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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 
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)... 

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

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 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 California, United States
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
Feb 2014

63300 mi

US $700
Carbon buildup on pistons caused by direct injection 
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. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

30000 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 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 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
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 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
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 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 Costa Rica
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

45880 mi

$75
damage ignition coil 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 

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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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