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I need to open the hood on my 2003 VW Passat

I cant find the lever

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It is tricky to find .. its right up against the kick panel on the drivers side (about a 3 inch long handle) .. then you have to figure out how to work the secondary release .. its just under the front of the hood and pulls out toward you ..

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Drivers side near kick panel, up high, get down on the ground and look up.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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