By on September 27, 2015

Volkswagen Eos at University Volkswagen Circa August 2015

While some declare Volkswagen dead in their betrayed hearts over the recent emissions scandal, others see an opportunity for a discount on a diesel.

According to Forbes, though diesel sales during the first month of the scandal would resemble Kuwait circa early February 1991, VW could start moving diesels again once the general public’s memory fades enough to do so. However, selling diesels to new-car buyers would entail throwing a ton of cash on the hood in the form of “up-front rebates, no-charge extra equipment, free-fuel cards,” as well as “some kind of environmental-justice reparation like buying a rain-forest tree in your name.”

Further, the fallout would likely affect other automakers in the diesel passenger car game, such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes, though possible discounts forthcoming wouldn’t keep one’s wallet too fat as the rebates VW could offer.

Some consumers, however, aren’t waiting until the first fires are extinguished. The Guardian reported on a couple visiting a VW dealership in Blackburn, England for the sole purpose of buying a Golf with as much cash on the hood as they could get. The husband, Warren Marvelley, knows all about the ongoing emissions scandal thus far, but isn’t bothered by it, not when it could benefit him and his wife, Jane, anyway:

VW have said they want to be transparent and do the right thing, and I’m pretty confident they will. They’re a good company, so I think they’ll feel obliged to compensate people.

Photo credit: University Volkswagen/Facebook

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  • avatar

    You’d be much better off with a Volvo.

    • 0 avatar
      anomaly149

      The new XC90 looks sweet, just sayin….

      • 0 avatar

        I drove it and made a short video review. It’s fantastic.

        • 0 avatar
          anomaly149

          They ever fix the glass slap? The old ones had really loud doors.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          The new XC90 makes you wonder why you’d spend 10K more, on average, for a German equivalent. And it’s extremely handsome, too. But I am a bit concerned about its 4-cylinder-only engine lineup.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Kyree, there are rumors that Chinese-made cars, made to Volvo-specs, will be imported to the US under the Volvo name.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            My main concern with Volvo items post 1996 is always drive train (AWD and/or V8 items especially) and trim bits.

            It’s way too easy to find young XC90 and S80 vehicles with falling off and discolored trim/buttons.

          • 0 avatar
            wmba

            “there are rumors that Chinese-made cars, made to Volvo-specs, will be imported to the US under the Volvo name.”

            It’s hardly a rumor.

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/

            Perhaps you forgot. They’re not made

          • 0 avatar
            wmba

            “there are rumors that Chinese-made cars, made to Volvo-specs, will be imported to the US under the Volvo name.”

            It’s hardly a rumor.

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/

            Perhaps you forgot. They’re not made to Volvo specs, they are Volvos, since Geely owns the company.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          BTSR impresses me today. Despite its 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine, the XC90 was found to be ‘fantastic’.

  • avatar

    My local dealer has a 2013 Golf and three ? Sportwagon TDi. I don’t know why, the other local dealer has zero older cars in stock.

    Oh, and is the site now named TTAVW ? I have a TDi under the (Nitrous Oxide) cloud, but I’d like to read about other cars.

    They cheated. On Purpose.
    They got caught big by folks who didn’t “have it in” for them.

    At least they admitted it. Cue the shuffling of chairs.

    How low can car prices go ? Will dealers fold ?

    What will the US Govt do next ?

    Fill in general bitching by owners.

    Story done.

    We’ve now exceeded even GM Deathwatch density.

    • 0 avatar
      anomaly149

      We had TheTruthAbout Pedalgate, Ignitiongate, GM Deathwatch, and now TDItanic. Almost had an Alumighazi for the F-150. (And Hyundai-Kia Fuelgate) Stories get big and have coverage. Who wants to start taking bets on the next big story? Been a while since we’ve seen Honda or Nissan in the news.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Don’t forget Airbag-gate.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        I want to begin betting on how many articles we’ll see on whatever issue arises next.

        Back when Mazdas had rust issues I’m surprised that wasn’t milked to death, theres a ton of evidence, pictures, and what not. It’d be a little too late now.

        Next story might be Nissan with their quality control issues, but nothing says page views like the term “SCANDAL”, “CHEAT”, “SWINDLE”, that evil giant VW is at it again and hes going to rob the orphanage! Somebody stop him!

  • avatar
    Joss

    I had a look at base Golf online. No deals yet.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Joss, contact hoyvw.com and/or rudolphvw.com in El Paso, TX. If you see something you like, make them an offer. Someone I know works there on the sales staff.

    • 0 avatar
      Manic

      All the diesel VWs currently available in Europe (and probably also via US dealerships) have urea system and Euro6 compliance. These are not at least for now under any suspicion AFAIK. To get some turnover VW probably will have to put money on the hood anyways, though.

  • avatar
    carguy67

    Won’t these cars fail smog checks (they’re not as controlled as the EPA emissions testing, so doubt the software can detect them in progress)?

    • 0 avatar
      Yupa

      They’ve gotten past smog checks for the last few years. States will presumably be paying closer attention to diesels in general and VW diesels in particular going forward, however.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al From 'Murica

      By the same token, wouldn’t an emission failure before the 8 yr 80k mile point be VW’s problem? One would think they would be quick to handle it given this scandal, however as a former VW owner I would never give VW’s service departments the benefir of the doubt however.

      • 0 avatar

        Exactly. When my TDi puked a Diesel Particulate Filter at 83k, VW paid for 1/2….I wasn’t pleased as the filter physically broke, and there is a TSB for exactly my malady. $2400/2 which is $1200 out of pocket.

        • 0 avatar
          EAF

          At 83k your DPF & Converter were just out of warranty, no? Is it 80k or 100k? Im sure VW would claim you did not use DPF friendly oil, or some other such excuse, in order to void the warranty coverage.

          Was $2400 the price of the DPF setup alone or did that project labor? I’ve seen pictures of where the DPF sits on your diesel, I would imagine it is an incredibly time consuming R & R.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      They won’t fail smog checks until smog testing stations go back to using the sensor in the tailpipe method. From what’s been written, if a smog check is done using the ODB port, it won’t capture an accurate read of the NOx emissions.

  • avatar
    April S

    I’m guessing in a week or so there will be cash incentives on most if not all VW’s. In the meantime I will hand wash/wax/detail my Mazda and be ready to trade for that snazzy blue 2016 Jetta sitting on our local VW dealer’s lot.

  • avatar
    WhiskeyRiver

    As I said the other day: “There’s never been a better time to buy a car I don’t like.”

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    So, guess that diesel VW Amorok is now never gonna happen here.

  • avatar
    Joss

    I was told Spring. When the bites infested.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    TDIs are being removed from dealer’s online inventories as we speak.

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      I visited my local dealer yesterday, 28 new TDIs were in the back with a sign that said “VW Inventory Hold 09/2015”. VW is subsidizing them $70/car, which totals to $1960 for 28 of them. As much as I dislike dealers, I kinda feel bad for them at the moment.

  • avatar
    daniel g.

    Check
    http://autoblog.com.ar/2015/09/26/dieselgate-las-vw-amarok-argentinas-seran-investigadas-en-brasil/

    The amarok in brasil under investigation. Maybe in a few days a new scandal…

  • avatar
    Dr.Nick

    I had reliability concerns before, how long do you think these diesels are going to go without issues when they have to constantly meet emissions standards that they weren’t engineered to meet?

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Still waiting for the $999 down, $99/month lease on a base Golf.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    Doesn’t the cost of maintaining a diesel car kill the value of any fuel savings for those who keep a vehicle long term?

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      It can if something major fails like a DPF. Luckily VW has extended the HPFP and exhaust flap warranties to 120K for a lot of cars. But the DPF or turbo isn’t covered by any extended warranty. I bought my car for the fuel economy and the torque. If something breaks I’ll be mad but so far it’s been good in the 40000 miles I’ve had it.

      I was looking at HR-Vs yesterday, I might end up with one of those if some sort of buyback occurs.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “They’re a good company, so I think they’ll feel obliged to compensate people.”

    No, they’re a guilty company which got caught very red handed at cheating and lying. Stop rationalizing your selfish cheapskate nature, you wank.

  • avatar

    Um, isn’t there an embargo on the sale of Diesel VW’s? So how are you going to get a “deal” when they can’t sell them?

    • 0 avatar
      Andrew717

      The dealers will be motivated to move their non-TDI inventory, and VW is putting cash on the hood to help keep the dealers afloat. I admit, my wife and I looked at the used listings this weekend to see if there had been any serious down movement. Her ideal next car is a TDI Beetle convertible.

  • avatar
    Irvingklaws

    Just paid off my ’10 Golf TDI before the summer. Then the turbo failed at 80k. Exhaust flap thing failed a couple months prior (related?). A big part of the appeal of these cars was that they retained their value so well over time. What’s my kryptonite trade-in worth VW? If anyone gets a “sweet deal” it better be me. Go ahead, convince me to buy another one. I’m waiting…

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