My rear view mirror has recently started to lose it's auto dimming capability. The centre section of the mirror still dims but only a circular portion, maybe 4 inches across. The outside edges just do not dim any more. Any one else had this problem?
It's strange you should mention this. I just noticed this started happening about a month ago. Mine is not dimming in the extreme driver's side. Not too big of a deal...yet. I can live with it for now.
This is so much blurrier when you're driving it, hence the need to replace it. I don't really need/want the auto dimmer function already (too expensive for what I use it for which is usually morning drives) any idea where I could get replacement mirrors (mirrors only)
I can't really tell from the pictures if it's like mine or not. I tried taking pictures but it was impossible to see the problem on them.
With mine the centre section is dimmed correctly, maybe not quite as much as it should be, but the outside edges were not dimmed at all for about 2 inches from either end. It's just enough to be really annoying when a car is following close behind, one eye gets the dimmed view and the other the undimmed view! It would be better if it did not dim at all.
Replacement mirror is on it's way, I'll change it later today if all goes to plan.
I did both - bought a $40 dollar (non auto-dimming) BMW mirror off of ebay and paid ~$100 to have my original repaired (by Sybesmas). Still have not put the original back on as the $40 mirror serves its purpose.
Your replacement may very well fail as well but probably in years to come depending on the temperatures it is exposed to. You would've been better off to get a remanufactured mirror from Sybesmas as I did for just around $100 US with fast turn around time. They use a better dimming technology that is far less prone if at all prone to failure.