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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2005 Volkswagen Passat Side Mirror Replacement

Fits years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

All Volkswagen Passat Mirrors for sale Tools required:
  • T25 Torx Driver

  • T45 Torx Driver

  • Phillips screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel on the backside of the interior door pull.

Step 3: Pry and remove the interior door pull/window control switch. Disconnect the wiring harness (1) attached to the back.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (3) exposed by removing the control switch.

Step 5: Loosen and remove the T25 screws (2) located on the bottom end of the interior door panel.

Step 6: Pry and remove the interior door panel.


A series of retaining clips holds the door panel to the vehicle. You will hear these clips "pop" as they disengage.

Step 7: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel.

Step 8: Disconnect the door handle cable from the back of the interior door panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses, as well.

Step 9: Disconnect the side mirror's wiring harness.

Step 10: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the mirror's mounting area.

Step 11: Loosen and remove the T45 Torx screw (1) that holds the mirror to the vehicle.


NOTE: Be sure to hold onto the mirror while removing this screw, as you don't want to sweep broken glass from your garage floor or driveway!

Step 12: Feed the wiring harness through the opening in the door frame, and mount the new side mirror by tightening the T45 mounting screw (1).

Step 13: Connect the side mirror's wiring harness.

Step 14: Reattach the small trim panel that covers the mirror's mounting area.

Step 15: Reattach the interior door panel.


Simply reverse the removal process. Be sure to re-engage the door handle locking cable, reconnect all wiring harnesses, and tighten all retaining screws and clips!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004, 05 2005 Volkswagen Passat Mirrors Replacement Instructions

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