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Driver door handle (interior) is broken at the latch. was told need all new panel..where do I find them at a reasonable price?

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Best place for you to save some money would be your local Salvage Yard. If you pull the part your self from a Salvage 300M, it may only cost you $25.00

Thank you for using fixya and shop around, Salvage Yards are always fighting for your business since there are more then one of them in every city and town.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

  • krisher Oct 10, 2010

    Have called all within a 50 mile radius with no luck. Thought maybe we could just take the handle off and replace it but it looks like a special tool is used to remove it. The dealer wants $162 for the panel.

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