Volkswagen is Pretty Sure It Can Fix Those 3.0-Liter Diesels

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
volkswagen is pretty sure it can fix those 3 0 liter diesels

Good news, owners of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche models powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine — your heavily polluting diesel probably won’t have to be bought back and scrapped.

A lawyer for the automaker said in court today that Volkswagen believes the 85,000 vehicles can be cleaned up with a not-too-complicated fix, Reuters reports.

If true, it means reduced future costs for a company that’s already agreed to shell out $15.3 billion in the U.S. to settle its diesel emissions scandal fallout. It also means those oil-burning Cayennes can continue to impress their owners’ neighbours.

In his court statement, lawyer Robert Giuffra said, “The company believes that we can fix the 3.0 liter to the standards to which those cars were originally certified.”

Months of meetings and tests are required before Volkswagen can begin repairing the afflicted models. The tests, said to be especially rigorous, have to prove that any proposed fix holds up over time.

The 3.0-liter TDI engines aren’t as polluting as the 2.0-liter units doomed to the scrap heap, emitting only nine times the allowable level of nitrous oxide emissions, rather than (up to) 40 times. Volkswagen used a different “defeat device” for the 3.0-liters, meaning less drastic measures are needed to bring the engine into compliance.

In May, sources close to the case said the fix will probably be in the form of new software, though there’s a possibility of a catalytic converter swap.

On June 28, Volkswagen agreed to pay just over $10 billion to buy back or fix about 475,000 VW and Audi vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter diesel engines, and compensate their owners. Another $4.7 billion was split between an environmental fund for pollution-reducing programs and its own zero-emission vehicle development plans.

A further $603 million went to settle lawsuits in 44 U.S. states, bringing the tally to $15.3 billion.

[Image: Porsche Cars North America]

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  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Jun 30, 2016

    A couple years back, when I was shopping for a new Q7, everyone and their brother kept saying "The diesel is so cool, get the diesel". I got the EXCELLENT 3.0T GASOLINE engine and am now laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jul 01, 2016

    As I stated a couple weeks ago on here, Death Of Diesel = Olds + VW + EPA. Any wonder what will happen to normal ICE cars when, not if, emissions and CAFE regs become too onerous? The Malaise Era will look like heaven compared to what's coming next!

  • Keith Maybe my market's different. but 4.5k whack. Plus mods like his are just donations for the next owner. I'd consider driving it as a fun but practical yet disposable work/airport car if it was priced right. Some VAG's (yep, even Audis) are capable, long lasting reliable cars despite what the haters preach. I can't lie I've done the same as this guy: I had a decently clean 4 Runner V8 with about the same miles- I put it up for sale around the same price as the lower mile examples. I heard crickets chirp until I dropped the price. Folks just don't want NYC cab miles.
  • Max So GM will be making TESLAS in the future. YEA They really shouldn’t be taking cues from Elon musk. Tesla is just about to be over.
  • Malcolm It's not that commenters attack Tesla, musk has brought it on the company. The delivery of the first semi was half loaded in 70 degree weather hauling potato chips for frito lay. No company underutilizes their loads like this. Musk shouted at the world "look at us". Freightliners e-cascads has been delivering loads for 6-8 months before Tesla delivered one semi. What commenters are asking "What's the actual usable range when in say Leadville when its blowing snow and -20F outside with a full trailer?
  • Funky D I despise Google for a whole host of reasons. So why on earth would I willing spend a large amount of $ on a car that will force Google spyware on me.The only connectivity to the world I will put up with is through my phone, which at least gives me the option of turning it off or disconnecting it from the car should I choose to.No CarPlay, no sale.
  • William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.