Well, got the door open. After removing everything listed above plus two rods in the way (the lokc rod I had to cut the white plastic carefully unitl I could pull it out), dremel (cut off wheel) just above the top rivet and just below the bottom rivet. Dremel the rivet flat. Use a screwdriver or needle nose to pull the gold backing plate off (don't booger up the screws holding the latch mechinism in place, you may need them later and you should be far enough way that it isn't a problem). When you pull the backing plate off there is a ton of white plastic. Just below where the top rivet is, start making a big hole with your dremel moving towards the bottom rivet (rasping attachment - short burred end that eats plastic quickly). I went deep enough to feel like I was hitting metal and just continued to make the hole bigger until I could see the C-clip latch (gold in color). Then, took a screwdriver and flipped it up. Door opened. Took about 15 minutes to get the rods off, 30 minutes to carefully cut off the backing plate and about 10 minutes to make a big enough hole to flip the gold colored latch up. Now, I'm off to Honda to get the new latch.
Good luck, hope this helped you.
Friday, December 31st, 2010 AT 4:50 PM