Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 07:52:05 +0000 (UTC) From: "Saabtech" <saabtechnopsamnnect.com> Subject: Re: Looking for a LH wide-angle mirror
"Joe Gugliemino" <jgoogsnopsamteme.charter.net> wrote in message news:3FA2130A.4000800nopsamteme.charter.net... > I bought a used 2000 9-3 SE a few months ago. Great car, I'm enjoying it > a lot. One issue I have is that the drivers side (LH) rearview mirror > does not angle out far enough to eliminate a blind spot. I've > temporarily fixed the problem with a $0.99 fish-eye stick-on mirror from > Wal-Mart. It looks lousy, but it does the job. > > I thought about ordering a UK passenger side mirror to replace my > driver's side mirror. Then I'd have wide-angle mirrors on both doors. I > went to a dealer (Acton Saab, Acton MA) and asked about getting a > wide-angle mirror for the driver's side. The parts manager gave me a > line about how the wide-angle mirrors not the same size/shape and that > I'd have to order the whole housing assembly and it'd be $5-600 just for > parts. Then to install it they'd have to take the door apart and it'd be > a couple hundred more. At that point my $0.99 solution was looking > pretty good, if a bit ugly. > > I dropped an email to saab.com and sent me a 1-line reply saying there's > no difference in size. I wish they were a little more detailed, but I > take that to mean that I can pop a wide-angle UK LH mirror into my US LH > mirror housing. Has anybody else tried this? > > If you can swap them, then the next thing I need to do is order the > part. I found PartsForSaabs on the web, and they have the mirror (Part > Number 4818050: 9-3 98'-02' & NG900 94'-98' LH door mirror glass (Wide > Angle)) for $84 + $10 shipping. That's still pretty steep. I'm wondering > if anybody has a pointer to a less expensive parts supplier. I found a > link for UK junkyards where I could post my request. I got another $100 > quote and no other leads. > > So I'm wondering if anybody over in the UK might have alternative ways I > can hunt down a mirror. Maybe I'm being unrealistic, but I'd like to > keep it under $50, including shipping. Any help you could provide would > be appreciated. > > -- > - Joe > > (To respond directly, remove the 'deleteme' from my address) The UK mirror housing is the same shape, but the housing is set at a different angle so therefore the effect would be the same as trying to look out of the drivers mirror sitting in the passenger side. As the mirror glass is not made by anyone else as a pattern part and the UK retail price for a glass is £50.00, I think you are being a trifull optomistic about getting one for $50.00. A complete mirror is over £300.00 and good second hand ones are fetching £100.00.Fitting the mirror on a 93 takes 5 minuets, Regards Tom.