|VW continues to be burnt by filthy dirty diesel fuel and needs to switch to its new electric cars ASAP|
Europe has seen the bulk of Volkswagen's efforts aimed at removing the emissions-cheating software installed in millions of diesel vehicles; it's the largest single market for TDI vehicles. The automaker received regulatory approval to implement a software and hardware fix in European markets very early on and has been distributing the fix to hundreds of thousands of vehicles since the spring of 2016.
But a new report from an owners group claims the diesel fix has led to decreased vehicle performance in some cars. Autocar reports a group of over 1,000 owners in the U.K. has published a lengthy document detailing diesel fix issues, casting doubt on VW's claims that fuel consumption figures and engine performance levels will be unaffected by the application of a software patch.
The report alleges the fix has led to increased fuel consumption, turbo failures, excessive engine noise, excess fumes, EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system problems, diesel particulate filter failure, reduced performance and even entry into Limp Mode.
"When affected customers started receiving the letters in regard to EA189 engines, the insistence of this statement caused suspicion," the report states in part. "It is now apparent that this statement is not true in many cases. Customers are regularly reporting the exact changes to their vehicles behavior that VAG insisted would not happen. Worse still, many vehicles break down immediately or shortly after implementation of VAG’s ‘measures.’" More at AutoWeek