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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,937 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 232018


  • 168,835 miles


The Touareg made some rattling noise while I was driving at 35 mph. As soon I stopped and made it my destination and turned off the car the car wouldn't start up. I took it to the dealership and the dealership couldn't figure out why the car wouldn't start. Finally, after a well over a week, they determined that I needed to replace all six fuel injectors. The fuel injectors got replaced now the car turns on but as soon as you step on the gas the car dies.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #4

Apr 012017


  • miles
Drive it short distance and it won't start again for hours! have taken it to VW to put on brakes and asked them to check it out, found nothing! they have known about this recall since April 2017 shows air bag light on all the time !

- Cascade, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 012015


  • 49,850 miles
Airbag warning light comes on after changing battery. Local mechanics can't turn it off. Dealer wants large amount to "diagnose" the problem. Several other owners have the same issue with the seatbag warning system coming on randomly...very dangerous...and VW knows about the problem. Has been happening for years. The other issue is with the engine...the 2004 Touareg engine blew at less than said we must have driven the car when it was hot. Just nonsense. Several others have had major problems with the Touaregs.. engine problems and the transmissions/engines surge on slowing down or even speeding up. Tons of problems with the vehicle line and VW America and germany will not do anything about. The engine blew when it was about 100 degrees outside.. we always service our vehicles regularly.

- El Dorado Springs, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 012006


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg. While driving at 45 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front passenger side of the vehicle and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was difficult to depress. The contact had to apply force to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. All warning lights illuminated on the instrument cluster. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times. The contact was unsure about what repairs were performed however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 122013


  • 90,000 miles
Car stalls, skips gears, jerks, when coming from a full stop to accelerating jerks and pull really hard going into 1st and 2nd gear, , took it to the dealer after paying 800 dollar they could find anything wrong, , and that was VW dealer.... I've been seein alot of the same complaints for this specific model and year, can some please let me know if Volkswagen is not going to take responsibility for this issue atleast tell me what could be wrong, so I can fix it and get rid of this stupid car. Im better off with an american car...

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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