Last post on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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#8 of 17 Chrysler Sebring 9 Months for drivers side inside door handle
Feb 22, 2008 (2:38 pm)
I have contacted Chrysler customer support regarding this 9 months ago and am still waiting. They put me on a Priority status. Still no door handle. They keep saying I will have one the following month. Turns out there are over 250 of us who do not have inside drivers door handles and they are back to saying again it will be another month. The local dealer told me that the place that used to manufacture the part went out of business and they are looking for a new manufacturer and I should have the handle next month. This has been going on for 9 months. All I want to do is sell this sucker. I had to replace the transmission at 50,000 miles I am going back to foreign made. At least they stayed together and ran. I have checked junk yards and after market parts companies to no avail. And Chrysler wonders why they are in financial trouble If anyone knows of where to get this handle let me know. It is a 2002 Sebring convertible and I don't care if the handle is not chrome at this point I will take anything.
#9 of 17 Re: Chrysler Sebring 9 Months for drivers side inside door handle [partsmia]
Feb 22, 2008 (12:16 pm)
Now, gottiz, see why I asked you that question?
#10 of 17 Doesn't All This. . .
Feb 22, 2008 (5:50 pm)
just make you so proud to drive one of these?
In fact, on my list of 3 or 4 things that I absolutely have to do before I can sell my '00 LS, is replacing the driver's inside door handle. I've got fairly strong hands and have figured out how to get the door open without running the window down so I can reach the outside handle, but my wife doesn't have the required hand strength. The good news is that I bought the replacement part about a year ago, shortly before I figured out that I could make the door open without going through all the joy that's involved in the replacement. There's drilling out of rivets (and retrieving the pieces in the recesses of the door) involved. Oh boy.
It's such a joy explaining to her how to get out of my "luxury" car that I was so pumped up on 8 years ago.
#11 of 17 Re: Doesn't All This. . . [cdnpinhead]
Feb 22, 2008 (6:23 pm)
Geez. Hadn't even heard of this issue before. So the "chrome" cough cough wink wink inner door handle is prone to breaking off? That would s*ck. And sounds like replacing it is another of Ford's better ideas? It's not just held in by a pin or something? You gotta drill out rivets? ARRGGH
Incidentally, my wife got rear ended in our LS on the way home tonite. She's fine. It was just a slow bash in the rear bumper. THis is the 3rd time the rear's had to be fixed on this car. I got rearended once by a guy doing about 50 mph. That hurt. And the third time, I backed into one of those 3 foot high concrete poles that keep u from backing into the gas pump!
Jan 18, 2009 (8:39 am)
my handle broke as well they want 180.00 at the dealer ship. at first i tied a little string around it but after a while i learned that if you pull whats left of the handle than use ur thumb and pointer finger you can open it with the lock by putting your thumb on the innerside ( * ) and your pointer finger on the outer side ( )* put you pointer finger behind the lock for leverage pretty much your using the lock as a handle but it works just be sure to pull the handle also
stars indicate where to put your fingers
( *lock )*
( door handle)
#13 of 17 Re: door handle [inztagatah]
Jan 23, 2009 (3:03 pm)
ford still uses the same piece is the fusion/milan.
#14 of 17 Re: My door Handle [victoria351]
Oct 29, 2010 (5:25 pm)
I have one for sell for $60
#15 of 17 Re: My door Handle [rebeccablack]
Dec 11, 2010 (10:58 am)
I'll buy it for $50
#16 of 17 Re: My door Handle [gottiz]
Mar 28, 2013 (10:09 am)
I have had my drivers inside door break as well.
I have not had time to get the car into dealership for replacement.
Here's the good news. The other day I was inside my Lincoln LSE and found that if you open your broken handle, and pull back on the door lock portion of the handle, your door will open from inside.
#17 of 17 Re: My door Handle [smshreffler]
Mar 28, 2013 (12:30 pm)
The other day I was inside my Lincoln LSE and found that if you open your broken handle, and pull back on the door lock portion of the handle, your door will open from inside.
Yup, that's one of the work-arounds that an LS owner learns. I think I went through two door handles.
If you live in a climate in which it actually matters if your windows are all the way up, I would recommend carrying tape of some sort to deal with the window(s) when the regulator fails. I went through 6 of those as well.
If your dealership can even spell LS, consider yourself lucky.