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Old 12-07-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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E46 sedan or E39 side mirror: transplant to E46 coupe

I have been interested in replacing my side mirrors on my 2004 330Ci, and instead of going the M3 route, I would like to go back to my roots. I always loved the small square mirrors that were on my mother's E39 sedan, and when I purchased my E46, a transplant to at least the E46 sedan side mirrors caught my interest. My question is, what type of wiring information is out there / other helpful resources that might make this project a success?
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The coupe mirrors are much better than the sedan. If you are going to change your mirrors out then obviously the OEM M3 mirrors will work better with the coupe design...

Placing the sedan mirrors will not look right on your coupe and you will end up with alot of as a result.

Either way, it's your car and you are free to do with what you want but I would recommend you keep things classy unless you don't care what your car looks like or comments you will get from other bimmer owners...
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:32 PM   #4
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There are I think 2 or 3 different types of connectors on the e46 mirrors alone (and i think it depends on year).

If you insist on putting the mirrors from the e39 on your car I'd get the mirrors first and then determine the connector type and work from there.

As far as coupe mirrors go - I don' have anything against the "sonic the hedgehog mirrors" on my coupe but I wouldn't go out of my way to add them to something.
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Ouch! I'm getting killed out here! Thanks for the help though guys, I'll look into this further and make a decision as I work on the car this winter
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:29 PM   #6
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In addition to the wiring concerns, the physical fitment is different. There's a thread around here somewhere about grinding down the base of the M3 mirrors to fit on the sedan, which implies that the base of the sedan mirror won't fit properly on the door of the coupe... not easily anyway.

[Edit] After a bit of searching:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=671756

As far as cosmetics, do what you think looks good, and tell the haters it's time to go home and put some alpo in their momma's food bowl.

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