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Both mirrors tilt!!!

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Darren, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Darren

    Darren Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Los Altos Hills, CA
    I learned something new today!

    I knew the passenger-side mirror tilts when you go reverse (after setting it when the car is in reverse), but I didn't know the driver-side does as well. I realized this when I was parallel parking on the driver-side today. I was Reversing and tilted the mirror on the driver-side to get a good look at the curb, put the car in Drive to reposition, and when I put the car back in Reverse I noticed the mirror tilted down.

    My bimmer doesn't even do that. Very cool!!!
  2. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    eh I have mixed feelings on this. I don't know if I actually like them tilting down or not. Seems unnatural to me.

    I had this feature in my Range Rover, but the software was glitchy and sometimes the mirrors would tilt up when going in reverse and tilt down when in drive. No joke. I complained about this to LR but needless to say that were just like 'oh thats weird' and thats it. One time I backed into my parking spot, and when I got back in a head home for the day I just hopped in and pulled out. It wasn't until I had to merge onto the highway that I looked at my mirrors to merge and I was like 'holy **** I can't see anything' and immediately pulled over into the shoulder and tried had to fiddle for 10 minutes to get the damn thing to 'glitch back' to the correct settings. Seriously. I put the car in reverse, they tilted up, drive they tilted down. I kept doing this over and over and over again really fast to trigger whatever bug was in the software and eventually it glitched back. After that, I found the menu settings to disable this feature and thus never used it again. I'm not saying that the Model S will have that bug, but personally I don't think I like it anyway so if there is an option to disable it I probably will.
  3. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    May 17, 2009
    You don't have to enable the feature so that is nice to have it as an option.
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Northern Virginia
    You can turn it off in the "settings" screen.
  5. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    You can turn the feature on and off. I always turn it off in my cars. I have had experiences where they tilt down, but when they come back up, they're in the wrong position. I also find that in the deep freeze of winter, they can freeze and having the little electric motor struggle and strain against a frozen mechanism is not good.
  6. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

    Jan 13, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    As others have said this is an option.

    Plus it really isn't tilt down. It is a separate memory setting for mirrors when in reverse. You can set them any way you want.
  7. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    I normally set the rear view mirrors for best blind spot coverage, which means I can't see the sides of the car.

    I've adjusted my reverse settings so that they tuck in towards the car a little, so I can now see the sides of the car - great for judging clearances. I've set them to only tilt down very slightly. This is very natural for me.
  8. dtich

    dtich #P708

    May 31, 2012
    Los Angeles
    yes, i agree, the implementation of this feature on the s is very good. both mirrors can be set independently for reverse, very helpful to have them exactly where you want them on both sides. and my experience after a month with the car is the encoding and servos work very accurately, the mirrors go to the exact spots forward and reverse each time. excellent. and almost makes me forget how nnoyed i was at not getting motorized folding mirrors.. which as it turns out i don't need nearly as much as i thought. the s is a few inches wider than my bmw and that was tight in the garage, but actually it fits just fine and i haven't had any issues...
  9. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

    Oct 7, 2011
    Portland, Maine, USA
    The "dual" feature is really great for parallel parking in places, like Boston, that have a lot of one-way streets; I parallel park at least as often on the left as on the right side of the road. I have both mirrors set (in reverse) so that I can see the curb. Don't want to have curb rash if I can help it!
  10. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

    Mar 3, 2012
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Agreed. Also helpful for backing into parking spots where you can train the mirrors to see the lines, while the camera keeps track of the concrete stop.
  11. huntjo

    huntjo Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Anyone know how to reset the auto-tilt setting in reverse? mine went away when 4.2 came and it won't seem to save the setting when I shift into reverse, adjust mirrors down and then click "save" under driver profiles. What am I doing wrong?

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