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      03-20-2017 03:43 PM #1
      Tipped off by a fellow enthusiast, I learned last week that Volkswagen is utilizing a now-defunct Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois as one of three dumping grounds for the Dieselgate victims. From what I gather, this location serves as the storage facility for midwestern TDIs, with each of the two other locations on respective coasts of the country. As I was in the Bloomington-Normal area this past weekend, I took the opportunity to sneak a peek at what's going on at the plant (before security pulled up to the fenced gate and scared us off). Wish I had a better vantage point of the volume of cars sitting on the lot.





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      I am sure my Passat has made it down that way from Chi by this point. Its been turned in for about 5 weeks now.

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      03-20-2017 03:49 PM #3
      Looks more like a parking lot, not a dumping ground. The latter would be a giant pit full of burning cars.

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      03-20-2017 03:52 PM #4
      I would have stuck around and tried to get some info from the security guards.

    5. 03-20-2017 03:53 PM #5
      Weird, I see a bunch of cars, not 'victims'.



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      03-20-2017 03:55 PM #6
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      03-20-2017 03:58 PM #7
      Ours will be headed to the West coast equivalent somewhere around April 11, it sounds like.

      It's a shame. I feel guilty every time I drive it, as it's been a great car and provided nearly Toyota-like reliability over the past 5.5 years. It has a ton of life left. I really hope VW finds a way to fix and resell them.

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      03-20-2017 04:00 PM #8
      aren't they parking them at the silverdome too?
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      03-20-2017 04:02 PM #9
      The parking lot of the former Pontiac Silverdome is another midwest storage location.
      It's also within two miles of VW's Auburn Hills offices.

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      03-20-2017 04:04 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by spoonie View Post
      Weird, I see a bunch of cars, not 'victims'.



      I'm amazed they're not allowed to simply take them out of the USA and sell them somewhere less discerning.
      this actually surprises me as well.

      yes i get the US/EPA wants to force VW to right their wrongs, but the buybacks and fines are supposed to do that right?

      plus, they already sell cars in other countries with MUCH less strict emissions standards (or no standards) so i dont see the harm from that perspective.
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      03-20-2017 04:07 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by dunhamjr View Post
      this actually surprises me as well.

      yes i get the US/EPA wants to force VW to right their wrongs, but the buybacks and fines are supposed to do that right?

      plus, they already sell cars in other countries with MUCH less strict emissions standards (or no standards) so i dont see the harm from that perspective.
      Maybe it's a storage lot for the 2032 City Jetta.
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      03-20-2017 04:09 PM #12
      So many diesels in one place is not normal.

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      03-20-2017 04:12 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Looks more like a parking lot, not a dumping ground. The latter would be a giant pit full of burning cars.
      This. "Storage lot" would be a more accurate name. During the height of the recession, automakers were storing surplus cars in parking lots all over the place.
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      03-20-2017 04:25 PM #15
      Everyone shut up about the label of this lot.



      ... because 'dumping ground' is the perfect name, ya butt hurt mother ****ers.

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      03-20-2017 04:28 PM #16
      What's stopping VW from applying the fix to the Gen III cars and reselling them? I'm assuming a lot of these will be back on the road (Sans perhaps the first gen cars)

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      03-20-2017 04:28 PM #17
      If nothing else, hopefully they could sell them to dismantlers. I mean it's not like Cash for Clunkers where they have to be crushed or anything.
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    18. 03-20-2017 04:31 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by spoonie View Post
      Weird, I see a bunch of cars, not 'victims'.



      I'm amazed they're not allowed to simply take them out of the USA and sell them somewhere less discerning.
      Why aren't they?

      And OP needs a drone.

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      03-20-2017 04:38 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by g-man_ae View Post
      Why not let the moderators decide that, bro? (I say that being the original poster on the mother of all TDI threads you linked above.)

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      03-20-2017 04:44 PM #20
      Such as waste and a lot worse environmentally than the little bit of extra emissions they might have been putting out.

    21. 03-20-2017 04:58 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      Why aren't they?

      And OP needs a drone.
      Aren't the victims the buyers of the cars? I don't see any people there.
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      03-20-2017 05:05 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryan1981 View Post
      I would have stuck around and tried to get some info from the security guards.
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      03-20-2017 05:10 PM #23
      What is the final outcome for these cars? Crusher?
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      03-20-2017 05:10 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Honda_Appliance View Post
      Such as waste and a lot worse environmentally than the little bit of extra emissions they might have been putting out.
      That's the irony. Scrap good cars to save the environment.
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      03-20-2017 05:12 PM #25
      For some perspective this is what 15,000 Sandy victim cars look like in storage.


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