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Power folding side mirrors don't work in the cold

Hello everyone. This is my 1st post to this forum. I live in Edmonton, Canada where it gets COLD. It's not unusual for us to get -30c in the winter and with windchill, it feels more like -50c to -60c. The last couple weeks it has been 'mild' here with -20c weather. During this weather, the power side folding mirrors on my 2016 GLA would fold completely forward making the side mirrors useless, and I would have to exit my vehicle and manually pull the back to where they should be. When this happens, the blind spot warnings would also malfunction.

I took it to the dealership and they told me that this is a common problem and it is due to the 'extreme cold' and that the sensors won't work in the cold. What was the fix for this problem you ask? Well, they told me to just turn off the convienence option of the power folding mirrors and I won't have any issues with it. Ummmmmmmm what? The fix to the problem is to NOT USE IT? This blew me away. I still can't beleive that this was the 'fix' to the problem. I have emailed Mercedes Benz directly about this but haven't heard back yet.

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has run into this issue yet, and if their dealership has actually had a fix other than the suggestion given by my dealership.
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I seem to remember that those of us with US cars don't have folding mirrors, at least in 2015. We do have the ability to dip the right side mirror when reversing, and I will report that it was -17 C today here, and my right side mirror dipped as usual. However, my blind spot assist didn't work and on other cold days I have gotten a message that my oil level was low, and I should check it the next time I refuel, although I didn't get that message today. When I have checked the oil, it seems ok. I must say that the GLA dipstick is really hard to read.

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We have power folding mirrors?

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We have power folding mirrors?
Seems like everyone except US models.

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From Toronto here, I haven't seen this issue on my car yet or my wife's '14 CLA250.
But our weather out here in the East does not get nearly as insane as in the Prairies.

We did see some dips into -20 ~ -30c here and there, but again I haven't seen that issue on neither of our cars.
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We have power folding mirrors?
Power mirrors also include puddle lights, but MB figures that USA citizens will move up to the GLC for these options since "We prefer bigger cars."

No, you can't retrofit them due to the wiring harness. But for my wife's tight parking lot I really would have preferred them for the safety of the car ...

Likewise we can't get storage trays under the front seats (these can be added later) or LED headlights (until 2018).

I haven't seen the 2018 DOG yet, but my guess is that with the 2018 model MB is giving the US driver a bit more respect 8).
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So, an update. Mercedes Benz Canada got back to my email and has referred the issue back to the dealership. I will update you on what they tell me next. And Yes, we DO have power folding side mirrors in Canada on our GLAs. Maybe Mercedes likes Canada the best? Just a thought.

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Do you have another dealership you can go to?
That might be faster to get your issue resolved.
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Maybe Mercedes likes Canada the best? Just a thought.
MB really shouldn't be showing favoritism!

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