Not everything goes as planned

Just so you don’t get the impression that making modifications always works out wonderfully, here’s a story about one that failed.  Badly.  I bought the Leaf SV (the lower-end model).  The SL came with a cargo-area cover, while mine did not.  I decided to make my own.

Black Display Board

Black Display Board

I bought a black display board from Staples.  I took my time and cut it out into a shape to fit the supports for the OEM cargo cover.  When I was finished, it looked great!  It was easy to put in, easy to remove, and covered the area nicely.  Sure, it didn’t lift up when you opened the liftgate, but that seemed a small price to pay when my cover was a lot less expensive than the OEM.

That first day, I took the car out shopping.  Parked it in a parking lot.  It was a warm spring day.  When I got back to the car, the display board had basically started to melt.  It had drooped down in the center and had fallen down into the opening.

So, that modification didn’t turn out too well.  Use something sturdier if you want to make your own cargo cover.

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