2008 BMW 135i: You Choose Whether the Mirrors Tilt Down in Reverse
March 26, 2009
Our long-term 2008 BMW 135i coupe will automatically tilt down its side mirrors when you put its six-speed manual gearbox in reverse. This is great when I'm parallel-parking and don't want to curb the pretty 18-inch wheels. But it's not so good when I'm backing into my carport and see the ground, instead of the stucco wall and metal pole that frame the space (and that could potentially "reshape" a 1 Series coupe).
Fortunately, auto tilt-down is not mandatory in the BMW 1 Series. If the slide switch is the left, the mirrors will automatically tilt down in reverse. But if the switch is to the right, the mirrors stay put. (The switch doesn't have a neutral position.)
As I recall, our E46 M3 also has "choose-your-own-tilt-down," but I've never noticed it in any other car. Surely, there are others, though, because this is a nifty convenience.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 19,120 miles