Volkswagen Can Save 70,000 TDI Vehicles, If Their Owners Want It

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
volkswagen can save 70 000 tdi vehicles if their owners want it

Assuming owners of 2.0-liter diesel Volkswagens aren’t so pissed at the company that thoughts of cash extraction and corporate punishment fill their every waking hour, up to 70,000 of the little polluters could be spared.

After failing multiple times to whip up a fix for the emissions-rigged engines, VW has made a breakthrough with the U.S. government. That means owners of certain VW and Audi vehicles have a choice to make.

The automaker’s $16.5 billion settlement clearly spelled out owners of affected vehicles could sell their cars back to the company (and be handed an extra pile of cash for their troubles), or opt for a yet-undefined fix. Well, the Environmental Protection Agency has now approved a fix, Reuters reports.

Due to a change in engine design, only the newest models equipped with 2.0-liter diesels have a chance at a longer life. These include 2015 Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, and Passat models, as well as the 2015 Audi A3.

The approved fix is twofold. Owners opting to keep their diesels can go in for a minor software tweak right away, which should reduce emissions slightly. However, in about a year, a much larger fix should become available. Those modifications include both software and hardware updates, including the installation of a diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst and NOx catalyst.

EPA claims the full fix won’t affect the vehicles’ “fuel economy, reliability, or durability.”

Under the settlement, 85 percent of the 475,000 affected vehicles must be off the road by June 2019, which makes the 70,000 figure a rosy theoretical ceiling. So far, the buyout option has proven popular, and with good reason. When else will an automaker pay pre-scandal value for a car, and hand you up to $10,000 as a gift?

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Jan 06, 2017

    "EPA claims the full fix won’t affect the vehicles’ “fuel economy, reliability, or durability.” Thanks, I needed a late-afternoon laugh. Know what? My Jetta with the 1.4T and a manual averages about 32 mpg in plodding-around-the-'burbs driving. If I mix in about 40-50% of that driving on the freeway, that goes to about 34-35 mpg. If the overwhelming majority of my driving was on the freeway, I'd be getting close to 40. So what, precisely, is the point of the diesel? Take the buyout and get a gas Jetta or Golf. You'll get a helluva deal on either one (Jetta in particular). What's the percentage in keeping the TDI on the "we'll fix it" promise given higher diesel prices? I don't see it.

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    • Ram3 Ram3 on Jul 10, 2017

      @JimZ please look at the specs on both vw engines gas and diesel the 2 liter gas produces 207 ft pounds of torque 3600-5000 rpm 114 HP the 2 liter diesel produces 280 ft pounds of torque 1700 -2500 rpm 148 HP Diesel engines will always produce more torque at normal rpm liter to liter a gas engine will never produce the same or even close the torque of a diesel take a look a heavy equipment or large yachts they all have Diesel engines because of the heavy loads . there is no gas engines that can compete under those conditions.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Jan 07, 2017

    I would follow this advice from Steve Miller. Whoa..oooo take the money and run.

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  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.