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First, it was VW, then Mitsubishi, now FIAT and make no mistake about it, the rest of the car industry is equally guilty of commonsense in the face of the fanaticism that prevails among the econazis., they just haven't been caught - yet!

What is going on and what should a poor car owner do?

The bureaucrats in the EPA and in Brussels looked up at the ceiling and in a moment of religious fervor, decided on the emissions levels that they wanted for carbon burning vehicles, never mind if they were achievable or not.

The engineers in the auto manufacturing groups knew instantly that these demands of purity could not possibly be achieved and many questioned the assumption that their petrol burning creations were even responsible for the the climate change that many doubted even existed, or had even been proven to a decent level of engineering credibility.

(There are so many well documented scandals concerning the way that beholden so-called scientists have fudged the figures on global temperature change that their credibility is in tatters.)

So what did all these practical engineers do?

They manipulated their engine management software to give the fanatics what they think they wanted, at the same time giving the car owner a car that was not only a lively, responsive thing to drive, but one that produced spectacular increases in fuel economy.

They should all be awarded a medal for practical commonsense in the face of stupid bureaucratic meddling.

So what now?

It all depends on what you get offered.
If you cannot re-licence your car until the software has been modified, you're screwed and your car will never feel the same again. Both from a driveability point of view or that of fuel economy.

The last thing you want to do is go anywhere a dealership that insists on changing your engine management soft ware.

If you get offered a cash payment with no strings attached, take it and be happy.

If you get offered a buy back, it will be at the depreciated, used car value, and not what you paid when the car was new. In this case it comes down to a financial calculation rather than one which directly concerns the vehicle.

The bottom line is:


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