Technical Door replacement

celshady

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How easy will it be to change a front door (the driver's side) on my 2007 1.2? I have manual unheated mirrors and electric windows.

Backstory - I have an interesting collection of 3-4 small dents on it and am thinking it might be cheaper to get a door from a breaker than have them repaired. Some have touchup paint on already from a previous owner. I can spray with cans quite well but my filler skills leave a lot to be desired (read: rubbish)!

I have experience swapping a door on a 1991 Mazda MX5 - similarly has manual mirrors and electric windows - like the Panda the switches are in the centre console. This was very simple - 4 bolts on the chassis side and a pin to knock out, then swap the locks - that was the hardest bit, but not too bad.

Has anyone done a door swap, know of any pitfalls etc?

Apologies if this has been covered already - a search of the forum and guides turned up nothing.
 

DaveMcT

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You will never get a paint match. Better to see what it would cost to have someone like Chips Away to fix the dents.
 
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celshady

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You will never get a paint match. Better to see what it would cost to have someone like Chips Away to fix the dents.

In my experience, silver isn't so bad for noticing an imperfect match on panels. But you're right, I'd best get a quote so I know what I'm dealing with
 

koalar

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never done a front door on the panda

the rear hatch has no beak in the loom. So is a bit of a pain. But even then its not too bad
 
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celshady

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Don't know if I was lucky or what, but I bought this and the match was perfect.

I've had a good experience with "Nu-Agane" on ebay - matched my silver perfectly where I had to redo the bumper a bit. If my filler game was up to scratch I'd be all over doing this myself
 
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