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Vandalism acts on my car and seven others on the street had completely wrecked down my 9-5 left side mirror and damaged the door panel. After having the job done last week - brand new parts paid by the insurance, I have noticed yesterday morning a gap (near to a quarter of an inch) between the top edge of the triangular mirror cover and the top of the mirror base of the door. I'm suspecting that the guy who has worked on my car is no Saab specialist, even if it has been repaired in a GM-Saab dealer's shop : the inside door panel has been slightly damaged just under the mirror control section, embossed by the use of a tool to pry off the door window trim . I'm not the strongest but my fingers always did the job for that purpose since my first Saab, a 9000, in 1991! I showed the body shop's manager that small but inexcusable dent for an $agreement$.

Now, back to this gap... I'm aware of an upcoming «fast silicone style cure» of their own to correct it, thinking may be one of the new parts fixed has been by the way broken or forced by this «meticulous» body worker. Nevertheless, in that particular context at this point, I don't want to jeopardise my recourse by dismantling myself the mirror to have a look since their job is «guaranteed». Can someone tell me what may have gone wrong to cause such a gap? How is this cover fixed to its base?
Thanks and Season's greetings !!
 

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IIRC 4 x Torx T25 or T-27 screws clamp the mirror to the door. They are hidden under the plastic window trim that you mentioned. I use a nylon pry bar to remove mine, but a flat blade screw driver with the end covered in electrical tape to prevent trim damage also works well. Unless the vandalism was so severe that it deformed your door, its probably just a case of the mirror not being tightened properly during replacement. Its more than just cosmetic appearance as the mirror has a rubber gasket to seal it against the door so the first heavy rain will allow water into some sensitive electronics and into the door interior.
 

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Thanks BernardC for your reply and tip. According to witnesses, the vandalism was the act of a young man driving a scooter against the oncoming traffic side of the road, holding an iron bar. On its passage, he destructed the mirror with the bar that continued its course indenting deeply the upper part of the door over the handle... Indeed, the mirror base has not been warped at all, remaining straight solid on the door, but both housings - internal and external shells/bezels; the mecanism and the heated glass have been scraped. The new mirror assembly seems firmly fixed on my car; only the cover's piece seems a misfit. My questions and concern remain on this gap behind the top edge of that triangular cover sold as an individual part, as shown as part no 7 in the accompanying Saab schematic found in a previous forum thread on a similar topic (into a reply from Kermit - thanks!). Have a clue?

 

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when you take the mirror off you will see that the top triangular part is held tight with a clip that fits into a slot in the back of the triangular part. there isnt too much that can be done to adjust this arrangement as the clip is white metal, ie. dont bend it!. get it as close to the door as you can by shimming the clip.

instead of silicon i used a 4" wide x 8" piece of 3m film typically used to protect against rock chips. trim it to fit and apply it to the lower 'a' pillar and over the leading edge of the mirror trim. this does a nice job and prevents that irritating wind noise. protects the lower 'a' pillar from rock chips as well.
 
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