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Old 03-17-2006, 11:14 AM
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Does the rear view mirror block your vision?

I find the placement of the 8's review mirror perfectly blocks my view of cars coming from the right at an intersection. I have caught myself twice heading into an intersection with a car sitting in the lanes on the right who I never saw. I have to resort to ducking down below the mirror to see if it is safe to go. I think they should have moved the mirror up and inch. Anyone else?
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:22 AM
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This is the inside mirror, right? The mirror is adjustable. Look at the arm that it is fastened to and you will see a joint in it. Push the mirror up out of the way. This has been covered several time before so a search would have provided this information.
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Never had that problem. But my spoiler blocks a lotta cars from my view. I don't usually rely on the mirrors that much anyways. I'm always turning my head to make sure.
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Are you aware the mirror is double-hinged? You can move it up a bit.

That said, I still have a little trouble seeing past it at times. Maybe move your seat lower if it's comfortable.
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Go48
This is the inside mirror, right? The mirror is adjustable. Look at the arm that it is fastened to and you will see a joint in it. Push the mirror up out of the way. This has been covered several time before so a search would have provided this information.
Thanks, I give it a try.
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:21 PM
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no, but i find that the driver's side side view to be completely blocked by the rear, driver's side cabin chassis and often have to look more than once to the mirror before changing to the left lane.. passenger's side view is fine though.
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Even pushed all the way up, I'm completely blocked looking at right-hand apexes and cross-traffic from the right. I'm getting tired of doing the gooney bird thing trying to look around the rear-view. Think I'll mount a second windshield plate above the current one and move the mirror base up that inch and a half.

Had the same problem in the 3rg gen RX-7. The Sparco Evo took care of that problem, though.

And I'm only 6'...
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:44 PM
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Hmm, never had a problem with this..

If there was no one in-front of or behind you on the left .5 seconds ago, it should be clear to your left, no?


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no, but i find that the driver's side side view to be completely blocked by the rear, driver's side cabin chassis and often have to look more than once to the mirror before changing to the left lane.. passenger's side view is fine though.
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:15 PM
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Just be 5'4 like me, you'll see under damn near everything.
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:20 PM
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^ +1 being short does have a lil something going for it.
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:22 PM
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Yes - it blocks mine

6'1" and it's too big for track days
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:13 PM
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definitely blocks mine

6'5.

The passenger mirror is the worse . Unfortunately it doesn't go out far enough for me.
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:19 PM
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i guess being 'average' height helps in this case, none of the mirrors block any views for me

i'm 5'10"
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i guess it also helps that i adjust the seats so that it is at its lowest seat height, and that i don't pull the seatback up to almost vertical...
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5'11 and don't have that problem.
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Only when I am making a right turn it does block my view some what.
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I'm 6'1", and even after adjusting the mirror and seats, it still blocks the view somewhat. I duck now to look under it. Its almost a natural habit now when i look right.
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Old 03-18-2006, 02:01 AM
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5'4" on a good day, never had a problem with the mirror
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Originally Posted by Raptor75
I find the placement of the 8's review mirror perfectly blocks my view of cars coming from the right at an intersection. I have caught myself twice heading into an intersection with a car sitting in the lanes on the right who I never saw. I have to resort to ducking down below the mirror to see if it is safe to go. I think they should have moved the mirror up and inch. Anyone else?
I dont have a prob with that mirror. I sit all they way down and all the way back. I push my mirrors all the way out and up. That way I dont have a blind spot and if I do I have to turn my head anyhow. In fact I just went out and got a bigger mirror!
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I have the same problem -- I put the seat all the way down, and back as far as it will go, and I tilt the mirror up as high as it will go, but I still can't see around it to the right. I think they just don't build cars for people who are 6' 2" tall like me :-). My Chrysler minivan has the same problem.

jwitzer, let me know if you do move your mirror up. I'd like to know how it works for you and how hard it was to do. I have the Homelink/auto dimming mirror, so it might be more complicated to move the wiring, but I plan to keep the car for a long time, so it might be worth the trouble.

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:06 PM
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most people don't know that there are two hindges, so the center rear mirror can move up quite a bit. By default, most will come with it at a very low position. I was getting into near accidents because of it.

Also the rear visibility can also be awkard - this is easily fixed by getting the bubble mirrors installed on your side mirrors. I can glance and immediately see if i'm clear to make a lane change. Just make sure your mirrors are positioned so you don't see much of your side doors, otherwise it's not angled out far enough.
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Originally Posted by mlaird
jwitzer, let me know if you do move your mirror up. I'd like to know how it works for you and how hard it was to do. I have the Homelink/auto dimming mirror, so it might be more complicated to move the wiring, but I plan to keep the car for a long time, so it might be worth the trouble.

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The wiring shouldn't be a problem. The black plastic clip that covers the wires slides up and down sufficiently to enable the move.

What I'm worried about is the new windshied mount sticking to the "tint".

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most people don't know that there are two hindges, so the center rear mirror can move up quite a bit. By default, most will come with it at a very low position. I was getting into near accidents because of it.

Also the rear visibility can also be awkard - this is easily fixed by getting the bubble mirrors installed on your side mirrors. I can glance and immediately see if i'm clear to make a lane change. Just make sure your mirrors are positioned so you don't see much of your side doors, otherwise it's not angled out far enough.
My mirror is as far up as both hinges allow. And if you can see ANY of your car in the side view mirrors, they're not out far enough. They're not there to see behind your car, but beside it. That said, I, too, have the passenger side view mirror as far out as it can go. I could use just a little bit more.
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Originally Posted by mlaird
I think they just don't build cars for people who are 6' 2" tall like me :-)
If it's any solice, they just don't build motorcycles for people who are 5'4" tall like me. (-:
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I drove my friend's uncle's and the mirror was fine for me. Of course I am only 5'6" so that might be why.
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:54 AM
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I think I found a simple and free solution. Can't believe I didn't think about this before.

I rotated my rearview mirror 180 degrees (so it's now "upside down"). I can now move the mirror up until it touches the headliner/wire track and the view is much better.

The only button I use on the mirror is the center HomeLink, so very little behavior modificaiton is needed.

When you turn your mirror, be careful to note which way would untwist rather than twist the wiring.

Of course, I still want the Sparco Evo...
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