dws, after I returned home with my car (bought used) I noticed several of the plastic ribs were missing or broken due to stone damage. I considered a replacement, but assumed the same problem would exist again after driving the car for awhile. Even though some of the forum members expressed concern over stone chips on the black stainless grill, I figured it would be much easier to paint stone chips than replace plastic! I have had the car for over a year now and there is no evidence of stone chips. I live in central PA and drive the car year round, but do avoid severe weather. Also, as I recall, the stainless grill was about the same price or slightly cheaper than the factory and MUCH easier to install. Good luck and enjoy your ride!