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Bolts broke on bottom drivers door hinge

Just opened my door and it was hanging by just the top & middle hinge. The large bottom hinge was not longer attached to the door. The 2 bolts broke off now I need to replace. Need to know what size of bolts? Is this a common problem for the Beetle?

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