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On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018 with a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fixing a 1999 Lincoln Town Car Mirror

My mother's 1999 Town Car is equipped with the heated, electrochromatic driver side mirror.  When she got the car not long ago, the glass was rather dark, and had some strange scratch-like marks on it.  Finally, it got to the point where she could barely see anything in it.

She asked me if I could find her a new mirror.  There are lots of aftermarket mirror setups, but they would need to be painted to match the car.  I have no hands-on experience with heated mirrors, so I wasn't sure if any old used mirror glass would work, and I couldn't find used ones online anyway. 
What I ended up doing is ordering a custom cut mirror from http://www.automirrorglassonly.com/. The glass itself is made by Burco Inc, here in the good old USA.  There are lots of different items available for different cars, but all Mom wanted was a mirror she could see out of.  She didn't care if it was heated or not.  So for he car I got the simple glass overlay.
All I had to do is clean the existing mirror, affix the four self stick pads to the new glass, and apply it to the original glass.  It was a perfect fit, and you can hardly tell it isn't original.  The directions state that the heated option will still work, though not as efficiently.  Thankfully, as stated before, Mom doesn't care... So far, she is very happy with her mirror, and I am a hero.

7 comments:

  1. One of the most irritating occurrences for a driver is to lose their rear view mirror. Not lost exactly, just that it is no longer attached to the windshield.

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  2. I hate it when it happens. But thanks for the advice.

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  3. Of course, in this day of no public junk yards to go to (covered over by condos), you can no longer just go down and find a replacement yourself for cheap.

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  4. Thanks for this tips,This are helpful in case we will have the same problems for our side mirror.

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  5. One of the most irritating occurrences for a driver is to lose their rear view mirror. Not lost exactly, just that it is no longer attached to the windshield.

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  6. I'm going back and forth with the sealer where I just bought a 2004 Town Car. The driver side mirror was "burnt" looking and distorted. They replaced it with a mirror from a 2001 Town Car. To me, although the mirror works, it's noticeably smaller than the frame. They're telling me it's supposed to be and the mirror is identical in an '01 and '04. Is this true? Wouldn't the part numbers be the same?

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    1. Interesting... Thing is, I have more experience with the Vic than those years of Town Car. I've looked at some photos, and the overall size of the 2 mirrors LOOKS the same, but the shape seems different.

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