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This does sound like the latch itself is faulty if it will not open electronically or manually and can be common needing replaced.The alarm may not go off if the vehicle is unlocked when you replace the latch assembly.Even if it did usually you can use the remote or interior lock/unlock buttons to turn it off.
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Below is the information I have located on removing the panel.
1 - Clip - 4x
2 - Upper trim - Remove lower trim - 7 -. - Unclip upper trim - 2 - first at sides out of clips - 3 -, then unclip at upper area. - Before installing trim, check clips - 1 -, replace if necessary and insert into mounts of trim.
3 - Clip - 4x - Before installing upper trim, check for damage, replace if necessary.
4 - Expanding nut - 2x
5 - Concealment cap - 2x
6 - Clip - 12x
7 - Lower trim - Pry off caps - 5 -. - Remove bolts - 8 -. - Unclip lower trim - 7 -, starting at bottom. - Before installing trim, check clips - 6 -, replace if necessary and insert into mounts of trim.
8 - Bolt - 4x
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It may take a different head of phillips to access it.Is your model a wagon or does it have the trunk?
That is odd as that is the info I show for a 2003 model Passat wagon.Were you able to remove those screws to see if the panel is removed then at all?
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