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Monster iCruze package on sale for $99

imageMonster is now selling the complete iCruze package for just $99, a fraction of what the direct-connect iPod car audio solution sold for originally. The kit includes the iCruze OEM/CD Changer Interface Module (reg. $250), the iCruze LCD Display Module (reg. $100) and necessary iCruze Interface Cables (reg. $30-$160). You’ll also get the “Monster Music: 3 Doors Down LIVE, Away From The Sun” Video SuperDisc ($25 value) with the system. Monster says the deal is available for a limited time.

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For $99 this system might be OK for people who want to listen to music randomly and don’t skip tracks that often. Its two biggest positives are,

1. direct line in for best possible sound quality
2. it automatically pauses/resumes playing a track when you stop/start your car.

It also has a host of negatives including -
1.Your only access to your iPod is through you first 6-12 playlists (depending on your head unit).
2. It takes a good 4-6 seconds to change a playlist and you can’t tap the button 4 times to jump down 4 playlists, so going down 4 playlists can take 20 to 30 seconds.
3.The next track button does not always seem to work correctly.
4.If you turn random off/on it forgets it place and repeats songs you already heard, number 3 makes it difficult to skip a track you just heard.
5.It is nearly impossible to find a particular track unless the playlist is very short, even then it is not easy.

I posted a full review here—

Remember these are being discounted for a reason.

Posted by Anachronism on February 6, 2006 at 1:01 PM (CST)


I have Acura ‘03 1.7EL (Canada-only Civic SI equiv.)with Alpine HU(9833)with the Alpine KCA-420i ipod adapter. I am moderately happy with it. I like the fact that songs are displayed on HU, but using the HU scrol wheel is very slow to find a song, playlist, etc. I almost wish I could use the ipod itself to search these items but all the controls on the ipod are disabled while it is connected.
Perhaps, if you have a Alpine HU with the “glidebar” it is much easier to find items?  I bought this system after my old aftmrkt HU(JVC)was stolen in early 2005 and this solution was all that they had at the time in Canada. It was quite expensive: $400HU&$200 (CDN)for the 420i - insurance paid for some of it, so I was okay with it.

Now Alpine has the KCE-422i which, I believe, must be used with the ‘06 Alpine HU and promises “interface that’s now at the same speed as your ipod”

My friend has the ipod2car/Peripheral system installed on his ‘01 Acura EL 1.7 with the factory HU.

He is very happy with it - you can use the factory suppl. head unit to skip/rew songs, AND use the ipod itself to change to a different artist/playlist/album, etc. It cost him $CDN 225 incl. install at Bestbuy.

Posted by Chimpira on February 6, 2006 at 3:27 PM (CST)


im in the market for a new car and am wondering if anything out there is equipped with an ipod interface from the factory. Thinking about acura lexus infinity bmw. any thoughts?

Posted by mtcohan on February 6, 2006 at 5:49 PM (CST)


the best solution is to get a head unit with line in.  i bought mine for about a hundred bucks (AIWA) a couple years ago.

you get the best sound and full access to the ipod.  it’s worth the hassle of getting someone to install it for you.

Posted by meesterbrian on February 19, 2006 at 3:52 PM (CST)


$99.00 for complete set up is $99 TOO MUCH for this garbage!!!

Buyers beware!!!  Search for reviews!!!

I purchased 2 iCruze units and OEM interfaces for ‘99 Honda Accord Ex and ‘04 Convertible Beetle last year 09/2005 when they were priced at $149/ea plus $25 for Honda and $99 for VW interfaces.

Long story short:  After being sent 2 additional iCruze units, 2 docking cables, replacement Honda & VW interfaces for stock head units from Monster Technical Support, iCruze worked 65% of the time in Honda and Zero% in Beetle with Monsoon.

Honda issues - 1.) iCruze/iPod software conflicts: would render my 20gig iPod/photo useless with iCruze.  I would have to dock and re-install iTunes software for it to recognize it again.  Something I had to do at least once a week. 2.) when changing tracks the song would repeat 1 second of song 3-5 times before playing the song.  3.) I could not unplug the iPod and plug back in while radio on because the stock head unit would not recognize it when I plugged back in.

VW issues - Monsoon deck never recognized iCruze.  Message on deck “No Changer” when selecting it from deck.

Monster has recently sent me iCruze with updated software.  Same results.

Just received my RA# from Monster to get full refund of purchases.  Save yourself the trouble… don’t buy it.

Better products out there: Denison, Bltiz-safe, and P.I.E.

About me - over 15yrs car audio & mobile electronics installation experience.

Posted by JT on May 8, 2006 at 4:23 PM (CDT)


For anyone finding this thread searching for the reason the iCruze won’t work with your Beetle..

Make sure the car battery is connected only after all the connections (*EXCEPT THE ICRUZE “CD CHANGER PLUG”*) are plugged in the back of the head unit…  Then, once the battery is connected *WITH ALL PLUGS EXCEPT THE ICRUZE “CD CHANGER” PLUG*, you can then plug the “CD CHANGER” plug into the back of the head unit…  I do not know why this order matters, however you will probably need to unplug and replug the cd changer plug in the back of the head unit every time you disconnect your battery.  Hope this helps someone who might otherwise ask stupid Monster for a replacement when the real issue is some type of strange initialization order.

Posted by Dave on September 27, 2006 at 3:33 AM (CDT)


NOTE: The previous post is a remedy for the “NO CHANGER” error that a previous poster also had.

Posted by Dave on September 27, 2006 at 3:34 AM (CDT)

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