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post #1 of 21 Old 23rd October 2001, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Grrr... Somebody stole my rearview mirrors!

But at least they did in nicely, nothing seems to be broken!
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post #2 of 21 Old 23rd October 2001, 10:52 AM
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Unfortunatley, BMW designed them to just detach if hit, but it made them easy to steal.
Are you going to replace with M items, or a pair of Schnitzer items.
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Actually I'll have the original M3 mirrors again. I'll see how much the decutable will be, but in any case I'll go for the original and then I''ll start "steal back" all M3 mirros on non-M cars (excluding Alpinas)

BTW, this was the first time they got stolen, have managed to have the car for a year without having them stolen. Whoever knows if the guys will come back or not k ow when they know where the car is?
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It's a well known problem over here, you see so many on other cars full stop. (and some look ridiculous with them on)
You can now get alarms that cover your rear view mirrors, and steel belts that loop inside somehow to prevent them going awol.
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Hmm, they weren't cheap. Heated and electically adjustable 800 USD from BMW. Only parts

But then they are painted from the factory so that will be nice. WIll by new rear shocks for the car too.
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The ones on my car are replacements, the originals had been stolen when it was in ownership with the original owner.
The only way I found this out was due to the fact that they weren't heating/defrosting, they had been fitted to the car, and not connected up!
I knew they were expensive, approx £250 each supplied from BMW, but you can get aftermarket items from BMW Specialists, but as to the quality, I'm unsure, but it's good to keep to original equipment.
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Hi,

Try this:-

Get a piece of flexible steel(or stainless steel) wire rope 3mm thick and four rope grips. These are all availible from a boating type shop for around a tenner. Thread the wire inside the two bits attaching the main part of the mirror to the body and clamp the ends inside the car. All this cannot be seen externally when the covers are replaced. This will help to stop thieves taking your mirrors. I did it for a friend with an M3.

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Good odea, thanks!

Bright tip! But I wonder what the thief wil ldo when he sees this, kick he door in
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hahahaha oh my sorry to laugh... but that seems so weird!!

Why would somone do that? is it easy? I would have thought that they would destroy them in the process?

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Angry It's a fashion thing!

'They' (whoever they are) take them off the E36 and put them on their own 'std' non BMW cars. But to do so, they have to arange/fabricate their own backing plate to mount them on their car doors first.
They are designed to just 'pop' off in an accident, whilst this is considered a good safety feature! it also enables the thief to just hit them in the right place, and off they come, then disconnect the wiring, and bingo, one mirror! But the mounting/backing plate they mount on is unique to the M3, and they can't just buy these from a dealer, they can only be ordered c/w the mirrors.
Over here you see quite a few for sale without the backing plates so you know they're stolen, plus you do see a fair few cars with the M3 mirror.
A strange fashion accessory for their cars. Doing it this way, saves them £500 by not buying their own
AG

It sounds funny, and it's a stupid thing to hear about, until you come out and find both your mirrors missing

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