On July 27 Gen 1 TDI owners waiting for an EPA fix for their cars got good news:
Today, Volkswagen received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for an emissions modification for affected Model Year 2009-2014 2.0L TDI vehicles with Generation 1 engines in connection with our settlement program.
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
This modification has only been approved for customer owned or leased vehicles that remain in their possession. For clarity, the approval has not been provided for vehicles in VWGoA or dealer inventory for purposes of resale. In the coming weeks we will update you on the status of the availability of previously bought back vehicles for purchase and resale as well as the process for selling any remaining new dealer stock.
We have a ‘10 Jetta Sedan, manual transmission, here at IDParts. Paul Clark VW in Brockton completed the recall (their first!) on August 14. Since the recall, we’ve driven the car several hundred miles. Our impressions:
- As predicted by VW, the engine is louder, both at idle and cruising speeds. At 70 MPH the engine noise has increased enough to cause drivers to turn up the radio when cruising.
- Power delivery is smooth, accelerator response is improved. Overall, the car feels quicker than before the fix.
- There seems to be a little bit of turbo lag, especially in second gear.
Otherwise, there seems to be little penalty to the fix. We haven’t driven the car enough to get a reliable pen and paper fuel economy comparison, but so far the FE seems little changed, if at all.
One odd note is that within a mile or so from the dealer after the fix the car initiated a regen. Perhaps it idled for a long period during the service, causing the regen, or perhaps it was “catching up” after the re-flash. Either way, since that event regen frequency seems unchanged. It’s supposed to be more frequent post-fix, but if that’s the case the difference isn’t dramatic.
We’ve read that some drivers have other impressions of their fixed Gen 1 cars, and we welcome feedback from your own fix experience in the comments section below. We’ll update our impressions before the end of 2017.