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1999 SL500 SL2 Package and AMG Wheels, Silver/Silver
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Strange question

My drivers side mirror has a plastic frame around the glass of the mirror, but my passenger mirror has nothing around the glass of the mirror.

Is there a frame that is supposed to be there and if so, does it help hold the mirror in place?
 

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Thanks,

that is kind of weird
 

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1997 SL600 Brilliant Silver Sport with grey/dark metal interior, 234K miles
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I think the driver's side mirror is heated (or autodimming, or something) and the frame may be related to this function.
 

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in the older SL600 exterior mirrors the plastic is a mastic base for the mirror motor. the heated glass surface is thicker, along with the chromatic tinting system for the mirror dimming and the overlap of the black plastic may be thicker on the driver side. My 94 has both features on both sides and the mastic thickness is about 1 mm. The driver side mirror is thicker than the "objects may.." mirror. The convex of the passenger side mirror may be the factor that limits the shape of the mounting plastic.
 
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