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Old 03-09-2013, 07:47 AM
RJHJR RJHJR is offline
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Remove Door Panel to Replace Driver's Mirror?

An unnamed family member snapped the driver's mirror off my 2006 750i E65. This is the non-folding variety. The bracket is just soft pot metal, designed to smithereen when pushed. So it's remove and replace time.

The replacement unit arrives today from TIS Spaghetti is gone for this repair, so better to ask:

Do I have to remove the whole interior door panel in order to liberate the triangular trim covering the mirror's mounting bolts? Or is that bit unanchored behind the door trim and will move aside?
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:39 AM
Pabliniboy Pabliniboy is offline
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Yes! You will have to remove the trim panel if you want to remove the
Mirror from the door..
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:45 PM
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Door panel off, then use a prying tool to remove that black piece that has the door speaker cover on it. You will be able to take off the housing then.

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:40 PM
RJHJR RJHJR is offline
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Thanks, got it done today. Window down, remove jack, disconnect battery, undo three torx bolts (why two torx sizes?) and a screw behind caps in the panel (remove square bolt hide flaps with an old credit card), pull panel away from the bottom then sides, pull panel away from top clips, support panel on a plastic bin and let hang open away from door held by loop of rope (no reason to remove completely). Speaker trim then just comes away without prying. Two mirror bolts easily found plus one hidden behind rubber flashing which pulled aside easily. Snip two cable ties holding control wires, remove connector from junction box and pull it through/out with mirror.

Mount new mirror assembly, reverse all the above. New assembly did not have body cover. Was able to pull original cover off the old mirror without removing glass and push fit on new; had thick silicon on the toothed prongs.

Hook up battery, replace jack, reset clock and calendar. All went without a hitch and took just over an hour (and I'm slow). Glad it's done.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:45 PM
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^^^^ Way to post an update with solid instructions! Good job!
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