The VW Scandal

This week, one of the big stories has been the fraud committed by Volkswagen in regards to their TDI engines. I own a VW Tiguan, and as someone who’s defended their diesel engines in the past, I’m incredibly disappointed with the news that as surfaced.

My Tiguan has a gas engine, but I really always wanted a diesel in it because due to the boost to gas mileage. My car’s engine requires premium fuel and doesn’t get much over 24-25mpg on the freeway. It’s also proven itself very expensive to get repaired. I was willing to look past all of this because it’s a fun, sporty crossover SUV/tall wagon. The engine has a decent amount of power to it, and I’ve never had a problem moving through heavy traffic, accelerating quickly and smoothly.

I was also willing to look past it because I felt that VW’s answer to the fuel economy problem, with it’s TDI engines, was a really good option, considering we already have the diesel infrastructure in place in our communities. I was excited to learn that in 2017 I might be able to get a new Tiguan model, fully redesigned, with a diesel engine. I was willing to wait, and was excited at the prospect.

Now, I’m disappointed to learn the VW has been deliberately defrauding consumers by faking their emission test results. It’s such a depressing development, I would be hard pressed to consider buying a VW ever again, and I’ve even thought about getting rid of the one that I have. As I pump my wallet dry at the gas pump, I no longer do it with any sense of anticipation that one day I’ll be able to get a Tiguan with better mpg. I just watch as my paycheck slips away for a company that I once thought was pretty darn cool, but not anymore.

4 thoughts on “The VW Scandal

  1. I’m not and never have been a fan of VW; as a matter of fact its on my list of car’s never to buy. BUT, and I have not read all the data on this issue (really not that interested) I doubt that VW had intended to defraud the consumer or trick the system. Rather I think they were simply attempting to put the vehicles computer control’s into the ‘default baseline’ as it was delivered from the factory.

    Today’s computers adjust the the driving habits of the owner; for good or bad this is don’t to provide the consumer the best possible gas mileage. This adjusting, my cause what are called false positives when testing; in other words a single adjustment by the computer could cause one of the emission test to fail where the failure is not a true emission failure (there is some logic here right or wrong) so ‘base lining’ or returning the system to default is the best way to do that. I don’t think VW was intentional trying to dupe anyone. I still wouldn’t by their cars but that just my preference not because of the programming of the computer.

    1. Jamison

      Interesting thought on what might have been behind what they were doing. My only thought on that though is that if there was a completely honest and reasonable explanation that the CEO would not have stepped down so quickly. His actions make it seem a lot worse than a computer system that base lines the vehicle during testing. I’m sure time will tell, but for me personally this issue (along with all the other crap I’ve put up with, with my VW) has me thinking I won’t buy one of their cars again.

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