Just a quick update. I have checked all the fuse box fuses, and no open ones there. Also have noticed that the battery light on the dash does not come on when then key is turned to the on position (before starting). On similar year Jettas and Golfs, the batt light not coming on indicates a problem in the charging circuit, and the alt won't charge the battery.
Just curious if if is the same for this year Passat too. And if this points to any fuses/links/wiring issue I should check?