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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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WTB: 2000-04 Compass/Dimmer Rear Mirror

Recently bought a 2001 Outback with a bad rear mirror. Half is stuck dimmed, the other half is not dimmed... or someting like that. The compass also claims I am always going north.

Does anyone have an extra laying around? I am trying to replace it with the correct mirror.

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It's very difficult to find a non-fogged 01/02 mirror, they seem to be a perishable item. You can have the glass/LCD replaced in yours for about $120+- if you're a stickler. The absolutely correct mirror for that will need to be from an 01-02 (don't think it was an option in 00 but I could be wrong). Later models will be wedge mount, yours is cam mount.

That's easily overcome by buying a cam-to-wedge mount adapter, costs about $15 from your local dealer.

Get that and your range of mirrors opens up substantially. Only other compatibility issue stems from the connector type. Early (up through about 05 or so but don't quote me on that) ones use a long flat connector, later models use a square connector. If you get a mirror with a square connector, you can buy a pigtail (again, from eBay) and splice it into yours easy enough. Costs another $10-20 for the pigtail.

That also lets you upgrade to a mirror with Homelink.

Doesn't have to be from a Subaru, especially if you get the wedge-mount adapter.

I just buy 'em on eBay when I need one. . usually pay around $50-100 for one.

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It's very difficult to find a non-fogged 01/02 mirror, they seem to be a perishable item. You can have the glass/LCD replaced in yours for about $120+- if you're a stickler. The absolutely correct mirror for that will need to be from an 01-02 (don't think it was an option in 00 but I could be wrong). Later models will be wedge mount, yours is cam mount.

That's easily overcome by buying a cam-to-wedge mount adapter, costs about $15 from your local dealer.

Get that and your range of mirrors opens up substantially. Only other compatibility issue stems from the connector type. Early (up through about 05 or so but don't quote me on that) ones use a long flat connector, later models use a square connector. If you get a mirror with a square connector, you can buy a pigtail (again, from eBay) and splice it into yours easy enough. Costs another $10-20 for the pigtail.

That also lets you upgrade to a mirror with Homelink.

Doesn't have to be from a Subaru, especially if you get the wedge-mount adapter.

I just buy 'em on eBay when I need one. . usually pay around $50-100 for one.
Thank you for all the information! I guess that explains why they are tough to find on ebay. Not that it is complicated, but I never thought a mirror replacement would be so involved...

Now it is time to build me a new mirror.
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Found the thread where I posted my recipe:

2001 OB compass mirror still available?

Has part no's for the cam-to-wedge mount adapter, links to a $50 Homelink mirror I bought, and the correct pigtail harness for the late model mirror.

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Sorry to hijack a bit, but is there a good option for a manually dimmed mirror with a compass?

My car warms the rear window, mirrors, wipers, my butt, and my heart - because I WILL get there!
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I have an auto dimming mirror w/ compass. I picked it up at a pick a part, and realized that it wouldn't work for my Outback. I have pictures. PM me if you are interested.

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