Jerry's Evolving Thoughts on "new-to-me" Prime Premium

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  1. Raytheeagle

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    Yeah, I've seen that used part for sale on eBay. I am still wondering how hard or possible to remove the acrylic part without destroying it? If possible, I was thinking of taking it off and painting just the acrylic part and put it back on the grill. The black plastic part of the grill subassembly on my PRIME is OK. I just have a crack on the acrylic part.
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    I'd say make sure all parts are warm before attempting anything;).

    But can they be separated: yes

    Is your car with a crack in the glass jaw an issue: maybe

    If our Prime has a crack in the glass jaw (or when it does), will I poke the bear: Nope

    The Prime is a point A to Point B car to me. And it does that fantastically well:).

    I'll save the fate tempting for another task(y).
     
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    Yeah, unless it is super easy and cheap to fix it I am not going to touch it. Replacing the entire grill parts (cost ~$350?) is way too much for my liking. The other only reason I might want to fix the crack on the front would be if I trade-in or sell the car early. Cosmetic on a car plays a big role in the selling price more than internal mechanical issues.
     
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    Yeah, that's my main concern in getting a new one. The job was actually entertaining to me, but I would be UPSET if I spent several hundred dollars and then something broke the new one a week later. :mad:

    It looked like it would come off and I considered trying it, but I didn't because the black part was right against the crack. I couldn't see a way to reinforce the repair.
     
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    If your old Sienna is any gauge though, when the time comes to offload it, a crack in the acrylic will be a smaller concern;).

    We offloaded our 2010 when it had 200k miles on it. I can see a similar thing happening about 8 years for now with this Prime:).

    That is of course if Rivian gets their act together and the R1T is a reality:whistle:.

    Otherwise I'll keep piling on the miles and see how long the Prime lasts(y).
     
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    Yeah, if I keep the PRIME for as long as I did Sienna (12 years), small crack and dent and rust are a non-issue. As I said, it matters if I trade-in or sell the car early. I was severely penalized on very minor scratches and other cosmetic issues on my last trade-in on my previous Gen3 to PRIME jump. My Gen3 was only 2.5 years old with 36K on it but the dealer knocked off $2K from the BB.:(
     
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    Mine's still young, too, and that was a factor in my deciding to mess with it. (I just turned over 40k miles yesterday.) But I do plan to keep this one for a long time unless a typical Florida driver intervenes.
     
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    Update on the driver's door "armrest" project. Not sure if I've mentioned it in this thread, but if Idid, it was a long time ago. So here's a short history.

    The armrest on the door is insanely low. It's nowhere near my elbow even when I'm not trying to hold the wheel with that hand. I made a felt covered platform and tried various ways to secure it without defacing the car. None seemed to work that well and the felt cloth was a little scratchy. So here's what I hope is the "permanent" arrangement.

    Inside is a stack of those shiny foam pads like what they pack computers in. Not spongy, but firm. On top of that is one of the very firm wrist rests like some people put in front of their keyboards, cut to length. And then, for padding, I used a couple Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning sponges cut to fit. They were just the right width, but it took 1-1/2 of them to cover from end to end.

    Then, with some coaching from my amazingly skilled wife (made her own WEDDING DRESS!!) I stitched some black cloth over it and secured it to the arm rest with some black elastic. It's not a work of art, but I think it should work long term. It's nice and stable, and feels way better than the felt cloth.

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