VW diesel buyback: Here's what it's like to be an owner, so far

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen

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A Volkswagen TDI owner in Portland, Oregon, who's a good friend of this site is taking us along for the ride as he prepares to sell back his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI.

The car, which only has 43,000 miles on it, was purchased new from a Portland-area dealer and maintained very well.

Our owner, who we're not naming to avoid any complications with his sale back to VW, said he bought it because of the ample power and very good fuel economy—a common tale.

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"I’d run my car forever if it didn’t need to get fixed," he told us. But there's no way it'll be the same car after any potential fix, he says.

"No way around that," he added. "It’s not the car I bought."

So, after diligently following the scandal news when it broke last year, our owner was among the first to raise his hand for the Goodwill Package.

VW TDI buyback Goodwill registration

VW TDI buyback Goodwill registration

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"I was really proactive, keeping up on what was going on in the news," he said. Some other friends who were TDI owners remained clueless, he said.

To date, our owner said he's never received a phone call from VW, and beyond a few letters and emails, communication from the automaker has been nearly non-existent.

The most comprehensive letter he's received so far has been from the local dealer that sold him his Jetta SportWagen.

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