100 series Windshield Molding questions (1 Viewer)

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Is the 100 series windshield molding functional or cosmetic?

Windshield replaced, but molding on both sides needs replaced. After reading various threads on "how to replace" here and other web sources, is it needed? No doubt, it looks better with the molding, but can I just fill in the rivet holes with a sealant? Quotes I've gotten on replacing both are $1200 range with installation. Seems high, but OEM parts are $600.

2004 LX 470, not in great cosmetic condition, so I'm not worried about looks. Just don't want water damage to ECU, etc.

Thanks to all for input.
 

dubdub20003

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I got parts from PartsSouk recently and they were closer to $400... if that helps any. I will let other with more experience comment, but I do not think you can think of them as only cosmetic.
 

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