A Volkswagen door handle is a fairly simple part that performs an important function: allows you to get into your own car. The door handle on your VW operates a series of levers and other small parts that all work together to secure the latch of your vehicle’s doors. It does so by attaching to an actuator arm which is positioned within the actual door frame.
The door handle for your Passat, Cabrio, or other VW vehicle will pull on the latch to release the door and allow it to be pulled open. Basically, the VW door handle is the outside lever for the system that allows your doors to be opened. Since it is positioned on the outside of your car, it can easily be broken or damaged from a number of factors like wrecks, people bumping up against your door, or even an overly enthusiastic pull while the door is locked.
Should the handle become damaged and no longer useable, the only way you are getting back in your vehicle is if your replace the handle with a properly functioning part. The OEM VW door handle is the only style that’s made to be an exact fit and direct replacement for your Volkswagen door handle, colors and all. Don't mess with an after-market part - stick with what you know works!