Body side moldings or not?

Discussion in 'Prime Accessories and Modifications' started by Starburst, Mar 29, 2021.

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  1. Yes, they are worth it. Get the car with the moldings.

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  2. No, get the car you think looks better.

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  1. Starburst

    Starburst Junior Member

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    I’m a 2015 Prius Five owner and I’m about to purchase a 2021 Prius Prime Limited. I’ve got it narrowed down to 2 cars, from different dealerships (also different states), same color combinations, one has body side moldings and one doesn’t. Almost every car I have ever driven has had them. Trouble is, I don’t like the way they look on a Prime (in pictures. We have very limited inventory here and I haven’t seen them in person). I’m wondering if I will regret if I don’t get the one with the moldings? I’m also buying out of state, remotely so I can’t compare in person. The one without the moldings has door edge guards. Pricing is very similar with the one with the moldings priced a little less, and shipping will be cheaper.
     
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    The body side mouldings are a dealer-installed accessory so if you miss having them, you can always get them installed later.
     
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    Congrats on your good taste! No, the molding looks stupid on a Prime in person. Visually, it messes up the sleek, shark-like lines.

    I don't have the molding *and* I have the door edge guards instead. Now I can't recommend you pay extra, but mine came with the illuminated door sills. Metal as heck. Love 'em.
     
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    The car I am looking at without the moldings comes with door edge guards. I like the illuminated door sills too. Did you install them yourself?
     
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    It is a personal choice. I got them because at the time, my office parking lot was quite crowded and there were some people who where not careful when opening their doors. I negotiated them as part of the deal when I got my Prime. I also had them on my 2017 Prime and 2012 Prius.
     
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    If you don't like it, why pay for it. Yeah, as said above, it is an easy stick-on molding you can always add later. If you DIY, it will be half of the price of what TOYOTA charges on a new car.
     
  7. Starburst

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    I hate car dealers. Pretty much decided I want the car without the moldings. It will wind up being a few hundred bucks more than the car that has the moldings, and shipping will cost more as it is several hundred miles further away. Asked for a price sheet on Friday and info on shipping. It’s a mom and pop type dealership, from what I gather, was promised the info on Saturday (didn’t get it) then this morning. Told the guy I need it today as this is my only day off to do the deal. Still nothing.
    I might go with the car with the moldings. I’ve been researching this for almost 3 months. Trouble is, I’ve caught the guy in a few untruths (he quoted me $74 for tag and registration and it took several times to get the correct number. I knew it was several hundred dollars more. He also told me I would have to come there to do the deal. It’s a really good price but idk if it is going to stick or if I will get many more added fees.
    Decisions, decisions.
     
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    Personally I would skip the moldings. They are visually jarring and break up the design lines
     
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    Moldings are a bless... they are the only barrier against serial others-car-door harassers,a harmful species unfortunately spread all over the globe.
     
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    Perhaps, if door curvatures/protuberances on an adjacent vehicle align properly with the moldings. There are other real world parking lot "uh-ohs" to also contend with, notably shopping carts and the like. They likely will prevent some mishaps and, if ya' like the style, then go for it!.
     
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    Adding them is the first thing I do when I get a new car. to me they look good.
     
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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a good aftermarket side moldings?
    I see some on ebay, but they are meant for the older 2010-2015 Prius' and I'm not sure if they will fit on the 2021 Primes.
     
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    No, I'm not really that mechanically inclined! But someone on the forum has posted detailed instructions on how to do it. The cost from the dealership is pretty expensive.
     
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    Would you happen to know who it was that had detailed instructions? I have a new molding that I want to install. Thank you.
     
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    I installed mine myself... and I love it!!!
     

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    Illuminated Door Sill install on Gen4 Prius | PriusChat
    I don't know if the instructions would work for your generation, though?
     
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    Is it EOM or after-market?
    Look great.
     
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