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Old 11-21-2019, 07:23 PM
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Mirror Lens R&R

2003 745 LI (E66). I lost my drivers side mirror assembly in an accident. Went to a couple of salvage yards in Orlando to find a replacement. All the mirror assemblies I found had the mirror lens removed.

The 1st photo is the mirror assembly I brought. It supposedly came out of a 2002 or 3 7 series. Please note the 3 wires.
The second photo is the back of the lens I am finding on Ebay. I see only 2 male pins which I guess are for the 2 small connectors in the 1st photo. Yes?
So were does the large connector in the 1st photo go?
I could pop off the mirror on the passenger side but I only would want to do that as a last resort.
Also, are the driver and passenger lens interchangeable?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Friz
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:50 PM
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The small pins are for the heating element. The large connector is for electrochromic - the mirror will darken when dazzled at night. You're replacement mirror doesn't have this but you're assembly offers you this function, and likely that your car is prewired for this. Check the plug that you connect to the car and see if all the wires pass through. If they do then all you need to do is source the glass. L - R are not interchangeable.

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Old 11-22-2019, 10:59 AM
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That certainly explains it. Sincerely, thank you for the help. I was looking at the low end of Ebay pricing. I guess I should be prepared to spend more money to buy the correct replacement. Once again, thank you!

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Old 11-22-2019, 11:48 AM
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It will work apart from the dimming part. Just stick it on for now as you can replace the mirror quickly once everything is installed on the car.

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Old 11-22-2019, 01:51 PM
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To the OP...my suggestion for shopping for the correct replacement mirror glass (used or new)...is to look up the correct 11 digit BMW part nbr for the EC (auto dimming) mirror for your car using one of the online part database sites. Enter the last 7 digits of your VIN, then browse over to the correct mirror glass diagrams (there may be two...but select the diagram for the option code you have {which is EC mirrors})...then shop/search online using the correct 11 digit BMW part nbr. This will help you not end up with the wrong mirror glass. You may be able to find an asphericla (wid angle) EC/heated mirror glass from Europe...which you will probably learn to love...because it increases the viewing area of the mirror exponentially. Upgrading to the Euro wide angle mirrors is the first thing I do.

Here's 3 of my favorite online part database sites in case you're not familiar with any:
  1. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select
  2. http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/
  3. https://bimmercat.com/

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...65#51167028427

{#4 & #3 = US driver/passenger side EC/heated mirror glass...#1 = Euro wide angle EC/heated mirror glass for driver/passenger}


Will the non EC mirror glass fit onto the OP's mirror assembly? The regular mirror glass just clips onto the mirror housing with the 4 clips on the back side of the glass. Perhaps on the e65/e66 it uses another way to attach to the mirror assembly?


The pic below (even though its from an e34 5 series)...the back of the side mirror glass has the same design utilized on more modern BMWs. You can see the 4 clips on the back side of the mirror glass that attaches to the 4 clips around the mirror housing:


And below is the rear side of the e38 7 series heated mirror glass..you can see how the 4 clips on the back of the mirror glass matches the 4 clips around the mirror housing:


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