VW/Audi emissions recall fix

Discussion in 'Mk5 VW Jetta, Sportwagen, and Audi A3 TDI forum' started by a j caristo, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. a j caristo

    a j caristo New Member

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    audi A3 2011
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    raleigh, nc
    I'm looking for any information, impressions or feedback from anyone who has had the 2.0L engine fix that VW/Audi agreed to with the US/CA regulatory agencies during the summer of 2017. What I have seen is mostly negative and I am looking for anything that might help me with my decision on my 2011 A3. It's a great car that's never had any problems and only has 58,000 miles on it. I don't want to ruin it with the fix and I really don't want to sell it back to VW because in my estimation, there is no replacement for this vehicle. I believe we have until 11-1-18 to complete the process, after that, any fix comes out of my pocket without any pain and suffering cash from VW. Since there is no emission testing for diesel engines in NC can I just not get the fix done and drive the car as is. I don't want to be forced into selling the car back to VW so it can sit in a parking lot in Pontiac, MI, any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mikeme

    mikeme Active Member

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    2009 JSW TDI 205,000 miles sold back to VW after 6 hour emissions fix took over 4 moths
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    Northern Virginia
    I would get the fix, cash the check, and drive on.

    some folks say it drives a little different, others not at all. perhaps a little worse MPG, but the cash more than makes up for that.

    earlier cars (like my 09) have had some issues with clogged heater cores that show up after the fix, or a few of us lucky ones that had the DSG update brick the car for a while. (still waiting)

    but for a 2011, not much downside, it seems.
     
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  3. mz m

    mz m New Member

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    2009 Jetta TDI
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    Duluth MN
    I just had i done, so far it is just a 1-2 mpg reduction in fuel economy. The recall should have been delayed until the fix was in, what a waste...
    Performance: RPMs are higher but cannot yet see a difference, may know more in 6 months.
    2009 Jetta, auto, 118K
     
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  4. JAJhnsn

    JAJhnsn New Member

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    VW Jetta TDI 2010
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    Fredericksburg, Va
    My 2010 TDI - a bit rougher accelerating from a stop but smoothes out quickly. Still fun to drive, was told to expect a bit noisier- I can’t tell. MPG maybe 1 or 2 down driving around town. But am still logging 33-35 consistently. They can’t make you do it - but you’ll lose the $5K and it might be difficult to sell. I’d take the deal.


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  5. Renee

    Renee New Member

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    2009 VW Jetta
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    Grand Rapids, MI
    I had my Jetta done about 2 months ago. I wish I could turn back time. I loved my car before the "fix". Now, it is a lemon. I have burned through 4 alternators in the last 2 months. It is currently in the shop for the 4th alternator. Service dept tells me it's possible that they got a batch of bad alternators. Really? I have been stranded twice over 50 miles from home and had to pay for a tow truck to take it back to the same VW service dept. I will not pay a different shop another $1200 to replace an alternator. And why was it so expensive? Because they have to remove the front bumper and tilt the earth off it's axis to get to the alternator. Why would a car be built like this? To screw the consumer. Currently the service dept is telling me they can not find a reason for why the alternators keep going bad. I told them we could just keep replacing the alternator at their expense every 1-2 weeks then. If you like your car the way it is.....leave it the way it is.
     

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