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Not good, that set screw is pretty thrashed.  The mirror attaches to a mount under there thats held on the door skin with a couple of screws.  If your doors off and apart you may be able to get at them. From inside the door.

Sometimes heating up the set screw with a soldering iron helps, then again sometimes nothing works and you have to destroy the mirror to get it off.

yours looks pretty corroded, it may fall into that category.😉

 

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Ran into that same problem with a friend's car that had sat outside for 16 years...I was able to pop the mirror off its mount by pulling up on the screw end.   The pot metal bracket that holds the mirror to the door comes to a point on that end, and over the years the set screw generally has worn a spot on that pointy end so it's not as secure as when new.  Carefully sliding a thin, wide screwdriver blade between the mirror base and the gasket, with a wood block as a fulcrum should enable you to pry up--gently--and pop the mirror off.  With it off the car, you can carefully drill out the rusted screw and re-tap the hole.  This time use an allen-head set screw--preferably stainless steel--as a replacement.  

 

Cheers, and good luck

mike

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Be careful with the "yank it off" method, as the pot metal bracket (and the cage nuts that hold it to the door) are all NLA from BMW and can snap apart (and the pot metal bracket is only sold with a complete mirror, now!)

 

I just did this, using careful application of propane on a door that wasn't going to be saved. be sure not to melt the aluminum / pot metal mirror base, too! New gaskets are about $14 and readily available, if you have to sacrifice it.

 

 

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+ for the stainless setscrew idea.  Anti-seize goop also.  The weakest, most expensive link is the door sheet metal.  Be careful!  You will be able to find the pot metal bracket from someone in the FAQ, but those cage nuts seem to be impossible to find.  You can make a plate with captive nuts to install inside the door instead, but it takes tiny fingers, various small tools, and lotsa' blue air to get it installed, after you pull off the inner door panel. 

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