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Add a touchscreen stereo, keep your car's factory features

An iDatalink Maestro makes it possible

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An aftermarket upgrade saves you from hefty dealership prices

If you own a Ford equipped with SYNC®, a Chrysler vehicle with UConnect®, or a GM vehicle with OnStar®, you know they're some of the better factory systems around. But you also know that if your car didn’t have navigation when it rolled out of the factory, adding it later meant: A) installing an aftermarket nav receiver and losing your factory system, or B) having a factory nav receiver installed at the dealership and spending lots of money. Now, thanks to iDatalink, there’s a better solution.

iDatalink Maestro

The iDatalink Maestro lets you keep the handy factory features you use everyday.

Gain navigation, smartphone controls, and hold onto your SYNC or UConnect functions

With the iDatalink Maestro radio replacement package for 2006 and up Ford, Chrysler, GM, and VW vehicles, you can install a powerful navigation receiver and keep your familiar factory features intact. And with an iDatalink compatible receiver (available from many popular brands, including Kenwood, Pioneer, and JVC), you can stay on top of what's happening under the hood with touchscreen access to information like tire pressure, battery voltage, check engine codes, and more in certain vehicles.

So, how does it work? Basically, the Maestro speaks your car's language, allowing a factory system like SYNC to communicate with your new receiver and vice-versa. The features you use every day — voice commands, Bluetooth® connectivity, iPod® control, steering wheel controls, your back-up camera, even satellite radio in some vehicles — will work beautifully alongside aftermarket benefits like an HD Radio™ tuner, Garmin navigation, CarPlay™, and Android Auto™. And best of all, when you buy the Maestro with a new receiver, we'll offer you a deep discount on it.

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You'll find all of your SYNC options on the easy-to-read menu screen.

A Crutchfield Advisor takes the Maestro for a spin

To see how the Maestro works in the real world, we asked Colt, an advisor in our Southwest Virginia call center, to give it a try. His 2008 Ford Edge came with the standard SYNC system, but he’d always wanted to install an in-dash nav receiver.

“The Kenwood Excelon receiver I installed offers a nice bang for the buck, because it’s a great stereo with built-in Garmin navigation and Bluetooth,” he said. “The Maestro makes it possible to get all that stuff without losing SYNC or the steering wheel controls.”

Colt installed the receiver and the Maestro bundle himself, then used the straight­forward startup menu to set his preferences.

“The Maestro lets you choose what works best for you,” he explained. “If you like the factory iPod controls, select that option. If you don’t, you can choose the Kenwood controls. The same goes for Bluetooth. I decided to stick with the SYNC options when I did the setup on my car.”

The Maestro allowed Colt to retain the factory steering wheel controls in his Edge, and let him assign a secondary “press and hold” function to each button. He was also able to keep his vehicle’s factory SiriusXM satellite radio capability, which made him happy.

If you’re thinking about upgrading with the iDatalink Maestro and you want a receiver that maximizes your vehicle's factory system, you can give an advisor like Colt a call at 888-955-6000 to investigate your options.

Kenwood receiver installed

Thanks to the iDatalink Maestro, Colt can enjoy full control of his SYNC system as well as the souped up sound and features of a new Kenwood stereo.

  • Paul Jorge from Attleboro

    Posted on 9/29/2021

    I have a 2014 jeep cherokee limited, If i install and aftermarket radio will i lose heating controls that are in the factory radio as icons on the new radio?

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    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2021

    Paul, the best way to get started is to enter your vehicle information when you shop our selection of car stereo receivers. That should give you an idea of what features you'll keep or lose. If you have questions then, call or use chat to talk to one of our well-trained advisors.
  • Randy Vertrees from Moxee

    Posted on 7/18/2021

    My wifes 2014 Toyota SE blutooth went out on her factory stereo ...its hooked up to all tye car systems and controlled on the steering wheel...the dealership wanted 1200 to replace the whole unit dont know if there is a d3xk for this situation or just an easy fix..ive scoured youtube and cant find anything...its a touch screen...abd other than Bluetooth it works fine..but now the new phones dont have aux capabilities....please help...Randy.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 10/14/2021

    Randy, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Brent from Tacoma

    Posted on 6/20/2021

    Just got a 2021 Silverado to replace my 2018. I bought a complete audio setup for the 2018 but never got around to installing it. Somehow I got lucky and found out I have one of only two Pioneer decks recommended for the only Metra deck 0late currently available. However, this new Silverado has a lot of functions through the factory deck that I'm afraid I may lose that functionality from. I bought this $500 deck from Crutchfield a year ago and may not be able to use it and will have to just use the factory deck. Still new in unopened box. :/

  • Jonas from Greenwich

    Posted on 6/6/2021

    Will I be able to maintain my, heated steering wheels function?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 6/11/2021

    Jonas, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness and info on factory features that will be retained or not. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Mark T from Chicago

    Posted on 4/11/2021

    I just uncovered this awesome feature after a full reset about 3 years after purchase! Maestro w a Kenwood DDX9904S. 2009 Ford Escape w Sync. I didn't realize I could use my Sync's BT for telephone and BT streaming. The factory microphone tends to pick up better than aftermarket. In the case of my Ford, it has 2 microphones for better noise cancelling.

  • Larry Wyatt from Lansing

    Posted on 9/21/2020

    Can this be installed in my 2012 ford f 150 XLT, regular cab , 8 cylinder I have Sinc also

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2020

    Larry, You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.
  • Aaron from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 9/13/2020

    I have a 2009 F150 platinum. The climate control can 90% be controlled by physical buttons. But there are somethings that require the stock touchscreen. I would like to upgrade and get car play. Would a Maestro allow me to keep these features?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 1/26/2021

    Aaron, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat
  • Curtis V from Mt. Holly

    Posted on 7/31/2020

    I have a 2010 Ford F-350 with Sync. I am replacing the factory radio with a JVC KW-V850BT unit. I would like to maintain sync access and steering wheel controls. When researching this seems possible with a module. My question is this actually possible and witch module is best for my situation?

  • Robert from OCEAN SPRINGS

    Posted on 7/27/2020

    Hi, I have a 2018 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium. Looks like my 7" screen has died (have it at Dealership now). Just out of warranty, and afraid what the replacement cost may be. I would like to have Alpine or Kenwood Touchscreen to replace it. My question is- will the factory installed backup camera work on one of these units? Anyway to have Sync options to a new unit?

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2020

    Robert, yes, you will be able to retain your backup cam and other factory features (although not Sync). An Alpine or Kenwood will be a good choice because you'll need compatibility with iDatalink. Depending on your decision about the dealership, give us a call. An Advisor will be able to help you narrow down the best choice for your Mustang.
  • Eric from Mobile

    Posted on 7/25/2020

    I have a 2017 ford fusion hybrid with the sync 1 system with the 4" screen... Is it possible for me to upgrade to this system with the Kenwood receiver.

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/26/2020

    Eric, some work is involved in the installation but you have lots of options. You can explore them using our vehicle selector. I've passed your question along to an Advisor to help, and someone will contact you as soon as possible.