W124/201 Exterior Mirrors
Interesting how everyone, in way or another, almost got the right answer.
In fact, the passenger's side mirror (square) on W124/201 cars is shorter than the driver's side mirror (rectangle) so the overall width of the car would be a bit narrower. This is very useful in most streets in European cities and towns (without resourcing to expensive electric fold mirrors used on the S and some M classes).
Another plus was that designers found that drivers tended to scratch more often the passsenger's side mirror than the driver's side. A shorter mirror on the passenger side would definitely prevent the accident prone device.
To mantain the viewable area of the shorter passenger's side mirror, its height was raised, making it square (and in fact a littler larger in area than the driver's side mirror: 150 sq. cms. against 127 sq. cms.).
Also, at the W124 press realease brochure, designer Mr. Bruno Sacco accounted for the nice assymetric look the mirrors provided, braking tradition at that time.
Finally, for the electric control for the passenger side mirror issue, Mercedes-Benz insisted (for its Teutonic nature, as stated before) that there was no need to have the driver's side mirror electrically controlled, since it was so close and at easy hand reached distance (read between lines: cheaper to produce!).
After 1993, when the outside mirrors where included within the Memory Feature for the electric seats, M.B. decided to make the driver's side mirror electric, even if the Memory Feature was not included as an standard in most markets.
Last edited by A. Rosich; 05-25-2002 at 04:01 PM.