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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Dec-13-2018, 01:00:11 PM   #11
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So the standard ones here in NZ are part numbers 51162267192 and 51162267223 - are they the "not wide angle" mirrors? I assume so because they seem flat and don't have any silly text on them.

Why would one need wide angle mirrors? To tow a caravan? Otherwise I would have thought that situational awareness negated any need for them?
Silly text only for America...

Your numbers are for the EU glass, which for Americans, is wide angled (what we call normal, so the US mirrors must be narrow angle).

Anyways, if you see your numbers, they are the same apart from the last digit, which is only one lower/higher.

These are the numbers for the EU glass, but RHD instead of LDH.
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Old Thu, Dec-13-2018, 03:24:33 PM   #12
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I will say that I'm not a fan of this style of glass... but I'm sure it is due to my limited use with it. It's VERY weird to drive with.
100% agreed. I bought it, ran it for a month, went back to stock. I found it very difficult to accurately judge distances, and didn't find it gave me any additional visibility beyond my normal mirror position.
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Old Fri, Dec-14-2018, 04:22:55 AM   #13
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Silly text only for America...

Your numbers are for the EU glass, which for Americans, is wide angled (what we call normal, so the US mirrors must be narrow angle).

Anyways, if you see your numbers, they are the same apart from the last digit, which is only one lower/higher.

These are the numbers for the EU glass, but RHD instead of LDH.
Oh, that's interesting that ours are "wide angle" (we call them "normal" here as well). They're small enough I can't imagine "narrow angle" mirrors would be much use at all!

I though the "wide angle" ones might be convex or split into two parts like some other manufacturers.

I can understand the desire to swap them out. In fact I can't even understand why the the other ones even exist.
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situational awareness....ha. With American drivers...not typically.
lol - although in all honesty this problem applies to New Zealand as well.

When I lived in Europe I used to love driving between cities because other road users have an appreciable sense of situational awareness, especially in Germany (necessitated by their open road limits).

Most of that gets thrown out the window in cities of course where haste and urgency overtake awareness and consideration.

Tell you what though, if you can survive driving through Rome or Paris you're ready to tackle Mumbai or Cairo which are a different world altogether.
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Believe it or not, american drivers vary from region to region, as well :P
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I run the Euro glass on the driver's side mirror. Took a bit to get acclimated to it but I find it useful.
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I had wide angle glass on a couple of my Hondas. It was helpful sometimes. But it's the epitome of a personal preference, not something I would put effort into changing unless your original glass is broken.
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so are any of theise a split mirror? with the line on it and change in "lens deal"

im used to what i have on my car now that narrow angle mirrors are strange. its beeen 8 years but i swear i did some componation or LHD and RHD mirrors. but id like a a split lens.
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Oh, that's interesting that ours are "wide angle" (we call them "normal" here as well). They're small enough I can't imagine "narrow angle" mirrors would be much use at all!

I though the "wide angle" ones might be convex or split into two parts like some other manufacturers.

I can understand the desire to swap them out. In fact I can't even understand why the the other ones even exist.
US mirrors are flat on the driver side and convex on the passenger side. Euro mirrors are convex on both sides (and at least on the e46, to a greater extent than the stock us passenger mirror). That makes the fov on the euro mirrors wider than the us mirrors, and the difference on the driver side is very significant. “Downside” is that technically things look smaller than they “should” for their distance.



It’s a federal regulation that the driver side mirror is flat. Passenger side can be whatever, but legally has to have the idiot text on it.
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US mirrors are flat on the driver side and convex on the passenger side. Euro mirrors are convex on both sides (and at least on the e46, to a greater extent than the stock us passenger mirror). That makes the fov on the euro mirrors wider than the us mirrors, and the difference on the driver side is very significant. “Downside” is that technically things look smaller than they “should” for their distance.







It’s a federal regulation that the driver side mirror is flat. Passenger side can be whatever, but legally has to have the idiot text on it.


Wait really? So the us passenger side is already wide angled? Then maybe I just need the driver side
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