Hello again Skyvisions:
Sorry for the delay in responding. I had originally planned to make the mirror replacement a project for last weekend (6/11 - 6/12), but didn't get that far down the "to do" list. However, the good news is that I completed the repair today.
You've probably heard the old expression - "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades". Well, we can add your instructions to that list.
When you remove the little triangular-shaped plastic trim piece, only one of the bolts holding the mirror to the door becomes exposed. In order to access the other two bolts, you have no option other than to remove the door panel. Your instructions said I could access all three of the bolts upon removing the trim piece, and that removing the door panel was optional depending on whether or not I could access the electrical clip connection.
Since this is the first (and so far, only) RAV4 I’ve owned, I’m not familiar with the mirror configuration for other model years. It could be that your instructions would be spot-on for other model years, but not so for the 2009 model. I wanted to mention this only so that you could slightly tweak your reply the next time you get a similar question.
Please don’t take these comments as negative feedback. Despite the fact that I did have to remove the door panel, your instructions were invaluable. There is no way I could have completed the project without them. Well worth the $18 cost. For a total of about $70 and about an hour of time, I have a honking new mirror that the local Toyota dealership wanted to charge me almost $400 for.
Count me as a very satisfied customer.