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Old 10-27-2013, 05:07 AM
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My passenger door handle broke in EXACTLY the same place. Too bad this DIY wasnt around when i replaced mine!
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:35 AM
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Used this thread yesterday to replace my driver side handle. I used a magnetic tip screwdriver and, being double cautious also used a playing card (Uno)... rolled longways into a cylinder. I placed into the gromet holes over the bolt heads and stuck screwdriver through the cylinder.... worked like a charm. no dropped bolts in my door.

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:15 AM
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Just wanted to say thank you to the originator of this thread and also to the gentleman who posted the pics.

They were perfect.

However, as with most car related work not shown on tv, things seldom go as planned. I realized this when I sat there trying to unscrew the top bolt for like a minute. From the sound inside the door, I could tell that whatever the screw was threaded into had separated from the door handle itself.

I pulled the top of the door handle away from the door and I could see the metal cylinder that the bolt threaded into just turn and turn as I turned the bolt with a screwdriver. The slot for the threaded cylinder or whatever it's called was cracked and open like some dried up plastic flower from car do it yourself hell.

The bottom bolt and its cylinder were similarly compromised. It would've been nice to just pull the bottom of the handle away like I'd done with the top, but unfortunately, the locking mechanism is screwed into the same place the bottom bolt is.

I had to pull the door handle (away from the door) until I had enough room to get a socket wrench in there to turn the bolt for the lock mechanism.

There's not really a good spot to slide a piece of cardboard in here, so just be careful if you have to do this.

Once that bolt was out, the door handle slid out, crunching pieces to the driveway, and leaving the bolts and threaded cylinders behind.

I sprayed these bolts with some lubricant and used my pressure pliers to lock the threading channel in place while I unscrewed from the other end. Thank you for the cardboard catcher idea. Worked perfectly when the top bolt slid out of my screwdriver.

With the bolts out of the way, the new door handle went in just like in the instructions.

I've taken a picture of the broken door handle so you can see the end result of my war. The two little cylinders at the bottom are what the bolts threaded into.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:29 AM
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What exactly is the story with the part number for the handle replacement.

I need to replace both of the handles. Nissan and Nissanpartzone.com are telling me I need 80503-AR200 and 80503-AR201. Is there a different and cheaper (price) part I can use for a 2007 350z Enthusiast?

http://www.nissanpartszone.com/Page_...mponentsNo=805
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:11 PM
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Sorry to bring up an old thread but this worked perfect for replacing my broken driver's side door handle on my 05 roadster. Thanks again to OP and the person who posted the pics couldn't have completed it without it. It took me 45 minutes going extra slow as to not have to replace bolts!

thanks again.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:49 AM
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Thank you all for this thread, you just saved me at least a couple of hundred bucks. Install went as described, hardest part was inserting the new handle but still took about 20 minutes tops to finish.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:13 PM
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Literally just happened to my '05. Dumbasses at Mr. Tire broke my driver's side handle, but I'll never be able to prove it. Luckily I found this thread and will try this as soon as my new parts arrive.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:28 PM
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Wow, that was SIMPLE. The hardest part was trying to find the bolt for the locking mechanism, which doesn't exist on the passenger side. Thanks for the quick replies, and thanks to the guy who did the DIY writeup.

Everybody wins on the internet!!

This is my mother-in-law's car, so I have re-gained Most Favored Son-in-Law status.

THANKS!

edit: If you have a convertible, it's a torx T27 to remove the 3 screws which secure the bracket that exists where the upper grommet would be.

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:07 PM
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Any tips on replacing the driver's side handle on a 2005 Roadster? It looks a little different than the hard top. There appears to only be one grommet/hole. I wondered if I have to remove the guide pin? I tried, but one of the bolts stripped...oh boy. Any tips would be appreciated.


Oh, I just saw the last edit that mentioned removing the bracket on the roadster. Now I just have to figure out how to remove the stripped bolt.

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Old 03-23-2015, 01:30 PM
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Sorry for bumping this but I just replaced mine and accidently shut it before having the new handle fully in. Now I get it into the blue part (metal rod) and it wont open the door its just halfway open and it wont open from the inside either any advice?
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:20 PM
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Thank you for this awesome write-up. Haven't been on in a while and just replaced my driver's side door handle bc not opening from outside. Works like a charm now. 15 min job. Like Mavtais said above, dealer was going to charge me $400+ for "actuator replacement" whereas it had absolutely nothing to do with the actuator. Very straightforward $70 DIY fix.
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Thanks for the write up. Very easy to do and i got the job done in about 25mins.
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Originally Posted by wickedneurons View Post
Just wanted to say thank you to the originator of this thread and also to the gentleman who posted the pics.

They were perfect.

However, as with most car related work not shown on tv, things seldom go as planned. I realized this when I sat there trying to unscrew the top bolt for like a minute. From the sound inside the door, I could tell that whatever the screw was threaded into had separated from the door handle itself.

I pulled the top of the door handle away from the door and I could see the metal cylinder that the bolt threaded into just turn and turn as I turned the bolt with a screwdriver. The slot for the threaded cylinder or whatever it's called was cracked and open like some dried up plastic flower from car do it yourself hell.

The bottom bolt and its cylinder were similarly compromised. It would've been nice to just pull the bottom of the handle away like I'd done with the top, but unfortunately, the locking mechanism is screwed into the same place the bottom bolt is.

I had to pull the door handle (away from the door) until I had enough room to get a socket wrench in there to turn the bolt for the lock mechanism.

There's not really a good spot to slide a piece of cardboard in here, so just be careful if you have to do this.

Once that bolt was out, the door handle slid out, crunching pieces to the driveway, and leaving the bolts and threaded cylinders behind.

I sprayed these bolts with some lubricant and used my pressure pliers to lock the threading channel in place while I unscrewed from the other end. Thank you for the cardboard catcher idea. Worked perfectly when the top bolt slid out of my screwdriver.

With the bolts out of the way, the new door handle went in just like in the instructions.

I've taken a picture of the broken door handle so you can see the end result of my war. The two little cylinders at the bottom are what the bolts threaded into.
This one and only post that this guy made years ago was super helpful to me.. Now I know whats going wrong with my bolt and will hope my handle doesnt break so I dont need to deal with this.
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And someone appeared from the ether and said, "Mic, thou shalt bump this thread which should be a sticky."

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Many thanks to the contributors to this thread. Thanks to a pre-read of this, it took me a grand 12.67 minutes to swap out a wonked door handle.

Let me elaborate (what else, it's me tawkin'):

- 4 minutes to drive car out of garage into the light of day, pop the rubber plugs, gather up a socket/ratchet/screwdriver, apply a dab of earthquake glue to the tip, and cut a TP roll to size in case of earthquake glue failure.

- 5 minutes to remove the handle, lock, wire thingamabob, and reinstall the thingamabob and lock on new handle purchased from the interwebs somewhere.

- 3 minutes to reinstall, and shut the door to test.

- 30 seconds of abject terror when it didn't open from inside OR out and my mind raced to the 37 ways to get the damn thing open again.

- 10 seconds to realize the door was locked, click it, and open door.

And now, the rest of the afternoon to call myself a dork.

Seriously, thanks guys, even salty old dogs learn new tricks here.

Mic
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:40 AM
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Thanks for the write-ups and subsequent clarifications. I did my passenger side today with maybe 5 minutes of actual work. The rest was just reading and re-reading. Drove to Z1, bought the part, and it's done deal! Thanks for making it so simple.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:27 AM
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I just replaced the drivers side handle took about 25 mins. Just took my time and followed the instructions in this post. I humbly thank the OP and all other posters.

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Originally Posted by 3hree5ive0ero View Post
Haha, should've read my instructions (post 4 & 5). I specifically state that you should use a magnetized screw driver and even tell you how to make one yourself.
I JUST DROPPED THE LOWER BOLT.......Where can I get another instead of taking the door apart to get it back? sooo mad at myself.....

On advice of local group member, I fished it out. One door done!

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Originally Posted by 3hree5ive0ero View Post
pic6: transfer the "metal wire" from the old handle to the new one (just hold white plastic bracket in place and spin the metal wire to release)
pic7: make sure the "metal wire" goes into the blue plastic first then fit the handle onto the door


* If you don't have a magnetic screwdriver but have a strong magnet and a metal phillips screwdriver, then you can create one yourself by taking the magnet and brushing it against the tip (~1") of the screwdriver. You can rotate the screwdriver to magnetize all around, but don't change the magnetic polarity or the direction of the brushing (no back and forth). Do this for a minute or two and you should be good.
Does anyone happen to know where I can find myself the "metal wire?" It wasn't connected to my door handle and its not inside the door itself (I checked). The blue funnel part is also a little broken in my door. Assuming the previous owner lost it??? Thanks
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Originally Posted by w210e55 View Post
Sorry to bring up an old thread but this worked perfect for replacing my broken driver's side door handle on my 05 roadster. Thanks again to OP and the person who posted the pics couldn't have completed it without it. It took me 45 minutes going extra slow as to not have to replace bolts!

thanks again.
Doesn't the 05 roadster have a reinforcement plate with pin and 3 screws holding it in. Most roadsters have to remove this to get to the top door handle bolt....

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