Safety of the Volkswagen TDI post-Emissions Modification
You may remember ‘Dieselgate,’ the recall issued for turbocharged diesel engines on select German automobiles like Audi and Volkswagen. It was a scandal that caused Volkswagen to issue a buyback policy for various 2009-2015 models. Many of those models have now found their way back to used sales lots. For environmentally conscious drivers and diesel engine enthusiasts alike, the question remains…
Is it safe to buy a used Volkswagen with an emissions fixed TDI engine?
Post Emissions Fix Performance
As all affected TDI models were required to receive the emissions fix, it is impossible to find an unfixed version on the market (excluding private sellers). Part of what made ‘Dieselgate’ so scandalous were the lengths Volkswagen went to in order to cheat the emissions test results. It would be logical to assume that the post-fix TDI performance would then be much worse than pre-fix performance. This isn’t the case, however. For instance, the post-fix 2013 Jetta Sportwagen TDI lost only 2-hp and 8 pounds-feet of torque. It also retained its stellar fuel economy, still rocksteady at 42 MPG.
Volkswagen Extended Emissions Warranty (EEM)
Emissions fixed TDI models are covered by an absurdly good mandatory warranty. The EEM covers whichever is greater: 10-year/120,000-mile from the vehicles original in-service date or 4-year/48,000-mile from the date and mileage of the emissions modification. The applicable parts list includes the entire exhaust system, the entire fuel system, the EGR system, the turbocharger, the air intake, the OBD system, and the engine sub-assembly. Excellent doesn’t accurately describe how extensive this warranty is.
If the car has been sitting in the lot for 18+ months, Volkswagen has authorized dealerships to replace the brakes, battery, tires, and wipers as well.