Why no auto dimming mirror?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by AlanBDahl, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    I switched from a 2011 Fiesta SES to an ST and I see that the SES's auto dimming mirror was not included in the ST. Why is that? Does it have something to do with the unknown contraption (perhaps a GPS?) attached to the windshield?
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  3. kvetcha

    kvetcha Active Member

  4. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    yep, cost targets. The thing on the windshield next to the rearview mirror is for the automatic wipers.
  5. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    I'm glad it's not auto-dimming. I was never happy with the slow and insufficient dimming of the mirror in my SES. I'd much rather have manual control over it.
  6. ST_Rocky

    ST_Rocky Member

    While on the mirror issue, is there a way to get it lower down? Even though I am about 6' tall, the back of the car (roof line) slopes down low, and so I am not able to see fully, direct out the back - to see far in the distance for cops sneaking up from behind, LOL. I only see a short distance behind.

    I have tried adjusting it lower, but the ball socket only goes so far, and then bumps the night vision tab to flip it on. Anyone else notice this problem?
  7. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Automatic wipers??? We have automatic wipers? How? Where?

    I thought that blob was the GPS antenna...
  8. focusedintntions

    focusedintntions New Member

    I have this issue too...i'm 6'3 and it sucks not being able to see more than 100 ft behind the car.
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  9. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I thought for sure automatic wipers were shown as part of the ST package, but I can't find it listed. It may be like the self dimming mirror, where it was once listed, but never made production.
  10. Bdud

    Bdud New Member

    The blob is certainly for the GPS antenna. I found this out when I disconnected some wires when fitting an aftermarket dimming mirror with home link which is nice. I had fitted the same mirror to my FoST.
  11. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    the seats are hight adjustable too. Tall guys, have you lowerered the all the way down yet? (I know, but some people may have over looked this feature)

    FORDTOUGH Member

    I Fiesta ST is about 22k and not including an auto dimming mirror cause of cost sounds stupid. I've seen cars that are 15k brand new and have auto dimming mirrors.
  13. Mikeygti

    Mikeygti Active Member

    Couldn't care less about an auto-dimming mirror..... Doesn't make the car go faster or handle any better ;-)
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    FORDTOUGH Member

    It's one of those features you take for granted. If you've had it then buy a car that doesn't you miss it.
  15. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    My last 3 cars had them and I like it.
    Knowing that the ST did not come with it, I kept the mirror out of '11 SES.
    Since the install was a no cost thing, it was like a free option.

  16. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Not everyone likes them. I drove my last SES Fiesta 70k miles and hated every minute of it. So I was extremely happy that my new ST didn't have it.

    The trouble with automatic dimmers is that they operate the way Ford wants them to, not the way YOU want them to (me in this case :bored:). I've experienced too many instances where the mirror did not dim when a car or truck behind me had lights bright enough to bother me, but not enough for the mirror to dim itself. It can be extremely aggravating.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2013
  17. captainmorbid

    captainmorbid Active Member

    I have one in my 11, I don't even notice it. The back end is tinted though. Now auto dimming side mirrors, I would love those!
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  18. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Yes that is the other trick.
    I have limo tint on my rear windows as well.
    And I too would LOVE dimming side mirrors.

  19. takuarc

    takuarc Member

    My euro spec came with it. Now I can't drive a car without one especially in my country that doesn't require regular vehicle road worthy tests. A lot of cars have misaligned headlamps or illegal hid kits in them. The auto dimmers solve the one side of the problem. Now I wish my side mirrors are also auto dimmers...

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  20. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    the wipers are not automatic however the headlamps come on with the wipers are on if you have the headlamp switch set to autolamps.
  21. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    I must be too old-school! :smug: Those auto lamps are another automatic "feature" that I can do without.

    Try driving down a highway near sundown where there a lot of sunlit areas alternating with shadows. Those stupid lights keep going off and on, off and on, off and on. That by itself wouldn't bother me except that the gauge lights also go dim-and-bright in step with the headlights. Now that's annoying!

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