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Side View Mirror Repair Kit

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My review of this product to repair outside rear view mirrors.

Side View Mirror Repair Kit
by Vince Ciulla

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Side View Mirror Repair Kit

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail about an interesting new product on the market. The product claims to repair outside rear view mirrors that are loose or vibrate. Now I have seen cars come into my shop with mirrors that drop down whenever you hit a bump and it is most annoying.

Since it can cost anywhere from $150.00 to $650.00, and on my Mercedes $1200.00, to replace a rear view mirror, it's not a priority repair. I had a loose rear view mirror on my Nissan Van. The mirror was $180.00, my cost, and about 2.5 hours to install it. When the new mirror became loose, instead of buying a new mirror, I stuffed a piece of foam rubber behind it to keep it from vibrating.

The first car I installed the Side View Mirror Repair Kit on had a manual mirror, no remote control at all. Three different people drive the car and over time the ball and socket joint wore out to the point that the mirror would not hold position anymore. I installed the kit and now it not only holds a set position, but each driver can adjust it to his or her own preferences. If I had to replace the mirror the cost of the mirror would have been $165.00 and the labor to install it $75.00 for a total cost of $240.00.

The next car I installed the Side View Mirror Repair Kit had a cable operated remote control. I wanted to see how the cable would effect the operation of the kit. After installing it I found that the cable did not hinder the adjustment capabilities of the kit. I was still able to adjust the mirror to whatever position I wanted. The replacement cost of this mirror was $210.00 and the labor to install it would have ran another $100.00 for a total of $310.00.

I was impressed with how easy it was to install the Side View Mirror Repair Kit. It only took me about 30 minutes to install the first one and about 20 minutes to install the second one. The design is clean and simple. It's obvious a lot of thought went into it.

As with anything, it's not perfect. If, on the adjustment screws, there were a head similar to a radio tuner dial instead of a phillips head, it would be easier to adjust. There would be more to grip and, I think, more appealing to the eye. The kits I got were made in a clear plastic, if they came in some basic colors, it would help blend them in with the car. I know this can be difficult to do with about 3 bazillion different car colors, but I think basic colors such as black, white, green or red would be nice in addition to the clear for other colors.

Over all I think the Side View Mirror Repair Kit is a very good product. There is a definite need for it and it fills that need quite nicely. If you have a mirror that won't behave, then you have a need for the Side View Mirror Repair Kit. Each kit costs $11.95 plus $3.95 S&H. A bargain when compared to replacing a rear view mirror.

Side View Mirror Repair Kit
Byland Industries
P.O. Box 5661
Clark, NJ 07066
Phone: (732) 396-3824
Toll Free: (800) 579-7636
Fax: (732) 396-3759

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