In 2015, Volkswagen hit the headlines when it had been discovered that the company had rigged their newest line of diesel vehicles to pass emissions tests.

Since then, the vehicles have been recalled and adjusted to meet emissions standards fair and square. The question now, however, is should you buy a new and improved Volkswagen diesel?

Today, let’s dive into some advice from your trusted Orlando Volkswagen mechanic. What makes a vehicle worth investing and how can you make sure that the VW diesel you’re looking to purchase is a good choice?

Are VW Diesels Worth It?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to say for certain whether a vehicle is worth it or not. It depends on your needs and preferences. However, with the VW diesel’s recent upgrades, have come a ton of helpful reviews. 

According to Mark Holtoff, editor at, a car enthusiast website, the diesel is a “terrific all-around car”. He notes that the diesel’s fuel economy and range are outstanding, as well as the fact that this relatively affordable vehicle contains a number of features that are most often found in high-end, luxury vehicles. 

In addition, these vehicles are currently selling for reduced prices that everyone can appreciate. This in itself is nearly enough to make the vehicle “worth it” to many budget-savvy drivers. There have been multiple buyers who have reported purchasing two or more VW diesels for this very reason. What better time to buy a backup vehicle than when prices are so low, right? 

This being said, if you’re hoping to invest in a VW diesel because of its value, you may want to hold off. According to Kelley Blue Book, the value of this model has declined since the 2015 scandal, which affects it as an investment for anyone looking to resell. 

VW Diesel Buying Guide

Before you go out and purchase a VW diesel based on the affordable price, it’s important that you know what to look for in the vehicle. More important is to have us do a pre- purchase inspection before you buy. Remember, we are the experts. 

Tire Condition

Since tires are the backbone of a vehicle, all vehicles – not just this one – should have a good set. You could, of course, opt to buy yourself a set of tires for your new VW, but it tends to be much more affordable and worthwhile to purchase a VW with a set of decent tires.

The tires should be in good condition: no holes or air leaks and equipped with appropriate treads. They should be sturdy, stable, and feel smooth on the road upon giving the vehicle a test drive. 


Any new vehicle you acquire should have capable suspension. To check this, move the steering wheel from one lock position to another. Listen for clicking sounds and make sure that there is no unexpected resistance. These issues can indicate problems with the car’s struts. 

Sun Damage

A good indicator of the overall health of a vehicle is how badly it has been affected by the sun. Signs of sun damage may indicate that the vehicle in question has been sitting unused for a prolonged period of time. When a vehicle has been sitting, it’s more likely to develop operational problems.

You can check for sun damage by looking at the dashboard. It should be soft and pliable. If it cracks or shows signs of sun bleaching, it’s a good idea to avoid making the purchase. 


Despite the 2015 crisis surrounding this vehicle, the VW diesel still stands the test of time, proving itself to be smooth to handle and generally very pleasing to drive. In terms of value, it’s not the most high ranking but makes up for this in other ways. 

As a general consensus, yes, this vehicle is well worth what it currently costs and, if you’re interested, you should check it out at your local dealer.