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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,126 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan miscellaneous problems

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 162016


  • 2 miles


The car shifts gear very early at low speeds causing a lag in maintaining speed. This is done in the normal "D" select mode, and does not occur when driving in sport "S" mode.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #3

May 092016


  • miles
The bluetooth in my 2012 VW Tiguan has completely stopped working. VW said that the bluetooth is faulty and that I am out of warranty and they want to charge me $700 to fix my bluetooth.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 122013


  • 20,000 miles
While driving on a highway at approximately 35mph the vehicle shut down. I tried to re-start the engine and it did not start. The vehicle came to full stop. It took a while to re-start the engine. The first incident was repaired by a VW dealer, but I never got a clear explanation of what happened. The second incident happened last Sunday on a high traffic local road at about 45 mph. The vehicle shut down and again came to a full stop. It will not re-start.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #1

Jun 032015


  • 24,500 miles
This is an on going problem since the car was new. Having come to a momentary stop, for example in an intersection awaiting oncoming traffic to clear before proceeding to turn left, when again pressing on the accelerator the car lags for 1-2 seconds before finally beginning to accelerate. Very unnerving when oncoming traffic is bearing down. The problem seems endemic, a design issue, and very unsafe.

- Bronxville, NY, USA

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