I rent a lot of cars. I got hooked up with a Chrysler 300 on my most recent trip to Albuquerque. Everything was fine and dandy until I wen to fill it up with gas.

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Filling a rental car with gas is often a cause of stress for me. I never know how to open the gas cap! Once, I had to ask for help! Embarrassing. But seriously, why can’t car manufacturers put the gas cap button/lever in the same spot on all cars?

Here’s where the release button was located.

On the effing door.


Who looks there? I didn’t notice it until I’d done an entire sweep of the car’s buttons. It’s not even visible from the driver’s seat unless the door is wide open. Poor design, Chrysler. Poor design.

I’d also like to make a side note that this was one of those cars that starts without a key. You push a button. That’s weird. Very weird.

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92 replies on “How to open the gas cap on a Chrysler 300”

Shelly :)says:
June 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

Bryan has a 2003 Dodge Neon SXT and the trunk release is in the glove box. Another epic fail by the Chrysler company. :/

February 8, 2015 at 1:26 am

Actually what you call “epic fail” has an advantage: Putting the trunk release is in the glove box allows you to close the glovebox and lock it with the key. If you manage to accomodate the glovebox contains in a certain way (as a tale-tell), you can notice immediately if the parking valet has opened the trunk, possibly with the intention of stealing items.

Josephine Valicentisays:
December 29, 2017 at 8:15 am

Thank you so much. I couldn’t even find a reference in the manual. You got it …….. the effing door

June 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

We rented a Saturn once. Could not for the life of us find the gas cap button/lever. I finally called a friend who drives a Saturn to ask where it was. There is no button or lever! You push on the fuel door and it opens.

Lucinda Robledosays:
October 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

Same for 2015 Chrysler 200

June 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Been there! Yup, extra unnecessary stress returning the car… after you have already gotten stressed out trying to find the gas station…and then finally trying to catch your flight! Let Chrysler know! And the rental company too!

March 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for posting the pic..you saved me from an embarrassing situation at the gas pump!

August 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks sooo much for the picture! Cant believe chrysler decided to put it on the effing door! Ridiculous!

November 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

effing door my foot. Looked all over for the release this afternoon till had to log on and search for such an article. Why make such a basic thing so effing difficult at such a difficult moment in my life?? THANKS for the information and the PICTURE

Kris Stoutsays:
December 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

Your blog post saved me this morning on my way to return the car. This was ridiculous placement on an otherwise gorgeous car.

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Dear Chrysler, | | bryn.ashleysays:
December 20, 2012 at 5:06 am

<…> And those 900+ people all found my blog. <…>

January 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

U saved my day. On the way to return the rental, I stopped for gas and started inspecting the car like a cave man saw a car for the first time. I searched Internet out of vein and stumbled upon ur Blog. Thank god u discovered the button and posted the photo. You are the Colombous of Chrysler!

September 25, 2015 at 1:07 am

You are not frighten kidding! I was babysitting for a military mom who the father was deployed & it was 1:20 am and the windows have vents that fog up the side mirrors so u can’t see. Poor and dangerous visibility. Chrysler is just stupid! It was a rental of course! Thanks for post! I’d been looking for awhile!

January 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

Just went to the gas station to fill up and ran across the same problem. You just saved me a few good minutes and curse words from being rambled. Thanks

January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Ditto. You saved me, too. I was at the gas station with a new Chrysler 300 and even with the help of the gas station assistant, I could not find a way to open the gas tank. He suggested I goggle it and I stumbled onto you blog. Thank you.

January 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

Thanks for the pic! 4 am, rental car, no sleep, bitter cold out, pushing and prodding everywhere in the trunk glove box fuel door-you name it! We’ve gotta hide these things on the door for the people who can break into a 25k vehicle to siphon out some gas?? Won’t go as far as to say you saved me- Jesus did that on the cross.