Hard to say how this works exactly. It seems to be in lieu of all other incentives. Since we don't know what other incentives may have been available, it's difficult to deduce exactly how much of a saving it will represent.Returning Volkswagen owners may be eligible for a $2,000* Owner Loyalty Bonus toward the purchase or lease of a new, 2015 or 2016 Passat model. Gas models only.
*For an individual or immediate family member residing at the same address as the individual (proof of residency required) who currently owns a Volkswagen vehicle (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay a $2,000 Owner Loyalty Bonus toward the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2015 or 2016 Jetta, Passat, CC, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, e-Golf, Golf SportWagen, Tiguan, Touareg. Gas models only. No trade-in required. Offer is non-transferable. Loyalty Offer Bonus must be applied toward customer lease or purchase and is not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Volkswagen Fleet Incentives, Conquest, other Loyalty, or Dealership Employee Programs. Corporations, companies, businesses, and dealerships are not eligible. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends November 2, 2015. See your local Volkswagen dealer for financing details or, for general product information, call 1-800-374-8389. © 2015 Volkswagen of America, Inc.
2009 Jetta, GTI, EOS, Rabbit - ABS Module Long Coding
The above listed vehicles are equipped with a long coded ABS module. Tester software (SW) 14.88.00 may not code these modules correctly and it will take SW 14.89.00 before this condition is corrected. In the meantime, please read out any long coded ABS units before replacing the ABS module or the instrument cluster, in order to manually reinstall the coding in a replacement part. If the coding has been lost for any reason, try to code through the GTI test plan and, if an error is still returned, contact the VW Technician’s Help line. A workaround process is in place.
VW/Volkswagen P1653 OBD 2 Check Engine Light Cause & Repair Info for Powertrain Trouble Codes.
Issue: Several independent aftermarket shops have expressed concern that VW is
violating EPA service information regulations requiring the availability of immobilizer
Overview of what the regulations require
Manufacturers must make available the ability for immobilizers to be
reprogrammed and/or replaced if this is an integral procedure to the completion an
For 1996 – 2009 model year vehicles, EPA allowed VW to meet this
requirement using the VW specific scan tool
For 2010 and later model years, the regulations require manufacturers to
use pass-thru for immobilizer reprogramming.
To satisfy the EPA requirements for immobilizer reprogramming, VW has in place the
For Pre-2010 model year vehicles:
Aftermaket shops register with VW and pay a one-time $100 dollar
registration fee. This allows VW to monitor the users of the service. A
Geko ID is not required for this process because VW controls the process
through the tool.
Immobilizer reprogramming is administered by a fulfillment house
(Arvato, which is the new vendor as of December 1)
Aftermarket shops who own the VAS 5052 tool go to the Arvato web site
and fill out a request form and pay $29.95 per instance.
The request is sent to VW who calls the requestor back
The car is hooked up to the tool and the immobilizer is reinitialized via the
2010 model year vehicles and later:
Immobilizer reprogramming is done directly via the Erwin site and does
not require interaction with the fulfillment house and is $29.95 per
The process can either be done with a VAS 5052 or a J2534 pass-thru
cable and a laptop for shops who do not own the VW specific tool.
A GeKo ID is required for this process. Aftermarket shops who are
already registered will need to re-register with VW, but do not have to pay
the $100 fee. A shop who has never registered with VW will need to do
so and pay the one time $100 fee.
There is a separate program administered by the National Automotive Service Task Force
(NASTF) for aftermarket shops to voluntary participate in if they wish to make keys.
This process is based on the Secure Data Release Model (SDRM) developed jointly by
the manufacturers and NASTF to allow aftermarket shops to essentially become
locksmiths if they choose to make key replacement services available to their customers.
The availability of keys is not covered by EPA regulations so we have no regulatory
authority over manufacturer participation in this program
. It is important to note that
participation in SDRM is not required to perform the immobilizer reprogramming
Aftermarket shops also raised questions about the availability of VW’s SVM (Software
Version Management) System. According to VW, SVM is the system that is used by
VW dealers to reprogram emissions and non-emissions related systems such as ABS or
body modules. To satisfy the EPA requirement to make emissions related reprogramming
available to the aftermarket, VW has emission related module reprogramming available
via Pass thru on their Erwin web site
. This approach satisfies the EPA regulations for
emissions-related reprogramming. EPA has no regulatory authority to require that any
manufacturer make available information covering anything other than emissions control
systems and therefore we cannot compel VW to make the SVM system available to
Regarding the latest information on some of the issues experience by aftermarket techs
over the last few days, VW advised EPA that they were switching to a new vendor to
manage their immobilizer reprogramming services. While it is unfortunate that there
appears to have been some issues in the timeliness of providing the service, EPA believes
it is reasonable to allow some time for VW to work through what appear to be technical
transition issues. We have asked VW to keep us apprised of the situation to ensure that
these transition issues are worked through in a timely manner.
Based on the information currently available to us, EPA believes that VW is in
compliance with immobilizer reprogramming requirements as required by the
regulations. If you have additional information that you would like us to consider, please
let me know.
I'm not sure what the legal situation is in the US, but here in the UK there is apparently going to be no legal requirement for owners to have the fixed software update applied so it would be the owners choice. I guess we will find out in due course as to how much a software update will affect the MPG and performance figures (and of course the resale value of our cars).
Even more to the point, Horn guaranteeing that non-urea models would retain their "monroney sticker" mileage during his congress hearing came as yet another show of disdain. I remember I was upset as soon as he said that, because they themselves advertised higher than EPA mileage to prospective customers Maybe not so much upset as in disbelief that he dared to pull that stunt and no-one has called him out on it until now.