Inside and/or Outside Door Handles May Break on Chevrolet 1500 Pickup

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The inside and outside door handles a prone to breaking. Commonly broken handles cannot be repaired, they will require replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 139,134 (45,750–280,000)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
108 people reported this problem
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door handle will not work from the inside passenger door.
Inside door handle broke. The handle itself due to metal fatigue. 1st time on drivers side I paid mech to fix, by replacing whole handle assembly. 2nd time I fixed with golf tee and paintbrush handle, cost difference was 150$ I also fixed passenger side interior handle the same way. My 10 year old son gets a kick out of this.
First the inside drivers door handle just broke off in my hand @ 150000 miles. Then later both drivers and passenger side door handles have broken @ 400000 miles. Fixing was not easy but was accomplished.Purchased replacement at Autozone.
Driver side interior handle breaks inside door. Metal there is too thin and replacements just break again.
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Interior passenger door handle broke (behind the door panel).
inside drivers door handle broke. bought new one at parts store installed myself pretty easy.the pins in the same door are the main problem causing the door to hang putting extra pressure when opening the door
Locked door won't unlock or open from inside or outside
Passenger side, if pull the handle to hard the plastic brakes.
Drivers door handle literally ripped right off the door while trying to open.
About to replace my driver's side door handle for the second time.
inside door handle broke in half.
Just a regular thing. Inside seems to only have so many pulls. Doors adjusted so I don't pull hard, I baby it and it's at least a yearly replace. I've begged for the soil steel handles from anyone but they all just carry the same junk.

Outside broke too but much less of a problem, just much harder to replace.
Door handle broke had to replace
wipers quit running, and plugin for wiring must be moved back forth to make contact.
outside door handle broken and loose.
inside door handle, 2nd time
Both inside handles broke within just a week or two of each other.
Outside and inside door handles broke within about a week of each other! Go figure... Replaced both interior and exterior door handles with aftermarket units(cheap-inexpensive)
first passenger side now driver side have to roll down windows to get out