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Howdy. I'm looking at new 2017 Hybrid Limited, but don't like the chrome handles. I prefer the color keyed handles in other trims.

Sales person said they would have to replace most of the handle.

I called parts department and they indicated handles alone are approx $1,000 retail.

Does this seem correct? Any gut feel for # labor hours?

Side question: any advice what I could negotiate parts+labor for this in purchase of new car? Dealers have a decent number of 2017 Hybrids still. I'm not sure what markup is on parts. I assume dealers like to keep their service guys working on repairs that make $$$.

Thank you!
-Mike
 

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Look online at places like eBay and Amazon for OEM parts direct. They're plastic BTW, not actual chrome. Anything from 2014 on should fit.
 

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Only thing I'd say would bring the price up that high is the smart key sensors.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the LTD's have sensors on all 4 handles.
May have to do with such a high cost...?
 

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Only thing I'd say would bring the price up that high is the smart key sensors.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the LTD's have sensors on all 4 handles.
May have to do with such a high cost...?

The Platinum has sensors on all four door handles, the Ltd only has sensors on the front door handles.
 

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Look online at places like eBay and Amazon for OEM parts direct. They're plastic BTW, not actual chrome. Anything from 2014 on should fit.
My searches came up empty for the color I am considering buying (Modern Steel Metallic, 1G3). Some listings for "chrome" handle w/ smartkey.
 

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The Platinum has sensors on all four door handles, the Ltd only has sensors on the front door handles.
Parts guy I spoke to and sales person who checked with shop indicated Limited has 4 smart handles.

I am doing 2nd test drive tomorrow and will test.

2008 CR-V so this keyless stuff is voodoo to me.
 

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How hard is it to do the handle swap? I'm not that handy. More want to know whether I can get the swap made at little cost in deal for new RAV4. I.e. 1 hour job for experienced tech? Thanks.
 

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I'd believe Toyota's website and ebrochure before any salesman or parts guy, it says the Platinum is the only model with the Smart Key system on all four doors, look under interior features.
So true. It says 2 front door handles have them. 2 rear do not. Thank you.
 

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I wonder how hard it would be for a body shop to just paint match them
 

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I wonder how hard it would be for a body shop to just paint match them
I agree, that would probably be the best and cheapest option. I don't like the chrome handles either but can't be bothered with the hassle or expense to do something about it.
 

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I agree, that would probably be the best and cheapest option. I don't like the chrome handles either but can't be bothered with the hassle or expense to do something about it.
If dealer does work, any estimate on labor hour(s) it **should** take to swap the 4 handles? My goal is to include this in new car deal w/ no markup, free labor.
 

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Buy chrome handle covers off Amazon or Ebay.
Paint them with colour matched paint from dealer or specialised paint store.
Stick them on with 3M tape.
I did exactly that on my old RAV.
 
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