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Replacing Rear Door Ashtray

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Ok I need to replace the rear door ashtray because daughter removed all of the color from the lid of it w/ her foot. I ordered the replacement part and I have it in hand. It looks like I will need to remove the rear door panel. Can anyone confirm this and if so do you know what is involved. Thanks guys

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I just purchased a 2004 cayenne and wanted to remove the door ashtrays. Did you get your project done? How difficult was it?


I originally had the paint wear away on the rear passenger side ashtray. I was still under warranty so I took it to Porsche dealer. They started the repair and upon getting the door panel off they noticed that the ashtray piece was melted into the door panel. They then gave me a loaner vehicle for the night and next dayed a complete door panel from Atlanta to the dealership and replaced the entire door panel. I figured that it must have been something wrong with that particular panel thus the "melting." However, when the paint began to wear on the rear drivers side door I was out of warranty so I purchased the replacement ashtray from Sunset Imports(sponsor of this forum and great to deal with). I then took it to local Euro dealer. Upon taking the door panel off he showed me how the ashtray was "melted" into place. Its done like this at the factory. The part is put in place and then the ends are melted to hold it into place. He cut the old one loose and remelted the new one into place. Looks good and didn't have to replace the door panel. I hope this somewhat helps or at least gives you an idea of what is involved.

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