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Re: Design flaws?

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. I've also wondered why there isn't bottom screw mounts for the rear license plate. Every time I close the rear gate, my license plate and frame flaps around. Never seen that on a car before. Wonder what design engineer thought just having the top screw mounts would be sufficient.
There is another thread on the site regarding this issue. Here is how I solved it:

Walmart carries plastic fasteners (screws and nuts) in the automotive department with all the license plate frame stuff. They are made by Bell (the bicycle accessory company). There are 4 black plastic screws (appx ) and nuts and 4 chrome plated plastic caps. I mounted the license plate to the bottom of the frame by inserting the screw in backwards (head towards the hatch) and installed the nut on the front. The heads of the screws are very thin and will not make contact with the hatch (the nuts would have hit the hatch). I then cut off the excess screw threads with a razor blade leaving a flush surface. My license plate frame is black so the nuts are practically invisible from a distance. The rattle is finally gone! The price - $1.99. I checked a local Advance Auto and they also carried the fasteners. The only difference was they wanted $2.99. Hope you find this useful.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:39 PM
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Was the defroster on? A/C compressors run when defrosters are on.
I don't remember. I might have actually had the A/C on and/or the Auto set to 66. I like it cool.
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I I've also wondered why there isn't bottom screw mounts for the rear license plate. Every time I close the rear gate, my license plate and frame flaps around. Never seen that on a car before. Wonder what design engineer thought just having the top screw mounts would be sufficient.
I bought a set of the WeatherTech license plate frames - they are sealed and for the bottom holes I just used black plastic screws and nuts, then cut off remaining threads with shears, leaving it flat on back of the frames. I used the black caps for the holes in the license plate frame, and no rattles. They are pricey but good license plate frames.
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I tend to hit the lock button often as I egress. I'm getting used to the accessory controls issue that OP pointed out... I'm used to having two sticks. Also, a mist wiper mode for the rear window would've been nice; I have to click on and off for a quick wipe.
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