The finish on the radio buttons, the side mirror knob and the passenger window buttons are all peeling or bubbled. Car is 3 years old and out of warranty due to mileage and VW says thats acceptable ware as they are never sure when a component will fail! Shouldn't the finish buttons last more than 3 years? I received a quote of $1000 to replace the buttons and to replace the radio (cant fix the buttons without replacing radio? Ridiculous!) If I had known my car was going to fall apart after 3 years I wouldn't have bought it.( also there is a rattle when the car starts, sounds like loose heat shield they could never find. So my car sounds like **** and looks like ****.
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I found I could get at the mirror assemby by unscrewing the philips screw on the front-inner side of the door, nearest the mirror, then "pop" the fasteners by pulling on the door cover and lifting it out of the window tray (might help if the window is down). The top corner of the door can then be pulled back about four inches, which is all you need (I propped it open for the remaining steps). Then unscrew the speaker cover (I think it's a T-20 size star head) and remove the foam backing. Now you can get to the bolt holding the mirror on, which is a 7/32 star/hex head (IIRC). Screw that off and disconnect the wire clip, then your new mirror should fit right on.
u can buy just the mirror element, they snap in and out (this assumes no other damage but mirror), when u get the new mirror u will see how it is installed, 5 min job max. the peel and stick won't fit right
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel
and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and
disconnect the wiring for your controls. Then you can access the bolts that secure the mirror onto the door
I have a Jetta 2005.5 and mine did this also plus the paint on the buttons on my electric windows were peeling off they replaced the radio and all the switches for the windows said it was a defect. hope this helps you
had to install a driver side non folding mirror, fairly simply to say the least. There's a cover on the interior of the door, near the window, remove the cover, remove the 3 screws, need i believe a 10mm socket. If a power window, unhook the circuit. Replace new mirror.