Dont go with the steel rod, the switch is made to break so in case of an accident it won't brake your knee cap.
remove the door panel ,its pretty easy and you won't be sorry later.How tough is it to replace this switch? Does the door panel have to come off or can the switch be removed in place?
My wife broke ours yesterday so it looks like I'll be replacing it soon.
Edit: I searched deeper into the forum and found that some have had luck with removing it in place, while others have butchered the door panel trim while trying to do it. I guess I'll have to give it a try.
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139569I can only find 2 screws to get the door panel off-on the bottom of the panel. Where are the rest? In other words, can somebody give me a step-by-step on how to get it off?