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From digest.v7.n1114 Wed Feb 11 11:47:35 1998
From: Peter B. <>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 00:28:20 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: <ALL> Wide Angle Rear View Mirrors

Hey Ray:

Congratulations! You just described the "Blindzone/Glare Elimination Setting" (BGE Setting) perfectly. It adds about 15 degrees of blindzone reduction on each side of the car and gives, as you stated perfectly, "about the maximum amount of rear viewing area in a panorama from one side of the vehicle to the other."

Take it easy,


> From: "Barber,Ray E" <>
> Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 11:29:06 -0800
> Subject: Re: <ALL> Wide Angle Rear View Mirrors
> - --------- original message ----------
> From: Peter B <
> <> >
> Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 14:45:20 -0800 (PST)
> Subject: Re: Wide Angle Rear View Mirrors
> Paul:
> You are right on the money. The "Blindzone Setting" is as you describe.
> It is typically set with the driver sitting straight and looking
> forward, the two outside mirrors are adjusted so that the sides of the
> car are just visible. It does lead to the problems you describe.
> The "Blindzone/Glare Elimination Setting" is also as you describe. I
> really didn't want to state how to do it in my letter since I think one
> should read the technical paper to fully understand the setting. It
> takes time to get used to and is a bit nerve-racking at times, but you
> eventually get used to it and it works wonderfully in almost every
> situation (though not ALL situations).
> Basically you turn the field of view of each outside mirror outward by
> about 15 degrees from the Blindzone Setting. To do this, while sitting
> in the driver's seat, lean your head until it touches the side window,
> then adjust the mirror until it just shows the side of the car. For the
> passenger side mirror, while again sitting in the driver's seat, lean
> your head until it is just between the two front seats and then adjust
> the passenger mirror to just see the side of the car. Keep in mind now
> that the inside rear view mirror is your PRIMARY mirror and the other
> two are your secondary mirrors.
> Again, I suggest getting the paper to fully understand what is going on.
> (Technical Paper 950601, (412) 776-4841 ext 7344)
> Later,
> Peter
> P.S. I didn't know European BMW's had wider angle side mirrors. Are
> both mirrors wider? Is this true on the E36's?

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