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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

I recently traded an early-build 2010 GT hatch in on a late-build car. I'm disappointed that the mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters and blue led foot well lighting are no longer standard equipment on the car. I see that I can purchase the foot well lighting as an accessory, but really want the turn signal repeaters.

I've talked with my dealership personnel, a local body shop, several wrecking yards, and Mazda USA. The dealership, body shop, and wrecking yards don't know the answer. Mazda USA states only that the modification is "not recommended" and refuses to give me a straight answer.

The parts department indicates that replacement parts would be approximately $200 per mirror. Before I order the parts, I want to be certain that the signal repeaters will work once the mirrors are installed. If the wiring harness and connectors haven't been changed, it should be a simple swap.

Has anyone attempted to replace this deleted equipment? Alternatively, has anyone had the opportunity to see the wiring harness and connector for the early vs. late-build cars to determine whether it is the same? Does anyone have access to wiring diagrams for the respective cars? Any of these sources should be able to tell me whether or not this swap is as simple as it should be.

Thank you for your help.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 10:45 PM
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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

I bought my 3 in January of this year and it came with the signal repeaters on the mirrors, so that's strange that yours didn't.

I would look through my owner's manual for you, but you can probably look yourself and find the same information I would.

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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

The current owner's manual still shows the turn signal repeaters. My first 2010 3 GT came with the signal repeaters. It had a build date of March 2009. The equipment was deleted at some point during the production run. The current car has a build date of May 2010 without the signal repeaters or the blue led lighting in the foot wells. Based upon the cars still on the dealer lot, the cut-off appears to be somewhere around March 2010.

My information request has to do with installing early-build signal repeaters on my late-build car. Further research seems to indicate that the lights and external housing can be installed on the current mirror. Is the harness connection for the lights still in the mirrors and electrically active? If so, the swap cost will be far less than the $200/mirror cost for complete replacement.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 02:25 AM
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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

[quote author=atrnpg link=topic=177596.msg3758744#msg3758744 date=1281494737]
I bought my 3 in January of this year and it came with the signal repeaters on the mirrors, so that's strange that yours didn't.
[/quote]Your car was still likely manufactured before November of 09 (the cutoff date). Mine was built in January 2010 and I do not have the signals on the mirrors.
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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

[quote author=OldRascal link=topic=177596.msg3759181#msg3759181 date=1281532892]
My information request has to do with installing early-build signal repeaters on my late-build car. Further research seems to indicate that the lights and external housing can be installed on the current mirror. Is the harness connection for the lights still in the mirrors and electrically active? If so, the swap cost will be far less than the $200/mirror cost for complete replacement.
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If not wouldnt it be possible to tap a wire from each turn signal? $10 for wire, solder, etc?
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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

Possible, absolutely. I'm looking for the neatest and least-invasive solution while being unwilling to chance invalidating a portion of the warranty on a nearly-new car.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 04:38 PM
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Re: Has anyone installed mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters on late 2010 cars?

well i couldnt make a call on the warranty issue, a dealership could technically deny a claim even if the existing harness is the same as you installed a part that did not come with the car. but if you are worried that this route may possibly do damage you could always go signalwire>fuse>mirrorsignal>ground. redundant since the turn signal should be fused already, however this would eliminate the chance of the new signals damaging any existing electronics.
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