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I've had my diesel n-tec for about six weeks now and am very pleased with it - bags of room, drives nicely and all the 'toys' are great.

But, I'm getting a faint reflection in the mirrors off the circular door-side dash heater vents. Just a dim semi-circle but when taking a glance in the mirrors it initially looks like there's something alongside.

I might try a bit of black insulating tape over them.
 

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Are the mirrors fully out?

It shouldn't be possible to see the heater vents from the drivers seat, the mirrors are too far forwards.

I'm not happy with mine, they won't adjust out far enough, I can see too much of the rear corners when driving. I like to have the rear corner just out of normal sight, so as to minimise the blind spot alongside, then I can move my head slightly to see the rear corner if ever I try to drive backwards.

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I have no problems with mirrors, maybe if you slide you seat back or forwards a notch or two that will cure it
if you look in you mirrors you should be able to see the rear door handles about a 1/3rd of the way up the inside edgeof the mirror tbh you need to just play with you seat and mirrors till you get them right for you iirc you should be comfortable with your hands at 10 and 2 with a slight bend in your arms to allow for good movement to all the controls
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If your shortyou may want to lower the seat (handle on the right side of the seat)and move it forward a tad
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the n-tec should have an adjustable steering column so you can move that up or down to suit too

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flash22 said:
if you look in you mirrors you should be able to see the rear door handles about a 1/3rd of the way up the inside edgeof the mirror


Pretty much exactly what I get with the mirrors motored fully outwards.

I know what the back wings look like, I'd like to see some of the motorcycle alongside me


Obviously I do look over my shoulder before sliding sideways, but my other other car is a motorcycle.
 

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ah its easy on a bike (had to give up due to ill heath)
jack you seat up a tad and slide it back it should give you a better view, im 6'1 and it took a week of playing to get the seat right

what i have also found is if you adjust the back of the seat it changes the seat position just a fraction but it makes a difference
 

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mnl said:
I'd like to see some of the motorcycle alongside me
That's probably me


Can't rack the seat back any more or my dumpy little legs won't reach the pedals but I do prefer being sat as high as possible - flashback to my old van driving career. So the seat is pretty far forward - the amount of leg-room behind me has been mentioned 'for such a little car'


Must admit though they're set to show me the rear corners as I'm one of those who prefers to reverse park into spaces if possible. I'll try them a bit further out, thanks.

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Same for me, I dont need reminding howdirty my car is, prefer to see who's sat on my bumper, looking irrate, used to that with driving an HGV, lol, always look over my right shoulder when pulling out too, I'm a motorcyclist too
 

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I always do a life-saver when passing/swapping lanes, even in four wheels.


I have been known to stick my knee out too
 

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I have seen it!

Got home after a hard days graft at t'mill and just as I opened the door to drag my weary bones back in the house I saw the silver circle reflected, not in the mirror, but in the door glass, right over where the mirror is.

Normally, I would be focussing way into the distance rather than on this reflected image, but tonight is the first time that I have noticed it.
 

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Ah, not just me then, phew. My mistake, as you rightly say it's reflected in the glass, it just happens to be directly in glancing line of sight with the mirrors.
 

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spotted the circle !!!! it was only when passing a street lamp though,a bit of kiwi black boot polish rubbed on it could deminish it
 

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Only had my note a couple of weeks......I noticed the vents straight away.......I've tried to prise my vents off.....& spray em black!!!!! It's comforting find SOMEONE who's got a problem/query like your own. Finding the solutions/suggestions fascinating & helpful. Thanks everyone.
 

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please use the forum search and you will find my vents I sprayed up and also find the How To. on removing the airbag (this is how you remove the vent(s) correctly)
 

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Crikey....I think I'll leave things as they ....it looks like it'll be too big a job for this Northern Numpty....I could get the boot polish out I suppose.....mmmmmmmmmmmmm
 

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DerbyRam said:
I always do a life-saver when passing/swapping lanes, even in four wheels.


I have been known to stick my knee out too

Did it hurt when you clobbered the door panel


Nice to see that some people do their life saver & look for bikers, well done chaps keep up the good work.


A fellow biker
 

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I wish I hadn't read this thread, as up till now I hadn't noticed it. Now every time I look in the mirror it is "staring" at me!
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KayJay said:
Nice to see that some people do their life saver & look for bikers, well done chaps keep up the good work.
There are times when I think motorbike riding (at least to a basic, "CBT level with some road experience") should be compulsory before anyone wants to move on to driving anything else.

I passed my driving test about four years before passing my bike test. The bike training was a revelation: I'd obviously got some road experience and maybe 80k miles of car driving under my belt, before going on two wheels, but the bike training absolutely brought it home to me just how blind some drivers are to bikers. "Assume everyone is out to kill you" were my instructor's first words*.

Today? I do lifesavers all the time in a car (or van, to the right - I do online delivery driving for Sainsbury's as a job). Drop back, move left to let bikers past/in. Look many times at junctions.

It doesn't take long, it becomes second nature - and you get the odd wave of thanks from those really risking their necks.


Andy

*Well, ok. Second words. His first words were "Hi, I'm Dave."
 
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