Backing up into a fire hydrant isn't sexy--so is running over your neighbor's dog while you're parking. While most of us would like to think that we have fine driving skills, chances are, we aren't as great as we think we are. For these reasons, it is extremely important to have a side-view car mirror that will give a better scrutiny of the road behind. However, the choices for car mirrors can be daunting, so we took on the noble task of testing the CIPA mirror on our Pontiac Grand Am to see if it will improve our driving skills even by a tiny bit. Here's what we found out.
- OE comparable
- Manual folding
- Corner mount
- Made from plastic
- Glossy black finish
- Sold individually
- With flat mirror glass
- Comes with one-year CIPA limited warranty
- With four-hole, four-prong connector
What we liked
- This CIPA mirror is an excellent OE replacement. It looks just like the stock unit that we had on our Pontiac Grand Am, but only better. Its glossy, black finish adds a touch of stylishness to our ride.
- It fits our ride perfectly. Moreover, installation was a breeze. Mounting the mirror took only 10 minutes.
- Most of the top-quality side-view mirrors that we've seen are priced over $100. This one is sold at a much cheaper price, but the quality is just as excellent as the high-end ones.
- We didn't notice any vibration on the mirror, even if we drive our Grand Am at 80 mph. Most mirrors would shake at high speeds, but this one remained stable throughout the whole ride.
What we didn't like
- It looks like this mirror doesn't hold up to heat very well. Its powder-coated black finish is not as long lasting as we had imagined. If you live in an area with a hot climate, you might find some faded spots on the mirror housing sooner than expected.
- The mirror doesn't come with nuts to fit the mounting studs. Although you can easily find nuts on any local auto parts store, you have to bring the car mirror to ensure that the nuts are an exact fit.
Our final say
The CIPA mirror is a low-priced alternative to most OEM-replacement mirrors. The fading issue is only a minor hitch and is not really a deal breaker, unless you're too concerned about how your mirror looks. If you're looking for a reasonably priced replacement for your stock side-view mirror, this CIPA mirror would be a decent substitute for your old one.