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The headlight bulb socket takes 1/4 turn to remove and it is virtually impossible to get your fingers into the socket on the passenger side. I found that by using a "oxygen sensor socket" which should be available at any parts store, you can put it over the light socket and turn. Same for replacement. Very important: note position of bulb socket (keyed) when you remove it so you can get it back in correctly. Just take your time, it isn't "easy".

Recently replaced the passenger side headlight bulb on a 2000 Passat. Remove the air induction housing and the bulb can be accessed quite easily. No need for any special tools. Today of course the driver side bulb blew. Remove the black rubber cap on the back of the assembly and access the bulb for replacement. The bulb cost $16 at Auto zone. Twice the cost of the first one at O'briens auto store. O'briens did not have one in stock and I got stuck.

To add just a bit of detail to the suggestion above, the air induction housing is held in place by two Phillips head screws where it meets the front grill. Remove those screws and then the "mouth" of the intake can be freed and set aside. Then wiggle the main tube of the induction housing free. It is held on by friction alone and will slide off (upwards) with some patience and wiggling.

Final note is that the main headlights are the outboard ones and the fog lights the inner ones.

USER NOTE: PERFECT DESCRIPTION ... took only 5 mins to replace ... THANKS!!

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