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What VW's Diesel Emissions Scandal Means for Owners

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Volkswagen has admitted to using a defeat device on its supposedly ‘clean diesel’ vehicles. The reason? To skirt around US emissions standards. This doesn’t sit well with … well, just about anybody. In fact, the only group who seems really excited by this cheating ...

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Defective Timing Chains and the Threat of Engine Failure

According to VW their timing chains should last at least 120,000 miles, but the ones in the 2-liter EA888 engines break a lot sooner. The issue is the subject of multiple class-action lawsuits.

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Oil Sludge in the 1.8L Turbocharged Engine

From 1997-2005, VW manufactured a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with a tiny 3.7 quart oil capacity. That’s simply not a lot of oil to compensate for the amount of heat this engine generates. Complaints sparked a class-action lawsuit with an eventual settlement to help many ...

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VW's History of Bad Mass Airflow and O2 Sensors

What is it about the VW mass airflow sensor that keeps causing VW owners problems?

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ABS Module Failure

VW owners have had a lot of ABS complaints over the years, and rightfully so. Not only are their ABS modules failing early, but they also fail at the most inopportune time – like when slamming on the brakes to avoid an accident. And the repairs are costly.

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Jetta Radios Are Suddenly Dying

There’s a trend popping up where VW radios are fine one minute, then ‘popping’ before falling silent. This is particularly tr...

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Does Your Car Have Takata Airbags? Probably

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 milli...

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VW Has a Strange Definition of 'Normal' Oil Consumption

Volkswagen wants you to know that burning through a quart of oil every 1,000 miles is within their ‘acceptable’ range. We have a diffe...

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Why Does My VW Window Keep Falling Into Door?

The clamps that hold the windows in place for many VW’s are made of a very cheap plastic. Sometimes when moisture gets in the door and...

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Why Do VW's Ignition Coils Keep Failing?

VW ignition coils are failing, leading to the engine shaking, hesitating, and stalling. What’s causing the issue?

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