Notes: VW gave the Tiguan a facelift with new headlights, a fancier grille, and improved performance. Unfortunately they didn't address what gave most 2010 owners headaches --- engine problems.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,297 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan fuel system problems

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152016


  • 49,000 miles


On four separate occasions the car has lost power while in drive on city streets. First occasion April 23 2014 the coolant/water pump failed as did fuse. May 23 fuel pump failed and fuel pump panel. July 28 car died while driving due to faulty fuel injector. Yesterday Aug 15 2016 car again lost power while driving on city streets and had to be towed (fourth time with less than 50K miles) to dealer. I am awaiting diagnosis but no longer feel safe in the vehicle. Twice I was fortunate that police officers showed up and were able to push my car out of traffic and to safety but at this point I believe VW should take action to replace the car as it has clearly proven a safety hazard for myself and others on the road. Respectfully submitted, donna osborne.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152015


  • 55,486 miles
The vehicle was on the freeway doing 70mph and the engine suddenly began knocking and could not sustain highway speeds. Had to stop by the side and then slowly take the next exit. On taking it to the dealer, the mentioned the ign coils & spark plugs were faulty and I had to pay to have them replaced with new part number. Vehicle had only 55K miles on it and had routine maintenance performed on it.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 042014

Tiguan 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Car lost power and lurched, engine light started flashing, car would not drive over 20-30 mph. Was able to pull car over off of 2-lane road. Could not start car. Had to have a tow. This is the second time that there has been a fuel injection system problem and the first happened almost a year ago. The fuel pump was "bad" according to the service department. Car was repaired, along with a replaced fuel injector (2nd time). Picked up car and proceeded to leave the dealer. Car was driving like a truck and would not go over 30 mph. Engine light repeatedly flashing, bad fumes in car. Was able to get out of traffic and turn around and make it back to the dealer. Today it's the coil. And "this is a fluke" and can happen at anytime. They are replacing the coil, but now when will the next one happen? this 2011 Tiguan has had numerous fuel problems since I bought it. Also, I did experience the external lights recall issue and this was fixed earlier this year. Seems there is a lot wrong with this car and now I have no idea when the next issue will happen and where I will be when that happens!

- Inwood, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 262013

Tiguan 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
This car does not feel safe. Several times the car has just stopped. Stopped at a traffic light and started to go and car just died. No lights, no warning. I start up the car, move forward and get ready to pull out into traffic and car just dies. VW said they need to have warning lights or something so they can get the information from the computer and since there are none, it won't tell them anything. Even in high-speed driving it sometimes feels like there is a lull or that fuel is not be injected. Car does not feel safe. I only use premium gas and keep it above 1/4 of a tank as well. I do not trust this car. Unfortunately, I cannot change it out at this time.

- Inwood, WV, USA

problem #1

Sep 162013


  • 28,000 miles
When trying to leave a parking spot, car stalled. Was able to put car in park and restart car. Took to dealer and a fuel sending relay was replaced. Had the car in the shop 6 months prior for the electrical issue reported multiple times on this model. Dealer said they replaced the high pressure fuel pump. Incident occurred again. Car returned to shop and this time they said it was the fuel pump again. Thankfully this did not occur on highway as others have experienced, but now don't have faith in this vehicle. VW would not help repair costs as car is now (third incident) over the warranty mileage. Would not purchase again!

- Houston, TX, USA

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