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Old 11-16-2018, 04:11 AM
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Now that old man winter is here, does anybody disable their auto folding side mirrors so it doesn't get jam when it ice up? Is this still worthwhile doing or has technology overcome this problem.
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You don't "disable" the folding action, you just move the selector to the neutral position. I never use the folding position, not sure why one would.
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Originally Posted by mhblaw View Post
You don't "disable" the folding action, you just move the selector to the neutral position. I never use the folding position, not sure why one would.
Some of us (including me) have the MMI setting to auto fold the mirrors upon locking the vehicle.
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mhblaw View Post
You don't "disable" the folding action, you just move the selector to the neutral position. I never use the folding position, not sure why one would.

I got into the habit after living in Germany and seeing what happens to mirrors on narrow streets.

But, right.. in the USA it doesn't matter.
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I had a C class with folding mirrors, I never once had it ice up on me and I live in Canada. I park in a private garage overnight though but leave it at the train station all day.
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I got into the habit after living in Germany and seeing what happens to mirrors on narrow streets.

But, right.. in the USA it doesn't matter.

Living in the most densely populated state in America, I totally disagree with your final post. I have to wonder if, due to the density of NJ, our parking spaces aren’t narrower than other, less densely packed, states.

Attempting to navigate parking lots, packed with cars and huge pickup trucks — with mirrors jutting 10” out from each side of the cab — I always have my mirrors fold in automatically. On more than one occasion I have seen people snap off mirrors trying to navigate dense parking lots — whether out of anger or just not seeing them — so I appreciate the auto-fold feature.
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Living in the most densely populated state in America, I totally disagree with your final post. I have to wonder if, due to the density of NJ, our parking spaces aren’t narrower than other, less densely packed, states.

Attempting to navigate parking lots, packed with cars and huge pickup trucks — with mirrors jutting 10” out from each side of the cab — I always have my mirrors fold in automatically. On more than one occasion I have seen people snap off mirrors trying to navigate dense parking lots — whether out of anger or just not seeing them — so I appreciate the auto-fold feature.
I was going to disable the auto folding mirrors on my Q5, my salesman mentioned that is an easy way to tell if the vehicle is locked. Also on my way to work today I saw a new Audi with a driver door mirror dangling in the wind as a result of being hit by another car while parked on a wide arterial. These are not inexpensive mirrors, folding them is a great idea.

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Originally Posted by katzjamr View Post
I was going to disable the auto folding mirrors on my Q5, my salesman mentioned that is an easy way to tell if the vehicle is locked. Also on my way to work today I saw a new Audi with a driver door mirror dangling in the wind as a result of being hit by another car while parked on a wide arterial. These are not inexpensive mirrors, folding them is a great idea.

That’s great — I never thought of that. Thank You!
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Originally Posted by Nikon1 View Post



Living in the most densely populated state in America, I totally disagree with your final post. I have to wonder if, due to the density of NJ, our parking spaces aren’t narrower than other, less densely packed, states.

Attempting to navigate parking lots, packed with cars and huge pickup trucks — with mirrors jutting 10” out from each side of the cab — I always have my mirrors fold in automatically. On more than one occasion I have seen people snap off mirrors trying to navigate dense parking lots — whether out of anger or just not seeing them — so I appreciate the auto-fold feature.
That is true. I moved from Stuttgart, Germany to Colorado where everything seems really spaced out (streets/parking lots - not just legally stoned people)..

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Anybody know what happens when the mirror overloads? Does it blow a fuse or does it just stop and reset itself later?
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