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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2005 Volkswagen Beetle Front Door Panel (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

All Volkswagen Beetle for sale Tools required:

  • T20 Torx Driver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Using the flathead screwdriver, pry and remove the trim panel on the interior door pull.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2) exposed by removing the trim panel in Step 2.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screws (3) that line the bottom edge of the interior door panel.

Step 5: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), pry and remove the interior door panel from the frame.


A series of retaining pins that secures the door panel to the door frame. You will hear them "pop" as they disengage.

Step 6: Disconnect the wiring harnesses (5) from the back of the interior door panel. Disengage the locking rod (1) from the back of the interior door handle.

Step 7: The door panel should now be completely free from the vehicle.

Step 8: To reattach the door panel, simply reverse the removal process.


Move the panel into position, reconnect the wiring harnesses and locking rod, then begin mounting the panel. With a FIRM (but not too firm) strike near each retaining pin, you should hear it "snap" into place. You can then tighten the Phillips screws (2) and T20 Torx screws (3). Reattach the interior door pull's trim panel to finalize installation.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004, 05 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Replacement Instructions

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