Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI rattle - is it related to the emissions problem?

You answered a question on 13 December about VAG emission changes. including this:

"Latest on the 'fix' for 2.0 TDIs is that it increases the revs at which peak torque is developed by 300rpm and that explains the 'rattling' owners are experiencing when they change up at the engine speeds they were used to changing up. Basically it ruins the drivability of the engines. The EC Court of Justice wants the UK and German Governments to prosecute VAG."

I have a 2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI and it is supposedly not affected by the emissions issue, but it does rattle between 1200rpm and 1500rpm. Most noticeably in third and fourth gear. Assuming the retrospective 'fix' has been applied to production models from last year on, where do we owners of 'not affected', newish models stand with the rattling?

Asked on 15 December 2016 by FrankS

Answered by Honest John
Your engine is a completely different EA288 diesel that is low NOx and not affected by the recall. But I guess you are hoping for torque where there isn't much. You can improve it by running on Shell V-Power Nitro Plus diesel that has higher cetane so gives more torque at low rpm.
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