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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,245 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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2004 Volkswagen Touareg brakes problems

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 152006


  • miles


I have had my 2004 VW Touareg since June 2006 and have had problem after problem with the vehicle. The catalytic converter went out within 6 weeks of buying the car, the drive shaft had to be replaced, the air conditioning compressor had to be replaced, the brakes have had to be replaced and I am getting another "check brake pads" error again, the tire monitoring system continually tells me I have a flat, the radio amplifier was making a loud cracking so the dealership replaced a fuse and blew the 2 back speakers (which they would not fix, hewlett VW in georgetown, Texas), the auto differential is going out. There seems to be no end in sight for repairs.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 112008


  • 27,895 miles
Screeching brakes. The brakes were screeching for the past three months and the VW dealership replaced the pads and disc. After three attempts, I was told that the screeching is normal. Also, since I bought the SUV in setptmber 2004, I have been having an alignment problem which resulted in excessive tire wear. The dealer did numerous alignments and I changed all four tires( 3 times), but the problem still exists. The vehicle only has about 28,000 miles.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #8

Jan 282005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 VW Touareg with tire failure and key programming. Consumer states he had to replace the tires due to a puncture in one of the sidewall tires. The second key received needed to be programmed and dealer charged him for programming. The consumer stated he gets low gas mileage. When the vehicle was returned to the consumer, the tire monitoring system would come on and go off repeatedly. The drive shaft was replaced due to a vibration when making turns. The front brakes needed to be replaced.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 282005

Touareg 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg. The warning tone of the tire pressure monitoring system sounds intermittently. In addition, the headlights failed, and the vehicle pulled to the right sporadically and without warning. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The contact possessed the repair invoices. The failure mileage began at 100. The consumer stated the failures continue, she has had multiple problems with this vehicle brake rotors replace at 15,000 miles, brake pads had to be replaced at 18,000 miles, two tires replace at 16,000 miles, tps lights continue to go on and off been fixed, four new tires at 30,000 miles. The consumer states that there have been 9 recalls and tps lights still in failure. Update 05/04/07

- Newbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 022006

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,880 miles
Volkswagen 2004 Touareg sport utility 4D has serious alignment problems resulting in premature tire wear on all 4 tires! front 2 tires are down to metal showing with only 19,880 miles. Car has been in for all scheduled services and rotations. Almost lost control of car while driving! also, pre-mature wear of front & back brakes & pads due to the alignment/tire problems! condensation on front windshield that defogger does not remove. Fuel injection recall that on service bulletin stated it could result in a fire if not fixed! tire pressure monitoring system failure, esp failure, computer software failure!

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 232006

Touareg 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
I brought a Volkswagen Touareg. This vehicle has a lot problems with the brake and engine. So I filed a lemon request. Last month, VW asked me to drop this vehicle to VW dealer to investigate the brake problem. On March 23, the VW expert test drove my Touareg and had an accident because the brakes failed. There is a police report. The rear wiper made a clicking noise. Updated 05/04/06. The check engine light illuminated. The dealer replaced the engine control module. The transmission control module was updated. Updated 06/01/06.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Feb 012005

Touareg 8-cyl

  • 9,029 miles
Volkswagen Touareg 2004 does not stop in inclement weather. All four tires were practically bald and the vehicle needed an alignment. The front tires were slightly more worn than the rear. Also, the clock was inoperative and the brakes would lock up on snowy conditions.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 102005

Touareg 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
6/04 & 9/04 - took vehicle in to dealership to check brake efficiency & squealing noise. Both times dealership reported no problem and brake noise was created by brake dust & was normal. 2/05 - brakes failed and caused car accident.

- Wadsworth, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 152005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,244 miles
While pulling into the apt. Parking lot the brakes failed and the steering wheel locked, there was an alert on the control screen but I am not sure what it said. As a result the car drove over a fire hydrant and hit the trunk of a car parked next to the hydrant. Both front wheels were damaged and the drivers side wheel came completely off. There were no physical injuries and only one person (tom) was involved in the accident. The police were called and the officer stated that the brakes felt "mushy." No tickets were issued. Still waiting for a adjuster to view the cars involved. The car was purchased new in Aug. And was taken back to the service center twice within a month. First for an air bag problem, 2 for a brake warning light. They did not do a diagnostic fr the brakes they only changed a light bulb. The warning light came a went sporadically before this service.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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