Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
February 16, 2016
Unbiased Review: Verdict is Still Out There
As a disclaimer, I've only had the product for two days and since it's a holiday weekend, I've driven minimally. So this review is mainly on the aesthetics of the splashguards, not on the overall function.
I purchased this product for the retail value of $149.99. When I opened the box, I thought, whoever patented this product is making a heck-of-a lot of money because this item probably costs $15-20 to make. The ABS plastic material is very thin and I worry about the durability of this product. But again, this concern is purely speculation as I have yet to test out the product over the rigors of daily driving -- particularly in areas of high construction.
That said, installation was easy, it took about, literally, 5 minutes in total. From the side and rear (pictures attached), these splashguards are very subtle. You have to almost stare at it to realize it is there, especially since the black color (and texture) of the splashguards blend well with the vinyl side skirt and black tires. From the front, however, they do look somewhat tacky. Because of the nature of what they are, the item obviously needs to be wide in order to protect your car from mud and rocks. However, the angle of the "cut" appears bulky (picture of front also attached) and not as subtle as it could have been if it were elongated and angled at the top. I drive an oxford white mustang, so it's even more noticeable from the front because of the color contrast.
I know this is nit-picky, but for $149.99, I believe I have purchased the right to be critical.
Overall, to be completely honest, if there were a cheaper alternative, I would definitely have gone that route; American Muscle is smart, though, because there really are no alternatives at the moment for our 2015-2016 Mustangs, which increases the purchase value of these pieces of plastic (Hey, I'm not mad at 'ya!). As a result, I've paid for splashguards that cost just as much as my other mods (e.g., brake caliper covers, window tints, and stainless steel exhaust tips to name a few).
The true value of these splashguards will reveal itself over the next few months:
a) Will the splash guards protect the body of my vehicle from rocks and mud? If so, this alone will pay for the $149.99 price tag as paint chips and dings can be a hassle
b) Will I not have to wipe down my vehicle of water-splashes and dirt after every drive, particularly when I drive more "festive" than usual
c) Will the item itself remain in tact over the months/years (item is very thin)
d) Do I have to worry about theft of these products (since they are non-drill)?