Re: How to remove inner metal door panel?
After you remove the glass:
-you have to remove all the other 8mm screws around the inner door panel
-it pops loose but seems like its caught on something ( it is) although keep in mind this interior door panel is really well sealed, so it will take patience to remove, go slow
-you have to push some of the cords into the door for the lock
-then you have to flex the window frame around to get part of the panel out
-I had to roll the window (no glass) down and up to kind of get everything in the right position
This just gave me enough room to get my arm up there and quiet things down.
Also, the previous directions will be useful for anyone who has to replace a cracked door handle (interior panel removal). The part online is maybe $30 to $50. The dealer labor is 2 or 3 hours ($200ish for the whole job). We wouldn't be having door handle problems if Ford had used their normal door handle system (with the lock peg) but I guess this door panel was designed by Mazda.
Really...don't do this unless you have to. In my case, I had my outer door skin replaced and the repair company didn't do a good job at or staying in business (long story). 1 can of "great stuff" later all is well. Make sure not to block the drainage holes. My door sounds like new!
Overall, I'm impressed with how well designed the door is. I just with removing the door panel was like it was on my old Volvo 740. All you had to do was remove two pull tabs on the bottom of the panel, full forward and slide off the panel. But these new cars have to have these double hull designs because we consumers want quieter (heavier) internal combustion cars.