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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Add rear-view camera to Canadian-spec Encore

While the rear view camera is standard on Encores in the U.S. due to government legislation, in Canada, a rear view camera is not even available. There isn't a kit either -- the install is fairly complicated and requires reflashing software.

A dealer (Orangeville, On) has already converted one Encore and has quoted me $477.00 plus tax. Says that software is there just needs to be programmed. I think he is using an aftermarket camera though. But he is going to cover it with the full 4 year warranty. Not ready to pay that much!
I am going to wait to see if the GM part will be available and do it myself.

I removed the rear trim to see if the camera wiring is present. NOT installed, but I think that the top wiring include the camera wiring, but I will check with the dealer. I think all the wiring you need is there.





The OEM camera for the Encore is the same part number as the OEM camera for the Chevrolet Equinox.
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At up to $500 for it, I would have to seriously think if it's worth doing. If you plan on keeping it for a long time, then why not? But the Encore/Trax is small already and smaller vehicles are usually easy to move around unlike bigger vehicles.

Maybe it's just better if we get to know our Encores/Trax's better so we don't have to spend money we don't really need to?



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that is a lot for a camera. If you go with an aftermarket one it might be just costing half of that. But is ther a real need for it. I would be ok without it I dont know If I can say the same for my wife though.
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that is a lot for a camera. If you go with an aftermarket one it might be just costing half of that. But is ther a real need for it. I would be ok without it I dont know If I can say the same for my wife though.
Knowing if there is a need for it really depends on the driver. If you're short, you will have problems seeing out and averaging out your car when parking. Some people just never end up knowing how much space they have without nanny systems, so anyone like that will need it.



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I might just have to bite the bullet and see how it pans out without the "nanny system"
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I think the programming is more complicated than the actual install and wiring of the camera.



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I think the programming is more complicated than the actual install and wiring of the camera.
Yeah programming for now will be an issue as I haven't seen a step by step guide but i bet someone can figure it out or find out from a Buick tech. Even installing it can be a PITA



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Calling Buick directly and talking to the tech/engineering department might be your best bet,



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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 11:42 AM
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Calling Buick directly and talking to the tech/engineering department might be your best bet,
that's if they'll even allow that to happen.
im sure there would be some policy of their's that wouldn't allow it
instead they will recommend you go into a buick dealer to have a tech install it.



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