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How to Remove Front Door Panel 97-06 BMW 325Xi

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How to Remove Front Door Panel 97-06 BMW 325Xi

Created on: 2021-01-16

Watch this video to learn how to remove the front door panel on your 97-06 BMW 3 Series. 1A Auto will show you how to do it!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Panel
    • Pry up the mirror switch with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Pry out the wood grain trim with a trim tool
    • Pry out the trim covers underneath the arm rest with a trim tool
    • Remove the five T20 Torx screws from the door panel
    • Pry out around the door panel with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the handle cable
    • Unclip and disconnect the speaker wiring harnesses
  2. step 2 :Installing the Front Door Panel
    • Clip on and connect the speaker wiring harnesses to the door panel
    • Pass the mirror switch wiring harness through the panel
    • Reconnect the door handle cable
    • Lift the door panel up into place
    • Tap in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the five T20 Torx screws to the door panel
    • Press on the trim clips underneath the arm rest
    • Press on the wood grain trim
    • Connect the switch wiring harness
    • Press the mirror switch into the door panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Magnet - Extendable

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

Installation Video
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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to remove and reinstall the front door panel on this 2001 BMW 325xi. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

To pull this switch out, you want to use something really thin. You can use a trim tool or a really small pocket screwdriver. Get in here. Just be careful. You don't want to ruin the door panel. You can try to put your plastic trim tool behind it to try to prevent from damaging the panel. Get underneath here, get under there, and it'll slide right up.

Just disconnect the connector. Just grab it and slide it up. Take a trim tool, we want to take this trim off right here. Just slide it behind here. Gently pry behind here, being careful. Pop this out, there's some clips that hold it on. This one popped out, but we can pop that back in.

With my trim tool, just get underneath here. Take these little covers off. Pop those off. Now, I can take these screws out. There's five of them. I'm going to use a T20 extension in a ratchet. Can use a little magnet to get the screws out.

Now, I'm going to get a trim tool, and we'll just pry behind the door panel. Just going to pry it out. You want to make sure you pry it out this way. Slide it off the lock rod. Be aware of those clips. That's why you want to slide it straight out. And we can disconnect the handle right here. We just pry it up like that and slide it out. That's actually really easy. Take these wires off. Can use a trim tool. Get behind here. Pop these off. Disconnect the speakers. Just use a small blade screwdriver. And there's no lock on that, but there is one on this one. You just squeeze it just like that.

Now we want to reconnect the speaker wiring harness. Connect the big speaker, then we'll connect the tweeter. Right there. This wiring harness is going to slide through here, just like that. And then push this retainer right here. Make sure this wire comes through here, just like that. And then, when we connect up this rod, this latch cable, we want to make sure that this inside latch is in the close position like that. Slide this in here. Latch it in place. Double check to make sure it's working properly, which it is. It will slide onto the lock rod. Get everything lined up, and just push it back on.

Now, we can reinstall the screws. Remember the long screw goes right here, and then the short ones go in the other places, so shorter screw goes right here. Using a T20 socket in a ratchet on the extension. Smaller one goes right there, and then also under here, under the arm rest. All right. Those are all tight. These little covers go on the bottom one. Just line those up, push them in. This cover goes on the top. Let's just pop this piece off here. Take a straight blade screwdriver, pop this off. That can go right there. Take this piece, line it up. That lined up. There is two little tabs on the front of this, so get those in first.

Take the mirror switch. Let's connect the connector. It only goes on one way. And slide it in position. Push it straight down.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Magnet - Extendable

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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