Emissions modifications for some Volkswagens and Audis
In October 2016, a federal judge ordered Volkswagen to compensate people who own or lease certain Volkswagens or Audis with 2.0-liter TDI-engines. Through September 1, 2018, current owners can apply for a buyback from Volkswagen, and current lessees can apply for lease terminations. Or — if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorizes an approved emission modification (AEM) for their type of car — owners and lessees can have their cars modified and get an AEM payment instead of doing a buyback or lease termination.
So far, the EPA has only authorized a modification for 2.0-liter TDI-engine cars from model years 2015 and 2016. If you have one of these cars, and want the modification and related payment rather than the buyback or lease termination, you can sign up at vwcourtsettlement.com. The modification has two steps, and your car must go through both steps to be fully modified. Step 1 is available now, and Volkswagen expects Step 2 will be available in early 2018. You will get two thirds of the AEM payment after you complete Step 1 and one third of the payment after you complete Step 2.
An AEM will change the way your vehicle engine and emission control systems interact. There may be negative side effects, like your car consuming more diesel exhaust fluid, and decreased effectiveness of the on-board diagnostic system. You can change your mind about whether to get a buyback, lease termination or modification until you complete the buyback or lease termination, or your vehicle completes the first step in an AEM.
The FTC has information and links to related resources about the Volkswagen 2.0L settlement.