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Old 12-15-2014, 04:45 PM
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BMW X5 Blind Spot. How to overcome?

Hi Everyone,

I recently found a 2006 BMW X5 4.4i with just 67k miles and I like it a lot. The only things I didn't like about it were a) the tight steering and b) I personally felt like there is a huge blind spot. Even when I completely look over my left shoulder (while driving) I found it relatively hard to determine if someone is to my left.

Does anyone else feel this way? And if so, what did you do to overcome it? Purchase concave mirrors, blind spot mini-mirrors, etc.?

Many thanks! Looking forward to hopefully buying a 2006 X5 this weekend!
Alex
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:43 PM
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BMW X5 Blind Spot. How to overcome?

I have an 05 X5 and I know what you mean about the blind spot. My wife's Grand Caravan has a convex mirror and I love it. The van has about the same blind spot as the X5, but the extra mirror makes a world of difference. I am definitely going to put the extra mirror on my X5!

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:50 PM
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If you find one that works can you post a link? Thank you!
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:47 AM
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I've had one of those little convex mirrors stuck on just about every car I've owned for the past 30 years.
Just picked one up at Advance Auto for the X5 last weekend, but I haven't had a chance to put it on yet.

IMO, they're the best safety device that $5 can buy.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:11 AM
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1+ to the $5 convex mirror.

Another issue is backing out. At shopping malls etc, when backing out the field of view is limited. I almost hit a pedestrian because she was short.
So my advice is when driving a car or SUV w/o back-up camera, back the car in first, this way 1/2h later when you leave you only drive forward, much less stressful. One way or the other, you have to back the vehicle anyway.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:15 PM
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If you have PDC...that will inform (alert) you if someone is walking into your path while backing out of a parking space.

And I got rid of the blind spot by upgrading to the wide angle (aspherical) mirrors for the e53. The cost wasn't cheap due to having the EC (auto dim) mirrors...and I had to buy them from a seller in Europe (Lithuania)...but the blind spot is gone....and I love them

You can see what I mean in the pics below...if you've only had the 1:1 ratio mirror on the driver's side...it may take some getting used to...but as you can see in the pic...I can see across 3 lanes of traffic on the driver's & passenger's side:


(driver's side)


(passenger's side)


The image below is the original 1:1 image ratio driver's side mirror:



The image below is taken from the same parking space the next day (a bit more snow had fallen)...but with the aspherical (wide angle) mirror installed...you can see the increased field of vision...but the image ratio is different. The inner 3/4 of the mirror is more convex (like the passenger side) and the outer 1/4 of the mirror (to the left of the dotted line) is the aspherical "bent" part of the mirror that increases the field of vision even more:

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Old 12-16-2014, 02:30 PM
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Amazing

QSilver7, those mirrors are outstanding. I found just the driver-side mirror on ebay for $225. It's expensive but for the peace of mind it will give me I think it's well worth it.

And how do you tell if you have auto-dim mirrors? What does that actually mean? Does it tilt to dim bad reflections or something?

Many thanks
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:46 PM
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QSilver7, those mirrors are outstanding. I found just the driver-side mirror on ebay for $225. It's expensive but for the peace of mind it will give me I think it's well worth it.

And how do you tell if you have auto-dim mirrors? What does that actually mean? Does it tilt to dim bad reflections or something?

Many thanks
If you have EC (electrochromatic) auto dim side mirrors...there will be a thick black band around the mirror glass. The regular/heated mirrors don't have the thick band. Or if you decode your VIN...if you have this option code...then you have the EC/autodim side mirrors:

S430A Innen-/Aussensp. mit Abblendautomatik Interior/outside mirror with auto dip

By auto dim...they react just like the interior mirror...when headlights are detected by the sensor in the interior rear view mirror...depending on the ambient light (there's a sensor on the rear side of the interior RV mirror that faces the windshield)...the mirrors will darken to prevent glare.

If your mirrors look like this (have a thick black band around the circumference of the mirror glass...then they are the EC auto dimming side view mirrors. If the mirror glass doesn't have this thick band...then they are just the regular/heated side view mirrors.



or if you pop the mirror glass off and you can see the rear side...the auto dim mirrors will have wires connecting to the gray thingy on the back...as well as wires running to the pins for the heating elements
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
(SOLD)
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg

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