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Do we have heated mirrors?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Khatsalano, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Khatsalano

    Khatsalano Member

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    Do we have heated external mirrors that come on when we hit the rear defrost button? This is my first winter coming up and this morning, the outside mirrors fogged pretty badly.

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  2. Matias

    Matias Active Member

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    Yes, they are heated.
     
  3. Cyclone

    Cyclone Cyclonic Member ((.oO))

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    Are they linked to rear defrost and/or any other button? I thought we did too, but haven't had a need for anything but windshield defrost yet, so I haven't figured out how they are activated.
     
  4. Khatsalano

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    I'm guessing it must be linked to the rear defrost button? I tried it this morning, but it was so dark out, I couldn't really tell the results before I reached my destination.

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  5. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Yes. They activate on rear defrost. You can see it on the controls screen, they light up red as you active rear window defroster. And yes, they do work.
     
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  6. Khatsalano

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    Thanks, Johan. California doesn't create many opportunities to use the feature and it's my first winter.
     
  7. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I believe there were some very early cars that didn't have them unless you also had the tech package. (This is retrieving from memory)
     
  8. cottylowry

    cottylowry 2013 Model S

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    I have an early car, SN 04531 and I"ll check -- plenty of opportunity here in Minnesota. I see that there is be a band about 1/4 inch wide around the outside edge of both side view mirrors, slightly different color than that of the center of the mirrors. Is this for the mirror heating system perhaps?
     
  9. Cyclone

    Cyclone Cyclonic Member ((.oO))

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    That is for the electrochromatic film that helps with glare. If you get someone's headlights at ahold spot, you could see that. It of the mirror not turning green while the film covered area does.
     
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    VIN #9846 no heated mirrors here.
     
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    I recall that as well. My March 2013 car has them, and they are activated along with the rear defroster. I do have the Tech Package.
     
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    As said by others, when you activate the rear defroster the mirrors gets heated. You can see them turning red in the "Cold Weather" screen if you have that package.

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    I do not have the cold weather package on my car, so no cold weather display.
     
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    Bringing this back from the dead. What a STUPID decision it was to link the REAR defroster to the FRONT mirrors. I mean, WTF? It's like the UI was designed using mad libs by someone who's never seen seasons before.

    So I went through the exercise of forgetting since last winter that the mirrors won't heat if I don't turn on the rear defrosters. UGH.
     
  15. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    My previous car had the rear defroster link to the heated mirrors. Is it different in other cars?
     
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    Everyone is waiting with baited breath for the day when the smart people in this forum are allowed to create apps that work, but until then, we are stuck with a UI that gets more user unfriendly with every new update. I drove my old jeep the last few days and it struck me how easy it was to select radio presets. I'm not even sure that radio presets even exist anymore in Teslaworld, but if they do, I'm sure they are right there, just 7 easy clicks away and one swooosh of the screen while you're driving. Grrrrrrrr. Oh but wait---we have Album Art! Done with rant. Love the car, but I leave the sound off and hum to myself instead.
     
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  17. mknox

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    Stupid decision or not, every ICE car that I have owned has worked exactly the same way. I guess Tesla just decided to emulate functionality that everyone is already familiar with.
     
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    Apparently, I've not owned "every" car before, because my previous cars had either independent buttons, or linked to wiper heat, or on automatically.
     
  19. Cyclone

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    My 2006 Toyota 4Runner had it linked to rear window defrost. My 2008 VW EOS had an independent switch. I'm cool with it either way.
     
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    Yeah, obviously I haven't driven every single car with heated mirrors... but every one I have has worked this way. In fact, when I got my Model S in the winter of 2012/2013 and my mirrors iced up for the first time, I didn't even think about it and just hit the rear defroster switch assuming (as it turns out, correctly) that this is how they worked.
     

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