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Old 6th June 2021, 03:41 PM
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Default Had enough of these mirrors!!!

Auto dimming, heated, anti-glare outside mirrors...........well it would be nice if I could actually see anything in them, they are so dark.

No better at night, even darker. Don't suppose the tinted windows help much though.

That liquid stuff in them wasn't looking good. Took the drivers side mirror out........and made it worse:



Squeezed most of the liquid out, but still looking awful:



Passenger side was just as bad.

OE replacements are scary expensive. Only one thing for it, ebay cheepo glass.

Supposed to be an exact shape match for the D3, but had to laugh when the mirrors arrived, way too big!

Complained and sent measurements. Got 2 more mirrors back. Not a perfect fit, but not bad.

Stuck them over the old mirrors, and now I can actually see things a lot clearer................ for a change.









Ok, had to sacrifice all the super duper stuff that the mirrors are supposed to do, but on the other hand, I'm a lot happier, especially when reversing
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Old 6th June 2021, 04:21 PM
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Exterior mirrors seem to be one of (several!) things that Audi love to over-engineer. The ones on the e-tron are cameras, which really do seem to be an overcomplicated solution to a non-existent problem, and have a ridiculously high failure rate. Vorsprung Durch Technik it ain't, in my book....
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Old 6th June 2021, 04:37 PM
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I'm sure I've said it many times before, here and elsewhere, IMHO auto-dimming internal mirrors are reasonably useful, unless you have tinted rear windows...
(So not fitted on my Volvo for example)
Externally, I find them pointless/useless. However that hasn't stopped me eventually sourcing (at a reasonable price) decent ones for my S8 because: 1. I could (using USA parts with stupid wording on) and 2. It came from the factory with them.
And of course I have a pair of standard external mirrors as backup.
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Old 6th June 2021, 04:40 PM
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Agreed. Edit made
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All auto dimming mirrors are very expensive due to the liquid inside. The same applies for the rear view mirrors.
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Whatever you do, do not let the liquid from the mirror get out and touch paint or plastic. It will strip and eat through either. If your mirror is beginning to age visibly, replace asap.

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