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#1 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 01:36 PM
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The interior rearview mirror on my 1999 230SLK started to leak a few weeks ago - showing the dreaded lava lamp bubbles. I had read several posts here about others with this problem who bought new mirrors (about $180) and did the replacement themselves. I turned my mirror around and found out that is was made by the Donnelly Corp. and I tracked them down to Holland, MI. After a few calls I found their Quality Assurance person in charge of "leakers". Had a nice conversation with him and bottom line was as follows: I had to fill out an on-line warranty claim form and attach two digital photos. In a few days I was told that a new mirror was on the way and I needed to send the old one back ( the numbers for Donnelly's FedEx and UPS accounts were provided so this cost me nothing). The new mirror came and it is an exact replacement for the old one. I installed it using the instructions I found in the archives on this site, a 20 minute job. So, if you have a Donnelly mirror that has gone bad you might want to call Mr. Heath Flanery, Magna Donnelly Corporation, 616-786-7495 and see what he can do for you.
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Nicely done... I had mine replaced at the stealership a couple of months ago...
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Grrrrr.... where was this information 6 months ago, when I paid big bucks to replace mine?

That's life, I suppose.

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So, if you have a Donnelly mirror that has gone bad you might want to call Mr. Heath Flanery, Magna Donnelly Corporation, 616-786-7495 and see what he can do for you.
Good work Steve -- They're gonna love you!!! Magna Donnelly Corp have probably got a contract out on you !! Ha Ha
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This is awesome, but be prepaired to wait. I contacted Magna Donnelly on 9/20 and got my replacement yesterday 10/25. Took about 10 minutes to change out.
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Wow, mine's been messed up for a few weeks and hadn't done anything about it yet. Guess I have a phone call to make.

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speaking of rear view mirrors. I notice that my mirror has the glare darken feature. Now, on the bottom there is a "light sensor"? I can see the little sensors that look like copper wiring there.....(are those supposed to be exposes or should there be a plastic or glass bubble there in front of it?) Again, looking at the rear view mirror, it has a little oval indention with the glare sensors. Can anyone assist? '02 slk230... thanks one and all!
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I requested a replacement too for my 99 and I received the mirror yesterday. I contacted them on 9/8 and received the new mirror via FedEx on 10/24. I spoke with Heath initially, but the mirror was sent out by the contact below.

Dani Andriacchi
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616-786-5185 (fax)

Anyone with a broken mirror should get it swapped out for FREE!
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Grrrrr.... where was this information 6 months ago, when I paid big bucks to replace mine?

That's life, I suppose.
Damn...me too. My old one is sitting at the bottom of a dirt heap in N. Las Vegas I'm sure. I found my replacement on eBay for $60 shipped from the UK (NIB thankfully).

Good find though steves...kudos. I'll share this with other SLK forums if it's not already known. You'll get the credit...promise.

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Had mine replaced last month under warranty. It wasn't leaking yet, but the mirror looked like it had smudges that you could not wipe clean. I spent about an hour waiting in the customer lounge. My SLK has been very trouble-free I'm happy to say.

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