How Do I Remove the Door Panels on a 2006 VW Jetta?

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How Do I Remove the Door Panels on a 2006 VW Jetta?
The Volkswagen Jetta has a compact exterior design and spacious interior. (the car on the blossoming meadow image by Oleg Mitiukhin from

The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact and fuel-efficient sedan that is recognised for its German engineering. The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta has a spacious interior, with a lot of head and legroom and stylish trim panels. The door panels on the Jetta will need to be removed to modify the interior with aftermarket door panels. The door panels will also need to removed when repairing the window switch and when installing a turbo timer on the Jetta.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Panel removal tool
  • Philips screwdriver
  • T15 Torx screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Park the Jetta on level ground.

  2. 2

    Open the door on which the panels are to be removed.

  3. 3

    Pry off the rubber component located underneath the interior door handle trim, using a flathead screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Unclip and remove the door handle trim by prying at the bottom and top of the door handle trim, using a panel removal tool, exposing the window switch and three Philips screws.

  5. 5

    Pull and detach the window switch harness from the Jetta and detach the three Philips screws, using a Philips screwdriver, counterclockwise.

  6. 6

    Remove the three T15 Torx screws located at the bottom edge of the Jetta's door panel, using a T15 Torx screwdriver, counterclockwise.

  7. 7

    Detach the Philips screw, located near the side mirror, at the top-right corner of the Jetta's door panel, with a Philips screwdriver, turning counterclockwise.

  8. 8

    Detach the door panel from the three clips found along the left and right sides of the Jetta's door panel, using the panel removal tool.

  9. 9

    Manoeuvre the door panel upwards and pull it away from the door of the Jetta.

    How Do I Remove the Door Panels on a 2006 VW Jetta?
    Remove the door panel from the Jetta. (interior panel of car door image by JoLin from
  10. 10

    Pull and detach the boot, gas tank, and door light harnesses located behind the door panel, in order to completely remove the Jetta's door panel.

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