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Gentex K5 Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror w/Compass Part #50-GENK5A/50-7302023 Customer Reviews
18 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by David H (Elmhurst, IL) Reviewed for a 2011 Toyota Highlander — Mar 16, 2012 4:36 AM
The mirror was relatively easy to install and works great. I wired the mirror to the overhead console in my Toyota Highlander rather than back to the driver's side footwell. I found these installation instructions online. Other than the adjustment pivot being a bit tight (I ended up greasing it), the mirror works great. I do recommend purchasing the optional wire cover.
Reviewed by barbara s (Wayne, NJ) Reviewed for a 1997 Lincoln Continental — Feb 21, 2012 3:21 AM
I have taken this mirror to 5 repair shops who WILL NOT instal it! The reason for this is because while your literature says it is a replacement part it is more than just that. It is entirely different from the original mirror. While the original equipment mirror has a 'pod', yours does not. That in itself is not a problem for me per se. Just so long as your mirror would have done the job in an updated version without the 'pod'. The budget buster here is the cost for labor to remove the headliner, the pillar cover and the door sill panel to replace the existing wiring for yours. The well qualified shops simply do not want to disassemble the car in order to replace the wiring you require to be modified. These repair facilties include 3 general service shops, one auto glass shop, and a high end body shop! Their concern is centered on doing damage to the quality Lincoln interior parts. The thing that we all agree on is, that the wiring modification as the instructions explain is not a good idea when a differnt connector at the window where the mirror mounts would suffice instead. I want my money back because I went to pep boys and bought a $15.00 mirror without the features I really wanted instead in your poduct, ie auto dim, compass.
Reviewed by Ken C (Chester, VA) Reviewed for a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix — Jun 08, 2011 9:04 AM
Got the mirror a couple days after I ordered, very quick delivery. I used my existing wire to the old mirror and spliced it into the new wiring harness. Very easy to do. Works well, instructions were easy to follow, the calibration instructions worked well. Here's my issues: 1) The mirror's joints are very stiff. I moved the joints around for several minutes but it didn't seem to loosen them up. They are so tight that it took the mounting button off the window in the first day. I had to re-mount the button to reinstall the mirror. 2) The connection that plugs into the back of the mirror isn't as secure as the original mirror. It can be pulled out when putting up a sunshade for example. I may try a new wiring cover to see if that will help.
Reviewed by Kenneth H (Los Alamos, NM) Reviewed for a 1998 Chrysler Sebring — Jan 20, 2010 6:41 PM
Nice Plug and go mirror replacement with original wiring harness. Did not have map lights like the OE but works just fine.
Reviewed by michael d (San Jose, CA) Reviewed for a 1997 Nissan Hardbody — Jan 01, 2010 9:23 PM
I purchased this mirror for my Nissan truck. Although overall it is a good mirror the website states that it mounts to the FACTORY mounting area. It will not mount there as stated so I had to use the unattractive aftermarket mounting hardware kit. If I had known the misleading mounting info. was not true I would have just went to the Nissan dealer and purchased the Nissan factory compass mirror that would have had a much cleaner installation look to it.
Reviewed by LEE N (Ashland, WI) Reviewed for a 2009 Toyota Highlander — Oct 15, 2009 7:21 PM
Excellet Product! Exactly as described! Installation instructions for Highlander should include removal of OEM mirror as it is fastened by a spring clip not a screw. Wiring is super simple if you have an overhead console, no need to route wires all the way to the kick panel, just tap in to existing wiring above console. Great Product! Already ordered one for my Tundra!
Reviewed by Michael V (Chicago, IL) Reviewed for a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer — Jun 23, 2009 6:20 PM
As long as you have a test light or "Fluke" meter, it is a no brainer. Hook the ground to the body with an exsisting body ground or make your own, then find an IGN ONLY wire with your tester and splice it with the provided connector. EASY!
Reviewed by Nghia N (Hayward, CA) — Oct 02, 2008 11:30 AM
I purchased this mirror to replace the OEM mirror on my '02 Nissan Maxima. Now my Maxima came with an auto-dimming mirror, but it didn't have the built-in compass so I decided to replace it with the Gentex K5. This mirror is a simply plug and play, no real installation required other than removing the old mirror. Here I was thinking I had to remove trim pieces andrun some wiring, but not with this particular model. The Gentex works just as well as my OEM mirror. Like that one I only wished that the dimming was slightly more powerful, but the compass works like a charm.
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