Upgrade 2006 Taurus SE to SEL?
I've have a 2006 Taurus SEL that I had to retire recently due to engine failure caused by my stupidity (that's another story). To ease the pain of separation (and to avoid getting rid of hundreds of dollars worth of spare parts and tow hitch) I purchased another '06 Taurus at a decent price but it is an SE model. In finding that the SE is minus many of the features I liked about the SEL, my thoughts turned to transferring what I could off of its predecessor to upgrade as much as I could without rewiring the whole car. My basic question would be, how much wiring do the two models share? My initial target is the rear-view mirror which is auto-dimming in the SEL and just a manual flip tab in the SE. I see two small wire harnesses and I'm guessing that one may have to do with the directional compass display in the instrument panel of the SEL. I'm not holding out a lot of hope for the compass direction in the vacuum florescent display of the SE unless connecting the external hardware causes it to magically appear.
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The compass won't show on the SE flor display.
Heated mirrors might be plug and play.
CD changer in the trunk would switch over no problem.
If you had the mach system in your SEL, the amp will be plug and play but the mach tweeters will have to wired in to the lower door speakers.
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Thanks for the input. I had a feeling there was more to the compass than I thought, although I could switch instrument panels if that makes the difference provided that doesn't impact the odometer. I had forgotten about the heated mirrors, that would be nice to have. I'll swap the rv mirror out and at least have the dimming feature at the very least.
The mileage is on the speedo cluster, so if you want to swap for the compass, you would loose the accurate miles.
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You can check my old build thread, I did a lot of conversions on my old SE. Compass isnt simple due to how its wired and integrated into theso I wouldnt bother with that. Auto dim rear view is mostly easy. I recommend getting the mirror harness with the plugs to make it easier. The mirror is just power and ground with a third pink wire for reverse lockout. I didnt bother with that since the nearest tap point is under the passenger seat. There is a grey plug under the passenger side a pillar trim piece for the dome light and sunroof if equipped but its always present. You tap into the green and black wires there .
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