Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tim asks: I was excited to read on your blog about the “fixed” VW TDIs. I owned two and sold them back to VW. Recently I asked my local dealer if he was aware of the VW plan to sell the “fixed TDIs” through the dealership network. He was, and remains, totally unaware of it. Can you update me? I’m interested in buying one.
My reply: The “fixed” models include previously owned (but bought back) VWs as well as brand-new ones – mostly 2016 model year – that VW (corporate) held back from distribution while the “cheating” scandal worked itself out. Once the deal with Uncle was finalized, VW got permission (sickening terminology) to “fix” them, obtained EPA certification and began to sell them.
This occurred last year (2018).
It’s possible there may still be a few “new” (and “fixed”) 2016 models sitting on lots somewhere, but my bet is most of these have by now been sold. However, there should be a good selection of previously owned TDI VWs available – including those not “fixed” by their owners.
While VW has been pressuring owners of TDI-powered cars to bring them in to be “fixed,” it is not a legal requirement – and the cars will pass state-level emissions tests, so getting and renewing registration, etc., should be no problem.
The issue was with federal (EPA) certification.
I personally would look for an “unfixed” VW. The “fix” entails a software adjustment (in most cases) that will not improve operation of the vehicle and may noticeably reduce mileage.
So long as it’s not required to “fix” the car, I would not do so.
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