2010 Volvo XC60: Gas Cap Control The Right Way
May 24, 2010
Recently there has been a fair bit of debate about the goods and bads of certain gas cap holding systems fueled by Brent Romans' recent post on our long-term VW GTI. Forget the fact that people are obviously just too stupid to put the cap atop the gas pump and remember to reinstall it on the car before they drive away. Instead, every car company has highly paid engineers wasting time on gas cap storage systems, which at best drives up the cost of our cars and at worst takes resources away from developing the vehicle's other systems and improving things like fuel mileage and safety.
Oh well, it's the modern world we live in.
Having said that, I think Volvo has the whole gas cap thing figured out. The gas cap tether system on our long-term VC60 is simple and affective. And unlike some other tether systems, it keeps the cap off the SUV's paint. Notice how it is hanging straight down from the gas door and is not in contact with the Volvo's chocolate brown finish.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 16,342 miles