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Not So Simple Mirror Replacement

Ted Kell
10/16/2012  
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twk
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The Replacement
twk   10/17/2012 1:31:44 AM
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The on line purchased mirror was the exact Nissan part number (verified at the dealer) and it came in a Nissan labeled box.  On line it was about 40% less than at the dealer even with shipping.  My job was in every way exactly the job that the Nissan service technician would have done except he would have had a couple of special tools to remove panels a bit easier than I did.  I still think the designer traded manufacturability for serviceability.

NadineJ
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dealer vs aftermarket?
NadineJ   10/16/2012 11:51:41 AM
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I knocked my driver's side mirror off while backing out of my garage a few years ago.  My Nissan is wide; My garage door is narrow.  I only have about 3" clearance (1.5" in each side).

I got a new mirror at the dealer.  They said I wouldn't be able to do it myself and offered to charge me $175 to attach the $70 mirror.  I declined.

Of course there were no instructions and I decided to make a point and replace it in their parking lot.  It took 5 minutes.  No issues.

It sounds like you were really frustrated but don't take it out on the designer.  If the part was from the dealer, it was designed to fit easily.  If it was aftermarket, there's no guarantee.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Simple fix-it jobs a thing of the past
Jennifer Campbell   10/16/2012 7:50:28 AM
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So, it seems that the author, who likely paid more to have an adjustable side view mirror in his vehicle, is being put out because the complicated fix was caused by the stationary (read cheap) version of the same mirror. Is that what this problem comes down to?

 

Beth Stackpole
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Simple fix-it jobs a thing of the past
Beth Stackpole   10/16/2012 7:21:59 AM
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Increasingly, it appears that no seemingly small fix-it job is a simple task any more. Thanks for sharing your story and lucky that you have the diligence and patience to stick it out despite running into some bumps along the way. Definitely would have been a sizeable repair bill had you relied on the shop to do the mirror replacement.

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