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installing an auto dimming rear view mirror

I recently purchased a used 2002 ML320. I also purchased a new auto dimming rear view mirror. Now I don’t now how to install it, any body have any idea. I hope I did not waste my money.
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I recently purchased a used 2002 ML320. I also purchased a new auto dimming rear view mirror. Now I don’t now how to install it, any body have any idea. I hope I did not waste my money.
Thanks for your help.
If you purchased the OEM auto dimming mirror, then it shouldn't be difficult.

Remove the existing rear view mirror. Remove the black plastic wire cover between the (top) mirror and (bottom) overhead computer. Next, disconnect the wire that provides power to the mirror. Loosen the hex screw on the mirror. Slide the mirror upward to remove. Installation is the reverse. I installed an after market Outside Temperature/Compass NVS rear view autodimming mirror from Mitocorp. Same mirro they use on the Hummer H2. Installation was a little more challenging, but possible.

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Thanks G-Benz I have one question how to remove the existing mirror and what tools shou...


Thanks G-Benz
I have one question how to remove the existing mirror and what tools should I use. I’m new at this.

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I have one question how to remove the existing mirror and what tools should I use. I’m new at this.
Could you take a picture of your rear view mirror mounting hardware (attached to windshield)? I don't remember what it looks like because I had to remove the original mounting hardware to glue a new one for the after market mirror.

If my memory serves me correctly, you should be able to loosen a star nut/screw (Torix, I forget what number) on the mounting hardware. That allows the entire mirror to slide upward for removal.

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If you purchased the OEM auto dimming mirror, then it shouldn't be difficult
Glenn, he has a '02 ML, which has a different mounting system than the pre-'00 ML. I'm afraid that wiring and installation might be quite a bit more complex.
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If you purchased the OEM auto dimming mirror, then it shouldn't be difficult
Glenn, he has a '02 ML, which has a different mounting system than the pre-'00 ML. I'm afraid that wiring and installation might be quite a bit more complex.
Hmmm ... I did not think about that [:o)] (pounding head to the desk). I thought the rear view mirrors were all the same ... unless the '02 has the lamp lights integrated beneath the mirror. Sorry I could not help then ... just speaking from my experience with my ML ... I guess someone else who has an '02 can take a stab at it. [:I]

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Hehe, no worries...

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Hmmm ... I did not think about that [:o)] (pounding head to the desk). I thought the rear view mirrors were all the same ... unless the '02 has the lamp lights integrated beneath the mirror. Sorry I could not help then ... just speaking from my experience with my ML ... I guess someone else who has an '02 can take a stab at it. [:I]
Actually the '00+ MLs with the autodimming all have the integrated map lamps. This is partly why they are quite thick, very much like the S-class lamps.

I'm uncertain as to how the mirror attaches. I wonder if the portion that is attached to the windshield would have to be removed as well, or if it's simply the mirror itself.
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Here some pictures of the new mirror The one I have in the car is similar but thinner due...

Here some pictures of the new mirror
The one I have in the car is similar but thinner due to the map lamps
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