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Its possible but usually Honda uses multiple places of manufacture for larger production cars (Civic, Fit/Jazz) and more cross-compatible and frequently replaced parts. For example replacement wheel studs and a few suspension bolts for the CR-Z are now made in the USA whereas before Honda moved some hardware manufacturing to North America they were made in Japan.

For something as unique and specific as a door handle (not cross-compatible) especially considering the limited production rate of CR-Z its unlikely the door handles are made in more than one place or by multiple suppliers. It is possible but I personally think unlikely. Could have also been some issue with the quality of raw plastic or the molding and cooling process for the earlier batches. Its also likely that the later years have been failing at the same rates but due to the cannibalization of internet forums by social media it just isn't posted about here. This place was a lot more active a few years ago than it is now.

Also a factor is the fact that 2011 was the highest production and sales total year, a little less than triple the next largest year and the 2011s have likely passed through more owners who may have all been skipping leg day.
 

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It's not rare for door handles which are also used as openers, as opposed to real handles with separate pushbuttons to unlatch the door, to fail. The Z doors are remarkably heavy (try the door on a Civic, and wonder if they're bamboo paper), and opening a car door is one of those many functions we just "do" without thinking about, often with much more force than the operation needs. Add-in that they're made of plastic (good, strong plastic, but still, plastic) and eventually they're all but guaranteed to fail eventually.

Try to get in the habit of unlatching the door with the handle, then moving your hand up and using the adjacent metal to pull the door open.

And in the light of the Z's rarity, it may not be a bad idea to order up a spare and shelve it for that day.

I've not heard of anyone installing "poppers" on a Z, but it might be a good idea.
 

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I had to train myself to open my door gently with the latch and then quickly move my hand to the inside door panel and I push the door the rest of the way open, as opposed to further pulling on the handle.

I had both my handles replaced under warranty back in 2012 or 2013. The new ones now both are hard to open on hot days, or if the car had been in direct sunlight for hours. ItÂ’s inevitable. Maybe I should stock up on door handles.
 

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I had both my handles replaced under warranty back in 2012 or 2013. The new ones now both are hard to open on hot days, or if the car had been in direct sunlight for hours. ItÂ’s inevitable. Maybe I should stock up on door handles.
This is useful information. Disheartening, but useful.
 

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Following up... First, thanks everyone for your feedback. d1giPhux, you are right. There was no way to repare the plastic where it had broken.

I purchased a replacement driver's side handle for about $120. Thank you to those who posted and reposted the pdf of the maintenance manual. This would have been a challenge to replace without those instructions. Still, this job took patience, but the end result is a perfectly operating door, well worth the time and money.

The passenger side still operates at about 80%, so I'm in no rush to take that door apart. Maybe next year... I do now want to put Dynamat inside the doors though. Maybe in the Fall when it's cooler...

Thanks again!
 

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My 2011's driver side has just recently been impacted by the heat/wear and tear and thus has given up- lock and door mechanisms work from inside the vehicle, door handle from the outside feels like a limp noodle.

That being said, before I order, what would be the difference between the parts 72141-SZT-G01ZG and 72181-SZT-003ZG (Set Handle Assy., FR. L DR Out*R81* (MILANO RED)) outside of the fact that the G01ZG is not available via hondapartsnow?

Is the 003ZG the same component/interchangeable with the G01ZG?

Thanks in advance.
 

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...Is the 003ZG the same component/interchangeable with the G01ZG?

Thanks in advance.
There's something different about the "new" part, but I don't know what, else the 2011-2012 and 2013-2015 would share the part number. Before I noticed my 2013 handle/latch not opening (twice in one day, but never since,) I though the 2013's new part number was an improvement on the design. If the part is not available in your year--the 2011, I'd get the part for the 2013. That may make you the forum guinea pig, but I don't think there'd be any difference in the part that would render it useless on your 2011--could be a possible improvement.
 

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The different part number could be from a revised plastic compound, different supplier (I'd be surprised to learn Honda actually makes the part, but it's Japan, so who knows. It could easily be a wholly-owned branch- their "monopoly" laws are as different as their alphabet is from ours) or some bulking of wear/stress points. It could be interesting to compare them side-by-side, but it could still be so subtle as to not be readily visible.
 

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To my knowledge, the 2016 is the only one with a different part, with the smartkey button. I'd be interested to see the side-by-side.

The different part number could be from a revised plastic compound, different supplier (I'd be surprised to learn Honda actually makes the part, but it's Japan, so who knows. It could easily be a wholly-owned branch- their "monopoly" laws are as different as their alphabet is from ours) or some bulking of wear/stress points. It could be interesting to compare them side-by-side, but it could still be so subtle as to not be readily visible.
Technically, it's a "trust," not a "monopoly" when the parent company owns all stages of the production.
 

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I'll take the plunge and order the part today if anyone with a 2011 model is looking, and I'll do my best to bring a camera/light to inspect the parts. I was waiting for a response from HondaPartsNow but time has me pressed (taking a long drive next week) and would rather have a working door via trial and error as opposed to not having a working door handle (in event of emergency). I'll also give a call to my local Honda dealership so I'll see if they can clarify (as its more of a direct line to a parts specialist.)

With those said above though, outlook is looking positive regardless.

Edit: Misread and the differences were between R/L parts. 2011-2015 parts are the same. Will not be attempting 2016 part model.
 

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Hey all, just want to say I'm glad this thread and the information I have been able to add to it is helping people more. Sorry that I have been so absent from it, I'm definitely guilty of not keeping up with things unless someone pokes me with a stick. :grin2: I might do the passenger side in the near future since it's getting that feeling but I hardly have someone ride with me so it's not a pressing concern. If I do, I'll do my best to take more and detailed pictures to add or even a video chopped up, I know some jobs can be a pain and give you trouble.

Thank you so much to all the other regular users that keep checking back into the thread.
 

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Having this issue and thinking Honda needs to make this right, maybe reporting this to the NHTSA would be a better idea to get them moving on this.
Sounds like an issue for a Recall, but we have a couple of things against us; CR-Z's discontinued, low volume production run, and hard to tell the actual percentage of door handle malfunctions. I think it's a piss-poor design, if it's happening to mine too, since I have a 2013 with under 50,000 miles and I have ALWAYS opened the door very gently. Some what confused at why mine would not open 3-4 weeks ago, just one day and twice that it wouldn't open, but it has been fine ever since.
 

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I doubt that not being able to get into a car a drive it is something the NHTSA would consider a safety hazard. In fact, I get every indication nothing would make those sucking bastards happier.
 

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I doubt that not being able to get into a car a drive it is something the NHTSA would consider a safety hazard.
Well not being able to get into it to drive it, maybe, but what about getting into it to help someone inside that might be unconscious and unable to exit? I actually don't like the auto lock features that lock my doors for me because what if someone needs to get in to rescue me?

I was kind of confused as to why that even happened the first time I drove a car where this auto lock engaged and scared the crap outta me as I was driving. I have not thought about whether it is much safer to ride with doors locked or not, but it never seemed to be an issue for me before. I banged up my Civic pretty good once, and the door never threatened to come open even though it was unlocked. I have not once, come to think of it, heard of that being an issue of safety where one had suffered from some result of not having the door locked in an accident, so it makes me rather uncomfortable to have them lock automatically. I never locked my car door except when getting OUT of it, really....

And fwiw, I also experienced not being able to get into the caron my recent jaunt to the bay area. I had thought I had initially not locked the doors and then locked instead of unlocked, but after several confusing moments of trying to be sure I wasn't double pressing something, I had a brief recall of seeing something about that on this forum and realized it might be the heat. Shifting my grip to the lower part of the handle finally did open the door, but that was curious how much the handle moves and yet doesn't actually activate. Does having a lighter color affect this in any way, I wonder? (Mine is black, 2013 ex)

I am pretty impressed with the quality of Honda plastics for the most part, though. The mid nineties cars like my dad's impala had some plastics that would just crumble to dust if you pushed on it after a while, and that wasn't even baking in the sun half as much as my Civic did. Those held up much better with the first fail coming some twenty years into ownership when the brake pedal light activator/contact disintegrated and caused my battery to be drained thanks to the lights staying on even when the key was taken out. Also I did happen to rip off half of the drivers door handle once when I was really mad, but the remaining half still operated for the life of the vehicle until it was stolen.
 

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Well not being able to get into it to drive it, maybe, but what about getting into it to help someone inside that might be unconscious and unable to exit? I actually don't like the auto lock features that lock my doors for me because what if someone needs to get in to rescue me?

I was kind of confused as to why that even happened the first time I drove a car where this auto lock engaged and scared the crap outta me as I was driving.
The auto lock can be disabled. You want the doors locked when driving in case of an accident to keep the door closed and trust me any first responder has ways to open the door if they need to to rescue you.
 
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