fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,465 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan engine problems

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202014


  • 34,250 miles


I was pulling out onto a major road. The car had been running for at least 30+ minutes. I attempted to make a left turn into the middle lane. The car died and I was halfway into the lane. I was unable to get it restarted for a few mins. It eventually started again. There was no warning signs. The car just stopped running and came to an abrupt stop. I took the vehicle to oakland ca VW service and I was told that the fuel filter was changed. "sorry, we don't know what is wrong with it, there are no faults showing but if it keeps happening bring it back." Again, I was driving down a road at approximately 35 mph. The car shut off without any warning. There was no sputtering, no warning lights - nothing. Again the car came to an abrupt stop. I was kind of expecting another occurrence so I luckily was able to pull off to the right to avoid a traffic accident. I will be taking the car back into VW of oakland. I am due to leave the state for vancouver, Washington and then drive to Pennsylvania. At this point the problem is a cause for major concern over the safety of my family and myself. I am too worried that the car will shut off while driving down an interstate which can/could result in a major accident.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

May 172012


  • 680 miles
While slowly rolling to a stop the brakes locked up and did not engage. I had to apply severe force to the brake pedal. When I applied the force the brake pedal resisted and popped back twice before the vehicle finally stopped. Prior to this incident I have reported to VW and taken the vehicle in for issues with the transmission and the engine shaking. The car was returned to me 10 days prior to this incident. The two may or may not be related.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

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