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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,350 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.

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 022013


  • 12,000 miles


Several times while driving my SUV many failure indicator lights indicating epc failure, tire monitoring system failure, license plate light not working, left turn signal not working, brakes lights do not light up, ESC not functioning. Trunk also will not unlock. It seemed like every system warning light this car has came on showing system failures. Everytime this has happened my car loses power and barely wants to move or stalls all together having the automobiles behind me almost rear end my SUV. This SUV with these problems is a accident waiting to happen & someone if not me driving these SUV's will get into an accident if VW doesn't find the right problem to correct this safety issue so many owners are having the same electrical problems I read online plus the ones who have filed a complaint already.

- Tamworth, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 172012


  • 28,700 miles
For no apparent reason many indicator lights signal at the same time indicating tire monitoring system not available, license plate light not working, left turn signal not working, brakes lights do not light up, ESC not functioning. Trunk also will not unlock. It can be reset (I think, it worked on one episode) by multiple (10-15 times starting and restarting car) as this default has only happened a few times and I have been away from home I am unsure exactly what resets it. Starting and restarting the vehicle this many times can not be good for the vehicle engine etc. The vehicle system did this error a few times over a couple of days, stopped then starting doing it again. Vehicle drives differently when the error occurs. It starts out from a stopped position and the vehicle feels more like it is driving with the rear tires and feels like it is slipping. These defaults are extremely dangerous, had to drive home post snow storm with all of these malfunctions, no brake lights and no left turn signal and no ESC. Vehicle only has 28,700 miles on it.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

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