Avant Tailgate Trim Removal Instructions

Christopher Gharibo cgharibo@usa.net
Mon, 12 May 2003 20:49:49 -0400

I'd like to contribute the following piece to the Avant owners out there.

The tailgate trim on the Avant is absolutely the most sinister piece of
interior trim I have ever removed. It is simply evil. I=E2=80=99d like to c=
the following explanation to the Avant owners. Take my word, and archive the
following description. Otherwise, you will most likely break various parts =
your tailgate trim if you ever need to go in there. TRUST ME!!!

First remove the two screws holding the two hooks for the sun screen. Then
unsnap the top middle piece in four locations. Unsnap L and R side plastic
pieces by pulling the trim pieces towards center.

Remove the 2 black screws underneath the latch and one screw on each side of
the bottom panel. Pop out the secret flap type compartments on the lateral
parts of the carpeted section with a flat screw driver. These hidden
compartments correspond to area behind each taillight. Unscrew one HIDDEN
screw behind each secret panel.

Now, at the bottom of the handle trim below the torx screws are two very sm=
holes. Find a thin long object like a nail and push in to the two holes. (I
told you this was evil). When you've pushed them down far enough the handle
trim will simply separate from the tailgate trim. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE O=

Now careful pulling in different sections top and bottom should free up the
whole thing. You can also reach in and pinch the inner portion of the clamp
while pulling that portion of the panel out. The whole thing falls right in=
your hands.

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