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After having my 02 Wagon for a week the one thing I am going to have to pay to fix is the driver side mirror. The dimming function has failed and I am getting a double image. Reading over the MB extended warranty -- this is not a covered item.

I am sure in addition to the dimming - it is also heated. It looks like the glass is replaceable -- not sure how hard it is to switch out?

Does anybody know if the glass is available with the heater but without the dimming feature? The MB dimming mirrors are very dark --- my Jaguar dimming mirror is almost clear.
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I don't know if the earlier mirror will fit in your housing, but it wasn't dimmed. It's a far shot less expensive too.
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The reason your mirror glass is dark, and gives double images, is because it has failed. I just replaced mine and the new self dimming glass is as silver as any other mirror. I was able to replace mine with an aftermarket glass that was self dimming and heated. I paid $220 for the glass on the web. I can't imagine why it would not be a warranteed item. I believe the MB glass is about $470. I bought the glass at www.thepartsbin.com .

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aftermarket glass is available with heat (or no heat) and w/o the dimmer
for about $30. they may even offer the wide angle coverage design for
about the same price, too.

i've had good experience with this vendor. couple of other guys on MBWorld
have, as well.

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aftermarket glass is available with heat (or no heat) and w/o the dimmer
for about $30. they may even offer the wide angle coverage design for
about the same price, too.

i've had good experience with this vendor. couple of other guys on MBWorld
have, as well.
I have the same problem and was quoted $800 by the local MB dealer (Sydney) for a replacement lens (!!)

This aftermarket glass sounds great, but can I ask you a couple of questions...

- does it stick / clip on top of the original mirror or do you need to take the original mirror off and then put the aftermarket on, and
- if it's the latter, can you still use the electric controls to adjust the mirror as normal?

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It sticks to the existing mirror. Make sure the old one is clean and dry and then just stick it on. Everything will work as normal...possibly even the defrost.

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You can also get the real deal for a little over $300 US. That's what I did, buying the replacement glass from autohausaz.com and the dealer tech (who was doing other work) popped the old off and the new on, in less than a minute.

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muslkman -- did you get the OE glass with heat and dimming for $300.00? That is a very good price. I was at $500.00 -- that was the best I could do on a facelift model at that time.

What I did was to get a set of the European style anti-blindspot mirrors. These are factory MB mirror glass with a split mirror widely used in other parts of the world. They are great on a wagon -- they have heat but the driver is not dimmed .... it does have a tint. I paid I believe about $125.00 for both mirrors including shipping to the USA. The heat wires just plugged in and I capped off the dimming wires.


I did not want to go with the stick on -- as I needed the heat function to work.
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If you cut away the black plastic rim around the glass, and remove the outer glass, along with the goo inside, you have a heated mirror with no dimming feature. I did not do this myself as I bought an auto dimming replacement for $230 on line, but others have removed the outer glass and were happy with the results.
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I have heard of people doing this -- but I heard that it does not result in a perfect mirror. The pre-facelift cars are much cheaper to replace.
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