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This is not a nice job whichever way you tackle it......
You have a couple of options -- First try having a real good look with a torch through the front grille and see if you can locate the mechanism in sight -- you need to be armed with a good long strong screwdriver (ideally or similar) -- and then once you can see the mechanism -- try and see the end of the cable where it locates in the bonnet lock - this is usually identified as a gray/silver solder nipple - and what you need to do is get your tool on there and push or pull the lever (at the point of the solder nipple) -- basically you are trying to release the latch with your tool manually - but in the same way as your bonnet cable would pull the latch....
If you cannot get access that way - then you need to go under the front of the car -and look up the front of the car to the area of the bonnet lock again -- you really need long thin arms for this -- or a good long grabbing tool - you want to locate the cable same as before -- if you can locate the actual cable - you need to get a hold of it - and firmly pull it or yank it in the normal direction of pull - and that will release the bonnet too.
If you cannot get access this way - then its working at removing the grille - one way or the other ( sometimes means a new grille after its been destroyed!) as that is the only other way in!
However, if the inside handle is broken, sometimes you can reach up from under the front end of the vehicle and find the cable that leads to the release. IF you are lucky enough, you can pull on that cable and sometimes the hood (bonnet) will pop open.
There is another lever at the front of the car that you need to release
too. This is to prevent the hood flying open if you accidentally pull
the release while driving. After you release the latch inside the car,
go to the front of the car, near the Audi rings, in the center of the
grill there is a small black tab that pops out when the internal hood release is pulled. Pull up on it and the
hood will open. Let us know if that works.
There is another lever at the front of the car that you need to release too. This is to prevent the hood flying open if you accidentally pull the release while driving. After you release the latch inside the car, go to the front of the car, near the Audi rings in the center of the grill there is a small black tab that pops out. Pull up on it and the hood will open. Let us know if that worked.
You can get a bonnet (hood) release at Dealers, some major autoparts stores and Salvage yards.
Carparts.com is good for Salvaged parts shipped to your door.
The How-to-do area is not always easy to determine. Best way is to go to a Salvage yard and view similar vehicles for how it goes together.
Sometimes you can sneak a socket between the grille features and undo the mounting bolts under the hood. These things are deliberately designed to provide security against theft.
I found some that had rear hinge bolts which could be undone with the hood in place. I found others where the grille could be removed with a phillips screwdriver from the front. Others as I mentioned required removing the mounting plate through the grille slots. The mounting plate had the intact lock mechanism on it and the hood opened with the mounting plate dangling, still locked in place.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice a cheap part to gain access. If the looks do not matter, break off parts of the grille.
the only way I know how to do this is with the front bumper removed & as follows: Here's the deal: If you can remove the AC condenser you will have more room to maneuver. You will remove the grill with the logo.
use a ceiling rod (rod for ceiling grid tiles) or a long straightened wire coat hanger with a small hook on one end and fish from the drivers side of the latch it can take up to & about 90 minutes, you will be able to catch the release and pop the hood (Bonnet). It's about the equivalent of picking a lock for the first time
wrap the cable with some electrical tape and shove it into its holder above the radiator and fan. then land the cable in its carrier release and bind it with a tiny zip-tie.
There is no easy way to do this and you will have to be patient and diligent, but as soon as you catch it the hood will pop up instantly.
Btw, prop open a door as you may set off the anti-theft alarm!!.
The A6 is one of the hardest cars to break into, and this is just to get the hood open! If you find yourself in a position like me, (tired of mechanics and poor work) take your time and it will be worth it.
It may also help to check out this link as most Audi's have the exact same locking mechanism for the hood:
Depending upon how familiar you might be with the location of the under-hood release, you may be able to access it through the small opening between the hood and grill that follows opening the bonnet by pulling the lever under the steering wheel. A long narrow standard head screwdriver and a good light may be all that is required. That is exactly how the mechanic at the VW garage will release the hood latch.
If your not at all familiar with the hood latch, it might be useful to view the mechanism in another Passat so that you know how it functions. Less than a 5 minute job, but the dealer will likely charge about $65 to perform the task, substantially more to replace the broken mechanism.
the outer cable may have come loose near the lock, if the grille screws are accessable remove the grille and you will have access to the underside of the lock, you may need a screwdriver to push the lock lever aside to unlock the bonnet