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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 54 repairs.
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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (65%)

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Chart based on 43 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2015
Sep 2014

16000 mi

US $185
Engine was stalling when stopped. This was also a manufacturing recall. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

8100 mi
a/c directional control on engine start will get stuck directing air toward defrost for about a minute or so. especially on hot days. 
Aug 2013

20000 mi
directional control gets stuck on engine start and on a hot day will pump air to defrost. switch for light on passenger vanity mirror was defective. would not turn off when mirror closed. but would turn off when mirror opened 1/4" 
Jun 2014

41000 mi

US $1200
leak in water pump. water pump replaced 
Dec 2014

50000 mi

US $300
buildup in fuel injection. injectors replaced under extended warranty but cleaning required. 
Sep 2015

60000 mi
not sure if it was fuel system or transmission. it was jumping when accelerating but not always in the same gear or RPM 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

5500 mi
Car died while being driven. Dash lights indicated alternator and MIL check engine. Towed to Dealer. Scanned for trouble codes, ran GFFFAULT P0192 FUEL RAIL PRESSURE INTERMITTENT. Tested. Cleared Codes. Vehicle currently operating to specs 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Texas, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2018
Sep 2015

38000 mi

US $208
Battery had failed to start car twice previous day. Time for a new battery. Original lasted 2 years, 8 months. Battery is sealed tight, cannot add distilled water, Houston has a hot climate. Replaced with dealer battery. Pricing was fair. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
Feb 2017

46000 mi

US $50
Electric steering rack required replacement. After driving the vehicle for over an hour the steering wheel would shake back and forth when the engine was turned off. The same would happen upon re-start and the steering system malfunction light would turn on. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Oregon, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Oct 2015

54800 mi
Oil leaking. Needed a part tightened 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alabama, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

39000 mi
Engine light continues since 28,000 miles. Sometimes accelerator issues (stuttering or not working at all), EPC light, clicking noise. This is 5th time in shop in 4 months. Fuel pump replaced, but now carbon build up on pistol. Lemon. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Jun 2014

10000 mi
The engine died in the middle of driving. Wire harness defect caused the wire touching the engine. The wire harness was replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Nov 2017
Jan 2013

1000 mi
Rear drivers side door was hard to close. Striker was misaligned. 
Feb 2014

12000 mi
Trim piece that catches the lock mechanism or the center armrest came loose preventing full engagement of the lock in the up position. 
Apr 2017

47000 mi

US $350
XM receiver on factory radio died. Bought a new VW radio w/Nav on sale. Installed myself. 
Jul 2017

48500 mi

US $300
2 of the 4 ignition coils suddenly failed causing both an EPC & Check Engine fault light. VW claimed that this was NOT part of the powertrain warranty. Called VW customer service & they agreed to pay 50%. Head gasket seal & vacuum pump seal were leaking. Repaired under warranty. Numerous gaskets suddenly failed. 
Aug 2017

49500 mi
Water pump was leaking. Water pump + gaskets replaced. 
Nov 2017

52000 mi

US $200
Power window switch master. Solenoid for releasing the fuel filter door. Both components failed within a week of each other. Both components required complete replacement. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Florida, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2014
Jan 2013

1000 mi
AC pipe was routed too close to belt from factory. Cut into pipe and entire pipe had to be replaced. Along with new coolant. VW had car for 3 days because of part on order. Gave me good serv and loaner. 

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Colorado, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2017
Apr 2015

29000 mi
electric window switches needed repair, done under warranty 
Jun 2015

31000 mi
The sunroof squealed loudly when opening and closing. Dealer shop cleaned the mechanism and lubed it to eliminate the noise. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Oregon, United States
May 2016 - Apr 2018
Jun 2016

29000 mi

US $650
Suspension dampers are dmaged 
Mar 2017

36000 mi
The engine's support rubber was dry. It was making squeaking noises. A little grease on the rubber fixed everything. 
Jan 2018

39500 mi

US $600
Crankshaft sensor damage. Car jerking while being driven. Refrigerant pump damaged 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Illinois, United States
Oct 2016 - Jan 2019
Feb 2017

40000 mi

US $500
Replaced rear brake pads 
Oct 2018

80000 mi

US $65
Replaced leaking diverter valve. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2018
May 2017

40000 mi

US $160
Rotors were badly warped and required replacement. Brake pads required replacement as well. 
Jan 2018

49500 mi

US $158
Check engine light and car running very rough. Attached code scanner - error codes misfire in cylinders 1 & 3. Replaced coils and spark plugs. Spark plugs were covered with carbon. Replaced them earlier than recommended as a result. Cleared codes and engine runs well. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

12500 mi
Fuel pump went bad at 12K miles. Engine cut out immediately 
Oct 2014

15300 mi
Rubber from the sunroof was coming off 
Sep 2015

24000 mi
Mud flap fell off due to screws missing.... More problems with sunroof 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Sep 2016
Jan 2014

19780 mi
The hatch would not open again. Took the car in 8 times before they discovered a leak in the hatch area. It was then fixed and the problem has not come back. 
Oct 2015

32840 mi
The bluetooth stopped working and had to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Virginia, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

8000 mi
TPMS system inactive. 
Sep 2014

23000 mi
A couple instances last winter where the vehicle started, then stalled shortly after while pulling out of the driveway. A search online suggested that the fuel pump could be at fault. Didn't reoccur, so did nothing until fuel pump recall notice received. 
Mar 2016

46000 mi
Air con was not blowing cold; needed another recharge of system. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Michigan, United States
Aug 2013 - Jul 2018
Oct 2015

21300 mi
Check engine light activated. Car drove fine as it always has. Dealer reported that turbo waste gate was seized and replaced entire turbo asm.(that is how they service the waste gate). Left car overnight. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Alberta, Canada
May 2013 - Jul 2018
Nov 2013

7300 mi
When idling at a stoplight, sometimes the engine/brake will 'catch' itself and the brake pedal depress deeper into the floor. The tech checked it out, couldn't find the problem and deemed it safe. 
Apr 2014

13520 mi
gradual change in transmission over since bought car - shifts too early when not accelerating; shift through 3 gears to 6th @ 60 kmph when tach at only 2. Dealer tested, tech said it met specs; no code met, all within normal limits. 
Jan 2015

12420 mi
Wash fluid indicator light malfunction - always on. Cause was faulty fluid tank, replaced under warranty 
Jun 2016

44640 mi
Door locks not working properly. Replaced 2 doors. 
Dec 2017

60760 mi

C $250
Fuel Pump module had faults when tested for cold start issues 
Apr 2018

60760 mi

C $120
door latch wouldn't lock or arm, initially tested fine, still present, then dealer willing to replace them. Still under warranty. 

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Western Australia, Australia
May 2014 - Oct 2016
Sep 2014

11160 mi
Alternator made a loud grinding noise. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Tiguan in Korea, South
Dec 2012 - Jun 2017
Jan 2015

11360 mi

Battery replacement 

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 4dr SUV

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

Volkswagen Tiguan in Great Britain
Jan 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2014

29000 mi
Electronic handbrake failed to disengage manually. On test drive technician found it to be sticking despite showing it was off 
Jan 2015

29700 mi
All four alloy wheels showing signs of 'feathering' 
Aug 2015

41800 mi
Windscreen wipers turned themselves on & wouldn't switch off. Screen wash failed to work also. Problem intermittent. Dealer couldn't reproduce fault but diagnosis showed circuit failure in water pump which they don't believe. Wipers now work 
Apr 2016

52000 mi
Slight rear right diff leak 
Sep 2017

70000 mi
Post emissions fix: loss of power/torque, increased engine noise, poor MPG, start/stop function intermittent due to regen. 

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