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A little surprised that the Niro PHEV (EX Premium) doesn’t include a Homelink garage door transmitter. On my last car I simply removed the standard rear view mirror and replaced it with an auto dimming one that included three Homelink transmitter buttons.

Since the rear view mirror on the PHEV has the UVO button among other things already there, has anyone attempted a different fix? I have always worried about someone stealing a portable transmitter from the visor and pillaging my house with it.

I found this on Amazon, but was curious to see what others are doing.

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Gentex HV5G HomeLink V - Headliner Mounted Wireless Control System with Gray Bezel. ($160).
 

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Hi, i know some one with a PHEV SX (the same that your Ex Premium) in Canada that this the same change and i worked fine! The only thinh that you loose is the UVO map gps setting button and the UVO emergency alert (like on-star) and towing request.
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Thanks for the reply. Having just purchased the car I’m not ready to remove functionality; did he install the rear view mirror or the piece that fits in the sun visor?
 

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I am a new Niro owner and I am a little disappointed at this as well.
I too love Homelink as a convenience and security factor. A couple of years ago, some bad people went thru some cars at our church during the service. They took garage door openers and insurance cards. With the insurance card they new the address attached to the opener. As you probably guessed, some of our members homes were burglarized. :crying:

Some Other Kia models come with Homelink but not current Niros. IIRC the 2020 Niro will have a Homelink option.

I got one like this for my VW Golf. "Gentex Series 8 Frameless Auto-Dimming Mirror with Homelink and Compass 50-genk85a on Amazon". https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PXH3A52/?coliid=I2R577V7DTF7VK&colid=2UJHV8364C4YA&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Pricey but very nice. There are less expensive ones if you don't want the compass function. Ask the seller what sort of cable / connection you will need for your model & they should be able to tell you exactly what you need.

I plan on getting one of these for my Niro but I've got to buy the car 1st!
 

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So the only issue is that the 2019 Niro PHEV has an auto dimming mirror that has special features on it. I’m not sure I will use the features but it seems that I should at least review the features.

Do I really need the UVO buttons? If not the Gentex frameless looks great.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Having just purchased the car I’m not ready to remove functionality; did he install the rear view mirror or the piece that fits in the sun visor?
Quite not shure on how he did or if it was a specialist that did it!
 

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This is a question I have as well. I've emailed Kia accessory support, but haven't heard back yet. While I doubt I'd ever need the functionality, I'd rather not lose the Uvo functionality in the current mirror. Especially since it's leased and they might frown on that when I return the car in three years. :)
 

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So I ended up having a "Gentex HV5G HomeLink V - Headliner Mounted Wireless Control System with Gray Bezel" installed in the headliner above the drivers seat and left the rearview mirror alone. Can't post the Amazon URL here so just for what's in quotes.

I had it installed at a body shop so i can't provider the particulars of the installation. It works fine.
 

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I saw those on Amazon, and figured that will likely be the way I go. At $159, it costs less than a replacement mirror as well.
 

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There is another option at Amazon for 32.99
XIHADA Universal Garage Door Remote Universal Garage Door Opener Remote Universal Gate Remote Control Homelink Remote Multi Frequency 280MHZ-868MHZ … (1, Black with Black) check it out
 

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A little surprised that the Niro PHEV (EX Premium) doesn’t include a Homelink garage door transmitter. On my last car I simply removed the standard rear view mirror and replaced it with an auto dimming one that included three Homelink transmitter buttons.

Since the rear view mirror on the PHEV has the UVO button among other things already there, has anyone attempted a different fix? I have always worried about someone stealing a portable transmitter from the visor and pillaging my house with it.

I found this on Amazon, but was curious to see what others are doing.

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Gentex HV5G HomeLink V - Headliner Mounted Wireless Control System with Gray Bezel. ($160).
Please tell us what kind of Garage Door Opener, and how old it is. I may have the right kind of fitment for that Info...
 

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Whats strange the Hyundai Ioniq which had at least for the 2018 model when I got my Niro had homelink but not folding mirrors. Remember these 2 companies are one . Same motor,tranny,dash. Just different outside. Ioniq competes with the Prius look. You would think that they would have all the same options.
 

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There is another option at Amazon for 32.99
XIHADA Universal Garage Door Remote Universal Garage Door Opener Remote Universal Gate Remote Control Homelink Remote Multi Frequency 280MHZ-868MHZ … (1, Black with Black) check it out
I think they wanted something built in that can't be taken out of the car. But I love the slimness of this remote. Wish it had a visor clip.
 

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Only $20 at Amazon. I wish it had a key loop. Actually rereading the link, it does have one! Costs less than my original key chain control when I upgrade my garage door opener. The old fashioned opener was too large for my bicycle.
 

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I like the idea of HomeLink in the car mirror vs a small portable remote that most garage doors come with. The main disadvantage to the small, portable model is that thieves can break into your car, take your remote along with your address from you car registration of insurance certificate, then later use the stolen remote to get in to your house. Sounds far fetched but actually happened to friends of ours. For that reason, we no longer keep our remotes in our cars. Police told that that is not uncommon.:mad:
 

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I suspect it is more common with the many drivers who leave their car running or with keys in the car. The thief now knows they are not at home and drives right over! Smash and grab is pretty rare these days.

However, you can epoxy your remote to your car. I leave my old fashioned remote on passenger visor. I have small concerns, but no so much worth taking in my house (which is unlocked anyway) so I don't obsess about it. I could just use the small remote in my pocket (hassle to dig it out), but the full sized one works from farther away and that is just more convenient.
 
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