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Tinted LH door mirror?

Hi everyone, new MB owner here.

I need some advice.
I recently bought a LH door auto-dim glass off Ebay for my 98 SL500.
The glass is a gold or bronze color.
There is NO liquid showing or NO uneven discoloration.

I called my local MB dealer who told me he was not aware of any tinted drivers side mirrors.
I have also read that if the mirror darkens, it is going bad.

Here is my confusion.
The seller told me that the gold (bronze) tinted mirrors were an option from the mid 90's through 2001.
In fact, there are at least three other sellers currently selling MB LH mirror glass tinted "gold" on Ebay right now.
Here is on example.
1997-2000 Mercedes E Class w210 Gold Left Door Mirror Glass OEM# 210 810 014 21 | eBay

Were tinted LH door mirrors actually available?
Or is the example I linked to simply a bad mirror?

Thanks in advance.
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I had a 1997 E300D and the drivers mirror was auto dimming. It did turn gold when the fluid would no longer react as it should, then eventually failed and started leaking. I was lucky to find a new one one on ebay for a vary reasonable price. I believe retail is around 500.00 for the auto dimming glass only. one way to tell is if the glass has black plastic trim. The passenger side does not. The auto dimming would turn it a bluish green just like the inside mirror. Hope this helps.

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160 views and only one response?

Thank you 1997E300D.
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I am not aware of any tinted mirror options, however the drivers side self dimming mirror on my '97 E 300 D was bronze when I bought the car. It also had multiple images especially at night. I bought a new aftermarket self dimming glass that is normal silver during the day, and blue green tinted when dimmed at night. I suspect that your gold mirror may have been silver when new, but I can't be sure.
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im not 100% certain but i think its nearing the end of its life and needs replacing?

I have a 2002 S-500 and the door mirror has recently started to tint gold, it was clear at daytime until about 4 weeks ago when it gradually started to go gold, this gold tilt is all over the mirror with a gap of about 3mm at the edge.

This same gap was always visible previously when it functioned normally when the mirror went dark but when it went clear it was not visible!

My Wife has a 1999 SLK and its door mirror has always had the gold tint since we got the car 3 years ago, so i now suspect it also needs replacing!

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Hi,
im not 100% certain but i think its nearing the end of its life and needs replacing?

I have a 2002 S-500 and the door mirror has recently started to tint gold, it was clear at daytime until about 4 weeks ago when it gradually started to go gold, this gold tilt is all over the mirror with a gap of about 3mm at the edge.

This same gap was always visible previously when it functioned normally when the mirror went dark but when it went clear it was not visible!

My Wife has a 1999 SLK and its door mirror has always had the gold tint since we got the car 3 years ago, so i now suspect it also needs replacing!

Mark

just found this link, its to another forum (apologies if that upsets anyone or contravenes any rules) but it shows clear images of a good mirror and a defective mirror with the tint and has confirmed my suspitions as this is exactly how my mirrors now look!

http://mbworld.org/forums/c36-amg-c4...hd-mirror.html
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Nothing wrong with links mbworld. Lots of folks are members at both.

They mirror glass has to be replaced.

Part.com is going to have about the best price on the glass you can find. Also MB of South Atlanta has great wholesale to the public pricing. Both places only sell genuine MB parts.
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