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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 82 repairs.
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (56%)

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Chart based on 34 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

30000 mi Fuel pump issue. 
39700 mi High pressure fuel pump was faulty. No acceleration but would run. VW said it was either recall or warranty and they covered cost of diagnosis, parts and labor. 
1000 mi Whistling sound from waterpump area when car warmed up. Fuel pump and associated valves replaced but sound returned. Bled cooling system, but whistling sound returned on way home. 
2000 mi Replaced waterpump and bled cooling system again. Appears to be resolved. 
43000 mi

US $150
oil separator leaking turbocharger bypass valve leaking oil 
61000 mi

US $300
Replaced 1 coil pack 
74000 mi

US $975
Engine oil level was low - previous repair shop underfilled 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

64000 mi

US $850
Dripping Coolant and over heating. Placed water pump/ thermostat assembly. 
68000 mi

US $250
Engine had low oil. No leak found, but determined only 2 quarts were in oil tank. Engine/turbo consumed 3 quarts of oil in 7500 miles. Issue temporarily resolved with an top off, and am evaluating how long it takes to return. 500 miles later, issue has not returned. 
60000 mi

US $150
Fuel sensor replacement did not correct problem - lack of power and threw codes. Replaced high pressure fuel pump to resolve problem. This was necessary from the beginning, but I do believe that sensor replaced earlier was bad as well. Car lost power and threw codes. Diagnosed problem to be fuel pressure sensor 
61000 mi Fuel pump control recall. I had experienced the stall due to the fuel pump on one occasion before the recall wad issued. 
66000 mi

US $150
PCV valve failed. Caused smoke from tailpipe and oil consumption. 
69300 mi

US $50
High pressure fuel pump failed and was replaced. 
76000 mi

US $927
Replaced the faulty timing chain tensioner per TSB. 
86000 mi

US $50
Intake manifold replaced due to P2015 code. 
125000 mi

US $100
Replaced engine mount due to worn mount. 
54000 mi

US $2165
Removed carbon building up from intake valves replaced water pump assembly that had started leaking 
73500 mi

US $2500
check engine light. result: turbo boost low replaced tubrocharger 
25420 mi No actual problem. This was a firmware update to increase fuel pressure. 
62000 mi Experienced loss of power after 60K service. Bad wastegate and turbocharger failure. Approved a VW WISE claim to repair after warranty period. 
62300 mi Car kept losing coolant since 60K service. Checked and replaced bad water pump. 
50000 mi

US $300
One of the ignition coils failed and was replaced. 
96000 mi

US $2300
Water pump needed replacing. Also oil change needed as aftermarket oil filter gave errors of low oil pressure. Replaced turbo 
97000 mi

US $900
Valves cleaned and 3 coils replaced 
108000 mi Dealer had to reset computer for repair made earlier replaced sensor. 
39000 mi Coolant level slightly below minimum. No leak detected, dealer topped off. 
88000 mi

US $3100
Turbo failed 
21000 mi The car stalled 3 times in the last month and this was attributed to the low pressure fuel pump which was replaced. 
37000 mi Vehicle briefly losing power when making right-hand turns. Systems checked out by dealer, unable to duplicate problem. 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

20000 mi EPC light came on twice during cold weather months ago. Dealership could not determine the issue to fix. 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 7-speed automated manual FWD

20460 mi Car would not start was trucked to dealer who diagnosed a broken earth strap. Temporary repair was done and part ordered. Part took two weeks to arrive and was then fitted. 
41000 mi Water leak from water pump damage to cambelt 

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