One of the small phobias that accompany owning a diesel vehicle is the fear of putting gasoline into a diesel motor. I’ve tried my best to ensure that I am the only one filling up the TDI. It’s pretty easy to accomplish in a vehicle that gets over 500 miles per tank. I am the primary driver so I fill it up during the week so in the event that my wife or son decides to take the car for a drive on the weekend, they would have to go a long, long way before needing to fill up. They have both put fuel in the TDI from time to time and so far we have not had any issues. They clearly understand that the TDI requires diesel fuel.
It does seem though that keeping gasoline out of diesel motors has presented some problems for at least a few VW owners. To combat these momentary (expensive) lapses in judgment, Volkswagen mailed out the sticker package that you see above with the request that owners affix these warning labels in and around their fuel door and fuel nozzle.
While putting the right fuel in your car doesn’t seem to be that difficult, I can’t fault the people at Volkswagen for agreeing with Ben Franklin who said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”