Volkswagen DataPlug - Free during promotion (Normally £80)
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Volkswagen DataPlug - Free during promotion (Normally £80)

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Found 16th AugMade hot 16th Aug
Anyone who owns a VW, drop by your local VW garage as their new DataPlugs are currently free during the promotion period!

Popped in this morning to ask about it, they said they’re currently giving them out for free to customers for a short period of time...

Connects to phone via Bluetooth and transfers all car data to properly manage and maintain vehicle.

If there is an issue with your Vechile VW will call and let you know!

Link to all info - VW DataPlug Info (Thanks to a user for finding cached website)

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shakerstevens4 m ago

I wonder if this would work with other VW group cars? (Seat, Skoda, Audi …I wonder if this would work with other VW group cars? (Seat, Skoda, Audi etc)In my case a 2016 Skoda Fabia which shares many parts with the VW Polo........


No technical reason why it shouldn't, given that the're all effectively VWs under the bonnet, unless they've programmed it not to. I believe VW are quite good at clever little computer tricks.........
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MyBoozyHell3 m ago

I found a cached version of the site from …I found a cached version of the site from yesterday:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:lly10Gt94ugJ:www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/volkswagen-connect+&cd=12&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-b

I’m curious as to why the website is no longer up but thank you for posting this!

Even the cached link doesn't take you to it...

Muyhee10 m ago

Even the cached link doesn't take you to it...



Not sure what you mean....?

When you click the link it takes you to the Volkswagen Connect page and on the third paragraph down it states:

"Discover more of the benefits of Volkswagen Connect today by downloading the App for free, visiting your local Volkswagen retailer to pick up a DataPlug free of charge, plug it into your car’s diagnostic-port and off you go.

I'd read the disclaimer on this petty thoroughly if I were you. I know nothing about what this thing does but it will be phoning home with data on your car, by the sounds of it.
Edited by: "ldx00" 16th Aug

Just picked mine up from local dealer and they offered to install for free. Simply phone up servicing and mention the promotional offer - they didn't even ask for proof of vw ownership (as I didn't have my car on me at the time)

Interesting, thanks OP

SRM_8727 m ago

Just picked mine up from local dealer and they offered to install for …Just picked mine up from local dealer and they offered to install for free. Simply phone up servicing and mention the promotional offer - they didn't even ask for proof of vw ownership (as I didn't have my car on me at the time)


When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD port?

HappyShopper2 m ago

When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD …When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD port?

Yep.

Call me sceptical but.......

HappyShopper32 m ago

When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD …When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD port?


Yep, I declined the polite offer as even this is within my skill set

Could I phone my local branch to see if eligible to get one ?

I have a matchbox VW Camper Van, would that qualify if I rang up?

My Golf was in for a service 2 days ago and this wasn't mentioned, but do I want a big brother style device tracking my every move?

HappyShopper3 h, 5 m ago

When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD …When you say install, isn't it simply a case of plugging this into the OBD port?


I would imagine so but that would be difficult for anybody without a head, arms, legs and a belly button. They need help bless them.

Managed to get one, the sales place had no idea sent me to the servicing garage, they said they sent them all to the sales place but managed to get one

...now I can't log in to the bloody app! reset passwords and all sorts but I keep getting some strange error!

Would a VW transporter ('08 reg) qualify for one of these?

bluecityste10 m ago

Would a VW transporter ('08 reg) qualify for one of these?

I rang up, said I have a golf gtd (which I do) and at no point did he ask for my registration, proof of ownership; I simply walked in and the servicing chap had it ready to give to me... no signature, no questions, no hassle

SRM_8725 m ago

I rang up, said I have a golf gtd (which I do) and at no point did he ask …I rang up, said I have a golf gtd (which I do) and at no point did he ask for my registration, proof of ownership; I simply walked in and the servicing chap had it ready to give to me... no signature, no questions, no hassle

TBH there's no point in them questioning the owner too much and there's also no way they'd be able to charge £80 for this. Ultimately you need this to use that Connect app and it'll help them to find out what their cars are doing day to day.

bluecityste37 m ago

Would a VW transporter ('08 reg) qualify for one of these?



I got sent an email from VW with a link with drop down compatibility list - no transporter listed, but says "for many vehicles 2008 onwards".

here's a link with details of the app and videos etc VW Connect link

I wonder if this would work with other VW group cars? (Seat, Skoda, Audi etc)
In my case a 2016 Skoda Fabia which shares many parts with the VW Polo........

shakerstevens4 m ago

I wonder if this would work with other VW group cars? (Seat, Skoda, Audi …I wonder if this would work with other VW group cars? (Seat, Skoda, Audi etc)In my case a 2016 Skoda Fabia which shares many parts with the VW Polo........


No technical reason why it shouldn't, given that the're all effectively VWs under the bonnet, unless they've programmed it not to. I believe VW are quite good at clever little computer tricks.........

Could be related to monitoring cars following the #fixfail issue they had with emissions. Many people who've had the emissions fix on their cars have run into major issues, which VW are refusing to admit is related to their 'fix', which puts a lot of stress on the car, and promotes more frequent regeneration of the DPF filter, leading to some very expensive repairs.

So, went to my local dealers and spoke to someone from the parts dept. who advised he is awaiting a shipment of these - he didn't come across as very convincing as he was saying this.

Took my details and promised to call me when it comes in.

Sorry, but am a bit skeptical as this dealer is a bit of an ar*e!

Does this app work with any ODB II adapter?

Can't see the point of this, this ecru will tell me if there is anything wrong and then I can scan it myself, in real time I can use the torque app.
dont want vw saying come in for a diagnostics check at £95 a go.
i had a free abs recall last week and they gave car a free check.
needs new tyres soon, they want £210 a wheel, no thanks I'll get my michelins for £90 instea
Edited by: "snoopy18" 16th Aug

Went to my local dealer (Alan Day City) and was given one, no questions asked. Thanks!

Don't bother phoning, some dealers use call centres now and the person I got through to didn't know what I was talking about.

Looks like a good offer, think Mercedes are doing something similar with their 'Me' OBD adaptor

Nice Post.

The retail of £80 is a little silly though from the dealers as VW suggest the retail price to be €39.50.
Thats direct from VW Germany.

Still suppose there doing a good job offering it for those who want, just dosen't add up.

Thank you OP for notifying i picked one up today .

A proper link to the description if anyone wants also vwconnect.com/gb/en/
Edited by: "GasGaGlide" 16th Aug

Matholwch4 h, 54 m ago

Could be related to monitoring cars following the #fixfail issue they had …Could be related to monitoring cars following the #fixfail issue they had with emissions. Many people who've had the emissions fix on their cars have run into major issues, which VW are refusing to admit is related to their 'fix', which puts a lot of stress on the car, and promotes more frequent regeneration of the DPF filter, leading to some very expensive repairs.



Technically they could use this OBDII device to update the EA189 engine's firmware on those 'awkward' customers who refuse to have their cars ruined by the #fixfail update.

Sinclair Volkswagen applied the update to my car, despite promising not to update it. The engine's noisier, keeps stalling (not supposed to happen on an automatic/DSG) and when I put my foot down, there's nothing there anymore.

Beware of VW bearing free gifts!!!

Matholwch6 h, 33 m ago

Could be related to monitoring cars following the #fixfail issue they had …Could be related to monitoring cars following the #fixfail issue they had with emissions. Many people who've had the emissions fix on their cars have run into major issues, which VW are refusing to admit is related to their 'fix', which puts a lot of stress on the car, and promotes more frequent regeneration of the DPF filter, leading to some very expensive repairs.


Totally agree. VW have lied to customers and governments. This is a fact. They installed a piece of software that tricked testers, giving lower emissions to pass testing. They, VW have repaired cars with a software uodate resulting in them breaking down, causing injury, increasing fuel consumption and placing greater wear on parts. Nothing is ever free, this deal is just a way to pass on your car data. Make, model, registration (will be linked to the VIN).

I have one of the affected cars and despite numerous attempts from VW, will not get the fix done or take them up on this offer. Their level of deceit is unbelievable.

snoopy188 h, 41 m ago

Can't see the point of this, this ecru will tell me if there is anything …Can't see the point of this, this ecru will tell me if there is anything wrong and then I can scan it myself, in real time I can use the torque app.dont want vw saying come in for a diagnostics check at £95 a go.i had a free abs recall last week and they gave car a free check.needs new tyres soon, they want £210 a wheel, no thanks I'll get my michelins for £90 instea


Christ this seems awfully excessive . I know stealerships aren't usually the cheapest but it's as if they actually don't want the business

monkeyhanger7516 h, 1 m ago

My Golf was in for a service 2 days ago and this wasn't mentioned, but do …My Golf was in for a service 2 days ago and this wasn't mentioned, but do I want a big brother style device tracking my every move?


You mean like a phone?

kpmatthews32 m ago

You mean like a phone?



I'm not stuck to my phone like most people are, it gets switched off when i'm not in a position to be using it - when i'm driving or at work (and not on a break). My phone certainly won't tell VW how i've been driving my Golf.

Is there a better app than VW Connect which can be used to get data from the Plug? I have Torque from Google Play but not able to connect to the VW data plug.

monkeyhanger752 h, 50 m ago

I'm not stuck to my phone like most people are, it gets switched off when …I'm not stuck to my phone like most people are, it gets switched off when i'm not in a position to be using it - when i'm driving or at work (and not on a break). My phone certainly won't tell VW how i've been driving my Golf.

No data is stored in the Plug or transmitted to any backend system. All the information stays on the user's mobile phone. The only way data is transmitted elsewhere is when a warning light or service notification pops up and the user clicks to send this information to their preferred Volkswagen Retailer - there is no obligation to do so however.

mudlouse19 h, 57 m ago

Went to my local dealer (Alan Day City) and was given one, no questions …Went to my local dealer (Alan Day City) and was given one, no questions asked. Thanks!Don't bother phoning, some dealers use call centres now and the person I got through to didn't know what I was talking about.


Similar story here. Called Citygate and Alan day and the calls went into into serious labour. Went to Alan Day City and picked up one. They didn't even ask if I have a VW car simply gave me one.

Will test this on my Golf SE MK7 after returning home.
Edited by: "anibap8S" 17th Aug

Skymonkey16th Aug

Totally agree. VW have lied to customers and governments. This is a fact. …Totally agree. VW have lied to customers and governments. This is a fact. They installed a piece of software that tricked testers, giving lower emissions to pass testing. They, VW have repaired cars with a software uodate resulting in them breaking down, causing injury, increasing fuel consumption and placing greater wear on parts. Nothing is ever free, this deal is just a way to pass on your car data. Make, model, registration (will be linked to the VIN). I have one of the affected cars and despite numerous attempts from VW, will not get the fix done or take them up on this offer. Their level of deceit is unbelievable.

Not just unbelievable, it's criminal but Theresa Mayhem and her chums are doing nothing about it

I am just wondering if there is a hidden reason for giving these out free? From the brief look at what it does the data recorded could be misused maybe by insurance companies in case of an accident or to get a history of the owner's driving speeds etc. Not convinced as to what I would use this for.
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