Earlier this week, a federal district-court judge gave preliminary approval to a plan for Volkswagen to buy back or modify hundreds of thousands of 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars.

Announced last month, the plan marks the first significant step to address the "defeat device" software used in VW and Audi TDI vehicles from model years 2009 through 2015 to cheat on emissions tests.

Owners who have been in limbo for 10 months now will soon get the choice of selling their cars back to VW once the buyback program gets underway, or waiting to see if the company can devise a satisfactory method of modifying cars to meet emissions standards.

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But what do owners actually think of that deal?

Many are not satisfied with how Volkswagen has communicated the options to them—and many are unsure about how to respond to the settlement, according to a survey conducted by car-shopping website CarGurus.

In the site's survey of more than 400 TDI owners, 63 percent said were not satisfied with the way VW settlement options were communicated to them.

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Only 17 percent of respondents felt the offer was "generous," while 51 percent said it was "fair," and almost one third—32 percent—said it was "not fair."

Less than half of them, 48 percent, said VW is taking appropriate measures to address and rectify the situation.

In addition, the survey found that owners were split on how to respond to the settlement, and whether they would remain Volkswagen customers.

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About half—47 percent—said they were undecided about whether to sell their car back to VW or have it modified.

Only 13 percent of respondents said they would definitely keep their current Volkswagen, while 40 percent said they had decided to take the buyback option.

Nonetheless, 43 percent said they would buy another VW despite the emissions scandal, and only 21 percent said they definitely would not.

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

That has to be encouraging for VW, though it also left 36 percent undecided about buying another Volkswagen in the future.

Owners have some time to come to decisions regarding their current cars, as the buyback program won't be implemented immediately.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer must grant final approval to the settlement plan, which will likely take place this fall.

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Owners considering having their cars modified may have to wait further still.

Before any work on the cars can be done, Volkswagen must win approval from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the powerful California Air Resources Board of any such modifications.

Whether VW can design and test hardware and software fixes and get them certified by the regulators remains uncertain.


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