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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Wed, May-09-2007, 04:16:07 AM   #1
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Default Rear view mirror question...

Today it was a hot day in southern cali. I got into my car after work and looked into my rear view mirror. What I saw was a wierd liquid spill on the top part of the mirror. I tried to wipe it off because it looked like it was a water spot, but noticed it was inside the mirror. It kinda looks like when an LCD breaks and you see the ink looking stuff inside. Maybe this has to do with the heat, I dont know.

Anyone have a clue what this is?
Do you think its covered by warranty?
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This has happened to quite a few people theres a flaw in the design and the **** that makes it auto dim begins to leak out..
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This is the dreaded mirror failure problem. Many dealers refuse to warrant this but I don't know why. In any event, many M3s share the same mirrors with M5s, so this post from the M5 board is highly relevant:

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This is my first post to the forum, and I am hope it will be useful to others. Since I have gain a lot of useful information myself from everyone, it is my turn to share some knowledge. Regarding the BMW M5 E39 rearview mirrors, I myself had issue during CPO with the electrochromatic fluid dripping out of the mirror. Unfortunately, as with others, BMW refused to cover the part. After searching the web I found that the mirrors are manufactured by Magna Donnelly, and their Acura TL line of mirrors were also having the same issue. http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=780 61&page=2&pp=25. Now it seems there are some concerns on the toxicity of this fluid, I personally did not want to inhale any of the vapors, so I tried to drive with windows open while I had the defective mirror. Also, the fluid will damage any plastic it cost in contact with.
Well, anyways, I contact Dani Andriacchi, through email and she was very helpful in getting me the necessary forms to request a free replacement. Her email address was Dani.Andriacchi@magnadon.com. The replacement came from Germany and took about 3-4weeks. You uninstall the old mirror and install the new mirror, and return the old mirror in the original box with prepaid postage. It was a brand new mirror. It has all the original functionality and would be indistinguishable from the original, except, it must have a different material for dimming. Since my original mirror had a green tinge when dimming and this one is now purplish. I assume it is their new pseudo solid electronichromatic material versus the older liquid.

Obviously Magna Donnely is taking care of the issue for customer, even if BMW will not.
Many M5 owners have had their mirrors replaced free using the above. Note that to prevent fraud, you must fill out the claim form, return your old mirror and give them your VIN number.
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I have the exact same problem... just wait a few more weeks, and there will be a giant oval discoloring in your mirror. I still havent figured out how to resolve it, aside from buying a new one. warranty? i don't know...
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I have the exact same problem... just wait a few more weeks, and there will be a giant oval discoloring in your mirror. I still havent figured out how to resolve it, aside from buying a new one. warranty? i don't know...
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sweet, I posted just a few seconds after you, so i didn't see it, but I'm e-mailing that person right now! thanks for the info.
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This is a very common problem with the oval M mirror. The inside mercury fluid for the auto-dimming feature has gone bad. You cannot repair it and can only replace it with a good used or new one. It should be covered by warranty if your car still have it.
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Its Made Of Mercury!@???
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Since this liquid is inside, is it harmful?

Also, I emailed the person in post #3, we will see what happens?
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Since this liquid is inside, is it harmful?
I think it depends on whether it leaks out or not.
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