263/365. life as a jetta TDI owner after dieselgate.

263/365. life as a jetta TDI owner after dieselgate. I.

i’ve been happily driving jetta diesels for 15 years. i have a lot of words i could say after dieselgate but maybe the most pertinent are “never buying another volkswagen” ( insert epic rant here that i don’t have time to write ).

perhaps the only solace i can personally take is that we’ve only been driving a polluter for about a year and the diesels we drove previously appears to have not skirted the emissions laws.

i hope the EPA fines them the reported maximum, $18 billion and we use the money to invest in pedestrian infrastructure ( probably not going to happen, but hey we can dream a little dream, right? ).

i was leaving work and found this tucked under the windshield. i’m pretty sure it was meant as a lighthearted joke but the reality of the environmental impact of dieselgate is no laughing matter.

263/365. life as a jetta TDI owner after dieselgate. II.

as i hopped into the car, i got a text message from a friend in michigan. sigh. i had conversations with several current owners of TDIs that aren’t buying another one no matter what the company does and several people who didn’t own one but were considering buying and are now not going to. i think the long term implications for diesels in the US in general and vw in particular will be devastating. apple couldn’t have asked for better timing of a scandal as they accelerate their efforts to build an electric car as current TDI owners like myself, er, ride out their payment plans.

One thought on “263/365. life as a jetta TDI owner after dieselgate.”

  1. I am an unfortunate owner of a 2014 TDI Sportwagen. I’ve only been driving it since February 2015, as I bought it used with 24k miles. I urge anyone, especially in California, to take individual legal action against the dealership who sold you the car. Don’t wait for some paltry class-action payout that hardly compensates for your loss. Lemon Laws exist and can help you, especially in California. I love my car, but will not drive something that becomes a clunker once it’s “fixed” by VW.

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