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Good camera, bad mirror
on August 18, 2011
I purchased this product for a 2006 Toyota Highlander.
- Camera & video cord
- Transmitter & power cord
- Mirror with LCD
- 2 bolts, nuts and washers
- 4 wire splicers (nice!)
- 2 velcro straps for mounting the mirror
- 2 power cords for the mirror (1 cigarette lighter and one to be hard wired into the existing wiring, whichever install you choose)
1. The install was relatively easy and the product comes with every part you need to install it successfully on the vehicle
2. The camera is good quality
3. The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow
1. The wireless LCD mirror is a good idea, but gets interference as you're driving through neighborhoods, so the screen turns on randomly to a blue screen
2. The mirror is HEAVY, so every bump you hit in the road has the potential to swivel the mirror down
3. The mirror is pretty dark (that's the patented tinting they describe in their product overview), which makes it difficult to see anything at night and even in the day time
4. They don't offer any wiring tips in their instructions, so it's up to you to figure out which wire is the 'reverse light wire'.
Overall, due to the wireless interference and mirror issues, I wouldn't be able to recommend this product and will probably be returning mine for a model that is wired and has a mirror without tinting.
If you do decide to purchase this product for a similar vehicle, here's some pointers:
- You may have to drill a 7/16" hole behind your license plate to feed the camera cord through. I tried to find a different location (license plate lights) to feed the wires through, but it would have ruined the weather stripping. After you feed the wire, you can use some epoxy, caulking or even hot glue (in cooler climates) to seal the hole.
- To conceal the wires for the camera, remove the panel of the back door before you begin, this way you have more room to work with and can tape the camera wire to the existing wires running through the door.
- The power for the reverse light on the Highlander (all Toyota's?) is the dark pink wire. The ground is the thicker white/black strip wire
- On the Highlander, the wireless transmitter fits nicely next to the tail light housing inside the vehicle. Almost like it was built for it!