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Where is the rear seatback release in the '03 passat ?

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Depends on market.
1/.pop the trunk and under the parcel shelf you will find two 1.1/2" square pull handles,or.
2/.on the outer edge of the seats you will have an oblong push button in the top of the seatback.
some markets do not have a rear seat that folds down,check in trunk to see if the seatback is steel or carpet.

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