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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,302 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 102010

Touareg 6-cyl

  • 46,605 miles


Every time the car is started the warning light shows that the parking brake is engaged. I never use the parking brake. I have talked to the dealer and they say that the parking brake pedal needs to be "hand lifted" to clear the warning light. When I tried this it did clear the warning light from the dash. My question is why would my parking brake be engaged if I never have used the parking brake" it may just be some malfunction with their warning lights or sensors, but how I am I to know if this is a real parking brake warning"

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Sep 092004

Touareg 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took delivery of my 2004 VW Touareg on 7-11-04. By 9-9-04 it was having problems. It has been in 6 times for electrical problems, 3 times for the ac, 3 times for the battery, and 1-2 times for other things. Tomorrow, I will be taking it in again for further A/C problems, brakes that catch on their own while in drive, intermittent faulty triggering of tire pressure monitoring system, and a hole that I discovered only day in the fire blanket under the hood. Apparently the engine heat has been burning a hole in it and has burned away a hole right through the blanket to the hood itself, but not through the hood yet. This car has meant time lost from work and an inordinate amount of time spent in the shop and paying for rental cars. This car is a fire and safety hazard. Fairfax county consumer protection (roy seger) had contacted VW as this car falls under the lemon law. VW responded that they would not comply, stating that they had fixed the battery. Their response failed to account for the multitude of other problems...and now this. I have never felt so powerless. Is there anything you can do to help??

- Dunn Loring, VA, USA

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