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Retrofitting power fold mirrors

David Martin

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Our 2003 X Type 2.5 has electric mirrors but no power (or manual) fold option and has had the drivers mirror hit three times this year breaking the entire mirror then the replacement mirror casing.

I see a lot of power fold mirrors for sale on eBay etc, is it relatively easy to retrofit these? I assume a new wiring loom either side as well as a switch pack would be required?


Thanks in advance.


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On the X-Types I've upgraded, the wiring is already in place David.

You will, of course, need two powerfold mirrors and a relay. In addition, as you surmise, a switchpack will be required, although, the non powerfold switchpack already has the switch fitted but concealed

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A little late in reply / follow up but I have only just found time to fit the "power fold" mirrors I acquired from eBay.

Swapping them over was fairly easy although I had to drill a hole for the mirror fold operating switch in the door card.

Having changed everything ...................Nothing happens in terms of folding, the replacement mirrors only adjust the glass angle and heat up.

The only thing of note is that they do fold manually (the original mirrors were fixed with no manual fold) and they also fold with very little effort, if there was a motor in there should there not be some resistance to moving by hand? The mirrors on my MB are virtually immovable until powered.

The mirrors as supplied look to be identical externally to the originals apart from being able to fold them manually, do the powerfold mirrors look different? If anyone has any part number for the normal and powerfold that would be helpful to cross-check.


Many thanks as ever.



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I don't know if this is of any help at all but; My S-type has electric folding mirrors and someone hit one at some speed a while ago folding it back against the door. After this it was very loose and would fold back and forth with very little effort and no dedent. I had to set the switch the folded position and then manually move the mirror shell about until it clicked and re-engaged with the motor mechanism. It may be worth trying a similar procedure with yours.

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Thank you and apologies for the tardy reply.

I have a second switch pack and have the same result, the fact that these mirrors fold without effort suggest no motor is fitted,I have tried 3 cars fitted with power fold mirrors (not Jaguars admittedly) and none could be folded by hand.

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Thanks, I think that the S has a very different mirror design. I am convinced the ones I obtained are manual folding only .

I have seen relays on sale for power fold mirrors, are these required for folding from the button or only for auto-fold / unfold on lock / unlock?

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