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Old 08-07-2009, 12:18 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by sna77 View Post
Thanks! Were your contacts on both sides like that?

I dont even see the part # for the new handle:

I'm assuming it is #1 51137170966 , Trunk lid grip with key button (primed).

But that says up to 04/2001. No idea what I need for an 04...
Had the exact same issue, ended up getting the new one from Tischer and got it painted from another 50$ (if you get it painted make sure you get it matched as color will be off after 5 years of beating the OE paint has taken). You need part # 13 (not #1 as you stated).

In my case while trying to clean the contacts, they were so brittle, that one bulb holder literally broke into pieces while i tried electrical contact cleaner with a small brush.
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