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Old 02-22-2006, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Funny spots (corrosion?) on side mirror?

I noticed the other day that my driver's side mirror has a few little spots around the rim of the mirror. These spots look like rusty water that has crept underneath the glass (or the tinting). Could this be a sign of oxidation, or water getting in behind the glass or what?

I hate little things like this. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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lol its common, its moisture that has gotten between the glass and the film that gives that blue tint to the mirror glass.... you need a new glass lens or you can live with it untill it gets too much for you to handle (i lasted 3 months haha)
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Doh! That's what I thought, but I hoped it was something I could fix. I am going to try to "seal" the edge that's leaking with some clear paint or something so it won't get worse. Heck, it's worth a shot, eh?

Anyone know how much one of these glass mirrors (just the tinted glass) costs and where to get it cheaper than the dealer?
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not sure to be honest but the dealership they are a rippoff. check online bmw parts stores you might get one , or maybe even a used one.. as for sealing it? sure try it out , its worth a shot.
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I'll keep checking, thanks. I would never steal one, but I have to admit the thought did cross my mind!

To remove this part, you just pry it out with a large, flat object, like a prybar or something? Or do you have to remove the colored portion on the front of the mirror?

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