Dieselgate: Volkswagen starts with EA189 engine software recall in Germany, rest of Europe to follow


Following its presentation of technical measures to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in December 2015 for its diesel engines affected by the NOx issue, Volkswagen has begun recalling and implementing a software update for its 1.2 litre, 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre EA189 engines in Germany. The exercise began at the end of January with the 2.0 litre in the VW Amarok, and will be followed by the Passat.

Once KBA has checked and approved the measures, VW customers will be contacted and informed of the recall. They will then be requested to make an appointment with a VW service partner. The recall exercise is expected to be carried out throughout 2016.

The estimated workshop time for the software update is said to be under 30 minutes. Additionally, for the 1.6 litre engine, a flow rectifier will be fitted in the intake duct, which will take 45 minutes. The new engine control software will bring the EA189 engine in the Amarok up to compliance with the EU5 emissions standard. The automaker claims these measures will not affect fuel economy or performance figures, likewise CO2 or noise emissions.

In addition to the Amarok and Passat, other models with the affected 2.0 TDI engines will also be included. All affected 1.2 litre engines are scheduled to be addressed by the end of the second quarter, with 1.6 litre engines set to be worked on from the third quarter of 2016. The recall for the EA189 engine will commence in other European countries after terms are met with the respective authorities.

Looking to sell your car? Sell it with Carro.

Learn more:

Certified Pre-Owned - 1 Year Warranty

10% discount when you renew your car insurance

Compare prices between different insurer providers and use the promo code 'PAULTAN10' when you make your payment to save the most on your car insurance renewal compared to other competing services.

Car Insurance

Mohan K Ramanujam

Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.



  • VGM Pure Pure Pure Lies on Feb 03, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I am quite shocked. The post on the new technical centre, all 14 comments were negative and stinking. VGM pls close shop.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1
  • timbuktu on Feb 03, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Nobody interested in this car or any car from VGM. Malaysians are fed up with all the lies by VGM. Mat Salleh got Dieselgate but we in Malaysia, we got DSG Gate which until today, VGM has not apologised or compensated the customers who bought a lemon.

    I am a VW owner and I regret buying my VW junk. Now, the car has no RV because used car dealers refuse to take it in cause they too know about the DSG stigma.

    Until today VGM is still lying saying DSG has been sorted out with mineral oil. Trust me, read their facebook page and see, everyday even until today, so many cars breakdown because of DSG.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 3
    • Mohd Faiz on Feb 03, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      My brother, their porsche and lambogirly still ok one, can buy.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0
  • down tune on Feb 03, 2016 at 11:37 am

    most likely vw will use software to “down tune” the hp and nm to meet CO2 requirements…LPPL…lol

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1
  • I wish they also fix the problems with TSI engines or at least get parts at 50% off. PCV valve, time chain tensioner, intake manifold, igniter coils, water pump, valve springs. All of them seem to have design/manufacture defects.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Add a comment