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tail light replacement - aftermarket or OEM?

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubles' started by mariecee, Jun 23, 2012.

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  1. mariecee

    mariecee New Member

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    I just cracked my rear passenger tail light. After watching some you tube videos I think I can replace it on my own.

    Now I am debating between purchasing the tail light assembly form a number of different sellers.

    Should I go with the OEM part or is it ok to buy an aftermarket part for this type of thing?
    How much of a quality difference can there be between different tail lights?

    Here are some sample prices -

    OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) - genuine part from Toyota
    Toyota dealer = $354
    Toyota Parts Overstock =$266.34
    (
    LENS & BODY, REAR COMBINATION LAMP, RH. REAR COMBINATION LAMP for TOYOTA PRIUS (2010, 2011) (8155147111)
    )

    Aftermarket (a generic part not manufactured by Toyota)
    Ebay seller carpartswholesale = $179.85
    (New Tail Light Passenger Side Clear red lens Prius TO2819146 8155147111 | eBay)
    Ebay seller americanmotorparts = $155.75
    (Passenger Replacement Tail Light 10-11 Toyota Prius 4DR Hatchback 8155147111 | eBay)

    carpartswholesale said that the part doesn't come with bulbs or a wire harness, and in the videos I saw, that was included. So I don't have complete instructions on how to take the wire harness out of the broken part and use it in the new part.
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    If it was me, I would take this opertunity to switch to full LED taillights. You can buy a pair of them for under $300.00.
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    My concern with an aftermarket replacement part is how well it will match the other tail light. Have you tried rockauto.com? They were the cheapest when I bought engine air and cabin air filters.
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    First thing: If you go with a genunine Toyota part do some aditional pricing to see what the part actually costs wholesale online and use that price as a starting point. It looks like that $266 price is for an OE part.

    Many of the aftermarket lenses are for people wanting something different -- they don't look the same. Make sure if you order one it will match the OE lens exactly.

    I have used aftermarket replacement lens assemblies in the past without any issues -- but they were simple asemblies ... not as complex as the Prius tail lamp
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