hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,108 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg fuel system problems

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152015


  • 110,000 miles


Small cracks developed in the fuel filter flange on the fuel tank resulting in fuel leaking out when the drivers door was opened or when the car was running. This resulted in large amounts of gasoline leaking onto my garage floor. The flange was replaced. This is an identical problem that is being experienced by the Audi Q7 which has the identical VW part number for the affected part. The NHTSA recall number for that problem is 16V60000 if you have a Touareg, Porsche cayenne, or Audi Q7 (they all have the same part) and you smell gasoline, do not open the drivers door. Doing so primes the fuel system putting the flange under pressure causing large amounts of fuel to leak out.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 092014


  • 141,323 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading. In addition, the fuel tank leaked gasoline continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis, who recommended that the vehicle be inspected by an authorized dealer. The vehicle was not inspected by an authorized dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 141,323.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012

Touareg 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Vehicle has been emitting an odor of gas for some time. Upon investigation, I found that the fuel filter (accessed under the rear seat but part of the fuel tank) had a 1/8" crack in the top of the filter assembly. This crack would leak gasoline while the engine was running and even after the engine stopped (likely due to the fuel system still being pressurized). Leaked gasoline was found throughout the top of the gas tank observed through two ports under the rear bench seat. I did some research on a popular Touareg website and found that 1 or 2 other people have experienced the same problem. I suspect this is a fire hazard given the amount of fuel that has been leaked. And others have experienced a leak emanating from the same location.

- Forest, VA, USA

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