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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-18-2010, 07:30 AM
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Q about the manual dim mirror.

When you flip the clownnose does the mirror flip down or does it stay stationary and dim?
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:33 AM
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It is mechanical, the mirror flips down, but it is internal to the mirror. The external housing doesn't move.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:16 AM
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Cool, thank you.
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The word "there" can appear as a pronoun, as in “over there".

"Their" is a possessive pronoun. In a phrase like “Susan and Bill's car,” it could be used to to make a new phrase: “their car.”

”They're” is a contraction of “they are.”
“They are” should always be able to replace “they're.”

Extra credit: It's "I'm looking for an M3" not "I'm looking for a M3".
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:27 AM
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Turning the clown nose on my manual-dimming mirror causes the entire housing (wedge-shaped mirror glass and plastic shell together) to tilt. The housing, not the mirror glass, is connected to the tilt mechanism. I'll check tonight just to be sure...

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:46 AM
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I was thinking like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-O...Q5fAccessories
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The word "there" can appear as a pronoun, as in “over there".

"Their" is a possessive pronoun. In a phrase like “Susan and Bill's car,” it could be used to to make a new phrase: “their car.”

”They're” is a contraction of “they are.”
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:39 AM
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I could be wrong about it not tilting the whole housing, and I won't have the car here to check it until sometime later today. In any case, the part number referenced in the listing is the right one: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=51&fg=40&hl=4
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My whole mirror flips.

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Old 03-18-2010, 04:45 PM
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I checked mine, and yes, the entire housing tilts.

Here's a photo I posted a while back showing the manual-dimming, clown-nose-equipped mirror internals. There's a black bracket that grips the fixed metal ball on which the mirror pivots when you adjust it. This black bracket is connected to the silver bracket via a hinge along their top edges. The silver bracket is screwed into the plastic shell.

When you rotate the clown nose, it pushes the silver and black brackets apart or pulls them closer together along their bottom edges, effectively pushing/pulling the housing relative to the ball. The mirror in the auction, with the flip lever, may do something similar.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:17 PM
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I checked mine, and yes, the entire housing tilts.
Same here. I was mistaken.
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I know this is a rather old thread, but I came across it when I was trying to figure out how to tilt the mirror in my E39. It's a bit odd that nothing is mentioned anywhere in the owners manual about it (I didn't get one with the car, had to use a PDF version). At first I couldnt' figure out if it was auto dimming or not because while there was no light sensor, there was no apparent tilt lever either!
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