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Old 12-06-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default Backup camera or sensors

iS THERE A EASY WAY TO ADD THESE?
Since you pretty much cant see out the rear of a mailpoop, i think these should be standard.

I have seen aftermarket mirrors, but dont want to remove my stock GM mirror with all that crap built into it.

any thoughts on this? anyone done it?

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Old 12-06-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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Backup sensors would be a cheaper method than a backup camera. A downside is some of the sensors seem to require drilling. Cameras are nice, but if they are covered in water or dirt thrown up constantly on the back of the car the become useless. I honestly don't have any issues with seeing out of the back of the car, but sometimes at night I have issues because my glasses are always lightly tinted, and combined with 20% tint it can be hard to see.

I know there are some decent backup cameras that just add a small screen that can be used, and you would only need to find a spot for it. Then this way you don't need a new rear view mirror. There seems to be a lot of options of what you can get between sensors or a camera, but I can't vouch as to how well they work.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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I have the talking sensors. When I put it in R it beeps, then when I get close to something it tells me in perfect English "8 feet", then "5 feet", "3 feet", "2 feet", "12 inches", and finally "collision". If something or someone crosses the sensors horizontally, like a child or car, it says "object in blind area" and will not change the message until I take it out of R, presumably putting it in P to get out and check.

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They can be installed through the bumper (I did that on my '09), or by installing the included adjustable hinged devices. I removed them from the '09 at trade-in and have since installed them on a license plate frame I painted. I'm gonna move them to a small bracket that I install using the license light screws. They are inside the license well and I guess the signals are echoing, or something. When installed correctly they work perfectly!
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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While I have no personal experience with aftermarket setups, the OE equipment on new cars, I would prefer the camera as you can actually see what's there and where it is, the sensors are just telling you something is there and roughly how close you are. Neither system is perfect, both have to be kept clear of obstructions, the camera would have to be kept clean. The sensors as far as OE stuff work well, the aftermarket I can't say good or bad. The backup camera for me is easier to look at, whereas the lights used on the object detection sensors aren't always placed in a good spot for easy viewing. You get what you pay for, like always. Just my 2 cents.
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We have an '09 Malibu, and my wife would love some added vision for backup. Question: It looks like the license plate cameras activate by splicing into the backup light power wiring....any issue (I don't know, with the computer or something) doing that?
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No issues. For ease of installation make sure you get a wireless one so you don't have to run a wire/wires to the front of the car.

You can tap into the reverse lights at the rear fuse panel in the trunk, left side, behind door made of carpet. Look at fuse cover for location of fuse.
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Many thanks!
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I have the talking sensors. When I put it in R it beeps, then when I get close to something it tells me in perfect English "8 feet", then "5 feet", "3 feet", "2 feet", "12 inches", and finally "collision". If something or someone crosses the sensors horizontally, like a child or car, it says "object in blind area" and will not change the message until I take it out of R, presumably putting it in P to get out and check.

http://www.poronusa.com/

The model I have is the Micro3LV. http://www.poronusa.com/index1.htm

The above links may not work correctly on FireFox. They do on IE.

They can be installed through the bumper (I did that on my '09), or by installing the included adjustable hinged devices. I removed them from the '09 at trade-in and have since installed them on a license plate frame I painted. I'm gonna move them to a small bracket that I install using the license light screws. They are inside the license well and I guess the signals are echoing, or something. When installed correctly they work perfectly!
I'd like to put these on my wife's 11 malibu LTZ. Some questions for you if I may: Where did you get them? How much is a set? Were they hard to install?

I appreciate it!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #9
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I'd like to put these on my wife's 11 malibu LTZ. Some questions for you if I may: 1)Where did you get them? 2)How much is a set? 3)Were they hard to install?

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1) Follow the links to the website

2) It was around $200 when I bought them

3) Nope. On my '09 I drilled 3 holes in the bumper just above the crease before it becomes the valance. Used the included 3M tape to install them, routed 3 cables (1 per sensor) up behind the left taillight and into the trunk. Installed control module near fuse block, installed speaker behind left rear head restraint, tapped into reverse wire at fuse block. Speaker and all sensors just plug in. Ground wire attached at convenient screw.

On my '11 I installed 1 sensor at the bottom of the license plate frame (aftermarket item that I painted), and the other 2 on a small piece of aluminum above the license plate. (I originally had them installed on the top of the license frame but it kept saying "3 feet" every time I put it in R.) The aluminum was installed with 4 strips of 3M tape, and the 2 sensors were attached to it with a strip each.

On neither vehicle have I ever had any issues from driving through the car wash or getting ice in winter.

The speaker has a slide switch with 3 settings: off, low, high. Easy Peasy.

I bought mine after installing 2 sets for a friend in California: 1 on his Lincoln and 1 on his Ford Ranger. They worked so good (he was in his 80's, wife in 70's) that both he and she said they helped a lot. I can back up to a flat surface with my eyes closed, so long as I'm perpendicular (of course!).

Great product that just plain works.
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