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      01-27-2013, 12:55 AM   #45
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I had a 2006 325i before my 2013 X3 and the auto dimming feature was much better on the 325i. The side mirrors on the X3 barely dim at all. I thought that maybe they were defective until I read that others have had the same problem. It would be less of an issue if the front windows were tinted to match the other windows. Somewhat related question...does anyone know why SUV's typically don't have the driver/passenger windows tinted? I was thinking of having it done but didn't know if it was some weird state law or something. I figured that would solve the blinding lights in my barely dimming side mirrors.
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      01-27-2013, 08:56 AM   #46
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I had a 2006 325i before my 2013 X3 and the auto dimming feature was much better on the 325i. The side mirrors on the X3 barely dim at all. I thought that maybe they were defective until I read that others have had the same problem. It would be less of an issue if the front windows were tinted to match the other windows. Somewhat related question...does anyone know why SUV's typically don't have the driver/passenger windows tinted? I was thinking of having it done but didn't know if it was some weird state law or something. I figured that would solve the blinding lights in my barely dimming side mirrors.
The reason the fronts are not tinted is because of the law. Each state has a law on how dark you can go on the front windows. If the front matches the back you will be illegal in most states and you will get pull over and fined and take the tins off. Check with your state and see how dark they allow the front windows to be tinted.
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I had a feeling that was the case. Thanks for the heads up. I will check it out today.
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Every state is different, and you'd be surprised. CT allows you to have up to 35% on the front, yet neighboring states like NY (75%) and RI (75%) differ vastly. MA has 50%. The weird thing is that the South doesn't always have darker tint laws.

Most reputable tint companies know the tint level for your state/region
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Any solutions found? When I shine a flashlight thru the sensor in the rear view mirror, only the right side view mirror dims. The driver side does not? Is there a fuse or coding required?
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You can purchase the Euro mirrors which have stronger dimming. They are also curved so it gets rid of your blindspots so that could help.
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I have the Euro mirrors. My problem is the driver side does not dim when tested. The problem might not be the mirrors because this is my 2nd replacement. Passenger side works fine.

Any fuse or coding I could check?
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I had a 2006 325i before my 2013 X3 and the auto dimming feature was much better on the 325i. The side mirrors on the X3 barely dim at all. I thought that maybe they were defective until I read that others have had the same problem. It would be less of an issue if the front windows were tinted to match the other windows. Somewhat related question...does anyone know why SUV's typically don't have the driver/passenger windows tinted? I was thinking of having it done but didn't know if it was some weird state law or something. I figured that would solve the blinding lights in my barely dimming side mirrors.
Interestingly, I found the same thing as others on this board. However, I got a software update last year because the brake wear indicator algorithm was going haywire. The new full software flash at that time updated the brake wear algo but also resulted in my auto-dimming mirrors now working really well and as expected.

I suggest going to the dealer and getting them to flash your software to latest version.
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