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My rear latch on the lift gate of my 2004 mazda MPV is broken and the door will not open. How can I get the door open and where can I find a replacement part and what is the approx. cost?

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I just solved this same problem with my 2005 this afternoon. My estimates n cost at a dealer were somewhere between $350 and $1,500. Luckily, I'm willing to ga,be taking stuff apart. First, clean out the back of the car so you have room to work. Drop the storable seats or take out seats if you can. Then, start at the top panel on the gate and remove it. It is on there with metal clips which should be fine if you give them a tug. The upper side panels are on with trickier clips. Pull the center before pulling the outer ring. Again remove the panels. This should leave the main panel. It's on with a lot of plastic clips that are easy to pop out, screws in through the handle, and possibly a couple of clips on the underside where you won't be able to reach. They will break, it's okay... They arent that necesary and cheap to replace. The panel will take a little wiggling and pulling to take off. Once it's off, make sure the light is disconnected and set all the panel parts aside. By this point, you can get to the mechanism. My problem was a piece of metal (old slug of some sort) fell in the bottom of the latch preventing it from moving far enough to unlatch. I was able to fish it out with a copper wire, but if you have the same problem, I would suggest a long thin needle nose plier, or a set of medical hemostasts. In any case, you have it a part and should be able to diagnose the problem from there. Once fixed, piece it all back together. Best of luck!

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