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Old 07-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The forester I got came with auto dimming rear view mirror with compass.

I'm wondering if there is a way to disable the rear view mirror compass (the little red neon light) by default. I find it distracting and annoying. I can turn it off with the compass button, but by default it is on and it turns on every time the car is started. I'd still like to be able to press the button and turn it on when I want it, but by default when I start the car, I'd like it off.

Does anyone know a way to do this? I've searched around a bit, haven't found any similar request.
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I don't even notice it anymore.
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Put a small piece of electrical black tape on it to cover it.
Cut a very small piece.
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Nah, you have to do it each time. I don't mind the compass, but the dimming side mirrors drive me nuts; so I always have to turn them off.
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I haven't driven much at night yet, so I haven't noticed what the dimming mirrors do. I would expect them to be an unobtrusive help, what don't you like about it?

Bummer about the compass display, I guess I'm stuck with it, what a pain. That and the lumbar bubble are my only complaints (so far).
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I'm less bothered by headlights in eyes than not having clear visibility through the side. With dimming things are basically reduced to just headlights and I need more to judge space for lane changing
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