I agree with your assessment. My nylon mesh sheath has been separated from the ball end by 2 inches for 1 year. After the rigid conduit separated from the ball, the nylon mesh cannot be seen. I believe it is bunched up in the housing. I believe when this nylon webbing snags inside, upon opening of the trunk lid, the snagged mesh offers considerable resistance and literally rips the conduit from it's ball base. This nylon webbing has considerable strength. I've seen , albeit on a larger scale, the same nylon braid used as a tow rope. Our cars have protection while closing(pinch protection) but nothing when the trunks opens except maybe a fuse to the hydraulic pump. This is pure speculation on my part. I would think it important that VW advise owners how to safely close the trunk should this repair become necessary. It's an important safety issue as if there is an electrical short from the wires no longer being protected if pinched and the part of our tailights are no longer visible with the trunk lid open.
I would like to know if current year models utilize our current system consisting of the rigid conduit with nylon mesh.
Modified by kend414 at 8:18 AM 3-20-2010