hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,710 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Eos drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Volkswagen Eos Owner Comments

problem #4

May 282015


  • 101,841 miles


First incident (many more to follow) occurred while driving downhill on highway. The entire dash panel appeared to have gone haywire and then car just turned off. Coasted off of the road and was towed down the hill. Charged the battery and it started just fine, for about 20 miles, then the same thing occurred and car turned off. Had car towed to dealership, after diagnosis, had fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator and gasket replaced. During their test drive, car stalled out again. Had to also replace alternator, freewheel pulley and battery. Picked up car, before I even got home engine lamp came on again, took back to dealership in a closer location to me. Now the problem was turbo underboost and evap system leaks, reccommended replacement of turbo purge valve, evap purge valve and evap vent hose. Volkswagen is aware of and has had many complaints for these same problems, yet they have done nothing about it, and can only apologize to their customers that they are having a problem with "their" particular vehicle. I am concerned that my vehicle will not even pass smog next year at this rate, given I could not find any smog records at all for this vehicle...is it possible to fake a smog check to dmv and re-sell a lemon?? I was definitely duped!

- Isleton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 302011

Eos 4-cyl

  • miles
The car slipped out of gear and the engine revved up to 5K rpms almost got hit from behind due to the rapid reduction in my speed. This is the 4th time this transmission has been worked on and VW will not work with me to remedy the problem for a reasonable price.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 302012

Eos 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The car unexpectedly jumps gears when slowing down and or speeding up. The problem is especially bad while going in reverse. After a bit of research, it looks like this is an issue with the dsg component of the transmission that many people have experienced in this model/make of the Eos. This unexpected jumping and jerking has the potential to cause an accident on the road.

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011


  • 66,000 miles
Vehicle lurched during start of acceleration. Also sounded and felt like it was searching for a gear and couldn't find it. Slamming of gears felt and heard - intermittently. Took to local dealership and it was immediately taken in and the clutch plates were replaced. Previous work recorded was the replacement of the mechtronic unit. So far after 100 miles the issue appears better but not totally relieved. Still slight hesitation between gears. No slamming. Also previously parking on a hill was an issue. No roll stop without brakes or braking. Now after repair the vehicle will stop rollback after 1 ft.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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