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Old 12-17-2005, 01:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Upgrade mirrors from just electric to heated?

hey guys, my car currently has the stock electric mirrors and i was looking into upgrading to some heated mirrors due to alot of freezing wheather where i live. Does anyone know what is required to hook it up? should it hookup the same as the old mirrors or will i have to wire up the heater part myself? thanks in advanced!

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Old 12-17-2005, 02:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i was sure they were prewired for heated, actually i think yours should be heated already.... so i thought, mine were on my 1994's stock mirrors. so maybe ill let someone who has TIS/ETK to answer it.
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how can i tell if they are heated? i mean how long will it take for them to warm up? I don't have heated seats or anything so i was thinking i wouldn't have heated mirrors but that'd be great if i did, although, they may just not be heating right or something cause i've never noticed them heating.
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if you're going to change them, just make sure you get the same window mounts
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I know on american cars, all the wiring is usually there. Less wiring harnesses to make. Not sure about European cars. I wouldn't mind having them myself.
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oh, cool, so if i get new heated mirrors it should plugin the same and all be working! good to know! i'm gonna go out in a bit and double check to see that mine aren't already heated, i haven't noticed it but maybe i'm just impatient, lol. thanks for the help everyone!
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The owner's manual says the mirrors work with the key in position 2. That's the position with the car running. However, the manual says this is car specific or optional. Probably part of "cold weather" package. Mine doesn't heat with the car running. I have a wiring diagram for the mirror, but I can't read these things. If you have a Bentley, it's in "ELE-242", around page 725. I have put the picture in the test area of the forum under "power mirror" if you can decipher. Let us know.
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yeah, i was thinking that the heated mirrors came with the winter package, which i don't have. best i can tell, my mirrors don't heat.

dang, that diagram is confusing, i can't tell anything about the heated part on it. all i can understand about it is the way the switch is wired up to the mirrors. although, this is a guess, but i think the wire at the bottom labeled "BRN" might be the heated mirrors wire, it has a number attached to it... G203 . anyone know if that has anything to do with the heated mirror part?

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i have a 94 325is and don't think i have heated mirrors. I do have heated seats but don't think the mirrors are. I'll check tomorrow too. Would ALL heated mirrors have a switch to turn the heat on/off? I wouldn't want the heat on 24/7 while the car is on!

P.S. I put RAIN-X on my outside mirrors and on the cold mornings or after driving several minutes there is no ice, water, or fog on the glass!
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i have a 94 325is and don't think i have heated mirrors. I do have heated seats but don't think the mirrors are. I'll check tomorrow too. Would ALL heated mirrors have a switch to turn the heat on/off? I wouldn't want the heat on 24/7 while the car is on!

P.S. I put RAIN-X on my outside mirrors and on the cold mornings or after driving several minutes there is no ice, water, or fog on the glass!
The owner's manual doesn't say anything about a switch. With the car running, probably has a sensor that turns on the heat, depending on temp outside. Probably turns off after a few minutes.
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YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got out of my car today and the mirrors were warm! I learn something new every day on that car! So I guess the 94's with heated seats came with heated mirrors. I hope they don't burn out cause they are always on? hmmm......
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as far as i know the heated mirrors and heated seats pretty much always came together. i think they came as a package, the winter or cold weather package.
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