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Folks,

I understand from various threads here that the side glass can be replaced (I've got the fogging / dark edge problem that's been mentioned here several times). What I couldn't find was how to replace the actual glass. I will get the glass from the dealer in the next day or so but don't want to break any mirrors in the process of changing ...

Does the glass unscrew / unbolt somehow? Does it twist out? Pry it out? Held by clips? Just tug on it (not likely I guess!) ... Anyone done this before?

Thanks a million,

Regards,

Gary.

'99 M5 - Switzerland.
 

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Good question. I also have a delaminating driver's side rear view mirror. I was wondering how the glass could be changed. This weekend, I will take a look and try to take apart the mirror housing.
 

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I've been meaning to post that my driver's side mirror has a greenish tint compare to the passenger side window. Since I recently bought my 02 M5, I assumed that this was some sort of special coating for headlight glare reduction or something. After readin the above posts, I am beginning to think my mirror "delaminated" causing it to be a different color. Can anyone please advise. In the interim, I will do a search on this topic.
 

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I've done a few tilt the mirror upwards. There is a locking lever on the bottom in between the glass and the housing that you move to the right to release the mirror. Then you lever the mirror out with a plastic tool. Then unhook the wires. To install just reverse the procedure. I'll try to post the TIS instructions later.

Hope this helps
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Thanks Joe, I will give it a try this weekend.
 

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Joe,

Thanks a million, that really, really helps :biggrin:

I've actually got the TIS (and ETK) on CD at home but didn't find anything related to changing the mirror - just the diagram on the parts... it's not the easiest application to get aorund though.

In terms of price, I ordered (no stock) the mirror at the dealer today and it was Sfr227 (US$178). I'll pick it up on Monday and find time to install next week.

Thanks again and regards,

Gary.

hudson said:
Here's the TIS instructions to remove the mirror glass. Sorry I wish they where clearer.

Joe
 

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hudson said:
Here's the TIS instructions to remove the mirror glass. Sorry I wish they where clearer.

Joe
Thanks a lot, Joe. Your post and instructions were instrumental in me completing the passenger side mirror replacement in all but 10 mins (could have been less if I weren't overcautious).

I had a weird delamination with the size of a quarter coin and was driving me crazy, not sure what caused it. Shopped around for the mirror and got the best deal from Cirlce BMW through mail order for $233. Not cheap but considering it is always in your view, it was becoming a real nuisance.

Cheers again :thumbsup:
 

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Yes, the instructions were great, I just did the drivers side change. I say "just" ...

It took all of 30 seconds to remove the old and another 30 to connect the new. And then ... 2.5 hours to try and move that blo*dy circular ring into the lock position. And even then, I didn't succeed. Ended up passing the dealer in the morning - they seemed to be just as clueless (and apparently didn't know about or have the special tool). I sat for 45 minutes while watching 4 BMW techs try to work it out. I explained (in my bad French - I'm in Switzerland) that a special tool was required but apparently they thought better... When they realised I was watching their progress, they took the car "out back" to sort it out. After another 20 minutes, the car came out and it was done ... but what a hassle.

In the time I personally tried, I used screwdrivers, tiny allen keys, other "implements" laying around, I then tried to "make" a tool and ended up stabbing myself in the hand ...

Glad you were more successful than me :) Did you have the special tool?

Regards,

Gary.

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Thanks a lot, Joe. Your post and instructions were instrumental in me completing the passenger side mirror replacement in all but 10 mins (could have been less if I weren't overcautious).

I had a weird delamination with the size of a quarter coin and was driving me crazy, not sure what caused it. Shopped around for the mirror and got the best deal from Cirlce BMW through mail order for $233. Not cheap but considering it is always in your view, it was becoming a real nuisance.

Cheers again :thumbsup:
 

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Yes, the instructions were great, I just did the drivers side change. I say "just" ...

It took all of 30 seconds to remove the old and another 30 to connect the new. And then ... 2.5 hours to try and move that blo*dy circular ring into the lock position. And even then, I didn't succeed. Ended up passing the dealer in the morning - they seemed to be just as clueless (and apparently didn't know about or have the special tool). I sat for 45 minutes while watching 4 BMW techs try to work it out. I explained (in my bad French - I'm in Switzerland) that a special tool was required but apparently they thought better... When they realised I was watching their progress, they took the car "out back" to sort it out. After another 20 minutes, the car came out and it was done ... but what a hassle.

In the time I personally tried, I used screwdrivers, tiny allen keys, other "implements" laying around, I then tried to "make" a tool and ended up stabbing myself in the hand ...

Glad you were more successful than me :) Did you have the special tool?

Regards,

Gary.
Gary,

Sorry to hear you had issues with the install. I guess I was lucky (or perhaps the pasenger side mirror has less quirks). Didn't need any special tools though.

At least you can consider yourself lucky for changing the driver's side mirror because it is significantly cheaper than the passenger side (I guess because of the convexity).
 

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Gary,

I use a plastic lever that I got from a windshield installer. It works perfectly. I'll try to get a picture for you.

Joe
 

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Glad you were lucky :) Interesting, I didn't realise they were different prices; I wondered why I seemed to pay so much less than the quotes I've seen on this site.

Regards,

Gary.


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Gary,

Sorry to hear you had issues with the install. I guess I was lucky (or perhaps the pasenger side mirror has less quirks). Didn't need any special tools though.

At least you can consider yourself lucky for changing the driver's side mirror because it is significantly cheaper than the passenger side (I guess because of the convexity).
 

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Thanks Joe, I'd appreciate it if you get the time. Having said that, I'm really not hoping that I get the chance to change the mirror again any time soon :hihi:

Regards,

Gary.


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Gary,

I use a plastic lever that I got from a windshield installer. It works perfectly. I'll try to get a picture for you.

Joe
 

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AliM5 said:
ok i want to change mine too, but let me get this straight, $250+ for only one side glass?

$233 to be exact, that's what I paid from Circle BMW through the discounted mail order price... That was for the passenger side, driver's side may be cheaper.
 

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Did anyone end up finding out what this 'removal tool' is ? is it really required because I have new glass to install tonight and dont have the said tool
 

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In case anyone else needs this part, I got it from Tischer BMW parts iste, mileoneparts.com for 212 + shipping. I checked Crevier, Pacific, and couple others but it was the lowest of them all.

Also, you do not need special tool, I used a small nail to push the ring and took about 2 minutes to replace it.
 

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I hate to bump this old thread, but I'm having a very difficult time seeing the "mounts on servodrive". The broken mirror came off easily when I slid the lock to the right but I cannot get the new mirror to clamp onto anything. A rubber gasket surrounds what is a quite round actuator (?). I expected to see some mounts or other protruding bits for the lock to lock onto but I can't see them and can't get it to lock down.

Any ideas? Thanks.
 

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I hate to bump this old thread, but I'm having a very difficult time seeing the "mounts on servodrive". The broken mirror came off easily when I slid the lock to the right but I cannot get the new mirror to clamp onto anything. A rubber gasket surrounds what is a quite round actuator (?). I expected to see some mounts or other protruding bits for the lock to lock onto but I can't see them and can't get it to lock down.

Any ideas? Thanks.
Same here...What a PITA!!!!
 
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