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post #1 of 59 Old 30th May 2016, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Folding mirror repair kits.....

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The passenger side folding mirror has stopped working on my M5.

The motor worked fine but the mirror wouldn't lift and there was a nasty sound of gear teeth.

Now, after having the assembly apart 3 times already I have penultimately decided that the assembly is no longer saveable as the alloy dowls on the motor housing have both snapped off.

Anyway, upon further investigation it turns out there are 'complete' repair kits on eBay which have all the parts that I need, BUT the thing is, none of the kits mention the E39 as a fitment.......

The kits I've seen fit the X5, and there are some kits that fit a E46.

The parts in the photos look identical to the parts I require for my car.

I have messaged one company and they are of no help.........

Maybe you guys can help me out here, here's the eBay number for one of the kits - 131731576154

Looks the same as the parts for a E39 mirror assembly - correct?
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Just realized that won't help you since you need the part that has the dowels.

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Just realized that won't help you since you need the part that has the dowels.
There are kits on eBay which have all the parts I need, but it says the fitment is for a X5 or E46, there is no mention of the E39.

I even messaged the company selling the kits, although they are based in Germany, so they may not have fully understood my request to be of any help.

I was hoping someone on here may have purchased one of the kits for a X5 and used it to repair his/her E39 M5 mirror because, according to the photo's the parts look identical
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This is very interesting as both of my mirrors are on the fritz too. Subscribed.
I've seen the 'fixes' online regarding the metal pegs with snap off - I just wish I'd spotted that in mine earlier - before I bent the motor housing out of shape with a hammer trying to extract the worm gear off the motor because this company in Germany sent me what looked like a replacement worm gear!.

Right now, I'm prepared to give it one more shot - buy a complete repair kit, but I just need to know if buying the E46 or X5 kit that the parts are going to fit
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Plenty of people will be interested if this works, I have the occasional time when a mirror doesn't fold out so as you've taken yours apart do you think the problem is fixable if you catch it early enough? £40 sounds worthwhile if it fixes the problem.


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Plenty of people will be interested if this works, I have the occasional time when a mirror doesn't fold out so as you've taken yours apart do you think the problem is fixable if you catch it early enough? £40 sounds worthwhile if it fixes the problem.


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Well, I have already purchased the set of gears about a month ago from a german eBay seller, they were listed as a fitment for the E39, but as it was only the gears, and at the time of fitting I hadn't realised what had actually broken I was left with a mirror that still don't work and £30 out of pocket.

My concern is buying a kit and finding that it won't fit properly as it never stated in the listing that it will fit an E39.

I guess I've got to take a leap of faith, buy it and accept that I've wasted yet more money if the parts are incompatible.
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I've seen the gears repair kit and had that in mind as the repair I'd need to do. Sounds like I'll have to pop my mirror off to assess the problem then 😕


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I've seen the gears repair kit and had that in mind as the repair I'd need to do. Sounds like I'll have to pop my mirror off to assess the problem then 😕


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I thought it was the gears that went out on mine, and was wondering what they were all on about when they were talking about the 'metal pins' that snap off the motor barrel, but then after disassembling it for a second time I saw what they were talking about!.

It's most likely the gear set will not be the solution to your problem, but the barrel set will!.......like the set that I posted the link to originally!............

Only thing is - It gives no indication that the parts will fit an E39, otherwise I would have took the plunge already.
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