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I am checking salvage yards for a rear view mirror that has auto dimming and the programmable garage/gate door buttons. Since salvage yards dont have much info on what parts they have does anyone know if a rear view mirror with the 1-2-3 buttons from a 2003 9-3 (and apparently also has an temperature readout- which I suspect may actually just be a directional readout?) would have to be auto dimming? The guy wrote me back saying he wasnt sure if it was but did have the garage buttons.

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Here's a cut and paste from my post on this several months back (funny I can't find it with the search function, guess some posts got deleted) Some other advice...call Goldwing Saab Salvage, they know what they are talking about (vs the guys you are currently working with):

I did this upgrade on my 2007 9-3 SC 2.0T. After the dealer told me this was not possible, I proved them wrong. It took all of 15 minutes to install and a 10 minute drive to calibrate.

The plug for the mirror is there on all 2003-present 9-3's. Its on the passenger's side of the existing mirror mount, just under and behind the coverplate for the mirror stalk. Pop the cover off and feel around, you'll find it.

All mirrors from 2003-2006 9-3 AND 9-5 will work fine. The mirror is the same and the plug is the same for these years. However for 2007 the mirror dropped the compass feature (probably b/c Onstar/Nav), but the plug and wiring are still the same 2003-2007.

The part numbers for the mirrors used over the years are as follows:
12791048 (2003-mid 2004)
12756338 (mid 2004-present)
12772924 (2007 - does not have compass!)
These are all the same mirror, just a part number change perhaps due to mfgr changes.

The list price for a new mirror is $406.00. I bought a used one from Goldwing for $185+ship. It was out of a 2004 and in like-new condition.

Simply remove the cover plate, unscrew the old mirror (3 Torx T25 screws), install the new mirror, and plug it in. The directions to calibrate the compass and program your Homelink garage door remotes is in your owner's manual.

One tip on programming Homelink to your garage remotes, for some reason the taillights interfere with programming (found this in an old post). Remove fuses 10 and 26 from the trunk fuse panel and then program it....Programming didn't work for me until I did this step, then it programmed right away.

The autodimming mirror is really nice. When you put the car in reverse, it automatically switches the dimmer off so you can see clearly, then returns to normal when you shift out of reverse.

Hope this helps...from reading old posts it seems like people had some confusion about whether this is possible or not. The upgrade requires NO dealer programming b/c the mirror is self contained except the power input plug.
 

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Great information, thanks! I have found a few mirrors a good price so this should happen soon.
 

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Thx. I just found and ordered one from a junkyard for $50 plu shipping! Now I can also get the Xenon kit and still be on budget!
 

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Here's a cut and paste from my post on this several months back (funny I can't find it with the search function, guess some posts got deleted) Some other advice...call Goldwing Saab Salvage, they know what they are talking about (vs the guys you are currently working with):

I did this upgrade on my 2007 9-3 SC 2.0T. After the dealer told me this was not possible, I proved them wrong. It took all of 15 minutes to install and a 10 minute drive to calibrate.

The plug for the mirror is there on all 2003-present 9-3's. Its on the passenger's side of the existing mirror mount, just under and behind the coverplate for the mirror stalk. Pop the cover off and feel around, you'll find it.

All mirrors from 2003-2006 9-3 AND 9-5 will work fine. The mirror is the same and the plug is the same for these years. However for 2007 the mirror dropped the compass feature (probably b/c Onstar/Nav), but the plug and wiring are still the same 2003-2007.

The part numbers for the mirrors used over the years are as follows:
12791048 (2003-mid 2004)
12756338 (mid 2004-present)
12772924 (2007 - does not have compass!)
These are all the same mirror, just a part number change perhaps due to mfgr changes.

The list price for a new mirror is $406.00. I bought a used one from Goldwing for $185+ship. It was out of a 2004 and in like-new condition.

Simply remove the cover plate, unscrew the old mirror (3 Torx T25 screws), install the new mirror, and plug it in. The directions to calibrate the compass and program your Homelink garage door remotes is in your owner's manual.

One tip on programming Homelink to your garage remotes, for some reason the taillights interfere with programming (found this in an old post). Remove fuses 10 and 26 from the trunk fuse panel and then program it....Programming didn't work for me until I did this step, then it programmed right away.

The autodimming mirror is really nice. When you put the car in reverse, it automatically switches the dimmer off so you can see clearly, then returns to normal when you shift out of reverse.

Hope this helps...from reading old posts it seems like people had some confusion about whether this is possible or not. The upgrade requires NO dealer programming b/c the mirror is self contained except the power input plug.
What does the plug look like? (I've got one small 3-prong plug up there that I see open)

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Mike
 

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the harness for 95 (at least 2006 and before) I believe is different from that of 93. So a 95 auto dimming mirror won't work for 93.


you are lucky to get the mirror with compass and garage opener for $50. I saw on ebay usually the winning price is around $180 or higher. I was lucky to get it at $100 a year back.
 

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the harness for 95 (at least 2006 and before) I believe is different from that of 93. So a 95 auto dimming mirror won't work for 93.


you are lucky to get the mirror with compass and garage opener for $50. I saw on ebay usually the winning price is around $180 or higher. I was lucky to get it at $100 a year back.
Are you sure? The part numbers for 9-5 and 9-3 in the EPC are the same across several years.
 

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I just snagged an auto-dimming mirror with compass and homelink from a 2003 Arc for ~$80 from Salvage. I think you only get them that cheap when the salvage yard doesn't realize what the mirror can do (mine was listed as having "outside temp" instead of the compass).

car-part.com did the trick for me, tho it took several weeks of watching and a bunch of phone calls.

Be patient and you may be rewarded.

Mike
 

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My mirror arrived last weekend and was in perfect shape and had the three home link buttons, auto dimming and compass! Too no more than 20 minutes to install and is working perfectly. Cost me $50 ply $15 for shipping from a salvage yard. I used http://car-part.com to search for it and then emailed them for more details. Funny thing was I found one right down the road from me that was listed for $200 then the guy said it was $250. Needless to say he didnt get my money.

Next up for me is to try to add heated seats. I have red that most likely the seats already have the element and all I need is the button for the front pannel. Has anyone done this?
 

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Thanks for the link.

Just comparing prices, you can get the auto dimming mirror for the 9-5 for like $45. That's a straight swap, right?
 

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I have a2004 9-3 Aero and got the mirror from an '03 9-3. Im pretty sure its a very stock part as far as hook op. Just three screws.
 
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