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Old 03-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Cant fold mirrors ?

Hey guys, so i was told i can fold my mirrors by hand on my 2011 c300 but i tried hard and i cant, they just dont fold, now i dont know how i cant do it or if its like i thought from the begining and thats that my car's mirrors dont fold and that folding mirrors only come in a premium package or something, i dont want AUTOMATED folding mirror, i just want to manually fold my mirror by hand when i leave you know. heres a picture of the bottom of the mirror:

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Old 03-03-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure they do. You can even see the hinge it turns on from your picture. You just really need to push though. But in case you have the muscle mass of the Hulk, don't push too hard :3
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
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Your mirrors should fold by hand - just be FIRM! The only mirrors that you shouldn't fold by hand are the electric version, and MB stopped those in the C class after the 2008 model year (unless I'm mistaken?).

Interesting point - the 2008 electric mirrors CAN fold forward manually (toward the front of the car), but NOT fold aft manually without damage - wierd!
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My 2010 folds out by hand but not in .
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:17 PM   #5
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it might be a little stiff but you can manually fold them in. Try lifting the hold mirror a bit while pulling in, it helps.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:12 PM   #6
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Your mirrors should fold by hand - just be FIRM! The only mirrors that you shouldn't fold by hand are the electric version, and MB stopped those in the C class after the 2008 model year (unless I'm mistaken?).

Interesting point - the 2008 electric mirrors CAN fold forward manually (toward the front of the car), but NOT fold aft manually without damage - wierd!
The mirrors, power folding or not, can be folded either direction just by pushing them. My 2008's original mirrors could be manually folded both ways and the new (not new anymore) style mirrors that I replaced them with (still power folding) are the same. But, there is no point on folding them forward because they don't fold far enough for any useful purpose.

All cars have had 2-way folding mirrors and hood ornaments for pedestrian protection for maybe thirty years.

It's US Federal law.

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #7
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well my 06 C230 didnt have folding mirrors AT ALL, the mirrors were stuck to the body of the car.

im scared to push too much on the 2011 c300 mirrors , i feel like im going to snap the mirror. i tried pushing IN towards the car and i also tried pushing OUT towards the car but none worked, even if i pushed it OUTWARDS though, what would that gain? what i want to do is to avoid someone scratching my mirror when my car is parked in the car garage you know( i park in a private building garage)
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #8
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You could always take it to the Dealer, and ask them to show you how to do it.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:16 PM   #9
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All cars have had 2-way folding mirrors and hood ornaments for pedestrian protection for maybe thirty years.

It's US Federal law.
Someone should have told GM that, when it built my 1997 Pontiac with fixed mirrors.


Yes, let the dealer show you how they fold.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:35 PM   #10
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lol too lazy to go to the dealer hehe
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:50 PM   #11
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i fold mine every time when i wash my car.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #12
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well my 06 C230 didnt have folding mirrors AT ALL, the mirrors were stuck to the body of the car.
The W203 mirrors are spring loaded and bend in both directions but spring back when released. I owned (NOT LEASED) a 2001 C320 for six years.

Pedestrian protection.
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The mirrors, power folding or not, can be folded either direction just by pushing them. My 2008's original mirrors could be manually folded both ways and the new (not new anymore) style mirrors that I replaced them with (still power folding) are the same. But, there is no point on folding them forward because they don't fold far enough for any useful purpose.

All cars have had 2-way folding mirrors and hood ornaments for pedestrian protection for maybe thirty years.

It's US Federal law.
My friend has a nissan sentra (2010) and he recently hit a pole and it broke his entire mirror housing because they didnt fold in either direction.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:04 AM   #14
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The W203 mirrors are spring loaded and bend in both directions but spring back when released. I owned (NOT LEASED) a 2001 C320 for six years.

Pedestrian protection.

ya thats what i ment, they spring back to the body, i found that funny lol but oh well
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Push it like you got a pair! They obviously fold if it has the crease and the circle hinge.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:36 PM   #16
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Someone should have told GM that, when it built my 1997 Pontiac with fixed mirrors.


Yes, let the dealer show you how they fold.

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Maybe GM doesn't care about Canadian pedestrians.
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lamonsas, are you in Canada?

Canadian 2011 vehicles have folding power mirrors.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:07 PM   #18
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Maybe you can't fold it because you aren't using premium gas! lolz Just push the mirror harder like you got a set of *****, it will fold.
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Mine is an 08 and it folds in.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:57 AM   #20
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pull up a little bit, and you could fold it. Try it again.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:27 PM   #21
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no im not from canada im in NY, and i AM Using premium gas lol the thread was to help me decide what to use and i decided to use premium as it gives me better MPG

back to the mirror problem, i tried to push it IN towards the car and it just doesnt put in, maybe its locked in the bottom or something,

can someone shoot a few second video with an iphone or something showing how much force is needed to fold them in?

and just to be sure, there is no need to have the premium 1 package or any special package for the mirrors to fold right? (cuz i dont have the p1 package)
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Did you try both sides? Just show those mirrors who's boss.

If you're so hesitant, go to the dealer for a demonstration (or call them). It has been 2-3 days since this posting. A quick dealer visit would've solved this already
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When you're pushing the mirror inward, gently lift the mirror up as this will assist in the closing of the mirror.
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Just to humor everyone, I made the video...its the old style mirros but its the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAMkFxEult4
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LOLz...My My Josh, you sure have strong thumbs!
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