That's awful. It's not going to be cheap repairing that door panel
Did you mention to your mom that it's a BMW, not an animal kennel or a dog transport?
The cost of replacing that door grab handle AND the door panel (and yes I said replacing, because I don't think reupholstering it is going to do the job) isn't going to be cheap.
To remove the interior door panel, I recommend getting a service manual for that car. Bentleypublishing.com sells an excellent one for most BMW's. They aren't cheap, but if you really want the best manual, it's one of the few worth every penny. More than likely, it's the E46 manual you are looking for.
You can go to Realoem.com if you have the production date (located on the driver's side door jamb) or the last 7 digits of the VIN number you can locate the cost of replacing the door panel and the grab handle.
Last edited by bcweir; 07-31-2012 at 12:48 AM.