how to remove the E36 door panel.
To remove the trim surrounding the door release lever:- Using a small screwdriver or fingernails pull the rear section (the widest part) away from the door by about 2mm. This unlocks the assembly. Then slide it off towards the front of the car.
You'll need a Torx 20 bit to undo the 2 screws under the door pull after you've removed the screw covers.
Now open the door, sit on the floor, put one foot on the door frame, grab hold of the door panel at the bottom and pull like f&*@. Lift the trim over the door lock button and unplug the speaker and door mirror control wires (front doors only).
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>a) Is removing the seat fairly straightforward, or are there things to watch
BEFORE you remove the seat you MUST disarm the mechanical seat tensioner, or it could fire and
1. Be ruined ($$$)
2. Hurt you!!
To do this look under the front of the seat and you will see a cable ending in a platic thingie with ears .. this is held into a metal bracket with a wire tie .. cut the tie and carefully turn/wiggle the cable enf thingie until it releases from the metal bracket .. this takes the small amount of tension off the triggering mechanism ..
NOW you can UNBOLT and MANHANDLE the seat .. of course after disconnecting the seat belt latch switch wires ..
Hope this helps...
PS: If you think THIS is bad, the convertible (E30) seat tensioners are
pyrotechnic (read EXPLOSIVE) .. much more fun http://www.geocities.com/e36rulz/seatsremoval.doc http://www.apexcone.com/JimPowellHomepage/...SeatRemoval.htm
well that's some stuff i got home that helps the top is the door panels the bottom is for the seats, good luckl