2000 VW Passat 1.8T automatic tranny. No mods.
I am having a strange issues with my passat. Yesterday I put my key into the car's ignition and turned the key into accesory mode (I did not start the car). I jumped out of the car to talk to and closed the door, 45 seconds later the door just locks bu itself. So I grap the spare key, open the door, start the car and leave.
Today whille i'm driving to scheel, the windows begin to act up, they work intermittently. They were going down, but not rolling back up right away. It seemed as if there was a short or something. So when I get out of class, I jump into the car and now it doesnt turn over....WTF. My first assumption is that my battery is drained. So I call my brother, get a jump....still nothing. It doesn't even turn over. I end up getting a tow from AAA.
After my experience yesterday when the car decided to become "self locking" I have come to the conclusion that there is a glitch, confusion or a short in the car's anti-theft system. The following are my observations.
-My key fob/remote has stopped working. (I changed the battery and also tried reprogramming following the instructions in the owners manual.)
-When I lock the car with the key, the small red LED next to the lock botton on the door does not illuminate or blink at all.
-When I put the key in the ignition and into accesory mode the instrument lights turn and so do the headlights.
-None of the interior dome lights turn on when I open the door nor when I press the button.
-Radio still works
-Car headlights DO NOT blink when I lock and unlock the car from the drivers door.
-Alarm doesn not sound when I lock the car through the drivers door.
I have the fully registered version of VAG-Com and I have not been able to enter/read the "central locks" directory. I get an error as if the car is not equipped with that feature.
I heard a possible solution might be to "reset" the car's anti-theft/alarm system. Anyone have any other ideas and/or know how to actually reset the alarm system. As of now, I have already disconnected the bettery and will leave it disconnected.