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    Ray, the wagon sounds a lot like the exhaust on the Roadmaster. Only I have the factory "train horn".

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    My horn came from a train. Two trains and a Peterbuilt, actually.

    Replaced trunk emblem...errr... Rear Door Emblem, due to vandalism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me View Post
    Installed this on the 'Lade today:



    Came brand new in the box, and was pretty damn cheap, but a complete toss up as to whether the auto highbeam function (why I got it) was going to work or not... you know, since everything electronic on GM cars requires a damn Tech II.

    Plugged it in, mounted it, went out this evening and voila! Auto high beams on a dark road... didn't even have to calibrate the sensor or the sensitivity level. Win.

    I still have yet to drive a car with an auto mirror that works. I have gotten used to having my mirror tilted up, so all I see is the very top of the rear window. I just raise my head up to see the full view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    I still have yet to drive a car with an auto mirror that works. I have gotten used to having my mirror tilted up, so all I see is the very top of the rear window. I just raise my head up to see the full view.
    LOL, this one IS auto dimming, but that's not why I got it (my existing mirror was already auto dim). The box on the bottom is a light sensitive camera for the automatic high beam operation. So when you enter a dark stretch of road, it will turn the high beams on... As soon as headlights or streetlights enter the horizon line, the camera senses it, and returns to low beam functionality. It is damn near flawless in execution.

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    removed the seats and carpet out of the car so I can powerwash the carpet (also so I dont get metal flecks in the carpet from derusting the doors.) the cigarette ash dust coming off the carpet was incredibly thick. Also found out my carpet is supposed to be a light off white, not tan. ewww.
    the carpet is orange/ brown under the seats. I also found burn holes in between the seats that went through the leather. guess someone dropped their cigs. alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me View Post
    LOL, this one IS auto dimming, but that's not why I got it (my existing mirror was already auto dim). The box on the bottom is a light sensitive camera for the automatic high beam operation. So when you enter a dark stretch of road, it will turn the high beams on... As soon as headlights or streetlights enter the horizon line, the camera senses it, and returns to low beam functionality. It is damn near flawless in execution.
    that's another pet peeve of mine. there are two rather dark roads i drive all the time. there never fails to be at least one oncoming car who either cannot or will not turn off his high beams.

    when I am king, there will be no high beams, and no horns. banned. permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me View Post
    LOL, this one IS auto dimming, but that's not why I got it (my existing mirror was already auto dim). The box on the bottom is a light sensitive camera for the automatic high beam operation. So when you enter a dark stretch of road, it will turn the high beams on... As soon as headlights or streetlights enter the horizon line, the camera senses it, and returns to low beam functionality. It is damn near flawless in execution.
    It is a very cool gadget... But I can imagine some conditions that it can be a source of problem for the driver... As an example, assume you are driving in a very dark narrow and curvy road and your speed is about over 50 mph. In this condition you really need your high beam to see the road. Now assume suddenly a car appears from the horizon and the system automatically switches your beam leaving you with very little visibility....This sudden and unpredicted loss of visibility can be a bit dangerous. In general it is a cool system, but sometimes it is safer and more convenient to switch manually....

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    that's another pet peeve of mine. there are two rather dark roads i drive all the time. there never fails to be at least one oncoming car who either cannot or will not turn off his high beams.

    when I am king, there will be no high beams, and no horns. banned. permanently.
    Probably was me at least once in the Eldo (55W HID low beams and 55W HID Fogs - bringing the daylight!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    that's another pet peeve of mine. there are two rather dark roads i drive all the time. there never fails to be at least one oncoming car who either cannot or will not turn off his high beams.

    when I am king, there will be no high beams, and no horns. banned. permanently.
    See, I put it in just 4 u!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    It is a very cool gadget... But I can imagine some conditions that it can be a source of problem for the driver... As an example, assume you are driving in a very dark narrow and curvy road and your speed is about over 50 mph. In this condition you really need your high beam to see the road. Now assume suddenly a car appears from the horizon and the system automatically switches your beam leaving you with very little visibility....This sudden and unpredicted loss of visibility can be a bit dangerous. In general it is a cool system, but sometimes it is safer and more convenient to switch manually....
    You can ALWAYS manually over-ride the system by flicking the high beam stalk manually.

    The I-35 toll-road through Kansas was a big inspiration for this upgrade. Some way or another I always end up on that stupid turnpike in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, so do deer. The problem is I get tired of flicking the high beams on and off every time a car approaches so I end up just leaving the low beams on and chancing that I won't come up on a deer too quickly to do anything about it. Every inch of advance warning counts with those sons of bitches on desolate stretches of road, so with the auto highbeams I don't even have to mess with it. Better for the high beams to turn it off a little early on occasion, than to not be on at all.

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    Back in the fifties and sixties (at least) we used to have automatic dimmers as an option on upscale GM cars. When it first came out (like a lot of gimmicks) everyone thought it was really, but over the years it became more of nuisance that an aid. The systems tum the high beams down, but usually late so the driver had to manually go to low beams. Ambient street light often turn off the high beams when they were needed. So as a accessory the high beam automatic dimmer lost favor.

    Personally, I much preferred the floor button actuated dimmer, which let the driver decide when to lower or turn on the high beams. I guess the European style column switch is OK when you have a manual trans mission (my '65 Lambo was the first car to have this feature for me), but with an automatic transmission the left foot operated floor button works better for dimming the high beams.

    There are somethings I much prefer to have left to the discretion of the driver, the dimming and turning on of the high beams is one of them.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me View Post
    Installed this on the 'Lade today:



    Came brand new in the box, and was pretty damn cheap, but a complete toss up as to whether the auto highbeam function (why I got it) was going to work or not... you know, since everything electronic on GM cars requires a damn Tech II.

    Plugged it in, mounted it, went out this evening and voila! Auto high beams on a dark road... didn't even have to calibrate the sensor or the sensitivity level. Win.
    When you activate it does anything come up on the DIC? I'm thinking that this would work in 2006+ DTS's as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    Back in the fifties and sixties (at least) we used to have automatic dimmers as an option on upscale GM cars. When it first came out (like a lot of gimmicks) everyone thought it was really, but over the years it became more of nuisance that an aid. The systems tum the high beams down, but usually late so the driver had to manually go to low beams. Ambient street light often turn off the high beams when they were needed. So as a accessory the high beam automatic dimmer lost favor.

    Personally, I much preferred the floor button actuated dimmer, which let the driver decide when to lower or turn on the high beams. I guess the European style column switch is OK when you have a manual trans mission (my '65 Lambo was the first car to have this feature for me), but with an automatic transmission the left foot operated floor button works better for dimming the high beams.

    There are somethings I much prefer to have left to the discretion of the driver, the dimming and turning on of the high beams is one of them.
    Yea, it's completely different now. The reason it took so long for this to come back out as an option was that technology had to catch up with what the feature was intended to do. Somehow, when I was on the feeder road to the SIDE of the interstate tonight, it still managed to activate the highbeams even though there was oncoming traffic on the primary highway. It's not just a dumb light sensor like the auto headlamp turn on or the rearview dimmer, it's an actual camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltdltc View Post
    When you activate it does anything come up on the DIC? I'm thinking that this would work in 2006+ DTS's as well.
    When you press the button on the mirror nothing happens except that the green LED on the mirror turns on to let you know it's active. When it turns on the high beams, the only indication you have sometimes (since bi-xenon headlights don't have a separate filament, but just a mirror that flips the light up) is the little blue highbeam indicator on the dash. I'm fairly certain the DTS had this as an option at some point and if it did, then it should also be plug and play for you.

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    So what you gonna do with the old broken down decrepid useless plain feature lacking old mirror that you were probably gonna throw away anyway?

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