My wife’s ’08 registration Volkswagen Golf (Mk5) refused to unlock the rear passenger door earlier this week. After trying various combinations of keyfobs, inside door locks, locking and unlocking, I hit the ‘net and found a multitude of articles with various bits of advice – usually resulting in trying to remove door trims and expensive garage bills. I did find one post on the Mk5 Golf GTI forum that looked hopeful though (even though ours is a Match not a GTI!) and decided it was worth a try:
“You do need two people.
One operates the central lock switch on the drivers door while the other tries to open the passenger door. You try and open the door at the same time as it tries to unlock.
Can take ages.”
I tried this a few times with the outside handle (I could hear the lock “clunking” but the door still wouldn’t open) then I tried with the inside handle a couple of times and – hey presto, an open door! I think the mechanism could do with some grease (not sure what sort), but seems to be working at the moment.
Internet search saves Mark a couple of hundred quid at the local Volkswagen dealer…