How to replace BMW side view mirror Driver or Passenger

In this guide, you will learn how to change BMW side view mirror glass. A common problem with BMWs is the side mirror gets discolored over time. This is a known issue with multiple BMW including 1, 3, 5, 6 series and X1, X3, X5.

No need to spend $300+ to replace the whole mirror. The side mirror glass can be easily replaced and is an easy DIY project. To fix this problem you will need a new side mirror glass which can be purchased online for under $50. The procedure to replace side view mirror on BMWs takes less than 10 minutes. Step by step instructions can be found below or watch the video on how to do this yourself.

What you will need

  1. BMW Replacement Mirror
  2. Trim Removal Tool (Optional)
  3. Protective Gloves & Glasses

Instructions

It is strongly recommended to use gloves and glasses to avoid injuries in case the glass breaks.

  1. Move down the side mirror. bmw side mirror glass replacement guide e60
  2. Use a dashboard trim removal tool to pry the old mirror out.bmw side mirror glass removalIf you don't have a trim removal tool you can use a ruler or even a flat screwdriver. Just be careful to avoid damaging the side mirror housing. bmw e46 side mirror glass replacement bmw x5 side mirror glass replacement
  3. Remove the old BMW mirror from the side mirror housing. Handle the glass with care.   bmw e90 side mirror glass replacement bmw x5 side mirror glass
  4. Remove the two wires that connect to the mirror heating element. Pull the wires away from the mirror to remove them. bmw e46 side mirror glass removal bmw e39 side mirror glass replacement
  5. Place the replacement BMW mirror next to the side mirror housing. bmw e30 side mirror glass removal bmw e60 side mirror glass replacement
  6. Connect two electrical wires to the heating element. Orientation does not matter. how to change bmw side mirror glass how to change side mirror glass bmw e46
  7. Align the new mirror with the tabs on the housing. If you skip this step you will end up breaking the tabs on the new mirror. bmw driver side mirror glass bmw z4 passenger side mirror glass bmw e46 driver side mirror glass
  8. Press the new mirror in place until you hear it click. Ensure the new mirror is secured into the side mirror housing. Clean the new mirror glass once you are done with the repair. bmw e38 side mirror glass bmw x5 e53 side mirror glass removal

If a damaged BMW side view mirror has a heating element, it is very difficult to salvage the heating element. That's another reason why we strongly recommend that you buy a BMW side mirror glass that already has the backing plate. The new replacement mirror should have the heating installed between the glass and the backing plate.  

We recommend that you buy a mirror that has the backing plate as well. Otherwise, you will need to remove the old mirror. Heat up the glass. Remove it from the backing plate. Reuse the old backing plate. 

Notes

  • We don't recommend installing a glass by gluing it over the damaged mirror. Also, avoid universal plastic side view mirrors that you cut and glue on top of the old mirror. With these methods, you will get a very distorted and limited view.
  • When purchasing a new BMW mirror make sure it comes with the backing plate.
  • If your BMW has heated windows, make sure the new side mirror glass has an integrated circuit for a heated mirror.
  • Ensure that the new mirror matches the color of your mirror as well. 

Symptoms

  • BMW side mirror glass damaged
  • Brown discoloration on BMW side view mirror 
  • BMW side mirror rust
  • BMW side mirror discoloration
  • Cracked BMW side mirror
  • Broken BMW mirror glass

Frequently Asked Questions

Make sure the new mirror is convex and not flat. It should be similar to the original BMW mirror which has a note stating "objects are closer than they appear". That's because makes the mirror slightly convex to increase the viewing area.

 

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Yes. You can replace the mirror alone. It is a lot easier to install a new BMW that already has the backing plate. If your replacement BMW mirror doesn't have the backing plate, you will need to glue the new glass on the old backing plate.