Alternative interior rear view mirror

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Alternative interior rear view mirror

Post by ThomasD » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:33 am

My Mk2 Scirocco Storm's interior rear view mirror had gotten quite bad. The ball socket on the back of the mirror was so cracked that it barely stayed on.

The original part (447 857 511 01C) is NLA from VW, and at least where I am, its hard to find a used one - some of the used ones have exactly the same problem as mine.

I found a very close replacement part from a Cabriolet that is more easily available (new from VW Heritage, and on eBay): 811 857 511 01C. This mirror uses the exact same mounting arm, so it engages the plate on the screen with the allen screw and it locates the mirror in the same place as the original. The mirror itself is almost identical in shape and size - not quite - but very close. I installed the replacement today and can once again drive without fear of a mirror flying around the interior of my car :-)

Update: It seems Mk2 Sciroccos have two different types of rear view mirrors, both of which mount to the windscreen. My MY1984 has a mount about 3" from the top of the windscreen. The arm drops the mirror lower, and has the ball socket on the rear of the mirror. Other Mk2 Sciroccos have the windscreen mount lower - about 6" from the top of the windscreen, and the arm is pretty much level. The mirrors are different and not inter-changeable.

Another update: The Mk3 Golf mirror can also be good, inexpensive alternative for the cars with the ball socket on the rear of the mirror and the higher mount (see more details in the post below).
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Re: Alternative interior rear view mirror

Post by mark1gls » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:22 pm

Thanks for letting us know, I know my brother is looking for a mirror for his mk2, just hope he does not steal mine from my golf! :hugegrin:


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Re: Alternative interior rear view mirror

Post by ThomasD » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:28 pm

I was also able to get the Mk3 Golf rear view mirror to fit. This mirror is a little more rectangular in shape, but it works perfectly, and it's pretty easy to find an inexpensive used mirror in good shape in a breaker's yard.

There is a slight trick - in order to use the Scirocco mounting arm, you need to snap the mirror off the Golf's mounting arm, and then use a small screw driver to remove the metal ring around the ball socket on the rear of the mirror. If you don't do this, the Scirocco arm won't fit into the back of the mirror. If you remove the ring, it snaps in nicely.

(This applies to Sciroccos with the "higher" windscreen mounted mirrors and the mirror arm which drop down). On these cars, the mount on the windscreen is roughly 3" from the top of the windscreen.)


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