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2016 to 2017 conversion

From just looking I'd need new front bumper and headlights. Would I need the hood and fenders as well? And tail lights look like the same shape except they are led, would the harness fit into the 2016 harness? The wifey loves the updated look so I'm trying to piece together the parts
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Why didn't you just buy a 2017???

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Why didn't you just buy a 2017???
Maybe he bought the 2016 when 2017 wasn't out yet?
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Why ask why....Bud Dry!
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I have a 2014, and the only thing that was holding me back from buying it sooner was the front grill. While I have forgotten about it, and let it grow on me....
If there is a reasonably straight forward way of doing it, I would be doing it too. But new headlights I think would be costly. Then the paint job needs to be perfect to match the rest.... Also, I already got foglights for the older style, and that would be another part for me to get.

There are a few folks that have done some research on this. Used the Advanced Search to pull up what they did.

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Seems like a lot of investment (time and money) for little reward.... I'd also ask the question, how would this effects the value of the vehicle? My guess is it's likely to have a negative impact on value, especially if there's any imperfections with the finished product.

Might get more bang for your buck with a trade-in for a used 18' (maybe 19') and use those funds towards a down payment.
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Wow why didnt I think of that??? Lol. Yes let me go back to 2016 and buy a 2017 when it wasn't even out yet.

I'm almost done paying it off to where it makes no sense buying another one. I've done conversions on other types of cars I've owned and they came out great. I'm just trying to see what parts I need so I can start gathering them.
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If there was a well designed honeycomb mesh grill that takes out the smile with logo, I would easily opt for that, than to "upgrade" the look.
Last time I looked was 4 years ago, and the ones I saw on Ebay were not so nice looking..

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Why ask why....Bud Dry!

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I have a 2014, and the only thing that was holding me back from buying it sooner was the front grill. While I have forgotten about it, and let it grow on me....

If there is a reasonably straight forward way of doing it, I would be doing it too. But new headlights I think would be costly. Then the paint job needs to be perfect to match the rest.... Also, I already got foglights for the older style, and that would be another part for me to get.



There are a few folks that have done some research on this. Used the Advanced Search to pull up what they did.
THIS.

If he decides to sell in the future/trade in, buyers might suspect it had front end damage that wasn't reported.

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He can video tape the entire thing as a before and after documentary, and all that suspicion is gone.

Also, consider....Lot of Toy owners buy these cars for reliability over time. If you keep your car for less than 4-5 years, who cares what car you buy...you just trade it off anyways...So I dont take resale value in consideration at all. Have not done so in any of the cars.
Besides, why would anyone do this if they werent expecting to do a good job. It does take time to get all the ducks in a row...

The easiest way to do it, is if you had a autobody that can do it all...Order install and paint. But they often work on insurance rates that hardly make sense paying out of pocket.
So next time you get into a little bumper rub, you can ask your local friendly body shop.

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Search after market parts vendors . They make popular parts that can be checked to fit a span of years. Cheap source for information and parts if needed. Many swear OEM parts are the only way to go. Aftermarket has come a long way in many cases equal or better than production line pieces. I have updated cars in the past with this simple procedure. The third generation HL is popular and many parts should be available.
I see no reason to change our 14 . It performs well and very dependable. Great value remaining is also key. Changing the outward appearance may give some the appearance of a prior serious crash and repair.
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Leave it alone - 2016 version looks great too

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Wow why didnt I think of that??? Lol. Yes let me go back to 2016 and buy a 2017 when it wasn't even out yet.

I'm almost done paying it off to where it makes no sense buying another one. I've done conversions on other types of cars I've owned and they came out great. I'm just trying to see what parts I need so I can start gathering them.
I'd just live with your 2016 - there's nothing wrong with it. And while the front end is different, in back it doesn't look that different (just lights really). Plus when you trade it in this may affect the value.
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I'd just live with your 2016 - there's nothing wrong with it. And while the front end is different, in back it doesn't look that different (just lights really). Plus when you trade it in this may affect the value.
If it makes you feel any better the new 2020 highlander looks extremely similar to the 2016 face and less so the 17-19 front end. So in a way your 2016 is now closer to the latest design then the 2017 swap would be.
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parts needed for conversion, total prices are msrp, on the right is discounted and or aftermarket option, total would be around $1400 plus install and painting the bumper cover. and i forgot the foglights, the foglights are the same except for the outer garnish, not too bad for the price and you can still sell your old parts, headlights and grill part# are for an SE(black)
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...sell your old parts...
Keep the parts, swap them back prior to selling/trading it in. Then all the resale concerns above go away.

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Is there a year by year lineup of pictures for easy comparison of the different model years? I see people taking about differences that I probably never noticed but now I am curious. Back in the day my first car love was the late sixties through 1976 Caprice models before the awful '77 redesign. I knew all the grills and lights and such, back in the '80s.

Pragmatism set in as I became an adult, and I love my '15 HL XLE.

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