My driver door handle on my coupe has looked like this for about a month:
So I bought this from the dealer:
(I looked around for a long time for a used one and finally gave up, bit the bullet and ordered one from the dealer - $160)
I just replaced it today, and I thought I'd take some pics and write it up in order to help anyone who has this same problem and is considering replacing it themselves. This was not a very diffcult job, took less than an hour.
Step 1: Remove the interior door panel.
Step 2: Once it is off you should see this:
Peel the clear plastic back about half way down the door.
Peel back the black plastic covering the access hole on the left (circled in red
). Disconnect the electric plug (circled in green
). Remove electrical cable from mounting points(4 of them). Reach in the door and seperate the door lock rod from the door lock tab(circled in blue
). Using a 10mm socket wrench and removed the door handle mounting bolts(circled in red
Step 4: Remove the door latch rod from the door handle. The online manual suggests prying it off with a flathead screw driver, I had no luck trying that. So I pulled the whole assemblemy to the outside of the door, like so:
Then I used a sharp knife to cut the plastic tabs holding the rod to the door handle.
Step 5: Now that you have the door handle completely removed, take out the lock mechanism (it is held in place by a wire, should be easy to see how it's held in place)
Step 6: Install the lock mechanism in to the new door handle.
Step 7: Now that the new door handle has the lock mechanism in, replacement is the reverse if the removal. Reattach door latch rod, work the door handle back in the door, reattach mounting bolts, reattach door lock rod, and finally run the elctrical cable (make certain that it is run around the window guide, and push retaining clips back into holes).
Step 8: Verity that is works, before you put the door back together.
Step 9: Replace access hole cover and clear plastic. I used 3M spray adhesive to replace the black plastic over the access hole, and caulk adhesive on the clear plastic.
Step 10: Replace the door panel.
(Notice it is a little differnent than the one I removed)
It is so nice to be able to open my door easily again.
Much easier than I thought it would be. I hope this helps someone out.