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Old July 31st, 2017, 20:02   #1
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Denver, CO USA
TDI(s): 2012 Golf
Default Buyback scheduled in the morning; just got "fix" offer

The timing couldn't possibly be any closer. I'm scheduled to do the buyback tomorrow morning, and just received an email saying that my 2012 is now eligible for a "fix".

I already own another car, and don't really want to keep the Golf. Is there any reason to not do the buyback as scheduled? I'm paying insurance on the car, so delaying will cost me some just from that. My impression is that I won't be able to sell the car for enough to make it worth getting the fix and then selling it, but if I'm wrong, please tell me

Thanks for any advice you have.
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Old July 31st, 2017, 20:23   #2
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There is no obligation whatsoever for you to change course.
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formerly ... 2006 Jetta TDI 5-sp, Spice Red, Unitronics stage 1, 0.681 5th gear.
and before that ... 1996 Passat TDI, Silk Blue
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Old July 31st, 2017, 20:30   #3
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Originally Posted by GoFaster View Post
There is no obligation whatsoever for you to change course.
Thanks, I do understand that. I'm just wondering if there's an advantage to changing course. If I do, I expect it would take another 4 weeks or so to get another buyback appointment.

I just took a peek in craigslist. Of course I have to read between the lines to estimate the value of a fixed 2012 TDI, by looking at the prices for fixed 2015 TDIs and various gasoline models, but it appears it may be worth my while to fix the car and resell it.
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Old August 1st, 2017, 07:58   #4
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Depends upon the condition of the car, mileage, etc. and whether it'd be worth more fixed and then sold versus the buyback. You'd be selling a TDI with a damn good extended (and fully transferable) warranty, possibly keeping it in use and out of the crusher for someone else to enjoy...
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Old August 12th, 2017, 17:54   #5
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Default "modification" vs "buyback" 2009 Jetta TDI Sportwagon

Subj: "modification" vs "buyback" 2009 Jetta TDI Sportwagon

I just received a "recall" package describing the "modification" for my 2009 Jetta TDI Sportwagon located here in California. VWcourtsettlement.com is reporting they will pay $21,136.73 if I return it on 4/2/2018 or if I do the "modification" on that same date a payment of $6011.73 but the "modification" is described as reducing fuel economy by an estimated 2 miles per gallon and also effecting engine noise and performance. I'm considering 4/2/2018 because that is the month the registration will be due along with a CA required "smog test" that I am presuming would be failed without the "modification." An earlier "modification" or "buyback" date 8/26/2017 results in a smaller restitution payment of $5906.73 for "modification" and $20506.73 for "buyback." So it seems like it is better to delay until shortly before the required "smog" test.
I'd be interested in any engineering assessments about what exactly the "modification" does that reduces fuel economy and performance.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 09:06   #6
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I'm still on the fence with my 2014 Passat. Not ready to give up on diesel. Considering fix and keep or sell back and find a new 2015.
Has anyone had the FIX performed any able to report the results???
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Old August 13th, 2017, 17:40   #7
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Check the Passat forum. Most report little to no detectable change . . .
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Old August 13th, 2017, 17:47   #8
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Location: Pennsylvania
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Hi there,
I've had the fix performed on my 2015 Jetta TDI SEL. I have not noticed
any loss of mpg or power degradation and the car runs great. In have noticed more power on the top end and I'm definitely keeping my car. My
1st diesel was a 1971 Jetta coupe diesel. It wasn't quick, but got almost 60 mpg.
Incidentally, that car is still on the road here in Pennsylvania.
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