|More from the "they all do this" dept: Note crack in trim|
Incidentally, the price of carelessness is currently at $228. That's the list price for the rear lid handle (part #1247500193).
Fortunately, the generosity of wisdom in online forums showed me that this piece of trim is easily replaced. (For directions, see the embedded link where an owner uses a pre-facelift piece of trim from a parts car and installs it on his late-model Cabriolet.) In a nutshell, there's a double skin behind the license plate. You remove this lower panel (made of plastic, by the way), then remove the inside liner on the backside of the trunk, then remove the nuts that hold the trim in place. It's simple, slightly tedious, but really, really satisfying to do.
Now comes the hard part—reminding your friends and spouse not to slam the trunk.
|(White marks on trim are a reflection. Yes, I gave it a coat of zymol.)|