SANTA MONICA, California – Now that Volkswagen has admitted to manipulating the emissions of its 2.0-liter diesel engines in several models since 2009, affected owners have been left wondering what to do now.
Other than choosing not to drive the car at all, there is no immediate recourse available.
“Until Volkswagen reveals a plan for how it will either buy back the cars or fix them so that they truly meet emissions standards, all affected owners will have to wait and see,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds.com director of industry analysis.
About 11 million Volkswagen vehicles worldwide are now included in the German automaker’s diesel emissions crisis. In a statement released on Tuesday, Volkswagen AG said it is “working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines.”
That software allowed certain Volkswagen models with a 2.0-liter diesel engine to run in two different modes. One mode would allow it to run clean enough to pass EPA emissions testing, while the other mode emitted more pollution, ostensibly to improve performance.
Consumers are advised to refrain from selling their TDI vehicle. Those who must trade in the vehicle in the short term can expect a lower value because of the additional short-term risk incurred by the dealer.
Edmunds says: Current owners of the affected Volkswagen diesel engines have no action plan yet, but expect to see an announcement about a fix soon.