After my wife's 2002 Forester was declared a total loss after an accident, she picked up a 2004 Outback with 72,000 miles on it. It's not a bad car, even had a new head gasket & timing belt installed by the dealer before delivery. She loves it, except for the auto-dimming mirror (non-Homelink version). She finds it annoying, and wishes she had the old manual style like I have in my 04 Forester XT.
Naturally, I hear this as "Do you want a tech upgrade for your car?" Um, YES! Later that night, I go about switching the two mirrors. I start on mine, knowing it would be the easiest to remove. No problem, quarter turn the mirror, it drop out and leaves me with this mounting plate:
Ok, all is going well. Now time to remove the auto-dimming mirror from the Outback. Undo the Torx screw , slide the mirror off and ...wait, what?
Crap. The mounting plate is different. Well, maybe I can disconnect the harness and find a way around this. Let me just unplug that and...
Crap. Again. Am I out of luck here? I know I can rewire this on the Forester, but can I purchase just the mounting brackets for the mirrors and swap those? Can I remove the current mounting brackets and reglue them? How do you even remove a bracket like that?