While browsing the latest subjects that came on, I just found a quote by you saying:
If you live in an area that absolutely, positively does not get any snow, ever, you can remove the snow screen. But, if you remove it, please keep it with the car and take the time to put it back in when you get rid of the car, in case the car goes to a cold climate area. If you live in (for example) Southern California and you make one trip a year to Tahoe to go skiing, leave the snow screen in there! It only takes about 10 minutes of driving in light powder snow to get enough moisture onto the paper filter element to cause it to disintegrate, then start moving down the tube to the mass airflow sensor. The cost to fix up that little snafu will be a four-figure number.
Well, I bought the Phaeton to commute between Burgundy and Alsace, meaning that I get to drive quite a lot in the East of France, including Jura, where I understand that temperatures can get below -10°C easily. I specifically bought snow tyres for this winter.
This makes me wonder whether I'd not rather try to find some snow filters to put in when I switch wheels to snow tyres... for if one day, I encounter this powder snow, it seems from what you say that it will be too late to do anything about it...
Before I try to buy them from VW, would anyone from Texas/Nevada/Sahara/... mind selling (and sending) me some for a reasonable price ?