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Old 05-20-2017, 08:53 AM   #1
bonylad
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Default 97 Impreza Wagon L convert HVAC controls w/trim?

I am having a STUPID hard time finding a hvac control with the trim in my color (tan) that matches this pic - I found on ebay.

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Can I switch to this style? Will it plug up and work fine? It looks to be the same pretty much?

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EDIT - pic taken off rs25.com - if its an issue I will remove it. Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2017, 05:37 PM   #2
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I'm going to guess no. Looks like you'll miss some functionality if you have the top one and are going to the bottom one. The wires and cables may not even be the same.

Do you just need it for the controls or the actual trim? That whole thing can be pulled apart, vents and all.

I'd just get the black version and find a good paint shop that can mix a pot to match your trim.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:00 AM   #3
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SEM offers interior paints and dyes many of whom closely emulate factory shades. I agree with post above, get a black one and refinish it
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:01 AM   #4
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^sold at auto parts stores, Carquest as an example
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:38 PM   #5
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My '96 has the bottom style. The older style like mine and the newer one (top pic) are not plug-n-play compatible based on my junkyard scrounging. If you look at Ebay listings and find pics of the backs of the 2 versions you can see that the wiring is completely different. Presumably the control cables are different, too.
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