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Louie
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Hi Folks

Today i became a clown why ? my daughter who has a provisional licence wanted a test drive in 

my Corolla Hybrid GR 2l so off she toddled to Halfords for some plates. We then drove to a quiet fairly traffic 

free location for her to try the car out. The fun began when we tried to attach the plates to the car, the 

front was ok but the plates just fell off the rear boot door. Eventually we slid them temporarily under

the rear wiper. I was not aware having had the car for nearly two years that the rear door is plastic of some kind.

Some one tell me i am wrong.

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1 hour ago, Louie said:

Hi Folks

Today i became a clown why ? my daughter who has a provisional licence wanted a test drive in 

my Corolla Hybrid GR 2l so off she toddled to Halfords for some plates. We then drove to a quiet fairly traffic 

free location for her to try the car out. The fun began when we tried to attach the plates to the car, the 

front was ok but the plates just fell off the rear boot door. Eventually we slid them temporarily under

the rear wiper. I was not aware having had the car for nearly two years that the rear door is plastic of some kind.

Some one tell me i am wrong.

Haha, yes indeed. It’s some sort of composite material and it was like a big news back in 2019 when the car was first introduced. Magnetic plates won’t work.

Skip to 3:15 for the hatch. 👌

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Had a similar issue when working under the bonnet on my 308 T9 as the bonnet is aluminium so my magnetic torch had nothing to stick to.

More & more vehicle manufacturers are using lightweight non metallic materials like plastic or aluminium to make non structural body panels from, normally tailgate, bonnet & occasionally doors. 

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volvo has done this since 2001 V70. composite/fibreglass, saves us the struggle of getting the boot eaten up by "brown chrome"
however on the TS boot atleast you can slightly see when closing it, that it got some flex to it, that a metal boot would not show

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