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      07-11-2007, 08:33 AM   #23
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Hey Tex, refer to this thread, too bad the picture's down though, nevertheless, E90fleet explains how the autodimming feature works with the 2 sensors

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...dimming+sensor
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Tex, I tested it inside my garage. It was dark enough that when I flash the light into the senor, it dimmed gradually...

Actually, it was pretty cool to see it dim gradually.
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Hey Tex, refer to this thread, too bad the picture's down though, nevertheless, E90fleet explains how the autodimming feature works with the 2 sensors

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...dimming+sensor
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Tex, I tested it inside my garage. It was dark enough that when I flash the light into the senor, it dimmed gradually...

Actually, it was pretty cool to see it dim gradually.
Yes, i remembered it was cool to see it dim and un-dim.
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hey i just got a mirror off ebay. auto dim compas and homelink. my original mirror had nothing. i just realized the connector only has 2 wires for the clown nose and the new mirror has a lot more wires. any way to retrofit or am i SOL
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      08-17-2007, 10:37 PM   #27
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My car came pre-wired with everything, so it was just plug and play. In your case, I think you will need additional wiring harness to get it to work...
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My car came pre-wired with everything, so it was just plug and play. In your case, I think you will need additional wiring harness to get it to work...
Kelvin,
are you saying if I buy it for my 323i, I will have to get extra wiring harness otherwise it won't work???

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i wonder if they even sell that harnes, and where would the wires have to be run, probably have to tap into a ground and power wire in the roof somewhere, unless you can power all the other components from the clown nose. im not sure if that would work. i emailed the person i bought it from asking them how to hook it up. hopefully they can put their 2 cents in.
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Well, if your car has the auto-dimming mirror and rain sensor, then it will work without a hitch. Otherwise, you will need a wiring harness that will have to be run through the headliner to somewhere...
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the rain sensor is a diferent harness all togther. im thinking its not worth the job getting thes mirror working...
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humm if we cant figure this out i guess i have a mirror for sale... pm me if your interested
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Thanks to Kelvin's diy, I was able to swap out my rearview mirror without a hitch.

Like Kelvin said, be careful when twisting the mirror; make sure your twisting motion is parallel to the angle of the windshield, otherwise there's a good chance of you cracking your windshield.
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Thanks to Kelvin's diy, I was able to swap out my rearview mirror without a hitch.

Like Kelvin said, be careful when twisting the mirror; make sure your twisting motion is parallel to the angle of the windshield, otherwise there's a good chance of you cracking your windshield.
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Thanks for the DIY.
Anyone try that in an E92?
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a mirror is a mirror, it makes no difference which model you're taking off the mirror from
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Anyone try that in an E92?
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the rain sensor is a diferent harness all togther. im thinking its not worth the job getting thes mirror working...
Did you ever get the mirror to work Joe?


Has anyone in the US done this upgrade on a 325/8i?? The wiring harnesses do seem to be slightly different. Anyone figure out a fix?
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unfortunately he didn't, but fortunately he sold it to me

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Did you ever get the mirror to work Joe?


Has anyone in the US done this upgrade on a 325/8i?? The wiring harnesses do seem to be slightly different. Anyone figure out a fix?
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unfortunately he didn't, but fortunately he sold it to me
I'm talking with Evan at Tischer as well. He seems to think it should work. I guess I'll find out when the mirror arrive. I do have the luxury of checking my dad's 330i and his seems to have 2-3 more wires then my 325i does. Maybe just buying the wire harness would fix it?
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hopefully Joe can chime in.

But my guess is the wiring harness would need to run behind the headliner or something.

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I'm talking with Evan at Tischer as well. He seems to think it should work. I guess I'll find out when the mirror arrive. I do have the luxury of checking my dad's 330i and his seems to have 2-3 more wires then my 325i does. Maybe just buying the wire harness would fix it?
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I got my mirror on eBay from one of the BMW parts suppliers there (forgot the name, but search for compass and homelink retrofit). Supposely they supply everything you need to retrofit if you don't have autodimming.

To re-iterate:

1. If you car has autodimming mirrors, then the retrofit is plug and play.
2. If you don't have it, you will most likely need a lot more work to get it hooked up and work. (That I can't help you) Better solution is to use one of the other DIY remotes rather than retrofitting the mirror.

Note to remove the mirror:

Follow another DIY posted in the forum for removal. Be very careful with the way you remove it. You don't want to crack your windsheild.
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I got my mirror on eBay from one of the BMW parts suppliers there (forgot the name, but search for compass and homelink retrofit). Supposely they supply everything you need to retrofit if you don't have autodimming.

To re-iterate:

1. If you car has autodimming mirrors, then the retrofit is plug and play.
2. If you don't have it, you will most likely need a lot more work to get it hooked up and work. (That I can't help you) Better solution is to use one of the other DIY remotes rather than retrofitting the mirror.

Note to remove the mirror:

Follow another DIY posted in the forum for removal. Be very careful with the way you remove it. You don't want to crack your windsheild.

By auto dimming mirrors, he means your side view mirrors. Confused me at first.

If you don't have it you need the retrofit kit/cable both of which I am selling in Marketplace.
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My mirror doesn't come with a compass, which is $50 cheaper. I never really know if the autodim works or not since I never notice the difference at night. It should theoretically work as well.

The homelink buttons work after I plug it in and set it up per the owner's manual.

I paid about $500 shipped + tax. It's a little pricey but it is guarenteed to work. I'd rather get it work the first time than having to ship it back for exchange. Unfortunately, I don't have the skills or knowledge to do the cooler hidden switches in the ashtray, so this is the one I went for.
There is no such mirror as far as I am aware. I've been researching the homelink retrofit for a while now, and as long as there is homelink, there is compass.

Most likely having auto dimming side view mirrors allows a quick and plug and play which provides power to the homelink, but there is still some wiring to be done for the compass to work.

Look closer at the mirror. You will see a translucent rectangle--aka the compass.


EDIT: Or he has a VERY VERY old mirror pull. From before the e90 series. My dad's '04 7 has the homelink mirror without the compass.
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I got a mirror with homelink and auto-dim. However, my e92 did not come with premium package so I didn't have auto-dim. Anyone know instructions to install the wiring? Thanks.
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