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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2000-2004 Subaru Outback Front Door Panel (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

All Subaru Outback for sale Tools required:

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the retaining pin (1) near the door hinge side of the panel.

Step 3: Pry and remove the triangular trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 4: Pry and lift the power window control panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) from the UNDERSIDE of the panel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the screw cover (1) near the interior door's arm rest. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).

Step 6: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 7: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 8: Pry and separate the door panel from the door frame.


A series of retaining clips secures the door panel to the frame. By working your way around the outer edge of the panel, you can "pop" the retaining clips free by prying outward.

Step 9: Disconnect the wiring harness (1) from the back of the interior door panel.

Step 10: The door panel should now be free from the vehicle.

Step 11: To reattach the interior door panel, connect the wiring harness (1) to the back of the panel, and move it into position.


With a FIRM, but not too firm, strike near each retaining clip, you can "snap" them back into place, securing the panel to the door frame.

Step 12: Reattach the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 13: Reattach the triangular trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 14: Tighten the Phillips screws (2).

Step 15: Reattach the retaining pin near the door hinge and the screw cover on the arm rest.

Step 16: Connect the wiring harnesses (2) to the UNDERSIDE of the power window panel. "Snap" the panel back into position.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004 Subaru Outback Replacement Instructions

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