Do it yourself, remove the rear door panel on your Subaru Outback, the model made in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. This procedure will require a flat blade screwdriver and a Phillips screwdriver. Removing the rear door panel on this car isn’t a difficult process, so you will be able to do it in less than 15 minutes.
First, open the rear door and pry out the plastic, removable parts on the door. You can start with the window switch. Use the tip of a flat blade screwdriver (and maybe a rag to protect the plastics) and lift up the part. Beneath it, you will have to unplug the electrical connector that powers it. Then move to the bezel around the door handle and the small cover on the door pull, all marked in the picture below.
After you remove these plastic parts, use a Phillips screwdriver and remove the two screws seen in the image below. One of them is located at the door handle and the other one inside the small hole in the door pull.
Once you loosen the screws, you can pull the door panel out of its clips, lift it a little and remove it completely. Make the needed repairs and then assemble it back as the old one was. These are the simple steps you need to follow, if you plan to remove and reinstall the rear door panel on your Subaru Outback, the model produced between the years 2000 and 2004.