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Old 15 Dec 2005, 08:25 am   #1 (permalink)
twhite8611@aol.com
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The door handle partially broke when I opened the driver's side door on
my gray 2000 Camry LC . It is a piece of molded plastic. The part
that broke is a flat strip of plastic that one puts their hand under
and lifts up in order to engage the opening mechanism.

The dealer wants $90 for the part and another $90 for install. Does
anyone know where these handles can be obtained cheaper? I have found
a supplier that will sell after market for around $30 but only in
black. I need gray.

Thanks

Tim

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Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Try a local wrecking yard. The Ford dealer wanted $160 for the plastic
lens for my mustang's rear taillight.

Local wrecking yard sold the whole light assembly (in excellent
condition) for $60. Replacing the lens only would have been a somewhat
fussy job. Popping in the assembly was quick and easy. Nowadays a lot
of folks forget how friendly a place the local wrecker can be....

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Old 15 Dec 2005, 08:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I have tried all the wrecking yards in my area. I have called two in
Florida where we will be spending the winter. They just are not
available. One junk yard told me they are a dealer item only.

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Old 16 Dec 2005, 08:38 am   #4 (permalink)
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On 15 Dec 2005 06:25:06 -0800, twhite8611@aol.com wrote:

>The door handle partially broke when I opened the driver's side door on
>my gray 2000 Camry LC . It is a piece of molded plastic. The part
>that broke is a flat strip of plastic that one puts their hand under
>and lifts up in order to engage the opening mechanism.
>
>The dealer wants $90 for the part and another $90 for install. Does
>anyone know where these handles can be obtained cheaper? I have found
>a supplier that will sell after market for around $30 but only in
>black. I need gray.
>
>Thanks
>
>Tim

I've had good luck on Ebay for things like that.
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Old 19 Dec 2005, 09:36 am   #5 (permalink)
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Tim:

Earlier this year the door handle on my 1997 Camry broke. Then the
door handle on my son's 2000 Camry broke. I think there must be a lot
of this going on out there. Anyone know of any secret warranties etc?


Where did you find a dealer willing to replace the handle for only
$90?

Paul Koehler


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Old 31 Dec 2005, 01:58 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I plan on keeping my car for a while, so I paid the 90 and installed it
myself. You can get the black and paint it with matching paint, but what a
pain that is. Install is not very hard, but does involve taking the
interior door trim off. A flashlight helps too. 30-45 min job.

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