Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jim asks: I have a ’15 Passat TDI SE which I picked up used with 13K miles (like new condition) for 20K. It now has 23K miles and is still like new. I am very pleased with the car. I have been satisfied with the result of my purchase, above all, and had fully intended to drive the car and ignore the court settlement. I am now getting correspondence from VW (or VW’s lawyers) with scare language to the effect that if I don’t take the buyback or get the mods, then the warranty is void and there will be no parts for repairs. My questions for you: 1. Do you think there will be aftermarket parts available for me to keep the vehicle on the road and in good condition? 2. Would you take the buyback (for any reason)? (I could also allow the mods, but honestly, I’d rather do the buyback than let them modify it. Being forced into that just makes me sick to my stomach.)
My reply: The correspondence you’ve been getting is intended to “nudge” you to accept the buyback. But I doubt it comes from VW. Even if it did, they are obligated to abide by the warranty coverage – although by now that is becoming an irrelevance since (IIRC) the original full-car coverage was good for three years/36,000 miles. But I would not sweat this – and to answer your specific questions:
- I am certain, without qualification, that there will be factory as well as aftermarket parts to service and maintain your car for at least the next 20 years, if not indefinitely – absent The Apocalypse! One can still get normal service parts for VW diesels made in the ’70s! VW is a huge company and these cars were made in huge numbers. If you had a ’75 rotary-powered Suzuki, I’d warn you off 🙂
- If I had one of these cars I would never accept the buyback, for reasons of principle as much as because the cars are superb. I would also decline the mods. You may be pressured to accept them by the VW dealership – which is being pressured by VW corporate. I would avoid the dealership and have the car serviced by an independent shop.. . .Got a question about cars – or anything else? Click on the “ask Eric” link and send ’em in!
If you like what you’ve found here, please consider supporting EPautos.
We depend on you to keep the wheels turning!
Our donate button is here.
If you prefer not to use PayPal, our mailing address is:
721 Hummingbird Lane SE
Copper Hill, VA 24079
PS: EPautos magnets are free to those who send in $20 or more. My latest eBook is also available for your favorite price – free! Click here. If you find it useful, consider contributing a couple of bucks!