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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Rear view mirror compatibility

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?

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you might be able to find the exact mirror you want with the correct mount at a salvage yard.

or you will be trying some acetone to remove the glass mount as its only glued on.
then buy the proper glass glue and reattach it to the other car

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Before you go removing the mirror buttons, mark on the outside of the windshield with a crayon or something that will come off later.

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