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USA Spec BT45-TOY

USA Spec BT45-TOY Add Bluetooth® functionality to select Lexus, Scion, and Toyota vehicles

MFR # BT45-TOY

4.5 out of 5 stars
140 reviews
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2007 Highlander Limited

Dylan from Colorado Spgs, CO on 4/10/2024

2007 Toyota Highlander

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There aren't a lot of options for Lexus and Toyota with NAV head units to install Bluetooth, and most of them don't come with an AUX cable plug from factory. I gave this a shot in our 2007 Highlander Limited and was blown away with the sound quality and ease of use. Install took about 20 minutes and pairing was straightforward. I will be ordering another down the road if we find ourselves driving any other Toyota from this era.

Pros: Ease of Use, Fast Installation, Hands Free Controls, excellent sound quality

Cons: Finicky Volume when receiving calls

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Damien from Columbia, TN on 2/4/2024

2006 Lexus LS430

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Great sound quality, maintains steering wheel controls, and keeps the stock aesthetic.

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Great Music Quality!

Michael from ORLANDO, FL on 1/13/2024

2003 Toyota Land Cruiser

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I had a little trouble getting my radio out but that was all user error- the box went in perfectly and even has higher quality music output than my previous Bluetooth setup. Definitely going to purchase one for my other car!

Pros: Easy install and great sounding music

Cons: I know about this product before now!

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What an upgrade!!

Dylan from Vancouver, WA on 8/20/2023

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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This had absolutely changed the sound. It went from HD to UHD sound. It's really impressive and the fact that it's a factory plug made it take only 30 mins to install.

Pros: Sound quality for streaming is impeccable

Cons: Mic sound isn't too great. 70% clarity.

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Could be better

Rodney from MOBILE, AL on 5/12/2023

2005 Lexus ES330

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Purchased for my 2005 Lexus ES330. Connection for this car was very easy and it works. For my install, it connected through the satellite port on the back of my factory radio. The normal volume levels are very low compared to FM radio. In order to hear normal playback through the device you have to max out the volume on your phone and turn up the radio volume very high. If you forget to turn the volume back down and switch back to radio, you get blasted. Also it lets you know when a connection to a device by saying "connected" about 4 times louder than it should which is very startling. It allows hands free talking on my phone, but I'm not sure if the other party would be able to hear me which makes it kind of useless. More testing will be needed. Conclusion... It works, but money would be better spent going with a good head unit versus this thing.

Pros: Easy Install Easy to operate Easy to connect to phone

Cons: Very low volume level Connected message is extremely loud Poor call quality

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Rodney, we're sorry you're having issues with your interface. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return/exchange within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Such and easy solution

Gregory from Auburn, AL on 7/7/2022

2003 Toyota Camry

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so simple to setup and use, that I don't know what I was waiting for... I wanted to add bluetooth to my old stock nav unit in the Camry and this was the answer. The install was easy, the setup was fast and the sound is great. I have clean hands free calling now and it paired up easily with my phones.

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Christopher from Bolton, MA on 7/3/2022

2009 Toyota Venza

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Works great! I now have one in each of my cars. Easy install! Worth it!

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Speedy Shipping

Syed from Mechanicsburg, PA on 5/24/2022

2004 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Works really well, what I am surprised at how fast I got this item. Everything went well and I will be doing more business with them.

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Adrian Range from Missouri City, TX on 4/1/2022

2009 Lexus RX350

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Very easy installation and sounds great.

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2002 4runner

Joseph from Alpharetta on 1/25/2022

2002 Toyota 4Runner

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I've had this installed for 19 months now, and it is absolutely fantastic. I have had zero issues with connectivity. The sound quality is amazing while streaming or through phone calls. Other parties on calls receive excellent quality as well. I installed the mic next to the dome light assembly.

Pros: Easy install. Zero connectivity issues over 19 months. Excellent sound quality.

Cons: None

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Not depenable

Roger from MARYVILLE, TN on 10/29/2021

2005 Toyota 4Runner

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Installed easily, worked fine for a little over 2 years then suddenly just quit working. It was suggested that I should just order a replacement. For this price I would expect it to work much longer so USA Spec will not be getting any more of my money! And a little disappointed that Crutchfield's only suggestion was replace it.

Pros: Good when it worked

Cons: Should have lasted much longer

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Crutchfield customer from Wagram, NC on 8/31/2021

2006 Lexus LS430

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Installed easily, works great!

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Crutchfield customer from Hewitt, WI on 8/17/2021

2004 Toyota Prius

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works just like factory!! Awesome!

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Succesful install on 2005 Sequoia with Nav, RSE

Crutchfield customer from Holland, PA on 8/6/2021

2005 Toyota Sequoia

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Installed in under 2 hours start to finish in 2005 Toyota Sequoia with nav system and Rear Seat Entertainment system (bought the extra BT45-TOYR cable, R=Rear). Need panel removal tools (bought from Crutchfield), phillips driver (for screws behind vents after prying vents off), 10mm socket with extension (to remove stereo and dash panel under steering wheel). Left the DIN switches in default settings (all on=down) on module. Ran the microphone wire under wheel and up behind fascia on A pillar (see this video for install of a different BT unit on Tundra for how to run the microphone wire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWJYk7IXek. Start at the top and work down!). Plugged an iPhone USB charger cable into unit and tucked under left edge of center console to emerge under cigarette lighter for convenient phone charging. Tied off extra wiring for microphone and unit and tucked BT45 unit itself back behind the climate control panel, plenty of room. Pairing of BT with iPhone was easy. No issues with low volume as reported by some (did not have to set phone volume to max).

Pros: Works as advertised, which means really well.

Cons: Unit should be offered for sale with the extra "R" cable included at no extra charge - it exactly replaces the included cable which gets thrown out.

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LS430

Crutchfield customer from Long Beach, CA on 12/20/2020

2001 Lexus LS430

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Light and easy to install on my 2001 Lexus LS430. It works great!

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2006 Toyota Highlander installation

Bridget from Rochester, NY on 12/12/2020

2006 Toyota Highlander

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I bought this for my daughter's 2006 Highlander that had a JBL stereo without satellite or rear entertainment system. While I thought 2006 model year would have been considered an older radio model, we ended up needing the included Y harness. I watched several you tube videos and purchased tools to easily remove the radio trim moulding so installation was a breeze. This was the first time I have ever attempted opening a car's dash, but so far so good. Bluetooth connection to iphone to play music worked great but we haven't tested the hands free phone operation. Crutchfield delivered item in two days and provided instructions with order confirmation - superb customer service as always!

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'06 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Andrie from Lexington Park, MD on 11/29/2020

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Easy DIY project; installation took less than an hour; USB & Bluetooth worked right away; we don't intend to use the microphone, but we at least have that option; this fulfills our need & modernized our car audio inexpensively; placed the unit by the driver's right leg with Velcro for easy access. Bluetooth easily paired with Apple within 5 seconds!

Pros: Works as advertized & really easy to install; the manuals came handy before & during installation.

Cons: None!

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Crutchfield customer from Evergreen Park, IL on 11/19/2020

2011 Toyota Camry

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I had product installed professionally and it works great!

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So far so good.

Dalton from HAMPTON, VA on 11/18/2020

2007 Toyota Avalon

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Not wanting to buy a head lunch for my car, I wanted something thay can provide me bluetooth and hands free phone calling. Ran into this product and it pretty much checked all the boxes I need. I like the fact it will keep everything looking stock if thay is what you are looking for. Setting it up took me about an hour or so only becuase I was going through different settings and different positions of where I wanted to put the device. I ended it putting it under the cup holder/gear shift. Sound quality much better than what you would get from an FM transmitter, nice and clear. I had some issue getting track display even though my car (07 avalon) supports it based on the guide, I had to put it on Satellite to have the track show on the screen. Steering wheel buttons work. I can skip songs on bother the steering wheel and head unit and can answer and end calls. Speaking of, call quality seems fine for the few times I've used it. No one has complained but I will need to do more testing. It does take some time to connect, not as fast to connect when the car starts (could be becuase it is BT 2.0) the FM transmitter I had connected much faster, but it is a very stable connection and it plays music automatically. Yes the "connected" sound is loud but a small annoyance i can deal with.

Pros: Simple set up Stable connection Clear sound Stereo and steering wheel controls Hands free phone calls Very discreet to almost completely hidden (the mic will be very noticeable) Keep stock look and will not lose any other function

Cons: Only bluetooth 2.0 (while this is serviceable i would love to see an upgraded one with atleast 4.0 but I understand why.) Song text does not scroll (probably more of a fault on Toyota). Time to connect take longer than 10 seconds compared to other BT devices.

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Crutchfield customer from Fuquay Varina, NC on 10/26/2020

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Great overall experience! After researching a few options to add streaming bluetooth to my car, I decided to go with the USA Spec interface. Called Crutchfield to confirm it would fit. Salesperson was patient with my questions, and knowledgeable about the unit. Install was straightforward, including a new handsfree mic. Had a question about function after install. Technician was able to answer my question. Enjoying the functionality including steering wheel function. Excellent customer service, great price!

Pros: Great customer service, before and after the purchase!

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Crutchfield customer from Washington, DC on 10/25/2020

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Easy to install. Modernizes my truck and great value

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Wish it was a few bucks cheaper ;)

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07' lx470(land cruiser) Bluetooth

Crutchfield customer from St Petersburg, FL on 10/7/2020

2007 Lexus LX470

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Install was very easy for my 07 lx470. The operation of the bt45 is so simple, it was as if this was how it was designed to be used from the factory. The steering wheel controls work great, even the song and artist information is displayed, which I did not expect! I installed the little transmitter box in the glove box with some double sided tape. So there's really no way to tell anything aftermarket is going on. Fantastic product, I highly recommend.

Pros: Easy install Very fast connection Steering wheel buttons function perfect No wire splicing, or confusing diagrams Came with a microphone and sticky tape Song and artist information displays on screen Stock look Clean install Clear instructions Easy to use user guide

Cons: The microphone doesn't feel as high quality as the rest of the product, works fine though. Didn't turn my car into a time traveling machine.

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Lexus LX 470 2006

Chad from SIKESTON, MO on 9/21/2020

2006 Lexus LX470

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I was so happy to find something that adds Bluetooth to a Lexus LX470 2006. It sounds great. I hid it in the glovebox. Works great! Clear and steering wheel controls work on streaming audio. I did have it professionally installed. Did not use the microphone

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

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Great product

Crutchfield customer from Indianapolis, IN on 9/19/2020

2005 Lexus ES330

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Simple installation and it integrated very well with the factory system. The instructions were clear and straight forward. I am very happy with the functionality as well.

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Great customer service

Crutchfield customer from Providence, RI on 9/10/2020

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Works clearly and instructions were accurate and helpful. Customer service was incredible.

Pros: Quick delivery, price matching, quality product

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Crutchfield customer from Dumfries, VA on 9/8/2020

2005 Lexus ES330

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Bluetooth connectivity works great brings out the best in my new speakers and factory stereo.

Pros: Rapid bluetooth connectivity.

Cons: Microphone should've been cordless.

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Great addition

Guest from Tracy ", CA on 8/17/2020

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This thing is great! I have an '08 Tundra Crewmax Limited with the factory JBL GPS head unit. Sound quality is great, skip and back can be controlled by the steering wheel buttons, and was a super easy plug and play installation. I was looking at new head units but this brought Bluetooth functionality to the older JBL unit for a fraction of the price. The ONLY downside is the annoying "Connected" sqwak when I turn the truck on and it first connects. Drives my wife nuts ??.

Pros: Easy to install and sounds great

Cons: Annoying Connected notification when it first connects

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LX470 Bluetooth upgrade

Crutchfield customer from Franklin, TN on 6/18/2020

2004 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Awesome service and consultation! Product arrived as expected and was plug and play. Took, maybe an hour and works better than I expected.

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Quick Install for Lexus GX470

Guest from Charlottesville, VA on 6/12/2020

2007 Lexus GX470

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My second USA Spec. The other was for my Acura RL. Easy install for 2007 Lexus GX470. I did not hook up the microphone since I didn't need it...so, that saved some time. Connected right away. Cord is long in case you have to run it somewhere, but it would be nice if it came with a shorter one with option of adding length, that way the cord doesn't take up too much room behind the dash and makes it easier to hide in a cavity and reinstall stereo.

Pros: Easy to install...once you get the dash and radio out.

Cons: Long cord does take up space when you don't need the length.

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Daughter loves it.

Crutchfield customer from Littleton, CO on 5/26/2020

2002 Lexus RX300

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Got it for my daughter's 2002 lexus RX 300 she loves her music and now with hands free calling and bluetooth music she's in heaven.

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Bt45toy is exactly what i needed

Crutchfield customer from Los Angeles, CA on 5/10/2020

2002 Lexus LS430

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I have a 2002 lexus ls 430 and this was such an easy install. Came w instructions and easy to follow. Mount the unit whereever you find a convenient place. Works great and Im able to use my phone as Bluetooth and my ipod wired

Pros: Easy installation plug and play

Cons: Maybe the price is pretty high

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Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 4/14/2020

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Works great, extremely simple to install.

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Solid product I would only buy from crutchfield

Crutchfield customer from Winnetka, CA on 3/5/2020

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Works flawlessly. Instructions were a little confusing for an amateur like myself but Crutchfield's support handled that quickly. Mom is happy and has Bluetooth calling and audio playback. Can't beat that!

Pros: Everything works

Cons: Instructions a tad bit confusing on one step.

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Nice addition to my 2004 4Runner JBL 6-CD radio

Crutchfield customer from Lexington , KY on 2/18/2020

2003 Toyota 4Runner

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I bought the USA Spec BT45-TOY because I got the JBL 330 watt, 6-CD in dash, 10 speaker radio upgrade when I bought my 2004 4Runner. Since this model also requires the USA Spec BT45-TOYR cable, total cost is about $200. I almost opted for a new radio, but I like my upgraded JBL radio so I sprang for the necessary Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) cable. It is required, don't let them tell you otherwise. The cable coming with BT45-TOY won't fit connections on the back of the RSE radio. I feared that taking out everything would be very difficult but it was not much trouble at all. Most everything snapped together, only a few bolts to remove. There's a great YouTube video for my SUV. I removed the radio, plugged in the RSE cable in the back and ran the cable to the glove box where the BT45-TOY sits. I ran the mic cable across the dash to the driver's side and up the A-pillar behind the door trim window gasket. I ran a mini jack cable (not included) to my Sirius head unit and left the USB cable (not included) in the glove box. The Bluetooth connect was easy. The radio sounds great on AM-FM and now Bluetooth and Sirius satellite. I can receive calls on the radio, still have to dial them on my smartphone, can't have everything. Use CD button to switch to the BT45-TOY, then the #4 button to switch between AUX & Bluetooth, #3 button switches to CD. Dash is nice and clean and my Sirius finally sounds good. About 2hours installation time, including my Sirius cable rerouting

Pros: Great sound on Bluetooth, matches the quality of the FM source Sirius head unit connects via AUX instead of FM channel or cassette adapter. Better quality sound, no FM station bleed over, no cassette noise AUX connector for Sirius unit USB charging port (not really a big pro, but it's something)

Cons: Price with the necessary Rear Seat Entertainment cable is right at $200. That's close to pushing me to a new radio. I like the JBL and didn't want to have to buy new speakers too and have to install them too.

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Crutchfield customer from Yarmouth, IA on 1/19/2020

2009 Toyota Tacoma

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Works , hook up was easy , just follow directions and call Crutchfield if needed.

Pros: pretty small , does what it is suppose to .

Cons: a little pricey but does what it was designed to do .

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Crutchfield customer from Sacramento, CA on 1/12/2020

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Had it done and it just the way I expected and it was not costly

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Crutchfield customer from Baltimore, MD on 12/31/2019

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Well thought out, excellent directions and support.

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Bluetooth for 2009 Toyota Highlander

Crutchfield customer from Fairfield, CT on 12/28/2019

2009 Toyota Highlander

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Bought for a 2009 Toyota Highlander. Works great. Installed in about an hour - candidly needed help from a friend - you need to pull a lot of the car panels and the stereo out - but if you follow a YouTube guide then it's doable. Installed the microphone as well for phone use - but did not figure out a way to have the usb connector available. Recommended.

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Crutchfield customer from Wellington, FL on 12/27/2019

2004 Lexus RX330

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So far the product is doing what it said

Pros: Installation process was made easy by the instructions - personal assistance's from the staff when I called

Cons: N/A

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Great solution to keep your great Lexus head unit

Satisfied Return Customer from Denver, CO on 11/10/2019

2007 Lexus RX350

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This product exceeded my expectations. Install was easy in my 2007 RX 350. Set the dip switches for MP3 and got all steering wheel functionality. Device fit nicely in space under the radio out of sight. Only issue I had was with top radio bolts. Tough to see but doable. Have to mention the great sales support that I always get with Crutchfield. They are the best!

Pros: Easy plug and play solution. Answers phone even when radio is turned off. Excellent audio quality.

Cons: Looks like it only pairs one phone at a time.

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Crutchfield customer from Los Alamos, NM on 10/24/2019

2001 Lexus LS430

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Expensive but it works to bring Bluetooth connection to a factory 2001 nav system on the 2001 ls430.

Pros: Seamless conney

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Great product

Crutchfield customer from Sunset Hills, MO on 9/29/2019

2002 Lexus LX470

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I installed a day ago, and so far it's has exceeded my expectations. Easy to use, happy with the sound and functionality.

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Amazing. I was skeptical, but I love it.

Jim from Wharton, NJ on 9/19/2019

2015 Subaru Forester

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Crystal Clear sound quality, very fast connection speed, kicks the crap out of the factory stereo in my 2008 AWD Limited Sienna.

Pros: very easy to install.

Cons: I crammed mine into the dash behind the factory unit and it was a REALLY tight fit.

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Crutchfield customer from Willow Spring, NC on 8/28/2019

2007 Lexus ES350

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This product works great in my Lexus ES 350, I had a newer Lexus 460 with Bluetooth built in, but this product works better than that. It works flawlessly.

Pros: Works as described.

Cons: It is a little pricey. Dip switches were a little confusing.

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Crutchfield customer from East Orange, NJ on 8/8/2019

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Mostly happy. The volume from one source versus another is different. So if you've turned up the volume for a phone call and forget and switch to FM, you'll get blasted. And, if you're listening to FM and want to make a call you must switch to the "disc" so that the Bluetooth works. So, it's not totally seamless but for an old car with no Bluetooth it was a pretty good compromise.

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Excellent for media, and good for calling.

Crutchfield customer from Murfreesboro, TN on 7/15/2019

2006 Toyota 4Runner

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A good way to add bluetooth media and calling to a factory Toyota head unit. Streaming is excellent, and calls are good. I like that the song information text is displayed on my radio. The "good" about calling is that it automatically switches to the bluetooth input for incoming or outgoing calls, and that the incoming phone number is displayed and announced. Also, the call quality if pretty good. I can answer and end calls with steering wheel controls. The "bad" about calling is that I have to increase the volume from about 12 for radio to 30 to hear calls well. Once that is done, the call works as desired. After a call is ended, it does not automatically switch back to the radio so I have time to decrease the volume from 30 to 12 before switching the input. Steering wheel controls can adjust the volume, and switch the input. Only phone numbers are displayed; it cannot see your phone's contact list.

Pros: Audion streaming is great. The unit automatically switches to the bluetooth input for incoming or outgoing calls. Call quality if pretty good. Calls can be answered and ended with steering wheel controls.

Cons: Call volume is initially low, but volume can be increased to hear calls well. Then, you must decrease the volume before moving back to radio listening. Only phone numbers are displayed as text; it cannot see your phone's contact list.

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Crutchfield customer from Winchester, VA on 7/10/2019

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Was super easy to install in my IS300. The section on setting dip switches was a little confusing but it works fine on the factory setting. Haven't tried using the microphone but music streaming sounds really good.

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Crutchfield customer from Glen Allen, VA on 7/4/2019

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My brother installed the item in about an hour without help. He does have electronics background. When entering the car it immediately connects and plays the playlist and I love it . The sound quality is not as perfect as a CD but still better then any tape cord/ radio transmitters. We connected the item to the CD button. Only issue if somebody is already connected and gets out of the car, then it's difficult to connect. It may be I don't fully understand how everything works. All in all I do recommend this item for an older car!!!!

Pros: Sounds pretty good

Cons: Can be difficult if more than one person uses the item

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GX470

Crutchfield customer from Andover, MN on 6/30/2019

2006 Lexus GX470

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Easy install on my wife's GX470. Allows her to stream music through stock Nav radio. Bluetooth phone is very clear with included microphone. With the BTOYR cord we retained use of steering wheel controls. Most importantly, all of the stock functions work - cd changer, rear seat entertainment DVD, etc. Highly recommend.

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Works flawlessly

Crutchfield customer from Simpsonville, SC on 6/22/2019

2001 Lexus RX300

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Just a great solution for adding Bluetooth audio to your older vehicles. This is my 2nd model (Acura RDX version) and it's as simple and quick to install as before on our 2001 Lexus RX300. The unit is a solid build but not heavy or bulky. The provided cables are well crafted and sturdy with adequate length for various chassis placement. The DIP setting and plug ports are well marked. The microphone for hands-free speaking has foam cap filter, a large optional clip, and very long cable so to place in anywhere, in any size vehicle. The manual does a pretty good job of stepping you through the installation, and Crutchfield provides excellent instructions on accessing the stereo for your particular model car. Then, of course, there is the performance. Again, very easy. My daughter went through her iPhone's Bluetooth setting and selected the BTN45-TOY option. We turned on the stereo, clicked our designated option (via CD alternate), and music played instantly, loud & clear. We next tested her receiving and making hands-free calls with no problems...clear audio both hearing and speaking via the provided microphone.

Pros: Absolute perfect Bluetooth solution for older vehicles that do not or cannot have modern stereo receivers. Solid build, easy install and operation.

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Crutchfield customer from Saint Paul, MN on 5/20/2019

2003 Toyota RAV4

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This is day three after install and I'll give it four stars for starters. Long-term reviews, IMHO are much better to tell of the performance and longevity of the item, whereas most write a review within the first few days and exclaim "I love it!" This unit replaces a USA SPEC iPod interface that I bought and installed for this truck probably ten or so years ago which worked without issues up until we didn't have a phone that used the old 30-pin connector. Install took me about two hours or so - had to remove the above-mentioned interface; figure where to put the microphone and how to route it; determine the best place to install this interface; and test it before buttoning everything back up. Crutchfield's instructions were clear for radio removal as well as USA's on how to directly connect the interface into the radio. Once installed and powered up it took my phone about 30-40 seconds for it to recognize it through Bluetooth (at first I didn't think it was going to work). As this was a surprise for my wife (who wanted it because of the upcoming hand's free law that will come into effect soon), the next morning we tested out the play mode to phone function and after monkeying with the phone to get it to use Bluetooth rather than it's own speaker it worked pretty well. In the end she's very happy with it and uses it every time to listen to her music from her phone.

Pros: Compact. Easy to install - plug and play. Instructions fairly clear. USB port to plug in and charge.

Cons: Install the microphone plug-in in the back next to the radio plug in?? Or use an angle plug to take up less room. Microphone cord longer than necessary??

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BT45-TOY...I like it!!!

Craig from Bedford, TX on 5/14/2019

2006 Lexus ES330

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I really like this unit and am impressed with USA Spec customer service and Crutchfield Sales and customer service. I am a little surprised that USA Spec will not support anything sold on Amazon, only from Crutchfield. The installation videos I found online on YouTube made the entire install nearly painless. I own a 2006 Lexus ES330 with Factory Navigation CD/DVD without Mark Levinson in the dash and (Multi disc changer in the console) . I was unsure about which switch settings to configure my system on so I called USA Spec. They assured me the best thing to do is to set all the switches down for the CDC1 emulation. He recommended leaving the existing cable removed from the back of the Nav unit 12 pin connector unplugged. I did not plug it back into the provided cable. This left my multi disc changer powered off and disconnected from the system. The tech support guy said they have had some issues with people leaving it connected. I Velcro-ed my BT45 under the console cover on top of the A/C duct on the left side (ac) and stuck my BT45-TOY on top and at a angle. Powered up and saw a new Bluetooth system BT45 available and connected by phone to it. I selected Disc 4 on my Nav unit and started streaming music !!! I'm in the process of adding a auxiliary connector to my dash from the BT45.

Pros: solid bluetooth streaming, great audio

Cons: none that I can find.

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Don't buy they're defective

Paul from Del Mar on 4/19/2019

2008 Lexus RX400H

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Purchased the unit for my Lexus in 2017. First unit failed August, 2018. USA Spec sent a second unit and it's dead by April, 2019. It's cost me $100 each time to have a unit installed. USA Spec won't refund my purchase cost only wants me to return the unit and they'll fix it. That's another $200 plus shipping.

Pros: Work for 6 months...maybe

Cons: They're defective. I now have no am no fm and no bluetooth.

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Crutchfield customer from Springfield, VA on 4/1/2019

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This unit works good on 2003 Lexus RX300 with USA Spec CAS-TLC cable. Easy to install and easy set up and easy connection.

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Jose R de from Woodbridge, VA on 3/24/2019

2005 Lexus LS430

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Installed this BT unit on my 2005 LS430. Sound quality overall is good, comparable to a CD. Setup is easy with the included instructions. I'm currently using this without the BT microphone as I don't need it

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great option to maintain factory functions

Anthony from Thornton, CO on 2/25/2019

2004 Toyota Land Cruiser

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So far functionality has been excellent. impressed with the speed of BT connection upon starting the car. I also like the audible confirmation of connection. Quality of sound is very good. All steering wheel controls work, and i really appreciate the fact that even though it plugs in through the CD changer harness, the CD and DVD functions still work. Plug and play install couldn't be easier.

Pros: plug and play sound quality maintains all stock functionality

Cons: none so far

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Crutchfield customer from Sacramento, CA on 2/24/2019

2010 Toyota Prius

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Works perfect, no problems. Really love it, would recommend highly.

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Crutchfield customer from Acushnet, MA on 1/31/2019

2005 Toyota Avalon

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Exactly what I was looking for!

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Sounds better than the radio

Mike from Sprng Brk Twp, PA on 1/28/2019

2009 Toyota Tacoma

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Exactly what I was looking for. Kept my truck looking factory. The two minor issue I have weren't enough to make me give it a 4 star.I like the fact that it automatically connects to my phone. But sometimes when I get out of the truck and walk away the music will start playing from my phone .But that's not the units fault I think it's the iPhone. Seems only to happen with pandora so far. Otherwise I'm thrilled. Very easy to install. I'll be ordering another one for my other Toyota soon!!!!

Pros: Sounds great! Easy install,

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Crutchfield customer from Gastonia, NC on 1/22/2019

2004 Lexus LS430

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Unit arrived in one day. It was easy to install in my 2004 LS 430. It me 15 minutes to install. It connects to my car as soon as I get in and start it up. It will also connect if your car is already running. I hide mine behind the CD player. I am now ready for my road trip from Charlotte North Carolina to New Orleans. The voice recognition can scare you when you get a call. Overall I love it.

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Awesome Aftermarket Bluetooth Functionality

Scott A from Culpeper, VA on 1/21/2019

2011 Toyota Camry

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Unit performed exactly as described. Installation instructions were accurate. Sound clarity excellent. Retains use of steering wheel controls. Note that an extension cable for the USB charge port and AUX Jack are NOT included in the package.

Pros: Crystal clear sound, Easy Link Up

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Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 1/20/2019

2005 Toyota Prius

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I have a 2005 prius nonjbl system, the bt-45 makes streaming music from my iphone and answering calls enjoyable! Easy installation and works flawlessly! Shipped fast and easy!

Pros: Easy to use! Flawless

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Duvall, WA on 1/16/2019

2006 Toyota Tacoma

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Got it as a birthday present after looking at it for about a year. Installation was easy on my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. It works flawlessly, and exactly as advertised.

Pros: Easy to install and use.

Cons: Volume of phone calls is lower than when listening to the radio.

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Great product!

Elaine from San Jose, CA on 1/1/2019

2003 Lexus IS300

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Easy to install (if you know how to work on cars). Worked seamlessly with the vehicle. Super clean installation, no wires. Great product!

Pros: Easy to install and works seamlessly

Cons: If you don't know car stuff, this wouldn't be easy to install.

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Works great!

Jim from Alpharetta, GA on 1/1/2019

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I replaced a different product with this and this one works perfectly on the 2007 Toyota Avalon with JBL and Navigation. Since I had previously installed a different device I knew exactly how to remove the radio and where to run the wires. Selecting where to install the device is the hardest part and I recommend having this figured out before you start. There is a bundle of harnesses behind the radio and I had to try a few options before finding the right one.

Pros: Easy to install Volume same as radio Phone calls are clear

Cons: Deciding where to run wires is hardest part of install

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Reliable connectivity

Fernando from San Pedro, CA on 12/11/2018

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This is an upgrade for me from my previous USA Spec product that I bought back in 2008. I am pleased that I no longer have to plug a cable into my iphone each time I get into my 2007 Toyota Tacoma. This Bluetooth model lets me leave my phone in my pocket and it automatically connects to my iphone. Great way to go hands-free.

Pros: Reliable connectivity Easy to install

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Crutchfield customer from Coward, SC on 11/26/2018

2008 Toyota Tacoma

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Product works exactly as described and was easy to install.

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Unexpected Decision

william from Denton, TX on 10/20/2018

1998 Toyota 4Runner

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Just installed this unit in my '98 4Runner SR5 with OEM stereo system with CD. Easy install. Gave me a chance to clean our area of 20yrs of dust and grime. On the back of my radio there was only one place to insert the new cable. And spot was taken by my OEM CD player. So I had to make a choice. Either keep it as is and put it back together, or, hook up the new device and forego the CD player. Most would have had an easier choice but I still use my CD player every day, so, it was a tough call at first. The device works great, I hid it well and it pairs fast. The volume is the same as if I was playing one of my CD's. Perfect. The mic for the phone works and is clear on other end. So far so good, but now I just need to see if I can find a piggyback harness to have them both working.

Pros: Easy install.

Cons: No explanation of why you have to choose between current CD player or new device. Crutchfields does not have any such harness to connect the two at the same time. So I had to delete the CD player. They should have a harness, or at least mention this in description. . A lot of vehicles were sold with a CD player so a harness so both could be available would be great.

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Crutchfield customer from Savannah, GA on 9/30/2018

2005 Toyota Tacoma

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Very good device, and works extremely well. Installation is super easy. Found the volume complaint in other reviews is resolved by the adjusting the volume setting on the phone. Nice feature - Bluetooth connects automatically and starts playing the audio from the phone when in that mode.

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Crutchfield customer from Sandston, VA on 9/6/2018

2007 Lexus RX350

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Easy to setup and a install. Works great.

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Basically Works on a SCION TC 2008, Radio T1809

Josh from Seattle, WA on 9/5/2018

2008 Scion tC

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I have a Scion TC 2008 with Premium Radio (Pioneer T1809). This unit does work functionally with the HUD. I'm happy with streaming audio sound and volume. Pairing was easy on my iPhone 6s, and the phone links up to the stereo automatically when I turn on the HUD unit. Audio has never dropped, bluetooth has NOT disconnected on me. My steering wheel controls work as advertised for both skipping and answering calls in CDC0 mode. CDC0 does disable my internal CD player (I don't care). I could try CDC1 when then I'd likely have to press "Disc Mode" on my HUD twice to cycle to the second CD port...I don't want to do that. So I'm fine with pressing CD ounce...and the phone works! Just be aware than it DOES disable your internal CD port if you are in CDC0 mode (at least). Call volume is very low, I need to be at volume level 41 to comfortably hear the other party...many times higher. I use the streaming audio around 25-37 depending on city/highway driving noise. Radio only goes to 55 or 60 I think...so there's not much room left! I used MUTE after a call to ensure I don't get blasted and just turn down the volume manually with the knob. I've not had many calls...and don't really care about it...I bought it for streaming Pandora and getting a new charging port setup on my factory HUD. Anything else was a bonus. I'm a little miffed the the CD-Text support doesn't work on my HUD. I have CD-Text...but the unit doesn't output anything and I see CD Track4

Pros: Great sound on Bluetooth streaming Audio! Easy setup with included TOYOTA adapter cable. 2.1A charging port works on iPhones with Lightning port and also works with 30-pin to lightning adapter from USB (but charges slower). Unit auto-links quickly and consistently! I've NOT experienced ANY drop-outs, or audio issues listening to music.

Cons: Call volume is very low (but most add-ons have this problem). My HUD has CD-Text support, but nothing shows on my HUD. So all I see is "CD Track4" all the time. CDC0 config replaces built-in CD player in my HUD (Disables it). CDC1 MIGHT bring it back...but I don't want to press "CD MODE" twice every time on my HUD to go to Bluetooth audio (since it's my primary audio source). Cables are actually overly long. No easy attachment surface to mount or zip-tie unit to car.

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Stan from Austin, TX on 9/2/2018

2004 Lexus LX470

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Works great in my 2004 LX470. Great sound. Added new life to an older but very nice audio system.

Pros: Great wireless Bluetooth audio connection.

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Easiest installation ever!

John from Mineral, VA on 8/31/2018

2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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By far the easiest aftermarket install of a vehicle component I've ever done. Completely plug and play. I added this to my wife's 2009 Toyota Sienna XLE with Navigation and Rear Entertainment. You WILL need the BT-TOYR (separate purchase) cable in order for your Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) to function properly. Our van has the "AM-SAT" button but no satellite functionality in the van (and the SAT never worked prior to this install: only AM). I configured the BT45 for SAT using the DIP switches. Since we use CD and DVD but never SAT this was a perfect fit. Unit auto connects to the wife's phone on SAT, plays automatically, and displays track info. All other radio functions work without issue including RSE and front video when in park with parking brake on. The steering wheel controls will automatically change tracks on her iPhone Spotify and DI.fm apps as if this was purposely made for her van. She couldn't be happier!

Pros: Easy to install, easy to setup, pairs and plays automatically with iPhone 8

Cons: Had to purchase a separate cable as the included cable does not work with 2009 Sienna with nav and RSE.

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Crutchfield customer from Mahomet, IL on 8/29/2018

2007 Lexus IS250

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Product works exactly as described and was easy to install. Completely plug and play for my '07 Lexus IS250. Very happy with the chat service, fast delivery and product itself.

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Crutchfield customer from Huntley, IL on 8/17/2018

2006 Toyota Highlander

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Easy to install and works well.

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Easiest installation ever!

Roy from Huntley, IL on 8/3/2018

2007 Toyota Sequoia

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This was so easy to install my two kids ( 11 & 15) did it in about an hour with minimal assistance.everything works including steering wheel controls, back up camera, RSE, and my satellite radio. I added this to the JBL factory stereo in my 2007 Sequoia with navigation. I only wish I recorded it. Thank you guys for great products. Can't wait to do the 1968 GTO next!

Pros: Easy, works perfectly,

Cons: Volume could be better on calls but I can deal with it.

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Works just as advertised!

J. J. from Rolla, MO on 7/31/2018

2009 Toyota Tacoma

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I ordered this for a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. It was delivered three days later. I installed it immediately. Installation took about two hours; mostly zip tying wiring out of the way. It worked first try. I put it through all its paces as outlined in the manual. Everything worked as advertised. I am eminently pleased with this purchase, as it puts my "09 on a bluetooth par with the newer trucks. Good job!

Pros: Easy install; works exactly as advertised. I'd buy it again.

Cons: None.

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Jason W from Marietta, GA on 7/26/2018

2006 Toyota Sequoia

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This excellent product seamlessly allowed integration of Bluetooth connectivity to my Toyota Sequoia. One cool feature that sets it apart is its ability to automatically turn on my radio and switch to the correct input when receiving a call. As always, Crutchfield shipping speed and service are unmatched.

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Great solution for older vehicles to add blue tooth support

Dave from Gaithersburg, MD on 7/8/2018

2005 Toyota Sienna

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This is 9ne of my best purchases ever. Works better than I thought provid8ng blue tooth pho e support as 8 needed but also handling my navigation and Pandora music very nicely. When I get in the car it starts playing my Pandora station on it's own. N8ce to have the phone handle switching between navigation voice directions Pandora music and phone calls seamlessly. Using the bt-toyr cable (extra cost) it was a simple install in my 2005 Toyota sienna and did not affect the use of rear entertainment system or steering wheel controls.

Pros: Gives old cars fully integrated infotainment capability. Pandora music over Bluetooth sounded great Voice calls worked great. Easy install

Cons: At startup unit says "connected " which can be loud and startling if you left the volume high.

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Easy Installation and Nice Sync

Michael from Arlington, VA on 7/7/2018

2007 Toyota Highlander

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I have done a lot of auto stereo installs over the years and that was by far the easiest! I had to read the instructions a couple of times to really understand them. We had to try two different DIP switch settings (wow, I haven't seen DIP switches since the late eighties!) to get it to work for us. We used the all ON setting. Connection to the iPhone was seamless and music information (tracks) displayed nicely on the monitor. My only 'Cons' are: 1. The microphone clip could be more "alligator-like". It's a fixed size "C-clip" and it was too small to clip on the sun visor so we ended up sticking it with velcro to the grab bar. 2. The unit itself looks like a "black box" out of the eighties. It doesn't look very appealing stuck the side of the trans tunnel. It was my son's car and he wasn't as concerned with the looks; had it been my car, I probably would have done some sort of custom cutout. I gave it 5 stars because what was good about it was really good and was was no so good, was not a big deal.

Pros: Quick, easy installation and synchronization

Cons: Microphone clip and unit appearance

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Fantastic Bluetooth Adapter

The Critical Consumer from Marietta, GA on 6/21/2018

2008 Toyota 4Runner

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Fantastic bluetooth adapter! Installation was quick and easy in my 2008 4Runner Limited with JBL audio--Crutchfield's instructions were spot on! It pairs quickly when turning the car on and it automatically starts playing music from the last used app, even if it's not open at the time. Only quirk is that the audio level for calls is a bit different from the audio for music, as other reviewers pointed out. I found the simplest fix is simply to not turn the music volume all the way up on my phone and turn the call volume to the max. This equalized the audio so switching from a call to music is seamless. It is also important to note the section in the manual about the dip switches and to try each combination to see which works best for your stereo. I found that one of the CD emulation modes was best since it shows the text from songs / calls. You'll also want to disable to voice for the system that loudly announces "Bluetooth Connected" or announces incoming calls in a very weird voice and only speaks the number--not the name. No complaints so far with the system and I am very happy that I was able to maintain steering wheel control and the stock head unit since it looks great!

Pros: - Easy Install - Seamless integration with stock system - Phenomenal sound quality (though I'm no audiophile...) - Great call quality - Quick, seamless device pairing

Cons: - Need to disable creepy voiceovers - Need to reduce music volume on phone to equalize with call audio

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James from Albany, OR on 6/20/2018

2006 Lexus GX470

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I hate it!! It doesn't work as I thought it would the steering wheel controls don't work there is no hands free in order to answer a call you have to answer it from the phone then put it on speaker phone then it will play through the car it also says that there is a 3.5mm cord it doesn't have that. I had it installed by a professional they were the ones that recommended the product because they put them in all the time and we lost our 5 disc CD player. So if I could have rated it less I would have I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. I'm going to have it taken out waste of time and money.

Pros: None

Cons: Doesn't work as I was told it would before I bought it.

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James, we're sorry you had issues with your adapter. Our Tech Support team is setting up a return for this item. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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works great

Rick from Dallas, TX on 6/18/2018

2004 Lexus RX330

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Installed in 2004 Lexus RX. It works well and as described. Installs into the existing connections on the radio. When I ordered the Bluetooth device, Crutchfield added the wiring harness to the order automatically. Not sure why, because it wasn't needed, and it caused confusion in the installation. Otherwise, easy to install.

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Crutchfield customer from Aloha, OR on 5/23/2018

2006 Toyota Highlander

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Wow!! Great product. Operates exactly as advertised, easy to install right out of the box. COMES WITH the correct wire harness.. not sure why Crutchfield suggests buying the exact same harness that COMES with it.. but that's $30 thrown away. Thanks Crutchfield. Anyhow, get this and enjoy your own music.

Pros: Easy install, works great

Cons: None

Crutchfield response on 6/4/2018
We're sorry for the confusion over the additional harness for your application in your Highlander. Our Customer Service rep, Gregory, has issued a refund for the cable. Because of this customer's review, we had our Vehicle Integration Buyer, Darren, take a look into this installation. Our presentation isn't very clear, and we're now working to update it to show exactly when and why this harness is needed.

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Crutchfield customer from Crestview, FL on 5/6/2018

2003 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Installed in 2003 Land Cruiser. Works great! Two issues: 1. Volume spikes when going from phone to music 2. AUX port only plays through front 2 speakers. Bluetooth streaming hits all speakers. Would recommend.

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KEN from San Diego, CA on 4/11/2018

2004 Lexus GX470

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Installed in a 2004 Lexus GX470 with navigation and Mark Levinson sound. Easy install. Just make sure the DIP switches are set correctly. One of the switches got knocked into OFF position while I was reinstalling the stock head unit and I couldn't get song titles to display correctly. Once I fixed the DIP switch position, everything worked perfectly. Installed the mic near the rear view mirror and sound quality is great. My iPhone pairs right up and starts playing when the head unit is in DISC mode. It also switches automatically to DISC mode when a call comes in. Steering wheel controls work seamlessly. Feels very OEM. Love it. Made my 2004 car feel like a modern vehicle again. The "connected" notification can be turned off easily, just read the manual.

Pros: Works just like an OEM product

Cons: None!

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Crutchfield customer from Coupeville, WA on 3/3/2018

2006 Toyota Tacoma

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Works as advertised. Nice addition to OEM stereo.

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B Scott from Lebanon, MO on 2/27/2018

2004 Toyota Prius

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Works great! Pretty easy install into a 2004 Prius. One note, the directions do not mention it with the factory stereo in our Prius, you use both harnesses supplied but only one plug connects to the stereo. I called to double check and that is correct. If you are installing in a Gen 2 Prius as well, hopefully this helps you out.

Pros: Works great!

Cons: None that I'm aware of.

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Crutchfield customer from Orlando, FL on 2/22/2018

2007 Lexus RX350

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Easy install with supplied directions. Very clean connection. Would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a good Bluetooth streaming solution for there Toyota/Lexus.

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Crutchfield customer from Sun Valley, ID on 1/31/2018

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works pretty well and the installation wasn't too bad with the help of the crutchfield help line. the only thing I don't like about the BT45-TOY is that you can't listen to the radio and receive calls. The radio has to be in the sat mod to receive calls.

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Crutchfield customer from Kirkland, WA on 1/15/2018

2004 Toyota Highlander

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Simple to install, works great for iPhone wireless music, but phone sound is quiet.

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Crutchfield customer from Coopersville, MI on 1/2/2018

2003 Lexus LS430

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This was perfect for me because all of the aftermarket receivers I looked into would not work with our factory steering wheel controls, which was a deal breaker for me. But using this adapter is great because we can connect our phones, the sound is great, AND we can skip and change volume from the steering wheel controls. I am very happy but my only gripe is that you can only connect one device at a time. Wish it would support pairing with 2 devices. Other than that, we love it and are so happy to be rid of the cheap cassette adapter!

Pros: Retain factory look Retain factory steering wheel controls Sound is great

Cons: Only can pair one device at at time

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Crutchfield customer from Miami, FL on 1/1/2018

2008 Lexus ES350

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Great product. I couldn't play music via Bluetooth in my car but now I can. It's awesome!

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Crutchfield customer from Fairburn, GA on 1/1/2018

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Great item. I got it for my wife. She loves it. A+++++++ all the way

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Bluetooth-Lexus spotty

Breck from Plano, TX on 12/31/2017

2003 Lexus GX470

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My music on my iPhone 7 plays fine, but calls made out are at 1/4 of volume. My wife's 5s IPhone can not receive calls and calls made out are spotty. Certainly after Mkt works nothing like original. Disappointing!

Pros: Can play music on iphone

Cons: Bluetooth does not work well for receiving and Poor for calling out.

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Breck, we're sorry you're having issues with your Bluetooth adapter. If the problem continues and you need help, 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.

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Gary from Crab Orchard, WV on 12/27/2017

2012 Toyota Highlander

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All I had to do was remove radio and plug in the wire and run mic wire and install radio. That took about 2 hours and could not have been any easier and works great.

Pros: works great and easy to install

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Piney Flats, TN on 12/11/2017

2009 Toyota Tacoma

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Works great. Good sound, good base

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Easy to Install, but may Blow my Speakers

Marty from Berthoud, CO on 12/9/2017

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Easy to install and easy to set-up. Had it in and working within 90 minutes. The most difficult part was running the Mic wire (this old body doesn't get under the dash very often...). The sound quality from my iPhone 8 Plus via Onkyo's HF Player App is good. I have one complaint. When the phone connects to this it blares "Bluetooth Connected" so loud it's gonna blow my speakers. I'm hoping there is a way to turn this off, but I haven't looked yet. Re-training myself to turn the volume way down or off before leaving the car is a long shot...

Pros: Easy to Install Works well Sounds Good

Cons: "Bluetooth Connected" is too darn loud

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Crutchfield customer from Orlando, FL on 10/16/2017

2007 Lexus GX470

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Works perfectly!

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Great product

Larry from Johnson City, TN on 10/15/2017

2002 Toyota Camry Solara

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Great product. Was easy to install on my 2002 Solara, and Bluetooth function works well. I liked being able to keep the original car stereo.

Pros: Easy to install. Bluetooth function works well.

Cons: None so far.

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Saved me $80k!

Jeff from San Carlos, CA on 8/14/2017

2002 Toyota Land Cruiser

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This is awesome, just saved me $80k. My only complaint about my 2002 Land Cruiser was that the nav system/audio system was so far behind the times, doesn't even have an AUX input jack much less bluetooth. Well what do you know this BT45-TOY module really does just plug in to the factory nav/audio system head unit and it really does work just as easily as the description says! Installing the unit was easy, the hardest part was finding a good place up under the dash to hide the unit. There is space on the drivers side above the dummy foot pedal and the cable reached there perfectly. I always assumed I was out of luck for bringing my old Land Cruiser up to the present tech, so glad I found this thing! Some reviewers have said the unit dies after a couple years, hopefully that doesn't happen but will deal with it then if it does.

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Simple install, great directions, everything worked as expected

Daniel from Tacoma, WA on 8/6/2017

2011 Toyota RAV4

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Very high rating, due to simplicity of install and excellent directions. I installed the BT45-TOY on my 2011 Rav4, and it took all of 30 minutes (for someone relatively inexperienced). I really liked the microphone, which was mounted on a ball-joint so I can point it a particular direction in the cabin. I would highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to add bluetooth capability without changing anything on their stock deck.

Pros: Simple Install, Great Directions, Light Weight, Great Microphone Mount

Cons: Calls slightly quieter than other audio

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T from Grand Forks, ND on 7/31/2017

2007 Toyota Tundra

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A million stars to Buster who told me this product would be far superior than the iSimple ISTY751. Sound quality is amazing and my bluetooth range is phenomenal. With the iSimple ISTY751, I had my phone in my pocket as I squatted next to the wheelwell of my truck to detail the tire. The audio stream would cut out, which was unacceptable to me. So I had my installers pull the iSimple ISTY751 out and install the USA Spec BT45-TOY. Sound quality is far better and the range is superior.

Pros: Range Sound Quality Instructions If you use music player app called Power Amp, you will have to adjust the settings in the app for the track change to work with the controls of your factory radio. Took me a few seconds to figure it out.

Cons: None

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Bluetooth capability

Jason from Winston Salem, NC on 7/30/2017

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I should have just bought a new stereo!

Pros: Being able to use MP3 through the factory stereo. Charges USB devices. Hands free phone calls.

Cons: Doesn't connect USB devices to the stereo. In other words, I can't plug my iPod in to the USB and hear it though the stereo. I have to use a line in. For the amount of money that I spent on this thing, I could have bought brand new stereo.

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Crutchfield customer from Parker, CO on 7/27/2017

2003 Lexus LS430

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Very nice addition to my stock Mark Levinson stereo.

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Easy Install

Eric from Illinois on 7/7/2017

2005 Toyota Prius

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Super easy install..great product! As always the "Master Sheet" makes the whole thing so much easier.

Pros: Easy install Great integration Great sound quality, music and phone calls

Cons: NONE

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Easiest way to connect your phone to an older car

Crutchfield customer from Plainsboro, NJ on 7/3/2017

2006 Toyota Avalon

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The Bluetooth adapter worked exactly as advertised, my 2006 Toyota Avalon can now play audio and take calls from my phone. This brought my car's stereo into the present, and saved me the trouble of having to install an entire new head unit. The device seems to trick the stereo into thinking I have a second CD changer installed, you just have to make sure to press the CD button twice to get to Bluetooth when you want to use it. The box has dip switches that allow it to be configured for different car models, allowing it to appear to the car as a satellite radio, MP3 device, or a few other things. Depending on what you choose, that's the button you hit on the stereo to get Bluetooth audio working.

Pros: Simple to install

Cons: Bluetooth audio is a little lower than other audio sources, still clear but noticeably quieter than CD or radio

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BT45-TOY the solution for adding Bluetooth to your vehicle

Bob from Roswell, GA on 6/25/2017

2006 Lexus ES330

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Installed the BT45-TOY in my 2006 Lexus ES330 with Nav. The installation was very easy thanks to the assistance of tech support. I had to disconnect the multi-disk CD changer and use the CD emulation mode to get the full functionality of the system. It works great, streams music wirelessly, announces incoming calls, lowers the volume automatically. The only issue is the volume of the BT45 is significantly less than my OEM stereo so I have to raise volume when I receive a call. It's a minor issue but it's the difference between 4 and 5 stars and that price point. Great product, I would highly recommend it for people looking to add B/T capability to their older model vehicles.

Pros: Easy install Works perfectly

Cons: Volume is significantly lower than the OEM stereo.

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Great product

darin from Santa Rosa, CA on 6/8/2017

2008 Lexus IS250

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super easy to install and use. works perfect on my Lexus.

Pros: easy install on my Lexus. plunged right in to my stock system. works with existing controls. bluetooth auto syncs to stereo. great product. I would buy again.

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Great adapter, super simple installation

John from Mount Joy, PA on 6/4/2017

2005 Toyota Avalon

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Works great. Now have bluetooth in my 12 year old Avalon, plus I retained the CD changer and tape deck. Got Aux In capability as an added bonus. Plug & play installation, took less than an hour. The audio quality on Bluetooth is quite good, although the noise cancellation has difficulty with certain sounds (like large trucks driving by) that it can't tell are signal or noise so it lets that sound pass as signal. Otherwise I am very satisfied with it.

Pros: Fits, retains all existing radio functions (tape player, CD changer). Pairing is easy, operation is easy. Good audio clarity

Cons: Sometimes the noise cancellation on the bluetooth mic gets confused and passes along the noise.

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Nothing but good to say...

Crutchfield customer from Eden Prairie, MN on 5/31/2017

2002 Lexus LS430

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Works perfectly. Trivial to install. Great audio quality.

Pros: Simple to install and use. Good audio quality when streaming. People I call say call audio is clear.

Cons: None

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BLUETOOTH UPGRADE LC 100

JASON from Flowery Branch, GA on 5/12/2017

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser

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I installed on a 2006 LC which was very easy. Microphone was placed above the map reading light console and unit now is housed in the old ashtray location above the gearshift. Only negative is that the phone is at a lower volume level than the music...I've tried other dip switch settings, and turning up all app volumes available on the iPhone 6plus with no improvement. So if you're listening to music at level 10 the phone requires level 24 which after you hang up has the music playing much too loud. Customer support is first rate and again install couldn't be any easier. The sound quality is premium and you can see display of the track and artist if you switch to the track info screen but it only displays for 15 seconds or so....not a big deal but worth noting. Sounds quality of the calls is good once you select the correct volume level. Still keep functionality of steering wheel controls for volume, call answer, and hang up.

Pros: Great Sound Quality for music Easy install Aux input for rear entertainment if you want to run it through the stereo

Cons: Phone volume is significantly lower than music volume....fix this and it's top rating all around....this is the only drawback but not a deal breaker.

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Crutchfield customer from Fuquay Varina, NC on 5/7/2017

2005 Toyota Prius

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Outstanding product

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Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 4/4/2017

2006 Toyota Avalon

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Incredible product works very well with my car. The staff was super helpful in helping me pick out this module and I can't thank them enough!

Pros: Works perfectly!

Cons: none

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Decent product, mediocre sound quality

Ben from Aspen, CO on 3/21/2017

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Serviceable product that functions as advertised with fairly simple install. I'm giving it three stars for two reasons: 1) the sound quality for streaming music via Bluetooth is not great, a step or two below FM radio. It's similar to the factory Bluetooth connection in my Jeep using the same phone, so I don't think it's a defect, I just think it's not a high quality connection; 2) The included installation manual (if one could call it that) is completely inadequate and Crutchfield did not provide any supplemental information for my vehicle, so it was a bit of a challenge to figure out the connections, especially since Crutchfield sold me an extra cable that I did not need (subsequently returned), so it took me some time to realize that I should just use the original cable supplied by the manufacturer.

Pros: Relatively simple install, plug and play

Cons: Substandard sound quality compared to other Bluetooth streaming receivers.

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Bon from Yuba City, CA on 3/8/2017

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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5 Stars from start to finish. Knowing what I wanted but not knowing in tech terms how to get there, Brooke was the perfect completer . I recently bought a 2007 FJ Cruiser without a security alarm, bought that at Best Buy but still needed to be hands free in CA. Best Buy installer recommended me to call you before my install the following week. Brooke configured exactly what I was looking for and shipped here in time to have it all installed at same time. Fast, very knowledgeable and works great. I may have a 9 year old vehicle but I am talking, listening to tunes in 2017 style. Thanks Crutchfield & Brooke, I will be recommending you to others!

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Definitely an Upgrade!!!!

Vince from Indianapolis, IN on 3/2/2017

2004 Toyota Sequoia

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Wanted to add Bluetooth phone and streaming capabilities to my truck. However if I am to change the head unit in my 04 sequoia with JBL I lose all rear seat entertainment, I found this module and the SPECIAL cable for the RSE system and took me little time to get it up and working. I could not be happier with this device. Everything works I have phone and the RSE works. Great Product!!!!!

Pros: Quick Install (plug and play) Easy Use Can have a 3.5 MM jack and USB charge cable!

Cons: None so far

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 2/19/2017

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Overall works great except noise canceling isn't all that. I've been asked if I'm driving a motorcycle when talking in my car

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Crutchfield customer from pikesville on 1/30/2017

2006 Toyota Highlander

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this product came really quick installation was easy and soon is very good. I called the team to make sure I was plugging it into the right plug and they were very helpful. I mounted my mic on the steering wheel base and people hear me well. good product overall.

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Crutchfield customer from Kirkland, WA on 1/23/2017

2004 Toyota Sequoia

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This kit was a piece of cake to install. Took maybe 20 minutes and paired to both my Android and iPhone 6s without issue. Unfortunately, the audio sounded really crunchy. After dismantling everything to confirm that I didn't do anything incorrectly, I contacted tech support. They agreed that it was likely a bad module and immediately sent a replacement. A couple days later the replacement arrived and it worked perfectly. Shipped back the dud using the prepaid UPS label and I was on my way...

Pros: Easy to install Excellent tech support

Cons: First module was faulty out of box

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MLO from Warrenton, VA on 1/17/2017

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We have only had this equipment for a few days and have only used it a couple of time so this is an initial impression. The music quality via bluetooth is quite good. With Iphones, once it connect shortly after starting the car, it just jumps into your play lists and starts playing - effortlessly. So for connectivity and streaming I would say this is a five star product. Due to the fact that I put it in my daughter's college car, it is attached to a radio that is over 10 years old and although it had some text display capability (high end JBL System) it did not display any of the text display information. The incompatibility is clearly stated in product literature so I can't complain. I had just been optimistic that it might work. This is the only reason that I did not give it a 5 star rating so I am not really sure that is fair. As far as the phone is concerned, the call quality is better than either of our newer cars/systems. Great Microphone and Crutchfield's instructions are great as usual as far as getting the wire up the windshield pillar as well as other install instructions and tech support too. Siri handles the outgoing calls from the mic and home button. Incoming calls are displayed on the phone and/or announced through the speakers reading out the incoming number and answered or declined by hitting the track up (answer) track down (dumped to voicemail) which is great, simple and highly functional. I added a KUDA Phone mount and a charge cable. Gr

Pros: Clear Phone Calls Good Quality Bluetooth Streaming USB Charging Cable (ADD ON) Added Safety Simple Functional Controls

Cons: None

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Works like a charm!

Rob from Richmond, VA on 1/16/2017

2007 Lexus RX350

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Both Bluetooth calling and audio for music works flawlessly in my Landcruiser and wife's Lexus. Both are 2007 vintage. I used SAT input on both vehicles. Great tips on installation can be found online.

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Cons: If there was a Con to mention it is slight volume difference between calls and music, need to spin knob or use steering controls when going back and forth.

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Jason from Avon, CT on 12/28/2016

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Installed in my wife's 07 Sequoia with rear entertainment system. Make sure to get the BT-TOY cable if you have RES. Works perfectly.

Pros: Easy install. Great sound quality. Works well with iPhone and android.

Cons: I wish I bought it sooner.

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Crutchfield customer from Castle Rock, CO on 11/6/2016

2002 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2008 Lexus RX 400h - I used this to replace an old wired iPod/iPhone unit from another manufacturer that caused all kinds of "ghost" issues - display would blank, volume controls on factory head unit would not work. It was easier to install this unit than uninstall the old one. I would recommend that the manufacturer provide vehicle specific instructions as I had a little confusion with the plug - but I figured it out. I had some stereo noise inserted into the Bluetooth signal initially, but stopped and restarted the car and it eliminated that problem. Factory Phone Bluetooth interface still works and my wife is 100% satisfied. This might be a fallback solution for my 2002 Land Cruiser if my Bluetooth receiver/amp replacement does not work as planned.

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Works perfectly!

Matthew from Denver, Co on 11/1/2016

2005 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Installed this unit in my 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser this past weekend and it works perfectly! It's an easy install after carefully removing two pieces of paneling and the factory radio/nav system. One thing to note is that upon checkout you will be prompted to also purchase an additional wiring harness (CAS-TLC), you do NOT need this. As I stated, I have a 2005 LC with factory radio with navigation and the six disc cd changer, which is located in the center console. I called Crutchfield technical support and as always they were very helpful and quickly figured out that this harness wasn't necessary and I connected the BT with the supplied harness.

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Works Perfectly with factory radio!

Anthony from Austin, TX on 10/28/2016

2009 Toyota Tacoma

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Installed in my 2009 Toyota Tacoma this morning. Very easy install. I attached unit with Velcro on the bottom side of dash behind instrument cluster. I ran the microphone up the drivers side "A" pillar, up along headliner, and mounted microphone next to rear view mirror. Connected I Phone through blue-tooth with one click. Immediately music started playing. Very clear quality. Unit integrated perfectly with my existing radio. The name of the song shows up on radio display. I can change songs with the tune up or tune down knob. It even works with Siri to make hands free calls. I only gave it 4 stars because the price seems a little high for just giving you blue-tooth capabilities. If you already have a satellite radio unit connected then you will not be able to use this unit because it uses the SAT input on radio. Although you could get a satellite radio car kit and install it through the AUX input on the unit or radio. Overall works perfectly!!

Pros: Easy install and integrates blue-tooth seamlessly with factory radio.

Cons: High price and cannot be used in conjunction with satellite radio tuner.

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Crutchfield customer from Murfreesboro NC on 9/12/2016

2004 Lexus GX470

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The appointment was on time and was Perfect!! The guys and girls in Harrisonburg are so nice and polite! We dive 4 hour to get things done right thr first time! Thank you so much!

Pros: Always Perfect

Cons: None to be found

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Easy Bluetooth Addition To My Tacoma

Scott from Glendale, AZ on 8/21/2016

2012 Toyota Tacoma

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I own a 2012 Tacoma with the basic OEM head unit, face code D1822. I wanted to add wireless connectivity so I decided to search around for a Bluetooth solution and found the BT45-TOY. It sounded like the perfect fit as it was designed to interface directly with the OEM radio. Incredibly, I had the unit installed in less than 30 minutes. Following Crutchfield's excellent radio-removal instructions it was very easy to remove the factory radio. The BT45-TOY plugged directly into a connector on the back of the radio with the included cable harness. There was no need to splice into any existing wiring. The BT45-TOY is small and it fit quite nicely on top of the radio in a space below dashboard. The BT45-TOY comes with a microphone with a long cord and it has a convenience USB jack to use for charging phones. I purchased a separate USB extension cord so that I could mount the USB jack remotely from the BT45-TOY. The Tacoma has several punch-outs in the dashboard below the radio which were easily removed and allowed for the USB cord and microphone to exit. After re-installing the radio I powered it up and the BT45-TOY appeared in my iPhone's Bluetooth list. It connected easily and sounds great! I can change tracks using the radio controls and track information appears on the radio's display. I have only used the hand's free phone feature a couple of times but people say I sound very clear. After a month I'm still happy with the purchase.

Pros: Small size, easy installation, integrates with OEM radio

Cons: Using the radio controls to answer the phone is a little awkward.

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Well worth the modest effort

David from Minneapolis, MN on 8/10/2016

2001 Lexus LS430

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I can't live without bluetooth. For almost a decade I have had bluetooth available in my lease cars. But my wife and I decided to buy used, so I bought a 2001 Lexus LS430 with all the bells and whistles, including a Mark Levinson stereo. But what good is a great stereo without an ability to play the music and books I carry with me? 6 CDs were a luxury in 2001, but these days that is the equivalent of living in a sod house--totally unacceptable. So rather than ditching the OEM audio, I decided to add bluetooth to the existing system. Was it a chore? Well, yes, it was. Easily within my abilities, which are very modest, but installation DOES require removing much of the center dashboard. A bit of prying, a few screws (some were in VERY tight), and a cable swap (don't forget the Lexus adapter as a modest separate purchase), and viola, you have audio streaming as part of your OEM stereo. I also ran a line out from the aux port on the BT45, so my wife can plug in HER iphone when she is with me, and I ran the included microphone up and around to attach right above my rear view mirror. (running the wire and hiding it reasonably well was a chore as well). So far, so good. It works just as well as advertised. The bluetooth connection is as reliable as bluetooth gets (which is hardly perfect, but that is bluetooth, not the BT-45). The sound is awesome (again, within the limits of the technology), and the microphone quality gets two thumbs up from my wife,

Pros: Works as advertised. Brings older Toyotas and Lexus vehicles into the 2010s. You get to keep the OEM stereo!! No idiotic flashing LEDs, blue glows from tech trying to look cool, or anything like that. Aux port for non-bluetooth connections

Cons: Intimidating install, but doable by almost anybody More expensive than aftermarket bluetooth stereo (but well worth it)

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Brilliant!

Jason from Spokane, WA on 8/7/2016

2007 Toyota Avalon

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I own a 2007 Toyota Avalon, and I've been trying to install some variation of 3rd party accessories so I can listen to my own music (i.e. Spotify) either directly or via Bluetooth. I spent about 5 weeks trying to get a replacement single DIN head unit and a new wiring harness to work, but to no avail. There were endless volume issues (i.e. oscillating up and down, no volume at all, random volume on/off etc.) and the only recourse was to bypass my stock amplifier, which would have been a royal pain. Not wanting to do that, I decided to take one more shot at getting Bluetooth up and running by just installing the USA Spec BT45-TOY. It said it worked for my car, the installation was supposed to be simple, and it would allow me to play my own music via my own device via Bluetooth - and it has been AMAZING. Amazing because it was simple to install. Amazing because there are zero volume issues. And amazing because it simply works - it connects when I get in the car, and works perfectly. I highly recommend going this route if you're just looking to connect your own device via Bluetooth in order to listen to your own music...don't worry about a new head unit and wiring harness, unless you really need one :)

Pros: * Super easy to install - disconnect a cable from your head unit, connect a cable from the BT45-TOY, and you're good to go. * Zero connectivity issues, easy to pair with your device. * Works flawlessly, connects automatically when you get in your car etc. * Price is perfect for the value. * Maintains all the steering wheel controls for volume etc.

Cons: * None! It's a great piece of technology.

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Great idea!

Crutchfield customer from San Francisco on 7/31/2016

2003 Lexus LX470

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My stock stereo is still in great shape and I wasn't ready to totally change out my system but I did want to at least have Bluetooth and be able to stream songs and answer calls while on the move. This is a great option at a very affordable price. Easy to install and even easier to use.

Pros: Ease of use, affordable

Cons: None

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Works well with 2003 LX470

Crutchfield customer from Marietta, GA on 7/19/2016

2003 Lexus LX470

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Easy install - flawless. Works with the steering wheel and factory stereo buttons. A 2003 was not designed for bluetooth, so given that they did a good job. Comment son operation: If you are listening to the radio, the radio will switch to bluetooth on an incoming call. When the call is finished, the stereo stays on bluetooth rather than returning to the radio. Not a deal killer, but also not how I would expect it would operate. Also - I am used to having a button to activate the voice dialing. You can activate voice dialing using the microphone (OK google) but not by pressing and holding what would normally be the call answer button. Again, a small issue. Voice quality is great, and calls are actually loud enough to hear. Bluetooth streaming audio quality is fine. Not audiophile, not bad just fine.

Pros: Easy install, works well, bluetooth connection is solid. Auto switches to bluetooth on incoming call. Answer and end call buttons work well. Auto pause music when car shuts off, auto start music when you start the car.

Cons: No button in car to activate the voice dialing on the phone. Stereo does not return to what you were listening to when the call ends.

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Super Easy Install

Michael H from Conyers, GA on 6/26/2016

2005 Lexus GX470

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I recently bought this 05 GX470, It has a killer sound system in it and with the integration of the navigation and other systems in the truck I didn't want to replace anything, just wanted to add audio steaming bluetooth. After some internet searches and a lot of angst I decided on this unit. (Mainly because of Crutchfield being the seller, I knew they would stand behind it). Well the install could not have been easier. getting the radio out was the hardest part and that was a snap! This thing just plugs in and a couple of DIP switches and I now have steaming of my favorite media from my phone.

Pros: Super easy install, literally plug n play. If you have a GX470 don't let removing the dash intimidate you. Do an internet search on YouTube. Very Easy!

Cons: None yet.

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Well worth the money. Great results from a few hours work.

Joe from Northern, CA on 5/30/2016

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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So I also was someone uneasy when I first started looking at this product to install in my work vehicle. I have a one hour drive to and from work. I'm tired of having to answer the phone and put the caller on speakerphone because of cell phone laws here in California. I read the reviews here and was comfortable that Crutchfield would allow me to return it if it didn't meet my expectations. The install went smoothly however I would recommend that you search on youtube on your specific vehicle to see if someone has recorded the exact steps to take apart your dash. In this case a very similar product installer uploaded a video on how to do it step by step. That was very helpful as the instructions included don't show you what you need to do. In a Toyota Camry installation is not rocket science by any means but watching someone else do it takes any guessing out of the equation.

Pros: Low price, good integration into the factory system, and good performance of the microphone etc.

Cons: Limited instructions, the instructions need to be more clear on the specific models which need to have a plug removed from the back of the radio, plugged into the current harness and then the new harness plugged back into the radio. In my case I only needed to plug in the plug from the unit to the radio. I didn't have to unplug anything. I did unplug a similar connector but quickly realized it was not compatible. No a deal killer by any means but just be aware.

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USA Spec BT45-TOY

Robert G from Columbus, OH on 5/24/2016

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Very easy to install and works well. 2006 Toyota LC install was easy and what little confusion I had was cleared up with a ten minute phone call!

Pros: Easy to install. Works well with existing Bluetooth system.

Cons: USB port for charging only, fairly large to mount behind dash. I surface mounted to drivers side of center console.

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First time buyer

Novice from Tampa, FL on 5/8/2016

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The product works great, the only confusion was with the instructions, my radio didn't have a factory plug that needed to be unplugged and plugged into the female receiver on the device. Would have been a 5 minute install if I didn't try to find a fit for that plug.

Pros: Works great, can be installed out of the way.

Cons: Instructions should account for vehicles without 12 pin plugs.

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Great way to add bluetooth

Thomas from Clarksville, MD on 5/7/2016

2009 Toyota Sienna

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My Sienna XLE already had Bluetooth for the phone, but not music streaming. This added that perfectly to the factory stereo without loosing any of the other capabilities (CD/DVD, existing phone Bluetooth). Installation was extremely easy, taking about 30 minutes total, and most of that was figuring out where to store the unit and it's long cord so the radio unit had enough room to fit back properly. I didn't need to access it for the USB or AUX ports, I just wanted it out of the way. For my installation I set the dip switches to "MP3" and it acts just like a 2nd CD player. Works perfectly.

Pros: Excellent sound and great integration with the existing Toyota factory unit.

Cons: None so far

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Excellent solution!

JJS from Philadelphia on 4/17/2016

2003 Toyota 4Runner

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Excellent solution. Wanted to install new radion to take full advantage of my iphone but i discoveed i would have to run wires from front to back. Said NO Way to that and searched for a new solution which was this device.

Pros: Easy to use bluetooth connects everytime. Includes USB port and 3.5mm Audio port.

Cons: Would like to see panel mount audio and USB jacks included or as available accessories as this device is best miunted behind dashboard.

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Better than any product out there

Jessie from Fayetteville, GA on 4/9/2016

2007 Lexus LS460

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My car came with all options including Navigation, Call Pick-up and a Mark Levinson stereo with CD Changer. The only option available to connect to the music on my iPhone was through an earphone connection in the armrest to which the wired connections became brittle. I was looking for a way to wirelessly connect to my music library. I tried every FM module product out there but they all had inferior sound due to static. The Crutchfield Sales Rep was able to confirm that this OEM product will perform at meet my requirements. When it arrived, Crutchfield Technical Rep walked me through the entire process of dismantling my radio and center console so that I wouldn't have to guess. The entire process to connect took about 35 minutes and about another 10 minutes to put back together. This Bluetooth Adapter is so intuitive that it works with all of my steering wheel button functions and it retained all of my car's features such as showing the incoming call on the navigation screen. I highly recommend this product from Crutchfield if you're looking for a way to connect to your music library via Bluetooth. The Lexus Dealership offered to do this for over $900. I saved almost $800. I couldn't have done this without Crutchfield's product inventory an their amazing sales and technical staff. There is no other company out there like Crutchfield. (24-year customer)

Pros: Total factory look, functionality with zero splicing into any electronic wiring or disconnecting the power to the radio.

Cons: No directions on how to dismantle dash / console but they will walk you through the process over the phone.