Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS into 2011 Subaru WRX Bluetooth

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Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS into 2011 Subaru WRX Bluetooth

Post by RobGB » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:49 pm

I am re-purposing my Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS head unit into a 2011 Subaru WRX with steering wheel Bluetooth buttons for phone on/off hook and voice command. The head unit is Bluetooth capable from the screen for both telephone calls and hands free voice commands.

I have an old AXXESS AWCS-1 that I wired in, and the radio functions from the wheel work fine, but the Bluetooth are ignored. The buttons work though, because I can re-purpose them for other radio functions and they work.

So, my question is, is the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS head unit capable of using the telephone and handsfree buttons from the steering wheel, and if so, will the Maestro SW unit interpret them for me and make them work on the head unit?

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Re: Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS into 2011 Subaru WRX Bluetooth

Post by Dara DeGrand » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:29 pm

Yes, the radio is capable, and yes, the maestro SW does retain the bluetooth buttons on your steering wheel.
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