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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,331 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012011


  • 50,000 miles


Smell of gas after refueling -- apparently similar to mercede Benz --dealer reports the gaskets at the top of the fuel tank have failed for a repair cost of $8-900.00: Water cooled alternator failure requiring $8-900.00

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #2

May 102008


  • 54,750 miles
Fuel supply line separated at a connection between hose and fitting that is secured by a pressure crimp. Location is directly adjacent to and above engine block. My engine was cool enough that a fire was not started, but had the engine been hot it certainly would have been disastrous.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #1

May 152005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,242 miles
I currently own a 2005 V-6 Volkswagen Touareg. The vehicle has less than 15,000 miles. Approximately 3 months after owning vehicle, the vehicle exemplified obvious shifting concerns as well as poor gas mileage. The transmission was replaced in hopes to correct the issues described above, however, it has not improved. I was asked to drive the vehicle for at least another 6 months to a year, to break it in. In this time, my car has worsened. The shifting is more erratic, losing power, jumping gears, and nearly stalling when taking off from a stop and at intersections. As a result of the erratic shifting, I have been nearly rear-ended. My car has been in 5 times for 3 to 8 days at a time. The dealership has not been able to duplicate this issue, since it has replaced the transmission. The only service the manufacturer has done to my vehicle in hopes to correct the poor shifting and poor gas mileage (11-12 mpg) is computer software updates. None of which have ever fixed the problems. In addition, with each month that passes, new mechanical problems arise. The seat adjustments fail, along with the radio, the trunk hatch, the airbag, etc. The car overheats and smoke comes from the tires & wheels, of which the manufacturer took notice to, but could not determine the cause. The service department at Volkswagen has had 5-6 attempts to service the multiple problems since May 2005 and it is now January 07 and my car is still in the shop for the same problems. In addition, the tires (w/ pads/rotors (sp?) are completely worn, and the vehicle has only 12K miles.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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