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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old February 8th, 2018, 10:34   #16
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5% rear tint means I never adjust my mirror for bright headlights.
I did not drive my Passat long before I added tinting on all five windows, maybe the rear window being tinted makes a big difference for the auto-dimming.
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Old June 27th, 2018, 07:38   #17
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I just picked up a recirculated 2015 Passat SE with sunroof pkg and 20k miles yesterday. I was surprised that it did not have the auto dimming rv mirror. The 2015 brochure shows it as a standard feature on the TDIs. I had it on my 09 Jetta TDI (sold back) and loved it. Is it possible that mine came with it originally and that the original owner swapped it out?

The car does have tinted windows, but we had the rear tint removed by the dealer before we bought because they did such a crappy job it was like looking through smeared Vaseline in the rear view. I think that is why I didn't notice the std mirror on the test drive...

If so, then the electrical hookup should be under the cowling and I could put a stock auto mirror up there?
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Old June 27th, 2018, 10:38   #18
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I do not think it was standard on all TDI's for the 2015 model year. I think 2015 was another de-contenting year.

My 2015 Passat SE does not have it either. (Earlier when I commented, I had a 2014 SE which did have it).
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Old June 28th, 2018, 06:21   #19
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Our 15 SEL has auto dimming
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Old June 28th, 2018, 11:21   #20
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I was also surprised to find that my 2015 doesn't have auto-dimming, since my 2013 had it. Anyone know if it's easy to swap the mirrors? I haven't turned in my 2013 yet, and I'm one of the ones who like the auto-dimming feature.
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Old June 28th, 2018, 16:13   #21
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IMHO, the VW auto dimming mirrors do not work very well. Three NMS Passats now, two of those driven a bit before tinting, and they didn't work well before either. On the other hand, the Chevy's I've had with auto dimming mirrors work great, and my Silverado the driver's exterior mirror dims based on the rate of the dimming of the internal review mirror. I'd really like to know if the new upscale mirror for the Passats and Jettas works any better.

There is something I'm willing to try though, putting some sort of filter on the daylight sensor on the mirror. There is a sensor on the front facing side that sees how bright things to decide if dimming is active or not. The sensor on the rear facing side picks up light, and the brighter that is the darker the mirror goes, if the front sensor things things are dark. I've played with it some in the daylight, and the mirror can get really dark. I'm not driving enough at night now to think much about it though. In a couple months I'll probably revisit this problem.
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Old June 29th, 2018, 10:55   #22
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I do not think it was standard on all TDI's for the 2015 model year. I think 2015 was another de-contenting year.

My 2015 Passat SE does not have it either. (Earlier when I commented, I had a 2014 SE which did have it).
That's interesting. The PDF of the 2015 Passat brochure shows it as std on all TDI models...
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Old July 7th, 2018, 18:13   #23
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Do the mirrors actually leak fluid?


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Old August 18th, 2018, 16:47   #24
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After having my car about two weeks I'll say for certain, the auto-dim feature is not that great.

I'd rather have the dumb manual mirror.

My 05 Merc has auto dimming rear view and outside mirrors. They work well. The Audis probably work well, too.

High end features for a low end budget doesn't always pan out.
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You have to add blinker fluid once every two years!
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there is an electrical controled fluid in the mirror, that if "broken" can crack and leak or cause splotcheness. we had good luck with our '12 TDI SE and so far so good on our '15 Passat and '17 Alltrack
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Bit of a threadjack, but I recently had my windshield replaced and the tech couldn't seem to get the plastic cover over the rear view mirror mount to reconnect completely (the part that covers the "arm" of the mirror, to where it meets the windshield). It's technically on, but it's easy to see where the clasp is 1/4" from completion.

Anyone know how to properly close this? I've tried squeezing it shut, but it's not wanting to cooperate...
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What car is this on? 2010 jetta? or a Passat?
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Sorry, 2015 Passat NMS
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they prob broke some clips or something
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