The bottom seal or "ring" at the base of the rooftop antenna on my 2001.5 Passat GLS 1.8T has torn and needs to be replaced.
To give you guys a better idea of what I am talking about, take a look at this picture (and no, this is not my car, but one of the first images that popped up when I typed "Passat antenna" into Google Images):
If you look at that picture, the ring at the base of the antenna has torn completely. I took my car into the dealer for its regular 75k service and asked them to look into replacing that small seal. They told me it would cost $240 to replace because they would have to remove my headliner and replace the entire antenna. I declined this estimate because I am not paying 240 bucks just to replace a small rubber ring.
I also asked them if the ring served a function or was it purely cosmetic. They informed me that the ring protects the antenna wiring on the inside of the roof from moisture and that if I did not get this seal replaced, that over time, the wiring for my antenna would corrode and I would lose radio reception. Makes sense.
So do you guys have any recommendations? Could I just super glue the damn thing back together?