Do you have any advice on buying a diesel Volkswagen or Audi in light of the emissions scandal?

I'm considering buying a used 2.0-litre diesel (2013/2014) this year, either a Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3 Sportback (but also considering a 320d) and would like to ask whether, in the light of the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal you have any buying advice/ concerns. I am concerned that any "fix" may reduce the MPG and PS of affected Volkswagen making them less desirable to run or own and having a negative impact on values.

Asked on 27 January 2017 by Ken Horey

Answered by Honest John
Anything on the MQB subframe system, so every Golf, A3, Leon and Octavia has the new EA288 TDI engines that are actually among the lowest NOx in Europe and do not have the problems of the older EA189 engines. They are not, however, more economical. BMW had a problem with the timing chain tensioners in its N47 2.0 diesel engines but later versions of this engine in the E320dED were as close to the ideal of 163PS, 400Nm torque and I averaged 63mpg over 8,000 miles.
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