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Driver's side mirror will not adjust far enough out

Driver's side mirror will not adjust far enough out

The subject kind of says it all. I have a three week old LR RWD and the driver's side mirror will not adjust far enough out... I am from the school that likes to set the mirror so you can just see the side of the car with your head against the window. The M3 is the first car I have driven where it will not adjust far enough out to allow me to do that. I commented on this wen I picked up the car and the tech said it was normal... I haven't had an occasion to test another car to see if it does the same thing but I'd like to know if other owners see the same thing... Thanks!

apodbdrs | April 13, 2019

Try bringing the mirror in, hold for about 5 seconds; then fold the mirror out and hold for about 5 seconds.

HighlandPony | April 13, 2019

My mirrors are the same way. I’m in the same school of thought as you. I like to adjust the mirrors out far enough to eliminate the blind spots. My 2016 RAV4 had the same problem.

HWF | April 13, 2019

My mirror folds way out, just the way the OP wants it. Have the SC fix it.

Carl Thompson | April 13, 2019

I use the same SAE method these days and it works fine on my Model 3. I'd take the car to the service center if you can't adjust the mirror to where you think it should be.

bpatter123 | April 13, 2019

some folks seem to think you mean the power folding of the mirror housing does not work well. I understand you to say the mirror movement adjuster does not swing outward enough- I agree it is not the only car that is so limited but it is a bit irritating. I had been schooled to put my head on the window glass & then adjust the mirror so the view is straight back.

Tomt | April 13, 2019

Yes, the powerfold is fine. It is the actual mirror adjustment that will not go out far enough... First car I have had that had this issue. SC says it is normal. I plan to go by the store and try a couple to see if they do it too...

lilbean | April 13, 2019

My X is that way. The SC said that's just the way it is.

Carl Thompson | April 16, 2019

Me: "I use the same SAE method these days and it works fine on my Model 3."

Sorry, I misremembered. I just checked this morning and I have the mirror as far out as it will go but it is _not_ as far as it should be. Just something we need live with, I guess.

jim0266 | April 16, 2019

I too set my mirrors like the OP. I've never met anyone who sets the mirrors this way and it freaks people out when I show them. They instantly lose their object permanence ability when they cannot see the side of their car in the mirrors.

When I first test drove the Model 3 I noticed the inability of the left mirror to adjust to the proper position. For a company who touts safety this seems like a glaring error. I do like cars with lights on their mirrors on in the blind spot. The Model 3's screen is nice to see cars around you.

VoltAir | April 16, 2019

Here same Problem. Longrange AWD, 3 weeks old. Only adjusting the seat forward, when passenger in the back, helps, then the outmost mirror position is adequate.