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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-25-2019, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Drivers side door handle

I have a 2008 Solstice, and I have looked everywhere I can think of for a replacement interior door handle. The original one is peeling and it has a very sharp edge to it. The ones I keep finding are not even close to what is in it now. I have thought about taking it out peeling all the silver off and painting it flat black.
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You can order an inside door handle for a Cobalt on Amazon. There is a thread with how to remove the bad handle, then remove the Cobalt handle from its mount and finally how to install the new handle in your Sol
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You can order an inside door handle for a Cobalt on Amazon. There is a thread with how to remove the bad handle, then remove the Cobalt handle from its mount and finally how to install the new handle in your Sol
Here you go (read through to end): https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/...ml#post1473785

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Oh my goodness !! I am truly a do it yourself kinda gal, but this sounds like a lot of work, not to mention over my head. I have had my door panels off to adjust the windows, so I know what it looks like inside. I would love to take it to the dealer and say "Fix it before I slice my hand open" but I dont like my dealer. I will look into the replacement handle, so thank you for telling me where to look. I may just peel all the chrome off and paint them myself. I painted my break calipers, and wipers purple so I could always go that route!!
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First: Buy a replacement Cobalt handle - they're pretty cheap off eBay. Then, work out how to remove the pivot pin from the replacement and see if you can do it. If you can do the replacement, you can do the original, and you've had the door off already (which is probably the most difficult part!)

It's really not that bad - you can do this! (Plus, it's probably a lot easier than trying to peel the old chrome off; and trying to sand and paint the old handle in place; and THEN having mismatched door handles that you'll see every day...)

Update: Did a quick search... Less than $9 shipped (no affiliation, etc): https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tan-Chr...5/370681129970
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If you have had the door panel off you are most of the way there.

Basically you rotate the top edge of the handle mount out and away from the door. Its held in place by a long clip along the top edge. You can pry it out enough to get at the pivot pin. Then you use a Philips screwdriver to push the pin out. The spring will come out as well.

Then you hold the new handle in place AND the spring while you push the pin down from the top to mount the replacement handle. The tricky part is holding the handle and the spring while you reinsert the pin. I used a magnet to hold the spring and it was easy to do.

Then you use a screwdriver to slip the top edge of the mount back under the retaining clip and you are done.

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Thanks guys. You make it sound easy. I will give it a try. Im about to get two weeks off so it will be a good time to tackle it. So I will order my part and have it ready to install when the time comes. I will come back and let you know how it went.
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I did it... and if I can anyone can. It was not difficult.

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Just picked up my 2008 Solstice tonight. I'm thrilled, but I have to replace the passenger side exterior door handle as it came broken. Thanks for posting this. Are there any significant differences with the passnger side from the driver side?
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They come left and right, with or without the lock hole. Make sure you get the correct handed replacement

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They come left and right, with or without the lock hole. Make sure you get the correct handed replacement
It's that old-age thing again, Rob. Inside door handles don't have lock holes!

Still, they ARE right & left handed.

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It's that old-age thing again, Rob. Inside door handles don't have lock holes!

Still, they ARE right & left handed.
I was responding to the exterior door handle post
Just picked up my 2008 Solstice tonight. I'm thrilled, but I have to replace the passenger side exterior door handle as it came broken. Thanks for posting this. Are there any significant differences with the passnger side from the driver side?

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It's that old-age thing again, Rob. Inside door handles don't have lock holes!

Still, they ARE right & left handed.

Yeahbut Scott is asking about an outside handle.

Scott, if you order Cobalt door handles, get FRONT door handles which have the keyhole (rear handles do not). And get it for the correct side of the car.

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Yeahbut Scott is asking about an outside handle.
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