Gentex K5 Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror w/Compass Customer Reviews
31 Customer Reviews
The Gentex K5 Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror senses dangerous rear-approaching light and automatically eliminates it with its "intelligent" circuitry saving your vital night driving vision. And, less glare means less eyestrain and driver fatigue.
What's more, the K5 Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror comes with a self-calibrating digital display compass. You'll always know which direction you're headed thanks to the eight directional readouts (N, NW, W SW, S, SE, E and NE).
The windshield-mounted mirror comes complete with detailed installation instructions and all necessary hardware - perfect for the experienced do-it-yourselfer or professional installer with some wiring required. And, the Gentex Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror comes with 3-year / 36, 000 mile warranty.
31 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mark L (Homer Glen, IL) Reviewed for a 2008 Toyota RAV4 — Nov 19, 2013 5:54 AM
The Gentex K5 replaced the lame OEM manual day/night mirror. The mount used the existing windshield based and fit properly. Like others mentioned, a switched positive and negative leads were found in the sunroof console bundle and the provided wiring was spliced-in. This made the installation less painful than stringing leads under the dash. The mirror did not require any compass calibration, the display was proper once powered up.
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 David S (Greenwich, NY) Reviewed for a 2002 Subaru Forester — Sep 07, 2010 11:23 AM
I ordered this mirror as a replacement to my cam mounted OEM mirror that stopped working recently. The mirror is great and works really well. However, the mount is a problem. It has a standard wedge-type mount, but my car has a cam style mount on the windshield. An adapter came with the mirror, along with very poor quality instuctions - couldn't really see the images - it had been photocopied way too many times. The adapter didn't quite fit over the OEM mount on the windshield, and in my trying to push the adapter over the mount, I CRACKED MY WINDSHIELD! So if you get this, make sure you grind out the adapter if it doesn't fit over the OEM mount - don't try to force it on! Also, screw holes in adapter plate are very suceptible to being stripped out - be careful when tightening the screws.
Reviewed by Stephen Y (Richmond, VA) Reviewed for a 1998 Audi A6 — Aug 13, 2010 12:14 PM
Mirror does not easily replace mirror on audi. It requires removing the entire mirror mounting which can;t be done without breaking the windshield. On top of that the wiring is completely different. Returning the mirror to Auto anything has required 3 e-mail exchanges.
Reviewed by Susan S (Renton, WA) Reviewed for a 2002 Subaru Legacy — Jul 26, 2010 9:35 AM
I bought the Gentex mirror to replace my broken stock mirror. It was a fairly simple install as it replaced a similar mirror. But, in the event wiring needed to be done, no wiring diagram was included.