How simple do you want to be? You can buy a basic replacement mirror with nothing in it, no OnStar and no lights, for a few dollars at any autoparts store. You can also get a salvage mirror from a huge variety of (mostly) US-built cars from the last few decades. The boss that the mirror mounts to is common to GM and domestic-market Toyotas, and to many others, so it is a simple clip-on exchange.
Parts are scarce, yet other GM parts are the same....with some elbow grease. The top edge of mine was crappy. Search Ebay for a good looking Impala rear view mirror. part number 015885 . Make sure the pics are clear and the mirror is pristine. It has no map lights but the mirror is identical...
Also, there are ways to add an autodimming mirror to the Sky. I got an lighted autodimming mirror without OnStar that I'm installing in my 2007. I'm completely removing the entire OnStar setup from the car, mirror, module, and antenna.
You need to jumper some pins on the connector that goes to the module. The module is on the CANBUS network, so if you just unplug it the car won't start as it breaks the network. That's the only thing I am aware of that causes an issue. People who race their cars remove it looking to save weird. It's not much weird, but hey, it's basically free.
I'm probably going to put a stereo amplifier in the place my OnStar module was.
I followed someone's forum instruction on replacing the reflective portion with one from a junker of another type of GM vehicle. It actually worked well for me. The hard part is to get one with a perfect reflective back-surface.
Replacing the entire unit to eliminate the on-star buttons seems a bit anal. Then there is the issue with interior lighting, or lack there of.
Would you then also remove the stand-up On-Star antenna in back?
Some Skys and Solstices were sold without On-Star. Maybe you could get one of those mirrors to retain your down-lighting. Also get the non-On-Star, XM radio trunk antenna.
I need to give my 08 Redline some love, can you recommend a trustworthy, affordable mechanic or GM dealer/service dept in the San Francisco South Bay Area, preferably near Mt View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos?
Hoping someone has a Sky factory manual and can send me the schematic for the rear lights. I have the OEM manual for the Solstice but of course those cars only have a single bulb in the rear, and I need to know how they are wired from the BCM on the Sky. Trying to see if there's a nice way to...
Alright Fellow Kappa Owners!
It's finally time for a new clutch. The original clutch is beginning to slip under moderate/hard pulls. The DDMWorks 2.0 Performance Clutch Kit is on its way. Though I wish I had the time to tackle this one, its a little much for my bandwidth right now. Anyone...
Beginning of March I had my car overheat and when I got it home after a few hours. I had replaced the thermostat again and bled the system out several times. So I then replaced the water pump thinking it was it and the old one looked really bad so glad I did it. After putting everything back...
I also posted this on the Solstice forum:
Okay here we go...another overheating thread. Before you ask, yes, I have read as many of the threads here and on the Solstice forum as I can get through about overheating--please forgive me if I should have found the answer already. ;-) Most of those...