Here’s the latest reader Q – along with my reply!
Just got a notification from VW that the “fix” is out for the 2.0 liter manual transmission TDIs. Have you heard anything from owners about this? I know it’s not available here in the USSA until the 11th of this month, but it’s been performed on European vehicles for awhile now. I’d really like to keep my car but don’t want it to turn me into a clover on the highways or have it creep along the interstate like a crippled cow.
The “fix” is not mandatory, so you have the option of keeping your car as-is. Your car should still pass any smog test you have to deal with to get or renew your vehicle registration.
If anything, “fixing” the car will transform it into a crippled cow! That’s an overstatement, of course – but you will probably see a reduction in performance and mileage, post-“fix,” as a result of the adjustments/changes performed to make the car meet the emissions standards VW end-ran.
Given that there is no requirement to “fix” the car and no penalty for not “fixing” it, I would not “fix” it if it were my car.
The only downside is resale value – if you care about that – because some potential buyers will be horrified that the car emits fractionally more N0x than a “fixed” VW TDI. But if you plan to drive the car until its wheels fall off – that is, for many years, until it is basically worn out – resale value is a non-issue.
These are great cars – it’s tragic what’s happened to them!
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