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Auto dimming and homelink rearview mirror

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by toyotatrd, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. toyotatrd

    toyotatrd Junior Member

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    I am wondering if it is possible to install the homelink and auto dim mirror to the prius III? Ours just has the basic mirror and I have seen the prius IV and V that has the rearview mirror with autodim and homelink. I have also seen the big black plastic piece that covers the wire going up into the headliner. Has anyone attempted to put this in their car?
  2. Paul58

    Paul58 Mileage Miser

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    I just purchased the Gentex GENK41a auto dimming mirror with homelink from Amazon.com for $158.00 with free shipping. I'm going to have a local stereo shop do the installation. Hope to have it done this week, received the mirror today... I'll let you know how it works out.
  3. Colonel Ronson

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    Look up your dealer. My dealer installed the mirror on my Prius II for $280ish.

    As long as you dont have a sunroof, they'll do it.
  4. Paul58

    Paul58 Mileage Miser

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    Why won't they install the auto dim mirror is you have a sunroof? Doesn't the mirror mount to the windshield on all of them?
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    mgb4tim Noob

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    I did it in around an hour. Test light was handy to find the constant hot lead.
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    Did it work??
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    Paul58 Mileage Miser

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    Absolutely, it works perfectly!
  8. bagwell

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    its simple to install....whatever model you have.
    one wire for switched power for autodim located near lower left panel (run the wire along the headliner and down the left side.
    one wire for ground (in the overhead panel)
    one wire for always-on power (in the overhead panel) for the homelink
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    Thanks so much. Have one on our 2007 and it is hard to not have one in our 2010.
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    Paul,

    I am a bit more puzzled about the solar roof/homelink incompatibility issue.

    Clearly, Toyota likes to make money on selling accessories like the homelink mirror...so they must have a good reason for not doing it.

    At the same time, I have no doubt you have installed this option with no problem, minimal hassel.

    Any thoughts as to what Toyota is thinking?

    Thanks
  11. joecwilson

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    I installed the Factory Toyota Kit
    PT374- 47100
    in about 40 minutes.. LOVE it
    If you would like to see the directions PM me.
    $170 on ebay
    I cannot post the URL since I am a brand new member.. but search ebay for "
    2010 TOYOTA PRIUS AUTO DIMMING MIRROR"


    I also installed the plug and play remote start!
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    None what so ever! I happen to know a member here (Craigmri) who added the auto dim mirror w/HomeLink to his 2010 Prius III w/Solar. Same connection is his I had in mine. You do have to find one of the power sources from another location behind the dash, can't recall if it was the constant power (for HomeLink) or the switched power for the auto dim feature. Craig pulled his from behind the glove box, mine was tapped from the driver's side. I had mine installed, so I don't know the exact location, but others here should, and it is the same regardless of whether you have Solar or not.
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    I've never noticed that auto dimming actually works. Headlights always seem ridiculously bright in the mirror--just like old-time mirrors. Is there a trick to getting it to work that I haven't seen in the manual? I wonder if it's possible it wasn't wired properly. Hm.
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    Another MOD I might be interested in, ahhhhh, stop spending money (screaming at myself inside)...
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    Mushpuppy: Try adjusting your mirror up or down vertically. Due to the split rear window, the rear spoiler can shade the sensor and cause the mirror to not dim effectively. By moving the mirror up or down to where the headlights directly hit the sensor will improve performance.
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    Hello Joe,

    Can you send me the installation instruction?

    Thanks
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    I too ordered the Toyota oem auto dimming homelink mirror from the the dealer and it came with directions and the everything needed to install into a G3 prius without the option. :)
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    If you dont mind...How much was the mirror and the install ?

    Thanks,

    Kevin
  19. fadec

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    I just ordered the Mirror for my 2011 III with solar;$175 off ebay Sullivan Brothers Toyota.
    Dealer quoted me $315 Installed
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    I had mine installed before leaving the dealership when I first bought my 2010vIII.

    The homelink works fine, the autodimming not so much. This has to do with the fact that the rear spoiler or whatever you want to call it that cuts the rear window covers in most part the headlights from traffic behind. This blocks the mirror's sensor; therefore not dimming as one would like to. Now, given that light is blocked by rear spoiler, I am fairly ok with the end result.
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