I just pulled the one off my 2002. It took two different removal tools, the 3/8 and the 5/16. I got the angled handle type from Lisle. $3.49 each at my local auto parts chain store.
The big rear-facing one came right off with the tool. The front one didn't have enough clearance to get the tool between the filter and the fitting on the line, so I got out the hacksaw and cut about 40% off of its nose, then was just able to get it in and pull the fitting.
The small rear-facing one had even less clearance then the front one. If I cut the tool down any more it would probably not be able to release the clip. So I got out the hacksaw again and just cut the tube off flush with the filter. From there I could put the tool over the fitting and remove it from the line.
After that, installation was a snap. As expected. These things are made to go on easy, and who cares how hard they are to take off? They save the manufacturer a bit of time on the assembly line, relative to the old hose clamps, but they are a pain to get off.
There was another set of removal tools at the parts store, $25 for the set, that comes with split rings that can be slipped into smaller spaces than the plastic removal tool. If I was doing a whole lot of fuel filter replacements I would get one, but I probably won't be replacing another for five years, so I recommend the hacksaw method to the casual user.