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Old 08-19-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
Nolan_R
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Quick power mirror question

Hi everyone, my power mirrors don't work on a face lift coupe.
http://imgur.com/I5IWmbN
The ribbon cable is snapped. I bought another mirror hoping to fix it. The current wires look like this.
http://imgur.com/9jusJTq
The wires on the mirror I bought look like this.
http://imgur.com/98xRU4A
The new wire fits perfectly in the old socket. Both mirror have the same two 3 pin plugs. When I plugged the new one in, the mirror did not move. My question is, did I buy the wrong mirror or is my switch broken as well?

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Old 08-20-2016, 01:50 PM   #2
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I'm going to say yes. What I found out is cars 2004 and up used the ribbon one. I bought two mirrors as well like you not knowing the difference before I did the research. I was only interested in the motors and wiring since that repair kit is now over $500. I haven't pulled mine apart yet to fix the issue, but I'm pretty sure you need the ribbon one.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:11 PM   #3
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I'm going to say yes. What I found out is cars 2004 and up used the ribbon one. I bought two mirrors as well like you not knowing the difference before I did the research. I was only interested in the motors and wiring since that repair kit is now over $500. I haven't pulled mine apart yet to fix the issue, but I'm pretty sure you need the ribbon one.
I forgot to update the post sorry. It turned out a fuse was blown. Both my side mirrors work now, so I think it's safe to assume that as long as the mirror has 2 three pin plugs, it is compatible. Thanks for the response though.
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