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Old 07-20-2004, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi everybody,
i jus bought at 92' 325i and the inside driver side door panel is loose. i.e the clips that holds it to the door are broken... i bought some replacement clips from the dealer but can't seeem to get the old ones out... jus afraid that if i yank them out, i might jus rip the hole and worsen the situation... any tricks/ideas to remove them and put the new ones back on?
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I have the same problem. I bought a bunch of door panel clips because I couldn't get them to hold. I have gotten one out sucessfully and there is no way it could come out alive. I had to break the whole backing on the clip but the door panel seems to be fine. I don't know, I need some help with this too
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there is an opening to one of the sides on the door clip holder. just push hard in that direction. then get new one and and clip up.
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Hey guys,
This one of those rare times where you dont mind going to the dealer. those clips are like .20 each. go to the dealer, buy like ten clips or so. then when you have your door panel off, use a side cutter (like pliers but for cutting wire), or even a linesman pliers and just cut the messed up one off. then re insert the new ones. Much easier than struggling with the old ones and cutting your hands up
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yeah, i bought a bunch of them.. they were $1 a piece... now the problem i m facing is removing the whole door panel inside... mine is not compeletely detached... in other words, some of the clips are still holding the panel to the door.. are there any screws that needs to be taken out and how do i get the whole door panel off without breakin the door handle or anything else?

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yeah, i bought a bunch of them.. they were $1 a piece... now the problem i m facing is removing the whole door panel inside... mine is not compeletely detached... in other words, some of the clips are still holding the panel to the door.. are there any screws that needs to be taken out and how do i get the whole door panel off without breakin the door handle or anything else?

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yeah htis is a relly common problem i bought the clips for 5cents a peice! so im th inking im going to start to sell them on ebay for cheaper than everyone else but sitll make bank! but yeah needle nose plyerss thats all i can say! its not that hard but takes mad time, new clips high addesive etc

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ill buy some!!!
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ill buy some!!!
hell ill send you 15-20 for like 5 shipped!

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Old 07-20-2004, 12:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes there are screws that hold it on. they are under then handle. and the handle trim needs to come off as well as the lock thingy
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Yes there are screws that hold it on. they are under then handle. and the handle trim needs to come off as well as the lock thingy
if yours is as bad as mine was, then the door panel should pretty much being falling off everytime you close it, all you do is take the clip off from around the door handle (inside) and put it out and then up over your lock lever, and its off! then you glue the two peices of the panel back together, put new clips it (after the glue dried) and put it back on put the door clip back on by thehandle to keep it goether and you are in business, if you door clip is broken or you dont have one it wont hold, and you will need to buy one asap!

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thanx guyz..

bigred - for 25c i'll buy 20 of those from you... lemme know... =) seriously...
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thanx guyz..

bigred - for 25c i'll buy 20 of those from you... lemme know... =) seriously...
25 cents huh? i thinkitll cost more to ship it there or is C something else haha

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lol...
the C did mean cents... i figured 25c was the fair price since it would b a buck or two to ship it... so the total for 20 clips would come out to about 7 bucks... still cheaper than $20 i would pay at the dealer... or at bavauto... and a 400% profit margin for u is not bad i think... hahaha

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the C did mean cents... i figured 25c was the fair price since it would b a buck or two to ship it... so the total for 20 clips would come out to about 7 bucks... still cheaper than $20 i would pay at the dealer... or at bavauto... and a 400% profit margin for u is not bad i think... hahaha

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Old 07-20-2004, 05:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hahaha, I installed some new speakers in a jeep yesterday and just yanked on the panel to get it off. Gotta love american cars.
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