TMIFE: Dec 2016

This month in Fuel Economy: December 2016

This will be one of many monthly recap posts regarding maintenance and fuel economy on my F30 Diesel 328D. Documenting monthly thoughts here will give a solid idea of what daily life is like with this car.

Where Did We Go?
Odometer: 1922
Driven this month: 880
To work mostly. It’s the sad fact that many miles will be daily commuting.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did We Get?
Avg MPG: 32.1
Lifetime Avg MPG: 32.2
This is generally on par with my old TDI on the same route. We were planning on a trip for the new year weekend but I ended up sick so the trip was cancelled. Still haven’t seen a long highway run yet, but hopefully in January.

Maintenance and Upkeep
N/A.

BMW Owner Swag

Everybody has a routine. My routine after work is to check the mail before going inside the house. Today the mailbox has something out of the ordinary and when it was flipped over, the package read: “Thank You From BMW.” Alright, so they’re sending out some coupons for service or maybe some documentation on other services they have available. Maybe it’s a fancy Christmas card. It’s also strange that it’s been nearly two months since I purchased the car. This is a weird followup interval. I shrug and put it on the table with the rest of the mail. Hours go by. I remember it’s still sitting on the table and check to see what this thing is.

As the package unfolds I can see that it’s a box that the front flips open. It feels nice, of course, and the logo is raised on the lid. I open the lid and discover a chrome key fob, but it’s not quite the right size. Sure it looks nice, but I bet it’s direct from China. I grab it and am floored, it’s solid metal and has weight. What is this thing and does everyone that buys a BMW get one? I’ve never heard about this amongst all the stories I read  while performing due diligence on my car purchase. I personally know people that own them and nobody has talked about it. Maybe many people discount this, but the construction and quality are spot on. Just strange I guess.

There is a card that has a bunch of “You’re the best” and “your car says a lot about you as a person” stuff on it. You know, the typical kind of drivel that makes people come back for more because they love to be told how awesome they are. So I’m skimming through this small note and get to the key point. This little thing is a USB stick that comes preloaded with all the BMW links you can handle related to service, maintenance, warranty, financing, Connected Drive, etc, etc, etc. That’s cool and all, but I’m just gonna delete that stuff and use it for something else. All in all, amazing job BMW, but, I also know that the reason there is a “BMW Tax” is to pay for crap like this. It’s cool, but certainly not necessary.

VW TDI Buyback: Offer Documents Accepted

This has escalated quickly. I’ve scheduled my appointment for late January. I figured it would be that late given the sheer number of TDI’s being bought back. Here is a copy of the message they sent.

Your offer letter has been accepted. The next step in the process is to schedule an appointment with a Settlement Specialist to turn in your vehicle.

Please click here to visit the Online Claims Portal where you can schedule your appointment and learn about what to expect at your appointment.

This email is being sent from an account that does not receive replies. For questions or other issues related to the VW/Audi Diesel Emissions Settlement, please visit www.VWCourtSettlement.com or contact the Settlement Support Team at 1-844-98-CLAIM.

To ensure delivery to your inbox, add claims_noreply@vwgoa.com to your address book.

Here is the message confirming my appointment.

 

You have successfully scheduled your appointment with a Settlement Specialist at Volkswagen ####################### on 2017-01-## at ##### ##.

Please click here to visit the Online Claims Portal where you can view what you will be expected to bring to this appointment. You may also reschedule your appointment in the Online Claims Portal.

This email is being sent from an account that does not receive replies. For questions or other issues related to the VW/Audi Diesel Emissions Settlement, please visit www.VWCourtSettlement.com or contact the Settlement Support Team at 1-844-98-CLAIM.

To ensure delivery to your inbox, add claims_noreply@vwgoa.com to your address book.

VW TDI Buyback: Offer Package Submission

I have formally received the offer letter from VW. Most of it is disclaimer and legal jargon so I won’t post it here. The dollar amount matches the previous expectations. I have submitted the documents to VW and it’s back in waiting status. Here is the email I was sent to acknowledge the offer letter and then once I submitted the signed and notarized offer.
The offer letter for your claim with reference number, XXXXXXXXX, for VIN XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is now available on the Online Claims Portal.
Please click here to visit the Online Claims Portal and view and download your offer letter.
Your offer letter will include instructions concerning what steps to take if you decide to accept the offer. Please note that you will be required to sign the document in the presence of a notary in order to accept the offer and move to the next step in obtaining your selected remedy.
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This email is being sent from an account that does not receive replies. For questions or other issues related to the VW/Audi Diesel Emissions Settlement, please visit www.VWCourtSettlement.com or contact the Settlement Support Team at 1-844-98-CLAIM.
To ensure delivery to your inbox, add claims_noreply@vwgoa.com to your address book.
And for the letter after I submitted the signed letter.
Thank you for submitting your offer letter. Next, we will review your signed offer letter and release to ensure that you have provided all the necessary information to complete your acceptance of our offer. We will contact you regarding next steps after we have finished reviewing your offer letter and release.
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This email is being sent from an account that does not receive replies. For questions or other issues related to the VW/Audi Diesel Emissions Settlement, please visit www.VWCourtSettlement.com or contact the Settlement Support Team at 1-844-98-CLAIM.
To ensure delivery to your inbox, add claims_noreply@vwgoa.com to your address book.