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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-08-2012, 06:16 PM
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Passenger side Mirror

When I back up my car, the passenger side mirror used to shift and aim down, but it stops doing that few weeks ago, I wonder what happens; is something that I can reset or the mirror needs to be replaced.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:47 PM
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The mirror selector switch must be in the left mirror position.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:35 AM
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edjack nailed it. I love the autodip feature. My driveway is uphill coming out of the garage and alongside the house, peaks, and then goes downhill to the street.
I keep the autodip off for the uphill portion and turn it on for the downhill portion to manuever by my pickup truck parked in front of the house.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:37 PM
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My rims love this feature

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:47 PM
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I hate it! The mirror seems to shift to a fixed position, that shows me the ground along side the rear doors. Which is bugger all use, so I have it off. Haven't been able to adjust it to point somewhere sensible.

Any one know how you can adjust the mirror position for the "autodip", my attempts seem to have failed.....
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:34 PM
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... Haven't been able to adjust it to point somewhere sensible.

Any one know how you can adjust the mirror position for the "autodip", my attempts seem to have failed.....
Don't know how to change the position for the autodip feature...but there is a way to have the mirror move to a location that works for you when you need it....that is if you have an unused memory seat button.

You can set an unused memory seat button by keeping your seat & steering wheel, and driver's mirror where they are...but moving the passenger mirror to a position that works for you when backing up or parallel parking...then program that setting. Next time you need that setting, just reach down and press the memory seat button that you programmed...VOILA.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:38 PM
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Don't know how to change the position for the autodip feature...but there is a way to have the mirror move to a location that works for you when you need it....that is if you have an unused memory seat button.

You can set an unused memory seat button by keeping your seat & steering wheel, and driver's mirror where they are...but moving the passenger mirror to a position that works for you when backing up or parallel parking...then program that setting. Next time you need that setting, just reach down and press the memory seat button that you programmed...VOILA.
Now there's an idea I haven't considered... genius!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:16 PM
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Yeah that's a clever idea. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:25 PM
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I love that feature! Don't get me wrong, I was confused at first. Makes avoiding the curb easy
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:13 PM
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The mirror selector switch must be in the left mirror position.
I noticed that mine quit working just the other day as well, but the selector switch is not the problem. The passenger mirror will adjust when selected, so the motor is fine. It seems like whatever switch that gets triggered in reverse went bad.

There was a warning sign when one time it only went down a little bit, then I put it in neutral and back into reverse, and then it worked. A few times after this episode it died for good.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:47 AM
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Mine sometimes dip even when the switch is on the right, a quick left right tap and the mirror goes back up. And i hate it to.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:19 PM
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And the mirror started working again. Go figure.....

It has to be a bad electrical connection somewhere, but not near the mirror motor itself, unless the motor is wired by 2 completely different circuits.
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