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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Mirrors...who's the rocket scientist?

Just took delivery.... Who is the rocket scientist who designed the mirrors to stick out so far? I have 8' opening garage doors, there is about 1/2" clearance on each side. No room for error.
They should have designed the mirrors top fold back at the touch of a button! supposed to be the "most advanced minivan?
Shouldn't lay claim to that if the wife is scared to drive the van in the garage for fear of damage.

Just imagine: blinding rain or snow/ice storm.....do you really want to open your windows and manually fold back the mirrors? How do you reach the passenger mirror?

Where's the "safety" and thoughtfulness of purpose supposedly designed into this vehicle?

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Hi Loudoun, welcome to the forum.

Some Pacifica models have power folding mirrors (see thumbnail). I never use mine but it's there.

My other car, a 2013 Genisis Coupe didn't have have power folding mirrors but the wiring was in place so I bought them as repair parts along with the switch. It was an easy "drop in" installation and, of course, looks 100% OEM.
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Looks like the power folding mirrors are standard on the Limited.
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Some of these "power" things can be a pain in themselves. I had power mirrors on my Avalanche. I rarely used them since we didn't normally park it in the garage, but one day going through a car wash I tried to retract them and the one on the driver's side whirred but went nowhere. Turns out that one little plastic gear broke and I needed to replace the whole unit. (around $300 before labor) I had the same problem with retractable third-row seats on an SUV we had. A plastic gear broke and I couldn't just replace the gear, I couldn't replace the drive motor either, I had to take the seat out and replace the whole drive assembly. I left the mirror be, but the seat debacle ran me some $250 and about six hours to replace it.

I'm happier without these power things that I rarely would use. Now power doors and lift gates, that's why I bought what we did and I think they're built to last longer because of the amount of use they get and the load they drive when they're used.

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I use the power folding mirrors on my Limited when parked in lots or street parking. It would have been nice, if they had given an option in the Control Center, to have them fold automatically when putting the transmission into Park.

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Just took delivery.... Who is the rocket scientist who designed the mirrors to stick out so far? I have 8' opening garage doors, there is about 1/2" clearance on each side. No room for error.
They should have designed the mirrors top fold back at the touch of a button! supposed to be the "most advanced minivan?
Shouldn't lay claim to that if the wife is scared to drive the van in the garage for fear of damage.

Just imagine: blinding rain or snow/ice storm.....do you really want to open your windows and manually fold back the mirrors? How do you reach the passenger mirror?

Where's the "safety" and thoughtfulness of purpose supposedly designed into this vehicle?

The model comparison tool on Chrysler Official Site - Cars and Minivans shows that the power folding mirrors are only available on the Limited. Hopefully you weren't under the assumption that they are included...an easy search on the Chrysler website or a brochure would have taken all of the surprises out of the purchase. I PERSONALLY (meaning my subjective opinion) believe that your complaint about safety/convenience is without merit since Chrysler didn't mislead you in any way because the information is both in the brochure and in the online comparison tool. It seems like people would just rather pass their mistakes on to someone else these days than take ownership of them. I'm sure my response is going to anger you but I'm just calling it the way I see it. I've added a pic for your perusal.
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Here's the overall width of the Pacifica = 6' 7.6". That is 0.9" wider than outgoing Chrysler Town and county. We gained some internal room with the additional 0.9" width (0.6" of Hip), so it wasn't all the mirrors adding to width.

And yes the Limited comes standard with Power Folding mirrors. I don't think it's even an option on other trim levels.

Here is size spec's on each: Note: We lost 0.5" of ground clearance (se we can hit more curbs).
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I use the power folding mirrors on my Limited when parked in lots or street parking. It would have been nice, if they had given an option in the Control Center, to have them fold automatically when putting the transmission into Park.
I wonder if there is a site for suggested enhancements that Chrysler will monitor. It's never the big things, just the little ones that annoy.
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I use the power folding mirrors on my Limited when parked in lots or street parking. It would have been nice, if they had given an option in the Control Center, to have them fold automatically when putting the transmission into Park.
I would prefer when locked vs park.
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I had them on my 14 Town and Country and folded them every time I got out of the car, habit, they went back out as soon as I drove off. My 17 Pacifica will have them as well.

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