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Old 09-13-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default BD/BG cars with manual folding power sideview mirrors?

A while back - probably 3 or 4 years ago - I picked up a folding sideview mirror from a car in the junkyard. I think it was probably off an Outback, but honestly I don't remember. It's a power mirror, but as far as I can tell the folding function is just manual. Was there such a thing? I always see people advertising the power folding mirrors on Ebay and whatnot, but I don't know that I've ever seen manual folding mirrors.

Not a huge deal, I'm just curious.

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:39 PM   #2
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outback and GT have fixed mirrors. I think the LSi, LS, and maybe L have the folding ones. You'd expect it to be the other way around but I guess they did it to make the mirrors smaller and more aerodynamic.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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I thought they were on the older 95-97 cars (non outback/gt), and dropped altogether for 98-99 models.

I could be wrong though.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:21 PM   #4
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that could be. seems like my 93L had more features than my 98gt. Still can't figure out how they managed to make the cupholders worse...
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:19 PM   #5
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I thought they were on the older 95-97 cars (non outback/gt), and dropped altogether for 98-99 models.

I could be wrong though.
My understanding is that ONLY the 1995 BD/BG cars had the folding mirrors. '96-99's had the cheaper one-piece mirrors.

The idea is that with the folding mirrors is that if you bump up against something (like, say, the inside of a garage door) the mirror will fold and little or no damage will result. With the one-piece mirror, you will likely need to replace the entire mirror assembly.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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My understanding is that ONLY the 1995 BD/BG cars had the folding mirrors. '96-99's had the cheaper one-piece mirrors.

The idea is that with the folding mirrors is that if you bump up against something (like, say, the inside of a garage door) the mirror will fold and little or no damage will result. With the one-piece mirror, you will likely need to replace the entire mirror assembly.
yeah I broke one within about a month of having the car.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:23 AM   #7
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I am pretty sure that my 95 BD L has power mirrors that manually fold in.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:23 AM   #8
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My 1996 L has one piece mirrors, no power, no folding. I think the JDM legacies kept the folding mirror stuff...
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:35 AM   #9
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Huh, so looks like I must've gotten it off a '95. Since they only came on one year, that must mean it's priceless, right?
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:01 AM   #10
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Huh, so looks like I must've gotten it off a '95. Since they only came on one year, that must mean it's priceless, right?
Sure, SOA made some funny changes with that model, changed bumpers, and other random parts...
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:39 PM   #11
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Which cars had the folding NO power mirrors? Or are we saying any of the manual folding mirrors (power, no power) were from the 95 cars only?

I have a pair of the folding no power mirrors in my garage I've been meaning to take apart, just haven't had time.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:52 PM   #12
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Which cars had the folding NO power mirrors? Or are we saying any of the manual folding mirrors (power, no power) were from the 95 cars only?

I have a pair of the folding no power mirrors in my garage I've been meaning to take apart, just haven't had time.
96 and above in the US were fixed (maybe 99 had folding?), (mirror power only, to adjust aim and such)
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:34 AM   #13
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Which cars had the folding NO power mirrors? Or are we saying any of the manual folding mirrors (power, no power) were from the 95 cars only?

I have a pair of the folding no power mirrors in my garage I've been meaning to take apart, just haven't had time.
My understanding is that ONLY the lower cost Brighton models ever had the non-powered manually adjustable mirrors, so I *think* I am safe in assuming that the folding non-powered mirrors are from a 1995 Brighton.

I am of course also assuming that your folding non-powered mirrors are your basic black coloured plastic that have not been painted body colour.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:42 AM   #14
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My 95' had folding mirrors that were powered.
my 96' GT had painted power mirros non folding.
my 96' outback has power non folding.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #15
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I think we all agree that the 95 has folding mirrors (mine does). My 98 L didn't, which is consistent with the observation that it went away later.

But to add to the confusion, here is a folding mirror I took off of a 97 L:



The 97 is above, the 98 is below - you can see the change in the size of the mirror there too.

I guess they are rare, possibly 1995-only + a few other configurations. Needless to say I was pretty pissed when a lady took out my passenger mirror with her Buick. She ran into it at an angle that snapped the mirror right off of the folding mechanism. But that also is a lesson that no mirror is crash-proof
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:27 PM   #16
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I think we all agree that the 95 has folding mirrors (mine does). My 98 L didn't, which is consistent with the observation that it went away later.

But to add to the confusion, here is a folding mirror I took off of a 97 L:



The 97 is above, the 98 is below - you can see the change in the size of the mirror there too.

I guess they are rare, possibly 1995-only + a few other configurations. Needless to say I was pretty pissed when a lady took out my passenger mirror with her Buick. She ran into it at an angle that snapped the mirror right off of the folding mechanism. But that also is a lesson that no mirror is crash-proof
See, I thought some of the newer cars had folding mirrors, and they are a different shape. The mirrors I have are body colored (white).

The shape appears to be the same as the JDM power folding, they just took out the power mechanism for the US cars (at least that is what I'm assuming, cheap bastards!!).
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:31 PM   #17
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The plot thickens!

I'll have to take a look at the mirror I've got at home - I didn't realize that it was larger than the non-folding mirrors.
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #18
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I want folding mirrors!!!
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I think we all agree that the 95 has folding mirrors (mine does). My 98 L didn't, which is consistent with the observation that it went away later.

But to add to the confusion, here is a folding mirror I took off of a 97 L:



The 97 is above, the 98 is below - you can see the change in the size of the mirror there too.

I guess they are rare, possibly 1995-only + a few other configurations. Needless to say I was pretty pissed when a lady took out my passenger mirror with her Buick. She ran into it at an angle that snapped the mirror right off of the folding mechanism. But that also is a lesson that no mirror is crash-proof
Hmmm... Are you sure that the folding mirror that you took off that '97 "L" came from the factory with folding mirrors? I can't help thinking that someone replaced the original mirrors on that "L" with some that were sourced from a junk yard or similar facility.

I have no basis for calling you out on this and, in fact, I think it would be awesome if you could get folding mirrors on other year Legacys.
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Hmmm... Are you sure that the folding mirror that you took off that '97 "L" came from the factory with folding mirrors? I can't help thinking that someone replaced the original mirrors on that "L" with some that were sourced from a junk yard or similar facility.

I have no basis for calling you out on this and, in fact, I think it would be awesome if you could get folding mirrors on other year Legacys.
That is a distinct possibility!
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:39 AM   #21
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Anyone know if you can get any of the above folding mirrors with the heating option?
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Anyone know if you can get any of the above folding mirrors with the heating option?
cars101.com would be your best source of info the old legacy.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:40 AM   #23
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They are super hard to find. I had some JDM power folding heated mirrors, but one was missing glass. I had to look for a long time to find that missing glass element on this side of the pond. I guess California wasn't exactly a Subaru Outback parts Shangri-La to begin with...
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They are super hard to find. I had some JDM power folding heated mirrors, but one was missing glass. I had to look for a long time to find that missing glass element on this side of the pond. I guess California wasn't exactly a Subaru Outback parts Shangri-La to begin with...
Man, Shangri-La isn't Cali, then Florida must be a desert in the middle of no where.

Hardly anything subaru down here. Most mechanics have no idea what it is and go WTF when you pop up the hood and they go thinking it's a porsche.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:32 AM   #25
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my 96 had power, manual folding mirrors.
my 95 has power, non folding mirrors.
both cars are Legacy L wagons.
probably doesn't help anyone, but thought I'd throw that out there.
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