Volkswagen's DSG debacle may seem like a thing of the past; a PR nightmare that local distributor Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) seemed to address and recover from as competently as a carmaker could hope to. But it doesn't spell an end to the brand's efforts in tying up any loose ends with one of the most hotly debated transmissions of the past decade.
The latest round of remedial activities involves a recall of 12,732 vehicles registered in Malaysia that were manufactured between 2011 and 2015. This is to address a potentially faulty hydraulic pressure accumulator in seven-speed DSG transmissions caused by a "production deviation" in the Beetle, Cross Touran, Golf (Mk6 and Mk7), Jetta, Passat (B7), Passat CC, Polo TSI and Scirocco.
VPCM stresses that this recall does not affect cars made from 2016 onwards. The company's managing director, Erik Winter, added that there is a possibility that not all recalled vehicles would require a replacement of parts. An inspection is still necessary to eliminate any potential issues. This, along with the provision and installation of new parts (if required), will be completely free of charge to owners of the affected vehicles.
To further encourage everyone with an affected car to cooperate with the recall, VPCM is throwing in a free Volkswagen Care Plus membership to all vehicle owners involved. VCP is a privilege program for vehicles that are at least five years old which offers three 20-percent service discount vouchers, two years of free roadside assistance and 24-hour on-site battery support.
Visit Volkswagen Malaysia's official website or call 1800-18-8947 to check if your Vee-Dub is affected by this recall.