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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan repairs by problem area

Engine (53%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 148 repairs.
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (52%)

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Chart based on 113 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2018
Aug 2013

30000 mi
Faulty fuse or wire caused multi-function display to list all exterior bulbs on the right-hand side of the car as "out". Dealer, under warranty, replaced a fuse block and several "burned" fuses. 
Feb 2014

35000 mi
High-pressure touchless car wash caused water to leak through the third (anti-collision) brake light (they think). Cost was 1/2 typical for the water test. Even though the car is out of warranty VWoA covered the cost of part replacement. The voice-activation button on the steering wheel only dials the last number manually dialed (does not activate voice control of the phone). Dealer says this button is faulty. VWoA says they'll cover the cost out-of-warranty. 
Mar 2014

36000 mi
The "repair" reported earlier for the water leak at the 3rd brake light was unsuccessful. I had the opportunity to go to the same touch-less car wash and had the same result. I tried silicon caulk around the light - have not washed it yet. 
Dec 2014

45000 mi

US $600
Oil separator spring stuck in the open position, causing a vacuum leak which, in turn, caused the check engine light to come on. Was not charged labor costs due to easy accessibility. 
May 2015

50000 mi

US $27
Blown headlight. This model year uses low beams as DRLs, meaning they are on all the time. Burned out too quickly. Also, my battery died 2 days later. And the contacts of each bulb showed burn marks (always a bad sign)... 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

26000 mi

US $130
Battery dead, replaced 
Nov 2017

55000 mi

US $800
Oil leak repaired, believe it was due to hitting a bag of garbage on the road at night going 40 and dragging under car. It was leaking at base of engine. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Maryland, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

48000 mi
The Exhaust Intake manifold had failed and was replaced under 6-year warranty. 
Jan 2016

58000 mi

US $1500
Had engine cleaned in Dec. Engine misfired and dealer recommended manual clean which strips the engine. Said it was due to direct injection not cleaning the whole gasket and a frequent problem with these engines. Engine didn't have any power for overtaking. According to dealer it was a faulty coil and others will soon need replacing. Wasn't related to earlier repair they said. New coil under warranty fixed the problem. 
Feb 2016

58800 mi

US $1300
Gaskets apparently had carbon build up which caused check engine light to come on and power loss. Engine had to be stripped and gaskets cleaned manually. 
Jan 2017

60200 mi

US $65
Warning light came on saying coolant low. Might be related to being rear-ended. 
Mar 2017

71000 mi

US $1500
There was an oil leak near the intake manifold. Hence it was fixed. In addition, he replaced one of the rubber seals while he was in there. One of the front struts was leaking, hence both front struts were replaced (also the bearings too). Wheels were then re-aligned afterwards. 
Aug 2017

75000 mi

US $200
The trunk latch wouldn't lock so the trunk wouldn't lock. This could however be related to being rear-ended some months ago. Stopped working 2-4 weeks after the repair to the bumper beneath the latch. Repair was a new latch lock and relatively cheap. 
Mar 2018

76000 mi

US $150
Air was always moist inside the air and you had to run the AC to see out the window. Turns out although I cleaned out tree debris at the top of the mesh next to the front window, the holes in the mesh were so big a lot of tree debris could fall into it. Cleaning it out required undoing clips, taking the mesh up. Several handfuls of debris was removed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Georgia, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2014
May 2013

27000 mi
The fan used to circulate air in the passenger cabin failed and was replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2013

34000 mi
The dealer replaced the fuse box due to an electrical malfunction. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Aug 2018
Jun 2016

46000 mi

US $75
Fuel door stuck closed 
Aug 2016

47400 mi
fuel pump failed, replaced under recall 
Nov 2016

50300 mi

US $85
Premature dead battery Misc computer features no longer worked after service 
Jan 2018

55700 mi

US $500
Oil leak. Failed PCV, failed valve cover seal, failed upper timing chain seal Replaced control arm bushing. Replaced sway bar links. 
Aug 2018

60000 mi
Battery failed after 6 months 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2018
Sep 2016

66000 mi

US $350
Carbon buildup 
Dec 2017

82000 mi

US $500
Faulty hatch lock Visor replaced 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013 #1 Problem: Headlight stays open even though the key was pulled out of the ignition key. This makes the battery totally drain that needs a booster to run the engine. Rough idling they say change the spark plug but the problem is still ther 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Oct 2014
Aug 2012

19000 mi
Check Engine light came on during road trip and went off and on intermittently over next several days. Dealership found faulty intake manifold flap getting stuck open and replaced entire manifold under warranty. 
Aug 2014

33000 mi
CEL repeatedly comes on for a few hundred miles/a dozen or more starts, then goes off again for another few hundred miles. Went on three weeks ago, went off earlier this week. No noticeable change in vehicle operation at all. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2014 - Jul 2018
Dec 2015

53320 mi

C $350
Replace bulbs for right xenon headlights. 
Feb 2017

67580 mi

C $1200
Oil leak. Replaced head gasket. 
Sep 2017

70680 mi
Fuel injectors, de-carb,  timing chain,  A/C compressor replacement. 
Oct 2017

72540 mi

C $100
Turbo charger malfunction. Replaced part. 
Nov 2017

73160 mi

C $450
Oil separator replacement 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Mar 2014 - Jul 2014
Apr 2014

36000 mi

US $50
Low fuel pressure, fuel pump, fuel filter, cracked intake manifold 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2018
Nov 2017

78000 mi

US $200
CEL - Multiple misfires on all cylinders Diagnostics indicate Carbon Buildup issue requires mechanical removal Estimated cost to repair $900 
Feb 2018

83000 mi

US $1250
Replaced water pump after it failed 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2017
Oct 2015

71500 mi

US $50
Turbocharger exhaust gate required replacement. It took two turbochargers to fix the problem as the second one was installed incorrectly, causing damage. Clock spring snapped in steering column, setting off airbag light and rendering steering wheel controls inop. 
Dec 2015

74000 mi

US $50
Infotainment system failed, removed and replaced. 
Nov 2016

82100 mi
Head unit froze 
Mar 2017

85000 mi
Stabilizer bars worn, and replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Georgia, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

23000 mi
replaced intake manifold 
Oct 2015

41500 mi

US $200
Replaced active lighting bulb 
Apr 2018

67000 mi

US $1200
manifold repair, replaced spark plugs 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2011 - Jul 2014
Jul 2011

620 mi
Change the passenger light harness. 4 hours of work under warranty. Light was not working at delivery. Change the passager light harness. 4 hours of work under warranty. Light was not working at delivery. Tailgate body work and rear bumper, car was damaged prior to delivery. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New York, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

3000 mi
Bad throttle position sensor triggered EPC and Check Engine light. TPS sensor replaced after parts ordered (2 days for parts but a loaner was given). 
Sep 2012

22000 mi
Accelerator pedal (that hold the throttle position sensor) had a wire harness come loose and cause a fault code and intermittent limp mode. It was most likely a dealer error when they replaced the pedal at 3,000 miles. 
Nov 2012

23000 mi
Water pump replaced as well as the upper rad hose (suspect damaged by mechanic). The water pump developed a slow leak (only about 3 oz of coolant over a month) but obviously a replacement was needed under warranty. 
Dec 2015

70000 mi

US $95
Rear pads and rotors replaced. These seem to last about 35k-40k miles between replacements - fronts are still fine and are the original pads and rotors. 
Feb 2017

84000 mi

US $105
New front pads and rotors installed by owner. This was replacement of the original pads and rotors, so excellent life from the OEM components. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2011 - Jul 2018
May 2012

6780 mi
Fuel door closure system defective 
May 2017

37200 mi

C $300
Changed windshield wipers motor 
Jul 2018

42780 mi

C $3000
Rear main seal replaced 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Washington, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

10300 mi
Sensors indicating airbag, esc, AWD, ABS etc, not working. 
Jan 2013

9000 mi
False positive on several sensors. Repaired during routine maintenance 
Jan 2014

23700 mi
Five indicator lights would turn on randomly. This has occurred since it was new. I finally convinced them to fix it. It required a new ABS module and a wiring harness 
Apr 2014

42300 mi

US $902
The Fuel pressure regulator went bad, and had to be replaced. 
Dec 2015

64000 mi

US $350
The lights that turn on when you use your turn signal burned out. What a waste on technology. Also did the 60,000 mile maintenance Sluggish engine response, they said it was probably carbon buildup on the valves. But they did recalls and other maintenance and said to monitor it, (I ended up bringing it back, but that is another trip.) 
Jan 2016

65000 mi
RE: previous repair, they said it was carbon buildup, and I had to leave it there several days. Once they took the manifold off, discovered an injector was bad. They replaced it N/C. But they still charged me for the carbon clean up. After previous repair, engine still performed poorly. I thought it was the same problem, but I brought it back and they said it was a bad coil. Replaced NC the same day. Fine since then, finally. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2017
Jun 2016

76000 mi

US $350
PCV Valve 
Nov 2016

83000 mi

US $1800
Engine oil leak caused water pump to leak, needing replacement. Oil leak not fixed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

12400 mi
Rattle in dashboard fixed by dealer adjusting the harness for the radio/CD player. Completed under warranty quickly and courteously by VW Waterloo. 
Aug 2015

51340 mi
check engine light diagnosed as two faulty fuel injectors. dealer replaced under warranty, and cleaned carbon deposits on intake and valvetrain parts. 
Dec 2015

53940 mi

C $352
reluctant to start, rough idle, and catalytic converter light came on. dealer ran diagnostic tests, replaced battery and rechecked for catalytic codes; and concluded they were triggered by battery failure (5 years old) 
Dec 2017

68200 mi

C $500
worn steering bushings, replaced 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
May 2011 - Jun 2015
May 2012

6820 mi
EPC and CEL light came on, car was in limp mode. Dealer replaced accelerator pedal under warranty. 
Aug 2014

26040 mi
EPC light went off. Took it in and they indicated that the Throttle Position Sensor error was triggered. They re-wired, reset the ECU, tested and gave me my car back. Also performed the Fuel pump Recall at this time. 
Sep 2014

26660 mi
EPC and CEL light went off again. Took it in, the dealer replaced the Throttle Position Sensor. 
Jan 2015

8540 mi
CEL light was going off and car in limp mode. Dealer called Germany and opened a case with the engineers. They decided to disassemble and rewire the entire pedal assembly. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Brazil
Jul 2011 - Aug 2017
Aug 2012

12000 mi
The belt tensor is damaged creating an annoying noise (like a whistle). 
Aug 2013

25360 mi

$100
Replaced the battery. 
Dec 2013

29760 mi
Melted Fuse. Recall. 
Feb 2015

38720 mi
Oil leakage due to overtorque on bolt. Carter bolt replaced at no cost. 
Dec 2015

45260 mi

$250
Replaced the Oil Separator (06H103495AC). 
Feb 2016

46160 mi

$200
Cylinder 1 wasn't firing. Replaced the ignition coil. 
Jun 2016

48360 mi

$400
Another solenoid failed. 
Dec 2016

53940 mi

$150
Alternator: replaced diode bridge and voltage regulator 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2015
Mar 2011

3000 mi
Noise from water pump prompted visit. Dealership replaced water pump with no problem. This is second water pump replaced since car was purchased 1/15/11. First water pump replaced 2/26/11. Second water pump replaced 3/25/11. Help! 
Dec 2013

35000 mi
Fuel pump in fuel tank. Car would shut off when turning sharply. This was intermittent. 
Aug 2014

41000 mi

US $150
They did the 40,000 mile service and missed the check engine light. When I requested they find out what it was they told me it was the oxygen sensor and wanted to charge me over $600 to fix it. Took car to another dealer who repaired my oxygen sensor for free under warranty. It pays to shop around! 
Aug 2015

51200 mi

US $402
Loud whistling noise, Pcv valve replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2010 - Sep 2013
Jan 2013

26660 mi
Verified intake manifold flap position sensor was defective. Removed intake manifold, changed the 4 injector seals, transferred parts to new intake manifold and installed new intake manifold. Did road test. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

36300 mi
Intake manifold flapper reported fault. Entire intake manifold was replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2014

59700 mi
Turbo bearings were wearing prematurely allowing oil to leak into intake air. Entire turbo unit replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

70000 mi

US $1300
Gasket leak and timing chain issues. 
Dec 2016

72000 mi
Catastrophic haldex failure 
Volkswagen Tiguan in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

55800 mi

US $38
adaptive headlight bulb burnt out 
May 2015

45000 mi

US $400
A turbocharger valve as stuck--valve replaced, but check engine light on again and car now in shop for complete turbo replacement under extended warranty 
Jun 2015

46000 mi
prior repair 1 month ago to replace valve involved with turbo. Check engine light came on and now entire turbo being replaced under extended warranty 
Jul 2015

46000 mi
EVL module drew down battery so car would not start. Fixed with software update 
May 2017

67000 mi

US $230
oil leak at timing belt cover--cover replaced with new gasket 
Nov 2017

70000 mi
small TF leak quickly fixed 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2011 - Sep 2013
Mar 2012

26040 mi
Check engine related to a "temperature sensor" that was faulty 
Oct 2012

37200 mi
They changed the ignition coils, engine was misfiring 
Jun 2013

50220 mi
Check engine, nunerous misfires , many trips to change numerous ignition coils 
Jul 2013

50220 mi
After one more trip, misfires seem to finally be fixed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Costa Rica
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

45880 mi

$75
damage ignition coil 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Michigan, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

43000 mi
Washer Fluid Sensor wasn't reading full fluid tank 
Dec 2017

81000 mi

US $400
hit pothole, shattered front passenger spring on shock. Full shock was replaced. Tire and wheel okay. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

88560 mi

C $150
Engine warning light - ecu recorded two cylinders running rough. Tech reset light - test drive did not replicate problem 
Dec 2016

102300 mi

C $250
Car would not start in below zero temp. Replaced battery. Engine warning light on again after starting engine. 
Jun 2017

105400 mi

C $150
Check engine light on again - code reported running rough, although not obvious from driving it. 
Sep 2017

106020 mi

C $1500
severe deposit is on intake valves 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2013 - Aug 2017
Aug 2017

83700 mi

C $700
Rear left bearing was worn out and needed replacement. Replaced battery, was no longer holding a charge. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

50000 mi

US $750
Pads and rotors replaced for first time. 
Jun 2018

58000 mi

US $350
Trunk latch broken 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

64480 mi

C $775
Fluid change Replace rear brakes 
Jun 2018

75020 mi

C $427
Oil leak from drain plug. Completed oil change and replaced plug with OEM spec 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
Feb 2014

63300 mi

US $700
Carbon buildup on pistons caused by direct injection 
Volkswagen Tiguan in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2015 - May 2015
May 2015

80000 mi
EPC and CEL lights. Code for throttle position sensor. Recurring issue since purchase. Used scan tool to clear codes and restore drivability. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

39060 mi
Car was taken in for stalling and entering limp mode.Some wiring done on the car but car still acting up on and off.Fuel pump ordered from Germany.Vw dealer paid for a loan vehicle during the 2 weeks period while the car was in the service. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Panama
Dec 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

24800 mi

US $1615
Bad throttle position sensor triggered EPC and Check Engine light. cause a fault code and intermittent limp mode. Dealer unable to figure out, getting help from VW in Germany. Bad throttle position sensor triggered EPC and Check Engine light. cause a fault code and intermittent limp mode. Dealer unable to figure out, getting help from VW in Germany. 
May 2014

39060 mi
The dealer should change under warranty the Fuse box, because presented failures, burned the fuses, and the lamps. The dealer should change under warranty the Fuse box, because presented failures, burned the fuses, and the lamps. 
Feb 2017

47120 mi
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor (Position: back left brake sensor 
Volkswagen Tiguan in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2011 - Aug 2013
Oct 2011

1240 mi
Headlight stays on even ignition is off and the key is pulled. Dealer replaced the light module covered by warranty. Took a total of three days until parts arrived. No service loaner! Car was about 2200km and less than two months old. 
Mar 2012

5580 mi
Keyless entry remote isn't working. Typical VW problem! Remote being reprogrammed. On and off high pitch noise and dealer said it is not the common water pump problem. Nothing is fixed and continue monitoring it. 
Jun 2012

7440 mi
On and off high pitch noise and dealer said it is not the common water pump problem. Nothing is fixed and continue monitoring it. 
Nov 2012

11520 mi
Rust on winter steel wheels. Dealer I bought the winter package says the one year accessory warranty doesn't cover rust. POOR OEM QUALITY WHEELS AT PREMIUM PRICE! WILL BUY AFTERMARKET WINTER PACKAGE FROM NOW ON! 
May 2013

16520 mi
Condensation inside both fog lights. Dealer just cleaned them with compressed air. Still able to see most dried water marks. I guess the condensation problem will return. Not impress with this kind of problem on a 20 months old car. 
Aug 2013

18600 mi
Car's information display shows 13 different light bulbs are out. Thought it was the lighting module that was replaced back in 2011 but it is melted fuse and fuse box this time! Dealer replaced both items under warranty. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
Mar 2013

25000 mi
Car stalled several times backing up. Dealer replaced low pressure fuel pump. First problem with this car. 
Mar 2014

37000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump failure 200 miles outside of the warranty expiration. Covered by ext.warranty. $500 repair. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Jun 2014
Nov 2012

11960 mi
Water stain on headlinder by "A" post driver's side. Sunroof drain faulty. 
Oct 2013

19000 mi
Cell phone occasionally won't connect to carrier. My scan indicates faulty antenna, dealer will change radio. I don't think this will solve the problem. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Utah, United States
Mar 2013 - Aug 2014
Nov 2013

41000 mi

US $400
Faulty fuse box was causing a headlight, a tail light, and the license plate light to go out. Dealer said not an uncommon problem with this car. 
May 2014

45000 mi

US $720
Fuel pump in the gas tank failed. 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 7-speed automated manual AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Ireland
Jun 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

22940 mi
Engine management system producing a false maintenance reading on the multi-function display 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Great Britain
Sep 2011 - Oct 2015
Mar 2015

15000 mi

£239
Satnav aerial faulty. Replaced. 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Victoria, Australia
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

35980 mi
ERV carboned shut and turbo failed 
Jan 2014

38000 mi
Manuf left wiring laying on steering column and wore through to and broke one wire and shorted another 
Jun 2017

68534 mi

A $171
Water pump bearing was leaking and pump was replaced 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Tiguan in Georgia, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

89000 mi

US $400
Problems with turbo Turbo needs to be replaced 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

twincharged 150hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Sweden
Jul 2010 - Mar 2015
Aug 2010

620 mi
Squeaky noise when accelerating, rpm 2600-3500 
Feb 2015

35840 mi

$1000
Bad compression in one cylinder ! Will stay away from VW in the future ! Its been many years of troublesome Tiguan ownership and VW Sweden not even interested of helping out in any ways :/ 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2012 - Jul 2016
Feb 2013

33700 mi
My check engine light came on. I took it to dealer, they replaced the intake manifold. This was fixed under the original manufacturers warrenty. 
May 2016

51300 mi

US $100
Turbo had a leak/fault and so did one of the valves 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2017
Apr 2012

11632 mi

US $5300
Oil leak: a few drops under the car, daily. Dealer found a faulty pressure relief valve on cylinder head. To fix they disassembled&replaced: cylinder head, ignition coils, cat converter, head gasket, camshaft adjuster. Thankful 4 warranty! 
Feb 2013

20000 mi
Fuel Pump Relay went out; car shuddered, check engine light came on, smoke poured out exhaust. 
Jun 2017

60000 mi

US $700
Fuel injector, x2 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2015
Jan 2012

39000 mi

US $100
Various lights (hi/low beam, fog, side, etc on varying sides if the vehicle) would go out and then come back on- happened twice in one month. Dealer replaced the fuse box in the engine compartment and a fuse. 
Feb 2012

40500 mi

US $100
Car would stall after starting. Would eventually start. 1st time in the shop, dealer replaced the fuel pressure sensor. Day after I picked up, car stalled again. 2nd trip to dealer, with VW Tech help replaced fuel pump and control module. 
Jun 2014

87000 mi

US $100
Air intake valve closed. Car was making loud whistling noise. Advised fairly common and was an easy fix. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2012
Dec 2010

3000 mi
No sound out of entertainment system. (radio, satellite, ipod) Problem could not be replicated, only happens about once every 4-5 months. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2014
Jul 2014

42200 mi

US $1000
Car would randomly electrically fluctuate and then shut down. Took to the shop 5 times and issue has still not been resolved. 
Nov 2014

46100 mi
Dealer kept car for 3 weeks trying to get it to cut off again. Could not get the car to replicate the electrical problem again. They checked all of the ground wires and retightened all. No problems since (fingers crossed!) 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Sep 2013
May 2012

9880 mi
Gas gauge misreading. Very poor diagnostic capabilities at this dealership. They even tried to blame me, by overfilling the gas tank. Finally figured out they had to drop the gas tank and reroute a pipe which was incorectly installed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2017
Aug 2015

73600 mi
Sound system/ back up camera 
Mar 2017

96000 mi
Cleaned and adjusted sunroof track. Fixed switch as well. Sold the Tiguan purchased a 2014 GMC Terrain. April 2017 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2017
Nov 2017

77000 mi

US $800
creeks when turning at low speeds, oil seepage from suspension 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Utah, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2018
Jun 2015

60000 mi

US $400
missing. spark plug modules replaced 
Sep 2017

80000 mi

US $500
car started to yaw, as if it was being pushed by a trailer. Front shocks worn replaced. helped briefly. Rear shocks replaced, tie rods replace, connect arms replaced. Rear axles CV failed and replaced. Problem still exists. all bushings with any sign of wear replaced. Front shocks were OEM rears not. considering OEM replacement for rears. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2016

19800 mi

US $545
PRESENCE OF FLUID LEAK ORIGINATING FROM FRONT VEH ENGINE AREA: FOUND ENGINE OIL LEAKING FROM FRONT AND REAR MAIN SEALS DUE TO EXCESSIVE CRANKCASE PRESSURE. REPLACED OIL SEPERATOR WITH PCV VALVE. NO LEAKS SO FAR. 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Maryland, United States
Feb 2010 - Feb 2014
Sep 2010

14000 mi
Electric sunshade for panoramic moonroof came off track and broke/ripped. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Manitoba, Canada
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

146940 mi

C $680
As is common with many Direct Injected engines, the intake valves eventually suffer from carbon build up. It was an undiagnosed problem for several years - injectors were replaces several years ago and multiple failures of the PCV valve. Also a rear main seal was replaced a couple of years ago as well. Likely all these were as a result of the carbon build up. I finally researched and diagnosed the issue myself and now all is mostly well. I have also devised a means of regular maintenance (injecting a special cleaner upstream of the intake throttle body prior to oil changes) to alleviate a repeat of the carbon build up. Fuel mileage is about 35% better (measured - not guesstimate) now that air can get in where it is needed. The buildup was severe - about a 50% restriction of x-sect. diameter. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2012
Aug 2010

5200 mi
When shifting into reverse, you get the backup camera view. Sometimes shifting into another gear, the NAV would go black, and the only wasy to fix it, was to re-start the car. On 2nd trip in, dealer found an update to the NAV software. 
May 2011

18000 mi
The backup camera would sometimes go black, when reverse was selected. 1st attempt by dealer was an update to the NAV unit. This did not fix the problem. Unit still goes black sometimes, new NAV unit is on order. The backup camera would sometimes go black.1st attempt by dealer was an update to the NAV unit. This did not fix the problem. Unit still goes black sometimes, new NAV unit installed. issue remains, dealer has camera module now on order. 
Jun 2011

19000 mi
Dealer ordered a new backup camera module, this was installed, and fixed the issue. 
Jan 2012 Had noise coming from the front end of the car. Dealer determined the front sway bar, needed to be replaced. Ordered new bar, installed, problem fixed. This was handled under warranty. The noise from the previous repair still occurs. The dealer replaced the anti roll link, strut mounts, and bearings. The noise still occurs, dealer stated noise is inherent to the Tiguan. Now have a case opended with VWOA. Had noise coming from front end of the car, turned out to be the front sway bar. Dealer ordered new sway bar, problem fixed. This was fixed under warranty. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2010 - Oct 2015
Jul 2013

35640 mi
Rattle in sunroof - dealer replaced entire sunroof assembly under warranty. 
Jan 2014

41540 mi
Rear door handle broke off. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Apr 2014
Nov 2010

10300 mi
A lot of water was accumulating inside rear tailgate. Dealer found hole in tailgate seal.  After repair, tailgate latch started seizing in cold weather. Two more repair visits & problem still not fixed. Dealer to replace latch next week. 
May 2012

44700 mi
Bad rattle in sunroof area necessitated removal and replacement of entire sunroof frame. 
Jul 2012

46780 mi
Rear exterior door handle came completely off. Dealer had to reattach. 
Apr 2014

79360 mi

C $300
Camshaft position sensor needed replacing 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - May 2016
Dec 2012

26660 mi
Battery needed replacing 
Sep 2015

48360 mi

C $400
Sunroof drains blocked with tree debris. Headliner lowered an drains opened 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jan 2015
Oct 2011

13640 mi
replaced faulty ignition switch which caused door lock to not flip while key is removed. replaced faulty ignition switch which cause door lock won't flip while key is removed. 
Nov 2011

14140 mi
intake sensor issue. 
Mar 2012

16740 mi
Replace 2 faulty spark plugs that cause idle issue. 
Apr 2012

17360 mi
Loose connection on battery caused low battery.  losing connection on battery caused low battery. 
May 2012

18160 mi
Tough idle, stalling. Stalled 3 times on highway, very dangerous, I am lucky to be alive. The problem was caused by faulty spark plug and faulty injector. Both parts was replaced. 
Jan 2015

15500 mi

C $150
Coilpack failure. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2010

620 mi
Information display on amplifier intermittently goes blank. Part on order. 
Jun 2010

1240 mi
Amplifier and Display replaced. 
Sep 2011

14880 mi
Left hand passenger door handle came apart. Dealer repaired. 
Nov 2011

16120 mi
Lights on Radio not working. Radio replaced. 
Sep 2015

53940 mi

C $50
2 Cooling fans needed replacement Engine light on. Sticking valves. Clean cylinder heads and injector seals. 
Sep 2016

62000 mi

C $400
Drivers seat leather cover cracking 
Nov 2016

63740 mi

C $230
Rear right back up light. A 2010 Tiguan requires that the rear bumper be removed to replace a backup taillight. Took a lot more than 10 minutes to do the job. Not the best design. 
Jun 2017

69440 mi

C $1200
Replaced both front struts as they were leaking 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

21700 mi
Vehicle was taken in for diagnosis due to check engine and EPC warning lights. Fuel injector was found to be leaking and was replaced. Repair was covered under warranty. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in South Dakota, United States
Aug 2010 - Apr 2013
Mar 2012

21000 mi
fixed two rattles in the body. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2017
Feb 2014

49000 mi
CEL light on. Diagnosed as "intake runner flap motor defective" Intake manifold replaced. While in for CEL light, tech found water pump leaking. Replaced water pump. 
May 2014

50000 mi
Fuel filler door inaccessible; no emergency opener. Could not refuel. Dealer popped door open, declared it user error (cap tether caught in mechanism). After carefully replacing tether away from mechanism and closing door, door wouldn't ope. Returned to dealer, who declared actuator defective, which we knew all along. 
Apr 2016

68500 mi
Cruise Control ceased functioning; error indication. 
Jul 2016

70500 mi

US $250
Lift gate lock actuator ceased operating. 
Mar 2017

76000 mi

US $1000
Driver received loud alarm and Coolant warning light 
Apr 2017

76000 mi

US $2000
Waste gate on turbo failed, causing CEL light. Turbo unit replaced. 
May 2017

78000 mi
Recently-installed water pump failed. 
Jul 2017

78000 mi

US $250
Fuel door would not latch. Actuator replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

37000 mi
Sunroof drain hose came loose in front driver and rear passenger corners 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

44000 mi

US $5
plastic door guard trim; right rear. 
Jun 2016

49000 mi

US $889
check MIL light. CODES P0300,P0301, P0302. Cylinder 1 & 2 misfire due to carbon build up in intake valves. Replaced gasket, repair kit, reset readiness code 
Sep 2016

51000 mi

US $461
Oil separator/PCV valve failure code P2187 
Nov 2016

53700 mi

US $200
Plastic side seat panel broke, required replacement 
Apr 2017

62000 mi

US $20
bulb replacements: left front, low beam. License plate lamps. Dealer replaced items no charge. Excellent customer service. 
Aug 2017

69000 mi

US $1834
cam cradle reseal with new breather and vaccum pump 
May 2018

75000 mi

US $2167
replace water pump and seals alignment tires (4) Removed/replaced fresh air blower. Blower hitting against panel 
Jun 2018

76250 mi
removed fan noise 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Dominican Republic
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

40300 mi
Complete power steering failure. When starting up the car the steering wheel vibrates left and right, the warning RED light comes on. per manual brought it to dealer(after 5 days no solution) Definite electromechanical problem with rack. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Apr 2013
Oct 2011

17360 mi
EPC and check engine light came on while accelerating onto highway. Car went into limp mode so that I could pull off and have car towed to nearest VW dealership. Throttle cable replaced. 
Dec 2011

20116 mi
EPC failure light again. Throttle body replaced. 
Mar 2012

23002 mi
EPC came back for 3rd time. Gas Pedal was changed by original dealer that sold me the car, as the problem seems to be related to the throttle system. EPC failure #4. Throttle wire changed as it seemed to be under tension. New cable installed and lengthened to give more slack. 
Jul 2012

26240 mi
EPC light shows up while driving or in idle. EPC light on again. All electrical for engine connections changed out as per VW 
Mar 2013

34720 mi
throttle needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Jul 2016
Mar 2016

72000 mi

US $200
replaced spark plug coils 
Jun 2016

74000 mi
Unknown cause resulting in unpredicatable CEL and limp mode occurances 
Jul 2016

74000 mi
Unknown cause resulting in unpredicatable CEL and limp mode occurances 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New York, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2016
Oct 2011

20000 mi
Check engine light on intermittently - technician found vacuum leak at injector seal; replaced all injector seals an intake manifold seal 
Mar 2013

46000 mi

US $310
Fusebox melted and needed to be replaced. VW good willed the parts, I just paid the labor 
Sep 2013

57000 mi
Valve in intake manifold not operating, causing MIL light to come on. Dealer replaced intake manifold under warranty 
Dec 2013

61000 mi

US $1000
Water pump leaking 
May 2015

86000 mi

US $1700
PCV failed, causing vacuum leak and blown rear engine seal 
Apr 2016

100000 mi
Timing tensioner failed, causing timing chain to slip, resulting in damage to valves and pistons. New cylinder head needed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2012
May 2011

5200 mi

US $100
Brakes allowed car to roll into intersection soon after purchase. Second incident, completely stopped with car in front, brakes let go and car rolled into car in front. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2018
Mar 2012

23000 mi
I turned radio on without starting engine but got a warning that the battery was low and the radio will shut off automatically. Charged battery overnight. Next day, same thing. Took to dealer,they charged it. Problem has not occurred since. 
Jul 2012

28000 mi
Noticed a clunk sound when driving over road bumps at any speed. Lasted for a week. Suddenly stopped when going over another road imperfection. Possibly control arm seated improperly. Dealer could not replicate. Hasn't reappeared in 16k mi. 
Feb 2014

62000 mi
Fuseholder for lights is under recall. Noticed right front and left rear light were out. Just happened to receive letter from VW about the recall. Replaced fusebox no charge. 
Aug 2016

87000 mi

US $800
Coolant fluid leak. Replaced water pump with updated design. Made sure proper installation instructions were followed. Going on 2 years with no leaks. 
Jul 2018

102000 mi

US $300
Rear Main Seal failure and oil leak. DIY repair. Needed to separate automatic transmission from engine which required the removal of both front wheels, both wheel axles, and the all wheel drive gearbox. Mechanic wanted $1200. DIY total cost for parts, tools, and shop equipment was about $600. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Oct 2012

31200 mi
sunroof frame needed to be replaced, as it was making squeaking and rattling noises. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2015
Jun 2010

1000 mi
Windshield not correctly bonded to frame from factory. 
Sep 2012

36000 mi
Short between 2 wires caused by incorrect routing. Wire insulation repaired and rerouted. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

80000 mi

US $25
Turbo system had issues - dealer decided to replace entire system (over $2,500 repair) . But we had an extended warranty on the vehicle which picked up all but $25. Loaner car was provided by dealer during this episode. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2014
May 2010

3700 mi
They replaced the battery to try and solve my key remote locking malfunction but problem returned after a week. They kept the car an additional 14 days to order, repair, and test the 'Comfort Control Module.' 
Feb 2013

40700 mi
The coolant was leaking (empty) due to a water pump that went bad. The dealer replaced the water pump under the drivetrain warranty. 
Sep 2013

47000 mi
The PCV valve had a leak which altered the pressure in the engine causing misfires and made the engine light turn on. Repairs were charged to me (the owner) but then reimbursed because VW covered it under the powertrain warranty. 
Jun 2014

53000 mi
Engine shut down at the end of an freeway off ramp. I started it back up, pressed the accelerator to keep the RPMs up while in park, and then switched to drive as the RPMs dropped. Dealer replaced the intake manifold. Car shut off again at the end of a different freeway off ramp. Had to restart it. Dealer said there was something wrong with the fuel pump and the cylinders needed to be cleaned of carbon build up. Engine was still not running smoothly and needed to be kept for a full diagnostic. Dealer found a problem in the fuel supply. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Mar 2014
Apr 2010

5140 mi
Poor grounding in main electrical system caused sporadic outages of left headlight (while driving), intermittent brake warning lights and low brake fluid warnings, improperly functioning electronic parking brake, failure to "recognize" transmission 
Jun 2011

26660 mi
Dealer damaged paint during annual spring waxing. After 2 failed attempts to repair, dealer had to send to professional body shop for 10 hours of buffing. Am still not completely satisfied with condition of finish - car now looks "faded" 
Apr 2013

63840 mi

C $800
Vehicle running rough on start-up. Excess carbon build-up on valves diagnosed (apparently a common problem with VW direct injection engines). Dealer was non-committal re: an apparent design flaw with engine. Valves cleaned: cost $800. 
Jul 2013

67360 mi

C $1100
Vehicle required replacement of air intake manifold (at 108,000 km). Informed dealer that I considered this to be unacceptable, given the relatively low mileage and age (3 years) of the car. Dealer implied that it was not their problem. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2013
Feb 2010

1700 mi
Navigation system would only work with DVD in the drive. It should download the DVD and be able to run without it. After dealer fixed problem with navigation, new problem with touchscreen appeared. Entire navigation needs to be replaced. 
Jun 2010

5000 mi
Leak in washer fluid reservoir 
Feb 2012

18700 mi
Grinding noise on right side of car, only audible at 50 mph+. Something was loose in rear right tire. Part replaced and all is fine. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Bahrain
May 2010 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

31000 mi

$300
Problem with adaptive headlights 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2018
Aug 2010

4000 mi
Sunglass holder above windshield popped open in heat. Was replace by dealer and problem has not occurred since. 
Mar 2011

8000 mi
iPod only played through passenger side speakers when connected to MDI adapter. MDI adapter replaced. 
Apr 2013

32500 mi
Faulty intake manifold was replaced. 
Jun 2015

56000 mi

US $326
Ignition coil replaced Headlight replaced 
Apr 2016

63500 mi

US $150
Diagnosis of check engine light 
Oct 2016

68500 mi

US $507
Replaced front suspension rear control arm bushings. 
Jan 2017

71000 mi

US $850
Check engine light came on. Rough idling on cold start. Replaced spark plugs. Did not fix problem. Check engine light came on. Rough idling on cold start. Replaced ignition coils. Did not fix issue. Check engine light came one. Rough idle on cold start. Cleaned heavy carbon buildup on intake values. Fixed problem 
Jul 2018

79000 mi

US $125
Check engine light came on. Had repair shop diagnose the problem. Diagnosis code indicated that my fuel mixture was too lean at idle. The mechanic recommended resetting the check engine light and seeing if the problem reoccured as the issue can be caused by poor quality fuel. As of the writing of this, the problem has not reoccured. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2010 - Mar 2012
Dec 2010

10540 mi
car went in for quite bad squeaks that had developed during first 15,000 kms. one in head lining& one in drivers door lock assembly. Apparently an updated mechanism They decided to do passenger door but item not in stock so car went back 
Mar 2012

19840 mi
recurring problem with rattles and squeaks. Been occurring from new. Still have rattle in driver door 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2014
Jul 2010

2300 mi
Brought car in for 90-day courtesy check. Told tech that fuel gauge would read empty even if full, sporadicaly and with heavy acceleration. Fuel sensor error code came up and parts ordered. Will replace at a later date. 
Sep 2010

4000 mi
Fuel gauge would read empty even if full. Replaced both fuel level sensors, and fuel pump removed and re-installed. Tech noted both sensors were shorted out and could see burn marks. No charge. Vehicle inspection found open recall for ECM update YR recall. Hooked up battery and performed ECM update. Recall complete. Vehicle inspection found YV open recall for lock cylinder housings. Removed and modified all four lock cylinders on doors. Repair complete. 
Nov 2010

5700 mi
Fuel gauge reads empty intermittently, even with a full tank. Tech notes state the #3 pin was loose. The #2, 3, and 4 pins were repinned and the fuel pump was re-wired. No problems since then. Audio system did not work when car started. Radio/satellite, bluetooth, and nav guide did not work. Re-started car and still did not work. Did work the next morning. The radio antenna was replaced and has worked ever since. 
Mar 2011

10000 mi
Audio system not working on occasion. The dealer replaced the whole radio/nav unit. When I picked up the car, I could not hear any sound again. Had to leave the car for another day. The tech found a fault for incorrect coding on the radio unit. They took the long coding from my old radio and changed the new radio coding to match the old one. The audio system works now. 
Sep 2012

25000 mi
Warning light for parking brake was illuminated. (from dealer report)- faults stored for parking brake switch module. removed and replaced electric brake. console removed and re-installed. 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jun 2014
Jun 2011

11780 mi

C $570
no fuel pressure: engine starts, but just cranks. Replaced fuel pump and module. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Mexico, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2012
Mar 2011

20000 mi
Rear outside passenger door handle popped off. Dealership replaced handle that day, but required another visit to reconnect latch mechanism to handle. Second repair visit lasted 5 hours. 

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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Tiguan in South Africa
Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

52700 mi
The car would not start at all. The engine, clutch and flywheel were replaced by the dealer 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Tiguan in South Africa
Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

111600 mi
Turbo whistle 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

10540 mi
A ground wire attached to the engine control module was not torqued correctly at the factory and was loose causing the vehicle to not start intermittently 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
Dec 2015

78000 mi

US $808
Sunroof drains cleaned , mold remediated and elect. connections cleaned 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012 Right front headlight kept going out. Changed light, still didnt work. Changed fuse in engine compartment, worked for a month. Went out again, the entire fuse box in engine compartment melted. Part takes 3 weeks to order. $600.00. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2018
Dec 2011

29000 mi
Faulty relay caused fuse box to overheat and melt 
Dec 2013

53000 mi

US $50
Bad manifold. Replaced under warranty 
Dec 2015

70000 mi

US $500
Leaking intake 
Mar 2018

90000 mi

US $1360
Main seal failed 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2011 - Mar 2015
Aug 2012

46740 mi
Ignition switch began making sounds when going over bumps, dealer replaced switch under warranty 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Indiana, United States
Feb 2012 - Jul 2013
Mar 2012

26000 mi
Clogged/Disconnected sunroof drain. Water draining into rear cargo area. Repaired under Certified Used Volkswagen Warranty. 
Jul 2013

50000 mi

US $600
Intake manifold replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Kansas, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2016
Nov 2012

45000 mi
Washed my tig and the clear coat came off.Dealer had it repainted.First time wshing it paint came off again and had to be repainted again.Also had engine whinning noise and a ghostly noise from the rear end that was looked at by dealer Squeeling under the hood and ghostly noise from the rear end.Dealer did dignostic and said all was fine.Said there was no loose pulleys,belts and didn't hear the ghostly noise.The ghostly noise is more continual as of recent 
Oct 2016

84200 mi

US $425
Car suddenly had a ear piercing shriek coming from the engine and began to run very poorly. Car was towed to a local shop and repaired. Said it was a vacuum problem. Part replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
May 2013 - May 2018
Dec 2013

59150 mi

US $50
PCV seized up making a horrific squeaking noise. The engine also raced as if it were dying. Car had problems idling then started squeaking. Squeaking was so bad people stared at us. Luckily , a dealership was close by and repair was done under warranty since certified used. 
Feb 2014

60500 mi

US $50
Upper and Lower timing case cover leaking oil. Replaced worn gaskets with new gaskets. Work performed under certified used warranty. 
Aug 2015

73700 mi

US $175
Needed new battery 
Oct 2016

83800 mi

US $330
Ignition coils needed to be replaced due to engine (MIL) light 
Aug 2017

89000 mi
Fuel injector went bad. Still under warranty when repaired. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Maryland, United States
Apr 2009 - Nov 2011
Nov 2009

11920 mi
A relay went bad that resulted in half of the lights not working. No Right-side (passenger) Low Beam, High Beam, Fog, Front Turn signal, Rear Turn signal, Reverse light. No Left-side (driver) City light, Side Marker. No Brake brightness on either side. 
Jul 2011

26000 mi
Check Engine came on, hard to start and has no engine power when driving. High Pressure Fuel Pump went bad, replaced and cleared codes. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Jan 2009

7000 mi
Rear washer (reported earlier by another member) should be covered under warrantee. To be repaired. 
Aug 2010

15000 mi
secondary high pressure fuel pump near engine (pre-injector pump) failed. set engine/emission light. lost turbo but drivable. successful repair but 4 days in shop. 
Sep 2011

24000 mi
drain tube for sunroof on drivers side leaked. Also wire to visor light deteriorated....all repaired. 
Sep 2013

39000 mi

US $16
Rear panoramic drain tubes leaking where fitting is glued to the flexible tube. Poor design and replacement continues poor design. Recommend using silicone between fitting and tube to promote water seal. 
Oct 2013

39500 mi

US $20
Front passenger drain tube leaking at tube - fitting connection on tube. Vw defect as all 4 tubes failed. 
Apr 2014

43500 mi
Coolant pump replaced in Feb was cracked and or defective. Since it is made of plastic not too durable. 
Dec 2014

54000 mi

US $350
Ignition/crank sensors were failing at higher rpm. Caused a misfire and set engine light. 
Aug 2015

64000 mi

US $1200
Carbon on intake valves which set an engine light. Stumbling and misfiring at idle in week prior yo engine light. 
Dec 2015

70000 mi

US $2000
Coolant leak. This is the 3rd coolant pump replaced on this vehicle. Tech indicated oil leak on timing chain cover may have triggered the issue by damaging seal. Replaced gaskets to fix oil leak. 
May 2017

87000 mi

US $1300
Rear oil seal 
Jun 2018

92000 mi

US $750
Squeal and or chirping upon initial startup. Dealer misdiagnosed as s serpentine belt. Replaced the belt and within a week the bearings were squealing more consistently. Took it in and dropped off. Undrivable. Waited a day for the part. Lesson- immediately check alternator once a squeal is noticed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2015
Feb 2012

28811 mi
Fuse panel had to be replaced. 
May 2012

32000 mi
Replaced Fuel Pump, Fuel Pump Control Unit. 
Oct 2012

38014 mi

US $120
Replace dead Battery had to replace both front headlamp bulbs. Replace dead Battery had to replace both front headlamp bulbs. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2015
Aug 2012

40000 mi
Intake Manifold Water pump failed 
Dec 2012

45000 mi

US $160
Lose power bus between battery and ECU, causing engine stall at low revs. 
May 2013

51000 mi
Carbon build up - causing misfired, needed cleaning. 
Dec 2013

60000 mi

US $100
Vent motor / climatronic Brake booster vacuum leak Window switch 
Aug 2014

68000 mi

US $100
seized ac compressor suddenly whilst driving, ground up, metal contamination in as condenser 
Oct 2014

69500 mi

US $100
DVD drive on RNS0-510 navigation no longer read - could not update maps. Replaced under extended warranty 
Dec 2014

72000 mi

US $700
Lost all coolant needing tow. Failed/leaking water pump again. Note this was already replaced at 40k. VW of America stepped in to help this customer dissatisfaction with payment towards fixing out of warranty. Panoramic sunroof roof drains leaking water into rear headliner. Needed new drains installed (not just blocked or uncoupled). 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Arizona, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2015
Jan 2009

22 mi
Drivers side front and rear doors were misaligned from the factory. 
Oct 2012

37000 mi
Intake Manifold flap replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Feb 2015

93600 mi

US $1114
#4 ignition coil failure. Carbon build up. Manual and chemical cleaning. 
Mar 2015

95000 mi

US $1660
Rear main seal leaking required removal of transmission for access to replace main seal. inner CV boots, crankcase breather, separator. 
Jun 2015

100000 mi

US $6100
Timing chain failure/break with engine destroyed due to failure without warning. MN Dealer had in shop 2 times the 4 months prior to catastrophic malfunction and ignored Tech Bulletin to advise replace. DID NOT replace engine at 6K$.Junked 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Georgia, United States
Apr 2009 - Jul 2011
Aug 2009

5000 mi
air conditioning vent shade hinge broke 
Dec 2009

12000 mi
power steering warning light came on. Dealer looked at codes and saw no errors. Reset the computer and the problem was gone. It has not recurred. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2016
Sep 2011

25000 mi

US $30
rear light went out. replaced but not covered under warranty. 
Jun 2012

34000 mi

US $600
fuel pump broke, had to be replaced 
Jun 2014

60000 mi

US $300
carbon buildup, system cleaned 
Mar 2016

77000 mi

US $2046
Water pump failure, coolant leaking Major oil leak 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2011 - Oct 2012
Jun 2012

37000 mi

US $300
fan controller faulty, replaced both electric radiator fans with integrated controller. 
Oct 2012

41000 mi

US $200
Driver xenon headlamp went purple and dim. Replaced both headlamps. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Missouri, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2016
Jun 2010

13000 mi
Problem has not been fixed as the ONLY dealer available is 50 miles away and cannot get it in again for 2 more weeks. "Brake" warning light is on and car is drivable. Seems was an issue with early cars. 
Jul 2010

15000 mi
Both seat belt and brake warning lights came on intermittently. Was faulty part. New part, but lights came back. Mechanic didn't realize he had to resest code regardless of correct code showing. Once reset all OK. 
Aug 2010

16000 mi
one rear brake light out, but still not repaired. Awaiting 20K tune up to do both. 
Oct 2010

19000 mi
had 20K service so repaired rear brake light at same time. all warranty. 
Sep 2015

47000 mi

US $400
power steering went out. cannot recall exact issue, but repaired for $400 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New York, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2012
Mar 2010

4000 mi
There was a clunking noise in the engine compartment when starting or stopping car. They inspected and re-torqued all engine and transmission mounts. 
Aug 2012

16100 mi
musty odor. they fixed it 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Nov 2012 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

66000 mi

US $750
Replace auxillary water pump in engine coolant system 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

89000 mi

US $2300
Water pump, thermostat, and electric cooling fans needed replaced. 
Feb 2017

116000 mi

US $2100
Replaced fuel injectors, and had engine cleaned of carbon buildup. Replaced rear oil seal... was leaking 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2017 - Aug 2017
Jan 2017

98000 mi

US $450
Intake manifold failed, replaced free - known issue Carbon buildup had to be cleaned - charged 450 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

75000 mi

US $100
Water pump third one in three years 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

69500 mi

US $975
Transmission began leaking and the fluid leaked into two sensors. Sensors had to be replaced and transmission service had to be preformed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Virginia, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2014

84000 mi

US $1100
Replace heater core. Dealer wanted $2300. A heater core should last much longer. 
Jan 2015

85000 mi

US $1500
Leaking massive amounts of oil. Had to Replace Main Seal. 
Mar 2015

90000 mi

US $100
Replaced Headlight Bulb. Expensive! 
Jun 2015

94000 mi

US $1600
Replaced water pump 
Nov 2015

99300 mi

US $450
Problem with carbon build up. They had to run cleaner through the fuel injection and replace two injectors or something. 
Jan 2016

105000 mi
The memory function on the driver's side seat no longer works. Electric adjustment still work. 
Sep 2016

117000 mi

US $450
Car was running rough. Replaced 2 of the ignition coils. Still runs rough. Repair shop says it is possibly carbon build up. Check Engine light is on 
Nov 2016

120700 mi

US $1600
Coolant Leak. Replaced oil cooler. 
May 2017

129000 mi

US $600
Check Engine Light on . Rough Idle. Replaced 2 of the Coil Packs. Cleaned fuel injection system. Not fixed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Michigan, United States
Apr 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008 The rear windshield washer nozzle was clogged and did not spray. The mechanic tried clearing out but it sill didn't spray correctly to VW specs so it was replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Aug 2013 - Oct 2013
Aug 2013

46000 mi

US $310
DEFECT FOUND IN THROTTLE BODY, THROTTLE BODY REPLACED CONDENSER FAN INOPERATIVE. CONDENSER FAN MOTOR REPLACED 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Apr 2015

55800 mi

C $110
Rear wiper nut were corroted and could no longer hold the wiper, had to be yanked out and replaced completely. Bad design to have a piece of plastic holding on to metal screws, for sure it'll break after a while. 
May 2015

57164 mi

C $1200
Started noticing a small oil leak from the engine over the winter. The mechanic suspected the rear main seal broke, job requires taking the engine apart and replace the seal. I paid discounted price to my friend mechanic. Oil leak didn't go away, after many temp fix attempts, dealer part manager suggest replace Oil Separator PCV Valve Assembly as it may be causing the pressure build up and consequently damaging the seal again. Got the engine open up again. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alabama, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

59000 mi

US $500
Sunroof clogged and leaked significantly into the interior. Right rear coil needed to be replaced. AC hose had leaks in it and needed to be replaced. 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Apr 2009 - Sep 2017
Aug 2011

45000 mi
Replaced leaking water pump under Certified Pre Owned warranty. Car had to be towed to dealer. According to dealer, problem caused by excessive heat this summer in Texas. 
Nov 2011

49000 mi

US $170
Flat battery. Replaced battery. 
Jan 2013

67000 mi

US $802
Water pump (replaced 18 months, 20,000 miles ago) failed again. VW paid for new part but we had to pay for labor. Timing chain cover gasket leaking oil Diverter valve leaking 
Feb 2015

81200 mi

US $1556
Rear main oil leak - replace rear main seal - had to drop transmission. Sunroof drain tubes clogged - caused water to leak from headliner - dealer unclogged tubes for free 
Apr 2016

92200 mi

US $417
PCV valve replacement due to check engine light. Also throwing codes for intake cleaning required (I deferred this). 
Mar 2017

98000 mi

US $700
Carbon build up on intake valves caused check engine light to come on, throwing codes. Did walnut shell blast treatment to clean them. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

82000 mi

US $180
The injector rail failed and caused a small amount gas to leak into engine oil, while rendering the car immobile. It was under the pre-owned VW warranty, so the injector was covered. The previous dealer trip put too much oil in the car. The battery froze in the ~ -35 degree weather in northern Wisconsin, and it had to be replaced. 
Dec 2015

99000 mi
The car went into "limp mode" and threw some codes indicated a faulty connection between the comp. and trans. Mechanic took a look and couldn't find any problems, the problem went away on its own. It was believed to be a glitch/bad conn. 
Feb 2016

100000 mi

US $35
Reverse light (driver side) went out. Fan vents stopped blowing hot air on passenger side and rear seat. Took out the fuse and let the system reset it self and it worked again. 
Mar 2016

101000 mi
The fan venting/channeling system was broken. They needed to replace the entire unit. The heater core was bad and needed to be replaced. This was in conjunction with the repair of the fan venting system. The rear gasket needed to be replaced, the seal went bad. This failure was related to the previous repair of the fuel injector rail accord. to mech. It was from a overfill during an oil change by the dealer. 
Apr 2016

101700 mi
I replaced the side puddle light that illuminates when making a left turn, which is a normal halogen bulb next to the bi-xenon adaptive headlight. 
Sep 2016

110000 mi

US $400
Replace transmission control unit 
Jul 2017

122000 mi

US $8000
Metal was found in oil during routine oil change, while also diagnosing low engine oil pressure warning. Determined that bearings started to fail, most likely due to previous damage from overfilled oil change. It wasn't related to the bad timing chain tensioners that are notorious for problems in this engine. Entire engine was replaced. 
Dec 2017

126000 mi

US $450
Fuel injector went bad 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New York, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2018
Aug 2012

12500 mi

US $200
Dead battery. 
May 2014

21000 mi
Slow coolant leak from water pump. Water pump replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Apr 2015

25200 mi

US $600
Check engine light. Intake fault and Radiator Control Module fault. Intake replacement covered by VW. Replaced Large Radiator Fan Unit. 
Sep 2017

34000 mi

US $800
Removed carbon buildup on the intake valves. 
Mar 2018

36000 mi

US $800
Throttle body wiring TSB. Oil change, new spark plugs, and replace rear brakes. 
Sep 2018

37000 mi

US $1500
new intake. Rear engine seal 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

19000 mi
driver's seat became loose at its mount points and was "rocking" back and forth. very disconcerting. 
Nov 2009

20000 mi
satellite radio stopped working. dealer had to order replacement radio/head unit. part did not arrive at dealer until months later. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in District of Columbia, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2013
Jan 2010

7300 mi
Would not go over 35 mph. I pulled over and restarted the car. It seemed fine after that, but I took it to dealer. They special ordered and replaced a wiring connector that attached to the potentiometer. 
Jan 2012

12000 mi
Can't get all stations since Sirius moved channels. 
Jan 2013

5700 mi
battery had dead cell both turning lights went out. also replaced housings. check engine light came on. diagnosed vacuum leak and charged one hour to repair. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jun 2018
Jun 2010

27900 mi

C $670
Rear Brake assy replace due to uneven wear of brake pad (Less than 2mm) 
Sep 2010

37200 mi

C $500
EPC warning light came on! Replacement of wire connector on throttle body + Schedule maintenance done for 60000 km EPC warning light came on! Replacement of wire connector on throttle body + Schedule maintenance done for 60000 km 
Nov 2010

40300 mi
Knocking noise in back differential area First wheels were lock all together and then no more 4wd conclusion -> Haldex Broken wtg replacement part Knocking noise in back differential area First wheels were lock all together and then no more 4wd conclusion -> Haldex Broken wtg replacement part 
Dec 2010

41540 mi
Haldex noisy, replacement of Haldex on warranty. Still noisy after repair.(Less but still noisy!) Level 2 investigation ongoing ... to be continued... Haldex noisy, replacement of Haldex on warranty. Still noisy after repair.(Less but still noisy!) Level 2 investigation ongoing ... to be continued... 
Mar 2011

44640 mi
Noisy differential, first attempt was the haldex replacement noise got worst they change the differential and haldex. Found metal in oil differential and missing oil in differential!!! Noisy differential, first attempt was the haldex replacement noise got worst they change the differential and haldex. Found metal in oil differential and missing oil in differential!!! 
Aug 2011

55800 mi

C $860
Lost power steering at start-up (post re-fueling) Stop the engine and re-started and reported to dealer at 90,000km maintenance schedule and dealer didn't find any clue and any code or whatever in the VAGCOM Lost power steering at start-up (post re-fueling) Stop the engine and re-started and reported to dealer at 90,000km maintenance schedule and dealer didn't find any clue and any code or whatever in the VAGCOM 
Jan 2012

66340 mi
Check Engine came on, code found per vagcom 008213 / per OBD P2015 by research on code on forum Vortex a link to the intake valve flapper fault. A visual check found that the lever was un-hook from the link. Reposition it and reset ... ok Check Engine came on, code found per vagcom 008213 / per OBD P2015 by research on code on forum Vortex a link to the intake valve flapper fault. A visual check found that the lever was un-hook from the link. Reposition it and reset ... ok 
Feb 2012

67580 mi
The flapper valve was disengaging occasionally causing a fault code. Wear and poor design is my conclusion for this recurring problem. I did a "C" clip to make the arm lever stay in place of the actuator vacuum rod. Linkage is secure now! The flapper valve was disengaging occasionally causing a fault code. Wear and poor design is my conclusion for this recurring problem. I did a "C" clip to make the arm lever stay in place of the actuator vacuum rod. Linkage is secure now! 
Aug 2012

80960 mi

C $325
Actually it was the Tie-rod in that was replace! Passenger side. And an alignment was done. 
Mar 2013

94240 mi

C $2550
Check engine light: Inlet manifold change (code P2015 on vagcom).Maintenance sunroof lub, front windshield replacement, protective under panel of engine replace (crack)oil brake liquid with antifreeze flush & replace Check engine light: Inlet manifold change (code P2015 on vagcom).Maintenance sunroof lub, front windshield replacement, protective under panel of engine replace (crack)oil brake liquid with antifreeze flush & replace 
May 2013

97960 mi

C $350
Front brake overdue, light was on and in a very short time the brake pad was on steel to steel. 
Aug 2013

108500 mi

C $700
Actually it's the second time the tie rod in is change! Took avantage to change the front shock while on the lift and re-aligment. A few days later front Wiper arm shaft assembly seized! Dealer was unable to repair! The whole assembly had to be replace. Very very poor design!!!!!!!!!!!! This problem did a collateral damaged ... my wife change her mind on buying a TDI ! Tie rod in passenger side and both front shock. Top platebearing both side were change, they were starting to be seized or dry out! Front Wiper arm shaft assembly seized! Dealer was unable to repair! The whole assembly had to be replace. Very very poor design!!!!!!!!!!!! This problem did a collateral damaged ... my wife change her mind on buying a TDI ! 
Feb 2014

113212 mi

C $1600
Oil Leak on Top timing cover (Engine whole bottom wet area) and check engine code P0171 (00362)and P119a (04506) The dealer did an Recall check for fuel injection (replace all 4) They suspect that the code was for that. Check Engine still back on same code P0171 (00362) Dealer are unable to find the root cause! The RMS (rear main seal was leaking like hell! Change by Dealer ($1600) After the repair the dealer drove the Tiguan few days to monitor the code Oil Leak on Top timing cover (Engine whole bottom wet area) and check engine code P0171 (00362)and P119a (04506) The dealer did an Recall check for fuel injection (replace all 4) They suspect that the code was for that. Check Engine still back on same code P0171 (00362) Dealer are unable to find the root cause! The RMS (rear main seal was leaking like hell! Change by Dealer ($1600) After the reapir the dealer drove the Tiguan few days to monitor the code 
May 2014

118420 mi

C $1200
No more A/C dropped slowly and a taught it was the A145A but it wasn't 
Jun 2014

120280 mi

C $500
Whole A/C system change. Pump, Valves, and 145A. Cooling fan controler fail only one fan was working and this cause the A/C to fail earlier Whole A/C system change. Pump, Valves, and 145A. Cooling fan controler fail only one fan was working and this cause the A/C to fail earlier 
Jul 2015

140480 mi

C $6900
Timing chain jump or skip gear teeth. head valve heavily damaged and sign of piston impact. used engine installed! Tensionner and RMS seal updated before rebuilt and installation. 
Feb 2016

159340 mi
Rear shock seized! Rear bottom bolt very hard to removed it was rusted and it seem like the fact it's an aluminum and steel mounting structure the electrical rust is more ovious!! 
Aug 2016

164300 mi

C $500
4 Coilpack change, weak power, high fuel consumption in summer, shaky at idle. 
Nov 2016

167160 mi

C $800
Inner tie rod end (Driver side) + lower rear suspension arm on right side (Bushing destroyed!) and Haldex oil chg, Link kit rear chg + alignment 
Jun 2017

178560 mi

C $50
Front Link Kit 
Jun 2018

186000 mi

C $860
Suspension arm bushings worn out causing a lack a steadiness in the back end. Sway bar link kit worn out 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

15000 mi
The LFS (turning headlight) warning came on and cornering light stopped working. VW replaced a faulty bulb 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2009 - Oct 2017
Nov 2009

2480 mi
no heating 
Jul 2011

17140 mi
corrosion in the terminal block connecting the throttle to the computer. 
Dec 2014

48360 mi

C $300
Rear wiper broke 
Jan 2015

17880 mi

C $150
Fuel trap refuse to open 
Apr 2015

48560 mi

C $470
Oil leakage Repaired 
Aug 2015

49600 mi

C $700
I had to replace the 2 core spring because one was break. 
Jul 2016

53420 mi

C $60
Exhaust system leak. 
Jul 2017

57040 mi

C $1000
Problem With injectors and fuel pump 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ohio, United States
Nov 2014 - Jul 2016
Sep 2015

88000 mi

US $50
Replaced engine wiring harness as there were intermittent issues with the throttle body position sensor. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

9920 mi
 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2009 - Sep 2016
Jun 2011

27900 mi
Bushing of the front suspension have been changed 
Dec 2011

33480 mi
one speaker broke down 
Volkswagen Tiguan in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2009 - Apr 2017
Aug 2010

14000 mi

C $185
squeaky accelerator pedal replaced under warranty 
Sep 2011

33480 mi
Pass headlight bulb had failed. 
Nov 2011

33480 mi
Low pressure tire light came on and could not be reset. Dealer reset and rebooted the computer then test drove the car. Warning light then went out. 
Jun 2013

53320 mi

C $100
noise in front end at parking lot speeds while turning 
Sep 2013

57040 mi
Low coolant light. Sensor was cleaned and level checked. No charge. 
Nov 2013

59520 mi
Nav unit has lost all words and labels on buttons. Basically unit has failed. 
Sep 2014

71300 mi
CEL came on diagnosed as intake manifold problem to be fixed under emission warranty. 
Oct 2014

71800 mi
Manifold replaced under warranty 
Apr 2015

76140 mi

C $600
Wheel bearing making noise 
Sep 2015

83700 mi

C $250
Coil failed 
Jun 2016

86800 mi

C $1200
front strut mount broke and rear spring broke 
Jan 2017

77600 mi
there was low rpm stumble/stutter between 50-60km/hr. told to run high octane 94 fuel first to see if that helped clean it up if not Dealership would try injector cleaner. This appears to have helped. 
Apr 2017

93620 mi

C $250
Coil failed 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Jersey, United States
May 2009 - Jul 2018
Apr 2011

18500 mi
Oil filter housing damaged during dealer service caused catastrophic lubrication failure 3 days later and engine seized. New engine block, etc. VW paid all costs, supplied loaner, although dealer did not admit to causing issue. 
Mar 2012

27000 mi

US $200
Tire pressure mgmt system sensors broke after tires were replaced (2 of 4). Dealer blamed on NTB tire dealer Although problems did not show up until a month or so after tires changed. 
Oct 2013

40300 mi
Water pump failed 
Oct 2014

50300 mi

US $660
panoramic sunroof leaked into interior. Drain tubes fell apart. Replaced tubes, headliner, retractable sun shade. VW and extended warranty paid 2/3 of the cost, I paid rest. 
May 2016

65000 mi

US $230
Bad spark plug replaced 100 miles earlier by VW dealer as part of regular service seemed to cause the related coil to fail. Coil replaced at my cost, plug was free. Feeling ripped off from though even after complaining to VW to no avail. 
Dec 2016

73000 mi

US $16
Headlight burned out after 3 years, owner replaced using aftermarket part 
Jan 2018

84000 mi

US $1000
2nd failed (cracked plastic where mounts to engine) water pump replaced for this car. Drive by wire throttle body repairs to prevent car from intermittently going into limp home mode (wiring replaced) 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Jersey, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2012
Nov 2009

10300 mi
tow hitch installed by dealer when new; lights failed to function on trip in september; brought to dealer @ regular service interval; need to bring car back to dealer to diagnose and repair 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Connecticut, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2013
Jun 2011

29000 mi
Water leak into interior from roof rack mount. Dealer replaced grommets and tightened mounts.  
Dec 2011

33000 mi
Stop Car - Check Coolant warning came on. Could not replicate, everything checked out OK. 
Jul 2012

38200 mi
Same cooling system problem. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

36000 mi

US $800
AC stopped working at 40 k miles. Dealer fixed under CPO warranty. Cost $800 if not under CPO. Car making high pitched noise. Took to dealer. They immediately knew the issue. It was a bad breather valve. Apparently very common for VW Tiguan. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2012
Aug 2012

28200 mi
Right rear window noisy when moving up and down. Question about part necessitated 3 trips before successful repair. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jul 2014
Feb 2009

7707 mi
After tow to dealer, replaced 10a fuse. No reason found for blown fuse. 
Mar 2009

9544 mi
10 a fuse had blown again but replaced by driver. Dealer tech identified frayed wires under steering column shorting to ground. Repaired wiring harness. 
Apr 2009

11814 mi
Lumbar adjustments on both front seats will not retain setting and works back to no support within 15 minutes of driving. VW tech rep and dealer tech disassembled seat, found not fault that could be repaired and left as a "design problem. 
Jul 2011

41384 mi
After a 200 km tow to dealer, rear differential and Haldex unit assembly replaced. 
Dec 2013

68200 mi

C $240
MIL on with code P2015 - Intake manifold flap position sensor implausible signal. Intake manifold replaced under extended warranty and intake ports de-coked. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2017
Feb 2012

34800 mi

US $150
Battery died - New Battery installed 
Jul 2012

39500 mi

US $210
Electronic Parking Break switch not working. Switch replaced. intake manifold replaced to stop check engine light water pump leak fixed 
Jun 2013

50000 mi

US $100
Musty odor from AC when turned on. Dealer thinks it because of spring rain. they cleaned the AC pipes and unit 
Apr 2014

56700 mi
Coolant started leaking at fast past. Engine light started flashing. Turns out Coolant Pump broken. Powertrain warranty covered it 
Aug 2014

60000 mi

US $173
EPC Light came on and car went into limp mode. Dealer Ran Diagnostics. Found Fault P0221. Throttle wiring issue. Performed TSB 011214. WV Real Driver Warranty (extended) covered cost. paid $100 as out of pocket deductible 
Jan 2017

59000 mi

US $1300
P030 and P0303 codes. Coil and spark plugs ok, but carbon build up on valves. Removed intake and cleaned. Dealership had recommended fuel additive every 6 months, which i had done but it didn't help avoid carbon buildup 
Feb 2017

84000 mi

US $1800
Upper and lower timing chain replacement 
Mar 2017

84000 mi

US $550
Got a Check Engine light. got P0301 & P0303 Codes. Engine Misfire. Took it into dealership, who used a camera to snake into engine and reported that valves are covered in carbon gunk. Was quoted $1300 to clean valves. Opted to do it at independent shop, they were cheaper than dealership ($550), Radiator Coolant Flush ($110), Oil Change 
Jul 2017

89000 mi

US $428
Airbag Light came one. Clock Spring replacement. $117.29 for diagnostics + $175.94 labor + $126 part = $428 
Sep 2017

90300 mi

US $422
Power Steering Light came on. Solid Yellow. Garage re programmed the steering wheel. No Charge, was fixed for free Engine Chirping as its running. Code P0171 Bank, P0507 idle control, P0301 cylinder misfire. Diagnosis - Needs new. Oil Separator (PCV). Labor $240.79. Parts - $181.74 
Oct 2017

91000 mi

US $290
Oil drops noticed on garage floor. around front passenger side tire. Diagnosed as leaking Oil Gasket. They rebuilt gasket and used an anaerobic sealant to rebuild and attach oil pan. Also did an oil change. Kept car overnight. they said sealant takes 24 hrs to cure before oil can be filled back in. $288 total - $175 labor. $26 parts. Oil change $64 + misc. 
Nov 2017

91000 mi
Oil leak continues. Noticed oil puddle on garage floor vs oil drops. Front passenger side. Took car back in. They refixed the Oil Gasket but used a different sealant this time. Was told the earlier fix didn't work. the anaerobic sealant used earlier works by sucking away surrounding oxygen and creating a seal. it didn't do its job. Used a different sealant this time. no charge. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2014
Dec 2013

60000 mi

US $250
Brake booster had a leak in the diaphram. Replaced brake booster. 
Mar 2014

65000 mi

US $100
Sunroof drain lines separated from fitting that connects to roof drain pan. Inferior design of drain tubes. I purchased new drain tubes, siliconed, and added marine grade adhesive heat shrink to fix the bad design. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Sweden
Dec 2012 - Oct 2016
Dec 2013

72540 mi

$200
Exchange of Bi-xenon bulbs, D1S. 
Jul 2014

75000 mi

$9000
Both electrical radiator fans have been replaced. Fans worked intermittent. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Maryland, United States
Apr 2009 - Jan 2014
Sep 2009

20000 mi
Intermittent wipers not working. Faulty tire pressure light. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ohio, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2015
Jun 2013

68000 mi

US $776
Pressure Control Valve failed, noticed performance change and much higher gas mileage. Went to dealer, was outside of warranty 
Nov 2013

79000 mi

US $886
PCV replaced (was making a very load screeching noise) 
Feb 2014

88000 mi

US $886
Oil Leak 
Mar 2014

89000 mi

US $66
Rear main seal failure, caused massive leak. Also the cam cover and transfer case found to be seeping. Just to fix the rear main seal cost estimate is 1065.00 +Tax. 
Apr 2015

175000 mi

US $10000
Timing chain slipped and engine was destroyed. Repair was so costly I couldn’t afford it and sold to the repair shop for $1,000 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Aug 2014
May 2013

49300 mi

US $350
Was receiving multiple "malfunction" notices on the care trip computer (little icons showing). Same issue continues to this day... the "dipped beams" that accompany the headlights when making turns continue to fail, both left and right. 
Jun 2013

50000 mi

US $300
Special turning headlamp continuously goes out and requires repair (since purchase). Multiple warning indicators displaying even though no problems existed. 
Sep 2013

55000 mi

US $287
Gas headlamp out, exceptionally high replacement cost (bulb itelself is $150). Note for cost of ownership Second gas headlamp went out following month. Another roughly $300 for a headlight. this car is only 4 years old. That's approximately $550 for headlights in 4 years! Ouch. 
Aug 2014

61000 mi

US $1100
Throttle body replacement 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

US $300
Replaced transmission fluid and filter 
Mar 2015

126000 mi
Removed headliner to reseal all four sunroof drains. 
Jun 2015

132000 mi
Panoramic sunroof sunshade failure. Removed back half of sunroof and replaced sunshade. 
Feb 2016

146000 mi

US $60
Replaced noisy camshaft chain tensioner 
Mar 2016

148000 mi

US $300
Water pump housing internal square flange/port failure. 
Jun 2016

154000 mi

US $187
Replace sunroof sunshade and stopped water leakage from the sunroof drains. 
Jan 2017

167000 mi
Water pump failure again, water pump housing broke causing a leak. It was replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2017

189000 mi

US $25
Fuel rail pressure sensor replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2016
Oct 2011

32000 mi
High speed fuel pump failed. Was replaced. Previously misdiagnosed by local dealership as loose part. Colorado dealership successfully repaired issue. 
Feb 2013

67000 mi

US $600
Ignition coils out 
Dec 2014

111000 mi

US $400
Ignition issues. 
Sep 2016

148000 mi

US $200
Engine seized 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2010 - Aug 2016
Jul 2016

79300 mi

US $1300
Head gasket repair. Head gaskets milled. 
Aug 2016

81000 mi
Main rear seal leak Throttle failed. Got two check engine light episodes first with no symptoms. EPC warning and check engine third time car not drivable. Had to tow. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2013
Jan 2013 Coolant light appeared without notice. Car undrivable and had to be towed to dealership all three times. Pump had to be replaced--third one in only 10 months. Also replaced intake manifold 3 months ago. 
Mar 2013

62000 mi
Check engine light back on again (suspected small evap leak). Unable to find issue with check engine light, so light reset. Small oil leak due to oil cap unable to seal. Part ordered to repair oil leak; repairs completed at end of week. Check engine light back on again (1 day after previous reset). Gas cap light also on. New gas cap needed. Part ordered and replaced. Sunroof leaking in 3 places. Service department had to remove headliner to inspect; cleaned drains and discovered faulty weld in sunroof frame. Sunroof frame had to be replaced. Headliner replaced and reinstalled too. 
Apr 2013

62300 mi
Check engine light on again. Found small evap leak (N80 valve leak). Part replaced and rechecked; passed test. 
Jul 2013

64000 mi
Check coolant/engine light again approx 6 months after last time replaced. Car towed and 4th water pump replaced in less than 2 years. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2011 - Nov 2017
Oct 2011

27280 mi
Electronic Power Control light on, loss of power, difficult to change gears. Replaced a connector under warranty as recommended in TSB. Switch for seat setting stopped working. Dealer replaced switch. 
May 2012

36240 mi
Minor oil leak caused by loose bolt holding oil pan. 
Apr 2017

80600 mi

C $4500
Replace water pump AWD electronic module fried because cover had holes and let water go inside. Major oil leak caused by defective main rear seal. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2018
Nov 2015

96600 mi
REPINNED THROTTLE VALVE WIRES 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Arizona, United States
Oct 2011 - Aug 2016
Nov 2011

27000 mi
Cracked neck on radiator. Repaired under factory warranty. 
Mar 2013

36000 mi
A fuse blew disabling the entire vehicle. The car had to be dragged up onto a flatbed. Dealer found a smaller than specified fuse had blown. I have never touched the fuses. Dealer fixed for free after calling VW tech hotline. 
Apr 2016

55500 mi

US $1156
Water pump leak. Replaced water pump in 3.5 hours while we waited. 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Namibia
Mar 2011 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

62620 mi
One of the engine sensors needed to be replaced. 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Singapore
Jun 2013 - Mar 2018
Aug 2013

52700 mi

$468
cracked air intake manifold flap lever. replaced complete manifold comes with sensor. software diagnostics and resets provided. 
Dec 2013

60140 mi

$140
Electronic handbrake switch intermittent fault. Switch replaced 
Aug 2014

68680 mi

$320
One ignition coil failure. Replaced all four. 
Dec 2017

123380 mi

$2500
Timing chain replacement 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Great Britain
Jul 2009 - Jan 2012
Jun 2010

22000 mi
Exhaust pressure warning light came on. Talked to the dealer he recomended bringing it in for repair as soon as possible although it was still ok to drive carefully. Engine management update required. Internal monitoring sensor replaced on the alarm system. VAG com detected the issue 
Nov 2010

27000 mi
wiper connecting arm popped off the ball joint under the panel below the windscreen. Dealer re-attached it. Problem recurs often now, I will have to take it back for more detailed work when weather allows. Window arm popped off ball joint under panel in front of windscreen. The Dealer reattached the wiper arm ball joints but the issue never came back due to no more snow build up below windscreen. 
Sep 2011

38000 mi
On MOT inspection rear suspension bump stops were found to be perishing. Parts ordered to be fitted at a later date. Bump stops replaced. Found schock absorbers to be faulty during repair. Parts ordered for repair at a later date. Shocks installed. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New South Wales, Australia
May 2009 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

19220 mi
Exhaust sensor faulty. 
Feb 2014

55060 mi

A $180
Bevel box drive shaft seal 
Dec 2014

65100 mi

A $1400
Drive shaft seals 
Feb 2015

66340 mi

A $400
Battery would not hold charge anymore so replaced it with another Varta battery 
Aug 2015

74680 mi

A $1200
New front shock absorbers 
Mar 2016

83700 mi

A $600
Auxiliary Circulation Coolant pump has failed and needed replacing 
Dec 2016

94240 mi

A $250
Front right bevel box seal leaking again, so replaced it and replenished differential oil to correct level Water pump replaced when timing belt changed has small leak. Noted and put in coolant sealer to try stopping leak. 
Jan 2017

70300 mi
Rear middle seatbelt stuck with seat folded down. Required removal a bottom seatbelt mount bolt to release. 
Jan 2018

104780 mi
Sump plug has very slow drip leak Front eft park light bulb failed. Cannot figure out how to replace. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Great Britain
Sep 2009 - Jul 2013
Sep 2010

12000 mi
Gearbox damaged cause unknown 
Jul 2011

17000 mi
Engine warning light came on. Took to dealer. Faulty sensor diagnosed and replaced. 
Jun 2012

24000 mi
Glow plug showed problem on computer 
May 2013

30900 mi
Fan on A/C failed 

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan in Great Britain
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
Sep 2013

62000 mi
Faulty aircon compressor since April 2013. Vw says no parts and have been to garage to get updates 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Repair Histories

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