I have a 2003 VW Passat 4motion that had a starter fail. I've confirmed that it's definitely the starter, but getting to it is challenging.
I am currently being held up by some sort of electrical connection on the aluminium member that serves as a mount for the subframe, motor mount and sway bar, plus the mystery electrical connection. Attached is a picture of the passenger-side, or right-side mount, seen from below.
Item number 4 is the mystery. I cannot figure out how to remove it. That sway bar bolt is seized in some manner that I do not yet understand, and I cannot get behind it to get it out.
If anyone knows how to remove electrical bracket that I've labelled 4, or knows what it is called, I would love any advice.
update: That wire holder is just a passthrough to keep the wire off the manifold. It doesn't seem to really serve much purpose except to complicate something on a wire that is 40cm too long. Also, the bolts on the aluminium subframe mount were steel that was press-fit into the aluminium and became unset by the removal. One is supposed to purchase a new subframe part to address this, but I solved it by creating shim to keep them from spinning out of copper wire that I banged flat with hammer. The impact wrench pulled them down onto the copper and it gave enough purchase for them not to spin.