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The rear view mirror in my Volvo 850 is extremely annoying because it is magnified. I would like to replace it, maybe with one of those wide rectangular police-style mirrors.

My concern is how to attach the mirror and whether a replacement mirror will be compatible.

The mounting for the mirror is 2 screw holes. An arm attaches to these 2 holes and comes out in an S-shape and the mirror mounts onto the arm with a ball-and-socket joint. The mirror looks like this:

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  • I just spent ~20 looking up different variations of "magnifying mirror for vehicles" and have not found a single stock or aftermarket mirror that magnifies. Do you mean a convex mirror? A convex mirror is bent like: [your eyes] -> (; the parenthesis is the shape of the mirror. It allows you to see a wider view than a flat mirror. Objects in it appear smaller. – Zach Mierzejewski Nov 9 '16 at 16:33
  • @ZachMierzejewski The installed mirror I have magnfies. It is extremely annoying because when I am backing up cars in the mirror appear closer than they actually are. – Cooter Davenport Nov 9 '16 at 16:50
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I have a 'wide angle' mirror I use on several of my vehicles. The mirror clips on to your current mirror, so it can be easily installed / removed.

I am having a hard time finding the exact mirror I have. It is curved. I can see the B-Pillars with it.

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Vehicle-Interior-Convex-Rearview/dp/B00ABEDO8U/ref=sr_1_19?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1478711307&sr=1-19&keywords=fit+wide+angle+mirror

Be aware, a lot of people do not like these kind of mirrors, because they get get disoriented. You have to use your reference points - pillars in the car. It is great for lane changes, but I am not sure how good it would be for reversing.

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