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Door panels on cars
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Post# 954606   8/26/2017 at 12:13 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

I was wondering about this. I remember the older cars into the 80s or so had large strap handles and usually had carpet on the bottom half of the door panels, as well as a courtesy light.

I notice newer cars do not have these features. The last car I remember with carpet on the door panels were the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Limiteds, after that it was just plastic on the 06-07s, but still had the courtesy light and vinyl trim.

Also I notice older cars tend to have softer door panels. My 2001 car has vinyl on the top of the door panels with a fabric insert, and vinyl dashboard upper and lower. No carpet though or door courtesy lights, but for a basic car it was pretty nicely finished. Most new cars I see just have hard plastic on the dashboard and door panels.

This was a complaint I often heard with Chrysler around the mid-late 2000s when their interiors got square and boxy with hard plastic surfaces. Some called it lego block door panels.

Automakers seem to be going back to more pleasing interior designs, though.

One thing I didn't care for was some brands had fabric across the entire arm rest of the door, which would just get dirty from skin oil on arms and hands touching them, especially on light colored fabric.





Post# 954887 , Reply# 1   8/27/2017 at 16:13 by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
Door Panels on Cars

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I'm sure it's more cost-effective for the manufacturers to NOT have carpeted lower door panels.
I liked them as they prevented scuffing of the lower door area when shoes accidentally hit the door as one gets in and out.
Today's "low-end" cars will have mostly hard plastic door panels.
"Mid-level" cars will have some "soft touch" plastics at the arm rest level and maybe the tops of the doors.
"High-level" cars will have all "soft touch" plastics with the exception of the the lower door area.
"Luxury" cars may have leather in some areas of the door panel and MAYBE carpet at the lower area.

And remember - today you can have any color car interior you like as long as it's BLACK!





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