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





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!




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Volkswagen Passat Side Mirror Replacement Instructions
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