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How do you use the emergency key (small black plastic key hidden inside the fob) to OPEN my 2008 Passat? Is there a place on the door SOMEWHERE TO PUT THE KEY. duh on me, I can't find it.

The keyfob locks the doors but does NOT UNLOCK. I have a second keyfob that opens my locked car. How and where does that little black hidden key can be used on the car?? other than lock the glove box and the back seats. ?? The is NO key opening anywhere on the doors or handles that I can find. thanks for any direction.

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I found out what to do, there is a plastic covering on the door handle. Click that off and the use the key in the key fob to unlock the door. You can lock & unlock it.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012

  • Suanne Feb 12, 2012

    I see that the plastic cover moves a bit but I tried to get it off but it won't budge. I may have to go to the dealer. thanks soooo much....I'll try to get it off again and let you know i I could or not.



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