UK boss tells Transport Committee 235,000 'EA189' diesels and 55,000 V6 and V8 diesels are yet to be fixed
8 February 2019

Volkswagen UK boss Paul Willis has admitted to the government's Transport Committee it has received more than 28,000 complaints of an "apparent issue" with its 'dieselgate' software fix to date. 

The number of complaints has risen by 70% since 2017, when the company last reported findings to the Committee's chair, Lilian Greenwood MP. Over 290,000 UK cars still require a software fix, not including those whose owners have turned down the work being carried out. 

The Transport Committee claims it has had "regular reports from owners" claiming that the recall work has impaired their car's performance and running refinement. 

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"It is important to bear in mind that the technical measures have been implemented in nearly 7.5 million vehicles across Europe and as noted above, in over 870,000 vehicles in the UK", Willis claims. 

"The vast majority of customers have been satisfied and have reported no problems with the technical measures whatsoever." The firm as dismissed the vast majority of UK complaints with no action taken.

Despite this claim, an Autocar reader has received texts from his local Audi dealer (below) offering a free diagnostic service to owners who have seen their emissions warning light illuminate. 

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Most of the affected cars use the VW Group's 'EA189' 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engine, manufactured between 2007 and 2015. Around 55,000 V6 and V8 diesels are also part of the recall, with some software updates yet to be approved by the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA). 

Back in 2017, Greenwood had requested an update on progress with fixing cars implicated in the emissions cheating scandal, prompting Willis to clarify Volkswagen’s recent actions regarding the issue. 

Willis maintained Volkswagen's stance that no compensation will be offered to European customers, stating that “the issue is materially different to in the US compared to the situation in Europe”. 

Gareth Pritchard, founder of the Diesel Customer Forum, said: “Worryingly for owners, 870,000 cars have so far had the emissions software update in the UK, yet not one owner has had it explained to them what the fix actually does to our cars. 

“We know there are a lot of angry owners experiencing identical issues and Volkswagen won’t explain what is going on. I suspect that the number of complaints is underestimating the scale of the issue, because not everyone affected will feel compelled to write.”

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6 December 2017

...to think of a reason why you'd take your VW in to be adjusted? Even if they don't come out broken they seem to run worse (using Autocar's example from a few month's ago)

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

6 December 2017
Because you actually care about the amount of Nox you're spewing into the atmosphere?

That's why I did it. Even though in hindsight...

11 February 2019

Why on earth would anybody give VAG one cent of their money?  They are a fucking disgraceful organisation and deserve to go bankrupt.

6 December 2017

You wouldn't have bought a diesel in the first place.

When you say "Even though in hindsight..." does that mean you wish you hadn't take it in?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 February 2019
xxxx wrote:

You wouldn't have bought a diesel in the first place.

When you say "Even though in hindsight..." does that mean you wish you hadn't take it in?

 

You're showing a fundamental misunderstanding of exhaust emissions.

Diesels produce less CO2 but more NOx and Particulate than petrols (petrols still produce both).

Under the latest emissions rules Diesel is approaching parity with petrol, to the point petrols are soon to require PPFs.

 

There's significant questions as to the scientific accuracy of the evidence that NOx affects health anyway, but even if it does - it's not because of cars.

Heavy duty emissions, that of Lorries and Buses is about a decade behind that of cars in terms of the restrictions placed on them. Therefore the NOx produced by lorries and buses is thousands of times greater than that of modern cars.

 

Not all car makers cheated. This is very much a VW-gate issue (not diesel-gate), with a minor pathogen to some other automakers copying using the same Bosch solution as VW.

9 February 2019
CarNut170 wrote:

Not all car makers cheated. This is very much a VW-gate issue (not diesel-gate), with a minor pathogen to some other automakers copying using the same Bosch solution as VW.

 

What about this then?

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/daimler-recall-774000-mercedes-models-due-emission-defeat-devices

 

Some say Mercedes threw VW under the bus in order to avoid the astronomical fines that VW ended up having to pay...

11 February 2019
simonali wrote:

CarNut170 wrote:

Not all car makers cheated. This is very much a VW-gate issue (not diesel-gate), with a minor pathogen to some other automakers copying using the same Bosch solution as VW.

 

What about this then?

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/daimler-recall-774000-mercedes-models-due-emission-defeat-devices

 

Some say Mercedes threw VW under the bus in order to avoid the astronomical fines that VW ended up having to pay...

 

As I say, a Bosch-spread contaigon.

The defeat device was developed by Bosch on behalf of VW - and consequently other automakers said "oh, that's a bright idea" (it wasn't).

11 February 2019
CarNut170 wrote:

simonali wrote:

CarNut170 wrote:

Not all car makers cheated. This is very much a VW-gate issue (not diesel-gate), with a minor pathogen to some other automakers copying using the same Bosch solution as VW.

 

What about this then?

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/daimler-recall-774000-mercedes-models-due-emission-defeat-devices

 

Some say Mercedes threw VW under the bus in order to avoid the astronomical fines that VW ended up having to pay...

As I say, a Bosch-spread contaigon.

The defeat device was developed by Bosch on behalf of VW - and consequently other automakers said "oh, that's a bright idea" (it wasn't).

From "This is very much a VW-gate issue (not diesel-gate)"  to " other automakers" did it to.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

6 December 2017

If any of the following characteristics have been changed for the worse after Volkswagen has modified the vehicle then take them to court for compensation.

1) The engine's power vs rpm curve on a graph

2) The engine's torque vs rpm curve on a graph

3) The engine's responsiveness to throttle inputs

4) Engine fuel economy in all situations

5) The wear and tear on vehicle components

6) Unpleasant increases in noise, vibration or harshness

I certainly wouldn't buy a Volkswagen now - new or second hand. Volkswagen just cannot be trusted anymore.

8 February 2019

But to prove the changes, you would have to run these tests before and after the fix. Which just isn’t going to happen. 

What a proper VW balls up!

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