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Old 07-28-2018, 10:51 PM   #1
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2 door passenger door stuck closed

So I've got a replacement latch and am trying to get my passenger door open. I read threads that mention removing the outer handle, but I can't get the key hole cover off at all, there is not even a notch for a screwdriver like the driver's side has. I've also tried hitting unlock while holding the door release handle, no luck.

Anyone got any ideas on how to get this door open?
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:10 PM   #2
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To clarify.. the key fob does not unlock any of your passenger doors and the unlock button on the inside of the driver door or passenger door also doesn't work?

Is the handle on the inside passenger or outer passenger door not functioning?
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:36 AM   #3
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Correct, neither button has any effect. Neither handle opens the door currently.
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:00 AM   #4
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Wow... i would call that a safety issue and call VWOA on it. Imagine a motorist unable to exit a vehicle in an emergency? They must know about this or at the very least want to help resolve it for at least public interest cuz #dieselgate
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:33 AM   #5
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At 260,000 miles I would think they'll just tell me to bring it to a dealership. Anyone have a diagram of this mechanism?
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:31 PM   #6
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So knowing the latches pull on the bolt release manually. I am assuming my door is locked and without a working latch I have to break it out. Anyone ever see a diagram of the latch internals? I don't have my ETKA pc around right now.
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:41 AM   #7
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So I've got a replacement latch and am trying to get my passenger door open. I read threads that mention removing the outer handle, but I can't get the keyhole cover off at all, there is not even a notch for a screwdriver like a driver's side has. I've also tried hitting unlock while holding the door release handle, no luck.

Anyone got any ideas on how to get this door open?

That's nuts. I don't know what to do in that situation. Only the driver's door has a keyhole. No keyhole on the passenger side.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:32 AM   #8
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The ONLY option I see is to cut a hole in the inside door panel and smash the latch to get it to release. Then replace the latch and door panel. I'll get pics when I do it, in case anyone else ever has this issue.
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Old 08-26-2018, 04:08 AM   #9
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That's nuts. I don't know what to do in that situation. Only the driver's door has a keyhole. No keyhole on the passenger side.


My gti has a keyhole both sides!!! Wierd!


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Old 08-26-2018, 04:13 AM   #10
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Old 08-28-2018, 04:26 PM   #11
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I have no ideas why you have a keyhole on both sides, 4 door maybe?

I got mine off. Incase anyone runs into this in the future, how I did it follows.


Cut off back half of the Inside door panel, remove black plastic cover by lifting while pulling out. Then take a screwdriver and hammer and smash open the latch mechanism. This is what you'll see once the plastic is broken.

Image not working, link is at. https://ibb.co/iRKwQ9

See the tab I circled, insert a screwdriver on the top side of this and you can manually rotate the latch mechanism to get it to let go.

This is very difficult to get to, the latch is way tougher than it appears to be. After the door is open, replace as usual. Then buy a new interior door panel and replace.
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