyota 4Runner, this takes Entune's lunch money. Nearly everything about this little guy is simple - don't be nervous about the flashing process. It works. It's fine. The only difficult part of this is the wiring. I recommend using the "ready harness" that Crutchfield puts together. If it hadn't been for that, I'd still be trying to figure out the wiring. My biggest issue with the Maestro is that it doesn't do everything that it says it does for my car - so beware. If you've got a Toyota 4Runner, your factory Satellite Radio will not work.
Pros: Does amazing things
Cons: Hard to install/Wiring is confusion Factory Satellite not supported
Not as plug and play as I had hoped even with the wire harness kit. If you have Windows 10 use chrome browser with internet explorer plugin for programming
Works great. Added a few features I didn't have before.
Pros: Like the few extra features with my steering wheel controls.
Step 1. Don't get step 1 wrong if you don't have a factory Bose system. Also it's taped resistors not plastic boxes you snip. The turning signal sound is cheesy. The steering wheel controls are sluggish. Then there was a wire that shorted out of the hundreds of wires. Trying to get these harnesses back in is a pain. Oh and let's not forget you have to register and flash it on an outdated internet browser. I really wished I never changed out my factory head after dealing with this product.
Pros: Not much except it lets you get a new head.
Cons: Flashing the drive on an outdated internet browser. Chime sounds cheesy, steering wheel controls are sluggish, plastic wires bind.
works well, slightly complicated install
Great device just a little different than normal radio installs but I called datalink twice and had both answers in less than 5 minutes and crutch field actually even built my cart for me and answered all my questions
Pros: Kinda simple to use Can adjust settings Great customer service
Cons: Just different using this device.
I purchased this unit to facilitate the install of a Pioneer AVH-2330NEX into a 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited with OE JBL system and NAV. Had some difficulties during the install, and had to contact iDatalink Tech Support. Tech Support, at iDatalink, and at Crutchfield was awesome! My Pioneer didn't recognize that the emergency brake connection had been made, so numerous screens were unavailable on the unit. Checked the connections/wiring several times, and found it to be correct. iDatalink Tech Support finally found that the firmware was broken, so they rolled me back to an earlier version, and my E-brake problems disappeared. While the iDatalink does a great job of retaining the steering wheel controls, and adding some new capabilities by connecting to the OBDII interface, they fail to make it possible to use my vehicle's OE backup camera (must install an aftermarket camera); fail to retain ability to use OE microphone (must install aftermarket mic); fail to retain fader control over the sound (no work around for this issue). I am very picky about retaining as much of the OE equipment as possible. Not being able to have fader control, and not being able to use OE backup camera and microphone was very disappointing. Had it not been for iDatalink's awesome Tech Support, I would have only given them two stars.
Pros: Awesome Tech Support
Cons: Does not support fader control; OE backup camera; OE microphone.
Everything works like it is supposed to. Easy install for my 2011 Silverado. Installed with jvc media player. Engine info and gauges.
This is an awesome product! Easy to set up. Works flawlessly with the steering wheel controls of my Dodge truck
Install was clean and easy. I have been more than happy with the full functionality.
Pros: Full access to vehicle configuration settings and obd status.
Made my new stereo work with my vehicle not as an independent system
Pros: Steering wheel controls work Sirius Radio works On Star works plug and play Maestro Costumer Support helped with the installation issues
Cons: Instructions were a little ambiguous Picture in instructions on what plugs in where doesn't show both sides of module Uses the auxiliary port on the stereo, luckily my stereo has RCA Out ports that I can convert into and Auxiliary port
All the steering wheel buttons on my 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited work perfectly with the Kenwood DNX994S I installed.
Pros: Easy to install.
Only way to do the job if you want to retain the factory functions as steering wheel radio controls, etc.
Pros: Keep the steering wheel radio controls and gain a few other vehicle info screens on the radio if supported.
Cons: Took a little patience e and customer support for programming for the vehicle and radio interface, afterwards works good.
Advertised as retaining factory uconnect features for my 2015 Wrangler. Tried everything I could think of including talking to Crutchfield. The more I look into things it appears that a lot of folks have the same issue in that Uconnect is not retained. Very disappointed as I wasted a huge amount of time and a lot of money on the install. All other buttons work as advertised to control the unit though.
Pros: Does use steering wheel controls
Cons: no unconnect
As of yet, it does nothing to retain any factory functions of my 2017 Jeep Wrangler. I purchased this with a kenwood ddx594. Everything on the radio functions correctly (SiriusXM, HD Radio), but I cannot use my factory USB located in the center console, I have to use USB via a wire dangling from underneath my glove box. None of my u-connect functions work at all. Have made 2 calls so far and nobody can seem to figure out why nothing is working. I have tried resetting module and flashing it again and again. Waiting to hear back and hopefully get a resolution. As of now, it's an extremely overpriced wiring harness....if it gets figured out I'll change my tune
Pros: None as of yet....
Cons: Does nothing it's advertised to. Maybe be a faulty product, but as of yet we cannot determine the issue
This unit was purchased and installed in 2013. It has been updated when ever a firmware update has been available. It works well, but every time you want to check for updates or consult a installation guide you need to log in, but, they have deleted your account. The unit works well but only getting 3 stars because there is no iDatalink email support or phone support on weekends. I really wish there was an alternative product to this. If you value customer service then avoid this unit.
Pros: unit works as advertised.
Cons: account being deleted every time you need to check for a firmware update.
Have not installed it yet, but I purchased it because of its supposed ease of installation. Only time will tell
Installed this on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler along with a Pioneer NEX 5200. Works as advertised. One screwup on my part. As received the Maestro requires programming that will allow the radio to correctly operate with the vehicles controls (steering wheel buttons). Simple I said. Plugged it into a PC's USB port and downloaded the software. It could not find the Maestro. If I had read the instructions that were supplied, it tells you to download the software first to allow the Windows driver to be installed. Only then connect the Maestro. My bad. Once I discovered my error and took the steps to recover, everything worked perfectly. There is space along the right side of the radio for this box to sit. Nice box that allows for customization of the button / interface functions.
Pros: Great unit in functionality. So easy to have the factory steering wheel buttons function as they did with the OEM radio.
Cons: User needs to read the instructions before plugging it in to a PC for programming. Easy to assume it is plug and play. This is my fault and not iDatalinks. The instructions are quite clear.
Super easy to program and there tech support is awesome over the phone. The gentleman told me a trick to do and made my experience ten times better with the unit. Worth every penny if you want to integrate your factory controls with your aftermarket radio.
Pros: Easy install, great tech support
This little module is great. I love that there's a product out there that can be a bridge between the OEM factory components and an aftermarket radio. The documentation about SiriusXM radio is confusing. I wish this was spelled out clearer. The Ford documentation doesn't mention anything about using the factory SiriusXM radio, but the Pioneer document does mention that it can use your factory sat radio. Also, when flashing the module, one of the options to choose is SiriusXM. I was under the assumption that I wouldn't have to buy a separate SiriusXM tuner. That was not the case. I ended up needing the external SiriusXM tuner that connects through my Pioneer AVH-2330NEX. I wish I would have known this ahead of time so I didn't have to tear open my dash again. I also wish I could use my factory microphone through my AVH-2330NEX for phone (without using Sync) and Android Auto. I don't know if that's a limitation of the iDatalink Maestro or the AVH-2330NEX, but it would be nice to not have to run a separate microphone. Other than that, this little module does great work in integrating factory installed items with an aftermarket radio. I would highly recommend adding this if your vehicle and radio support it. It's well worth the money.
I wanted to keep my factory back up camera on my truck. Luckily I was talking with a customer support rep, and he said that this unit will not retain the use of the stock camera on my vehicle. Before buying make sure you check the compatibility of this unit with all your features before purchasing.
Pros: Looks like an easy to use system
Cons: Doesnt retain stock camera
purchased this with Kenwood 6903. I'm not sure i really needed it since i ended up removing all the Sync features. I think a less expensive steering wheel control module would have been just as effective.
Pros: If you want to keep Sync features it works
Cons: If you keep sync features it feels a little sluggish to respond
Made installation easy. Worked as advertised except UConnect did not carry over. Need to research why.
So far this product is great. I paired this with a Pioneer 2400NEX in my 2016 Jeep Wrangler. All you have to do is flash the module which allows you to decide how to have it setup, plug it into the harness (sold separately), and enjoy the ride. The only thing that I disliked about this is you can't manually program all of the buttons on the steering wheel. For example the menu and compass buttons are unable to get long press assignments set for them. I cant take off a star for this though since I don't know if it is a limitation with the Jeep or the module itself. One thing to note though is that if the OBD connector ever gets unplugged, you have to perform a reset on the Maestro module for it to function again. With the 4200NEX it is possible to do this right from the radio menu, however other radios may require you to manually press the reset button on the Maestro box behind your dash.
Works as advertised! Very pleased overall. This Maestro was mated to the factory harness of a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD's DVD/Nav receiver (with Boston Acoustics) which was replaced with a Kenwood DVD/Receiver, model DDX374BT. Mine is configured to retain the factory 6-channel amp. The only reason I'm giving the Maestro 4 out of 5 stars is because I had a couple of wires and a bundle/harness of wires leftover that remain unexplained so the only ding is a slight slack in complete documentation since none of the supplied information reveals what those are for. I don't have photos handy or I'd have posted them here. I expected the harness documentation to explain what would be leftover or unused. I'm especially pleased with the fact that I've regained all of my steering wheel controls! I went for several years without a functioning display on the factory head unit, and along with that, only the volume buttons worked on the steering wheel. In addition, having a visual display for my Jeep's health statistics and gauges is a real plus!
Pros: Easy firmware programming; easy installation. Highly recommend for someone trying to modernize their old system to today's media hungry technology.
Cons: Documentation, while good to very good, remains incomplete.
Works as expected. Without PC/windows explorer impossible to setup/flash.
Pros: Works as expected.
Cons: Need a PC to flash/setup. A little confusing if your new to it.
I'm redoing my previous review. The module works great but is difficult to install. Like another person, I had problems with the backup camera. The camera only comes on while applying the foot brake. The screen is black when you remove your foot, like when you are backing uphill. I called Crutchfield tech support. The technician said he couldn't figure out what was wrong. He referred me to Maestro. Their technician decided the wiring harness was defective and had me contact Crutchfield again. Crutchfield graciously sent me a new harness at no charge. After installing the new harness, there was no change in the camera operation. Further testing by me showed that whenever you applied the brake, power was sent to the camera even when not backing up. The stock Toyota camera is 6 volt. Some people have tried connecting it to 12 volts, but I ordered a 12 volt to 6 volt adapter. I connected the adapter to accessory + power. Problem solved.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 9/6/2017 After seeing Pete's review, the good folks at iDatalink actually reached out to us, stating that they hadn't supplied us the correct information for the Toyota Venza. We also had the wrong accessory harness listed for the Maestro ADS-MRR interface and this Toyota. We've since corrected this issue, which is now the correct harness for the Venza. Thanks, Pete, and sorry for the trouble.
great interface, lots of wires , needed a little tech help and actually talked to a live person! great product support with knowledgable agents. Item worked well- but had to look for a reg PC for flashing- wish they had compatibility for MAC as well...
Was a bit harder to install than I thought it would be, but it really wasn't the worst experience. Just follow the instructions and be patient! It's great keeping the OEM functionality that was important to me.
Great interface. It allowed me to configure my controls to my liking. It also gives vehicle information such as engine performance, diagnostics, gauges and tire pressure. This gives me diagnostics and info that I didn't have before. Steering wheel controls work just like I set them. My biggest problem... It did force me to change browsers to IE. This is my least favorite and mostly obsolete since my computer came with Microsoft edge. Simple enough to change. From Microsoft edge browser click 'Settings and more' (3 dots at top right of page) and then select 'Open with Internet Explorer'. Not a huge deal but it seems unnecessary.
Pros: Full control over the function of my steering wheel buttons and easy programming.
Cons: Requires use of an older browser to flash the module.
Very difficult to install , n fact haven't been able to operate my steering wheel controls yet.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 8/1/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your steering wheel controls. If you need our help again, please just reach back out to our tech support team. They can either help get the controls working correctly, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Although ultimately worked as expected my installation was delayed by almost a month due to setting up the unit (flashing) took me so long to find a compatible windows PC that met idatalink's requirements. I only have a Mac and friends with PC either didn't meet required spec or their company's IT department didn't allow download of the plugin that was needed. Looks like it hasn't been upgraded in over 5 years!!! They really need to get current with technology or shut things down. The vehicle gauge display is nice and not obnoxious but would be even better if could have multiple screens (like iPhone where you can swipe from main app screen to the next. Having the limit to just 5 gauges is disappointing but putting even more on one screen is not the answer.
Pros: if you can get it installed it does work for steering controls and vehicle data
Cons: Initial programming of the unit assumed you have a PC from 10 years ago
Not for the backyard guy, could not load it, feel this product should have arrived ready for the vehicle ordered for. Returning
Like the features offered on my 2012 Toyota Van. The only thing I would recommend to people is to purchase a long USB cable to have the installer leave hanging in your glovebox. This is so you can change programming without taking your Dash apart. I would also encourage new buyers to look at the Idatalink site and check to see what firmware your vehicle uses and what features you get from that firmware. A good example is my built in Sirius didn't carry over because that firmware and wiring doesn't support it. While I may miss that feature, I'm still very pleased. Please also note that your Maestro may have to start up and "boot" before the steering buttons work.
Pros: Great options and check engine notifies. Notified me that my hood was open when I left the shop.
Cons: research required on features.
Excellent product quick shipping.
There were lots of wires and a lot of wires left over. I think it took three separate website instructions to get everything lined up. It also added a bunch of wires behind the unit so make sure you have space behind your head unit.
The module is not the easiest install I've ever done. I got it done, but had to have help.
Pros: Works flawlessly
Cons: Not the easiest install
Great product, easy to use.
I intended to install my radio over the weekend while I had the time. Friday night I went on my computer to program for the install. Followed the iDatalink instruction but was not able to log on. From what I could figure out for some reason I requires a password resel. I submitted a request for a password reset and got a window stating I would get an email allowing me to reset my password. It is now Sunday afternoon an I am still waiting for that email. So much for my radio install while I had the time. Unable to call anyone for support as their business hours do not include the weeken. In addition I am Wesr coast and they are East coast. Not happy with having to wait for another time I have time for the install!
Pros: Don't have any yet
Cons: Should be able to reset password and get support any day of the week.
Works like advertised. I did have to reach out to tech support on a simple question and they were great.
Pros: Works great, easy to wire and configure.
Cons: Can't use a Mac to flash or get wire diagrams.
Opening the package (Maestro Rr and the Maestro Gm5) I instantly became overwhelmed with the amount of wires and connections. I thought to myself "there were only three wiring harnesses connecting to the back of the factory radio, where in the heck are all of these going to go"? To add to the confusion and frustration there were no instructions within the packaging. I attempted to figure the rat nest of stereo wires by looking at my new Kenwood instruction booklet but that didn't help much. After searching online I came across a wiring diagram that after studying it over a time or two looked to be fairly simple. Probably the hardest part of it all was getting the new stereo to fit back in place with all the new wiring shoved in behind it. I will say that when I contacted Crutchfield for support they were very patient and helpful.
Pros: Crutchfield technical support . Wire coloring was very similar to factory making it easy to match up.
Cons: Poor instructions, idat-alink requires you to go online and print of guide. Is not compatible with Mac computers, you must have a PC to flash vehicle info. Plug in connections to module were very tight. Almost to tight, worried that I might damage the connections when attempting to remove.
The Maestro RR does bring most of the functions over to an aftermarket stereo, but the Uconnect voice and setup functions have not been consistently effective for me. I ended up giving up, as most people will, and just using my Kenwood unit for total control. Also, the wiring instructions and setup were pretty basic. A shout out to their (idatalink) customer support lines though, a call to them with a quick hold, got me set up for changing control to the Kenwood.
Very cool interface between your vehicle and stereo. Installation was fairly straight forward. I had a couple of questions that idatalink answered easily, and they answered the phone almost instantly.
Pros: Great interface.
Cons: Does not include the option to connect to your factory GPS antenna (Farka connector) or offer the adapter in the kit. Also, I had to add the microphone that came with the stereo because they do not allow for the interface with the factory microphone.
Very easy to setup
Excellent product! Got 100% of all functions working as factory for Fiat 500X 2016, there Customer service is excellent
For the most part, this did all I needed it to. It did however, not fully function as advertised. uConnect was not retained- even though the company claimed it was. I have no uConnect functionality in my car anymore. I am still able to do the most necessary things but the fact that I cannot use some of my built in car features like it claimed I could, was pretty disappointing.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 6/27/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to help them further. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
A great product! Got 95% of all functions working, except for a couple items on my steering wheel controls. Their Technical staff is working on it since the 2017 BRZ IS THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE these controls. The other problem is finding which other wire I need on the 22 pin plug for the rear camera. Otherwise, I see every function imaginable about my car and I know they will have the couple problems resolved with a new download.
Product is accurately described and worked perfectly in my 2010 Silverado 1500 Extended Cab.
Pros: all good
Worked as expected. Customer service from manfacture isn't all too good. The flash of the module is tough if you don't use internet explorer
Pros: Plug and play. All functions worked
Cons: Flashing the module
This is absolutely a must if you have an after market radio and want to retain use of factory onstar.
Pros: Love that I get to keep the factory on star and steering wheel controls.
Cons: Little on the big side to stuff behind your radio.
This is a must if you want to keep your steering wheel controls. You must first program the module through a PC computer. While you are programming it for your model of car and the replacement audio/navigation unit, you can also reassign your steering wheel buttons to other functions. I especially like being able to see what my tire pressures are while driving. My Toyota only had a warning light when one tire was low before. The module also allows you to view and reset engine error codes.
Pros: Keeping your steering wheel controls. Viewing your tire pressures while driving. Reading engine error codes.
Cons: A little tricky to get programmed and installed.
BUYER BEWARE! idatalink advertises this unit will retain your Chrysler factory uConnect. That is NOT always true. AFTER installation, when you have problems, you see on their website that, on some OEM head units, the uConnect features were actually installed in the OEM radio itself and cannot be retained with the MMR module when an after market stereo is installed. Works pretty well after installation. Very poor directions. Antiquated website for further details. Maestro claims this unit
Pros: Works OK
Cons: Poor directions Antiquated website for programming and supportCrutchfield response on 6/19/2017 Thanks for pointing out those facts on the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR and select Chrysler vehicles, Steve. You're absolutely correct about Uconnect retention, which is why we display this footnote on our online KitFinder tool for compatible vehicles: 'This wiring interface retains the factory amplifier. When used with an iDatalink-compatible car stereo, the interface retains your digital fader, and will also retain Uconnect if your factory radio has the "RES W/" phone icon or a face code beginning with REQ, REU, RHB, or RBZ. You'll program the interface online.'
I used this to upgrade the audio system in a 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport with Uconnect 3.0. Installation was simple, though some of the connectors were hard to push into the module. Scary hard like I was going to break something. The wiring harness you need to get made hooking things up nice and easy.I didnt connect the speaker wires because i use the RCA outputs, but it looks like all the colors match up. I attached this to a Kenwood ddx374bt. All the uconnect silliness was preserved, albeit it is buried in submenus. All the Steering wheel controls and the hands free calling works with no problems. Make sure there is lots of room behind the receiver. The module and the wiring harness take up quite a bit of space. This would get 5 stars but for two things: to flash the proper firmware to the module, you need to you Internet Explorer. gross. Double, and triple check to make sure you are downloading the correct firmware or things will not work! The only function that does not work properly is having the backup camera turn on automatically when going into reverse. The parking lines show up, but i have to manually activate the camera.
Pros: Easy to install Good clear instructions keeps functionality of the Uconnect system
Cons: Some connectors are scary hard to connect Archaic methods to flash firmware Make sure there is lots of room behind Receiver
Works great and very easy to install.
Pros: Kept steering wheel buttons and added a bunch of other cool features as well
Cons: Instructions were a bit lacking.
While it can be a little complicated to separate out all the additional wires and connectors that are not necessary for your particular vehicle. However, Both Maestro and Crutchfield's support is phenomenal. So you can always get support, if necessary~
Installed in 2017 Jeep Wrangler unlimited rubicon; holy complicated wiring scheme, Batman! I've installed dozens of radios and this had me scratching my head a few times. The factory USB and Bluetooth doesn't work, but the steering controls work fine. Save your money and get the cheaper harness. The deck I installed had its own USB which is better (apple CarPlay enabled) and the Bluetooth through the deck allows two phones synced rather than just one with the factory uconnect. You will have extra wires too, directions could be better.
Pros: Steering controls work. To be fair it does suggest having a "professional" install it.
Cons: Waste of money on the USB and uconnect Bluetooth, new head unit options are better anyway. Directions could be better.
Wiring is intimidating. I ended up with 1 main wiring harness and a few minor harnesses that I didn't use. Box must be flashed online before you can use it and ONLY with Internet Explorer. (I had to install IE just for this purpose.) C'mon, iDatalink. Allow us to use Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Mac, Linux, etc. Do yourself a favor and solder/heatshrink the wiring connections. That takes up less room and you'll need it. There are a LOT of wires, cables, etc to stuff behind/around your radio. As others have said, rapid button presses (like if you want to quickly decrease the volume) count as a "hold". (I "fixed" this by making the Volume - "hold" as Mute. If I'm trying to rapidly decrease the volume and it thinks it's a "hold", it'll just mute it. Good enough.) Nice that it plugs directly into the OBD2 port (instead of having to cut/splice wires). iDatalink should change the plug to a pass through as many auto insurance companies are using a device that plugs into the OBD2 port for premium discounts. I had to flash the box a couple of times as the first time it lost the steering wheel controls. Pretty easy to remove in my truck but still a pain. I'd say this might be more of a website issue than a box issue. Chime (which replaces the factory chimes, etc such as turn signal sounds, door ajar, etc) could be louder. NOTE: On Pioneer radios, the 3.5mm data cable MUST be plugged in to the AUX cable on the radio if you want
Pros: Keeps most/all of the factory features. Once it's wired up, it's easy to plug everything in. OBD2 plug...no need to cut/splice OBD2 wiring.
Cons: Chime could be louder. Wiring is a nightmare! OBD2 plug should be a pass through.
Works great. Directions could have been a bit clearer. I ended up with a lot of unused parts and wires, some of them never referred to in the instructions. I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because the radio I bought was not listed in the profile you have to download and flash the module with. Had to guess so picked the model number closest to mine. It worked but feel they need to keep their profiles and install instructions up to date, it cost me time guessing and trying to find information.
Pros: Works great all the controls on my steering wheel control the radio
Cons: Instructions could have been clearer and idatalink needs to keep the profiles of radios support up to date so you don't have to guess
2006 Tacoma with JBL audio, installing Kenwood DDX6903S head unit. At first, the unit didn't work, I had 12v power, but no ACC power. Several calls to my brother (a product engineer at Toyota) and Crutchfield, figured the Idatalink harness HRN-RR-TO1 was bad. Crutchfield customer service was great, sent a new, but different brand harness. I really wanted the Maestro because the tire and engine indications. Before I attempted the new harness, I called Maestro. They stated possible corruption in the flashed unit. After re-flashing, following the instruction harness steps in order, success with the Maestro. but only had sound out of the rear sub. Called Maestro again, I had the RCA connected into the wrong spot on the Kenwood unit. The steering wheel control at first didn't work, but found that the wire harness that connected from the factory harness into the HRN-RR-TO1 harness was loose (possibly from the multiple disconnects made by me). Both Crutchfield customer service as well as Maestro customer service was very friendly and helpful.
Pros: Works as advertised, almost close to plug-in play. Able to keep the Steering Wheel controls. Only had to solder a few wires. Excellent customer service with Crutchfield and Maestro
Cons: Wiring diagram is a bit vague on which wires and harness gets connected into the Maestro box
Yes, this install was a little intimidating at first, but it wasn't as difficult as I feared. When Maestro says that you need to run Internet Explorer up flash the module, they mean it. Microsoft's normal edge browser than many don't know is not internet explorer won't work. Not difficult, but might be easily missed by some. The product is pretty good. It retained factory features, integrated the Bose factory amp and speakers, and it even added screens not available on the OEM equipment. Mostly the product is good, but there are a few features, which might be vehicle specific (hard for me to know), which could use improvement. You can configure the factory steering wheel buttons based on single press or hold values, but if you try to repeatedly volume up or volume down and have hold functions assigned, the unit registered a rapid click as a hold. Slight flaw there. Also, the functions that I could assign to the steering wheel control was surprisingly limited. Maestro should really work with manufacturers to get the up to do preset and hold up seek. Instead, it was only registered as seek+ which is then interpreted by the radio however the radio sees fit. It was a "tune" up and down button. Don't get this wrong. Great product, but could be excellent.
Pros: Configurable plus hold functions available; vehicle info screens and dials; retained XM
Cons: Rapid button presses count as "hold" presses. Would like more screens available.
Very good product. Worth what i paid for it.
Pros: Keeping the factory sw controlls. Able to have my vehical info like gauges and to read and clear codes if the check engine light comes on if paired with the correct head unit
Cons: Kinda pricy when there are less expensive options.
Installed this in an Fiat 500x with a Pioneer head unit. The setup of the module was fairly straight-forward, but the wiring diagram was lacking and resulted in a call to Crutchfield and then another call to iDatalink for tech support. iDatalink was very helpful and almost immediately recognized what was wrong and told me how to correct it. This did retain all my factory features and added gauge support. The module itself fit nicely under the new head unit behind the face plate. BTW, the 3.0, 5.0, and 6.5 referenced in the installation wiring diagrams refer to the size of the FACTORY radio display.
I just installed the Pioneer AVH-4200NEX on my 2016 WRX and wanted to retain the steering wheel controls. I was looking at both the Maestro SW and Maestro RR. I should've just gotten the SW instead of going with the RR and here's why. I have my Cobb Accessport already connected with gauges but the headunit paired with the Maestro RR interferes with the Accessport. You have to choose to run one or the other. The gauges are also pretty limited in terms of options. Some key data fields I wanted was not included for the '15+ WRX: - DAM (dynamic advance multiplier) - feedback knock - fine knock learn - air fuel ratio - battery voltage - intake manifold temperature - calculated load Those are just a few. Now one cool thing I did find is that it interprets your fuel tank as a percentage but the value constantly floats +/- 3 percent (maybe due to fuel slushing all the time?). The Maestro RR also doesn't show other car information like tire pressure for each wheel and doors/trunks that are open. The dang wires that tap into the OBDII port are barely long enough to reach there as well. Bottom line is if you have a tuned '15+ WRX with a Cobb Accessport but want to retain steering wheel controls, just stick with the Maestro SW. Unless this is just a weird quirk with my Pioneer headunit it just doesn't work.
Pros: - gauges - steering wheel controls - very customizable button layout
Cons: - very limited options with gauges - no other car information (TPMS sensors, battery, etc) - Windows is required and not Mac compatible for programming
Installed in the 2008 Chrysler T&C with VES. Install was fairly easy. The wiring diagram needs more detail for each of the cables (this thing came with several, and not all are used). I didn't know where the audio cable connects on the head unit, but Crutchfield helped out. All of the OEM functions in my car were retained, and this device added additional buttons on the steering wheel. I programmed long presses to answer or ignore the phone, mute, etc. I'd give this device 5 stars, but in order to program/flash the device, you must be on a windows computer. I run linux on all of my computers, and neither firefox nor chromium would work. On the windows side, I could only get it to work by using Internet Explorer. I would have deducted 2 stars for the computer issues, but the retention of factory settings and the addition of the long key presses adds a star.
Pros: Kept all of the OEM functions and added custom buttons to the steering wheel.
Cons: Can't use linux
What a fantastic product. I really like the OBD2 integration, its a nice touch. Setup was easy and it even retained my factory XM. I do have one issue with the long press/short press and voice button not working on a couple of my steering wheel controls but It may be programming or patching. Still a great product.
Pros: Retains all your factory gear, easy to program, updatable, harness was straight forward, ODB2 integration
Cons: a couple of my steering wheel controls don't work but that could very well be my fault in the programmingCrutchfield response on 5/17/2017 Patrick, we're sorry you're having issues with your steering wheel controls. If the problem continues, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get it working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Holy crap the wires! Very intimidating at first when unboxing but worked out very well after the install, works as expected
Pros: Not the greatest install procedures and set up but after you get started becomes easier Great support from the Crutchfield personnel too
Cons: Not the easiest install initially Looks difficult
Really nice being able to keep steering wheel controls with an aftermarket head unit. I will take off one star because you have to completely remove it (from what tech support says) to reprogram or flash. That means you have to remove the dash and the head unit. Then, unplug all the cables. Not to mention you have to use a Windows PC and Internet Explorer. Come on, it's 2017. It should be compatible with multiple OS's and certainly browsers. No reason they can't come up with a better way to do this.
Pros: Pretty simple to program.
Cons: It reads the ODB2 and that's neat. But the gas gauge is a little off. Showing 94% on a full tank. Not a huge deal and I'm not sure it's the RR's fault but a little annoying. A few other small issues but tech support says it's my head unit although I can't find any settings to back that up.
Easy to use plugged right in after programming.
Pros: Easy to use plugs right in
Cons: Lots of wires and size to hide in dash
This thing does not connect properly to SYNC for my vehicle. I have spent HOURS on the phone with tech support and he even called iDatalink personally. Their instructions do not work, and told me to cut a wire that I didn't need to cut and was virtually impossible to splice back properly. I had to hard solder the wires back and use shrink wrap. iDatalink was aware of the instruction issue but had not bothered to let people know or change the instructions. I flashed the module several times with each time assigning the steering controls as they should be. NADA!! The volume, scan buttons work correctly for the receiver but SYNC voice does nothing, you can't use the proper buttons to answer or hang up on a call, but the forward and reverse keys work for that function??? HUH?? So I have 2 additional usb ports that are dead for all practical purposes because you can't gain access to them. Just junk, at least for my Escape!!
Pros: easy connection
Cons: Does not function with SYNC as advertised!!!Crutchfield response on 5/15/2017 John, we apologize for the troubles you had with your installation. Because of your review, our Tech Support Supervisor, Joel, updated the information we have on the iDatalink Maestro and on this version of the Ford Escape. He's also helping with the presentation of iDatalink's outdated instructions. Joel also set John up with the appropriate interface for this installation.
Does not work as advertised on 2017 Subaru BRZ. However, Crutchfield did update the website (removing the item as fitting my car) after I called.
What a nightmare. First find a windows computer wonderful i only have macs now its either find a windows computer or Load it up on a mac. In this day and age one world thing you would make a version for each or there is a pay out from Microsoft going somewhere. NOTHING it labeled NOT one thing I find this to be insanity on your chart you have a,b,c,d, etc but nope not on the wires or even on the box come on attention to detail. SO three plugs all fit in three different connectors now its trial and error to see what does what. NOW FOR THE GOOD PART. Preinstall hook everything up and lets see No steering wheel controls work interesting drive 30 minutes away and use a windows computer reprogrammed it again. drive home 30 more minutes plug it in yeah volume up volume down seek and mode work YET the call or hang up or voice DONT WORK you're KIDDING ME. SO as of this review half my buttons work. Now lets go into what else doesn't work parking assist doesn't work, why? really! NOPE PARTY MODE NOPE OEM bluetooth and Microphone NOPE Had i known 3/4 of everything wasn't going to work I would have stayed stock There has to be a better way for this Even when it comes to directions, what each plug is for, CLEAR PRINT on what you'll lose and won't lose Don't you test this stuff? so the amount of money I spent purchasing now it order to find out more I need to call someone WHO is going to pay me for my time? Sorry Crutchfield but the products spent with you will be returned
Pros: There is none
Cons: All stated aboveCrutchfield response on 5/24/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Tom to issue an apology and help him further. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This unit does what it is supposed to (I guess), but wiring it up is not for the faint of heart! Very complex.
Love being able to diagnose my cars codes
Love the features in 2011 f150 works great with jvc receiver
Pros: Features it does
I spent a solid six hours trying to get this kit to interface with two different PC's in order to download the settings for my vehicle. Finally after the third attempt with tech support, they were able to take control of my system via a remote desktop application and quickly install the necessary files. Once everything was uploaded, the product works as expected and I'm very pleased.
This product is great for making everything work together.
The instructions on the install could have been a little more descriptive when putting it in. I used mine in a 2016 Toyota Tundra SR. It was able to give me gauges steering wheel controls and door open and brake sensor. It was not able to use my factory Microphone and an unable to get tire pressure but that could be cause I don't have the senor things built in. The flashing has to work on internet explorer only which was kind of a pain, but the interface was simple to use once it was working. If it did not have the steering wheel controls I would probably have not needed/returned it. I thought it would take a lot more info like gas mileage, tire pressure and other info from the truck but did not get that info. It could be because of the OEM truck features but it was less than I expected.
Pros: Steering wheel controls Small unit so easy to fit behind receiver. Factory harness which I bought extra was easy to wire and fit.
Cons: Not as much info as I thought I would be able to get onto my receiver. internet Explorer only for Flashing.
This thing was a serious pain in the butt to hook up. It has somewhat ok instructions until it doesn't work and then you call and they tell you "oh that year is different you need to do it this way". Just too many variables with no clear solutions without call Maestro.
It actually worked. iDatalink, and Crutchfield for that matter, each offered exceptional customer support.
This is an real treat to have with my radio to be able to see the gauges and to be able to access my satellite radio of my car and diagnostic too.
Used this device to make my new (to me) 2012 Jeep JK think that the stock radio was still in place. Kept all of my steering wheel controls. It isn't a cheap alternative, but it is one I'd do again.
Pros: Maintains all stock controls
Cons: Somewhat pricey
I found the installation of the iDatalink Maestro to be pretty straight forward. I have full control over my Ford Sync and steering wheel controls. Performs as expected.
It helps maintain some of my steering wheel controls. I programmed it but some functions do not work. I have an after market amp, and it would not turn it on or send any sound. I had to by pass the speakers directly to the amp.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 4/11/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem, or need help, with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Worked as advertised.
Pros: Did what it was supposed to do
Cons: Set up and install can be time consuming and a bit complex but very doable
2008 Ford Explorer Limited, Original premium" sound system: Had the system since 8/2016, enough time to play with it, and try to work out the kinks & bugs. I bought this with a Kenwood 6902s which I'll review separately. Installation was pretty straight forward with the exception of wire splicing for the steering wheel controls. Instructions for the Maestro (specifically the wire splice for utilization of the steering wheel controls) were painful. Pin positions and wire colors didn't match my vehicle. I WAS able to get it to work by buying a Ford wiring diagram manual and identifying the correct pins/wires by function rather than color/pin location. The Maestro can't display transmission temp, which was one of the main reasons I wanted it. I am told this is a bus issue with Ford, but I have another device that plugs into the same OBDII connector, uses the same pins (6 & 14), and is easily programmed to display transmission temp. Also, when starting, if I put the car in drive without waiting at least 12 seconds, 8 out of 10 times, the display shows Maestro's "Vehicle Info" display. Check engine light, door ajar, and TPMS statuses. It should display the radio screen or last selected screen. Overall, I am disappointed, but resigned to living with this the way it is as I have too many hours of multiple installation/de-installations and troubleshooting time invested. On the positive side, Maestro has been ve
Pros: Keeps factory steering controls. Shows chassis data (doors open, check engine, TPMS, OBDII codes, Keeps factory amp. connected to Idata and internet for download and flashing without any issues. Tech support was very good.
Cons: Several bugs (See above) Bulky harness difficult to fit in my Explorer Wiring installation instructions didn't match my 08 Explorer. Very difficult to get steering wheel controls connected. Can't display trans temp.
Can be a little tricky to flash yourself. Keep this in mind if you are doing it yourself. Works perfectly. It retains many things the oem HU controlled. In my 2016 Ram 1500. it did not retain the oem backup cam, the oem satellite radio, or the oem Bluetooth microphone. Absolutely ridiculous if you ask me. However, I know it isn't their fault the auto manufacturers are trying to phase out the aftermarket HU integration capabilities.
Pros: Retained control of vehicles features through HU
Cons: Does not integrate key oem components such as Bluetooth mic, sat radio, and backup cam.
Great Product, All features works
Really cool! Only complaint is that my vehicle doesn't utilize this enough to justify the cost but that is not the fault of the maestro. 2011 Toyota Tacoma with the JBL system only allows for tire pressure/temps, battery voltage, tachometer, speedometer, and intake temp. There is so much more it could do if my vehicle had the features.
Pros: Does what it says pending what your vehicle will allow, great customer service
Cons: Had to have help from idatalink to flash my product, Instructions could be better, pricey
A must have for easy installation
Nice product for the FORD F150. They did not want us to customized this truck at all. This product helps change out the factory equipment but keeps the factory cool features....Sneaky :-)
I purchased the iDatalink Maestro when I put a new Kenwood head unit in my 2014 Ram 1500. It does everything it said it would. Installation is easy as long as you can match colors. I did have a small problem flashing the module because of how my computer was configured but a call to their tech service number and the representative helped me resolve the problem in about two minutes. The only minor complaint I had is that the ports on the module are not marked but luckily the the wiring harness connections only fit in their corresponding port. I still wish they were labeled. It isa must have if you want to keep your steering wheel controls and it even added some cool features like seeing the gauges on the radio screen.
Pros: Easy to install Works as advertised Adds cool features
Cons: module ports are not labeled which would make installation easier
I like this Maestro. It allowed me to retain my factory onstar and Siriusxm without buying a separate tuner to install. Plus, it has all the cool gauges to tell me about my truck's engine and other systems. It's pretty neat.
Pros: Bells and whistle gauges, allows retaining Siriusxm with the factory tuner.
Easy to wire and works like factory.
Piece of cake to install. If you have steering wheel controls this unit is a must. If you do not it may not necessarily be needed.
All electronic minds suggested this for my project. So, it's good and reliable at time if this draft.
2011 GMC Sierra and Alpine W960,worked as described.
I installed this with a Pioneer AVH-4200NEX head unit in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JKU. It works as advertised allowing me to program all of the steering wheel buttons on my radio. When I first installed it, the vehicle diagnostic functions weren't working as advertised. It took a Maestro reset from within the head unit before they started registering properly. I gave it four stars for this as well as the fact that the programming interface isn't the prettiest or most user-friendly. There is also sometimes a small delay when using the steering wheel controls.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to.
Cons: Seen some minor bugs. Slight delay when using steering wheel controls.
Great little unit, easy to install and I love that it retained my factory sync functions. In cooperation with the JVC head unit I purchased it actually added some new features, like gauges for engine monitoring and tire pressure.
Pros: Retained factory features and added some new ones.
Install went alright. Took a while since i also had to go through the kac-001, but it works great in the end.
Cons: Extra wires added the are not mentioned in any of the other applications that I noticed.
User guide was easy to understand and hook up. The site needed to flash the system was a little cumbersome. Overall I've had the system for a few weeks which had replaced my sync system and love it.
Great product, easy to flash and install, maintained all steering wheel controls.
Pros: worked as advertised
Best install instructions I've seen. Nice small unit the is very easy to connect to the after market radio and your vehicle.
Pros: Small unit with great instructions to make the install process easy. Great customer support.
Cons: The unit still required a speaker for the chimes and a mic to use with my phone.
All factory buttons work awesome in my Tundra. Great buy
Great compatibility with my 2010 Corolla. Awesome gauges and info about my car while it is on. Love the use of the steering wheel controls.
Does most of what it says. Overall, I am satisfied with it. Misleading though when it says it allows you to keep the factory uConnect stuff. My Ram already had the microphone in the mirror and I wanted to be able to retain that. Instead, I had to run a new wire and now have something else I have to see sticking out in the open (the new microphone). I lost all the uConnect stuff. After some digging around, it seems that uConnect is part of the factory 5.0 radio. So if the radio comes out, uConnect comes out with it. Sure would be nice if they informed people of that. I would have loved to at least been able to retain the OEM microphone. Other than that, it was easy to program even though there are basically no instructions for that. I ended up having to pull my dash apart three different times to reprogram the unit to get everything figured out to my liking. It did retain the OEM settings and the rear backup camera. Also gained the Maestro options which are kinda nice. Still have Bluetooth stuff through the radio, and now my voice button on the steering wheel allows me to do volume up and down, while the phone button allows me to answer and hang up calls.
The bomb everything is just like factory with an awesome head unit.
Pros: Very easy to hook up
Awesome way to keep fj cruiser features and add even more features
Pros: Easy to use Adds awesome gages and vehicle info
Cons: Bulky might be hard to fit in vehicles with small dins Lots of wires
Pros: It works perfect!
After programming the module, no installation guides were available. Had to call customer service who couldn't find one either. They were eventually able to supply a similar one from a couple of years ago which worked. Glad to have Crutchfield customer service.
INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT CLEAR AT ALL. HARD TIME FINDING ROOM BEHIND UNIT TO STORE A PILE OR WIRING AND THE MODULE BOX. YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD HAVE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS PER APPLICATION ON THEIR WEBSITE.
Pros: KEEPING FACTORY SETTINGS EASY TO FLASH
Cons: UNCLEAR INSTRUCTIONS BIG BULKY
I got this in an installation kit which included a couple vehicle-specific harnesses. This interface and/or installation kit is pricey, but let me say, it's worth every penny. After opening the boxes and seeing the contents with a myriad of connectors and wires, it looks intimidating. programming the module on the PC was very easy. After that, it was a matter of seeing which connector goes where. be prepared - you will have a few connectors and adapters left over. This interface is sold for a variety of cars, so they have to include harnesses that fit various vehicles. After I installed the head unit, I expected some functions to not work - there were just so many connections that I figured at least one of them would be wrong or not secure. To my surprise and delight, though, every feature worked like a charm.
Pros: All features worked. My vehicle now has features (gauge readouts, etc, etc) that it didn't have before.
Cons: It would have been nice to have an adapter that allows use of the factory satellite antenna rather than having to use the magnet antenna in the SiriusXM kit. Also, my vehicle isn't compatible with the backup camera feed on described in the instructions. There is a work-around, however, that I'll use in a few weeks.
Keeping all the factory settings is awesome and its all plug in play but some of the instructions are unclear . and a lot of wires were unneeded.
Pros: Plug N play,maintain factory controls , compact
Cons: Unclear instructions
Had a hard time trying to flash the unit. I knew from the product details that I would need a Windows PC running Internet Explorer. I am able to Boot Camp into a clean Windows 10 installation on my MacBook Pro so I figured this would not be a problem - wrong. By all appearances the Weblink Updater Plugin and the USB driver both installed without issue, however, running IE (not Edge browser) I still got the error message that the required plugin was missing no matter what I tried. Fortunately, my wife uses a PC for work (Windows 7 / IE 11). I installed the plugin and USB driver again and then the process worked. One thing worth noting - When I finished the flash process, the completion screen said there are no install or owner guides for this firmware. It was very non-obvious, but when I went to Crutchfield's product page for the GM5+ Interface Harness (not the Maestro RR) there is an Owner's Manual link that takes you to a 452 page (!) PDF file for every GM vehicle. Deep in that document I found the seven pages I needed. You should be able to get the installation guide from iDatalink's GM5+ page but probably only if you are using Windows 7 - I found it impossible to 'select my vehicle' on a Mac using Safari, Chrome or Firefox or in Windows 10 using Edge or IE. The rest of the installation was straightforward.
Pros: Works as advertised. The steering wheel controls work, the Factory Amplifier works (once I found the Amp Turn On wire, which is labeled 'System Remote Control' on the AVIC-8200NEX. The factory SiriusXM and the OBD II functions (tire pressure, gauges, etc.) also work. In my GMC the backup camera is integrated into the rear-view mirror and this still works but the Pioneer has a nice graphic of the back up sensor with approximate distance. I have not tested OnStar.
Cons: Cumbersome flash process unless you are running a Windows 7 PC. The Maestro wiring diagram did not show up and I had to hunt for it - that is what you need - not the one-pager for the Maestro but the full diagram for your vehicle + Maestro RR + wiring harness combination. The Crutchfield instructions only covered the basics. Even then there is room for improvement (e.g., my vehicle did not have one of the factory harnesses shown). Hard to find room in the center console for RR + ha
Had a little trouble programming I data link tech walk me rite through it works as it should cool peice
Pros: Work good
Cons: A little difficult to program
Looks pretty intimidating when you lay it all out, but it's actually a pretty simple plug and play system.
I bought this for my new head unit ddx9902s. after installing this unit it would not work my rear dvd unit that is factory installed and they have not fixed this. So my 2004 durango no longer has sound for the rear dvd. After installing we also found you will have to reboot the unit so it can use the OBD2 not like it was a big deal to do this but would have been nice NOT to have to call if they just said it some place.
Pros: love it works my OBD2 for the screen works great with every thing
Cons: this unit does not support the rear dvd unit so no more sound.
This works with a 2013 Jetta Sportwagen, but idatalink's website doesn't list the wagon separately from the sedan, so Crutchfield doesn't list it as fitting. The Crutchfield advisor didn't know, so I called the manufacturer to confirm. Installed and works great.
Pros: Pretty easy to install, keeps your car's functionality.
Cons: When I plug in my phone to my Android Auto receiver (NEX-4100), it cuts off my phone's Bluetooth. That means I can't use my car's factory Bluetooth while using Android Auto. Very annoying, but not this devices fault.
Easy to program, ,,,I was a little afraid at first but easy to use and the Crutchfield team backing you up is awesome
Pros: Good overall. .plug and play
Works and it is awesome
Pros: It's very cool
I don't know.. could use some improvement on the sync feature.. it's good.. but could be better
Couldn't programm. Had two different people that know this stuff well try and they couldn't either. Returned product.
Cons: Didn't work
Clear easy to follow wiring instructions, and does everything as advertised.
It does what it says it does, however I had a few steering wheel controls that dropped out, and the serial number for my JVC wasn't loaded, so had to contact customer service, which was able to clear it up within 10 minutes. So far so good
The iDatalink Maestro worked perfectly in my Avalanche. It allowed me to retain all of my factory options including the Sirius/XM radio. The only thing that it didn't retain was the microphone. I think this is more of an issue with the Pioneer 4200NEX. Overall it was good and the wiring diagrams that were provided from the iDatalink website after flashing the firmware were perfect. The instructions included all of the factory wiring colors and made it easy to install.
It works great with my truck, also it is awsome that it plugs into my obd plug and tells me tire pressures even tho i have an xlt and battery voltage and a bunch of other stuff
Pros: All good
I installed this Maestro in conjunction with a Kenwood DDX-9903S in my 2016 Toyota 4Runner. The Maestro does everything it says it will do and I even got a few nice features I didn't know I'd get! The basics -- The steering wheel controls work flawlessly and the online programming process was extremely easy. I previously installed an Axxess ASWC-1 in my old car. The programming process was tricky with all the flashing lights and pushing small buttons at exactly the right time. But the Maestro was so easy. Installation was pretty straight-forward and the provided instructions were well-written and the illustrations were clear. The Maestro added cool lines on the reverse camera that show my projected path when I turn the steering wheel. This wasn't present on the factory head unit. I also got tire pressure & temp, battery charge, neat gauges, and the ability to change some factory settings (e.g., the time delay of the rear window wiper when on intermittent).
Easy to install
Terrible product! Where do I start... First the unit arrives with No instructions whatsoever! You are looking at a small flimsy box and a mass of wire harness and multiple connectors. You must log in to the website and "flash" the module prior to receiving instructions related to the unit and your vehicle. I attempted this, and even though my computer (less than a year old - PC) had everything required per the instructions loading the iDatalink flash program was problematic, and support was non-existent. Never got the program to load. The other issue is that the unit itself is very cheaply made giving concern related to installing it in an SUV type Toyota FJ rougher riding vehicle. On top of the lacking quality of the product, because they attempt to make the unit and Multiple connector wire harness universal to multiple vehicle/stereo matches the number of wire connections that must be made to hook everything up is tripled from just a standard clean installation. I don't know abut you, but in my experience as the number of wire connections increases dependability and reliability decreases, plus in tight areas where do you hide all those additional connections. Last - even though I was able to obtain the instructions for my vehicle they were terrible! The instructions didn't even tell me what functions the unit would activate for my vehicle. Don't waste your time and money!
My advisor was very helpful in helping me select the best options to fit my needs. The items arrived quickly. Great service.
Pros: Super customer friendly folks.
This product was great! Easy to customize and flash. I wish I would have thought more carefully about the programming before installing because I want to change a button but it's buried in the dash now. It seems to respond and communicate well!
Pros: Works good Easy to flash
Cons: Hard to change settings once installed (Not necessarily a unit flaw)
This made installing and retaining factory set up so much easier. Ran into a couple issues setting up uconnect but their customer service is top notch!
Pros: Easy to wire Retains factory stereo set up Easy to program Great customer service
Didn't know this type of product existed. Wow!! After programming this unit on a laptop and installing it the unit worked like magic. I mean it is in my 2013 Wrangler like factory with steering wheel controls. Oh and their support staff was very helpful.
I have been trying now for 3 hrs to try and update the module with no result. Neither Chrome or Internet Explorer will respond with Maestro Rr plugged in. Each time i plug it in my computer keeps beeping at me, letting me know it has been taken out. I have looked up online and they say i need Activex. Again neither Chrome or IE respond to it. So how has it been easy for others to update this thing ? The website is no help nor is the app i downloaded from it. What have i wasted my money on ?
Cons: Does not register at website. Cannot update Maestro.Crutchfield response on 11/17/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Steven to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the interface updated and working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Harder to wire than expected, easier to program than expected. I would have expected, at this price, that buying the corresponding harness from Maestro would have allowed me to basically just snap the iDataLink into the harness and the harness into the stereo. I did expect programming to be more difficult: Maestro has obviously worked very hard on the interface and process because it went flawlessly. It's as simple as logging into a site, selecting some options and giving the software time to do its thing.
Pros: Very simple software setup
Cons: More "hard-wiring" than expected.
Works great as expected!
Seamless integration for our 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Plugged into the computer via the supplied USB, flashed through iDatalink's website, plugged right into one of their available harnesses for our vehicle, and worked right away.
Pros: Very quick and easy to setup and install
Cons: None so far
An absolute MUST for install in a Silverado. Keeps all the OE features and steering wheel controls. Keeps factory USB port operational.
Pros: easy install, great sound, keeps all OE features in my truck
Cons: tight fit in the dash
With a bit of head scratching I was able to figure out this installation. The kit comes with a quick start guide that sets you up with the correct installation guide and gives step by step instruction. Pairing this module with the vehicle specific harness(idatalink CH) and the Kenwood harness went smoothly and all the colors matched. The actual "plug-in" part of the installation got confusing since some of the connectors were not used and just remained hanging from the main harness and the kits comes with "extra" cables that are not labeled. My steering wheel controls did not work which had me looking at three manuals trying to track down the problem. I ended up finding a cable that was not mentioned in the installation instructions that actually clicked into the back of my Kenwood receiver and into the module. Instant fix for all the problem. I gave this product a 4 star because it does not clearly label all the items in the kit.
Pros: Retained factory features
Cons: Instructions not clear, headscratching involved
This product is amazing how it connects with my factory sync and links it to the radio giving me real time data on gauges and tire pressure. The only problem is when I have the radio Bluetooth and the sync connected it causes my radio to freeze up
Hands down the folks over at maestro have some of the best support and knowledge databases out there to help you install any setup. This unit fully integrated my car computer to my radio allowing diagnostic access, tire pressure check, and a fully customizable gauge layout. All while supporting any and every feature any modern car can provide.
Pros: Incredible instructions, simple direct connections with either male female connectors or direct solder. The support staff will handle any question quickly and provide you detailed assistance for any issues.
Cons: None, this product is a complete game changer when dealing with complicated in car infotainment systems
It makes the investment in a stereo worth allot of features work perfectly with the factory controls in my FJ Cruiser. Having the live data on my gauge screen is incredible.
Maestro was easy to install and gave me full steering wheel control again after losing some functions when Toyota installed a third party radio when I bought my Tundra. Programing took some time because I don't have a PC and my Mac will not work to program the module. Minor problem.
Pros: Programmable to probably work for almost any car. Small enough to tuck it behind your radio even with the ton of cables required to get my radio working.
Cons: Need a PC to program (minor) if you know someone that does have one.
Once I tried to not overthink it and actually spent 1 minute reading the instructions it was super simple to setup, configure and go. When I first started it up in the car with the radio, it noticed that I had a factory amp and asked if I was sure I didn't want to use it, as I had chosen not to in during the configuration. I acknowledged that I didn't want to use the factory amp and all was good.
Pros: Way easier than trying to wire everything yourself, plus the ability to retain the factory steering wheel controls make it a no brainer.
Cons: Requiring a Windows PC and a very old version of .Net seems kind of dated but everything worked without issue.
It took a couple of tries to flash the unit to my make/model. Once completed, the radio worked effectively with the steering wheel controls.
Pros: Works great and easily programed
works like a charm. Great product.
The instruction to "flash" the maestro are easy to follow on the website. Once you figure out that is what needs to be done you just enter your can information and the website takes care of everything else. Connect it to the idatalink and you are good to go.
Pros: easy to use once you get to the website and enter you car information, interacts with your car seamlessly
Cons: Figuring out how all the wires with the maestro and the idatalink work in unison is the hard part. lots of extra wires.
This unit DID finally do everything it was supposed to do, but it wasn't an easy process at least in my situation to get there. I expect it works great if your unit is one of specific units listed on the website (where you go to get the software to flash the Maestro RR) but my unit was a newer Blaupunkt, and all that was listed was generic Blaupunkt radio w/ or w/out Bluetooth. I flashed this for my Blaupunkt Cape Town 940 -- and it didn't work. Spent days reflashing, reconnecting, resetting speaking with the ADS team (who were great) until I researched that my newer Blaupunkt was actually a rebranded Chinese unit and used the Key 1 Key 2 type system for swc. I decided to choose one of the firmwares for these types of Chinese units, and it worked. All of the features it said it would retain it did retain for my system. So basically, installation would have been a breeze if the firmware had been correct one. Hopefully this will be addressed by the company.
Pros: Programmable unit for different radios so likely wont be obsolete in future with a new radio installation. Support by company is fantastic and they will keep working with you until it works.
Cons: Firmware lists on site are not completely up to date for brands in which the actual radio is not listed, so some trial and error to get correct firmware may be needed. The firmware flashing software requires Windows 7 to use at this time (Windows 7 is officially unsupported by Microsoft now, so I expect the company will have to fix this soon.)
Unit would not program.
Cons: unit would not work. returned for refund.
Well first thing after opening it you have to get on their website to program it for your vehicle. That process is quick and easy. I thought it was cool that you could program your steering wheel controls how ever you wanted. The installation was easy. There was a couple of wires not used that come with it. Every thing works like it was supposed to on the first try.
Pros: It worked like it was supposed to. All radio functions and vehicle info worked.
Cons: Finding a good place to mount the box itself so that you would have enough of the harness left to connect to the head unit.
There is no doubt when the maestro is working the interface is great! But as with all things in aftermarket car the instructions are lacking. 1.) Please change the interface so that active-x is NOT required!!! Every browser HAS moved away from that technology. It does work in Windows 10, you just have to open internet explorer - not the Edge browser. 2.) Another major pain was the lack of instructions as to where to place to 2 interfaces from the radio to the maestro!! A.) 4 Pin connector goes to the black connection on the maestro!! B.) didn't even know that about the other 2 pin connector that connected to the Pioneer with an audio jack labeled WR.
Pros: gives lots of options once connected connectors attach very securely works with Windows 10 helpful knowing blinking red means no data connection
Cons: interface needed OLD internet explorer (not new Edge browser) sorely lacking instructions and diagrams if i had known where 4 pin plug went on the meastro wouldn't have needed blinking red light
The Maestro module was for my new Pioneer AVH-4200NEX. I was worried about the steering wheel controls, but I got a lot more than that with this module. The prep is tedious (programming settings and studying their installation instructions) but if you read everything and do like they say, the results are worth it. Besides keeping the steering wheel controls, I got: - backup and parking brake wires are part of the VW wiring harness, so I didn't have to take apart the interior just for the Head Unit (HU). - Vehicle info can be displayed on the HU (like engine load, RPM, MPG, etc) - I had a choice to use OEM or Pioneer bluetooth The BEST part - since the GTI has no accessory key position - is when I turn the key to OFF, the HU keeps playing, and the bluetooth keeps working. Until I pull out the key - that's when the HU turns OFF. With the OEM setup, the radio and bluetooth went off. You could make the radio play if you hit the ON/OFF button, but the bluetooth stayed off. The part about pulling out the key just makes so much sense for a VW.
Pros: Idata's web site was great for downloading whatever it was for setting up the module. Instructions detailed and clear. Adds features I never knew existed for a GTI.
Cons: Preparation, setup and wiring is tedious
I purchased this unit over the other units because I wanted to display above the radio to function. The product works well but I wish it had some other options available during programming. Programming the unit is easy enough, but you must use internet explorer and only internet explorer. I ended up programming the unit 5 times, but that was only to remove Sync and to change button configurations. I thought I wanted the buttons set a certain way only to find out I didn't like the way I had them. I ended up with the factory setup plus using the "ok" button as a mute. The secondary button option is a plus. Setup and test the buttons to make sure that you like the setup before finishing the radio install. Initially I wanted to retain Ford Sync, which this unit does. However, when I have it configured to use Sync I cannot use Pandora source on my headunit because it is paired to Sync. Well actually, I can play Pandora and such through Ford Sync, but you control it from the phone. I liked it paied to the radio better since I can see the Pandora song information and can control Pandora from the headunit. I decided to do away with Sync since my radio does all the functions that Sync does but better. I found out with this setup I cannot use the factory microphone, I had to install the one that came with the radio.
Pros: Easy setup, secondary steering wheel button functionality a plus. With the right wiring harness, I didn't have to cut any of my factory wiring. I did have to call tech support, one guy seemed very helpful the other one not so much.
Cons: Must purchase a separate vehicle harness. A lot of excess wire. The instructions definitely could be better. You have to download the instruction and diagram from the internet. The diagram was enough to wire the unit, but there was not a decent instruction manual to cover the programming process, though it is easy. There is nothing that discusses the options you can select during programming. Had to call tech support to find out if I do not use Ford Sync, I could not use the factory microphone.
Include instructions with the product! Even the online instructions are less than stellar. Lots of guesswork goes into the installation process.
Great harness, however, you must have a Windows PC to program it. There were issues programming, but I figured it out. Read the installation instructions carefully, and if you follow them, it's a snap! No issues at all once I installed it, takes about 30 mins.
Pros: Once you get it programmed, it makes everything work great!
Cons: Programming can be a pain, and Crutchfield can't help you. You have to deal with iDataLink, and that can be difficult if you have a job, as their business hours are very inconvenient for the working public.
This unit worked well and was easy to program ONCE....I figured things out. NOTE: this requires activeX to flash the unit or program for your vehicle. You do it via the web interface. For me, I have Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge none of which support ActiveX. So, I had to download an old version of Microsoft IE to run ActiveX. Other than that, things went well and install was fine. There is probably an easier way but, I installed on a Sunday and their tech support is only available M-F. I didn't call Crutchfield maybe they would have a better answer? As awesome as the Crutchfield team is, I'm sure they would have.
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do, programmable options,
Cons: Had to download older version of IE to run ActiveX, directions are not extremely clear and kind of basic.
Where to start... I bought the components(Pionner 3800BHS, Maestro RR, Idatalink HRRGM5, Sirus/XM-SXV300) recommended by Crutchfield that I needed to keep my SWC and OnStar but all I got was SWC. Installation requires an internet connected PC. That was fine until I had to take the unit out to re-flash about 6 or 7 times to no avail. I'm wondering how many times you can actually plug and un-plug the cables before having an issue. Thankfully the installer did nor close up all the panels so we could work with the Maestro unit as we found the issue checking the install. OnStar can faintly be heard and does not hear me. They have had me flash the unit more times than I want to admit and have had tried 3 or more different firmware versions. Crutchfield support has been really good I wish I could say the same for the Maestro product. Have not heard anything in 9 days now. Beyond my return date so I'm now stuck with a piece of junk.
Pros: Small, compact, ok price
Cons: -Must connect to PC and flash before use. -Does not retain ONSTAR. Do not take them at their word. Test everything and if they can't make it work within a week. return it! -Does not retain onboard Sirius/XM(requires a new Sirius/XM radio box).
I received actually what I ordered everything fit perfect. I called customer service he was very helpful And knowledgeable
works on most things some still have problems have not had time to contact co.they may have a fix then might be 5 star.
Pros: Not to hard to install did not connect with some features May have been caused by Fords famous running changes. Crutchfields phone people were great in making be happy with whole deal.
Cons: steering wheel controls around 90% working
Easy setup and works perfectly with my Ram 2500. Beats all the others!
Amazing product this was my first time using this product after many previous double din navigation and dvd receiver installs in the past. Made the wiring plug and play. The programming was easy and the added steering wheel functions are super nice. I will certainly use this whenever possible in the future.
Pros: Easy to use. Simplified wiring to plug and play, Maintained steering wheel controls, all factory speakers and factory subwoofer. Ability to choose to maintain power during cranking (nice for the cold mornings when the glow plugs warm up for 20 seconds) Integrated flawlessly with Kenwood Head Unit
Cons: None for my application
Retains the factory steering controls perfectly. Works flawlessly with the Kenwood head unit for the oem controls.
Pros: Retains oem features
Cons: Lots of wiring lol
This is a must with most later model vehicles. It allowed me to retain steering wheel controls, Bluetooth phone and aftermarket backup camera. I also really like the fact that it comes with a small external speaker that I elected not to install so now I don't have to listen to the annoying door chime when my door is open, and no more annoying blinkers clicking. You will lose on-star audio from what I'm told but I would never have used it anyways.
Works well. Easy to use. Very easy to wire. Just follow directions and plug harnesses together.
You must use the T02 harness with this in a 2016 Toyota Rav4, not the T01 harness. It also says the square plug is not needed, but it is needed for the factory usb in the front. I plugged the usb end of the plug into my Android Auto USB (USB2) of the Pioneer 4200 NEX and it worked. Everything is retained from factory except the factory Bluetooth mic which you would think it would be possible. This includes the rear camera, steering wheel controls, usb, aux, and it reads the vehicle computer very well. The factory settings controlled through the factory head unit (for door lock and light options) are retained and carried over into the settings. It also shows my tire pressure where as it did not do this factory. I have the LE model which does not have the read out but apparently the sensors are still there. It shows RPM, MPH, Engine Load, Coolant Temp, Fuel/Air Ratio, to just name a few on the dash unit.
Pros: Does everything and more, too many pro's to list.
All the features worked as stated then I noticed heavy smoke rolling out of the maestro unit. Motherboard is burnt. Googled the problem and saw where others had the same issue.
Pros: Keeps factory settings working
Cons: Catches on fireCrutchfield response on 5/17/2016 Our Tech Support group reached out to this customer to set up a return. We're also working directly with iDatalink to have them diagnose the problem with this customer's interface.
Works as advertised. Highly recommend!
Pros: Very easy to set up and install
I'm currently still in the install process. I had a very hard time linking this up to a pioneer 4100 NEX, I have spent countless hours on the phone with Crutchfield trying to solve issue. I currently am not able to retain my factory Rear system audio (RSA) headphone jacks for the kid. Idatalink currently will not power on a Kenwood 9702s and I've reflashed the module countless times. Has not been as rock solid as I've read. I'm definelty worried I'll be driving and lose all radio functions. Wiring diagrams are ver generic from Idatalink and did not match exactly the module I had. Crutchfield has been a lot of help trying to resolve these issues and Idatalink has not been much help.
It's a great idea, but make sure you go to the iDatalink website and use the simulator to make sure it'll meet your needs. Mine will not use the Voice, OK, or Phone buttons on the steering wheel unless you keep the Ford OEM Sync. Sync is what was my reason for replacing the entire system. It's a 2010 Expedition with 2007 Ford software trying to interface with an iPhone 6 Plus running an iOS that came out last week (April 2016) No wonder the sync no longer speaks to my iPhones. So, iDatalink, you need to be a replacement for the Ford Sync My Ride and work on your own with all the buttons and functions. Not being able to go "next preset" is annoying at best. I was told I'd have to configure this in the Kenwood, but that option is not there. Connecting to the Ford system reproduces the problem I had to begin with
Pros: Great idea... I bet it's awesome for some
Cons: Not enough programmable key options in the pull down menu for each button function.
I am not impressed with the Maestro RR. I bought a Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX that said "optimized for the Maestro RR." Trying to get everything working in my truck with this thing was a heck of a time. I ended up having to call Maestro's tech support because I couldn't get my truck to start after I had everything hooked up. Tech support literally had me unplug everything and plug it all in one piece at a time. The final formula was the exact same thing I did in the first place. After I hung up with tech support, I mounted the radio and everything else in the dash kit then reassembled the dash. My truck wouldn't start again. For some reason, my truck absolutely refuses to start unless I have the original WiFi module installed along with the Maestro. The only things that work fairly flawlessly are the blinkers and door chimes. One very annoying issue is the accessory kill option, I'm supposed to be able to start my truck without the radio turning off. My 8100NEX takes a long time to turn on and even longer every time I start the truck. I don't know if my truck was/is the issue, but next time I'll stick to the Metra kit.
Pros: Can potentially give a HUD of engine diagnostics Can be controlled through the head unit Keeps factory sounds and warnings The included chime speaker has impressively high volume
Cons: Was difficult to install and get running The blinker volume sometimes jumps to max volume Radio turns off when I start my truck Maestro (not Crutchfield) tech support was not knowledgeable towards my vehicle at all. Their only suggestions were unplug everything and start over. Doesn't show anything when I adjust my climate controls It has an additional plethora of wires that aren't conducive to working in a tight space
Does what it says, easy to program once you get to the website
Pros: Easy to install, set it and forget it.
Cons: not able to reset the OEM device is need be
This worked great except for one button on the steering wheel. I programmed the "volume down" button to reduce volume but it brings the preset channels down. I am currently working with Maestro on a software fix. Other than that it worked great. The online instruction could be improved. You have to select a steering wheel type. One with no telephone buttons or one with audio only buttons or one with no buttons. You select a picture in the app that matches your steering wheel. The images look exactly alike for one with telephone buttons and audio buttons or the one with audio buttons only. That can be confusing.
Pros: Allows you to retain factory features while greatly improving the radio.
Cons: one software bug.
It does what it says it does. I was lucky to be working in a dash that had a lot of space available.....normal sized vehicles may pose a challenge to find a place for it and the wires. The instructions didn't quite match the unit....some of the wiring didn't quite match up and directions are a little vague on what the specific wires do. There were a number of calls to tech support and pulling the unit a couple of times to get everything working right. Tech support is only open during "normal" hours, which of course, are not the hours most self-installers are working on it, so a few days drifted by. But this is six months later and it continues to work flawlessly.
Pros: Makes keeping your steering wheel controls possible. Use means very minimal wire splicing.
Cons: Takes up some space and may not be testable until things are fairly put back together. Changes mean pulling it all out again.
It's not what I expected.
Pros: Some of my factory stuff works.
Cons: So when I hold down volume down button on my steering console. It goes to mute. I dislike this greatly. The Hang up button on the steering wheel is obsolete. I am so unsatifised with this. Also The equipment is only PC compatible. I own a MAC. I didn't find this out until I relieved it. Who looks to see if a piece of equipment for their truck is PC or MAC compatible. It was a pain to get it setup.
Great product, allows full integration with factory ECU system
Break out the spaghetti! Between this and the Maestro K150, wow! After looking at the wiring, though, it wasn't so bad. Not all wires will be used. This has a cable that connects directly to my Kenwood for data communication.
Pros: Allows seemless integration. Best system I've used to date.
Cons: Having to find a PC to use to flash the module. I thought we had moved on from those dark days.
Works as advertised, good instructions
Pros: Good instructions
Installed with Kenwood DDX393 in my 2011 F-150. Clear instructions and wiring was a snap. Operates all steering wheel controls as advertised and allowed me to keep all SYNC system functions. Even fires the old SYNC display with artist/track information.
Pros: Functions as advertised. Clear instructions. Allows you to keep ALL SYNC functions.
Fairly easy to install. I recommend also buying wire connectors. You need a PC (Windows) to setup the unit.
Pros: Does the job, great support
Instructions could have been a little mire detailed especially concerning merging with SYNC, as this was the main reason to purchase this item!!!
Pros: Offers everything to keep OEM features
Cons: instructions leave a lot to be desired
Product seems to be working fine once installed. The downloading procedure off of your computer is very hard. I contacted tech support and was told I had the wrong web browser (and I have three). Ended up taking it to another retailer to have them download the drivers so it could communicate with my vehicle. Allow extra time for downloading the drivers to the product. Other than that it works fine and is worth the time to use.
Work great and you can even change how some of the controls work
Pros: Can change how some controls work
Cons: Have to have go on line to program and for wiring diagram
Uconnect does not work after install. Voice button and call button do not work anymore unless I program them to do something other than uconnect. All other features work flawless.
Pros: Has all of the features of the cheaper kit.
Cons: uconnect does not work anymore.Crutchfield response on 1/20/2016 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 interface installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The iDatalink Maestro works perfectly with my 2012 Expedition and Alpine X008U to retain Sync for and free calling and internal gauges display. Complicated wiring harness, but definitely worth it to maintain full factory functionality.
Pros: Perfect for maintaining factory system integration.
Cons: Quirky to program, requires Internet Explorer and Windows to program, with some security features turned off. I had to dive into the iDatalink forums to find the solution to get it programmed.
After following instructions still my steering wheel controls do not work
Cons:Crutchfield response on 12/30/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I installed this on a 2013 F150 after replacing the entire factory system. I have retained all factory functionality, including SYNC (for better or worse), the steering wheel controls work great (no delays), and the vehicle diagnostics are pretty cool too. Installation was not nearly as bad as I thought it might be, with zero wire-tapping and just a few crimp connects between the aftermarket receiver's main harness and this unit. Everything else was direct harness-to-harness connections, including the OBD-II connection (which will have to be unplugged for diagnostics by a repair shop or emissions inspection.
Pros: Maintained 100% of my original functionality plus added a few features I didn't have before.
Cons: A huge spaghetti bowl of wiring. You can expect to spend a fair amount of time just staring at the wiring diagram and actual wires before it finally clicks in your head and you understand what to do with all of it.
Excellent support of steering wheel switches in Dodge Caliber. However, integration with other devices isn't as good. Fader control may be lost with factory amplifiers.
Pros: Allows customization of the steering wheel buttons to allow most common functions to be handled without removing your hands from the steering wheel. For example, Mute can be set up as a press-and-hold of down volume, unlike factory radio which requires reaching over to the head unit.
Cons: Doesn't support all factory digital amplifier features. Per Crutchfield tech support, only certain head units will support the digital output needed to keep the fader control.
Fantastic product!!!! Plug in the computer, flash and install. Couldn't be more simple. Way less complicated then other products!!!!!
Pros: Easy of use, simple to install, fantastic installation instructions. limited wiring. Maintains all features!!!!!!
Cons: If you don't have a Maestro ready, or a more expensive radio, one may not retain all functions like Sirus XM..... But well worth it!!!!!
Works good, but doesn't support back up camera On my 2009 jeep, allows custom setting for steering controls which is nice, and my uconnect didn't work after, even though it said it supported it for my model, the installation of the wiring could be better.
Pros: Most factory setting work with my after market deck
Cons: Lack of oem camera support
Works like a dream with my truck's OnStar, factory XM receiver, and steering wheel controls. I even had to call iDatalink to clarify some things and they were very helpful and spot on.
Pros: Works as advertised. Techl support was great. Easy to install
Cons: Wiring can get a little hairy. It was not clear to me that I needed the ADS-MRR module AND a vehicle specific harness.
Easy to program. Keeps almost all stock features. Depending on the head unit additional satellite tuner may be req. To keep Sirius xm
Cons: Between wiring harnesses, maestro and sat tuner tight squeeze for the head unit.
Gotta say, I was quite impressed with this little guy. Programming and updates worked fine first time. Steering wheel controls are customizable and work as expected.
Pros: Works as advertised, made the install very easy.
Cons: The programming and updating via the website was a little tricky to get working due to browser restrictions and web based content management. Most web based applications are like that, but this one couldn't use chrome or MS Edge (default in windows 10). I had to open up an older version of Internet Explorer to get it work.
Fantastic integration with my cars internal tech.
Pros: Flawless integration with my 2012 Volkswagen CC internal wiring/systems.
Cons: none.. worked flawlesslyy
This review is based on my experience with the Maestro iDatalink coupled to a Pioneer AVIC-4100NEX receiver in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with the stock Alpine Radio System. I changed out the head unit for the Pioneer AVIC-4100NEX. I have used Pioneer for decades. Always liked the interface and performance. Tried others but came back to Pioneer. I coupled it with the Maestro iDatalink to retain steering wheel and voice controls. It works fine except the fader will not stay set. Once the car is turned off and back on the fader setting reverts back to 0 (or near zero, it's not always zero). Pioneer blames iDatalink and says there are no updates for the 4100NEX. Crutchfield says it's an issue with Pioneer. Looking on the net, seems that the Metra ASWC-1 works with the Pioneer although that unit requires some wire splicing. Crutchfield sells it. Don't know if I can get my money back on the iDatalink, it's been 6 months since purchase. But I will try the Metra ASWC-1 in hopes that the fader setting will stay set.
Great little device to retain factory features and wiring. I used this gizmo to retain the steering wheel controls and use of the factory Infinity amplifier and speakers in my '11 Wrangler when I installed a Pioneer head unit. For my application a couple of the wires were Very difficult to access, but they are unique to my vehicle and I may have approached them from the wrong panel. The iDatalink Maestro must be programmed before you use it and you will need to do some soldering on the harness. Once installed it worked perfectly as advertised.
Pros: Does what it says. It let me keep using my steering wheel controls and factory installed amplifier after installing my Pioneer head unit.
Cons: It takes some work to install, but it is easy work if you can solder wires and apply some heat shrink.
Part of the recommended install kit for the JVC KW-V11 I purchased. The instructions provided for the Maestro from their website led to a support call with Crutchfield. The support tech was able to diagnose and resolve the issue quickly.
Pros: Everything works.
Cons: Crap instructions for wiring. Misleading flashing instructions on their website led to re-flashing the device once.
I was pleasantly surprised how much integration the kit provided to the factory APIs on my Charger. It allows my Kenwood 9702S to display feeds on the engine and tire pressure that I didn't realize the car could do. And the steering wheel controls are everything the kit promised.
Hookup was easy with this, the required ford harness, and a pioneer unit. Wiring diagram was pretty simple to follow, and once the harnesses were all wired together it was pretty much plug-in ready, then a few simple steps when first powered up to complete the programming setup and it was done. All the steering wheel controls work great, and are even customizable. I can return to using Sync if I want to re-flash the module (am currently not using Sync) and factory amp is still used for my amp with this unit.
Pros: Everything works great, is customizable, and can be re-flashed if you want to change which factory features to retain later.
Cons: Instructions seem a little outdated, as it showed splicing into a couple of wires for the OBD-II connection but the harness actually came with an OBD-II plug on those wires, so it just had to be plugged into the OBD-II plug in the vehicle.
Great product hooked up flawlessly in my jeep, Crutchfield is top notch service as always.
Awesome produc. The instructions for wiring are terrible. Wire diagram had mismatched wires on one wire.
Pros: Works wonderful!!!
Cons: Only directions they have are for the software end. No directions on what wires to use. Wiring diagram was great accept 1 wire was the wrong color. Had to figure it out myself.
Works great ,it brings your steering wheel controls back to use like stock.
Pros: Brings your stock controls to use.
Cons: Poor wiring diagram.
Don't do what supost to
Pros: Gauges is all that works
Cons: WorthlessCrutchfield response on 8/24/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Does what it says, and keeps all factory features, as well as Sync without cutting or splicing factory wiring.
Pros: Easy to install, and hookup.
install in my 2015 F-250. Interface module works great with Sync. Allowed me to customize steering wheel controls, or keep factory settings if I want to change back.
Pros: Allows customization of steering wheel controls and use of factory installed mic
Cons: Sync voice command lags just a bit, and a lot of wires to jam in a small area of HU cavity
Easy to use/install. I prewired everything before starting the install which eased the installation along smoothly. Steering wheel controls work fine. No issues
Pros: Ease of installation Steering wheel controls work
this is a neat little box! easy to program, easy to install, all info accurate and included or readily available on website. I'm well pleased !
Pros: ease of programming, accuracy and availability of detailed instructions, works just great
Cons: can't really think of any
Lets me keep my Sync - Steering Wheel controls etc.. now with their newer version (and new harness version) dont even have to cut into any wires for the OBDII link or the Sync module link. Its completely plug and play after you do the initial software install from your PC. Only thing Ive seen that I would call a negative is it sometimes gets a little buggy on the stereo controls when you try and make configuration changes to the OBDII settings - have to reboot radio as it will lock up from time to time. but not sure if that is this module OR the Stereo.. The other issue would be their directions for my F150 and stereo combination were a little off.. as their new harness has you connect the speaker leads (which now have RCA jacks on them) to the amplifier output jacks -- well of course with no amplifier feeding those into the factory harness... you get only a whisper of sound..easily remedied by cutting off the RCA jacks and connecting to the stereo high power output leads. Other quirk I noticed as I have two of these modules on two vehicles -- on my F150 it doesnt allow you to pull trouble codes from the ECU or any data for the gauges screens other than RPM.. same module / same stereo on my 2013 Mustang - will read trouble codes and clear them if I want -- gives me almost 35 different engine conditions I can monitor on the gauges screen.. not sure why they would be different .. but they are - All in all though makes an aftermarket stereo install VERY simple.
Pros: Keeps Sync, Steering Wheel Controls, Sync Bluetooth with nothing but snapping on the correct harness plugs to the module. Also allows you to see the TPMS data, Battery Voltage, and in some cases trouble codes -AND definitions for them - and reset them too.. If you can follow simple directions VERY quick and easy to install.
Cons: sometimes communication with the ODBII gets a little quirky. If module cant be reset from stereo when it locks up you have to take your dash apart again to reset it manually. (Both of those instances only happened 1 time in 18 months) - Froze up - unable to reset or control from stereo - had to pull it out and do manual reset with button on housing.
Great way to integrate factory controls with aftermarket stereo. Retains all factory features and adds so much more!
Pros: Small size, plug and play Easy to use interface online to program.
Cons: Can be difficult to get set up the first time, being installed behind the dash doing multiple resets before all the kinks are worked out.
I've used harnesses before but I didn't like this one. My chimes were retained, but I don't like that onstar and oem bluetooth comes through the chime speaker. There's also a wire for the parking brake to hook to your stereo so you won't have to tap your car wire, but that didn't work. I called idatalink, they said the car sends data through that tells the radio its in park and nothing I can do about the chime speaker situation thats how it works. Maybe it's just my car? You have to flash the module, and everything else is easy if you follow directions after that.
Pros: My stereo works and I have chimes at least
Cons: Parking brake wire didn't work. Bluetooth and onstar comes through chime in dash. I wish I returned this and stuck with pac or metraCrutchfield response on 7/14/2015 Our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help her get this working the way it should, or help her return it for an exchange or refund.
The iDatalink Maestro will allow you to retain all your factory settings with your receiver. I have a Kenwood DDX5902 installed and was able to retain my steering whell controls, backup camera and able to bpyass the Ford Sync and use the receiver to control my cell phone.
Pros: Retained all the factory features
Cons: The AC On/Off Button does not work from touchscreen
I was able to find all of the wiring diagrams online and printed the pages to a file as recommended, then reviewed the instructions on my phone while crimping all of the wires in the harness. If you are familiar with crimp connects and working with thin gauge wire, then this installation will not be a challenge. Be sure to flash the device prior to installation.
Pros: Easy to install, clear instructions, does what it's supposed to.
This unit works great. Was able to flash unit with no issue, hardest parts was just finding a good spot to place the small box. But so far I have no issue to report.
Pros: easy install, keeps steering wheel controls
Cons: none so far
really cool device and easy to configure, all of my steering wheel settings are working via this module
Pros: Works as described.
Cons: non so far
Chose the IDatalink Maestro because it promised the most when paired with my Pioneer AVIC-7000NEX, I was wrong. Per IDatalink's own latest manual for my Grand Cherokee SRT8 "retains steering wheel controls, Uconnect, Uconnect Bluetooth, and more!". More? Do tell because all I got was the steering wheel controls, nothing else. The install instructions were outdated "latest from their website" and I later found I didn't need to hook up one supplied cable or splice in the OBD2 connections.. Two stars for keeping steering wheel controls and factory amp (which I don't need). Also being that it was their harness they could've supplied backup cam and gps adapters. Please note Crutchfield isn't responsible for these issues and they did throw in the IDatalink and harness at quite a discount with the head unit.
Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls and factory amp.
Cons: Overpriced, Doesn't deliver as promised, bulky with the harnesses, outdated installation instructions.
I installed this myself and it was not really that hard to do. Just follow instructions. Crutchfield advisers and the support from idatalink made this rather easy. Kept all of my factory settings with this product. I would add that one must have some basic electrical and installation experience to do this.
Pros: Great support. Easy to install.
Works very well in my 2012 ram 1500 Gave me a ton of extra features that my truck didn't have before installing this interface
Pros: Lots of extra features bells and whistles
This product is amazing, and it's the primary reason I chose to install an aftermarket radio into my brand new F250. All of my Sync features and steering wheel controls were retained, with plenty of bonuses provided by the Idatalink Sync combination. The only drawback was the sheer volume of wires that the harness marriage produces. I personally couldn't fit it into my dash, and had to have my set up professionally installed. I flashed the module and wired the harnesses together, but couldn't fit the radio and harnesses into the radio cavity. I can't say if that's a problem for other vehicles, but it was for mine. It took someone with experience to run that stuff through my dash.
Pros: It retains all factory Sync features w/ bonus features.
Cons: Volume of wires from the harnesses.
This item does a lot more than just the steering wheel controls. Backup light trigger, 12volt acc. power,and e brake connection.
Simple to use product and worked exactly as expected. Installed in a 2011 RAM with factory Uconnect and backup camera.
Pros: Easy programming & installation.
Cons: Backup camera is a separate harness that makes wiring a bit of mess.
Programmed via computer. Plugged in easily
Pros: Easy to program. Great step by step instructions
Cons: Website didn't support Chrome. Had to use Internet Explorer
Interesting device. Works as described.
Pros: Easy steering wheel control interface.
Cons: Programming. First off you must have a pc/windows to program, seriously disappointing. Second it asks for the pioneer radio serial number which it needs to communicate to the radio, that is incorrect it needs the access PIN number from the radio, which you need to power up the radio to access.
Does what it's supposed to
Pros: Works well
Cons: Gotta have a pc to program it.
Not the easiest thing to install. First of all, required Windows 7 running Internet Explorer. I have never used a Windows computer before (sorry, lifelong Mac person). Finally borrowed a computer and my car was not listed in the options. Called to iDatalink and they said "just pretend you have last year's model and that should probably work." Really, are you kidding me? Finally got it flashed and installed but took more effort than it should have. However, I do like that not only did I keep my steering wheel controls, I got to program them to do exactly what I wanted them to do.
Pros: Custom steering wheel buttons
Cons: Requires an outdated Windows system to program
The idatalink system is amazing and works just like advertised... But getting to the point of having it work 100% takes a bit of work.
Pros: Small profile for fitting behind the dash better, with the right kit I had everything and more for wires
Cons: The reset button can be easily pressed depending on how its mounted, the instructions could be easier to follow, and it would be nice if the company offered the programing app for mac computers.
So far my experience with this device has not been the greatest. I bought this along with the gm5+ to work with my ahv-x4700bs. i have an 078 silverado ext cab ltz w/ bose system. So far after flashing the firmware on the head unit and downloading the programmer for the unit and putting the right profile on it, half the time the chimes dont work, not just the door open chime or open with key in chime. it also effects my back up assist chimes and blinkers. The steering wheel controls work as they should half the time, the other half they do the opposite of what they should. Sometimes when i play music via bluetooth i can no longer hear phone audio through my speakers afterwards, im not sure if that is part of the rr problem or the head unit though. I also have an android phone with mirrorlink abilities and half the time it doesnt work right either.
Pros: easy to update. update ability should mean better functionality
Cons: entirely way to bulky with the box and the extra speaker they require to use and all the cables.Crutchfield response on 4/8/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The set up states that you need to flash the module with a computer running windows 7 or earlier. All my computers are older then 3 years old and none of them have that old of an operating system on them! I spent day looking for a friend that I could borrow a vintage computer from with no luck. I ended up using my windows 8 computer and it seemed to work fine. It's not a perfect fit and solution if you want everything to work like stock but it's acceptable! customer service is 9-5 m-f so if your installing on a weekend there will be no support!
Pros: It's a good patch
Cons: Loss of some stock features. Set up. Customer service hoursCrutchfield response on 4/7/2015 Don't forget, as a Crutchfield customer, you get access to our free tech support, too. Our Tech Support team is available 7 days a week. You can see our full hours of operation and other ways to contact us here.
Lots of wires to work through. However, all wires are color coded and if you take your time and follow the installation instructions carefully all steering wheel functionality remains intact as it was from the factory. I had to call iDatalink's customer support concerning the plugin that has to be installed before you flash your unit. The technician was very helpful and was able to resolve my plugin installation problem within 5 minutes.
Pros: You are able to retain your steering wheel functionality with an aftermarket stereo.
Cons: Live customer support is available on weekdays only. No live customer support on the weekends.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the iDatalink is a decent product in concept, not necessarily in practice. Note that this review encompasses both units I've had to tear my truck apart to install. Basically, interfacing the phone functionality between the Pioneer and factory Sync properly is a mystery to tech support at Crutchfield, Pioneer, and iDatalink. Once the install instructions are followed (and even reflashing the unit two to three times) the radio is incapable of answering calls from the steering wheel and will display "unknown" to any contacts associated with Sync phone commands: (call John Smith; "calling John Smith" - radio display shows "unknown" and all call commands have to be initiated from radio screen. God bless Crutchfield for trying, but their tech support is ill-prepared to deal with all the nuances of all the products they sell. Calling Pioneer or iDatalink results in a blame game as to whose interface is causing the problem and neither offers meaningful support. Good thing the radio is smarter than all of us and rebooted itself at a stoplight yesterday and NOW my phone works like a charm! Apparently this last step should be added to the instruction manual? The only remaining issue is that trying to skip a song on my iPod/iPhone from my steering wheel results in it skipping through the song and not over it. Irritating, but at this point - I'll take it!
Pros: Great to be able to ditch the factory six disc for something that can keep up with my smartphone but keep factory steering wheel and bluetooth.
Cons: Install instructions and tech support are crap. Also, who uses Windows/Internet Explorer anymore? Wake up and service the 50% of the population on Mac OS. If you're a tech product you shouldn't have to use stone age technology to program it.
It does what it says it will do for the most part. instructions i received were incorrect though. but a quick call to Crutchfield and they confirmed i did indeed need to cut the RCA's off the speaker wires since i was not going to an amp with the doors even though the instruction sheet said that there were separate wires for that function. SYNC pretty much works always. It is a little slower starting and responding than before and has developed an issue staying paired with my phone since adding the idatalink. but i haven't been annoyed enough with it to do anything about it. I could have sworn the compatibility matrix said my factory sat radio would be retained. it was not though. not that big of a deal, but something for future buyers to double check if they are interested in keeping sat radio,.
Pros: able to program steering wheel buttons for long hold integrates factory features with less hassle than other products i have dealt with ODB II connection lets you get data about your car on the fly and custom gauges with i really like
Cons: has somehow created a weird bluetooth issue sync runs a little slow
Plug and play....everything is color coded. Easy to use
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Overwhelming wire harness
Apparently this is a necessary piece of equipment to use when installing an aftermarket radio. Especially when my 07 RAM 1500 has an Infinity 7 speaker sound system with its own Infinity amp. After stumbling thru the online instructions and a call or two to Crutchfield tech support, I completed the installation. It works fairly well as far as steering wheel controls, but the MAESTRO will not let me fade the music from front to rear. Called again to Crutchfield tech support and was informed that it only received two channel input. Kinda wierd, but not terrible. All 7 speakers still get powered by the Infinity amp, but by only 2 channel feed, not 4. Still sounds really good in truck because I added an amplified subwoofer and there is no need to fade the audio. My subwoofer uses the sub signal from the stereo, so the MAESTRO doesn't effect it. Overall a good unit. Couldn't use factory amp without it. If it allowed me to fade the audio then I would have given it 5 stars.
Pros: Works as described
Cons: Doesn't fade audio front to rear.
Should have done more research. What advisors say from idatalink vs Crutchfield becomes conflicting. Diagram says one thing, written instructions says different, Crutchfiled advisors say another-which one is right!!? Pretty much useless for Jeep/Chrysler interface.
Pros: Added new features to steering wheel controls-that's it
Cons: Lost fade capabilities with stock amp-all the interface components do this (Crutchfield advisors). Wiring was conflicting and confusing, not with radio harness but with yellow/red/brown wiring to OBD port. Had to flash it twice and NO APPLE interface-only Microsoft.
Great product for connection with the ford system. Install was a breeze.
Pros: Easy install, clean hookup to factory wiring
Works perfect with my Pioneer head unit and retains all the features of my Ford SYNC system. Easy to program.
Pros: Easy to program and perfect integration with Ford SYNC
Works great, but you have to connect it to computer and internet for programming prior to installation. Not real complicated, but it is a bit daunting.
Pros: The fact that someone even makes a device that makes changing to an aftermarket radio possible while maintaining steering wheel controls is impressive.
Cons: Have to program it yourself via usb connection to internet.
Works great in my new Jeep. A little tricky to download off of their website, but after that it was very simple!
Pros: Has everything needed to utilize all your factory controls and features.
Cons: Tricky website programming.
Intimidating when you first open it but the online wiring diagrams and support make it easy as could be
Installed in my Jeep Wrangler. Great product did what it was suppose to.
Pros: Worked great. Good instructions.
Cons: A lot of wires.
First took about 2 hours and 2 calls to IDatalink customer service to get the box to flash. Then my installer could not get the Maestro to interface with my Mustang's SYNC system (tried every single wire), another couple hours wasted. Fortunately my installer had an extra steering wheel control unit or I would have wasted the entire day, and I get more features from my new head unit (Pioneer NEX8000) than I get from SYNCH anyways. Anyways, had to return it, 1 star for the Maestro, but as always Crutchfield service was great -- they get 5 stars.
Cons: Extreme difficulty in loading software/flashing from iDatalink online site. Professional installer couldn't get box to interface with SYNCH as advertised.
Allowed for me to keep the steering wheel controls and Ford Sync in a 2011 Ford Focus. When adding it to the Crutchfield Cart, they claim it will retain Satellite Radio, when in fact it does not. Not a big deal for me, as I do not subscribe to sat radio, but it is misleading. I like the simplicity of programming the individual steering wheel keys, and ability to choose which OEM features to keep. I opted to not use the OEM bluetooth, and was able to switch the steering wheel buttons to integrate with the aftermarket radio bluetooth. Slight hiccup when installing, as it requires spicing in to the OEM and Sync wiring. OEM was no issue, but the wire colors going to Sync were difficult to tell apart. The grays and blues were very similar. Would have preferred a pin number on the Sync wiring harness connector. That would have saved some time spent pining over the colors. Called Crutchfield tech support to see if they had the pin numbers, but they were no help. They told me it should be obvious by the color. I would have provided the pin number here, but as tech support suggests, it should be obvious, so I won't bother.
Pros: Easy to customize.
Cons: Misleading information on Crutchfield website about retaining Satellite Radio with 2011 Ford Focus. Not a fault with product, so did not affect my rating. The product received did not match the connectors in the instructions, but it was easy enough to figure out. Maestro should upgrade the documents to match the product.Crutchfield response on 3/16/2015 Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're reviewing the logic that makes our site say that the adapter retains satellite radio. We'll adjust our database so that the correct information is shown. Sorry you weren't able to get that pinout information. We've passed along your feedback to the Tech Support team for review.
This product is great along with the additional wire harness and It was recommended by customer service. Once received, I thought oh boy because of all the wires. But after an easy "flash" on my computer, it was pretty much idiot proof after that. The product controls my SWC just as designed on my 2008 F350 with a Jensen V7020 head unit.
Pros: Easy setup and install Easy to follow directions and wiring schematic.
Cons: Really can't think of any
Easy to hook up and use. Wired right into the radio and truck with only a little confusion with the wiring. The Stock AUX did not work with this system and had to be wired into the Radio's second Audio input. The directions were a little vague regarding this and what was required and not required. After a few phone calls it was worked out. Now, AUX is wired as an extra plug and the Audio is connected to my stock AUX. It seems to be a bypass for proper set up. Now I don't have the video in hooked up that goes with the audio in so I don't know if that causes issues if a second video player is hooked up and needs both the vid/audio to play on the unit.
Pros: Easy to use and works great with the stock set up minus the AUX
Cons: System is NOT compatible with MAC for programing. A windows system is a must. Wiring diagram doesn't explain clearly how the AUX system is set up.
What I did not like and was VERY disappointing in was the Maestro RR interface. This was supposed to give me all the original functionality of my in car unit, plus all kinds of looks into the gauges and stuff like temp and oil pressure. I also thought it was supposed to simplify the hook up of the car stereo.Don't believe ANY of that! First off, the instructions DID NOT match the unit I have. Connectors were different (changed) on the unit shipped from what the instructions show. No explanation on how to hook up the new wires. Second, I still had to solder a LOT of wires. It may have simplified SOMEWHAT the soldering, but there is still a LOT more to do. I thought this was going to be plug and play. It is NOT. I contacted iDatalink and got NO RESPONSE. Crutchfield responded quickly, but ended up saying for me to get the mic function that is built into my car, I would have to hard wire in a whole new mic... All in all this unit was a lot of broken promises and expectations...
Cons: It does NOT work as advertised, and makes more promises than it can deliver.
This setup worked with my existing factory setup but needless to say if I didn't have a friend who is well versed in stereo install I would of been lost. It works though but not until after much troubleshooting with my Pioneer head unit. What frustrates me the most is that after flashing the module with my exact head unit, the module didn't work. Only after a suggestion from Crutchfield to flash the module with a generic Pioneer firmware did the box work. Why allow you to choose your specific unit if it won't work? Strange. Still missing the turn signal sound from my vehicle.
Pros: Combines well with factory system
Cons: The flashing if your exact model stereo (Pioneer) isn't always right
This product is a must for anyone wanting to retain the original vehicle features (such as OnStar, warning chimes, steering wheel controls, etc) with their aftermarket stereo receiver. It is actually pretty easy to install and enables you to print very detailed installation instruction (for your vehicle) from the Maestro website once you complete the required online setup (called flashing). However, don't miss the fine print. This unit can only be setup to work with you specific vehicle, via the use of a PC with internet access. You will need administrative rights to the PC you use for this so you can download the required Active-X file. No Mac computer allowed for this process.
Pros: Works great! Easy to install with detailed wiring diagrams.
Cons: Can only be setup with a PC! No Mac computer will work for the required online initial setup!
Fairly easy to setup and use. Had a few bugs to work out after install but the great support took care of them in short order. Worked fraet with the Sync on my Ford Super Duty.
Pros: Great product
Cons: No cons.
Perfect! Love that you can customize your steering wheel controls. I have used it for 2 weeks now and everything does what it is supposed to do.
Pros: Easy to set up customize steering wheel controls plug and play. So easy! Allows me to use my factory bluetooth
Cut install time by 1 hour.
Steering wheel controls are the only retained item for 2005 Grand Cherokee limited. Uconnect isn't a big deal but the parking sensors no longer work when the maestro is in the system. The product is sold with the belief you retain all features that were factory until you install it and then begin the task of troubleshooting only to find that for a given software download and your make/model/year that only some features work.....Painful
Pros: Fairly simple wiring harness, except OBD II connections
Cons: Lost 2 out of 3 factory features
Make sure to check your pc capabilities before buying this unit. I had to try 3 separate laptops to finally get the website to flash the module to make it work.
Pros: item works great and it retained all steering wheel controls.
Cons: Using the modules website was a pain and i wish you could customize the button layout/controls.
Firstly, both Crutchfield and iDatalink have been extremely friendly and helpful throughout all my questioning and research. However, it stops there... I've spend at least the past 3-4 days troubleshooting my so called "retained" OEM features just to find out that iDatalink's firmware, well actually the module itself, doesn't support 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with UConnect. Granted the steering wheel, amp fader, and other audio features are supported. This still doesn't change the fact you're paying for a feature that doesn't work and sold as if it does. I spoke to a rep at iDatalink, and she apologized about the delay on the front page of their website. Crutchfield may not even be aware of this, but it's definitely something to note if you were indeed looking to keep that stuff going.
Pros: Customer service was great.
Cons: UConnect advertised to work on 06 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't.
The unit works great, but isn't as simple to hook up as I was thinking. I'm sure it is simpler than another unit I purchased, but not the easiest. The worst thing is, it only works with window. Beware Mac users!
Pros: Works Well
Cons: Only compatible with Windows. Somewhat complicated.
Easy to install so don't let all the wires put you off,forgot a wire and the helpline sorted it out in less than a minute,all controls work great.
Opened box read instructions and all went well. No real complaints. Only issue was my reading of MasterSheet and the difference between using factory amp and not using. A quick 5 minute to Crutchfield and my doubts were gone ant proper harness connections were made. So far so good.
Pros: Does what supposed to radio and accessories all work. A novice like me installed it
Cons: A lot of harness to pack in under the head unit on my Saturn outlook.
easy to install
Easy to install.
Very disappointed in the installation instructions. To flash the module I had to use a friend's windows based computer. I doubt I'm the only person in the world using Apple! Once I searched a forum I figured it out. It works well but not what I've come to expect from a product bought from Crutchfield.
Pros: Works well once I figured out how to flash it.
Cons: Installation instructions stink!
I installed this unit with a Kenwood DNX891HD in a 2006 Chrysler 300c. I couldn't find a lot of information specific to my car, so I figured I would add some notes here: 1. You can go to the iDatalink website and run a simulator for your car that will show you what will work once you program it. This was very helpful. 2. I had to call customer service because the additional harness that is necessary had been wired incorrectly for the ODBII connectors. They were very helpful and knew exactly what the problem was, and they sent me directions on how to re-pin it. 3. This does allow for gauges to show up on the 2006 300c. It also would have allowed me to keep my uconnect. I bypassed the factory amp, and you can turn the factory amp back on from within the Kenwood interface. If you bypass the factory amp, it bypasses the factory speakers, making it unnecessary to cut all of their connections when adding all new amps. You can change many of the other parameters as well. 4. Be careful if you zip tie it inside the car. The reset button protrudes out, and my zip tie got stuck over the button, causing it to continuously reset, which made my system not display.
Pros: Works great!
Cons: They should have provided information about the mis-pinned wires. When I called Crutchfield they knew nothing about it, but when I called iDatalink they knew immediately. You would think they would spread the word to their dealers. I also wish the reset button was recessed.
Very nice product to retain steering wheel controls and Ford Sync for aftermarket HU's. Installed along with a Kenwood DNX691HD and so far i'm happy with the results. Installation was pretty straight forward especially since I used the vehicle specific Ford wiring harness that I purchased separately. Works very well.
Pros: Compact, easy installation, maintains steering wheel audio functions
Made installation a snap.
It took 3 hours to flash it. It uses windows only!! Tech rep was awesome!! The controls worked but has static when you the steering wheel controls... And after a week, they dont work. The ding still works, but no response from the radio. Simply not worth taking it all apart again to send it back.
Pros: Its plug and play. An awesome tech team for support!
Cons: Windows, windows windows! Instructions are very limited but you can work with them and it seems to have stopped working for no reason!
This product was an easy install and worked great in my 2014 F150 XLT with a Pioneer AVH4000NEX.
2012 Dodge Caravan. All factory functions work great.
Pros: I kept all of my steering wheel and backup camera controls.
Cons: Instructions can be a little vague but it's not really too bad.
This is a must buy for GMC SIERRA. Allowed me to keep everything factory even SiriusXM. These made the installation simple. I didn't have to hunt or look for wires. I'm still able to use the steering wheel controls and was able to program them to however I wanted them. The flashing was simple and quick with their online interface.
Pros: Easy install, program what you want the buttons to do
Cons: Price. Half off with Crutchfield
Used to retain factory chimes, SW controls, onstar, and backup system features. Easy install into vehicle. Programming was easy with the idatalink site. I had to get use to new chime sounds but no big deal...was like driving a new vehicle.
Pros: All of my factory features still work
Easy flash with website and makes everything work! Steering controls are customizable!
Pros: Easy install and setup
Cons: Another box to hide in dash
Excellent. This module retained all Microsoft Sync features in my 2013 F-150. Even the secondary display works! Couldn't be happier!
I found that it works good.
Pros: Had no problem flashing the unit and installing it
Cons: A little complicated for just steering wheel control interface .
Really easy to download and program install was a breeze
Pros: Really easy to install
Cons: Hate the turn signal speaker sounds bad.
Navigating the set up was confusing but finally figured it out. Went to the FAQ's on the web site to determine that the internet address provided for actually programming the device options was not correct, and other consumers had the same issue so I guess it was not just me. Overall a great and highly recommended product if you want to use your vehicle's external steering wheel controls. Worth the money no doubt!
Pros: Works well and provides a lot of flexibility for controlling your deck with OEM vehicle controls.
Cons: Instructions were confusing but once navigated the site correctly it worked well and have had no problems!
worked great help from tech support was thorough and easy
Pros: works great
Installed in my 09 Silverado with the Kenwood DNX891HD head unit. This unit work as advertised, fairly easy to flash the Maestro to match your vehicle. Just make sure you flash this little unit with the correct parameters. For example if your vehicle does not have any digital displays ie.(speedometer) then don't tell the Maestro you want gauges displayed on your radio, it locked up my radio and resetting did not even work had to disconnect battery to reset radio. Thanks to a call to Crutchfield and some trial and error got system to perform as expected.
Pros: Works everything it supposed and sync'd with vehicle with no problem
Works excellent once programmed. Getting it to link and program was tough would not recognize the unit on multiple attempts but then finally connected.
Pros: Integrates vehicle controls flawlessly
Cons: Getting programmed initially
Bought a Kenwood GPS receiver and had it installed locally. Everything works!
This product makes your stereo even better by integrating with your factory vehicle.
Pros: integrating with your factory vehicle.
Cons: must be flashed, not that big of a deal but would be great if they came already programmed for a specific vehicle. Could save a little time if they were.