Hello, this is the DIY for removing the driver door panel for the 2004 MDX base model. This is a guide and I am not responsible for any damages caused by this. Remember to exercise common sense and care!
Also so items have connectors behind them so don't go crazy yanking on them.
A. First roll down window all the way
B. Disconnect the negative (black) battery cable. Make sure you have radio code.
C. Carefully pry apart the mirror mount cover. Start at 1 and then 2. I used a flat panel trim remover but you can use any flat thing.
D. Next disconnect the connector at 3 and place this aside.
E. Remove the speaker grill by prying at 4 and then work your way around counterclockwise:
F. Next unscrew all six screws and remove the connector for the speaker and put that aside:
G. There is a screw behind the plastic cover (5) here. Pry open the cover and remove the screw. And then push the whole part to the right to release it.
H. There is a connector to remove. Also disconnect the inner handle rod by using a flathead screwdriver to rotate the clip clockwise and then up on the rod to release it:
I. Also remove the plastic cover and screw in 6.5. To remove the switch panel, pry up at 7 and then 8 and work it out carefully. There are 3 connectors underneath so they need to be disconnected.
H. I don't think you have to remove the courtesy light for the driver side door. Correct me someone if I am wrong. I actually did and realize I didn't have to.
I. The panel is now attached to the door by 8 clips. Start prying near the bottom edges. I found this pretty tight and actually broke one (X). Once you release the clips, the panel can be lifted carefully upward and out but be careful because there is one more subharness connector to remove once the panel is off a bit.
Installation is reverse order. I found it easier to roll down the window before putting back the mirror mount cover.
Feel free to add comments or questions.