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I had just purchased the part from them. So I asked them their opinion on the tests you ran, they responded and let me know they were unable to respond to you.
Here's a summary of what Alex had to say:
They think that the soaking in kerosene test might be a little too much of a test for an overflow tube since it's not a fuel line.
I daily drive a 69 Squareback built with all the parts we sell, I drive at
least 10 miles each way Monday thru Friday and I top off my tank every
Friday for the last 2 years, 311 201 179B has not failed and that is a real
Also he says that the part number is a real VW part number and that perhaps you are not considering all the possible sources of vw parts numbers when you make the claim that it's not:
supplements sheets sent to dealers with superceded numbers and variations of
the numbers for the same part but made by a different plant in a different
country and not to consider that perhaps a alternate OEM supplier made part
with a B, shipped out to a VW warehouse anywhere in the world.
--fess john fessenden
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