Driver's Door May not Open on Honda Accord

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door panel must be removed while the door is closed (likely damage will occur) and the latch assembly must be drilled in a specific spot for the door to open.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 167,895 (15,300–338,000)
19 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
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I Have a 1998 honda accord lx v6 and it runs fine but im constantly climbing over my center console to enter and exit my vehicle and I am over 6' ft tall! I cant deal with this anymore! I have not been able to go where i want because I am HIGHLY embarassed about climbing out on the passenger side and I cannot find anything or anyone online that can show an actually decent video of give simple instructions to fix this problem! HOW DO I FIX THIS ISSUE???? I thought Honda's were reliable and USER/ DRIVER FRIENDLY??? Im starting to seriously doubt that reputation........
Driver door will not open....lock goes up and down but will not unlock....since door won't open, can't take panel off to repair....called a locksmith who stated he could not help....what to do? Car is in great shape, but don't want to spend $1500 to get repaired
passenger side door will not open from inside or out..
Tried going to work and my door was jammed shut, had to crawl through the passenger side... Why is my accord having so much trouble?
Driver side door latch assembly broke internally cannot open door.
Find a youtube that shows how to open it without cutting anything. We did and it worked.
I cannot open the driver's side door from either inside or outside latches. I have taken a look at my latch and found that it is indeed broken internally.
The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open thedp
Cannot open driver side door from interior or exterior. Cannot get to the assembly because door pannel screws are inaccessible when door is closed
Door lock assembly/actuator does not work. Dorr will not open from inside or outside. Need instructions on drilling to free cam that holds door shut.
door will not open not fixed yet
cant open door from the inside or outside
Front driver door won't open, from inside and out
drivers door won't open, locks go up and down but latches are not catching inside or out what can i do?
door jam shut, unable to open driver side door.
Drive side door jammed. I cannot open the door. The dealer says 1000 dollars to fix since he has to break the door panel.
driver door will not open. i took off the door panal. and used a hammer and screw driver, chissel, prybar. to break the latch and bust it all apart to get the door open. i now have to find a replacement latch to put back in to have a driver door that works right.
Passenger door does not open from outside or inside
My driver side door will not open from the inside however, it will open from the outside. Please help, my mechanic keeps telling me its a small piece he can get but he hasnt gotten it and its been almost a month. Im tired of rolling my window down and reaching my hand out to open my door..
door doesnt open from inside