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I'm having problems with the door lock actuator on my 1998. Looking to replace it and I'm not finding any listing for my year but can find them readily available for 1999 and newer.
Is there any difference between them? Can I use one from a 1999 in my 1998?
 

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Just talked to the dealer and I found out that since my Beetle is an early production, it takes a different latch assembly. And that the dealer has it available to be ordered in but at $290 cost!
Has anyone tried putting a later one in, or just taken the original one apart and resoldered the connections?
 

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If you have the part number; search online for better prices; many Vw dealers sell parts on eBay and Amazon or through their own websites (e.g. 1stvwparts.com, www.jimellisvwparts.com/, etc.).

As for repairing your original part; the most common failures are the microswitches and cracked solder joints. For the repairs; you will need to examine the part and make necessary repairs.

Door lock repairs and info:

https://www.google.com/search?q=vw+door+lock.microswitches&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

Replacement microswitches

https://www.google.com/search?q=vw+door+lock.microswitches&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

New beetle door disassembly info:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/questio...iy.html#/forumsite/20963/topics/109049?page=1
 
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