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Old 03-06-2006, 08:37 PM
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1980 300D, why no passenger door mirror?

A 1980 300D that I will probably soon add to the stable does not have a passenger door mirror from the factory.

1. why?

2. Is it an easy retrofit. I can easily pick one up from a local boneyard if needed.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:42 PM
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Easy, easy retro-fit.

I found one on E-bay, for about 20 bucks, and it took about 20 minutes to install, including a very good cleaning of the old mirror. (1982 240D)
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:22 PM
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1. why?
because the original purchaser did not wish to pay for it.

at least in the case of my '79 cadillac, given to me by my great-aunt, the order form for the car has a check list of optional items, one of which is 'passenger side view mirror.' the 'decline' box next to it is marked. happily, she did not decline (athough i have no idea why not) the 'heavy-towing package' so it came w/ a 7.0 litre V-8. awesome engine until you have to fill it up w/ gasoline!

good luck w/ the car--
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:17 PM
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yea I agree it looks lame without a passanger mirror. Now the hard thing is to find a manual controled pass mirror since only 1982 & maybe 1981 had them. after that its electrical. But hey you can mount a electric one no prob & just adjust it by moving the mirror glass by hand.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:21 PM
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Do NOT even think about getting one without the "objects are closer than they appear" type of glass. 100% better view.....
Trust me on this one!
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'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:24 PM
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yes

i agree with all of the above. but i prob would use a manual mirror if i could find one and put the 'closer' glass in it as a retrofit.

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Old 03-06-2006, 10:41 PM
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Thanks all. I'll look for one next time I am in one of the local boneyards.
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:45 AM
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Hey - JimmyL - where does one get a side glass
that works like the "objects are closer than they appear".

For my first time ever, about two weeks ago, I drove my 300SD
with side mirror and noticed how much it totally ... did not work.
Flat simple mirror glass is horrible on the passenger side, I cannot even see
my blind spot.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:56 AM
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you should be

able to order it from your local auto glass place or your mb parts place.

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:41 AM
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Hey - JimmyL - where does one get a side glass
that works like the "objects are closer than they appear".
My solution was a little radical. I switched from an '80 wagon to an '85 wagon!!
I'm not sure of the difference in the "guts" of the two, but if you put an electric mirror over there without the power to it, you can just adjust it by hand and they really never move.
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Old 03-07-2006, 03:55 PM
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For my first time ever, about two weeks ago, I drove my 300SD
with side mirror and noticed how much it totally ... did not work.
Flat simple mirror glass is horrible on the passenger side, I cannot even see
my blind spot.
The early right side MB mirror sucks, big time. I just stuck on a big oval fisheye mirror. The old flat glass version is worthless.
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:30 PM
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yea i cant see the right side it sucks.. to think over engineer thu fuse box and skimp on the mirror
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:05 PM
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I get them at the junkyard from time to time. Got one today.
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