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Hello,
I just bought a 2001 GLX Wagon with tan leather interior. I noticed that both interior front door handles (the part you grab to close the door, with the wood trim on part of it) have badly peeling tan paint/plastic coating. The interior is in good condition otherwise. Just a couple questions:
- Is this normal for the age?
- Can this part be replaced without replacing the entire door card?

I tried the search function, but it is difficult to describe and/or find info.

Thanks in advance for any info!:thumbup:
 

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This is pretty normal, the problem with rubberized interior surfaces (handles, radio knobs, switches) is when people use lotion on their hands and touch them, the lotion penetrates the rubber surface and causes it to pull away from the plastic underneath. This is especially common on the newer mk5 and b6 VWs.

certain parts of your door panel can be ordered, i am not sure if the handle can be, sorry for the lack of help there.

alternatively there are specialist automotive trim repair guys who can fix these surfaces by respraying this coating, you may want to look into this route.
 

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Yes, you can replace just the door pulls.

Driver's side: Pry out the separate inner part of the handle; the part your fingertips rest on. With this out of the way, you can lift the front edge of the handle, and unclip it from the rear. Lift handle loose, and disconnect the electrical cable to the window switches.

Passenger doors: Using a small screwdriver, pry loose the decorative cover on the outside of the handle. If you look carefully, there's a small slot for this purpose. Remove the two screws underneath. There are also two screws holding the handle from the back; to get to those, you have to remove the door card.

Door card: Remove Torx screws along lower edge of the door. Using a butter knife or trim tool, pry carefully around the edges of the card to release the clips. Carefully slide the card upward an inch or so; it hangs over the top edge of the door. At this point, the card will still be attached by electrical wires and the cable for the door latch. You can reach behind to remove the door pull screws, to avoid disconnecting them. If you DO disconnect the latch cable, note carefully how it attaches; it's tricky to get it back just right. Be careful of the lock button at the top of the door.

When I replaced mine, I was unsuccessful in finding good-looking junkyard parts - they don't wear well, and all looked about the same as mine. I got new pulls from the dealer; unfortunately, the ones with wood trim are pretty expensive. I "handle" mine very, very carefully now...
 

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Thanks for the detailed responses! I will keep an eye out for low-mileage part outs and maybe I can snag the handles there (even if I have to buy the entire door card). It's a shame that they look so bad, while the rest of the interior has held up well.
Thanks again!:thumbup:
 
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