by James Kemp
Date Added: Saturday 05 April, 2008
Excellent quality part, that was delivered very quickly.
This part is supplied with the 5 circular end caps, screws and retaining clips already in place. I'd recommending buying 2 new oval caps to match the 'new' appearance.
Fitting this part wasn't the easiest of things to do. Here's what I did.
1. Remove the windscreen wipers and arms.
2. Remove the 2 x oval endcaps and 5 circular endcaps. If you're planning on keeping these caps as spares, then you'll need to get at the caps from underneath the grille. Rod's manual recommends fashioning a curved tool to get at the cap release tabs. As I wasn't keeping any of the endcaps I just dug them out from above with a screwdriver. Doing this obviously damages both the caps and grille itself.
3. Unscrew the 2 screws at either end and keep them to one side.
4. Remove the 5 middle section screws, and then remove the plastic clips these screwed into by squeezing the tabs from underneath (look at the new grille as a guide on what you should be doing.
5. Lift away the grille and discard.
6. Put the new grille in place, and push the 5 plastic clips into position
7. Insert and screw down the 2 end screws, and insert the 2 oval plastic covers.
8. Replace the windscreen arms and wipers.
I hope this review helps others who plan on doing this job. I had to replace my grille as part of it had broken off. However, the new grille really does improve the look of the car, which I'm pleased about as it's quite an expensive part.