I just bought a Passat, and found the driver's window switch behave
strangely, the soft down press is now behaving exactly the same as soft up,
i.e.window wind up until switch release.
So, the only way to close the window is to hard pull the switch.
A friend of mine got a MkIV Golf, it's soft down switch feature is working
fine but intermittently.
Please let me know if you come across the same problem, or have a fix for
I don't know about your Passat (which year?), but in my old Audi
(1988), I had a problem with the control unit, which is in charge of
these things. It also disables the windows 30s after the key was
pulled and the drivers door opened and closed.
I just took the unit out and put a strong wire across one or two
cables on the connector. Now the windows work all the time, but
without any fancy features. The drivers window just winds up or down
as long as I hold the switch, which is fine for me.
One side-effect: Since the system is on all the time now, the little
LEDs in the switches started to drain the battery. I opened all
switches and cut the LEDs, so that's not a problem any more either.
That was all done before I read about bad solder joints. Resoldering
the boards on the control unit might have done the job as well. Maybe
I will try one day, more out of couriosity.
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