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.

The bad

This doesn’t excuse the fact that VW have abused your trust, they have mislead and cheated you. You should not have to pay to fix a car that the VW Group broke. Unfortunately the VW Group have gone on record to state they WILL NOT reverse the ea189 emissions fix, that will never change.

Granted you’ll lose any “good will” (for what is worth from VW) and say goodbye to any warranty you have on the vehicle. Would it be worth the risk and costs involved with a rollback? 

We’d certainly say goodbye to main dealer servicing but that’s not a bad thing. You’ll probably save a more than a few quid there and they won’t apply a harmful emissions fix without your consent and knowledge.

Where can I have my VW ea189 emissions fix rolled back?

The software platform enabling this “rollback” to be performed is rolling out to a select number of agents. It’s still early days and we’re yet to hear from anyone who has had their car “rolled back”. 

We’re in discussions with a number of these agents in the UK. We’ll update you as soon as we can.

Would you roll back?

Bearing in mind the issues that might arise from an ECU roll back would you “fix” your broken car? Have you already had your car remapped after the fix?

We’d love to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments below.

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If you’ve found this article helpful you might also like to read our other dieselgate – VW emissions fix articles




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13 comments on “VW Emissions Fix: “VAG Emissions Rollback” could be the real fix you need
  1. SeaDoubleYou says:

    I have had my Passat 2.0ltr 2010 Diesel remapped recently due to the fault I have experienced as part of https://www.hypermiler.co.uk/dieselgate/can-the-vw-vag-ea-189-nox-emissions-fix-be-reversed-is-a-remap-the-answer and would be very interested in getting it “rolled back” as soon as this is available…

    Please keep us posted

  2. Ira says:

    I have a skoda yeti 2.0 tdi
    I love it,
    And have to get the “fix” soon, sense it’s mandatory.
    I’m very worried about it.
    I would like to know if there’s any way I could “record ” the original version prior to the “fix” and have it rolled back after.
    Could the ATR’s kit technician do this?
    Please comment…
    thank you

    • Duncan says:

      Its not mandatory although they will have you believe it is. Theres a cheap app for android that will tell you what version of software currently resides in your vehicle. It’s called VAG DPF. You will also need some sort of obd2 reader which can be bought on ebay fairly cheaply.

  3. Frazer radford says:

    dont get the recall done it is NOT MANDATORY it is only a service recall. if you have the original software keep hold of it. i am an EX-VW service manager and i can show you lists of thousands of owners who have complained to VW after the fix.

    i would recomend anyone who is suffering problems after the recall to have a rollback to pre-recall settings, there are plenty of VW and Audi indies out there who will service your car as well if not better than the main dealers,

    hope this helps

  4. Jorge Cardoso says:

    Is it safe to go back to the old SW version (without blocking the ECU)?
    I spoke with a company that is expert in doing remaps and they told me that there is a big risk.


  5. A Hem says:

    My car was patched long back with emissions fix and was not enjoying my 300 mile drive every week. Engine was noisy and always under stress.

    Few times I even went to car giant thinking to sell my Tiguan 2012

    This last time when picked from service center after they changesd cambelt and did other work, performance and noise from engine was unbearable. Be it M1, M6, M5 or even city roads in London. Chief engineer would accept there is a problem.

    This time i found guys who offered to rollback software updates instead of remapping and put it back to pre emission fix version.

    I can tell you one thing. VW are lying to the world when they say their emmission fixes have no impact on noise, performance and fuel efficiency. After rollback car is performing fantastic with same muscle power and so quiet be it City ot Motorways.

    It seems there have been number of updates done behind the back without letting owners know. Everytime you take car for service probably they are patching it. Otherwise why would cars behaviou change. They cheated once and now I dont trust them at all.

    Do not get software updates done I suggest. You are so lucky if you haven’t got it done. If it is not broken don’t fix it like I did.

    Whether this rollback causes other problem that I don’t know yet but for now I am enjoying Tiguan again.

  6. Doug says:

    I would love to have my roomster 1.6 d “rolled back”. No power, crap mpg,lumpy,pre ignition. “Roll back” ASAP please.

  7. J S says:

    Is there any update on the National Tuning Company who may be able to complete the roll back please?

    The national tuning companies I have spoken to are stating they can only complete a remap/retune, rather than rolling back to the pre-update state (which as the article mentions could cause further issues). I’m not sure if this is because they genuinely can’t, or because they only want to have customers paying at least a few hundred pounds to have a remap.

  8. Russ says:

    2000 Golf GT TDI
    Had update
    Had new EGR a week later
    Been back four times under warranty
    Now had new emissions recall . Flat on power ! Bad mpg ! And does regen once a week and uses £5 fuel per regen !!! Love to get it reversed???

  9. James WH says:

    My A11.6 TDI (under 30,000 miles, mainly motorway /A road driving) had the recall done and since day 1 has had a rough idle from cold start, and intermittent rough idle after a long journey. Otherwise it runs fine. The dealer, although polite, point blank refuses to reverse the fix and can’t find fault with the car. I would like to know if anyone has had a ‘rollback’ and whether anyone has encountered further problems. An otherwise great car has been marred by the fix that I genuinely thought had to be done.

  10. Steve says:

    All. Had rollback done on 2015 Skoda Yeti 1.6 Greenline and what a difference! The engine noise, random mpg, power issues stopped immediately. VAG owe us all for this and should be made to pay for rolling back.

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