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2012 Volkswagen Touareg repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 74 repairs.
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

turbocharged 225hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volkswagen Touareg in Oregon, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2015
Jul 2012 Steering wheel shimmy 
Nov 2013

18000 mi
EGR Temperature Sensor Replacement. 
Feb 2015

27000 mi

US $132
Car wouldn't start so needed roadside assistant to jumpstart. Took it to dealer and they diagnosed the problem. Battery wouldn't hold a charge. Past 24,000 mile Battery warranty but dealer got VW to pay. I paid for the installation. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2013
Jun 2012

7000 mi
Glow plug light started blinking. Dealer replaced fuel pump control module. 
Oct 2012

11300 mi
Blinking glow plug light - previous repair did not fix. Dealer replaced in tank fuel pump. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Oklahoma, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2015
Sep 2012

11000 mi
Check engine light was on. 
Jul 2013

30700 mi
Interior trim clips broke. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Illinois, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
Sep 2012

11000 mi
Rear door electric lift was malfunctioning 
Sep 2013

24000 mi
Key fob got stuck in ignition 
Dec 2014

32000 mi
Adblue heater needed to be replaced 
Aug 2015

37300 mi

US $500
Fuel pump problem 
Volkswagen Touareg in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2015
Sep 2012

5000 mi
Orange "Check Engine" light came on (constant, not flashing). I was told I could continue to drive the car. The problem was the AdBlue (diesel additive) pump which was replaced under warranty, 
Nov 2015

27000 mi
Yellow check engine light came on constantly. Diagnosis said: AdBlue system heater failed. Replaced as a courtesy by VW since out of warranty. 
Volkswagen Touareg in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
May 2012 Emission control light on. Was reset by dealer and so far has not reappeared. Difficult to remove key fob from ignition after turning off car. Apparently need to pause for a second, wait for a click and then remove. Rear view mirror fell off while car was parked overnight- fell straignt down and damaged Nav screen. Dealer repaired/replaced damaged parts under warranty 
Jun 2012

1000 mi
Emissions control light came on again (had come on in May and sales dealer chose to reset rather than investigate). Readings showed EGR sensor was defective and needed replacement. Emissions control light on now for the third time (car has only 600 miles on it). Dealer did extensive testing, determined that EGR system needed replacing, perhaps was wired incorrectly or had defective solenoid. Lemon law here we come 
Volkswagen Touareg in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
Jan 2012

1240 mi
Audio system had random static pop noise (bang from speakers). Dealer replaced amplifier. 
Feb 2012

1860 mi
Fender flares (dealer installed parts) began to separate from the body. Apparently this problem has resulted in an installation / design change by VW. Update: after over two months I am still awaiting parts from Germany to complete the fix. 
Jun 2012

11160 mi
Dealer obtained new fender flares and adhesive (2+ month wait for new adhesive from Germany!). Dealer body shop removed old, misaligned flares and installed new flares. 3 weeks later (June 24, 2012) and new flares are separating from body 
Feb 2013

19520 mi
Intake runner flap sticking. New part installed. Under warranty. 
Jul 2013

25400 mi
Fender flares again. Started separating very slightly. Took back to have more glue applied behind the flares. 
Oct 2013

33460 mi
Remote controlled windows would go up, but not go down except for driver's door. Replaced a module. Shop drained battery and couldn't get brake lights working. Battery replaced, but brake lights took two more days. All is good now. 
Sep 2014

42780 mi

C $80
Bracket holding rear bumper cover broke. Not sure how, no other damage detected. Dealer replaced for cost of the part. No labor charges. One week later and it is again partly broken. Need to return for further work. NOx sensor reading caused engine light to appear. Computer reset by dealer. No trouble since. 
Dec 2014

51460 mi
Noise when releasing brake while in park. New parts required so I need to go back. NOx sensor issue leading to engine light. Had appeared previously but was just reset by dealer. This time they ordered a new sensor and installed it the next (second) day. Radio/GPS/Entertainment system needs a software update. Touareg has been to the dealer 3 times to attempt update. On last attempt I was told that the dealership has the wrong disk (a computer type CD) and so I will need to return. Repair for rear bumper cover. Completed. 
Jan 2015

52260 mi
Dealer obtained correct update software disk for my radio/entertainment system and applied it successfully. Noise when releasing brake while in park. New parts obtained but noise is still present. Dealer is arranging to have a manufacturer's regional "level 2" technician take a look to see if he can repair... but it means another trip. 
Feb 2015

53160 mi
Regional technician attempted to quiet the click in the brake/shift lock mechanism. New parts but still makes the noise. No further attempts will be made. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Maryland, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Apr 2012 Check engine light came on. Dealer found code for AdBlue system but could find no problem. Reset and no problem since. 
Jun 2014

36000 mi
Ad blue tank heater, replaced under warranty 
Oct 2014

42000 mi

US $145
noise coming from steering wheel, replace power steering pump, still making noise, thought air in power steering fluid lines, flushed but still making noise 
Volkswagen Touareg in Virginia, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2015
Jun 2012

1000 mi
Check engine code appeared. Software update required. 

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2011.5 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

Volkswagen Touareg in Great Britain
Sep 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

38000 mi
Car would not start because key would not work to unlock steering & handbrake. Dealer has no idea what happened as it suddenly kicked back to life when putting the dash back in, said it was probably a fuse malfunction, have as much idea as I 

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2012 Volkswagen Touareg Repair Histories

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