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Replacement of rear view mirror S60

I try to replace my rear view mirror with a "new" one I bought on ebay. The issue is that if I replace it, and hook up the new one, my alarm goes off, central locking does not work anymore.
An engineer infomed me I need to do a software upgrade/adjustment??

Please advise

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  • Tony S
    Tony S Dec 11, 2013

    The mirror contains a circuit board and microprocessor that controls the key fob reception, the interior lights and the the seat belt warning. It is programmed for your specific car. Easiest thing is to disassemble the mirror and move the board to the new car. Otherwise you will need a trip to your dealer to program it. The board is the reason one from Volvo costs $$$ because the replacement contains a computer chip.

  • Larry Vantrease
    Larry Vantrease Jan 08, 2014

    Figures, not sure what your suggesting, I had mech. replace mirror, everything fine but sunroof, overhead lights, keyless remote etc. not working. Are you saying take the circuit board from old one and put it in the replacement. Old mirror was a glass issue, electronics were fine.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    moves down automatically


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The electronics in the mirrors also control the door-locking/key fob system and the interior lights. They have unique serial numbers that will only work on the original car. Two choices:

Buy a new mirror from a Volvo dealer ($700 - $1000 installed)

Buy a used mirror; and either replace it's electronics with yours, or replace your glass with the used glass.

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We own a 2004 XC 70 Volvo AWD. The interior rear view mirror decided to die. There is a discolored patch (bubble type) in the middle section of the mirror. A new one will set us back a cool grand! Does anyone out there know how to fix it?
Volvo dealer says:

  • It cannot be replaced with a used one.
  • It's software operated.
  • A similar one from a similar car will not work, It will play havoc with other components, ie: sun roof, electric windows, etc.
All I needed was a new battery. They installed a new one, and I think that's waht caused the rear view mirror to go bad. They probably shorted the system as they were installing the battery.

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