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Old 10-28-2011, 03:04 PM
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How not to take off the inside rear view mirror.

Do NOT push up as has been suggested before, I did, gave it a slight bump with the heel of my hand and took a divot out of the windshield as the mirror came off. Then it started to crack, then the cracks spread.

A new windshield is going to cost me $6,145 all together. I know there are cheaper aftermarket windshields out there but this is for a factory windshield installed by Frank Zucchi who knows what he's doing.

The mirror is held on with a triangular post button which is attached to the windshield at the factory. New windshields come with the button attached.

To remove the mirror turn the stalk about one third of a revolution either direction, carefully, because it's hard to turn, it's spring loaded internally.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:11 PM
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I'm sorry to hear this, Dave. And I'm familiar with the rear view mirror mounting too as my windshield broke about two years ago when hit by a rock tossed up by a car I was following. The previous owner had also replaced the windshield several years ago with 575M glass as 550 windshields were no longer available. The mount was specific for the 575M rear view mirror which differs from the 550 mirror so Classic Coach modified the 550 mirror to fit the 575M mount. He felt, as do I, that the 550 mirror provides a better view.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:34 PM
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$6k ???? ****..
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:27 PM
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[QUOTE=308 GTB;140929189 He felt, as do I, that the 550 mirror provides a better view.

Barry[/QUOTE]

That's what prompted me to try to take off the mirror in the first place, I can only see about half the road behind. The third brake light is in the way. I wanted to move the mirror up a bit. I'm short, 5'9" and drive with the seat in its lowest position (cruiser mode) so it's hard for me to see out the rear.

Frank tells me the 575 mirror is better, I'll try it out but I've ordered a Gentex auto dimming mirror and I'm going to see if I can attach it to the new windshield when it comes.

This whole fiasco was the result of trying to do something while seriously jet lagged.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:53 PM
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Dave,

I think the 575M mirror is similar to the 360 mirror and not as wide as the 550 mirror. The third brake light will obstruct the view out the rear window regardless of the mirror mounted.

The Gentex sounds like an interesting upgrade.

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Old 10-28-2011, 10:04 PM
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Dave,

I think the 575M mirror is similar to the 360 mirror and not as wide as the 550 mirror. The third brake light will obstruct the view out the rear window regardless of the mirror mounted.

The Gentex sounds like an interesting upgrade.

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Barry, The problem is the Gentex mirror speaks American English while the mounting button speaks Italian. I'm going to need a translator
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:52 AM
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Barry, The problem is the Gentex mirror speaks American English while the mounting button speaks Italian. I'm going to need a translator
Dave,

Ask Frank if he could attach a 575M mirror mount to the Gentex mirror (you'll no doubt be getting 575M glass which is identical to 550 glass with the exception of the button).

Classic Coach was able to replace the 550 mirror's mount with one for a 575M to allow the mirror to attach to the button in my new (575M) glass.

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Old 10-29-2011, 03:07 PM
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RV Mirros are outdated. Put in a rear facing camera on the roof like the BMW satalite antennas. Then dash mount a monitor.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:49 PM
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Has anyone considered installing a wide-angle mirror?
I just put one into my DD S4 Avant....other than non-dimming, I'm in love with the extra visibility!
Thoughts?
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:03 PM
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Has anyone considered installing a wide-angle mirror?
I just put one into my DD S4 Avant....other than non-dimming, I'm in love with the extra visibility!
Thoughts?
Is that one of those "objects are closer than they appear" mirrors?

If so, I hate them, I never am able too judge distances with them.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:14 PM
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Is that one of those "objects are closer than they appear" mirrors?
If so, I hate them, I never am able too judge distances with them.
Not those.....rather the type often seen in an enclosed race car.....altho they are sometimes segmented, which I don't like.

(actually, one of the Euro 550 GTC race cars had one in a video I watched!)
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:00 AM
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Can you post a picture of your mirror, James?
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:19 AM
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Sorry you have to go thru all that Dave.

I was thinking about it and now I'm going to do it !

Add windshield insurance to all my cars.

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:55 PM
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Can you post a picture of your mirror, James?
Sorry for the pic quality.....top image shows the expanse of the view (in an S4 Avant), back window/rear side windows/backseat windows....in addition to normal side mirror view...esp good to have the rear side window views - lots of cars normally hidden there...

2nd pic - simple/unattractive mount - have not yet searched for a more permanent/aesthetic mount....function trumps form here.....
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:29 AM
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James, You look awfully lightheaded in that pic
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:12 PM
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James, You look awfully lightheaded in that pic
....my profs always said I was the bright one; if only I would apply myself.....
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:38 PM
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I got the windshield yesterday and the Gentex auto dimming mirror was there when I got home. It will fit on the trapezoidal mount and it is secured with a set screw. Good thing because their trapezoid doesn't match our trapezoid. But it will go on and stay put.The only thing is I have to wait until the glass in in before I can tell if there is enough adjustment to make it work.

It needs 12 volts from somewhere but that simple.

I bought the base model, no compass, no Home link, no outside temp, no rear view camera display, just auto dimming for $70.

I already have a garage door opener hid under the seat and I like that position better than the home link in my other cars. I don't need a compass, or a rear view display the size if a postage stamp, and since I can't do anything about the outside temp anyway why do I need to know it?
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