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Hello all. I'm in a dilemma here.. I was going to fix my '00 Ody (138K, original tranny) with rough shifting between 1st and 2nd gears, when I found out that some one ran into my front passenger door at the parking lot (I found out when I got home). Fixing the door and tranny will cost about the value of the van. I can trade in the car for a newer Ody, but really don't want to pay monthly for another 60 mos.

I'm thinking a cheaper way to replace the door. Anybody have an experience buying a door from a salvage? How do I do the yard hunting? Any tips/ideas?

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I'd search on this site for a salvage yard near you for a decent priced door. Any door from 1999 to 2004 should do for your 2000 (if you can't find a 2000 model): http://www.car-part.com/
 

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I think purchasing parts from a salvage yard is a good idea. In leaner and younger times I have done this for vehicles that I have owned and sometimes you get lucky and find a vehicle with the part you need and it is also the same colour.... that is the gravy find there!!

I did a brief search in your area and saw a few salvage yards that (in a web-search) did not have your part, however if you call them they can typically source the part for you and let you know approximately how much it would cost. I have listed a few of their web-sites to give you a running start.

As for the door, they are heavy when removed from the hinges; so you will most certainly need at least (2)-two guys to hold it when you unbolt it and then to hold the new door. Aligning the door is not that difficult either - it is a good project that will take a few hours from start to finish. If you are lucky and your Ody is a popular colour you will find a door in the came colour.

http://www.brockautoparts.com/

http://www.archwayautosalvage.com/

http://www.big3salvage.com/
 

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cmblair76 and New Dad New Van, thank you for the replies. I will start my inquiries and door hunting. I will update with progress.
 

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Hi! I'd like to add a couple of thoughts from my own experiences, if I may.

First, I replaced my worn-out driver's door hinges about 1 1/2 years ago, shortly after I bought my '01. Some tips which may be helpful:

1. remove the front bumper cover
2. remove the front fender

This may seem like "make work," but it will allow MUCH easier access to the door mounting hardware. Look down at your hinges there in the door jamb....QUITE a tight area!

Unless the hinges have their mounting holes slotted or opened up, there IS no adjustment at the hinges.

When you are shopping for a front door for a '99-'04 Ody, take a minute to inspect for rust through BEFORE you buy. The area on the INNER door jamb area behind the mirror mounting is VERY prone to rust through. Unfortunately, it starts UNDERNEATH the rubber weatherstripping in that area, so you will have to pull the weatherstripping back to look underneath of it.

As mentioned above, please have an extra pair of hands available to give you a hand swapping the door on.

I hope this helps some.

Regards,
Shea:)
 
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