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Rearview Mirror Questions (Interior)


Coronach

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So, I have an XLT with the manual mirror. Two of the items that I miss from the Limited package are the Homelink and the automatic mirror. Neither one was a deal breaker, obviously, but it occurred to me today that I can replace the stock mirror with a Gentex mirror that is auto and has Homelink built in. While researching that, I came across the Ford OEM mirror, and it is listed for, like $600. What the heck? Then I noticed that it has a video feed, and I became even more confused, seeing as how there is a touchscreen for the rearview camera.

In any event, here are my questions:

1. If I have the base mirror, will there be a wiring harness under the cover on the windshield for me to plug a powered mirror into?

2. Assuming there is not, would I need access to switched and constant power, or just switched?

3. What video does the OEM powered mirror show? A repeat of the touchscreen reverse camera, or something else? I know that some (all?) of the Limiteds have 360* cameras, is the touch screen showing that and the rearview mirror just showing the backup camera?

4. I do have a travel trailer that is prewired for a back-up camera. Would it be possible to set up a OEM Ford or Gentex mirror with video to display the video from the backup camera?

Thanks,

Mike
 


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Hey Mike. When you say "auto" I'm guessing you are talking about the auto-dimming one. FYI the Homelink on the visor has constant power running to it. There are mirrors that have the rearview located in part of the mirror but I don't believe those vehicles have the rearview camera.
Although AutoNation shows a rear view mirror with a camera, there is no mention of it in the Owner's Manual.

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To the best of my knowledge, they display the same as the OEM rearview mirror. I have seen them in vehicles that don't have the rearview camera.
I can only guess they are shown as available if you'd prefer to have the same view in the mirror and replace the OEM one. :dunno: The screen is quite a bit smaller so not as efficient as having it on the Sync 3 screen. As far as I know, the OEM powered mirrors do not have this feature. My Aviator does not.

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1. If I have the base mirror, will there be a wiring harness under the cover on the windshield for me to plug a powered mirror into?
Take a look at my pictures here:


There is no harness or pigtail for the mirror under there in my 2020 XLT.
 




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