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Titanic1985

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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 12:25:32 PM

I have notice lately a trend with newer vehicles, no matter what the brand or cost, that styling is sacrificing vehicle protection. It is becoming rare to find body side mouldings (e.g. the trim strip on the doors and sometimes fenders) which would prevent dings and paint damage in parking lots by careless people.

Does you vehicle have body side mouldings?



[Edited by: Titanic1985 at 5/19/2012 12:27:18 PM EST]
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 9:59:32 AM

Yes
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yes
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 6:32:04 AM

No.
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 6:11:32 AM

Yes. Still got dinged.
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yes
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:44:28 PM

my '99 Chevy Blazer has none; wish it did. Wasn't an option on the 2 door models and aftermkt ones that would fit look awful.

on the other hand, my 1972 MG sports car still has its factory STAINLESS STEEL side mouldings, all intact. (Stainless bumpers & window frames as well). No one makes 'em like that any more do they :(
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:09:09 AM

yes.
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:52:05 AM

All mine do.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 8:34:21 PM

My wife and I purchased a 2011 Toyota Matrix a week ago to replace her recently totaled vehicle. It does not have side mouldings, even though the flat surfaces of the doors would not prevent them from being there. We are considering after-market moulding since the vehicle is free of any body damage.

We also purchased a 2010 Ford Ranger XL pickup in that same week and again no body side moldings. We are also considering an after-market solution.

Both of us rarely park near someone else's vehicle, but it is not always possible.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 7:39:15 PM

Yup the '94 Buick has the best ones of my cars on it and there are no nicks from bad behavior in the parking lot. BTW I always park at the back of the lot as most of the bad behavior happens where the lazy park- at the front. This strategy helps too.
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no
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Yes...both cars.......
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no
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 5:06:38 AM

No, but I try to park next to newer cars.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 5:37:52 PM

Have factory mouldings, but they are not necessarily ideal due to the low placement and the slightly flat shaped door panels. I tend to park about 10 spaces beyond the last car or instead take a row much further from the building entrance. Works well for me.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:27:17 AM

My 2012 Passat TDI SE doesn't
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:16:48 AM

No, not on my 2002 Firebird or the wife's 2007 Volvo SUV. I do have them on the older, 1989 Ford pickup and 1986 Fiero though.
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No.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 12:32:50 PM

Hi yodudebc (I got the spelling right this time, as I goofed it up twice earlier). I too had body side moulding added to my 1991 Ford Aerostar. The Ford was a fully loaded XLT model, but their moulding was too high in the recessed portion of the vehicle. I special ordered 3/8" moulding to be where I saw other Aerostars were dented. The cost was, at that time, $65 total. We had the vehicle for ten years and no dents/dings, so it was worth it.

On a side note, many of todays vehicles are sculptured sheetmetal to make the panels more rigid. On these vehicles, adding a moulding strip won't work and it really detracts from the vehicle's appearance. I can't recall when the last time I saw moulding around the wheels except on SUVs and a few crossover vehicles.

In South Carolina, I find most people are careful with their doors, but there are always those who are inconsiderate.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 9:14:52 AM

My truck has side rail step bars that protect mine.
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yes
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 8:13:08 AM

Yes on both vehicles......
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 3:51:49 PM

Our two Subaru's have dealer installed side mouldings. My Hyundai Tuscon has door edge guards that I installed.

[Edited by: Disnydad at 7/21/2012 3:52:57 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 1:37:44 PM

Hello Titanic1985. I don't know how I missed this thread when it first came around...

I ordered the mouldings when purchasing the vehicle, and they were mounted at the dealership. The mounting seems a bit low but is in accordance with Toyota specs. However they don't prevent dings from those sky-high SUV and fat-tire pickup doors.

Canadians are generally a considerate bunch, but there are many door offenders among the kid and the mother-in-law crowds.
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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 9:01:31 AM

Yes on both vehicles.....
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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 8:50:18 AM

No on my car.
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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 8:32:50 AM

My 1994 Buick Le Sabre has some wonderful side mouldings. The placement is superb and the only ding on the car are on the edges of the doors where they put dings in other people's cars! Only kidding I scrupulously avoid that behavior.

The ones on the Buick are the best I have seen and they really work.
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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 8:20:09 AM

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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 8:17:51 AM

Suprisingly, my older cars do, but the wife's 2009 does not. We've started to park farther out in a lot (when possible) to avoid door slammers
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 11:54:22 PM

yes
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 11:13:16 PM

Hello WEPSMAN. Your comments regarding their height is certainly true. They are not always located where they can be beneficial. I've had several vehicles damaged by the corner of the rear door of another vehicle. In that case, the side mouldings are usually too low. The wheel wells are an area that is also unprotected. They used to put chrome strips around them, but I've not seen any lately. Thanks for your input as it certainly is valid. :-)
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 10:48:51 PM

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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 10:29:55 PM

They do, but they are not alway effective since not all doors are the same height.
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 3:40:21 PM

my truck yes, car no
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