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      01-18-2022, 07:47 AM   #1
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Even after a few months, I have to wonder why when I look at my vehicle with mirrors folded in, the driver side mirror isn't folded in as much as the passenger side. Is this by design? Just would think the mirrors would fold in symmetrically.
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Left and right side mirror are not symmetrical.
LHD car's right side mirror has more inward angle than left side.
Vice versa for RHD.
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Left and right side mirror are not symmetrical.
LHD car's right side mirror has more inward angle than left side.
Vice versa for RHD.
Why would they not fold in symmetrically? It looks as if the driver side mirror is stuck when looking at it compared to passenger side mirror
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Left and right side mirror are not symmetrical.
LHD car's right side mirror has more inward angle than left side.
Vice versa for RHD.
Why would they not fold in symmetrically? It looks as if the driver side mirror is stuck when looking at it compared to passenger side mirror
That's because of the angles.
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Left and right side mirror are not symmetrical.
LHD car's right side mirror has more inward angle than left side.
Vice versa for RHD.
Why would they not fold in symmetrically? It looks as if the driver side mirror is stuck when looking at it compared to passenger side mirror
That's because of the angles.
Are you referring to what I'm referring to? I'm talking about when you lock the doors and the mirrors fold in
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Are you referring to what I'm referring to? I'm talking about when you lock the doors and the mirrors fold in
Checked my mirrors earlier and concur with Ben's assessment.

Mirror refers to the shell body and not the reflective element.

When the car is locked and the mirrors folded in, the drivers door mirror angle to the car is greater than the passenger side's angle to the car. Thus appearing to not have completed it's folding in process, and stuck in transition.

However when the mirrors are unfolded in the driving position, the driver's door mirror angle to the car is greater than the angle of the passenger door mirror to the car by a few degrees.

So both mirrors when folding cover the same distance but the drivers door mirror starts from further out / a greater angle to the car.

Imagine the drivers door mirror when unfolded is 90 degrees to the car and the passenger door mirror 75 degrees to the car. Both mirrors fold covering 45 degrees , their folded angle to the car is therefore 45deg-drivers mirror & 30deg-Passenger mirror

Interesting observation X3MCRN .. I probably would not have noticed I am keen to see the 3D Camera View from above now, to see if the angle of each mirror is noticeably different, from a birds eye view

Clever thinking that ,, obviously the glass mirror element only has a finite angle of which it can move through. In order to have both glass surfaces pointing backwards just catching the side of the car and as much blind spot either side , I have always found on previous cars to get the best rear view back down the drivers side the mirror is pretty much hard up against its max outward adjustment ... this solution actually resolves that problem This obviously depends on your driving position , the further back your seat the more the problem is exaggerated
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As to why the drivers mirror does n't go that extra few degrees with its folding process, and match the folded position of the passenger mirror , ...? same motor , same mechanism , same travel, therefore less build cost. ?
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As to why the drivers mirror does n't go that extra few degrees with its folding process, and match the folded position of the passenger mirror , ...? same motor , same mechanism , same travel, therefore less build cost. ?
Well said.

I think the reason being is appearance.
With the housing being the same angle, the glass will protrude and have gap.
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Are you referring to what I'm referring to? I'm talking about when you lock the doors and the mirrors fold in
Checked my mirrors earlier and concur with Ben's assessment.

Mirror refers to the shell body and not the reflective element.

When the car is locked and the mirrors folded in, the drivers door mirror angle to the car is greater than the passenger side's angle to the car. Thus appearing to not have completed it's folding in process, and stuck in transition.

However when the mirrors are unfolded in the driving position, the driver's door mirror angle to the car is greater than the angle of the passenger door mirror to the car by a few degrees.

So both mirrors when folding cover the same distance but the drivers door mirror starts from further out / a greater angle to the car.

Imagine the drivers door mirror when unfolded is 90 degrees to the car and the passenger door mirror 75 degrees to the car. Both mirrors fold covering 45 degrees , their folded angle to the car is therefore 45deg-drivers mirror & 30deg-Passenger mirror

Interesting observation X3MCRN .. I probably would not have noticed I am keen to see the 3D Camera View from above now, to see if the angle of each mirror is noticeably different, from a birds eye view

Clever thinking that ,, obviously the glass mirror element only has a finite angle of which it can move through. In order to have both glass surfaces pointing backwards just catching the side of the car and as much blind spot either side , I have always found on previous cars to get the best rear view back down the drivers side the mirror is pretty much hard up against its max outward adjustment ... this solution actually resolves that problem This obviously depends on your driving position , the further back your seat the more the problem is exaggerated
I'm pretty OCD so sometimes it annoys me to see it look asymmetrical. I never really looked to see if the mirror housings were asymmetrical in the unlocked/unfolded position.
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Are you referring to what I'm referring to? I'm talking about when you lock the doors and the mirrors fold in
Checked my mirrors earlier and concur with Ben's assessment.

Mirror refers to the shell body and not the reflective element.

When the car is locked and the mirrors folded in, the drivers door mirror angle to the car is greater than the passenger side's angle to the car. Thus appearing to not have completed it's folding in process, and stuck in transition.

However when the mirrors are unfolded in the driving position, the driver's door mirror angle to the car is greater than the angle of the passenger door mirror to the car by a few degrees.

So both mirrors when folding cover the same distance but the drivers door mirror starts from further out / a greater angle to the car.

Imagine the drivers door mirror when unfolded is 90 degrees to the car and the passenger door mirror 75 degrees to the car. Both mirrors fold covering 45 degrees , their folded angle to the car is therefore 45deg-drivers mirror & 30deg-Passenger mirror

Interesting observation X3MCRN .. I probably would not have noticed I am keen to see the 3D Camera View from above now, to see if the angle of each mirror is noticeably different, from a birds eye view

Clever thinking that ,, obviously the glass mirror element only has a finite angle of which it can move through. In order to have both glass surfaces pointing backwards just catching the side of the car and as much blind spot either side , I have always found on previous cars to get the best rear view back down the drivers side the mirror is pretty much hard up against its max outward adjustment ... this solution actually resolves that problem This obviously depends on your driving position , the further back your seat the more the problem is exaggerated
I'm pretty OCD so sometimes it annoys me to see it look asymmetrical. I never really looked to see if the motor housings were asymmetrical in the unlocked/unfolded position.
It doesn't annoys you with it is unfolded?
Because they are asymmetrical too.
Passenger side have more inward angle than the driver side.

Also, this will bother your OCD-ness too.
Your driver side headlamp is aiming toward the passenger side while the passenger side is aiming straight.
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Take this as a funny aside…but if the asymmetry of your folded mirrors bother you…don’t look at your testicles…or your female companions breasts…because those body parts aren’t symmetrical either. And don’t look at your hands and feet either.

Some of us figured out awhile ago about the different side mirror angles. As mentioned you can’t swap the mirror housings for LHD & RHD because the have different part nbrs based on how they are mounted to give the driver a specific viewing angle.
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