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Hi Technicians! I'm hoping you can help me.

Do you know how I turn off this very annoying and potentially dangerous thing where on the first pull of the interior door handle to open the door, it is locked and opens only enough to feel the lock catching, and it takes a second door pull to actually be able to open the door?

This was happening when I first bought the car, and the sales guy at the dealership was baffled as well, and said there might be something wrong with the child locking feature. Then it seemed to stop happening for awhile, and now it's doing it again. I can't figure out what setting I may or may not have enabled to turn this off permanently. I have pressed the child lock button on the driver side door panel, as well as the lock button, but am out of ideas.

It bears mentioning I have tried the suggestion of pulling the handle slowly and it still does the exact same thing, and I can't for the life of me figure out why it would be designed this way intentionally.

I feel like it could be potentially dangerous if there was a situation where you needed to get out of the car as quickly as possible.

Thank you!
 

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Assuming you've read through this thread about the same thing and are still having trouble?

It's not about how slowly you pull, it's the actual amount of travel in the internal handle
 

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I place my elbow on the door sill and that provides enough push that the door opens reliably when I lightly pull the handle. If parked on an incline it takes a conscious effort to be more deliberate against the weight of the door. Deeply ingrained by now.
 

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Latch is not supposed to work like that. Only one of my 4 doors (Front PaX) does exactly that - requires slight pressure on door before unlatching. All others open first pull and not dependent on applying slight pressure to door first. Dealer just called to tell me replacement latch for the door is in (4+ weeks to get it). Heading there Monday for the replacement along with the wiring bundle movement under the rear bumper for the left / rear sensors intermittently reporting sensor out of view on long trips (>45 mins driving). Dealer was very familiar with the wiring bundle movement possibly being needed when they called about the replacement latch.
 

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Latch is not supposed to work like that. Only one of my 4 doors (Front PaX) does exactly that - requires slight pressure on door before unlatching. All others open first pull and not dependent on applying slight pressure to door first. Dealer just called to tell me replacement latch for the door is in (4+ weeks to get it). Heading there Monday for the replacement along with the wiring bundle movement under the rear bumper for the left / rear sensors intermittently reporting sensor out of view on long trips (>45 mins driving). Dealer was very familiar with the wiring bundle movement possibly being needed when they called about the replacement latch.
Yeah this doesn't feel right. If I need to get out of the car for an emergency, I definitely don't need some special magical way to open the door. I need to be able to pull the handle without worrying about how far I pull the handle, how much pressure I am applying or whether/when I'm using enough elbow and get the F out.
Even if it's not an emergency, why am I needing to think about the "quality" of my handle pull in order to get out of my car?
 

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My vintage (2001) VW Passat requires 2 pulls if the doors are locked. The first pull unlocks the doors, the 2nd opens it. I'm wondering if this is similar? Once I understood what was happening, I got used to it.
 

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My vintage (2001) VW Passat requires 2 pulls if the doors are locked. The first pull unlocks the doors, the 2nd opens it. I'm wondering if this is similar? Once I understood what was happening, I got used to it.
Perhaps this is what it is? I wish there was some way to disable it or just disable auto-locking when I get in the car. I hate it so much...to me it's a bug, not a feature.
 

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I would think since the ID.4 is actually a computer on wheels that this should be programmable or a setup option somewhere. My daughter has a Golf Alltrack wagon and her doors have similar action. The biggest difference is when she puts the care in park, the doors unlock. At that point, a single pull opens them
 

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I need to get back in the car and play with it, but for sure you're saying a single "long pull" of the interior door handle isn't opening it?

A double pull indicates to me that it's still counting on the electronics to unlock the door, but the "long pull" is supposed to be a manual, mechanical override of everything electrical.
 

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I need to get back in the car and play with it, but for sure you're saying a single "long pull" of the interior door handle isn't opening it?

A double pull indicates to me that it's still counting on the electronics to unlock the door, but the "long pull" is supposed to be a manual, mechanical override of everything electrical.
Correct. A single long pull is popping the door out and it's locked and a second pull is needed to actually open the door to get out.
The outside door will override the electric door opening if I pull really hard the handles pops out like a regular old exterior car door handle. Scared the shit out of me the first time I did it bc I thought I broke it.
 

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Other threads helped me with this like the one referenced above. I couldn’t get it right for the first two weeks I owed my Pro S. Now, I get it right all the time. I have found that I must have the car in Park and my foot off the brake. Then, a gentle pull gets it all the time. But, no Park, no foot off brake? No single pull for me. I did find it annoying, but I’m coming around on this oddity of the ID.4. Good luck!
 

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The outside door will override the electric door opening if I pull really hard the handles pops out like a regular old exterior car door handle. Scared the shit out of me the first time I did it bc I thought I broke it.
What!? I might be misunderstanding what you said, but did you mean to say you actually pulled the outside door handle until it physically moved like a normal door handle? I do not think they are supposed to do that, and would definitely be concerned it is broken after doing that.
 

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What!? I might be misunderstanding what you said, but did you mean to say you actually pulled the outside door handle until it physically moved like a normal door handle? I do not think they are supposed to do that, and would definitely be concerned it is broken after doing that.
They are and it is the manual emergency override
Plenty of clips on YouTube that demonstrates this
 

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They are and it is the manual emergency override
Plenty of clips on YouTube that demonstrates this
On mine the only part that moves is the pressure plate under the handle, not the actual handle itself.
 

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Thanks for the advice and information here. I've had problems opening the doors from the inside since I had the car. Now I lean slightly on them whilst pulling the latch until I feel resistance and the doors open first time.
 

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Latch is not supposed to work like that. Only one of my 4 doors (Front PaX) does exactly that - requires slight pressure on door before unlatching. All others open first pull and not dependent on applying slight pressure to door first. Dealer just called to tell me replacement latch for the door is in (4+ weeks to get it). Heading there Monday for the replacement along with the wiring bundle movement under the rear bumper for the left / rear sensors intermittently reporting sensor out of view on long trips (>45 mins driving). Dealer was very familiar with the wiring bundle movement possibly being needed when they called about the replacement latch.
Any update from the replacement. Did it fix it?
 

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Other threads helped me with this like the one referenced above. I couldn’t get it right for the first two weeks I owed my Pro S. Now, I get it right all the time. I have found that I must have the car in Park and my foot off the brake. Then, a gentle pull gets it all the time. But, no Park, no foot off brake? No single pull for me. I did find it annoying, but I’m coming around on this oddity of the ID.4. Good luck!
Interesting, just tried it and it works but not for the passenger door. That is still stuck.
Bottom line it should not take a whole forum to figure out how to open a car door. But at least I can see now that it is fixable. Dealer here I come.
 

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Latch is not supposed to work like that. Only one of my 4 doors (Front PaX) does exactly that - requires slight pressure on door before unlatching. All others open first pull and not dependent on applying slight pressure to door first. Dealer just called to tell me replacement latch for the door is in (4+ weeks to get it). Heading there Monday for the replacement along with the wiring bundle movement under the rear bumper for the left / rear sensors intermittently reporting sensor out of view on long trips (>45 mins driving). Dealer was very familiar with the wiring bundle movement possibly being needed when they called about the replacement latch.
Gsconey what happened to your doors i never saw an update?
 
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