The Tiguan is a sophisticated, fun-to-drive small SUV with a nicely finished and relatively roomy interior. It came with a bit of sticker shock for a non-luxury nameplate, but outscored several fancy-branded models that were more expensive.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"roof drainage became blocked and water leaked into the car"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The door seal on the driver's side needed to be replaced after ripping. It was completely replaced and didn't cause any more problems"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Panoramic roof has drainage tunes that clog easily. The water leaked into the body and there would be heavy condensation inside the car every morning. VW wanted $500 just to take a look with mo guarantee of solving the issue so I passed. On a very cold winter morning I was warming up the car and turned on the defrost vent and decided to tilt open the roof to help evaporate the condensation faster..HUGE mistake because of the water build up that froze one of the sliding motors and broke it. It now will not close completely either. I immediately take it to VW and the quote me a price of $3600 to replace the entire roof system..I was unhappy to say the least! Thank goodness for my wife who told me to call our insurance and see if its covered under mechanical and it was! It also covered checking and cleaning the drainage tube. Saved me 4k. Other than that we really like the car and its fun in the snow."

Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"sun roof has air leak"

John M., FL (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had an air leak at the sunroof weatherstrip. Dealer repaired it under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The panoramic sunroof does squeak when going over bumpy roads. It has been lubricated which did lessen the problem. Switching to new tires reduced the squeak as well."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front passenger door has loud creaking noise when opened and closed. Door can be tightened, but noise returns in 2-3 weeks. I have heard of another newer Tiguan having the same problem."

J F., TX (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaks and rattles are one major symptom of very poor build quality. This car's interior is practically all cheap plastic; it degrades over time, switches fail and break, the lens covering the speedometer and gauge cluster actually has two large stress cracks in it from being poorly fit into the dashboard; it is so aggravating to look at; pieces of plastic just deteriorate and fall off; I find plastic pieces on the carpeting when I go to vacuum out the interior of the car. I've said it before, I'll say it again, this car is a piece of garbage. I've owned and driven VW cars forever, both new and used; my first brand new car was a 1977 VW Rabbit, and that was the best car I ever had, and I put over 200,000 trouble-free miles on it. I will never, ever, ever buy another VW."

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panoramic sunroof continues to creak on rough roads"

Alfred L., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seat belt attachment inside body panel was tightened"

Terry M., ON (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"I experienced both wind noise and road noise with this vehicle. I expect to get some road noise but this is more than I expected"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Continual ongoing problems with check engine light warnings; replaced intake manifold, head gasket; constant carbon buildup in cylinder head; continual misfires/spark plug fouling; replaced ignition wires, sensors (too many to enumerate) coil packs spark plugs. This car is a piece of garbage that is over-engineered, overrun by too many electronics, and parts that should be made out of steel, iron, or aluminum are made of plastics that crack and disintegrate under stress and heat; all this, and these parts that are cheaply made and slapped together, and it is all guaranteed to break down."

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"a part needed to be replaced. This was done and it works fine now."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"had to change 4 injectors due to carbon build up"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Check Engine light came on in 2015; dealership wanted $600+++ to rebuild, flush engine manifold due to heavy carbon buildup (so they said). I took to my private mechanic who put in an additive to the gasoline tank (we did this three times) the engine light has since gone out, all errors cleared, but still runs roughly; replaced plugs, occasional rough running, but smooths out eventually. Ongoing problem with engine that will be with me throughout the life of the car. There are so many other p"

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel injection system was misfiring & found faulty injectors and faulty ignition coils. All items were replaced"

Rose Lou S., CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the car would lurch and occasional stall out. It was getting terribly mileage. First they updated some softwear and that didn't help. Turns out, so they say, it needed a new computer controlling the fuel pump"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No back up fuel tank, caused pump fuel pump failure, and turbo failed."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Surging when cold. I've had gas pumps replaced on two occasions"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loss of power and warning light. Dealer said the high pressure fuel pump threw the warning, unit was replaced under warranty. There was also a recall on this issue that came out after the car was serviced. Recall for a software reprogram to fix a po"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"see previous. faulty fuel pump due to fault electronics"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The vehicle would start up a little differently and then when I started moving, the engine would cut out at 4000 rpm's instead of 6000"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Replaced Control Arm Mntg Bracket Front (2 of them). Evidently these wear out at approx. 60K miles. replacement if $400, 50% labor as the xmission must be moved out of the way to get to one of the mount bolts."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both L and R control arm bushings were replaced to correct a developing vibration problem."

Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear part of the car little bit swing and it is rear wheel busing problem"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Volkswagen dealer noticed it during inspection. Lower control arms and bushings."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Prematurely worn front end bushings caused slowly increasing wobble in the steering wheel at speeds above 5 MPH. Both L and R front end bushings were replaced by an independant VW service garage."

Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The steering completely went out on the car. I believe the Tiguan has electronic steering... it was impossible to turn the wheel. There have been recalls on earlier models, but not the 2013, and the dealership was charging over $4000 to repair it"

Marc B., IL (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"None, excelent car, second one identical, no problems on both"

Lorraine M., NB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Broken spring due to harden goad conditions, also contributed to wheel bearing failure"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"When our car would experience low temperatures of around -30 to -40 degrees the steering would stop working. This happened a couple of years ago but by the time the dealership got the vehicle towed in, the temperatures had warmed up and the problem went away. This made it very nerve racking to drive in the cold as the steering would completely lack up. In February of 2019 this happened when my wife was close to the dealership and they finally could see for themselves. The steering rack was defective. This was replaced under warranty. Very fortunate that no one got hurt. VW should have replaced it the first time as this is a known problem. There were 5 other Tiquans that needed this fix at the same time as ours."

Heather C., AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Replaced with rotors."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"I experienced the premature brake wear because I live next to a ski resort, and my employer was having me use my Tiguan to tow a trailer up and down the mountain. The towing capacity of the Tiguan was sufficient, but the vehicle was never designed for the sort of wear and tear it was experiencing."

Frederick S., UT (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The inside break pad on the right rear wheel wore prematurely. I say this because all other break pads were good. I was told that this is because we don't use our electronic emergency break that helps it self adjust. Because of the electronic portion of this breaking system, I could not change the break pads myself as it takes a computer to back them off. The price at the dealership for this was over $500.00. Volkswagon would do nothing to help out with this as they said that it ws normal wear and tear. There was nothing normal about one pad out of 8 needing to be replaced. I will never buy another new VW because of this. VW used to be really good to deal with for warranty and this is why I have bought them since 2004. No more."

Heather C., AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer proposed a $1000 repair for rear brakes at 50000 kms. Seems premature. Plan to check elsewhere"

E P., AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"I experienced the Pulsation/Vibration because I live next to a ski resort, and my employer was having me use my Tiguan to tow a trailer up and down the mountain. The towing capacity of the Tiguan was sufficient, but the vehicle was never designed for the sort of wear and tear it was experiencing."

Frederick S., UT (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"1) Dealer claims rotors need to be replaced when replacing brake pads. 2) Regular scheduled service did not reveal completely worn brake pads."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"When braking I frequently have a squeezing noise. My personal mechanic indicated this is a chronic issue with VW"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Car started vibrating when I accelerate Was fixed by warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Failed and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo charger failed at 73000 miles, 3months out of warranty. had to replace the entire turbo, repair was 3000.00 dollars."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasionally the turbo does not immediately engage after a short idle time. This is of concern when planning to merge into traffic. I have confirmed that I use premium fuel, primarily AM/PM (BP) stations. Dealer personnel stated that deposits build up during local driving causing such problems. Their solution is to change to fuel dealers that have a quality additive that keeps injectors clean. They also suggested that I occasionally drive on a highway where I can safely surge to high speed t"

Robert C., NV (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"after long trip engine failure occured and change the module"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replace N75 valve"

David M., NC (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This engine has a common problem with the waste gate in the turbo getting loose and gives an under boost code. The only way to fix it is to change the entire turbo because the waste gate is not serviceable."

Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"would not release the CD or play it"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"I took the car in about 6 months after purchase and it had to be fixed. Works well now"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When the display screen freezes up, nothing else with the whole system works. You can pay $250 to update the NAV system but this doesn't guarantee that the system will work better or be corected."

Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"iPhone integration doesn't work very well. Sometimes audio (Audio/music and Phone Calls) is distorted other times works well."

D G., GA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The XM Satellite receiver in the radio failed. I was able to get a brand new Form/Fit/Function original VW replacement w/ GPS for $300. Installed it myself. I consider the added convenience of GPS worth the effort!"

Richard Z., CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Satellite radio antenna failed"

Robert M., PA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Replacing the driver's side headlight was a huge headache. We chose to do it ourselves because I had read in VW forums that it cost around $500 to have done at a dealer because they remove a piece of the front end. I see why they do that because it took forever to get the bulb out and new one back in. Instructions in the manual didn't cover the Xenon lights, which are standard on the SEL. Next to impossible to see the area where the bulb goes and it took a small hand to get in there. All while h"

Liz P., KY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headlight bulb burned out at 18 months, $300 repair at the dealership"

Daniel K., TX (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Whole headlight mechanism had to be replaced due to loose wiring"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The headlights and taillights are expensive to replace at about $250 each."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"Interior visor lights keep going off despite two repairs. Bad wiring"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer solvent level sensor failed. Dealer suggested I should not have used RainX brand solvent as it's chemistry damaged the sensor. Could not replace at first oil change as they would have needed the car all day because the front bumper must come o"

Greg D., MI (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"wouldn't start"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Check engine light caused by carbon buildup in cylinders"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"oil leak from drain plug area corrected by dealer"

Gerald B., MI (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Several times when oil was changed, it would leak from oil pan... Thus requiring multiple trips to get corrected."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"Gas flap caused sensor issue, told small rubber gasket leak on gas cap. No reserve tank, failed fuel pump, turbo failure..."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"I believe there should be more explanation about the need to lock the car when not in use for an extended time. I have mentioned this to friends that have VWs and they say that they never read that in their manual"

Robert C., NV (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"2 of the four ignition coils failed simultaneously. Major expense ostensibly due to carbon buildup in my engine, even though I only used premium fuel from Tier 1 gasoline providers."

Richard Z., CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coil failed. Covered by warranty. Excellent warranty service"

John D., NC (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"Ignition and what dealer called carbon buildup; they want $600 to diagnose problem and put in detergent to clean engine; Check Engine light always on; runs rough, misfires, poor performance; multiple related problems."

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Just needed clutch replaced and all other parts associated with the clutch"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clutch failed completely at 41000 miles"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pretty basic, clutch stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"A main support bearing on the driveshaft failed. It made a horrific noise and cost over $3000 to repair."

John H., WV (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Engine wiring harness had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"A rear ABS sensor failed, which caused most of the dashboard warning lights to stay on. They also replaced a read wheel bearing, it all cost nearly $2000. The other repair was to a driveshaft bearing, it cost nearly $3000 to repair."

John H., WV (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Replaced both catalytic converters"

Allen J., VA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exhaust manifold

"They had to clean built up carbon, that caused the engine to stutter..."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"This covers all the clutch/transmission issues: Clutch replacement will be inevitable soon, as the pressure plate is failing, and not disengaging the clutch fully, causing for the rough shifting. Clutch problems are exacerbated in cold/very cold weather."

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I got the car at 40000 miles; it has never liked winter or any cold weather under 45¿F. In cold weather, clutch seems to not want to disengage all the way, hence prohibiting me from shifting into first or reverse gears. I have to let the car idle to warm up for at least 20 minutes in order to move the car. More problems also"

Sean B., NY (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"At 50k miles, the water pump on my 2.0 TSI engine blew. Luckily it was a warranty repair."

Richard Z., CA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced water pump and then 2 months later received a recall"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Trim discolored during first year after purchase. Refused replacement as dealer said it would only happen again then blamed me for not keeping it polished. I never had this problem with any previous vehicle/"

E P., AB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Small rust spot on the bar of the drivers side windshield which was repaired by Volkswagen and paint peeling on the roof just under the windshield...not covered by volkswagen"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Fuel door latch failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
May 16, 2018
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Eos, 2012 Passat, 2012-2016 CC, 2015-2016 e-Golf, 2011-2015 Touareg, 2012-2015 and 2017 Tiguan, and 2011-2016 Golf and 2011-2013 GTI vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles to make them fully compliant or Volkswagen will repurchase them if necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V329000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 252
AIR BAGS
Aug 04, 2015
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, and Passat, 2010-2013 Eos, 2011-2014 Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Tiguan, and 2012-2014 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the steering wheel clock spring if the air bag light is off. If the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V483000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 415825
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jul 21, 2014
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Tiguan vehicles manufactured July 2007 to June 2014. When using winterized fuel, in certain conditions bubbles may form in the fuel system which could result in the vehicle stalling.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase the fuel pump pressure, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24AV/2W.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 151389
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