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Old 10-15-2006, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default 2000 SL2 Driver door only opens from inside?

Hey there. What a bad time for this to happen, just as it's getting cold.
I searched but couldn't find anyone else with the same problem.. basically, my driver's door will not open from the outside even if it's unlocked.. I have to reach in either through the window or from the other side and it will open from the inside. just started doing this.

I have off of work tomorrow so before I tear the door apart blindly I was just wondering if this was a common problem, or if anyone else has had this issue?

The car's been a dream other than this little issue, 2000 SL2 5-speed.
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Old 10-16-2006, 12:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2000 SL2 Driver door only opens from inside?

Never heard of this happening, sounds like the rod to the handle has either broken, bent, or slipped off.

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Old 10-16-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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Just remove the outter panel and have a look inside. I really dont think the rod going from the handle to the latch would just pop off. Its enough of a chore to get it off when you want it to come off. But anything is possible with these cars.

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Old 10-31-2006, 05:32 PM   #4
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Hi guys. Thanks for the tip.
It was BEAUTIFUL out yesterday so I pulled the outer skin and door handle off the door. And this is what I found underneath:

that's not right!

That's why it would open from the inside and not the outside.. because that metal rod is only attached to the outer handle. After popping it back into place it worked like normal:


For good measure, I threw some blue RTV (only adhesive type substance I had on hand) over the two "teeth" of the clip to hopefully keep it from popping off again.

It's been fine so far and I don't look like a tool getting in the car any more!

Hope this helps someone with the same issue; your advice helped me get the door skin off.

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Old 10-31-2006, 11:46 PM   #5
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