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Old 10-07-2009, 04:11 AM
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I have a 2.0L 2004 New Beetle hardtop. Today while getting in my car and reaching for the door handle to close the door, well it broke. The plastic broke right up near the upper part of the screw. Anyone know where I could get a replacement interior door handle (gray in color). I couldn't locate anything online. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks,

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:19 AM
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Is it the door handle that opens the door or the handle bar that closes it?

If its the one that closes the door then you can buy a whole assembly from ebay for like 10 bucks.


if its the handlebar unfortunately you will have to find someone to take it off and epoxy it back on. Its a common problem and even happened to me a month or so ago.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:28 AM
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Is it the door handle that opens the door or the handle bar that closes it?

If its the one that closes the door then you can buy a whole assembly from ebay for like 10 bucks.


if its the handlebar unfortunately you will have to find someone to take it off and epoxy it back on. Its a common problem and even happened to me a month or so ago.
It's the handle you grab that's screwed to the door panel. Two screws hold it into place and then theres a cover that snaps onto it.
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It's the handle you grab that's screwed to the door panel. Two screws hold it into place and then theres a cover that snaps onto it.
Yup that's the one, your going to have to take the door panel off (easy as pie) and epoxy the hell out of the brackets to get them working again.


Same exact thing happened to me

It sucks but is fixable.
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so no one has this part online. Is it only a dealer item?
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nothing found on this pull handle for my door on ebay. Also couldn't locate a replacement handle anywhere online. I guess I'm the only one that has ever broke this door pull handle.
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could always just get a good old drawer handle from home depot.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:41 AM
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nothing found on this pull handle for my door on ebay. Also couldn't locate a replacement handle anywhere online. I guess I'm the only one that has ever broke this door pull handle.
I don't know if you read my posts but It isn't a replaceable part, and no your not the only one to have had it happen, it happened to me a few weeks ago
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The plastic door handle will really hurt your pocket because of its low quality. I suggest go for a broader search if you really want to find a cheap and a good quality handles.
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you need to grind down the broken off door handle and purchase door handles for a tj jeep (pics shown). Also need to purchase longer screws and a washer to hold the handle on.
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Another low quality part....VWs are filled with such kind of low quality plastic parts.
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As are many other cars...I test drove a brand new Focus last fall and man, that car just looked and felt so cheap on the inside. I could see 20 different pieces that I could see breaking due to poor quality plastics.


As for the Jeep handle fix...it needs to be done much better. You can see so much of the cut away plastic that it really makes it look bad IMO.
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As are many other cars...I test drove a brand new Focus last fall and man, that car just looked and felt so cheap on the inside. I could see 20 different pieces that I could see breaking due to poor quality plastics.


As for the Jeep handle fix...it needs to be done much better. You can see so much of the cut away plastic that it really makes it look bad IMO.

Focus...It's probably the worst model designed by Ford. I hate plastic...
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My passenger handle broke as well. I haven't found anything either. I'm thinking about trying to get one from a junk yard.
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The door handles on both doors have broken on my daughter's 2001 Beetle, but about a year apart.

For the passenger I drilled holes and used zip ties and got a solid fix.

The driver's broke recently and after trying to duplicate what I did on the passenger's, it was still a bit loose. I couldn't get a good angle on the top rear portion, which left the top crack noticeable and a not so solid feeling.

I opted to try another users chain from bolt to bolt fix that I saw here in the forums, but with strapping wire instead. I thought getting the chain exactly right-sized to make a snug hangle might pose more of a challenge than needed.

This isn't a pretty fix, but with the handle cover, the ugliness is completely hidden.

I started by wrapping the strapping wire around the bolt tightly and made 2 of these with about 10 inches extra (ignore shadow of the wire):



Then I took a soldering iron and melted a valley for the wires to lay in.

Then I used pliers to twist each end together until I got a real tight snug secure handle.

Then I forced the twisted ends back into the holes so it they wouldn't block the handle cover/top from going back in.

I also had to melt a groove in the handle cover/top that slid into where the bolt holes are.

Yes, this is ghetto. But it's hidden completely by the cover.



Yes, you lose the 3 clips that hold the handle cover but 2 of my 3 broke when I removed it for the first time. AND the cover stays put just fine by friction and I think there are a couple tabs too that keep it in place.

Yes, it weakens the plastic, but the handle is already broken.

The only way I see the see to fix this the right way is to replace the whole door panel since the handle is part of the panel. The panel is $500. I'll settle for my ugly ghetto fix that's hidden.

But if anyone is a fabricator, it seems to me there is a gold mine here, since both mine broke. One could fabricate a bolt to bolt fix with cut outs for the handle clips.
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Just recently had my driver side grab bar broke, my passenger side was already broken. Since it wasn't the driver side it did'nt bother me. Now I'm forced to get them both repaired. While looking at all DIY's on here, and some googling some others I came across this on ebay. A great clean and what looks to be a reliable solution. A metal pull replacement for both handles and it comes in multiple customizations. I think I will invest, but I wanted to share with everybody on here.

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Hey Guys,

I fix my door handle cheaper than the ones on ebay! I got the Beetlebrace for $29.00 from www.dieselgeek.com

They also have other door handle models to fix the problem.

Check: New Beetle Broken Door Handle Fixes

You can write to Jim Royston (jim@dieselgeek.com),(sales@dieselgeek.com) or call him at: (210)852-4819

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Dieselgeek/Jim is AWESOME! He fixed mine and several others Bugs door handles at Roswell this past June. In fact, Daisy (my bug) is a "model" on his website for the beetle brace.
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Dieselgeek/Jim is AWESOME! He fixed mine and several others Bugs door handles at Roswell this past June. In fact, Daisy (my bug) is a "model" on his website for the beetle brace.
Hey Cori Bug, nice to hear your car is a model! You need to collect some royalties for each beetle brace he sell!

Jim is a nice guy with a excellent customer service. Every time I e-mail him, he reply ASAP. I also purchase from him a deluxe 1.8T timing belt kit for my engine.

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Go for it, I did and love them. Super solid and give the door a super cool look in my opinion!

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Just recently had my driver side grab bar broke, my passenger side was already broken. Since it wasn't the driver side it did'nt bother me. Now I'm forced to get them both repaired. While looking at all DIY's on here, and some googling some others I came across this on ebay. A great clean and what looks to be a reliable solution. A metal pull replacement for both handles and it comes in multiple customizations. I think I will invest, but I wanted to share with everybody on here.

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