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AVH-X8500BHS Steering Wheel Controls

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I am re-purposing my Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS head unit into a 2011 Subaru WRX that has steering wheel buttons for stereo control and also 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 installed an AXXESS AWCS-1, 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.  I just received an email from AXXESS that the AWCS-1 is not capable of controlling the phone commands on this car, so I guess that would be the problem!

I asked this same question of Maestro support for the Maestro SW unit, and they tell me it is supported (except for controlling volume on the phone) for the car and the AVH-X8500BHS head unit is capable.


So, my question is, is the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS head unit actually capable of using the telephone and hands free buttons from the steering wheel?  Before I buy this one I wanted to check to see if anyone else was able to make it work.

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Update: Pioneer finally returned my request for information and confirmed that the phone commands can be controlled through the wired remote.

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