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Old 11-12-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
LMO
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Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
non-collapsable. Anyone know if after-market, collapsable side mirrors are
available? I haven't seen them.

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Old 11-12-2005, 07:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors


"LMO" wrote...

>I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
>when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
>will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
>non-collapsable...


....or maybe selling to someone with your driving skills. Sorry, I just had
to think this after reading your message. Just how are you losing these
mirrors?

Craig


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Old 11-12-2005, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

Have to park in the street (live in Germany...very narrow lanes). Came out
yesterday morning and the driver side mirror had been knocked off,no doubt
by a driver in the night. That's pretty typical. Of course, being good, law
abiding Germans, no note was left...

"Craig" <wpyr@REMOVEMEworldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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>
> "LMO" wrote...
>
>>I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
>>when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
>>will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
>>non-collapsable...

>
> ...or maybe selling to someone with your driving skills. Sorry, I just had
> to think this after reading your message. Just how are you losing these
> mirrors?
>
> Craig
>



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Old 11-12-2005, 11:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors


"LMO" wrote...

> Have to park in the street (live in Germany...very narrow lanes). Came out
> yesterday morning and the driver side mirror had been knocked off,no doubt
> by a driver in the night. That's pretty typical. Of course, being good,
> law abiding Germans, no note was left...


Sorry to hear that. It seems that your current technique of keeping
spares--or maybe getting a different car or a different parking place--is
the only solution.

I will confess to a problem I had with my Focus shortly after buying it. I
was filling up with gas and as I walked alongside the car with it's fuel
filler door open, I brushed up against it in a way that made it want to try
to open even more than in the full open position. Well, the filler door is
all plastic so I snapped it off--the whole door! Boy, was I angry.
Amazingly, with a brass strap that I bought at a hardware store, a lot of
epoxy glue, and some tape to hold things in place as the glue dried, the
repaired door continues to hold now about four years later. Quite amazing as
the break required a sort of butt joint reattachment, not the easiest thing
to put back together for strength. I wouldn't be surprised if my repair has
given me a stronger filler door than when it was new.

Anyone else snap off a gas filler door?

Craig


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Old 11-12-2005, 19:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

"Craig" <wpyr@REMOVEMEworldnet.att.net> wrote in news:dmqdf.48228$qk4.46551
@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net:

> Anyone else snap off a gas filler door?



It's a common Focus problem. A metal replacement is available. check out:

http://www.myfordfocus.com/how-to/fueldoor.htm

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Old 11-13-2005, 03:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

In alt.autos.ford.focus LMO <lmo01'nospam'@yahoo.com>:
> I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
> when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
> will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
> non-collapsable. Anyone know if after-market, collapsable side mirrors are
> available? I haven't seen them.


Strange, side mirrors on my Focus (1999) are easily collapsible
per default.

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Old 11-13-2005, 16:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

On Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:29:26 +0100, "LMO" <lmo01'nospam'@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Have to park in the street (live in Germany...very narrow lanes). Came out
>yesterday morning and the driver side mirror had been knocked off,no doubt
>by a driver in the night. That's pretty typical. Of course, being good, law
>abiding Germans, no note was left...


Opps, sorry - I had you mistaken for someone else (an American BTW). Ignore
my previous post.
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Old 11-13-2005, 16:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

On Sat, 12 Nov 2005 14:56:05 +0100, "LMO" <lmo01'nospam'@yahoo.com> wrote:

>I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
>when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
>will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
>non-collapsable. Anyone know if after-market, collapsable side mirrors are
>available? I haven't seen them.


LMAO! Are you the same bozo that bitched how badly designed the Focus is
when he mashed his mirror into his carport a couple years back? Heh, heh
-- if you are then forget the purchase of "EXTRA" mirrors, buy some driving
lessons, pooch!

30+ years driving and have yet to come close to breaking a mirror!
(although I did have some 18 yr old in an SUV total my '03 Focus when he
ran a stop sign)
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Old 11-13-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

On Sun, 13 Nov 2005 16:44:46 -0600, Roarmeister <ebnezrvfgre2@argfpncr.arg>
wrote:

>On Sat, 12 Nov 2005 14:56:05 +0100, "LMO" <lmo01'nospam'@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>>I have had to replace both side mirrors several times. It's gotten so that
>>when I replace one, i immediately go to ebay and buy another, knowing it
>>will soon be needed. Ford really screwed the pooch making the side mirrors
>>non-collapsable. Anyone know if after-market, collapsable side mirrors are
>>available? I haven't seen them.

>
>LMAO! Are you the same bozo that bitched how badly designed the Focus is
>when he mashed his mirror into his carport a couple years back? Heh, heh


Opps, sorry - I had you mistaken for someone else (an American BTW). Ignore
my previous post.

This guy (I'm assuming, it was) started posting a couple years ago on every
Focus newsgroup and BB around complaining about his broken and limp side
mirror when he should have taken note with his bad driving skills.
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Old 11-15-2005, 02:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Non-Collapsable Side Mirrors

To original poster, you can get some focus power collapsable mirrors
from these guys in the UK

http://www.fordpartsuk.com/Merchant2...oduct_Code=FPF

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