Wow I forgot what a pain in the butt the fuel filter is to install, but it is in there. The last time I replaced it was back in July 2008, so I've put about 80k miles on the old one since then. I think it took me about 2.5 hrs to complete, but thankfully it was mid 70's here aka perfect car maintenance weather. After the install I did do the "blow" test on the old filter (sorry I know that doesn't sound right) and it flowed with no issues. The theory is if you can easily blow through a old filter then it is still good. I'm rather shocked that it was still good with 80k of miles on it as some have said to replace this every 25-50k miles. If anything that just shows the Costco Premium gas I've been running for the last 8-9 years is very clean.
Anyway, 2.0t Coil pack conversion install still in the works, I just wanted to do all of this in stages so I could tell if there is any difference in performance. At this point, no difference in fuel economy or power with the new fuel filter.