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"┬Ł 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"┬Ł 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
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Volkswagen Beetle Front Door Panel (Interior) Replacement Instructions