It started when I tried to beat the electric gate to my apartment complex garage. I was driving my Camry and tried to get inside when the gate was about to close. Thought I could make it. Hit the gas. Didn't make it. Passenger-side mirror broke right off.
I was able to drive without that mirror for a while (well, I wasn't totally without it since I was able to duct-tape it back on for the most part). What prompted me to replace that mirror was when the other mirror broke. I was parked on the side of the street and was side-swiped in a hit-and-run. My driver's side mirror was scattered in pieces all around the street.
I called my local auto body shop to ask how much it would cost to replace at least the driver's side mirror. When I heard "$200" for just the one mirror, I knew I had to do this myself.
I went on Amazon.com and found aftermarket side mirrors that were just like the ones I had, only black instead of the original color of my car. These were only about $15. The shipping was actually just as much as the mirrors themselves, so I paid $60 for both mirrors.
How to Replace Toyota Camry Side Mirrors (1997–2001)
The installation was very easy.
You only need:
- a flathead/flat bladed screwdriver
- a Phillips screwdrivers
- a 10 mm wrench.
These tips will apply to Toyota Camry cars years 1997-2001. Some cars have mirrors with wires that extend out, which you will need to attach to the door. This was the case for mine. For those without the wires, it is much easier to attach the mirror because you don't need to remove the door panel from the inside of the door.
- First, open the door and use the flathead screwdriver to pry the triangular cover off of the inside of the door, where the mirror is attached to the door.
- To loosen the door panel to access the wiring, remove the screws around the panel with the Phillips screwdriver. You only need to remove a few to access the wiring.
- Use the wrench to remove the nuts holding the mirror to the door on the inside of the door. Pull the broken mirror off of the door.
- Attach the new mirror to the door and secure the nuts. Plug the wires from the new mirror to the door where the old wires were attached.
- Replace the door panel and secure the screws.
- Replace the triangular cover.
I would highly recommend watching the video below if you want to see how the installation is done.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Cor Garcia on April 02, 2018:
2012 and later year Camry's have breakaway side mirrors. Anyone know if these can be installed on previous model years (2011 in particular)?
that guy on April 01, 2015:
I've been driving for 6 months with the mirror held up using tape and a single wire. I can finally fix it, however a black mirror on a white car is gonna look quite weird.
d-robot on November 11, 2014:
All I want to do is replace the glass not the housing.
kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on September 24, 2012:
I need to replace my Toyota mirror - I just knocked it off backing out of my small garage! It's a 2002 - I will check out these resources - a really good hub!!!!
mjkearn on May 27, 2012:
great fix and great advice for everyone. I constantly shocked at the price of replacement mirrors and the manufacturers just keep making them more expensive by adding more sensors and electronics. A bit silly for us when they are so vulnerable but good pay day for the makers. Thanks for writing and for sharing. Voting up,
Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on December 18, 2011:
I needed this a few years ago. We had a big rainstorm, my wipers stopped working and I pulled over cause I couldn't see at all where I was driving. I knocked the passenger side mirror partially off when I hit a mail box.
Judy Specht from California on November 26, 2011:
Great ingenuity. We had a broken mirror on our Toy last year. It was just the glass. We had a glass place make a new mirror, but it didn't work well. We had the Toy into our repair shop;they ordered a Toy mirror with the gasket the glass shop didn't have. It was less than $80 to fix. Always take your Toyota to a toy specialist. They are amazing and usually cheaper than dealer or other places.
Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2011:
I used to have a Toyota! Your advice would have been useful :)
katrinasui on November 05, 2011:
Thanks for sharing such useful tips.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 03, 2011:
I am impressed that you did this yourself.
Some of these repair places really take advantage of us-- especially when realizing they probably get the parts for much less than we can. Good work, and (ahem) good hub.