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Old 29th April 2011, 21:29   #2011
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Guys.. somebody broke my rear view mirror. Only the mirror without even damaging the whole assembly. :(
Does anybody know the price of the mirror (its not the powered)
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Guys.. somebody broke my rear view mirror. Only the mirror without even damaging the whole assembly. :(
Does anybody know the price of the mirror (its not the powered)
Oh man, that's a bad news. The dealer will obviously ask you to replace the whole assembly and say it's not possible to replace the mirror alone. Anyways try your luck dude.

Well, if it's the assembly it might cost somewhere around 3-5k since it's not powered.
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No the assembly is intact. ( I think its someone's foul play)
Called up the part manager of the dealer.
He said if its only the mirror then its just 300 INR + labour.
I'll go to the service center and update. Fingers crossed!!
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Guys.. somebody broke my rear view mirror. Only the mirror without even damaging the whole assembly. :(
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Well, if it's the assembly it might cost somewhere around 3-5k since it's not powered.
In that case it might be a good idea to fabricate the mirror from local mirror shops. Specially "etching" experts have good precision. I am not sure if it can be done but worth a try.
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In that case it might be a good idea to fabricate the mirror from local mirror shops. Specially "etching" experts have good precision. I am not sure if it can be done but worth a try.
How is it done? Can you shed some light?
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Get the real thing. It's probably toughened, compared to anything sold for domestic use. The European cards have a mirror that covers two angles, too, to reduce blind spot. Do the Indian VWs have this?

A domestic-standard mirror, even if it can be cut and fixed, is going to shatter at the first knock. The real thing can actually take quite a lot without breaking.
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No the assembly is intact. ( I think its someone's foul play)
He said if its only the mirror then its just 300 INR + labour.

How is it done? Can you shed some light?
In that case there is no need to go for such a hassle. 300+labour is quite reasonable.
How it is done? You need to show the glass person the shape of the mirror. The broken mirror will do. That can be easily fabricated. The problem will arise with the mountings. I have fitted several customised mirrors and etchings at home from such a person and I believe he may be in a position to make these as well. BTW they are not cheap.
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No the assembly is intact. ( I think its someone's foul play)
Called up the part manager of the dealer.
He said if its only the mirror then its just 300 INR + labour.
I'll go to the service center and update. Fingers crossed!!
That's a good deal. Get it done at the dealer itself.

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Get the real thing. It's probably toughened, compared to anything sold for domestic use. The European cards have a mirror that covers two angles, too, to reduce blind spot. Do the Indian VWs have this?
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No. Indian VW's dont have this feature. Are you referring to the ones as seen in the pic? These are Aspheric Glasses. It is used to reduce the blind spot. Think Skoda and other luxury cars cars.
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No the assembly is intact. ( I think its someone's foul play)
Called up the part manager of the dealer.
He said if its only the mirror then its just 300 INR + labour.
I'll go to the service center and update. Fingers crossed!!
Sorry to know about your mirror Mikon. If you are getting the OEM mirror fitted @ just 300 INR + labour, then please go for it, without any second thoughts.

Few months back while I was returning from Nasik I had a close brush with an oncoming car (I was overtaking a bike rider with sufficient margin, however the oncoming car didnt give me any room & its mirror struck to my RHS mirror). The impact was such that my mirror shattered to pieces though the mirror body remained intact. I tried almost a month & a half visiting couple of scrap shops to hunt for the RHS ORVM glass without any luck. At last I went to TASC & fitted the OEM mirror glass for INR 447/- (no labour charges). I was getting duplicates for as low as INR 50/- (plain mirror) & INR 100/- (shaded plain mirror) from aftermarket shops. However they are not worth.
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No. Indian VW's dont have this feature. Are you referring to the ones as seen in the pic? These are Aspheric Glasses. It is used to reduce the blind spot. Think Skoda and other luxury cars cars.
Thanks. That's exactly what I mean. Disappointed to know that VW are not providing that here: it is a tiny thing that has a big impact on safety, and surely it can't cost much more than the flat glass.
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Thanks. That's exactly what I mean. Disappointed to know that VW are not providing that here: it is a tiny thing that has a big impact on safety, and surely it can't cost much more than the flat glass.
These are really useful and covers the blind spot really well. Dont think they would come out with this since this is not requested by any customers.
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Another reason to go in for OEM mirrors are they are convex. They cover a larger area than an ordinary one of the same size, apart from being automotive grade and hence toughened.
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@mikon: Sad but glad that it didn't pinch your pocket.

BTW, I bought Kagu mats today from Hot tracks. They called this morning (after I had contacted them twice, including once yesterday) and told me that a shipment of 25 mats has arrived and I can come over and buy one. It cost me 4600 bucks. The mats look great and fit the floors to the tee - I was told that they are specially made for the Vento. I can now sleep peacefully without bothering about how dirty the beige floor can get

The next upgrade I'm looking for is parking sensors. I got the following quotes from various sources: 3950 by VW Downtown, 3700 by Hot tracks and 2800 by Carnation. I'm sure about the dealer, these quotes don't include the cost for painting the sensors in body color (Carnation charges another 300 bucks for that). I may most likely go with Carnation, sometime in the coming week.

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What? You didn't get beige mats?

I've only seen those mats on this site: they look great and very convenient and easy to tip the crud out of.
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Well, I guess that is as good as the sort illustrated above.
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Salesman: Each bumper costs 40K
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Is it possible to get the spare costs list and share it here?

There are few other spares which got replaced by owners in this forum were not that high..hence a confirmation on this would be really helpful.

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