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MINI Cooper Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 3rd generation 2014 to 2020 MINI Cooper to upgrade the speakers.

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2019 MINI Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Plastic Trim Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) MINI Cooper in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other MINI models or some smaller BMW vehicles such as the Cooper S, "JCW" John Cooper Works, Convertible, Hatch, Clubman, One, One First, One D, Coupe, Roadster, Countryman, Paceman, 3 Series, 318i, 328i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 330i, 340i, 230i, M240i, M2, M3, M4, i3, 228i, 230i, 128i, 135i, Z3, Z4 and Z8 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic pry bar tool or a small flathead screwdriver and a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

The OEM door speakers are also held in place by Torx T20 screws.



 

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Pry Out Trim Cover
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Trim Piece Removed
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Plastic Switch Panel
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then fully open the door.

Use a plastic pry bar tool or a small flathead screwdriver to gently pry out the plastic trim piece located behind the chrome silver door opener handle.

Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

Once the cover is out of the way, you'll see a small black metal screw behind the door opener handle.

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Pry Up Rear of Panel
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Switch Panel Removed
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Push In Release Tab
Move to the armrest and pry up the rear edge of the switch panel.

Do not pry at the front edge of the switch panel to prevent from breaking the plastic tab / hook.

Lift the switch panel out of the armrest.

Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight out of the underside of the switch panel.

(The electrical connectors on this BMW made MINI Cooper were somewhat difficult to remove. Just be patient and gently squeeze the connectors while wiggling them straight out.)

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Pull Out Power Plug
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Single Armrest Screw
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Door Handle Screw
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the plastic trim cover.

There is a single screw located below the switch panel in the armrest.

Remove the screw in the armrest by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Handle Screw Removed
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Remove Armrest Screw
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Armrest Screw Removed
Set the armrest screw aside with the switch panel.
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Bottom Edge Screw
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Bottom Screw Removed
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2nd Bottom Edge Screw
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

Remove the two screws by turning them in the counterclockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Second Bottom Screw
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2 Plastic Pieces, 4 Screws
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
Set the two screws aside with the other fasteners.

At this point, you should have removed the plastic trim cover, the switch panel and four T-20 screws.

Insert a large plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

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Release Pop Rivet Fasteners
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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
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Separate Metal Clips
Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

Continue pulling out the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

The door panel is still held in place to the metal door frame by metal retaining clips at the top of the door frame that are inserted into plastic slots on the back side of the door panel.

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Plastic Slots & Metal Clips
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Door Lock Stalk
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Door Opener Handle Cable
Carefully lift the door panel up while pulling out the top edge to release the metal retaining clips.

Continue pulling the top edge of the door panel straight away from the door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself.

Locate the white plastic mount for the door opener handle cable.

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Gently Pull Up Rear Edge
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Lift Out Cable Bracket
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Blue Power Plug
Gently lift up the rear edge of the white cable mount out of the black plastic bracket.

Then pull the front edge of the mount of the bracket.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the white plastic cable mount should pop out relatively easily.

Push in the release tab on the blue plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

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Release Tab - Hidden Side
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Disconnect Plug
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Back Side of Plastic Panel
It's difficult to see the release tab on the blue connector in these pictures.

It was hidden on the underside of the connector.



 

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Pry Out Cable Fastener
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Releasing Wire Loom
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Pull Loom Out of Clips
If you want to fully separate the door panel from the door frame, you'll need to pry out a few pop rivets that secure the wire loom to the back side of the door panel.
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Remove Pop Rivet
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Plastic Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The OEM door speaker is located at the front lower corner of the metal door frame.

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Three Speaker Screws
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Replace Plastic Door Panel
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Re-Connect Wire Loom
To remove the OEM speaker, turn the three Torx T20 screws in the counterclockwise direction and disconnect the electrical connector.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers that are 4" (four inches) in size.

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame and the back side of the plastic door panel. It will help stop any vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume and also give your door a more satisfying solid thud sound when closing it.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the metal door frame.

Re-route the wire loom on the back side of the door panel and push in the plastic pop rivets.

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Route Wires In Clips
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Pass Plug Through Hole
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Pop In Pop Rivet Fastener
Pass the electrical connector for the switch panel through the opening in the armrest.
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Switch Panel Connector
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Push In Blue Power Plug
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Push the blue plastic electrical connector back into its socket.
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Door Handle Cable Mount
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Lower In Front Edge
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Push Down Rear Edge
Lower in the front edge of the white plastic mount for the door opener handle cable into the bracket.

Then push down the rear edge of the mount to secure it into the bracket.

Double check that the door opener handle cable is securely attached.

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Door Lock Stalk & Hole
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Metal Clips - Top Edge
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Plastic Slots & Metal Clips
Re-insert the door lock stalk through the hole at the top outer edge of the door panel.

Then line up the metal retaining clips on the top edge of the door frame with their corresponding plastic slots on the top edge of the door panel.

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Push In Top Edge
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Secure Clips Into Slots
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Line Up White Pop Rivets
Firmly push in the top edge of the door panel to secure the metal retaining clips.

Line up the white plastic pop rivets on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
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Secure Friction Fasteners
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Replace Armrest Screw
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the armrest screw by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Torx T20 screwdriver until it is snug.

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Tighten Screw Clockwise
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Switch Panel & Connector
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Plug In Switch Panel
Hold the switch panel near the opening in the armrest.

Push the electrical connector straight into the socket.

It should "click" securely into place.

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Plastic Tab - Front Edge
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Lower In Front Edge First
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Door Handle Screw
Lower in the plastic tab at the front edge of the switch panel into the armrest first.

Then lower the rear edge of the switch panel and push it down to secure the friction fasteners.

Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Tighten Screw Clockwise
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Line Up Trim Cover
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Pop In Plastic Cover
Line up the black plastic trim cover behind the door opener handle and gently snap it back into place.
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Replace Bottom Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
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Door Panel Replaced
Replace the two screws on the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T20 star bit screwdriver until they are snug.

Sit inside the car and verify that the door opener handle, door lock stalk, power window switch, power door lock switch and speaker all still work properly.

Be sure to record the speaker upgrade or any other repair procedure in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my MINI Cooper DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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