Originally Posted by piloto
I think the OP is right. I believe the filter is on top of the fuel tank, not inside of it. It wouldn't make sense for it to be inside the tank, as it would be damn near impossible to access.
There are some cars that are like that. My wife's old Sentra had that. The filter was part of the pump assembly so you pretty much had to replace the pump to replace the filter.
I don't think our cars are one of them though. I saw the cylinder when I took to rear seat bottoms out to install my stereo so I looked up what it was and it came back as a fuel filter. I just thought it was odd that replacement is not listed in the maintenance manual.