I have a 2013 Cruze LT with the stock AM/FM/CD player so adding a back up camera and a in dash monitor was out of the question. I was Not about to spend $1000 just for this option.
Things you will need:
A Camera: If you search Ebay, you will come up with many options. On the license plate through a hole, bolt on etc. chevy cruze back up camera | eBayThis is the one I chose:
It replaces on of the existing license plate light with a mount for the camera and the light. It has a LUX rating of 1.5, Grid or Guide lines, and a 170° field of view, and has the imaged mirrored.Chose a camera with a LUX rating of 1.5 or less. The lower the number the better it will see in the dark. Also get a 170° field of view if you want to see off to the sides better. Without mirrored image what you see in the monitor will be on the wrong side of the car. We want it to show just like looking into the rear view mirror.
A Monitor: This can be anywhere from 1 inch to as big as you dare. I chose a 3.5 inch monitor
It fits nicely on the right side of my rear view mirror and does NOT obstruct the mirror.
Solder and soldering iron
Trim removal tool set 5 Piece Auto Trim and Molding Tool Set
Flat blade and Phillips screw driver
Electrician fish tape
Small jewelers screw driver or a nail
Drill with 1/4" and 1/2" bits (OMG I have to drill a hole)
Aquarium or marine grade sealant, DO NOT USE CAULK YOU DON'T WANT IT TO LEAK OR RUST
WARNING Do not hold me, this forum or any forum members responsible if "YOU" mess up your Cruze. No one MADE YOU DO IT !!!
Ok, maybe someone double dog dared you
You may want to read tecollins1 post on how to remove the head liner. https://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-ho...headliner.html
He did an excellent job of explaining how to do it with pictures. I am not going to duplicate his work here.You will be removing the passenger side rear interior quarter panel and front passenger grab bar.
Ok lets get started:I will assume you have already chosen a camera and a monitor to use.
Open your trunk!!
Disconnect the negative battery cable and make sure it will not jump back onto the battery. I wrapped mine up in an old rag to be sure. Short circuits are prone to sparks flying and lots of swearing.
You did open the trunk first right? If not lower one of the rear seats and pull the emergency trunk release.Remove the inner trunk lid liner. about 12 clips in all.
The cover around the latch pops off, use one of your trim removal tools to help.
The grip handle is held in by 2 bolts.
CAUTION: The inner trunk lid liner is very flimsy and easy to crack. Take your time.Put all the clips and 2 bolts in a safe place where they will not get kicked around or lost.
Remove one of the license plate lights, I chose the passenger side. 2 Phillips head screws
Pull the light assembly out and remove the bulb by twisting counter clock wise Insert the bulb into the new camera lamp assembly.
Holding the wires for the bulb out of the way, drill a 1/4" pilot hole in the middle of the open area where the light assembly goes. Be careful not to scratch the chrome molding in the area.Next enlarge the hole with you 1/2" drill bit and slightly elongate the hole.Slip the power and video wire through the hole. It should now look like this: