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I have no idea where the $1300 came from but I assume it is the crazy cost a dealship would charge to upgrade the wiring harness to allow installation of a homelink mirror... I would not do that. Just go to Homelink.com and purchase a mirror there (same or better than the OEM one). Then all you need to do is power it. The homelink mirror I have (OEM) simply has a sensor on both sides so it can determine if light is hitting it from the back of the car in which case it will dim (BTW, I LOVE IT and NEVER TURN IT OFF! In this land of SUVs it really saves my eyes from trucks behind me).
Let us know what you find.... good luck!
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Depending on his location, that might not be the case. Many (or maybe all) of the RX-8s in Europe don't have cruise control.
Installing the Homelink / auto dimming mirror is simple enough, but if he's in one of those countries that have no cruise from the factory, installing one might not be possible. I remember someone in Germany had the US cruise control installed and it worked fine, then a new PCM flash disabled the cruise control in the ECU, so it's useless now.
I don't see much hope to install factory cruise - some owners in Europe found that if you get the buttons and switches in place, it would work, but Mazda turned it off in the computer with the new flashes.
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The auto dim is great. I dont understand why people are complaining about it. If only the side mirrors were auto dim as well.
not complaining but just don't care to use it. the feature is a good one for those that want it but i wish i could have it default to the off position (and maybe i can but didn't see anything in the manual). i personally like to have 100% vision and always liked the old flip of the mirror if it really got that bad or you had a big SUV behind you. when it auto-dims i feel as if i only see partially and i like to know exactly what is going on around me at all times.
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i wish i could have it default to the off position (and maybe i can but didn't see anything in the manual).
There is no setting to default it to the 'off' position, but you can easily disable the auto dimming feature if that's what you want. Just cover the light sensor with a small piece of black electrical tape and the mirror won't dim.
Everybody knows that you can turn it off - but the question was if you can default the mirror to not dim. For those who don't like the auto-dimming being on when they start the car, turning it off every single time may be a nuisance.
I like the feature but can imagine that some people might find it useless. Different strokes.