It's been awhile but I still have my Phaeton. However, the shrinking economy has made my Phaeton my daily driver and furthermore I have to fix things on a budget. I now have 110,000 miles on it.
Let the record reflect the window regulator died at around 108,000 miles, and I also have one more soon to die as well.
In August, my front passenger side window regulator died making awful crunching noises. The window was stuck in the up position, but required to be pulled up every day by hand. I was scared of rain and I hadn't give my car a proper wash because of it.
I had to wait for a while to get the $236 part and then recruited the help of my friend TheAmazingDave to dare do this replacement ourselves (and sans special VW tools)
Thanks to the instructions already posted here we were able to work it out, (thanks Michael!) , although 90% of the work was done by TheAmazingDave. Instead of special tools we used a plastic card and a slightly kinked bike wrench, the flat type.
Also, sad to say there are quite a lot of cheap plastic parts holding the window tracks and in my case, they broke in several places. I see a rash of regulator having to be replaced soon.
There are better threads with better pics and instructions - this is the ghetto version of those threads.
The job gets started, removing the top trim first. Had to be firm when pulling the cable connections out
Then, we used a plastic card and the bike wrench to get to the fasteners. We popped them out, mostly unopened. We did break one of the white brackets
Note the wrench is slightly kinked:
See the broken fastener:
Speakers and Window motor have to be removed:
The damage can be seen:
To quote several manuals, the installation is the reverse of removal:
The tricky part is also aligning the window correctly when placing it back
We held the window in the open position, taped it to the frame while we were doing repairs
We removed most of the fasteners unopened, but were able to do the job OK nonetheless
Took us about 4 and half hours to do the job.
Thanks to TheAmazingDave who took the call of duty!