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LEOT 04-02-2011 03:03 PM

Passenger side mirror
My passenger side mirrror stopped working, won't tilt on reverse, can't adjust with switch, and doesn't defrost. I checked fuses and didn't find anything. Any ideas. 2007 X-3

vern 04-02-2011 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by LEOT (Post 5966498)
My passenger side mirrror stopped working, won't tilt on reverse, can't adjust with switch, and doesn't defrost. I checked fuses and didn't find anything. Any ideas. 2007 X-3

Try moving it around by hand and then try to adjust it. Good luck

UncleJ 04-03-2011 08:08 AM

Mine works like it has a mind of its own. One day it works fine, the next, nada. Sometimes moving the L-R switch back and forth triggers a response, but somethimes nothing. I don't like it enough to do anything about it. If I need the mirror to point down, then I will point it down with the manual directional switch.:rofl:

Supercourse 04-03-2011 11:03 AM


Originally Posted by LEOT (Post 5966498)
... and doesn't defrost.

How did you confirm it doesn't defrost?

I think they switch on only when the ambient temp. as measured by the sensor is below 45F or something.

If it definitely isn't heating up the glass, then you have something more than a sticky tilt mechanism wrong.
A few people have had to have a new window/mirror switch, which somehow seems to control the heating ribbon as well as the expected mechanical functions.

LEOT 11-14-2011 01:40 PM

When it was cold and frosty it didn't defrost like the driver side. Any test I can do to see if its the switch. Also forgot to mention when I use the "fold mirror in" switch, the drivers side mirror folds in but not the passenger side. Seems like all mirror functions dop not work on that side

littleengin 11-14-2011 05:01 PM

I had this same issue. It was fixed at the dealership. I believe they changed the motor.

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X3 Skier 11-16-2011 07:07 AM

Mine stuck once. I pushed it by hand and it has been fine ever since.


bluskye 11-16-2011 06:51 PM

BMW mirrors snap into the motor that moves them up/down/right left. There is another electrical connection to the mirror itself that performs the defrost. Essentially, the mirror is coated with a resistor like material that heats up the surface when electricity is applied. You can safely remove the mirror itself by simply pulling it away (toward rear of car) and it will snap out of the motor/actuator. Yeah, its that easy.

If the mirror is just not defrosting ... simply replace mirror. If the motor is busted, it requires taking off the interior door panel to gain access to the bolts that hold the mirror assembly on. Ive done it on my old E46. Not fun, but not impossible.

Sounds like you have another problem if both motor and defrost are not working as they are separate systems.

LEOT 11-21-2011 08:22 AM

Yes..the mirror adjustment doesn't work..just on passenger side, the fold in switch works since it folds the driverside but not passenger side, and of course the defrost doesn't work, only on 1 side. Could be it as simple as a ground wire in the mirror? since all functions do not work..

LEOT 12-29-2011 08:00 AM

Just trying to bump this up to see if anyone has found a solution.

Dominic49 12-29-2011 08:31 AM

8 months later and you still haven pulled the cover off to expose the wires?

LEOT 12-29-2011 09:13 AM

I did but there is a "ribbon" wire, similar to a computer connection to a hard drive. Not a lot I can do with that. Doesn't seem possible to check voltage etc.

Dominic49 12-29-2011 09:15 AM

you need to check it at the mirror connection and at the module. you want to check for continuity not voltage.

furthermore please inform us of everything else you have tried.

Dominic49 12-29-2011 09:19 AM

should give you the basis on how it works

madurodave 12-29-2011 09:37 AM

Sounds like the mirror motor to me. But since you lost defrost too, who knows.

BMWNL 09-30-2012 04:32 AM

Want to remove folding mirror feature
My mirrors fold all the way out automatically every time I get in the car and I have to fold them to the correct position by hand. Drives me nuts. I tried hitting switch, moving them in and out by hand etc but they still keep folding all the way out every time I push key fob to get in the car. Dealer wants $700 for a new mirror car is not in warranty. Seems there should be a limit switch or little mechanical connector to fix without replacing whole mirror but after spending hours on this site I can not find a fix. I am happy to just disconnect a wire to remove fold in and out feature - if anyone can tell me how this will be appreciated - do you know if this will show and error on instrument cluster?

sjladopoulos 10-05-2012 09:02 AM

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P19 06-25-2015 01:48 PM

Passenger Mirror not adjusting
I have the exact problem as LEOT did on my E46. What was the solution to the problem?

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