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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 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (64%)

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Chart based on 61 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Tiguan in United Arab Emirates
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Nov 2014

40800 mi
Suspension bushes replaced 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 7-speed automated manual AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Sweden
May 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

34580 mi
Left mirror blinker light was replaced The rear brake pads had worn down to the metal and damaged the rotors. They were replaced at no cost to me. This happened in February 2016, but I forgot to report it until now. 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Apr 2012

9000 mi
Small amount of H2O on inside rear window after wash. Dealer shop could not find problem. Gasket ordered 
May 2012

9700 mi
A second trip to take the vehicle in to have the gasket installed on the back gate 
Dec 2012

16000 mi
No heat from the passenger side seat heater. Back produces heat - the seat does not. Just over an hour to diagnose. Needs new heating coil. Part on order. 
Jan 2013

18000 mi
Installed new heater in passenger side seat. Had waited for couple weeks to get Car upshifted too early causing it to feel like the engine was lugging. They reprogrammed the transmission. Runs much better now but milage has suffered 
Mar 2013

19000 mi
Have had creaking and clunking in the front end "somewhere" for a couple months. I thought it could be ball joints or some such. They found nothing and it still makes the noise. Remind me not to purchase another VW!! 
May 2014

30000 mi
The front end creak was never identified or fixed. The only thing I know is that winter cold seemed to exacerbate the problem. Just one of many issues that drove me to trade at 33 months! 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015

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. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2012

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. 
Apr 2012

2000 mi
Replaced waterpump and bled cooling system again. Appears to be resolved. 
Mar 2013

8000 mi
Panoramic sunroof rattle. Diagnosed as incorrectly torqued bolt from factory. All bolts replaced and torqued to spec. 
Feb 2014

17400 mi
Loose door trim on outside of driver's door.  Rear seat rattle that was remedied with new washer. 
Sep 2014

22000 mi
Constant Rattle from rear passenger seat. Repair consisted of adding foam to parts of seat structure. Repair was unsuccessful as rattle remains. 
Nov 2014

23100 mi
Rattle from rear seat resolved. Dealer ordered new frame from factory, which fixed the problem. 
Mar 2018

43000 mi

US $150
Lower control arm bushings torn - covered under extended warranty oil separator leaking turbocharger bypass valve leaking oil 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

61000 mi

US $300
Replaced 1 coil pack 
Jun 2017

74000 mi

US $975
Engine oil level was low - previous repair shop underfilled 
May 2018

91000 mi

US $1400
Replaced rear coils, one was broken 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2016
Sep 2015

25000 mi

US $79
replace gas door solenoid 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2017
Sep 2013

19000 mi
Popping sound over bumps and when turning in reverse. Dealer investigation revealed wheel bearings had excessive rust. Rust removed and bearings reassembled. Issue improved, but is beginning to reappear. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Arizona, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2015

30000 mi
Fuel pump issue. 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2013 - Mar 2018
Nov 2013

21000 mi
The car stalled 3 times in the last month and this was attributed to the low pressure fuel pump which was replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

7000 mi
Received software upgrade to improve shift points. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Utah, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2019
Jan 2016

21700 mi
On bumpy, packed snow roads noticed dull rattle coming from steering column area. Dealer confirmed hearing it and spent 3 hours checking the obvious causes, finding nothing. Dealer says rattles are not covered under warranty. 
Jul 2016

37000 mi
Vehicle briefly losing power when making right-hand turns. Systems checked out by dealer, unable to duplicate problem. 
Oct 2016

37000 mi
Rattle emanating from either the steering column or suspension 
Feb 2019

58000 mi

US $300
Electrical rear hatch release failed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

61000 mi
Fuel pump control recall. I had experienced the stall due to the fuel pump on one occasion before the recall wad issued. 
Mar 2015

66000 mi

US $150
PCV valve failed. Caused smoke from tailpipe and oil consumption. 
May 2015

69300 mi

US $50
High pressure fuel pump failed and was replaced. 
Jul 2015

73500 mi

US $75
Tail light failed due to corrosion of the bulb holder and electrical connector. Required replacement of connector and bulb holder. 
Sep 2015

76000 mi

US $927
Replaced the faulty timing chain tensioner per TSB. 
Mar 2016

86000 mi

US $50
Wiper motor failed, requiring replacement of the wiper motor and transmission assembly. Intake manifold replaced due to P2015 code. 
Dec 2017

125000 mi

US $100
Replaced engine mount due to worn mount. 
Apr 2018

131000 mi

US $100
Replaces front control arm bushings. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Utah, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2018
Jun 2015

64000 mi

US $850
Dripping Coolant and over heating. Placed water pump/ thermostat assembly. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Idaho, United States
May 2013 - Nov 2014
Jul 2013

17800 mi
Rear passenger window making a clicking noise, although still operational. Dealer said they replaced window motor. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2014

25420 mi
No actual problem. This was a firmware update to increase fuel pressure. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Rhode Island, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Jul 2012

2500 mi
An AC hose came adrift from fitting and was rubbed by serpentine belt. The hose was perforated and the refrigerant escaped. Repairs were covered under warranty. 
Feb 2018

54000 mi

US $2165
Removed carbon building up from intake valves replaced water pump assembly that had started leaking 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Washington, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2015
Mar 2012

1000 mi
Plastic trim piece on overhead light assembly slightly out of alignment 
May 2013

15700 mi
Sunroof rattle 
Dec 2014

37000 mi

US $120
Panoramic sunroof rattle. 
Feb 2015

39000 mi
Coolant level slightly below minimum. No leak detected, dealer topped off. 
Mar 2015

41000 mi
Panoramic sunroof rattle. The dealer said there were three tiers of adjustment, progressively more expensive. ollowing the first attempted repair, I paid the dealer to do the second level repair and the rattle abated. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Missouri, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

73500 mi

US $2500
check engine light. result: turbo boost low replaced tubrocharger 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

4300 mi
Rear seat area produce rattles and squeaks. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2012

6000 mi
Reflashed the computer to modify shift points. Vehicle had been upshifting too early and lugging out. I'm now extremely pleased with the vehicle. This problem seems to be common (per internet discussions) and there was a TSB 
Oct 2017

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 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

50000 mi

US $300
One of the ignition coils failed and was replaced. 
Aug 2017

96000 mi

US $2300
Water pump needed replacing. Also oil change needed as aftermarket oil filter gave errors of low oil pressure. Replaced turbo 
Sep 2017

97000 mi

US $900
Valves cleaned and 3 coils replaced 
May 2018

108000 mi
Dealer had to reset computer for repair made earlier replaced sensor. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2015
Mar 2013

16000 mi
Had a bad odor when the A/C was activated. They replaced the filter and flushed the system. 
Jul 2015

62000 mi
Bad smell from A/C. Cleaned system and replaced filter at 60K service Experienced loss of power after 60K service. Bad wastegate and turbocharger failure. Approved a VW WISE claim to repair after warranty period. 
Aug 2015

62300 mi
Car kept losing coolant since 60K service. Checked and replaced bad water pump. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ohio, United States
Feb 2015 - Jan 2018
Apr 2015

39500 mi

US $200
Bushings on strut were making popping sounds. Dealer replaced them. 
Jun 2015

42000 mi
Left lights on and battery died. After jumpstart, windows would not roll up. Dealer had to discharge capacitors by holding positive and negative terminals together. No charge. Completely stupid. 
Sep 2017

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. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Georgia, United States
Feb 2013 - Jul 2018
Sep 2016

88000 mi

US $3100
Turbo failed 
Jul 2018

117000 mi

US $250
Door lock module on drivers door failed 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in New Mexico, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2017
Dec 2012

9000 mi
faulty ground wire, no power to complete right side of vehicle 
Jan 2015

29200 mi
no elec power on right side of vehicle 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2018
Dec 2011

1000 mi
The seal was defective on front window. Replaced at no cost. 
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Firmware update to fix no-heat issue 
Dec 2013

20000 mi
EPC light came on twice during cold weather months ago. Dealership could not determine the issue to fix. Visor was faulty 
Jun 2018

61000 mi

US $160
Trunk latch needed to be replaced 

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in New South Wales, Australia
Apr 2014 - May 2016
Jun 2014

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. 
Jan 2016

30180 mi
Water leak from water pump damage to cambelt 

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