There are plenty of new owner compliants in Colorado
As far as the Altitude/Cold/No start goes .... There are more than several TDI/DSG owners’ whom presented this No Start issue to VWoA.
VW of America’s roll it should be noted is that of a vehicle distributor. In my instance their response was a herculean effort to wiggle out of its new car warranty obligation. A classic retorhic strategy if there ever was. My stance on the issue was, “Not Bloody Likely” – VWoA and this Customer agreed to $5000.00 as a settlement.
The sharp (and conscientious) Tech at our Denver VW dealership thoroughly examined our new TDI with the people at VWAG technical Line in collaboration. Their findings were the vehicle was within all specs and that the Uber cold DSG was the culprit; The condition was nothing new to the German Tech line I was told ~ “A significantly cold DSG impedes the (TDI emphasis) starting sequence below the threshold of RPM needed for compression ignition to occur. Okay, what to do? Heater’s you say… this open’s up a larger discussion, not at all mentioned on the VWoA new car Monroney Label.
both makes self-contained engine heaters and by virtue of proximity would heat the DSG.
It should be noted these style heaters are VWAG / Audi etc factory options in Europe. VW of America suggested a third party install – yet another discussion entirely; warranty, EPA, third party installer hacks up my new car, etc. Make no mistake; the installation is open heart surgery, fuel lines, interior controls, etc. Now as before, the simple extension cord tethered engine heaters are an option, if not archaistic in a modern diesel car; In North America and only offered in Canada there is now a VW factory (extension cord type) engine heater. Go figure.
In the end, 6sp manual or 6sp DSG – depends how “cold” you wanna get. The DSG/cold condition is real, just ask VWAG.