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2008 Volkswagen Touareg repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (39%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 118 repairs.
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2008 Volkswagen Touareg repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (44%)

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Chart based on 89 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

turbocharged 310hp 4.9L V10 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2012
Feb 2011

42000 mi
Vehicle would not start, had to be towed in. Dealer could not diagnose or fix. Car towed in a second time, replaced steering column due to code 00288. 
Mar 2011

43000 mi
Car towed in a 3rd time for no start issue. Replaced the Access Start Module due to fault 00288. AC would not blow cold, updated software to fix. Satellite radio would consistently lose its stored presets. Mirror made buzzing sound on the highway, housing replaced. Satellite radio presets are consistently lost. No trouble code found, so the dealer would not do anything about it. AC would not blow cold, dealer topped off freon. 

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in Victoria, Australia
Oct 2012 - Jul 2018
Aug 2014

108820 mi

A $85
Failure of Locking Tounge on Fuel Filler door, unable to determine if failure due to plastic deterioration or an attempted theft of fuel. Sadly the simple plastic tounge not sold separately had to buy entire actuator unit. 
Feb 2015

117360 mi

A $840
Replaced both right and left rear wheel bearings due to noise issue. During repair the left rear wheel bearing was found to be noises. 
Aug 2015

124580 mi

A $925
Replaced front wheel bearings. 
Nov 2015

128960 mi

A $750
Failed grease boot on transfer case end of front prop shaft (cardan). Front shaft rebuilt and balanced by Specialist Drive Shaft workshop. 
Jan 2016

132680 mi

A $1600
Replaced failed EGR Cooler and EGR Valve 
Sep 2016

139500 mi

A $80
Failer O-Ring seal in Rear Right Air Spring. 
Sep 2017

151900 mi

A $1200
Replaced all front end suspension bushes as well as upper and lower ball joints ( Complete new left and right upper and lower control arm ) Problem found to be worn bushes and worn ball joints. 
Nov 2017

153760 mi

A $2700
Replaced Failed Turbo Charger 
Mar 2018

156860 mi

A $500
Replace fail Boots on front Cardan Shaft. Signs of grease spray onto body work. 
Jun 2018

161200 mi

A $175
Exhaust Gas Temperature sensor had failed. 
Jul 2018

164300 mi
Vehicle began displaying low AdBlue Tank Level. However this vehicle is not fitted with AdBlue. The vehicle also started a countdown time to inhibit restart. Unable to disable or clear conventionally as no option in vehicle controls. Scan performed with VCDS without any success in clearing the issue. Finally resolved by disconnecting the battery and letting it stand for four hours to ensure any volatile memory had cleared. Issue has not returned for past 1,500 km. Exact cause remains unknown. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Yugoslavia
Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

20860 mi

Rear automatic door doesn't open fully. Airbag light was ON due Sam contact in right set buckle(reported by diagnostic computer). 
Jun 2015

36580 mi

Exhaust gas cooler was broken/liking spreading moisture cloud from the exhaust pipes. Loosing coolant liquid level rapidly. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Queensland, Australia
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

97960 mi

A $1800
Starter was slow to crank or would not crank on first try. The number of attempted cranks increased before a start. Starter failed completely. 
Apr 2016

100220 mi

A $140
Unusual engine noise. Water pump changed 
Jul 2016

102800 mi

A $775
Brake pedal would fall away and brakes release while stopped at traffic lights. Faulty brake master cylinder. Master cylinder replaced. 
Aug 2016

103900 mi

A $165
Indications of air in brake system. Brake pedal felt mushy without booster assistance. Could push brake pedal to floor with booster assistance. 
Feb 2017

108500 mi

A $50
Insulation in both headlight assemblies falling off wiring. Removed harness from assemblies and re-insulated using heat shrink insulation 
Apr 2017

109926 mi

A $450
Rear Transmission Mount and minor service 
Aug 2017

116126 mi

A $1400
Inlet swirl vanes replaced with aftermarket kit Replaced centre bearing and rubber mount on prop shaft Replaced bonnet struts 
Apr 2018

123380 mi

A $2100
Coolant leaking from EGR Cooler. EGR Cooler, EGR Flap, Gaskets and O rings replaced 
Volkswagen Touareg in Western Australia, Australia
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

96720 mi

A $6500
Leaking Rear Seal and EGR Valves 
May 2016

97820 mi

A $300
Sensor for turbo not working, engine light on 
Aug 2016

102300 mi

A $1500
Auxiliary drive-shaft broke 
Nov 2016

318440 mi

A $1500
Intake sensor passenger side 
Mar 2017

855600 mi

A $1600
Have fixed everything replaceable now except Diesel Particulate Filter. Met another owner with same KM as mine and has had no issues except drive shaft. 
Aug 2017

119660 mi

A $300
Headlight wiring 
Mar 2018

129580 mi

A $2500
Transmission fluid and filter change. After change erratic gear changes and gears not engaging. Back to mechanic for reset of computers and now working okay. 
Jun 2018

130820 mi

A $8000
Slipping and gears not selecting when cold. 

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

350-horsepower 4.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
Apr 2011

28000 mi
Garage door opener replaced. 
Jun 2011

32000 mi
Sunroof leak. Sunroof rails replaced. 
Sep 2011

40000 mi
Replace sunroof gasket 
Dec 2011

41000 mi
Drive shaft had to be replaced 
Jun 2012

49000 mi

US $350
Car would not energize when the key was turned to on position. Towed in. Failed at dealer for 5 days. While mechanic was checking wires, car energized correctly. No issue could be found. Waiting on next failure. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Washington, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2015
Jul 2012

51500 mi

US $50
The cruise control stopped working. Dealer said it was from jumping the dead battery. Dealer reset computer and cruise control worked again. 
Oct 2013

62500 mi

US $1000
The Thermostat on the heating system had a short circuit due to enginer coolant. The thermostat was replaced and Engine light reset. Additionally, the passenger's side interior blower fan wa replaced due to noisy/squeaky ball bearing. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - Jul 2018
Jul 2013

30300 mi

US $50
An air conditioner component started leaking so it wouldn't blow cold air 
May 2018

63000 mi

US $450
AC leak and recharge 
Volkswagen Touareg in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

50000 mi
adaptive light problem Interior door trim needed to be replaced 
Volkswagen Touareg in Alaska, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Apr 2011

20069 mi
Change out variable intake motors, air bag seat sensor,  rear window hatch sensor,  seat belt clasp. All work under warranty. Change out variable intake motors, air bag seat sensor, rear window hatch sensor, seat belt clasp. All work under warranty 
Oct 2011

29000 mi

US $110
Passenger side external rear view mirror inoperable. New motor ordered. Passenger side external mirror motor replaced. 
Dec 2011

29000 mi
Intake manifold was changed out due to variable intake motor sticking due to cold. 
Jan 2012

36200 mi

US $230
Replaced heater blower motor. 
Jun 2012

33000 mi
P0171 - Cleaned MAF with isopropyl alcohol, good as new. 
Jan 2013

38000 mi

US $40
DTC P0171 recurred. Diagnosed EVAP purge solenoid valve defective. Awaiting the part 
Feb 2013

38300 mi

US $230
Replaced oil separator which was triggering a P0171/2 Bank 1 & 2 running too lean. 
Apr 2013

39200 mi
Driver door sensor inop, lights do not come on when door opened. Not critical fault ignored for now. Estimate for part $150, will do it sometime. 
Nov 2013

42000 mi
Driver's side door latch inop. Part $220, labor $0 
Sep 2014

49000 mi

US $17
Replaced the parking brake damper. Didn't retract all the way causing the parking brake not to release, had to use foot to raise pedal the last inch or so. A common failure. In newer models they reduced the amount of oil to bring up the pressure. 
Sep 2017

67000 mi

US $600
Replaced upper control arms Replaced passenger airbag sensor 
Jun 2018

72000 mi

US $300
Radiator was hit by a rock and punctured. New A/C radiator (includes condenser and desiccant) was installed 
Volkswagen Touareg in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2017
Aug 2011

32000 mi
Keyless entry did not work. 

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

59000 mi
1 coil needed replacement. Dealer said it was one that they normally don't see go out. 
Jun 2015

61000 mi

US $500
Center Bearing Support of Rear Drive Axel needed replacement. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Missouri, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2014

64000 mi

US $150
Check engine light was on. Dealer diagnosed "misfire". Reset light. 
Sep 2014

65000 mi
Check engine light came on. Returned to dealer. Dealer said intake needed cleaning. Dealer cleaned and reset light 
Oct 2014

66200 mi
Severe vibration and noise in drivetrain. Dealer diagnosed as a bad carrier bearing and a driveshaft replacement was the needed repair. The repair was estimated at 1700.00. Luckily I had purchased the VW Real Driver extended warranty. 
May 2016

91300 mi

US $600
Check engine light came on. Dealer said valves had carbon on them. Removed intake manifold and cleaned valves. 
Aug 2016

95300 mi

US $725
Vehicle surging at highway speeds. Check engine light came on. Dealer diagnosed as a failed secondary fuel pump. Replaced pump and cleared codes. 
Oct 2016

97700 mi

US $500
Vehicle surging on highway. Took to dealer and had trouble diagnosing problem. Finally said that an O2 sensor was bad. Replaced O2 sensor, cleared codes. 
Apr 2018

118000 mi

US $700
Dealer stated that brakes needed to be replaced 
Volkswagen Touareg in Nevada, United States
Oct 2010 - Nov 2012
Apr 2010

30000 mi
AC compressor replace not for compressor failure, the electronics sealed in the compressor went bad. 
Sep 2011

40000 mi
After a heavy rainstorm I noticed water leaking from the moon roof. Dealer replaced the moon roof. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Georgia, United States
- Mar 2009
Mar 2009

2009 mi
Sunroof tray was cracked & leaked - replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Touareg in Alaska, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2018
Jan 2009

14000 mi
Fixed broken seat belt driver's side. Fixed under warranty 
Dec 2011

40000 mi
Door sensor failed. Heater blower motor bearing worn 
Sep 2014

66000 mi

US $17
Replaced the parking brake damper. Didn't retract all the way causing the parking brake not to release, had to use foot to raise pedal the last inch or so. A common failure. In newer models they reduced the amount of oil to bring up the pressure. 
Nov 2014

68600 mi

US $18
Rear belt retractor stop cover broke or slid into the seat. Added a new cover. 
Feb 2016

79000 mi
Driver side door latch second time... 
Oct 2016

83200 mi

US $12
Rear seat belt guide (again) broke jamming the belt 
May 2018

98000 mi

US $280
Replaced hydraulic pump for tailgate. 
Jun 2018

98000 mi

US $250
Hydraulic liftgate pump worn. Item not available due to internal dispute between VW and supplier. Got a refurbushed one from eBay 
Volkswagen Touareg in Alabama, United States
Nov 2013 - Jul 2015
Nov 2013

100000 mi

US $60
The horns (both high tone and low tone) we're not functioning. Both we're replaced with aftermarket parts. 
Mar 2014

103000 mi

US $60
Horns stopped working again. I guess it is a common problem. The reeds on both the high and low tone horns tend to get water in between them and freeze during cold weather. 
Dec 2014

112000 mi

US $150
Horns replaced again. This time with aftermarket units. The sound is not quite what I'd like, but a working horn is better than a non-working one. 
Jan 2015

US $100
drivers side view mirror motor failed. Motor was replaced and is working properly once again. 
Jul 2015

115000 mi
When clutch would disengage, there was a loud squeal. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Montana, United States
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Oct 2010

35000 mi
Passenger vent was noticed broke upon purchase and successfully replaced at another VW dealer. Both power mirrors not working. Noticed upon dealer delivery. Both power mirror motors were replaced at another VW dealer. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Florida, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Oct 2014

89000 mi

US $1600
Passenger window stopped responding. The switch was only $25, but the repair ended up being $350. Also started seeing a small leak, but it was just a plastic cover, repair was $150. Dealer then called and said they saw other issues ($1100) 
Nov 2014

89000 mi

US $1100
Same repair as the one in October, except this time was another switch. This switch was another $1100 
Volkswagen Touareg in Illinois, United States
Jul 2010 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

37000 mi
-check engine light came on -car ran rough and seemed to hesitate -engine had been cleaned previously and possible dampness could have caused the problem -problem has not recurred 
Feb 2011

41700 mi
Right "curve" light bulb died. (The light that goes on to illuminate a corner when you are turning). As it was a high-energy bulb it was warranty covered. Waited for the repair and clean, washed car was returned to me after 1 hour/10 min. 
Jun 2014

75000 mi

US $145
Left side automatic turning or cornering light. Right side was replaced a couple of years ago. Both were covered under the extended Premier warranty. Pretty sure it takes more than ten minutes to change it out. CV joint started banging around abouit 200 miles from the end of a 1900 trip. Managed to limp into my home town driving at 40mph for 5 hours! Dealer varified my extended Premier warranty and replaced the entire drivetrain. Left rear brake light went out during the 1900 miles road trip. 
Sep 2014

78000 mi

US $5
Right rear brake light went out. Fixed it in less that 1/2 hour total cost of $5.24 
May 2015

84000 mi

US $1100
Transmission fluid had leaked into the electrical lines to the computer and was causing problems. Needed to have the computer replaced and reprogrammed.$2500 was covered under extended warranty. Had delays in getting parts. Free loaner used. 
Nov 2015

87000 mi

US $230
Drivers side outside mirror would not adjust up&down, only side2side. Took an extra day to get the part into the dealership. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Texas, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2011

31000 mi
Received airbag warning and was diagnosed as a faulty drivers seat belt connector. Part ordered and installed. 
Aug 2011

35000 mi
Check Coolant message came on. Was discovered that a coolant hose from the overflow was leaking. Dropped off afternoon of day 1, ordered parts day 2, and was driving the third day. Total of 2.5 days in shop from when we dropped off. 
Nov 2011

38000 mi
Took Touareg in as the driver door mirror was not functioning. Part had to be ordered. The parking brake lever not disengaging when releasing. Had to push up on the lever with foot for vehicle to register the PB as off. 2nd visit to have the drivers mirror motor installed. Part had to be ordered from prior visit. 
Dec 2011

39000 mi
Front headlight cornering light displayed an error. Took to dealer and within 2 hours was replaced and on my way home. Would have done the change myself but the Touareg headlights are very difficult, especially with the Xenons. 

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2007.5 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in Western Australia, Australia
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2011

49600 mi

A $500
Hand Brake release lever snapped off when I tried to release the handbrake. 
Apr 2014

65400 mi

A $1400
drivers side door grab handle snapped off 
Nov 2014

69720 mi

A $2000
intake manifold replaced on one side 
Nov 2017

111600 mi

A $250
Parking brake lever snapped off when releasing the brake. This is the second one I have replaced on this vehicle. 

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