Posted by Andy Peavy on August 11, 1998 at 09:58:41:
In Reply to: E34 525iT rear door panel removal posted by Scott on August 11, 1998 at 01:10:02:
: Need help in finding ther magic way of removing the rear passenger door panel. I removed the two screws
: near the door handle and ashtray. The screw in the top of the door handle has also been removed. I pulled loose the bottom and sides of the panel from the door. However the panel doesn't want to lift up and away from the door. It also appears to be a metal plate inside the panel (near the center of the panel) with two nuts. Do these need to be removed? Thanks
The rear door panels are a b*tch to get off. After removing all the screws and releasing all the clips on the bottom and sides, you have to release the top portion of the panel that is clipped under the top chrome strip at the base of the window. I am not sure the best way on how to do this.
Then you will be able to slide the whole panel upwards. There is a clip in the center of the panel that prevents the panel from being pulled straight off. The design of the clip will be apparent once you get the panel off. It is designed to push straight onto the door when re-installing the panel.
Before I knew, I tried many different ways to release the center clip but couldn't do it. I ended up using brute force to pull the panel straight off. The center clip busted into about 20 pieces and I had to get a new one. Somewhere near $1.00. I think I was lucky I didn't break anything more expensive.