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#309 of 375 rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S
Aug 02, 2006 (7:00 pm)
My parents just purchased a 2001 Corolla S model for my son who recently began driving. He is interested in buying a rear spoiler and having it installed. We have looked online and found two sites that you can submit the color code and have the spoiler shipped to you. (the cost- $200 total) We called our local Toyota Dealer who wants $450 for his parts and installation. He said he would charge us $180 to install our online purchased spoiler. Is it worth saving the $70 to order online and have them install it? And most importantly, has anyone added a spoiler to a car after purchase and had any problems ( i. e. with the trunk leaking, etc. ) My folks are a bit leery of having this done. I would be interested to hearing any of your advice. Thanks so much!
#310 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [imagine2]
Aug 03, 2006 (3:48 am)
If your folks are leery about it, its with good reason. They didn't pay $200 for their first entire car, let alone a goofy looking piece of useless plastic.
My advice? Leave it alone and use the money for something smart.
My further advice? This young person has already been taught that good things come to those with grandparents who will spend. If you find his "spoiler envy" to be incurable, teach him about fiscal responsibility and risk by letting him buy it with his money and installing it on his own car.
(I need to cut down on the coffee.)
#311 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [beernut]
Aug 03, 2006 (9:51 am)
OK First off, he was not totally given a car by them. He worked and helped to pay for it ( they pitched in to match his funds) with his paychecks this summer. I should have made that clear so that you and others don't think he is a spoiled brat. He isn't and has been taught about fiscal responsibility all of his life (hence he was able to put a substantial amount of money toward this car). I tend to agree with you about leaving it alone, but wanted advice about previous experiences- not a sermon on how to raise a child.
#312 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [imagine2]
Aug 03, 2006 (10:00 am)
You are right - we are not here to tell people how to handle their children. Maybe we can get some more thoughts from people on the spoiler itself and leave the lectures at the door. I hope so.
(P.S. - it wouldn't be for me, but I'm not a teenaged boy. )
#313 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [pat]
Aug 03, 2006 (12:06 pm)
I knew you would chime in , pat. Nice to know you are keeping an eye on us.
Since spoilers are, as discussed, not a functional piece of equipment for the car other than looks (except for hot-rods like the Crossfire, etc), there isn't much mechanical risk to the car in sticking one on there. I suppose they can be rewarding to fool around with on one's first car. I confess that my first car cost me $225 and was coaxed home, belching black smoke, at only 10 miles an hour. It didn't run but it got a new kickin' stereo installed that nite. I plugged in a battery charger and listened to Deep Purple in the driveway for the next two nights. I was 16 once, too.
Anyway, the bolt-on spoiler is very easy to install and presents no particular risk except if you screw it up and it looks crooked. Even then, if its not too crooked, it can be adjusted or re-installed with not too much effort. If it is too crooked, well, lesson learned for the next time.
The real problem with buying a less expensive and pre-colored one is that they are often cheaper plastic and can discolor or deform over time and the paint almost never matches in the first place. Then what do you do?
Yes, the huge extra money (comparatively) that you give to Toyota is partly to pay for the dealer's storefront and 401K, it also usually results in getting a Toyota spoiler that is of better quality and, if you tell the dealer to put it on straight and match the paint exactly, he will have to do both or not get paid. You will probably be more satisfied with the end product if the dealer does it for you. BUT, your son will probably get more PERSONAL satisfaction and education out of doing it himself.
Good luck with the new car and congratulations on having a kid willing to have goals.
#314 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [beernut]
Aug 03, 2006 (1:31 pm)
Beernut, Thanks for the information on the less expensive, but "not the real deal" spoilers. When my son read what you shared he has decided to wait and has decided he doesn't think he wants to part with that kind of money at this time. (He couldn't do it now anyway as he doesn't have any left!
It is interesting, though, when I called around a couple of Toyota parts depts. in our area to get their prices, I got several responses. One gave the quote I originally listed. Another my mom called said they could not even order a spoiler directly from Toyota for that car-as it was discontinued because of the age of the vehicle. I wonder if this is correct. Could the one for 450 be a non-toyota part? Oh well, he is one happy camper either way and can't wait to put some miles on his new set of wheels!
#315 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [beernut]
Aug 03, 2006 (3:56 pm)
I am nothing if not predictable??
#316 of 375 Re: rear spoiler addition to a 2001 Corolla S [imagine2]
Aug 04, 2006 (5:34 am)
Whether it is a real Toyota part is largely up to the dealer and what he can get. I've seen '05's with after-market spoilers and some of them indeed are shaped differently but are still top quality. The dealer, I think, at least has an obligation to tell you which you are getting. Yes, the 450 part can be non-Toyota, but should at least be the highest quality available.
My theory in going to the dealer is more based on the expectations that they will not sell you a junky part even if it is non-Toyota and the color will match better. Perhaps more importantly, they are hopefully more interested in your satisfaction and have deeper pockets than a mail-order house.
You are wise to shop among Toyota dealers.