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Distorted drivers side side mirror?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by mbae, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Nov 29, 2018 at 11:41 AM
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    mbae

    mbae [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I purchased my Tacoma about 2 and a half weeks ago and it seems that my drivers side side mirror may be distorted as my eyes seem to have a hard time adjusting to it and makes them hurt, like the feeling when you get a new pair of glasses. I gave it some time thinking my eyes would eventually adjust to it but it doesn't seem to get any better. Has anyone else had this issue? I also noticed that my drivers side mirror doesn't have a sticker on the bottom that says 'Objects may seem closer than they appear' but my passenger side does. Could it possibly be an aftermarket side mirror they put on?
     
  2. Nov 29, 2018 at 11:44 AM
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    It's the same problem for my 1st Gen. No answer to give you.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2018 at 12:03 PM
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    I almost posted about this!

    I don't know if it's the shape of the Tacoma but when I try to reverse park and check the side mirrors, it always appears that I'm a bit crooked. But checking the camera everything looks okay and verified when I actually come out and check.

    The thing that has me thinking it might be normal is that both mirrors appear to have the same type of crookedness.

    And if I recall whenever I park my wife's car, I always have the same issue where it doesn't appear that it's in straight but actually is.

    And noticed how cars appear distorted in the drivers side mirror in the Tacoma as well.

    When I searched about this, I found this post (https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/driver-side-mirror-distortion.292568/) from a while ago where it looks like the dealer verified and replaced the mirror.

    But other then that, if you look at the Google suggestions when you type in the search there will be suggestions about concave (convex?) mirrors.

    So am not sure if this is normal and a feature of new cars now.
     
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  4. Nov 29, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    very interesting thanks. I also do notice the same thing as you when backing up the car where it appears the lines are crooked lol
     
  5. Nov 29, 2018 at 4:19 PM
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    Sgrif513

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    So far I haven't noticed this problem. However I do notice that the mirror and the camera seem a little bit out of alignment.
     
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  6. Nov 30, 2018 at 10:48 AM
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    I guess one thing that might be worth noting is that based off the sticker it looks like my truck was originally delivered to the Toyota dealership in Howard County MD. Which might not be too far from where you got your truck if you're in Baltimore. So hopefully our trucks weren't part of a bad run or anything.

    There were some other posts on other forums or sites about the mirrors possibly being on loose or not put on properly.

    Either way probably wouldn't hurt to ask the dealership about it when bringing in the truck for the complimentary service.

    Also I'm not sure the level of distortions we're talking about. I think most of the time the view in the mirror looks okay. I think I notice it most when I'm going around a bend or curve and look at the car next to me. Which is when I first noticed it and it was pretty bad/surprising. At similar angles, if I look at another spot of the mirror the image looks pretty clear. Which is why I think there is a curve to the mirror and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way. If yours is really bad, maybe try to adjust it so that you get that "good spot" of the mirror in your primary view.
     
  7. Nov 30, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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    Ronzio

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    Objects in mirror are closer than they appear...is only on the passenger side.
     
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  8. Nov 30, 2018 at 11:09 AM
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    I also have this problem on my new '19. Not the biggest deal, but it is a weird sensation for sure. I'm in Georgia FWIW.
     
  9. Nov 30, 2018 at 11:11 AM
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    what color is your truck? is it cement??? I ask because there was one at the dealership in Clarksville that I was trying to buy but someone had a hold on it. wonder if that was you :rofl:
     
  10. Nov 30, 2018 at 11:25 AM
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    I was thinking of this same issue this morning when I used the rear defrost to melt the thin layer on them. As I was waiting with my daughter at the bus stop, it appeared the driver's side mirror had developed a "halo" style crack in the center of the mirror......as I was adjusting the vent closest to the DS window, the crack "disappeared".......As it turned out it was a reflection of the trim ring from the vent, on the inside of the window, that I was seeing in the side view mirror. Just a weird temporary occurrence, if the sun was higher/lower or I had parked in a slightly different spot, it probably wouldn't have occurred. Hope it's just something minor - Bill in MA
     
  11. Nov 30, 2018 at 11:31 AM
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    lol nah.

    Barcelona Red.

    Kind of funny story. I saw this truck on the Antwerpen Toyota website a little while back and was kind of drooling over it and seriously considering checking it out.

    Later on when I looked again saw it wasn't listed anymore. So figured it was sold. Was kind of disappointed but figured it was for the best because didn't want/need a new vehicle at the time.

    When I finally decided to check out my local Toyota dealer last week to test drive the Tacoma and RAV4 was surprised to see this truck on their lot.

    Guess they did a dealer trade or something for it.

    Glad I didn't claim the truck you wanted lol.
     
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  12. Dec 7, 2018 at 1:51 AM
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    Toyota put out a TSBs about doing a software update on your guy's mirrors and it will fix any issues you have...it requires a Thumb drive inserted into ones Bunghole slot and Whamo ! its fixed

    just kidddding hehe

     
  13. Dec 7, 2018 at 6:52 AM
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    Drives me crazy. My driver side mirror is like this aswell but I havnt had a chance to bring it in to get looked at. If you look into the mirror your eyes will ache just as if you had put on someones prescription glasses
     
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