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2003 VW Passat: I am attempting an oil change..oil pan..plug.

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I am attempting an oil change on a 2003 VW Passat W8. I have removed the belly pan and located the oil pan/drain plug. I cannot see where the filter is hidden. Any help?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Richard replied 9 years ago.

Hello and welcome to

The oil filter is a cartridge type so you have to remove the cap to replace it. Here are some pics to show you.

Hopefully this answers your question and you accept. Positive feedback is appreciated and please let me know if I can assist you with anything else.


  • Unscrew oil drain plug -1- of screw cap and drain oil.
  • Loosen screw cap -3- on hex -2- or on circumference and remove.
  • Clean sealing surfaces at cap and at oil filter housing.