Get Ready to Line Up for a 2015 Volkswagen TDI!

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
get ready to line up for a 2015 volkswagen tdi

If you’ve felt left out of the Volkswagen diesel affair until now, chin up. You’ll soon be able to purchase your very own piece of automotive scandal history.

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the sale of 2015 Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with Generation 3 2.0-liter diesel engines, making this the first time any of the half-million-plus sidelined vehicles have been legally available to customers since the scandal began.

The contrarian’s list of unlikely daily drivers just grew a bit longer.

“We are still finalizing the details of this program and will provide more information on its implementation at the appropriate time,” Volkswagen of America spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan told Bloomberg. VW dealers apparently received EPA approval to resume sales yesterday.

Don’t expect to see lineups outside your local VW dealer. As the stop-sale order came down in mid-September of 2015, only about 12,000 units remain in the automaker’s U.S. inventory. That’s out of a total of about 67,000 model year 2015 vehicles shipped with Generation 3 powerplants.

Impacted by this news are 2015 Beetle, Golf, Golf Sportwagen, Jetta and Passat models, as well as TDI versions of the Audi A3.

Back in January, the EPA and California Air Resources Board both approved a fix for the newest 2.0-liter engines. To lower excess nitrogen oxide emissions, VW would offer a two-part repair. The first, a software update, was made available shortly after the announcement, while a more involved hardware fix is expected by the beginning of next year. The larger fix involves a further software update, as well as “a new diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst, and NOx catalyst, all needed to maintain vehicle reliability and emissions performance over time,” the EPA said in January.

Any vehicle sold by VW dealers will have already had the first fix, and will require the second. But will the vehicles be the same high-mileage, high-torque little beats that American buyers fell in love with all those years ago? Reports out of Europe should have would-be buyers worried. (Not to mention owners who opted out of the buyout.)

Across the Atlantic, owners of 1.6 and 2.0-liter VW diesels have reported shuddering, stalls and a reduction in both fuel economy and low-end torque after receiving their prescribed fix. The complaints aren’t just anecdotal, either. Power tests performed by a Swedish magazine reveal newly emissions-compliant 2.0-liter TDI vehicles do suffer from lowered performance. However, the models tested were older TDI vehicles. The EPA has not approved a fix for pre-2015 diesel models in the U.S.

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  • Kvndoom Kvndoom on Mar 31, 2017

    Firesale price and a full warranty could really get my attention for a Golf. I could party like it's 2004 all over again.

  • NoviceAmateur NoviceAmateur on Apr 02, 2017

    The author is missing a key point. European TDI engines which have been recalled belong to EA189 family. US spec ones, deemed as compliant by the EPA after the fix, belong to EA288 family. The latter is the latest incarnation of the TDI family and has had a major rework in catalysts (oxidizing and reducer) and in the particulate filter.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂