2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Missing Red Clown Nose

February 27, 2009

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I was driving our 2002 BMW M3 around last night when I noticed that that red clown nose dimmer switch was missing from the rearview mirror. So, yeah, couldn't dim the headlights of all those motorists I left behind in the dust. Heh.

The mirror looks so sad without that red button that I did a quick search online just to see how much it would be to replace an E46 rearview mirror with dimmer. There seemed to be a wide range of choices with a wide range of prices, from the 99-cent one (opening bid) I found on eBay to the $50 defective leaky one (also on eBay) to a $300 oval mirror found on an M3 forum.

Haven't brought this up with the key keepers yet but in all honesty none of the other editors even noticed the dimmer was missing.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 68,308 miles

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