Locking Mechanism Removal: Start by removing the door trim panel.For the driver side door, you can now pull up on the entire handle/switch assembly as a unit - use moderate force to unclasp the clips holding it in place.
No other store carried the item or had any idea where to obtain it.
Time Required: 1.5-3 hours, depending on individual pace.
(illustration) The rest of the door trim panel is now held in place by snap-in anchors and can be loosened by pulling the trim panel away from the door.
Begin with the bottom of the door and give it a good tug to pop out the connectors.
Remove the brown wire harness from the handle/switch assembly and set the assembly aside.
For the drivers side door, there are three bronze color screws anchoring the door trim panel to the rest of the door. Use a large philips-head screwdriver to remove these.My Passat had managed to work the pins loose and dropped them into the door frame, where they've likely lain for months.The bracket had then worked loose of the panel and the entire lock mechanism was free to jostle around in the door.The cable can be positioned at various points along the handle.Note the current position of the cable and release it from the handle.The trim panel should now be free from the door, with several wires and cables still in place.