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Old 12-29-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default Replacing a Door Handle on my 2008 Vue

Hi,

The rear, driver-side door handle on my '08 Vue snapped leaving that door useless unless I want to reach in from the front door and open it from the inside every time. Obviously not. (Note: I already checked and I don't qualify for the 2008 Vue Handle recall)

I took my vehicle to the body shop at my local "Saturn authorized" GM dealer and they told me that the handle assembly could not be adequately accessed by removing the inside door panel and that they would need to remove the outside panel to replace the door handle. This was significantly more labor time and significantly more money. All told, with that labor and spraying the part to match, I'm looking at almost $450. Sounded a bit steep to me to replace a door handle.

Does this all sound on the up and up? Should I consult a smaller shop to see if they could do it for less (theoretically the part may be hard to get)? How difficult is this job? Could I do it myself (I'm handy enough, but don't really have any auto body experience)?

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Old 12-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Replacing a Door Handle on my 2008 Vue

The 2008 Vue service manual has instructions to replace outside handle and there's no mention of removing external skin.

I can forward as many pdf extracts as you need (procedures mention several - including inner trim panel, latch, etc).

Use PM to forward email address if interested.

BTW ... you'll still need a handle - perhaps salvage or after-market sourced?

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Replacing a Door Handle on my 2008 Vue

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Sounded a bit steep to me to replace a door handle.
my brother has a BMW X5 and it once cost him 600 bucks to replace a door handle. cars are just getting way to expensive these days for my wallet

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Default Re: Replacing a Door Handle on my 2008 Vue

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The 2008 Vue service manual has instructions to replace outside handle and there's no mention of removing external skin.

I can forward as many pdf extracts as you need (procedures mention several - including inner trim panel, latch, etc).

Use PM to forward email address if interested.

BTW ... you'll still need a handle - perhaps salvage or after-market sourced?
Is the 2008 like the 2006? You can replace a 2006 handle in less than a minute from the outside. If your fingernails are good you probably don't need any tools...

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