fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,080 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 282008


  • 44,000 miles


Multiple engine light failures for over 4 years. Engine light came on and engine shut down immediately while wife was on the freeway. Very dangerous...essentially no warning. Have replaced wiring harness in the vehicle and have had it in the shop for electrical issues many times. Unsafe handling and acceleration...car jumps forward at stops while it is downshifting. Think the transmission, tires and brakes should be tested. Think you will find they are defective. Engine blew up at 44,000 miles. Very dangerous car..and you will find other Touaregs with similar issues. Should be recalled.

- El Dorado Springs, MO, USA

problem #9

Feb 102007

Touareg 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving the 2004 Volkswagen torgue with 31000 failure mileage at any rate of speed the tps monitoring system light turned on, and staysed on until the vehicle was restarted a couple of times. Also, the vehicle pulled to the front passenger side and was wearing out the tires and brakes on that side.

- Newbury, MA, USA

problem #8

Apr 012006


  • miles
Tires keep getting worn out.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 282006


  • miles


Alignment: Since its purchase the car was not properly aligned. I took it to the dealer several times, at the 5,000 miles, 10,000 miles, and 20,000 miles services. It was not fixed at all. The repair sheet stated that car was fixed to the manufacturer's standards. At the 20,000 miles service I requested the car to repaired before I take it back. The dealer told me that due to the uneven tires there was no way for them to repair the alignment, and that the only way to fix it properly was to replace the tires first. I replaced the tires and brought the car back. The dealer had the car in the shop for three days the first time. When I tested the car after the first time it was not fixed. I took it back and had a dispute with the technician. When other technicians tested the car the dealer decided to keep for repair. The car was at the shop for two days. When it was finally done, the car had the same problem. Computer system: Lights and signals periodically stop working. Gas sensor periodically stops working for days. Cd player. Periodically skips and does not work. Transmission: Periodic jerking when shifting to lower speeds. Screeching sound comes from the front right side after 20 -30 minutes of driving. Tires were worn out after 10,000 miles.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 282005

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Consumers vehicle is experiencing erratic shifting. When accelerating from a stop car will hesitate and jerk. This problem seems to only occure whil the transmission is in lower gears. The vehicle has been taken to the deler at least three times but they have not been able to locate or fix the problem. The consuemr has also contacted tehe manufcature but they provided no assistance. The tire have excessive wear at only 16000 miles.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #5

Sep 212005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,800 miles
Dunlop grandtrack 8000 255X60X17 tires are worn to the wear line (all4) after 20955 miles. Tires are on 2004 VW. Tires were inspected and show no problems other than wear. Dunlop will not replace, VW has not replaced tires. Tires on a $42K vehicle should last longer than 21,000 miles. Replacement is est at $1154

- Grantsville, UT, USA

problem #4

Aug 072005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I am having trouble with my VW Touareg V6. Since then I have had numerous visits to the dealer for failures in design. Footlight would not shut off when the car was off due to trunk door latch being broken at time of purchase. Tires were wearing faster than normal and the alignment was bad. I was given new tires, however, when I asked if this could happen again, I was told yes and they were unsure what VW would do in the future. Tire pressure light goes on and off at any time. I was told this was a malfunction that happens when you have numerous computer options. It came on after a tire rotation and oil change and the dealer said "don't worry, it will reset itself and go off".radio has mysteriously stopped working for 24 hours at a time. Car has actually been dead on two occasions and has left me stranded. I was told by the dealer that the battery in the Touareg can't support the car and the computer modules. I was told there was nothing that could be done about this as the battery was fully charged. I was told this was a mistake by VW and I would have to live with it. I was also told to not drive in the city as this makes the problem much worse. I was told that they aren't sure how that happened, but simply resetting the car made it return. Cd player would not work, car was "reset". I find this car to be the biggest joke ever made. I unfortunately am over the mileage for the lemon law in Maine (I have 27,000miles on the car). I really think things are getting worse in my car the longer I have the thing. My biggest concern with the car is that there is a possibility it could stop working at any moment. I feel I should not have to carry a self jumping system in a practically brand new $34,000 car. I was also told by my dealership when I stated I was thinking of selling the car, that they didn't blame me as they had heard a lot of people say that about the Touareg. Yeah, I feel really safe with this car. I think it is time someone do something about this car and VW.

- Durham, ME, USA

problem #3

Jun 212005

Touareg 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
VW Touareg 2004. The contact states that the air bag sensor is on; this means the air bags are disabled. The air bags have been repaired once, but it happened again. The vehicle will be taken in to a service dealer today. Also, at 9,000 miles all four tires had to be replaced. The service dealer stated that it was unusual wear from the vehicle, and to contact the tire manufacturer.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 252005

Touareg 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Concerns regarding the perrelli tire equipment on the 2004....the tires on this vehicle were much too soft for the weight of this vehicle. The tires wore out in less than 8000 miles. This created a dangerous situation on the roadways not onlly for this vehicle but for other vehicles as wellvolkswagagen's policy is to replace two tires, forcing consumers to pay for the other tires.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Touareg 4WD

  • 11,000 miles
Tires on SUV does not support the weight of the vehicle. The consumers 2004 VW toureg needed new tires at 11000 miles. The tires the vehicle came with were dunlop 255/60R17 106H. The consumer stated that the book gives an example of an 18 inch tire stating that consumers should make sure the tire supports the weight of the vehicle.

- Craig, CO, USA

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