The VW software fix problem

Unfortunately for some owners, the VW fix for diesel engined cars and vehicles affected by the VW Group’s ‘dieselgate’ scandal - a software tweak - has caused some vehicles to suffer with performance issues once the work has been carried out.

Problems experienced by some owners of affected VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda models include some or all of the following:

  •   Excessive noise
  •   Increased fuel consumption
  •   DPF (diesel particulate filter) failures or excessive ‘regeneration’ cycles
  •   EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) problems
  •   Loss of power
  •   Poor acceleration
  •   Breakdowns

Recall problems not affecting just a few vehicles

Various online communities such as Facebook, motoring sites such as Honest John, various diesel engine forums and motoring press articles are full of quotes and tales from owners of VWs and other VAG cars and vehicles reporting faults ranging from slight increases in fuel economy to total losses of power.

In certain cases where potentially expensive faults, such as with the EGR, have occurred after the recall work has been carried out owners are in dispute with their dealer and VAG.

There are obviously more than a few isolated cases; it could be at least 1% of vehicles recalled by VW and other VAG makes. This may not sound much, but with over 1.1 million vehicles being recalled in the UK alone that could equate to some 11,000 vehicles.

The recall is not compulsory

While owners of VAG cars and vehicles affected by the ‘dieselgate’ issue are being contacted by the company to arrange a recall for work to be undertaken, the DfT (Department for Transport) assure owners it’s not compulsory to have it done.

Therefore, it could be ‘reversed’ if it’s affecting the performance of your car.

This is very good news for you if your vehicle isn’t running as it should as you won’t necessarily be ‘stuck’ with the software update to the detriment of your car or other VAG vehicle. We can help here.

If you’re concerned about your vehicle’s performance having had the diesel recall work done, talk to us now on 01438 553075.


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