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VW Emissions Fix: “VAG Emissions Rollback” could be the real fix you need

We’ve been following many of the facebook and forum threads focused on reversing the ea189 emissions fix. Whats become apparent is that most of these services are simply a remap aimed at disguising the fix and the horrendous effects it has on vehicle performance and efficiency. They’re not aimed at preventing further damage to vehicles components such as the fueling and emissions systems (Injector / EGR / DPF). In fact many of these “back street” remaps will simply compound these issues  (Read more on that in our previous article – Can the VW VAG EA 189 NOx emissions fix be reversed? Is a remap the answer?)

Today the tide has turned. Today we have been approach by a “national tuning” network who plan to roll out a  “VAG Emissions rollback” service. The key thing here is that this is not a remap or tune. This is a roll back to what they call a “pre-VAG-patch state”. If their claims are in fact true, this could be the answer for those owners who have fallen victim to the VW Group’s damaging ea189 emissions fix.

The good

We’ve spoken to many owners trapped in a car they longer trust and are unable to sell due to financial issues or PCP contract periods. A rollback could be the key to restoring the reliability, performance and economy they have come to expect from their VW / Audi / Seat or Skoda vehicles.

Sure, EGR failure is possible in any diesel vehicle, but at least you’ll know it wasn’t at the hands of the VW emissions fix farse. You won’t be waiting for the engine management light to go or listening for every unexplained rattle or knock. You might actually be able to trust your car again.

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Could the 2040 ban on petrol and diesel cars ignite an ebike revolution?

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With the impending ban on diesel and petrol cars planned for 2040 could an ebike revolution be on the horizon? Could the move to electric be exactly what the industry needs?

Ebike sales have been booming over the years with technology driving advancements in design, range and choice. Ebikes are not the niche market they once were with sales expected to be increasing by at least 20% year on year.

In a report released by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry, the UK place 7th in European ebike sales. This accounted for 5% of all european ebike sales in 2016.

An Affordable alternative

With electric cars still commanding a premium over petrol and diesel cars, ebikes could represent a viable alternative for those who lack a viable alternative to their car, such as those in semi rural areas with poor public transport. Ebikes could be what the UK public needs to overcome their fear of electric power, enabling them to see a world that isn’t powered by fossil fuels.

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Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to target lorry drivers and operators cheating vehicle emissions

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From tomorrow (August 2017) the Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will target lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. The action is in response to evidence showing that drivers and operators are using emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. 

DVSA enforcement offices will be looking for commercial vehicles that circumvent, cheat or modify their vehicles causing a detrimental effect on emissions systems. 

These include:

  • Using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
  • Removing the diesel particulate filter or trap (DPF Removal or Gutting)
  • Using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid (Adblue / Urea)
  • Using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions (Remap)
  • Removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR Blanking)

Any vehicle found cheating their emissions systems will be given 10 days to rectify. Those failing to comply within this time will be fined, repeat offenders could have their vehicles deemed unroadworthy.

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XtremeAuto / Maypole / Universal Roof Bar Review – Skoda Octavia Estate – Amazon

When looking for some roof bars for my 2105 Octavia VRS Estate, I was immediately drawn to the Thule products. Yes they look great and come highly recommended but I found it very hard to justify three figures for something I’ll use once in a blue moon.

After some research on the Briskoda Skoda owners forum I was pointed in the direction of the XtremeAuto / Maypole / Universal Roof Bars available from Amazon

These aluminium bars look every bit as good as those from Thule but with one major difference… Price. You can pick up a pair of these for just £39.95 with free delivery if you have prime. Click here for Amazon prime if you don’t have it – you need it in your life. 

With such a low price it doesn’t matter if they are stashed away in the garage or shed for months or years at a time only be be used for the off tip run or like me to carry a 30 year old canoe to some smelly river in rural Rutland. Unlike many people who opt for the Thule bar I don’t feel pressured to have them attached 24/7 365 to justify the huge outlay.

With these bars being so cheap they certainly don’t feel like an inferior product in any way. They come well packaged and and include comprehensive instructions for piece of mind. Read on our our full review.

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Is the UK government really going to ban all new Petrol and Diesel cars by 2040?

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The UK’s Environment secretary is set to reveal plans to ban the sale of Petrol and Diesel cars in the UK by 2040. 

Yes, you did read that right.

The environment secretary Michael Gove will reveal plans this coming Wednesday which will force all new cars from 2040 to be Hybrid / Electric. 

The shocking move is in response to the UK’s disastrous air quality issues around major cities and towns which could be responsible for up to 40,000 premature deaths per year. 

A government spoksman said “Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”

The banning of all petrol and diesel cars will be part of a series of proposals under the Government’s Air Quality Plan. The plan will also outline proposals to force councils to clean up the UK’s dirtiest roads and create huge investment in low emission public transports and charging infrastructure.

We’re also led to believe that a scrappage scheme will be rolled out to the help remove our most polluting diesel cars (Euro 4 and bellow).

We’ll know much more tomorrow when the plans are fully revealed to the public – we’ll keep you updated. Until then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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UK Volkswagen Emissions scandal Facebook group grows to over 5,000 members

We’ve been long standing supporters of the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) and have taken every opportunity to help the group and owners affected by issues resulting from the so called “fix”. 

With the increased media attention and tireless work of the admin team, the group has gone from strength to strength with excess of 5,000 members in total. (5,068 when published).

With such a large membership base it’s clear that this issue is not the rare occurrence that the VW Group would have you believe. The barrage of media attention from the likes of Watchdog and Radio 4’s You and yours is proof of that.

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BBC Watchdog’s coverage of VW emissions fix issues finally hits iPlayer, but why the delay?

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As many of you will know, BBC watchdog has finally covered the UK  VW emissions fix issue. Working with the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum facebook group they covered many aspects of the issues encountered by UK owners, but not without some issues.

The main issue has been the untimely delay in getting the episode up on the BBC iPlayer. Why the delay? Did the VW Challenge the content of the program, was there a legal challenge? We certainly believe so and were already busy making copy available to the public. Luckily for our legal team, that changed just moments ago.

The episode went live in the last few minutes. Click the link below to watch the full episode. We’re keen to hear your thoughts their coverage. Please do let us know in the comments below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08y7ntl/watchdog-series-38-episode-3

Apologies to our overseas readers, the above is only available in the UK to TV license holders.

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