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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 01-07-2017, 08:03 PM
arthurwood arthurwood is offline
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Passenger side mirror plastic cover keeps falling off

How do I stick the passenger side door mirror cover on?

It seems to just be a press fit.
But it keeps falling off.

I see tiny plastic rails but no clips.
What makes it stay on?

I don't see anything broken.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:18 AM
mixz1 mixz1 is offline
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I actually had the driver's side cover blown off in a tropical storm. I wasn't aware of it until one of the gardeners brought it to me. He found it many hundreds of feet away from where I was parked. I was disturbed at how loose it fit when I tried to clip it back on. There were places where it looked as though some small plastic protrusions had broken away. I finally used a small bead of cyanoacrylate glue (Crazy Glue). That was 8 years and a hurricane ago and it's still there.
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:20 AM
ChadAlex ChadAlex is offline
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Originally Posted by arthurwood View Post
How do I stick the passenger side door mirror cover on?



It seems to just be a press fit.

But it keeps falling off.



I see tiny plastic rails but no clips.

What makes it stay on?



I don't see anything broken.

Mine fell off when I was washing my car. Not sure which one you have but mine are held on by 4 thin clicks that break over time from being dried out, especially in the hot desert of Nevada. And I didn't want to apply hue so I just replaced it. Passenger side.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:44 AM
MKJS MKJS is offline
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Buy 2 new ones off ebad and have them painted. Had one fall off at the car wash, but picked up 2 from ebad quite reasonably. (bout $10-15ea) My car is white so just got out a can of Rust-O and it's a pretty good match. The new ones don't fall off at all.

They come primer grey, but if you wanted to save $$ instead of sending them out for paint you could paint them flat black from a can. Flat black matches everything.

Jim

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