Last month, Mr. BFS accidentally clipped a black, full-sized trash can that was in the street at night with his 2007 Toyota Prius. He thought he had veered enough to miss it, but the trash can thought differently. It was hit with the back side of the mirror, which smacked it into the passenger side window, which cracked the mirror all to hell like you see below. I was surprised as all hell the window seems okay.
Dealing with a Broken Mirror – DIY Car Repair
The first thing we did was jump online to see what sort of monetary hit we were going to take. We would need a whole new passenger side mirror panel with adjustable mirror options.
Based on other people’s experiences in our area, I found that a mechanic would charge around $250-$300 to replace the mirror panel. Ouch. A friend and I then started looking around just for the part itself online. We found generic brands that cost around $30-$50 and the certified Toyota part was around $90-$120.
The main difference was that the generic part would come in all black. My husband’s mirror backing is silver. So I asked Mr. BFS if he’d care. He was worried about making it harder to resell the car in the next 2 years as planned but didn’t care personally. So I took a shot and ordered a generic mirror from a seller on Ebay that arrived in less than a week.
Changing the Backing of a Passenger Side Mirror – DIY Car Repair
After reading all of the Amazon reviews on the generic mirror panel, I came to the conclusion that I could attempt to change out the black back on the generic mirror with my husband’s silver one since it still looked fine.
I popped off the black backing using a kitchen butter knife, popped the old silver backing on instead, and we had a new mirror panel ready to go!
Installing a 2007 Toyota Prius Passenger Side Mirror Panel – DIY Car Repair
That was all the easy parts. Replacing the mirror panel itself ended up being a slight pain that took about 45 minutes. My hubby looked up a YouTube video on changing it out, followed each step perfectly for 10 minutes until he had to re-pop on the side panel stuff to the car door after the mirror panel was successfully installed (that part was really easy), and then the car’s age made things a little difficult.
Two of the plastic latches that you have to pop back into place were aged and brittle and just broke off. So the passenger side car’s interior panel is not snugly fit back into place perfectly. But it had enough plastic latches left to at least securely fasten it. Now that I’ve ridden in it as a passenger several times for more than a month, I can honestly say that it isn’t noticeable at all. Yay!
So hubby has a working passenger-side mirror for a grand total of about $35 instead of $250-$300. He says the only difference between it and the old one is the mirror’s reflection seems to be slightly different. But nothing awful. He just has to remember that objects in that mirror are closer, but not quite as close as the used to appear. 😉
So now I know how to replace a 2013 Honda Fit air filter and a 2007 Toyota Prius passenger side mirror panel. Woot!
What car repairs have you done yourself?