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      05-31-2012, 03:11 PM   #45
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Did anyone test my theory in previous post? I am about to order a car and can't decide if the exterior dimming is worth it.
I am overseas at the moment so cannot test for sure but when I tested it last time, the exterior mirrors dimmed in response to a flashlight being shone on the rear-view mirror. I didn't get any sense that the exterior mirrors had an independent light sensor of any kind. I will check when I get back in Monday if it's not too late.
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      05-31-2012, 11:15 PM   #46
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      10-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #47
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Hey svache,

Us guys over at the X3 forums are complaining about the wing mirrors not dimming very much either. I too did the flashlight test last night and the wing mirrors do dim but not very much.

I was wondering if you guys have heard of anyone adjusting the dimming using coding? One of the X3 members said the dealership can increase the mirror dimming... so a coding fix should be possible.



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Well, I just checked with a strong flashlight and Raspartan is indeed right. It does get darker on the exterior mirrors but slower than the interior. Also I noticed it needs a LOT of light to actually get darker.

I think that we didn't notice it before as much as I did with my other car because of this delay and because it needs to be a lot stronger.

Also, something I noticed, is that there was no blank parts on the edge of the mirrors like I had with my X5 or like I see in my interior mirror. This especially made the difference very clear at night because you'd still see a bit of 'normal' mirror on the outer edges.

So yeah, it does seem to work, just not as obvious as the older cars had



edit: I just realize I also often have my rear window shade up at night (basically almost always) and this, of course, also stops light from coming onto the interior mirror.
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      10-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #48
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I am overseas at the moment so cannot test for sure but when I tested it last time, the exterior mirrors dimmed in response to a flashlight being shone on the rear-view mirror. I didn't get any sense that the exterior mirrors had an independent light sensor of any kind. I will check when I get back in Monday if it's not too late.
Dimming is definately worth it especially if you travel frequently at night or live in a rural area where headlights are light pollution. I noticed the difference between my Chrysler and the new '07 3-series right away. In fact, my wife noticed immediately how the bright lights from the car behind us was not blinding her in the passenger side-view. I then realized how nice it was to have auto-dimming interior/exterior mirrors.
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      12-08-2012, 10:42 PM   #49
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I too also experienced this tonight while driving home. When it got dark the internal mirror dimmed right away, but sides didn't. Later on it dimmed, but then after a while it was dimmed anymore.

Anyway to code it to just stay dim with the internal mirror. I look in the manual... there something about the blinding effect on page 53.
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auto dimming rear view mirrors became standard in 2013 for all f30.

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=692356
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      12-11-2012, 02:42 AM   #51
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Mine dim when a car is close eg blind spot and right behind. Yes my mirrors are pointed at the blindspots intentionally. But i hate auto dimming. I prefer to see what is behind me aka cops. Sometimes i cover the sensor (little dot) on the rear view just to check whats behind me. My ability to know what model a car is by headlights flashing is impeccable. Through years of paranoia. Lol.
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It is standard now on 2013 f30 us. And I feel like my side mirrors now (f30) do not dim nearly as much as my 2010 Camaro...
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      02-23-2014, 04:46 PM   #53
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On my 320i I have the same issue where the outside only dim sometimes while the inside rear view would dim quite frequently.

Anyone find a solution to this?

Is coding an option to adjust the side mirrors?
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There is no fix to this design fault. Sorry.
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On my 320i I have the same issue where the outside only dim sometimes while the inside rear view would dim quite frequently.

Anyone find a solution to this?

Is coding an option to adjust the side mirrors?
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I noticed tonight while I was driving that my outside mirrors responded more to halogen lights than HID lights.
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I've rear view auto dim rear view mirror but no auto dim side mirror. There is a way to retrofit this function?
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The side view mirrors do dim... they just take 3x as long as the interior rear view mirror and typically the glare is gone before the mirror has a chance to dim.
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I've de-code my vin and i've found that the auto dim mirror is only mentioned for the interior mirror not for the side. Also if I put my vin in realoem, if search for a spare side mirror glass and it give me standard glass not the auto dim version... So I think they are standard. There is a easy way to retrofit the auto dimming? Maybe I need only to change the mirror glass?
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      05-25-2014, 04:42 PM   #59
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I have a dimming rear view mirror but I'm not too sure about the side ones. They don't seem to dim at all. However they are power folding, so I'm not sure what's going on. According to the VIN decoder I have:

S430A INNEN-/AUSSENSPIEGEL AUT.ABBLENDEND Interior/outside mirror with auto dip
S431A INNENSPIEGEL,AUTOMATISCH ABBLENDEND Interior mirror with automatic-dip

So supposedly the side ones should be auto-dimming... Is is "dip" something else.
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