I just had the exact same thing happen with my 2001. Thought briefly
about trying to open up the door panel and fix it, but I assumed that the
inside part of the plastic door handle had broken, and I would need parts
anyway. So, I took it to the dealer for repairs. Four hours and $256
later, I drove away with it fixed. Seemed a little high, but a lot of
aggravation was avoided.
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If it was the inside door handle that became disconnected, the repair
material for that is readily available from several different sources,
including...of all places...cosmetics supply stores. It's an acrylic
plastic patching compound, two-part liquid/solid.
That happened to me, too. The linkage connects to a small "eye" in the
door handle, and is kept from pulling out by a clip. The "eye" walls
are rather thin and they can crack.
It's been about three years (I had to remove the door panel to do
something else and broke the eye out of the handle myself). Wasn't
hard, you remove the screws and lift the door panel up, to disengage the
hooks that hold it in place.
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