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      10-15-2011, 12:32 AM   #45
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Okay, Schmiedmann confirms this is the right mirror for my car (non folding). They wrote:

I don't think I get to know whether they are blue or chrome. Nor does there seem to be another choice for this model. So I gets what I gets. Looks like RealOEM calls these chrome. And that is certainly the color I have right now. The ones that I got from ECS (that were too small) were clearly blue, when held next to my stock mirrors.

They appear to have a flat minimum shipping charge of about $22 to the US. Adding a second mirror doesn't change that. Tempted to do it that way, to save on shipping and since it is a special order, even for them, with at least a week lead time before they can ship it.

Here's a question: What other cool thing should I be adding to my order, assuming it doesn't weigh a lot and bump up shipping.

I was thinking "smokers' kit" since my car didn't come with nor have the option for an ashtray and lighter socket -- which will come in handy, I am sure.
Euro headlight switch - so you can enable your rear brake fogs.
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      10-15-2011, 12:41 AM   #46
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That sounds kind of cool. Not sure whether I need it, but... maybe it wouldn't work anyway in my car: "Only works on cars with Xenon/HID headlights, foglights, and rain sensor." I have the base lights not the Xenon.

Think I'll just go for the mirrors... and spend some cash on wax and sealant. Its been off the boat almost two weeks, without any protection...
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      10-15-2011, 06:03 AM   #47
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I recently learned that the proper way to adjust your mirrors is to lean your head to the left until it touches the driver's window, then adjust the mirror so you just see the edge of your car. Then lean to the right an equal amount, and do the same for the passenger mirror. That should yield pretty much the settings shown in the graphic.
Yes, that works. The simple rule is - if you can see your own car in your side mirrors, while in your normal driving position - then you will have blind spots. This can easily be corrected by simply adjusting each mirror outwards until you no longer see the side of your car. After all, do you need to see the side of your own car? Why?

Get used to scanning all three mirrors when driving as they should give you a 100% view of the road behind, each mirror giving a different view. This can be demonstrated by looking at something like a mailbox or a parked car on the side of the road. The view of it will be transferred from your front vision, to your right hand side mirror then to the rear view mirror, with it being visible in both mirrors for a split second while the view transfers. This proves you do not have a blind spot.
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      10-15-2011, 11:35 AM   #48
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I like to be able to see the edge of the car and the so called blind spot. In part this is a habit from when doing so was the only way to knownfor sure my mirror hadn't been bumped while away from my car. In part perhaps because of 20 years of cars where that was a concern, I am used to seeing the road in relation to my car.

I'm not saying the other method doesn't work but that for me, it's safer to get one of these wide angle mirrors. I wonder why they are standard in Europe but not even an option in the US?
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      10-16-2011, 12:01 AM   #49
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Okay, Schmiedmann confirms this is the right mirror for my car (non folding). They wrote:

I don't think I get to know whether they are blue or chrome. Nor does there seem to be another choice for this model. So I gets what I gets. Looks like RealOEM calls these chrome. And that is certainly the color I have right now. The ones that I got from ECS (that were too small) were clearly blue, when held next to my stock mirrors.
IIRC, it is important to get the right color mirrors. I think the blue ones are for cars that have auto-dimming side mirrors. If you get the regular non-blue glass then you will lose that feature. The auto-dimming blue mirrors also cost about 3x as much.
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      10-16-2011, 12:02 PM   #50
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These appear to be chrome. Interestingly the ecs one's were not auto dimming but were ble. In any event I got a pair so they will match. And they have evaluated for fit based on my VIN. Nothing is guaranteed until they are in and working. But I am hopeful.
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IIRC, it is important to get the right color mirrors. I think the blue ones are for cars that have auto-dimming side mirrors. If you get the regular non-blue glass then you will lose that feature. The auto-dimming blue mirrors also cost about 3x as much.
I think you have your colors off. There are three colors from what I understand: bronze or brown tint are the auto-dimming ones. Blue and Chrome are the normal ones with the outer third of the mirror is the wide angle part.

All of the euro spec cars I have seen at various BMW dealers almost always have the blue mirrors. I only usually see the chrome ones on EU 135i's or US spec cars. All the 116/118/120/123 cars usually have the blue tinted mirrors. I kind of like them.

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Received a package from Denmark this week, and put the new mirrors on. Perfect fit. These photos don't really do them justice (in addition to being dirty, all you are seeing is a driveway) but you can even see the barrel distortion of their wide-angle-ness in these photos.

These are what I ordered for my 2012 (Aug 2011 Production) 128i (non dimming) base model mirrors.

1 -- MIRROR GLAS, HEATED, WIDE-ANGLE, LEFT -- 51167252893BMW
1 -- MIRROR GLAS, HEATED, WIDE-ANGLE, RIGHT -- 51167252894BMW

The price from Schmiedmann was the same as from a place like ECS, approx $99 each, (though if you read above you'll see that ECS doesn't have and couldn't get these euro-spec mirrors). Shipping was close to $30.
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      11-18-2011, 01:31 PM   #53
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ECS did have the wide angle mirrors for my 2/09 production 135i in stock (51167145267/8, $195). I just installed them (easily come off using just your fingers), literally takes 1-2 minutes. They were blue like the mirrors they replaced.

I like them and I'm glad I got them. One word of warning, traffic in the left hand side driver's side mirror now is closer than it appears (like the warning on the US-spec right hand side mirrors). So you get a wider field of view, but it takes a little unlearning when you check your mirror and think you have more room than you actually do.

There's a video here http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302204 showing how to remove the glass (for the purposes of installing CF mirror cover), and the guy has the circle stick on blind spot mirrors on both his right and left mirror -- they look horrible.

(And for the record, I'm quite familiar on how to adjust mirrors to eliminate the blind spots, I've been doing it for many years. I have other reasons for wanting these wide angle mirrors).
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Cross posting additional thread here...

Side mirror glass replacement
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824933
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euro wide angle mirror glass install...

Ok, as promised I installed my euro wide angle mirrors on my US spec 135i over here in Germany. These mirrors are so nice!

My car doesn't have auto dimming nor premium package. Just electric mirrors that are heated. These euro mirrors were truly "plug & play".

These mirrors sell for 77 euros (plus 19% VAT), I paid 61 euros each with my dealer giving me a 20% discount.

spiegelglas bmw p/n 51167252893
spiegelglas bmw p/n 51167252894

I used a pick hook to remove the old glass. You simply tilt the mirror down all the way and then give a good tug on the pick. The old glass simply pops off. Unplug the old heating wires and plug in the new ones. Then just snap the new mirror glass on the housing. It was really easy.

I found this video very helpful. You don't need the flat blade screw driver though.




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Just thought I'd give an old thread a bump. I must say the more I drive with the euro wide angle mirrors the more I LOVE them. Don't know why I wait so long to do this mod. It was so EASY to do!!
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A vendor from Taiwan is selling wide-angle heated mirrors on ebay for about $35/ea. I bought and installed both- the fit and finish is great. They have the blue tinted glass.

Shipping was a week or two, they're coming from China, what do you expect.

Also, because I'm clueless, I found out that my side mirrors were auto-dimming also. I'm not paying out the ass for that feature, it just isn't that important to me. They clip in regardless and I didn't connect the harness.

When I sell the car, I'll include the OEM mirrors with their burn marks to placate the buyer. Whee.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-BMW-1ser...1c56a8&vxp=mtr
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      08-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #58
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These are extremely useful in the US. Upgraded a couple months ago and is a huge improvement.
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+1 I have had to drive cars without the euro wide angle mirrors and it's a real hassle!
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Big BIG difference with wide angle mirrors. Now that I put them on I cannot imagine driving using the old standard mirrors. I'm still in awe...
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