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Dieselgate: Department for Transport confirms VW “fix” causes twice the level of carcinogenic diesel particulate matter

In yet another twist to the dieselgate scandal, the UK’s DfT (Department for Transport) has confirmed in writing that the “fix” offered to VAG owners “causes about twice” the level of carcinogenic diesel particulate matter to be produced.

This confirmation was contained in a letter from Duncan Kay (Head of Vehicle Environment Team) to a member of the “Volkswagen diesel customer forum”. It was in response to concerns raised to the DfT regarding the mass failure of EGR valves and DPF soot loading levels post fix.

Like you, we’re absolutely shocked that VW’s “fix” for the emissions issue is to pump “about twice” the amount of cancer causing soot into the exhaust system. This increased soot level will reduce the overall MPG of “fixed” vehicles (reduced MPG is commonly accepted during a DPF regeneration cycle) and also lead to premature DPF failures due to ash matter build up.

The letter confirms our views that the government is washing their hands of customer issues and concentrating on working for with VW. Their dismissal of out of warranty issues despite large numbers of documented EGR failures makes us wonder who the government are siding with.

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Dieselgate: Are dishonest dealerships cashing in on VW emissions “fix” EGR failures?

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Our article regarding the VAG group offering “good will” gestures to owners of broken vehicles post the emissions fix seems to have caused a bit of a stir out there on the internet.

We’ve been inundated with desperate owners all suffering some form of mechanical failure after the fix, all looking for help and advise. Their stories wreak of the same incompetence by the the VAG group (VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi) but yet we’re beginning to see a pattern that’s just as concerning as the #dieselgate scandal itself.

In all cases we’ve advised owners to not accept bills for repairs post the emissions fix which has normally gone in their favour. What does seem alarming is the number of dealers seeming to “cash in” on these repairs by pocketing repair costs instead of passing these to their customers.

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Dieselgate: Dealers could be forced into paying 100% compensation to owners of affected vehicles

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In the never ending drama that is the #dieselgate scandal, the fine fellows of CarEmissionsLawyers.co.uk have claimed that dealers could be stung for up to 100% compensation for affected vehicles.

According a barrister working on behalf of the firm, a higher level of compensation could be owed to owners of newer cars thanks to an amendment to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

Unlike the litigation being bought by Harcus Sinclair (www.vwemissionsaction.com) who have the main men at VW in their sights, Car Emission Lawyers plan to sue individual car dealerships. The claim this could land successful claimants a payout of “up to” 100% of a replacement vehicle, minus their fee of 25% (which is common place in these type of no win, no free claims). 

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Poll: Have you been affected by the Dieselgate & EGR scandal? Would you by VAG again?

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** Update 13/03/2017 **

Our poll has proved to be hugely popular but its giving the full picture behind the emissions fix scandal. We’ve put together the VW Emissions fix survey to see how you’re all affected by the issue. Click for the VW Emissions Survey

We’ve seen a huge amount of interest in our VW EGR scandal article, it seems that many people are falling foul of the apparent “fix”. We’re keen to see how this has affected your attitude and perception of the VW group cars. Please take a moment to fill out our poll.

Please also leave a comment below with your thoughts and experiences of the dieselgate and EGR fix scandal so far.

Dieselgate: Would you buy another VW, Skoda, Audi or Seat

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Which VAG vehicle do you own? (You may select more than one)

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Have you or will you join the VW Legal case? (vwemissionsaction.com)

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As a result of dieselgate will you be selling your vehicle/s

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The Volkswagen Group is systematically refunding owners for EGR failures after the emissions “fix”

Our article regarding EGR failures after the VAG emissions “fix” prompted many of our readers to get in touch looking for urgent help and advice. The sheer the number of Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW owners who have experienced EGR valve failure post fix proves it’s NOT the coincidence they claim. The Volkswagen Group has unknowingly acknowledged that their fix is the root cause for these failures.

We’ve been contacted by three owners (so far) who suffered the same EGR failure post “fix”. They advised us that the costly EGR replacement has been provided as a free / heavily discounted “good will” gesture by the manufacturer. This very generous move wouldn’t have been offered if the VAG Group was not absolutely certain that the fix was responsible for the growing number of EGR failures in their cars.

We first heard from Simon earlier last month, he was able to secure a heavily discounted replacement of his EGR valve on his car by Basingstoke Audi. Like most owners, his well maintained car was not having any EGR valve issues before the EA 189 NOx emissions issue fix was applied. 

My EGR has failed after the emissions fix, what can I do?

Dealerships won’t be falling over themselves offering to cover the the £900+ repair bill for a new EGR valve. It’s in their interest for you to pay the bill using your hard earned cash.

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Nissan Juke DCi Diesel DPF Regeneration FAQ

You’ve probably found this page because like me you were looking for some solid information on how the Nissan Juke DCi DPF system works. Either Nissan are having a laugh at the our expense or the internet has truly failed us because I am unable to get a copy of UK Juke owners manual. Finding a US manual isn’t an issue but it contains no information on the DPF system at all.

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Ford Diesel Particulate Filter DPF FAQ – Fiesta / Focus / Mondeo

We’ve being doing lots on DPF issues in the last 6 months but for some reason we’ve completely ignored the top selling car manufacturer in the UK. Well that’s all about to change with our mighty Ford DPF frequently asked questions page. We’ll be adding to this page as much as possible so please let us know your experiences, tips and information in the comments below. We hope you find this page helpful so please share, like and comment so this page can help as many of your fellow Ford owners as possible. We’ve added lots of internal links to our website to help give you as much information on DPFs as possible.

Ford DPF Fluid (eolys)

Some Ford models (which models TBC) employ a DPF fluid called eolys. Eolys is a cerium/iron based solution which is designed to assist in DPF regenerative during normal driving conditions. This solution isn’t the silver bullet we all hope for but it has proven to help prevent DPF regeneration during normal driving conditions.

Its contained in a little tank behind the fuel tank any is added to the fuel system automatically. It’s suggest that the tank should be refilled every 37500 miles and if for any reason its empty the car will throw up an error and not attempt any form of DPF regeneration. At presenf we’re unsure if it caused any type of limp home mode or power loss with the eolys error.

Can I refill the Ford DPF Fluid (eolys) myself?

We’ve trawled the Ford owners forums and it’s agreed that you are able to refill the eolys tank yourself. Weather or not this is a good idea is not my call. It’s part of your vehicles service schedule (75k we understand) and we would sway towards just letting them do it. It may add around £100 to your bill but at least you know its the right fluid and it’s done correctly.

Having it done by Ford could be in your favor if you have a complaint or issue within your warranty period, even though DPF filters are not commonly covered by even the most inclusive of vehicle warranties. 

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