Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: VW gave the Tiguan a facelift with new headlights, a fancier grille, and improved performance. Unfortunately they didn't address what gave most 2010 owners headaches --- engine problems.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan brakes problems

brakes problem

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 232013


  • 37,000 miles


The parking brake sets itself whenever the vehicle is in park. Also, when you depress the brakes and come to a stop, it will not roll forward or move until the gas is pressed. The necessity of pressing the gas to move at all is also the case in reverse.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 032011


  • 10,000 miles
Sporadic, complete brake failure. Brakes fail to catch, petal depressed to the floor does not initiate any braking. Once brakes are completely released and pushed again brakes finally catch. This issue occurs at different speeds, sometimes right after car is started, other times after it has been running a while. Has occurred 5-7 times in the last year. VW technicians cannot reproduce, so will not do anything to fix. Lucky there has been enough stopping distance in the previous instances to pus the brakes twice, but this presents a safety hazard to those in the Tiguan and surrounding cars.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

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