When I bought my VW diesel Passat wagon in 2010, I did so because of the (i) fuel economy (~1000km/tank and was annoyed filling up weekly with previous petrol car), (ii) the lower CO2 green house gas emissions which everyone seems to skimmed over recently & (iii) DSG gearbox which is a real semi-automatic manual.
Now, even though the car was shipped complying to EURO5 emissions standards (which was still better than any Australian standards at the time of purchase), I still believe my car produces less NOx gas emissions than what is legally allowed here in Australia (with or without re-programming the computer's programming code to defeat the lab testing environment).
Hence, if it wasn't for all those greedy lawyers out there trying to get on the American suing bandwagon for compensation claims. The only thing that will really come out of this scandal is that perhaps my car's value 'may' have depreciated more than normal due to a greedy mistake by senior management at VW which has severely tarnished their brand product.
However, I'm still driving around a car that produces far less CO2 green house gases than most petrol vehicles (only cars using PULP fuel come close) and the Diesel Particle Filter (DPF) reduces those nasty Nitrous Oxide (NOx) gases to within Australian standards without the need for the computer code being re-programmed.
YES, what they did & hid from consumers was not right & they are addressing it where necessary but frankly my car has just clocked over 100,000km, I don't want my ECU re-programmed even when I'm sent the voluntary 'recall' letter as I know it will make bugger all difference disabling that little bit of code that defeats the emission test ONLY in lab conditions.
It's great to see the worldwide media hype but we need to stop & understand just exactly what it is that it's effecting us these days. The sooner they introduce real 'on the car' emission testing whilst driving around in real life scenario's (highway vs city) and the Australian government either adopts the EURO emission standards or officially publishes its own CO2/NOx levels & then holds car manufacturers responsible (since we won't be making cars here anymore!), then the better it will be for everyone.