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    Driver's side mirror discoloration and melting

    Hello,

    I have a question. My driver's side mirror is for some reason becoming very discolored and the surrounding plastic appears to be melting (?).

    Basically the mirror surface is turning a dull, orange/brown metallic, with the darkest color around the edges and in a circular pattern inward, with the middle of the mirror surface still somewhat normal, though still discolored.

    Furthermore, the rubber/plastic that surrounds the mirror surface itself appears to be melting at the lower right corner. That's the best way I can describe it really...

    Does anyone know what is causing this, how I can stop it, or how I can fix it?

    It's happening on my 2001 3.0i.

    Thanks!
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    me too

    i have an 2002 X-5, it is doing the same thing.. also at nite the lights of other cars, looks double... is this a common issue?

    Jeff
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    Replace glass?

    Had this problem with an E36 (mirrors turned brown around edges) and had to replace the glass, which snapped in. Bav Auto wanted over $100 a side for it. Heated mirror causing the problem maybe?

    It was then I decided no more BMWs. Replacement mirrors for my friend's Jetta were $35 a side.

    Not just the glass the whole housing, glass, motors, heater, wiring harness, the works.

    I love my BMWs, but the cost of parts is killing me.

    Junk yard would be my second suggestion.
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    Video

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHLoGwMCUQI


    I see glass on Amazon for as little as $19.99.

    Google X5 mirror glass.

    It apparently snaps into place like with the E36. Not hard to fix.

    Good Luck!
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