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Subject: Re: Repair Before Trade-in? Date: 11/7/2012 12:37 PM
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I finally got to see the damage.The mirror housing was torn off the base.The base was separated from the door itself.There is a 1 1/2 inch plastic chunk out of the front,7 a lot of the paint is gone.

I didn't worry about re-establishing motor control over the mirror.I superglued the mirror to the base,then the base to the door.
Had two long streams of superglue that ran down the side of the door (oops)


I agree with milligram that an ugly repair may be worse than no repair. You didn't mention any damage to the door itself. It doesn't matter that the base is broken. A new third party or used OEM mirror will have the base attached to the mirror. The base is attached with one or more bolts that are assessable from inside the car. The wires on the mirror have a snap connector that connects to the wires in the door. There is no splicing involved. The motor is in the replacement mirror so connecting the wires re-establishes motor control from the driver's seat. It is about a 15 minute replacement job. I'd rate the difficulty at about a 2 on a scale of 10. Unpainted third party mirrors are around $50 for your car. You could probably find a painted one like I did for my Camry. Or a painted OEM from a salvage yard is an option.

Either trade in the car as is or do the inexpensive repair. I still think you should keep the car.

PSU
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