Aspheric Wide Angle Side Mirror(s) Glass Install/Exchange:
NOTE: Perform these steps at your own risk. All P/N's listed are a "best guess", so please double-check with your local dealer.
The inboard 3/4 of the aspheric mirror is straight glass and the outboard 1/4 is convex to peer into the blind spot. These are direct replacements for the OEM mirrors and they are heated. You can installed BMW Euro aspheric mirrors on both sides to reduce the blind spot created by the large B and C-pillars.
The supplied BMW instructions are detailed, so please read them carefully for supplemental information.
Purchase one or two of the following (fits both sides):
P/N 51 16 8 119 724 Aspheric mirror glass [pre-9/97] (pictured Below)
P/N 51 16 8 250 438 Aspheric mirror glass [9/97+]
Popsicle stick or wooden spoon
Towel for padding
1. Carefully pop out the old mirror and unplug the 2 heating element wires (see arrows). The basic procedure is to angle the mirror into the upper inside corner, and while maintaining pressure, use a safe prying tool (popsicle stick or wood spoon) to pry the opposite corner outwards. Wrap the tool with a t-shirt or towel for protection.
2. Plug the heating wires into the new mirror (I'm not sure if polarity matters). Line up the clips on the back of the mirror with the lugs on the motor assembly, and carefully press inwards till it snaps into place.
It takes some time to get used to the different perspective, but you'll probably enjoy it!