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Old 12-11-2017, 01:28 PM   #1
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VCDS - Passenger side mirror dip

I tried to enable the passenger side mirror dip when in reverse feature. I used the instructions shown below. Got through the first part fine. On the second part, I couldn’t find the step 4 “Access Control” (not the exact one that is in the instructions) in the drop down (or step 5 for that matter).
Has anyone done this and how? I must be missing something.






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Old 12-11-2017, 03:49 PM   #2
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You just need to have the mirror positioner on the Right mirror and it will take care of itself. Should be in the handbook.

Any other position and it does not work
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:50 PM   #3
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North American model. Not in the handbook because not an enabled option here.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:55 PM   #4
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North American model. Not in the handbook because not an enabled option here.
Correct. I had tried it right after getting the car a couple weeks back, but it doesn't work. My 2002 Passat had this feature!
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:16 PM   #5
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North American model. Not in the handbook because not an enabled option here.
Strange decision by VW. Sorry not any help here then
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:19 PM   #6
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Also, depending on the installed door module, the mirror may not return to the correct height.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:20 PM   #7
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I had this feature in my previous car and thought it was dumb, why would you even want it enabled? It does not help with backing up. You're just causing wear and tear on your mirror motor every time you shift in reverse. That motor isn't gonna last forever.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:26 PM   #8
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I had this feature in my previous car and thought it was dumb, why would you even want it enabled? It does not help with backing up. You're just causing wear and tear on your mirror motor every time you shift in reverse. That motor isn't gonna last forever.
Really useful when parking parallel to the pavement (sidewalk), especially if you’ve got expensive alloys. You can see how far away from the raised kerbstone your wheels are.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:28 PM   #9
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Really useful when parking parallel to the pavement (sidewalk), especially if you’ve got expensive alloys. You can see how far away from the raised kerbstone your wheels are.
Can't you see the same view from the backup camera? I honestly don't know as I never have to parallel park.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:45 PM   #10
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Can't you see the same view from the backup camera? I honestly don't know as I never have to parallel park.


Ya I was wondering, Barrie Ontario...aren’t the curbs usually snow covered? 🤪
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:35 PM   #11
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I used this for about three days before I turned it off. The problem is it doesn't return to your set position after it comes back up. So basically you have to reset your position everytime you use it. It comes back up but doesn't go to your saved setting, just the middle.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:37 PM   #12
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Also, depending on the installed door module, the mirror may not return to the correct height.
Mine doesn't, and it also angles itself outward.
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I had this feature in my previous car and thought it was dumb, why would you even want it enabled? It does not help with backing up. You're just causing wear and tear on your mirror motor every time you shift in reverse. That motor isn't gonna last forever.
I only put it on the right side mirror when I was backing up next to a curb. I never left it on the right side.
Without the dip feature, I have to put the switch to the right and then adjust the mirror down to see the curb, then set it back after. It's a pain.

And I don't think using the backup camera really helps with you're trying to get right up tight to the curb (so you're not sticking out on the street).
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:16 PM   #14
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I used this for about three days before I turned it off. The problem is it doesn't return to your set position after it comes back up. So basically you have to reset your position everytime you use it. It comes back up but doesn't go to your saved setting, just the middle.


Exactly my experience as well.

Once I installed power folding mirrors though, it now works properly. Always returns to preset height.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:18 PM   #15
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Can't you see the same view from the backup camera? I honestly don't know as I never have to parallel park.
Because of the wide angle lense, it's hard to be as precise (read: close to the curb) as parking with the help of the mirror looking at the curb.

I grew up in San Francisco, where a couple of inches away from the curb can be the difference between a safe car and one that's side swiped by a taxi or a bus lol

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Old 12-11-2017, 09:22 PM   #16
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I used this for about three days before I turned it off. The problem is it doesn't return to your set position after it comes back up. So basically you have to reset your position everytime you use it. It comes back up but doesn't go to your saved setting, just the middle.
Same thing for me. On my old Audi it would go to the set position. With the GTI I have no idea what position it picks after the dip, but it was always needing adjusted.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:20 PM   #17
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I had this feature in my previous car and thought it was dumb, why would you even want it enabled? It does not help with backing up. You're just causing wear and tear on your mirror motor every time you shift in reverse. That motor isn't gonna last forever.
Its so easy to enable/disable (just if the mirror knob is set to R its enabled, otherwise disabled) so i just turn it on when im parking next to a curb. I think it's amazing for that, but otherwise useless, so its off 95% of the time. But when you're trying to get as close to the curb as possible its a great tool.

With power folding mirrors it returns correctly 100% of the time, i personally wouldn't make this tweak if i didn't have memory modules too much of a PITA to constantly adjust.
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