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Hello,

I have a 1997 SL600 with the AMG Sport Package. I have a question about the rear view mirror: what do the three buttons on the bottom do?

Also, a friend of mine adjusted it before I could stop him - would manually adjust it damage / destroy its internal motors?

Tom
 

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Look in your owners manual for the activation steps for emergency phone, remote door/gate operation and seat memory.
I hope it wasn't adjusted too much! When others adjusted mine it worked when I pushed the memory door button to reset. The other learning curve is the mirror adjustment, but you probable have not had a casual driver play with that, yet! The three position for each mirror selection seems to take much abuse for the untrained!
 

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afaik
The inside rear mirror is never motorized. Adjustment is by right hand for US cars, left hand for UK cars.
The three buttons at its bottom are for programming/controlling three separate garage door openers (rich people's home with many garage doors).
 

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The center rear view mirror adjusts with the mirror rotary joystick on the console centered. That position is memorized when you memorize seat and steering wheel position. The buttons are a system called home link. As previously mentioned it controls garage doors, gates. On my jeep I memorized the first and 3rd door. Who cares about the other doors? :D
 

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yeah the interior rear view mirror is adjustable by a motor. or at least mine is. put the mirror selector in the middle and just adjust it. it also saves for all three seat memory positions just like the passenger and drivers side mirrors do.
 

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My '00 only has controls for left right rear mirrors. I wonder why MB removed the control for the inside mirror. That's a nice feature to have.
 

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My '00 only has controls for left right rear mirrors. I wonder why MB removed the control for the inside mirror. That's a nice feature to have.
well in 1999 mercedes changed a fair amount of things on the R129. including the engine. but they changed a lot of cars as well in 1999.
 

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The 600 series often had the bleeding edge technology. Later they added to other models (if the 12cylinder owners could manage the gadgets, then anyone could?) Some were re engineered very quickly and IMHO only a few owners got stuck with the "special cars"
 

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I think they deleted the powered rear view mirror in 1996 and added the home link setup (the 3 buttons on the bottom).
My 91 had three positions on the mirror control, only two on my 98; left and right side mirrors.
On a side note, I noticed today that the plastic surrounding my rear view is cracked. Who has successfully repaired this?
 

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Replaced but not repaired. Old plastic is not worthy of my time. Autohaus or Partsbin I think was the source. The first plastic interior parts came from the "Stealer", but forum members talked of other businesses. Saving is always good.
 
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