hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,757 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg electrical problems

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042014


  • 104,098 miles


I am the owner of a 2005 VW Touareg which recently had the air bag warning light come on and stay on. I took the Touareg to a Volkswagen dealer where I was charged $104.48 for a diagnostic test. The diagnostic test provided the stored fault code of 01218, front side passenger airbag ignitor upper limit exceeded, thus recommending replacement of the airbag wiring harness for $320 estimate. It is my understanding that this is a known manufacturers defect that VW addressed with the NHTSA by a Touareg service pack/customer satisfaction campaign in late December 2006 where vvv replaced the subject defective harnesses at no expense to Touareg owners. The VW assistant service manager informed me that according to the vehicle records this replacement was not performed on my Touareg. Please advise why this defective airbag wiring harness was not replaced during this campaign. Based upon my concern as a safety and health professional, and my review of the information and files available from NHTSA concerning the previous investigation of this problem in 2006, I believe that vws failure to continue to correct this problem needs to be addressed by NHTSA for consideration of reopening of this investigation. As stated in the ODI resume for investigation: PE 06-022, subject: SRS warning light illumination, ".the Agency reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances." I expect NHTSA will request data from VW on how many VW Touaregs have reported, or been diagnosed with this problem since 2006, and how many owners have paid VW or other repair facilities to replace these air bag wiring harnesses and related equipment. The Touareg service pack/customer satisfaction campaign in late December 2006 where vvv replaced the subject defective harnesses at no expense to Touareg owners was an action taken at that time to avoid a recall. Reconsider!

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #7

Dec 162014

Touareg 6-cyl

  • 74,218 miles
Both left and right headlights failed and would not operate in low beam mode. Upon inspection, I noted that the insulation for the wiring inside each headlight unit was brittle, cracked and in some cases the insulation had fallen completely off. This caused both headlights to ground out and fail, potentially hazardous during vehicle operation and a potential fire hazard.

- West Milford, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 012014

Touareg 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
It's not letting me select any parts there is a glitch in this website. It is my entire wiring system! has cost us 100S of dollars!

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012011


  • 50,000 miles


Smell of gas after refueling -- apparently similar to mercede Benz --dealer reports the gaskets at the top of the fuel tank have failed for a repair cost of $8-900.00: Water cooled alternator failure requiring $8-900.00

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012007

Touareg 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Volkswagen Touareg. Consumer states when he inserts the key into the ignition to start the vehicle, it does not start. The consumer stated if he removed the key, pressed the lock button and then the unlock the button on the key fob, then try again, the vehicle generally started up. When the vehicle did not start, the vehicle would have to be towed, as the transmission would not shift out of park. The consumer stated the vehicle has been to the dealer 12 times to correct the same issue. To date, the access/start module was replaced four times, the steering column was replaced three times, the ignition switch was replaced twice, the J519 vehicle electrical control unit and battery were also replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 232008


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg. The contact stated that he experienced an electrical failure. The check engine light and the headlights warning light illuminated intermittently. He took the vehicle to the dealer 6 to 8 times and when the dealer performed the diagnostics test, no codes were produced. He called the manufacturer and was told that they would repair the defect between July and September 2010 free of charge. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 78,000. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #2

May 152005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,242 miles
I currently own a 2005 V-6 Volkswagen Touareg. The vehicle has less than 15,000 miles. Approximately 3 months after owning vehicle, the vehicle exemplified obvious shifting concerns as well as poor gas mileage. The transmission was replaced in hopes to correct the issues described above, however, it has not improved. I was asked to drive the vehicle for at least another 6 months to a year, to break it in. In this time, my car has worsened. The shifting is more erratic, losing power, jumping gears, and nearly stalling when taking off from a stop and at intersections. As a result of the erratic shifting, I have been nearly rear-ended. My car has been in 5 times for 3 to 8 days at a time. The dealership has not been able to duplicate this issue, since it has replaced the transmission. The only service the manufacturer has done to my vehicle in hopes to correct the poor shifting and poor gas mileage (11-12 mpg) is computer software updates. None of which have ever fixed the problems. In addition, with each month that passes, new mechanical problems arise. The seat adjustments fail, along with the radio, the trunk hatch, the airbag, etc. The car overheats and smoke comes from the tires & wheels, of which the manufacturer took notice to, but could not determine the cause. The service department at Volkswagen has had 5-6 attempts to service the multiple problems since May 2005 and it is now January 07 and my car is still in the shop for the same problems. In addition, the tires (w/ pads/rotors (sp?) are completely worn, and the vehicle has only 12K miles.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Touareg 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
2005 VW toureg, lots of electrical failures, had 04 also traded on lemon deal--said kinks were worked out not true our SUV has been in the shop so many times for long periods of time I have lost count.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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