Enrico - the changer in a Variant goes in the left rear compartment in the Variant. You should have a compartment on either side - right and left. The right side is for the first aid kit, and the left side holds several items - the amplifier for the radio and the CD changer (when equipped) in the two "slots" or rectangular openings, and the lug wrench, lug "key" and associated tire changing stuff held in by a velcro loop on the bottom.
I have no idea where the TV Tuner (I assume Euro spec) goes, since there isn't much additional room in there. It could be part of the amp "package" on Euro spec cars I suppose.
I don't have a picture (at work now), but do have a 2003 Variant.
Thank you very much (you now are at work ... in Italy are 23:16 ... and now I will go to bed)
I've appreciated very much your answer. Ok, I've just bought from Germany the rack that must be installed in the left side of the trunk. Infact, now, in the left is installed a console that holds the tools for the weel removal and substitution.
I know, in europe, that in this rack are present two rectangular holes to keep the ch changer and the tv tuner. In the third hole, i suppore, must be reallocated all the weel removal tools.
Now I need some photos that represent this installation so I can have an idea how is the result.
I hope that my bad english is understandable .....
This is my Variant, and as you can see, I do not have a changer, but I've marked where it goes. The top cubby slot is for the Monsoon amplifier, below that is the changer (you can see the wire that should plug into the changer), and below that the jack storage. Hope this helps.
Edit: my dogs thought I was nuts shooting this at 9pm in the dark!
Thanks again to all peolple.
Dear Harvey your photo explains to me that there are probabily two type of installations.
In Italy the Monsoon amplifier is called Bose dsp system, but may be that is another thing.
My Passat B5.5 was originally configured with only Gsmma radio without cd changer. I've bought in Germany the double din consolle and I've installed it. Between other things to install the double din are NECESSARI some cuts because the screw supports are different between the single and the double din.
I've bought (also in Germany) the MFD Vers. D and the TMC tuner and I've installed it in the central console. The GPS antenna is located under the dashboard and works fine.
Now I've a Panasonic CD changer (8discs but only 6 can be seen by the MFD) that I want to install in the trunk of my Variant (for the connections is necessary a simple plug adaption without any type of interface). I've bought on e-bay the TV tuner (is a tuner that allow the user to see on the MFD display the television channels (analogic only) and adds other two audio/video inputs for the MFD so you can attach also an MP3 player, DVD, DivX) that must be installed in the same position of the Monsoon amplifier in your photo.
I think that You can add the same tuner also in your American car.
I must so also install and route all the necessary cables because my car does not has them. The cables are: CD Chager cable, TV Tuner cable, TV Antennas cables.... but this is not a problem.
If possible I whish to know how to unmount the left panel to install the rack.
I hope that these informations are usefull to someone ...
Enrico - The US doesn't require the orange or red warning triangles on passenger autos. Commercial vehicles (heavy trucks, busses etc) do carry them and are required to display 3 of them when they are pulled over - but autos are not.
In terms of how to remove the panel, I think it is all one piece - which means that you will have to remove the various plastic trim pieces around it. A Bentley Manual should have it - otherwise you might be able to find a picture somewhere in the ETKA thread - http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228021