There's a lot that can go wrong in a Volkswagen

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The Worst of Volkswagen

A quick look at all the things wrong with Volkswagen right now.

  • 2886 Complaints

    The number of complaints submitted by VW owners to Learn More

  • 680,000 vehicles

    The number of Volkswagens that are part of the worldwide Takata recall. Read More

  • 450+ Lawsuits

    The number of times VW has been sued for deceptive emissions outputs. Tell Me About It

  • 969 Complaints

    The number of complaints by Jetta owners, making it the most complained about VW model. More Info

Recent Volkswagen News

Judge Approves VW 3.0-liter and Bosch Diesel Settlements

Last week a federal judge granted final approval on a $1.22 billion settlement to fix or buy back 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the US. Poor Volkswagen.

Oh, don’t get me wrong – I don’t feel bad for them. I just mean they must be poor by now with all these settlements.

The settlement was announced back in December 2016. Owners who opt to get their engines fixed can expect compensation between $7,000 and $16,000.

VW Cash Reserves (Image under CC 2.0 from CafeCredit)

A Bosch Settlement Too

In addition, the judge approved a $327.5 million settlement for Bosch for its role in developing the engines.

Bosch has denied any wrong-doing, but the company undeniably supplied VW with the defeat device software which was then used to cheat emissions on millions of 2-liter “clean diesel” engines.

Prosecutors have previously tried to determine if Bosch intentionally conspired with VW, which is a claim Bosch says is “wild and unfounded.”

23 CC Vehicles in the US Have the Wrong Headrests

There are 23 CC vehicles in the US that need to be recalled because they have RoW headrests which don’t match up with US regulations. Here’s on what RoW means and why it’s a problem:

VW calls these the RoW headrests, meaning “rest of the world.” The RoW head restraint is adjustable in six positions and the U.S. head restraint is adjustable only in five positions.


The recall is for 2016–2017 CC vehicles and expected to begin in June 2017.

Probation and Babysitters, How the Emissions Scheme Keeps Costing VW

Volkswagen has been sentenced to 3-years probation by a federal court, according to

“…Volkswagen was nailed with felony counts for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and consumers, engaging in wire fraud, violating the federal Clean Air Act, obstruction of justice and for importing merchandise by means of false statements.

Maybe next time they’ll think twice before defrauding customers and shredding thousands of documents during an open investigation (ok, probably not).

For the next 3 years, the automaker will be under the watchful eye of Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Larry D. Thompson and his team of experts in corporate monitoring.

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