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I've had my anniversary edition spider for 2 months and love the car but realised that with the first -4 c frost last night, the car doesn't seem to have heated door mirrors.

Have I missed something or has Fiat really not fitted heated mirrors to a car that gets auto wipers and lights as standard (functions I'm more than capable of switching on myself) but not a facility that is a real aide to safety on cold mornings? I know the car is aimed at fair weather drivers and our friends in California but some of us want to use the car all year round without freezing our bits off scrapping frost off mirrors at 6am.

Come on Fiat you can adjust the mirrors electrically once in a blue moon but I have to do the frost scrapping manually every morning . Really!!
 

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Although the Anniversary model lacks the reversing camera and keyless entry found on the Lusso Plus, the lack of heated door mirrors applies across the range as far as I know, a surprising omission of a feature most of us take for granted in a new car these days. Another example of where Fiat has taken the full feature list from Mazda and cut features out to save cost, like start/stop for example. In the US the Spider gets Blind Spot Monitoring which likely means a different mirror housing/wiring and mirror glass, but I can't find any mention of heated mirrors on the FiatUSA web site (doesn't mean it doesn't exist of course).

Some lower spec Mk4/ND Miata/MX5 models also don't have heated mirrors, and whilst a retrofit might be possible, it appears that quite a bit of disassembly is required (the small triangular corner windows blocks access to some bolts) and it assumes that the wiring (for the heaters) is in place, which it appears to be in the Mazda, but maybe not the Fiat.

Another retofit idea is to tie in to the heated rear window and run cables over to the mirrors, probably a simpler/cheaper option...
 

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OK, so it seems like heated mirrors are made available in the North American market, but not for Europe? I checked on ePer and whilst the picture showing the mirror does not indicate the wiring that would be there with heated mirrors, the parts list for a North American Spider shows the options of LE1 heated mirrors GNZ auto-dim and XAN blind spot detection (looks like LE1 comes with GNZ and XAN is optional) wheareas for the European market the only options are for RHD and Morocco (?)
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Thanks for the reply azzura and the trouble you have gone too above. At the very least it puts my mind at rest that I am not missing out on a useful feature because I couldn't find a switch or control for heated mirrors that I now know doesn't exist. I know there are a couple of firms that specialise in retro fitting OE equipment to VWs. Do you know if there are such firms in the UK that offer the same service for Fiat's Cheers
 

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Unless I am mistaken, the heat comes on with the defrost switch. I think that is how mine works, however mine is usually out only on nice days, so haven't had a chance to use it.
 

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Standard Features & Options
There are three trim levels available: the Classica, Lusso and Abarth.
Standard equipment on the Classica ($25,000) includes 16-inch wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, driver's-seat adjustable under-thigh support, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 4-speaker sound system with a traditional radio interface sourced from Mazda. The Technology and SiriusXM Group adds proximity entry, a backup camera, satellite radio and Mazda's 7-in infotainment display (which includes a console-mounted controller).
The Lusso ($27,600) includes the Technology Collection items plus 17-in wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, automatic wipers, automatic climate control and heated leather seats.
The Abarth ($28,300) gets a bit more power, a sport-tuned suspension, a quad-tip exhaust, a limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace for improved handling, a Sport driving mode, special styling, sport seats upholstered in a leather/microfiber mix and a sport steering wheel. Upgraded Brembo performance brakes can be added to the Abarth.

The Lusso and Abarth are eligible for a number of optional packages. The Navigation and Sound Group adds integrated navigation and a 9-speaker Bose sound system. The Comfort and Convenience Group adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, a security alarm, heated mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Visibility Group adds adaptive LED headlamps with washers and auto leveling. The Lusso's Red Top Edition includes a red cloth roof and the contents of the Visibility Group and the Navigation and Sound Group.
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Thanks @jetlag but those are the trim levels in North America, whereas @napastar is in the UK where we didn't get such a comprehensive list of options, such as the Comfort & Convenience option that includes the heated mirrors.

A retrofit might be possible but I'm not sure of any outfit in the UK that might do it (and not looked either)
 

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That's good to know, I knew I had auto-dimming mirrors, but didn't know that they were heated as well. Definitely useful with these cold temps. Learn something new everyday I guess lol.
 

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Hopefully you did get rear window defrosting on the UK version of the car? That also exists in the North American versions. I don't winter drive mine, but it works equally well to clear interior fogging if you get in the vehicle and you're a bit damp from being out in the rain.
 

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Yes we get the HRW (heated rear window) switchable via the dash switch, but not the heated mirrors :(
 

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Yes we get the HRW (heated rear window) switchable via the dash switch, but not the heated mirrors :(
Peculiar. You'd think the two things would be considered a package. Kind of like getting a driver side rear view mirror bot not one on the passenger side. Glad to hear you get the HRW at least.
 

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It is frustrating as I'd assumed the car had heated door mirrors and didn't think to ask. I did check everything else worked like the heated seats etc - Schoolboy error. Having said that, the lack of heated mirrors wouldn't have stopped me buying the car so I guess Fiat judged it right when it came to cost saving. Personally I could easily live without other standard features such as Tyre ("Tire" for our North American friends ) Pressure Monitoring on a car that doesn't have run flats and rear parking sensors on a car where the rear end is just behind the seats if Fiat where desperate to keep costs down
 

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to everyone that is interested
ND is not equipped either, to anyone who needs it and want the option here is the link
should be a direct fit for our cars too
 
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