Originally Posted by DaveSchwartz
After the emissions system is fixed and the TDI is operating under the same rules (i.e. without the miraculous breakthroughs that turned out not to be so miraculous), I think you'll find that there were other engines that had the same performance and fuel efficiency.
You are quite correct regarding VW's misleading advertising (miraculous breakthroughs) and emissions cheating. I live in a county that does not perform emissions testing on any type of diesel powered vehicle, so I'm not sure how the EPA's approved fix will impact me. I'm part of a large class in the class action suit against VW. I have been assured that VW will be compensating me and many thousands of other owners if the fuel efficiency and power are reduced by any changes made to bring the TDI engine into compliance with EPA.
I've owned 2 GMC Duramax powered trucks, a 2004 and a 2010. Yes, they were in compliance with EPA regulations, but both trucks were garage hounds due to engine issues. I ended up on a first name basis with the local GMC service manager. After 70k miles, the Jetta TDI has only needed 7 oil changes and nothing else. VW cheated on the emissions testing, but they still build a reliable diesel engine.