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    sfoy@attbi.com
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    Default Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    on with other carmakers.




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    Art
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    Although I would prefer door moldings, with repair outlets like Dent Wizard
    and the flexible metal and paint used in todays cars, fixing a ding is not
    as big a deal as it used to be. And moldings can cause problems if they let
    go or are dented themselves.


    <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote in message
    news:1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    > FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    > inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    > case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    > possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    > sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    > on with other carmakers.
    >




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    JoeSpareBedroom
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote in message
    news:1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    > FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    > inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    > case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    > possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    > sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    > on with other carmakers.
    >


    Maybe it's because door molding only protects against things that hit the
    molding. With the preponderance of SUVs & pickup trucks in this country,
    doors are at too many different heights to predict where they'll hit your
    car.



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    Mike Hunter
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    Side molding do not protect one from dings. What cause the digs are the
    parts of others doors that do not touch where the molding are located, like
    the dog leg portion of read doors. Open one of the doors on one of you
    other vehicles and see for yourself it even comes close to where you molding
    might be.


    mike


    <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote in message
    news:1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    > FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    > inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    > case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    > possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    > sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    > on with other carmakers.
    >




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    Scott in Florida
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    On 10 Nov 2006 09:13:43 -0800, sfoy@attbi.com wrote:

    >Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    >mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    >FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    >inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    >case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    >possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    >sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    >on with other carmakers.


    My '92 Corolla Wagon has body side moldings and I park as far away
    from a store.


    I suggest you adopt my method of dent control. Your doctor will be
    happy, too...


    --

    Scott in Florida


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    Masked
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    In article <1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegroups .com>,
    <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote:

    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    > FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    > inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    > case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    > possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    > sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    > on with other carmakers.
    >

    Perhaps those with closer ties to Toyota can confirm what my omniscient
    <g> dealer told me. The mouldings tend to be horizontal, whereas the
    airflow along the side panels is not. By interfering with the flow the
    mouldings add to air resistance.

    I pass that along with some skepticism about the magnitude of the
    effect.

    --
    Lady Purse-Wader
    YahooUK disallows hyphens

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    Cathy F.
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?


    <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote in message
    news:1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings? Look at Camry, Avalon, Rav4,
    > FJ Cruiser. Even with side mouldings cars take a beating from careless
    > inconsiderate people in parking lots. Without them I can only imagine.
    > What is Toyota thinking??? Is this a cost cutting move or is it a
    > case of "style over function" trying to make the car looks as nice as
    > possible in the showroom without caring what happens to it once its
    > sold. Either way, it's a dumb move. I hope this trend doesn't catch
    > on with other carmakers.


    If all side moldings on all vehicles were at a uniform height, or even if
    all vehicles' outermost points of their doors (that is phrased really
    poorly, but can't think of a better way to say it!) were at the same height,
    side moldings would work, & prevent a bunch of dings. But how may other
    car/SUV/truck/van doors would hit exactly where the side molding is on my
    car? IMO, it seems like a great idea at first, until one realizes that the
    all of the various moldings just don't match up with each other.

    Cathy

    >




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    mack
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    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?


    "Masked" <Masked@mm.m> wrote in message
    news:101120061251535550%Masked@mm.m...
    > In article <1163178823.198022.237540@h54g2000cwb.googlegroups .com>,
    > <sfoy@attbi.com> wrote:


    > Perhaps those with closer ties to Toyota can confirm what my omniscient
    > <g> dealer told me. The mouldings tend to be horizontal, whereas the
    > airflow along the side panels is not. By interfering with the flow the
    > mouldings add to air resistance.
    >
    > I pass that along with some skepticism about the magnitude of the
    > effect.
    >
    > --
    > Lady Purse-Wader
    > YahooUK disallows hyphens


    Your dealer's excuse sounds just like something a dealer would say. I
    recall when Plymouths had huge, oversize fishtails on the rear end, and the
    claim was that they aided in horizontal stability at highway speed. Then
    some aeronautical engineer stated with some formulas that this effect of
    horizontal stability would indeed start to kick in....at approximately 170
    mph. (only 70 mph or so more than a Plymouth could ever attain.)



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    B A R R Y
    Guest

    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    sfoy@attbi.com wrote:
    > Has anybody noticed that the new Toyota models no longer have door side
    > mouldings to protect against door dings?


    Has anyone noticed that very few vehicles have them? Look at the '07
    Tahoe, most Nissans, Volvos, etc...


    Functional or not, side moldings are a slave to style.

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    sfoy@attbi.com
    Guest

    Default Re: Toyota doesn't believe in door side mouldings anymore?

    Is everybody a Toyota apologist here? No, door mouldings don't have to
    line up to be effective. When a door is swung against the side of
    another car, you only need 1 car's moulding to make contact to avoid a
    damaging ding. The key is to avoid metal against metal. If a car has
    a door moulding at its widest point then (theoritically) it should
    prevent it from damaging another car. Now that I think about, the
    moulding protects other doors from dings just as much as it protects
    its own door. I just went to an auto show and was disappointed by the
    lack of door mouldings on Toyotas. But I was also disappointed with
    Toyota in general. Maybe I was expecting too much but I just wasn't
    impressed by their vehicles. I kind of liked the Highlander (which has
    mouldings!), but that was it.


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