i would think you may be right about the switch
please print the below info
Volkswagen Cars 2000-05
Fig. Unscrew the shift knob from the shaft
Fig. Detach the cup holder from the console
Fig. Remove the fasteners as shown
Fig. Remove the decorative screw covers to gain access to the attaching screws on the sides of the console
Fig. Location of the lower console mounting screws
Fig. Detach the parking brake button end cap
Fig. Remove the console from the vehicle by sliding it over the parking brake lever as shown
CAUTION If equipped with SRS, be careful not to let the console bump against the SRS-ECU during removal and installation.
NOTE The lock nuts are installed under the ashtray in vehicles with center armrest only.
FIG : Exploded view of knee bar
FIG : Exploded view of the instrument pannel pad
FIG : Exploded view of the instrument panel, crossmember and related components-New Beetle
Remove the upper steering column cover screws and the cover. Remove the lower steering column cover screws, release the steering wheel height adjustment and remove the lower steering column switch trim. Remove the combination switch-to-steering column bolt, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the combination switch. At the driver-s side, remove the lower instrument panel cover screws and the cover. At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, remove the side cover. At the center of the instrument panel, remove both switch assembly covers, the 4 switch assembly-to-panel screws and the switch assembly. Remove the 4 heater/ventilator control unit-to-instrument panel screws and move the control unit under the instrument panel with the cables attached. Remove the 6 glove box-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the glove box light connector and remove the glove box. At the driver-s side, remove the instrument panel-s end cover and remove the 2 light switch screws. Rotate the light switch knob to 0 , press the knob inward, rotate it clockwise; then, pull the switch outward and disconnect the electrical connector. Unclip the illumination control switch and disconnect the electrical connector. At the steering column, remove the instrument panel trim-to-instrument panel screws and the trim. Remove the knee bar-to-instrument panel screws and the knee bar. Slide the center instrument panel cover forward out of the retainer and remove it; then, remove the 3 instrument panel-to-chassis screws. At the upper center of the instrument panel, lift both (left and right) plenum panel covers from the front and rear edge clips; then, move the covers toward the center and out of the A-pillar retainers. Unclip and remove the instrument cluster trim. Remove the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the multi-pin electrical connector and remove the instrument cluster. Slide the Radio Release tool No. 3344 into the slots at both sides of the radio until they engage; then, pull the radio out of the instrument panel and disconnect the electrical connectors. If not equipped with a radio, remove the center instrument panel-s trim cover. Remove the 2 center instrument panel-to-instrument panel screws and the center panel. At the center of the instrument panel, remove the air duct. At the glove box location, remove the 2 frame-to-instrument panel screws and the frame. Remove the instrument panel-to-chassis screws and the instrument panel from the crossmember.
Fig. Releasing the driver-s side air bag-New Beetle
the cover should just pop off with a pry with a small screw driver..take your time..
Fig. Lift out the controls with cables from the instrument panel in the direction of the arrow
NOTE The cable sleeves are color coded. The footwell/defrost flap cable is green, The central flap cable is yellow and the temperature flap cable is beige. All flaps must audibly move onto stops when turning the controls. Always check the cables before installing. Replace any tight or damaged cables.
Fig. Attach the cable (1) to the actuating arm as shown (arrow)
Fig. Press the cable for footwell/defrost, cable for temperature flap and cable for central flap(1) into the retainer (2) until it engages.
Fig. A special tool is necessary to remove the radio from Audi and Passat models. The tool required varies, based on year, model and radio type
Fig. Observe how the tool disengages the spring clip
Fig. Once the radio has been disengaged from the dash, pull the unit out
Fig. To remove the radio antenna simply twist slightly while pulling
Fig. The tab on the back of the unit slides into the-
Fig. -slotted radio brace at the rear of the dash