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Old April 16th, 2004, 17:27   #1
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Default Jetta Wagon Rear Hatch Auto-lock Disable ?

I've looked and looked and haven't found the path to enlightenment. Please help o' gurus...

Just bought a 2004 Jetta TDI wagon and it's the best car ever. Feeling very smug about the mileage!

However, the rear hatch doesn't unlock with the rest of the doors. I hate that. It's a small thing to be worked up about, but how to disable the auto-locking and teach it to unlock with the rest of the doors? Do I need to get in there with a scanner and start flipping bits? Is there another way?

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Old April 16th, 2004, 17:37   #2
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Default Jetta Wagon Rear Hatch Auto-lock Disable ?

Check out the following link (THANKS, PENCILNCK!!!)

A4 Autohatch
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Old April 16th, 2004, 18:35   #3
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Default Jetta Wagon Rear Hatch Auto-lock Disable ?

Talk about instant answers! Damn, that's fast. Thank you!

I like Pencilneck's hardware solution, quite tidy. Think I will keep scratching around for more details on the scan tool solution too. (Something so appealing about customizing the brains of my Jetta, doncha know.)
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Old April 19th, 2004, 16:38   #4
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Default Jetta Wagon Rear Hatch Auto-lock Disable ?

Pay attention to the 'side effect' of this mod.

You could leave your car vunerable to anyone opening the hatch and not setting off the alarm.
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Old April 19th, 2004, 16:49   #5
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Default Jetta Wagon Rear Hatch Auto-lock Disable ?

This method does not have the 60 second issue, if your doors are unlocked so is your trunk/tailgate. This is not done on an 04' but I don't see why it should not work. It is more work than the previous method linked, but the results are better IMO.

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Old October 6th, 2019, 06:43   #6
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Hey there the this method link above goes to not found. I would love to be able to open the rear hatch on my 03 wagon anytime doors are unlocked!
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