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My wife's suv has a rear camera, and I'll tell you it's real easy to get used to using it and not your mirrors. I do like it, not sure if I like it in the spoiler though. Ford should make the rear camera standard and find a better spot to blend it in.
I had one on my old car and it was neat for the passenger to watch while I looked to the rear and backed up properly. It's like putting on my seat belt, it's just habit and it doesn't feel right to do it any other way. Now for tight corners on a rig or hitching up to a trailer, whole different ball game.
I think it's most useful for a convertible where the small rear window gives you a big blind spot. It makes parallel parking in tight space much easier. I've found adding one after market can be difficult to do cleanly. I remember a lot of people pulled out the trunk lock cylinder and put it there but now they've eliminated that, and you can only pop the trunk with the fob.
My wife has one on her SUV on the navigation screen, originally I thought it was a gimmic but now I love it. It's easier to use than mirrors, and eliminates the over-the-shoulder-neck-twist-to-make-sure-nothing-is-back-there move when backing up. Wish i had one in my Mustang, but don't have the Nav system and don't like the spoiler setup. Maybe someday when I upgrade the radio... and I find a better place to mount the pinhole camera.
I just installed a Pyle PLCM32 with its univ mount camera which sits under the ledge over the license plate.
That's where I mounted my camera as well. a perfect place and you can barely see it (at least on a black car). I did a Ford rearview mirror with LCD screen retrofit, but will probably use the nav screen when I put in a head unit with NAV.
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