No NB Yellow Trifecta :(
You are right; I never thought of removing the tail light! :banghead: I will post some additional photos with the tail light removed.Just removed the entire cable assembly using this thread and http://newbeetle.org/forums/technical-how/2269-how-replace-your-fuel-door-cable.html as a guide. As was stated previous, no need to remove the tire or wheel well cover. Also no need to remove the fuel filler well assembly if you just want access to the plunger assembly. Access can be attained by simply removing the tail light and once removed you can easily place the plunger into the hole via access from the tail light cavity. I found my cable did not slide at all within the plastic jacket so with pliers I grabbed the metal cable and worked it back and forth within the jacket. I also used a bit of powdered graphite on each end trying to work as much in as possible. Once it slid back and forth relatively freely I hooked it back up and I've got a working fuel release. Not sure how long it will last but at least now I know I can easily replace the cable if need be.
Thanks for the additional link, for those who choose to replace the entire cable.