2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Flimsy Fuel Filler-Neck Surround
June 13, 2014
Most of the trim on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI is well built from high-quality materials, but this piece isn't. It's the mounting surface around the fuel filler neck. Instead of being made of sheet metal or hard plastic, it's a strange flimsy rubber. It flexes and bends under the weight of the fuel nozzle, which disengages the fuel pump's automatic-fill-latch-thingy, and makes for an annoying fuel stop.
Instead of being able to walk away and clean the windshield while the Passat was filling up (take THAT states with silly no-latch laws), I had to stand around holding the pump with both hands, at just the right angle. This wasn't a problem with our long-term 2013 Passat TDI because diesel pumps don't have the same spring-loaded nozzles as standard gasoline pumps.
Maybe the gas pump I was using was particularly finicky, but I checked eight of our other long-term cars, and on each of them this piece was made of either hard plastic or metal. You don't use this part of the car much, but when you do it's a bit of a letdown.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 8,140 miles