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Old 11-19-2003, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Need opinions on front grille guard, side body cladding

Now that my new Vue (silver nickel) is on order, I've started thinking about adding accessories to it. I'm definitely adding the mud guards, rear bumper protection pad, and some interior items, but I'm a bit torn over the side body cladding and front grille guard.

I've looked over some previous threads regarding the side body cladding, and I'm still debating over whether to get them or not. I know they'll help protect the lower parts of the doors, but I've also heard some observe that the cladding makes the Vue seem shorter and more station wagon-like. Can anyone weigh in on this? Does the bottom of the Vue get that torn up that cladding is absolutely necessary? (I live in the northeast U.S.)

I'm also contemplating the front grille guard, because I think it looks pretty cool, but can anyone tell me of any benefits or disadvantages to adding it?

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Old 11-19-2003, 03:23 PM   #2
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I put cladding on when the bottom of my door got damaged. It is a great cover-all. If you don't like it now wait till you may need it.

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Old 11-19-2003, 03:31 PM   #3
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I have ordered it. I saw how it looked on a black VUE in a dealers showroom when I was in for repairs. So next project is wheel flares and body cladding. I also ordered Chrome letters for the cladding. They sent Chrome stripes. I will tape these on and if I like the look will install

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Old 11-19-2003, 03:57 PM   #4
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Do the bottoms of the doors tend to get damaged a lot, especially in winter? Does the adhesive do a pretty good job of keeping dirt and moisture out where the cladding's been applied?

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Old 11-19-2003, 04:21 PM   #5
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The mudflaps (molded) seem to do a good job of protecting the bottom of the doors. I have not noticed any scratches or damage to the doors in the last 12,500 miles.
The side cladding may look better on a darker vehicle because it would not stand out. In my opinion, the lighter vehicles look better without it.

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Old 11-19-2003, 05:04 PM   #6
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I just picked up my Silver Nickle VUE on Monday. I went with both the side body cladding & the dark gray pinstriping.

I really like the way it looks and have received nothing but compliments from friends that have seen it.

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Old 11-19-2003, 08:48 PM   #7
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I just got word my white 4/awd will be in this week and I've been debating the same thing as you. I think the door mouldings look great, but I also love the new Redline Vues. So I'm going to wait on the door mouldings till I can find out when the Redline's front and rear Fascia's will be available. If they're not to much I'm thinking of replacing mine with the Redline style fascias, then I won't need the door mouldings. Good luck with your Vue!

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Old 11-19-2003, 09:12 PM   #8
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As you can see, I have both side cladding and a front grill guard. I wish I had put on the side nerf bars.
In my opinion it is more an issue of looks than do they have a purpose.
I just think they look cool and dress the Vue up a bit.

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Old 11-19-2003, 09:31 PM   #9
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Now that my new Vue (silver nickel) is on order, I've started thinking about adding accessories to it. I'm definitely adding the mud guards, rear bumper protection pad, and some interior items, but I'm a bit torn over the side body cladding and front grille guard.
One thing if you do get the cladding... make sure it gets put on right the first time. Mine was put on just a bit too low and is starting to scrape the door sill.

I noticed it was low when I picked up the VUE, but I thought it was a style thing.

Dealer said to bring it in this Friday and they would pull it off and replace it with new. (I wouldn't mind, but I only picked up the VUE Monday!).

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Old 11-19-2003, 11:04 PM   #10
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I really like the side cladding. It completes the line from the rear quarter panel over both doors and mates with the front fender. I am thinking of getting it also but hesitant as my Vue is the bright white. Hmmmmm...

I do have the front grill guard and think that is pretty cool. I got mine on Ebay and installed it myself... twice! Kinda goofed the first time. (Who needs to read the dang instructions anyways...Ok, ME!) I recommend Ebay for the parts as you can save some big bucks from the dealership's prices.

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Old 11-20-2003, 10:56 AM   #11
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I really like the side cladding. It completes the line from the rear quarter panel over both doors and mates with the front fender. I am thinking of getting it also but hesitant as my Vue is the bright white. Hmmmmm...
I saw a bright white VUE w/the cladding and thought it looked sharpe.

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Old 11-20-2003, 04:40 PM   #12
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I think I might skip the cladding and front grille guard ... for now. I am already racking up a lot of expenses with other things I'm planning to put into my Vue, such as the glove box lock, gas cap lock, cargo cover, and mudflaps, not to mention a certain holiday coming up in a few weeks!

Obviously, if the bottom of my doors get damaged, I'll go ahead and get some cladding put on them.

Someone else brought up a point today that the '04 Vues have the painted door handles, so from a style standpoint, the cladding doesn't match as well as with the previous years' models. It still does, however, finish the line from the rear quarter to the front fender.

Thanks so much to everyone who replied. Again, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I'd also like to hear from anyone who does have the front grille guard to see how much they like or regret it!

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Old 11-20-2003, 04:52 PM   #13
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Why do you think you will need a locking gas cap?

Last locking glove box my parents had (1979) was forced open and ruined the dashboard. There was nothing of value in there.
I would not suggest tempting someone to break yours.

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Old 11-20-2003, 05:37 PM   #14
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I really like the side cladding. It completes the line from the rear quarter panel over both doors and mates with the front fender. I am thinking of getting it also but hesitant as my Vue is the bright white. Hmmmmm...

I do have the front grill guard and think that is pretty cool. I got mine on Ebay and installed it myself... twice! Kinda goofed the first time. (Who needs to read the dang instructions anyways...Ok, ME!) I recommend Ebay for the parts as you can save some big bucks from the dealership's prices.

EBAY and saturnaccessories.com. The dealers charge to much for parts and the labor. And no sales tax on online orders. $5 shipping on any order at saturnaccessories.com. Saturn accessories is a dealer

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Old 11-21-2003, 12:09 PM   #15
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I had planned on buying my accessories from Saturnaccessories.com, since they're cheaper and are only charging $5 for shipping, compared with my local dealer.

As for slowneo's comments regarding locks for the gas tank and glove box, I've never owned a car that's not been equipped with one. Certainly no lock is foolproof and impenetrable, but it might ward off a casual thief or buy enough time that a passerby (hopefully with a badge) sees what's happening that whatever is inside is safeguarded. And after what's happened to some SUVs out in California by environmental extremists, another $20 to make sure no yahoo steals my gas or pours sugar down my tank is, in my mind, money well spent!

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Old 11-21-2003, 10:49 PM   #16
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Regarding the locking gas cap. The locking one does not have the plastic strap that connects the cap to the gas cap door. I went through a few hoops to try to attach the locking cap to the existring strap and could not acheive this. Try not to drive away from the pump and forget your cap.

The other day a very pregnant lady drove away from from the pump at the Arco station with the nozzle still in her brand new Land Rover. She did stop though and we all rushed to help her. That Land Rover is a tough vehicle. Her actions did not damage her vehicle at all. The pump was fine too and the connection broke off clean. She was pretty embarrassed though!

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The gas pump connections are designed to break off cleanly. They also use a non spark producing metal material to prevent the chance of a fire.

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Old 11-22-2003, 03:17 PM   #18
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I love the look of the side cladding. It 'completes' the look on the side.

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Some one wondered about cladding on white? Here it is (and the front grille guard) on mine... (more pics in my gallery)

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Weezer your Vue is really cool and I will use this picture. Wife likes cladding too so will prolly get that. Whoo hoo... more stuff for the Vue. Are you going to get the raised lettering for the rear of the cladding? I'm skipping on the mud flaps as not too much mud in SoCal. What do you think of the performance of the sunroof visor? Does it cut down on the wind noise at freeway speeds? Looks pretty cool. Thanks for posting the pic!

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