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Draketv

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2002 cracked door panels
« on: February 01, 2007, 04:20:20 PM »
I've got an 02 Formula that's garaged and well cared for.  About a year ago, the moulded door top rail (top part of the inner door panel) cracked about 2/3 from the front.  A few months later, the passenger side did the same thing.

The parts guy at the Pontiac dealer says the whole door panel must be replaced, at a cost of about $1,100.00 each side.
I've had no luck finding the top rail panels online for 4th gen.

Anybody out there have this same condition?  How about replacements?

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re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2007, 04:17:27 AM »
I have seen some listed up on Ebay from time to time. The bidding sometimes starts as low as $25 each. The condition varies obviously, but from a trusted seller, I think you woud save a heap of money.
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 12:16:54 AM »
Yes this is a common cracking area.  However mine cracked about 3-4 inches from the door jam side.  Mine started on the passenger side and has now started on the drivers side  :(
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007, 06:36:08 PM »
Thanks to those responding, I suspected this was pretty common.  I'll start the hunt for replacements, and check out options from resto houses like "Just Dashes."  I'll gladly post any successes.
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007, 09:17:03 AM »
Can you not remove the door panel and try and patch or restore it yourself? Is there a technique that would work for that?

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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007, 02:25:29 PM »
I'd certainly be interested to see if others have successfully patched these cracks themselves.  If anybody has done it, please post.
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 01:23:10 PM »
wow this was a while ago, but figured why not reply. Maybe it was one of you who wrote the article. There is an article about repairing cracked door panels in the latest issue of High Performance Pontiac. Looks like it does a decent job, and I hope my 98 doesnt need it any time soon..
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2010, 11:47:33 AM »
Two years later, I finally found what a lot of people have been doing.  Patch the cracks up, and then COVER the panels.  Many, many people are covering their door panels with either leather or auto-grade vinyl and fabric adhesive.  It covers the cracks and keeps them from cracking further, AND adds a nice touch to your interior that you can customize!

I hope this helps someone reading this now!
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Re: 2002 cracked door panels
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