Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 1995 Mercedes-Benz S420 (W140), 1997 BMW 740iL (E38), 2011 C300 Luxury (W204)
Location: Sacramento, CA
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My '95 mirror, with only heating and no dimming was easy to take out. Didn't have to take the housing off or anything. All I had to do was use a flat plastic wedge to pry the mirror off. It's that simple. As per alldata directions, you just simply pry and it pops off. The hardest part was putting it back on because you basically have to "pop" it back on, which involves PUSHING the new mirror against the housing with a lot of force. Very scary when pushing glass lol
Anyways, it is tricky. The center of the mirror there is a plus [ + ] joint that holds the mirror and allows the mirror to move left right up and down. What pushes the mirror up and down or left and right are these 2 small little ball joint "arms" on the sides. You'll notice you can easily push it in and it'll make the zipping sound like if you manually moved the mirror with your hands. And yes, these two "ball joint arms" (sorry I don't know the technical term) do have to get mounted on the mirror glass too. So you have to also push the damn mirror to pop the ball joints into the mounting points. There are 2 respectively, as well as the damn "plus" joint. It was a pain in the but to re-mount. But it will be easy if you're not scared the glass will break.
Also, if you are going to buy your OEM glass from Autohaus, you can forget it coming with heated mirrors. For ~$80 I was hoping they were heated. Autohaus doesn't seem to carry or mention any heated mirrors, but I assumed it was heated (my bad). Anyways, ebay sells heated ones for ~$60. I felt jipped, could have gotten heated ones on eBay for cheaper, but I was afraid eBay glass wouldn't have the blueish tint to it like the OEM ones. Right now my mirror just has the plug for heating sitting in the housing collecting dirt.
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