definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,448 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg transmission problems

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 152005


  • 11,000 miles


I have a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg it has been in the shop for repairs and or problems and re-calls since day one. But my biggest problem seems to be the stepper motor problem which has been tearing my tires to threads. Since day one we have taken this vehicle to the VW dealer and complained about the tires skipping and chugging on the pavement as you turn at slow speeds. This is apparently from what I found out to be caused by this stepper motor. But I did not find that out through any of the service people or mechanics from VW dealerships. Apparently there is a simple fix of some software update. But no dealerships have a working cd for this so-called software update. This vehicle has been parked in my garage and I do not use it often as I cant afford to keep replacing my tires. The skipping of the tires when U turn is cupping them and making the tires very loud while you drive. All I have been told from VW dealers from New Jersey to Maine is that this vehicle is suppose to do that. That's what I have been told since I bought this vehicle new. It wasn't till I joined a club called club Touareg that I then found all this information about the problems with my 2005 VW Touareg. I also have this vehicle aligned every 2-3 even 4 times a year because of the problems with this vehicle. My thought are that this is a very un safe vehicle to drive and someone needs to stand up and help us consumers out. How can a vehicle manufacture be able to produce and sell a vehicle with this amount of problems" do we have to wait for someone to die" before something is done. VW should be made to have to recall all these lemon vehicle that the so poorly made and that our great government has allowed them to sell. But guess your to busy with the economy, the oil spill and yeah Toyota and don't forget that last one. So do something people stand up for us. There are many people out there with this same Volkswagen Touareg problem who unlike me don't no why there tires are being chewed off.

- Vienna, ME, USA

problem #4

May 272010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg. While driving at 35 mph, the contact heard an unusual rattling noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where a defect was found in the driveshaft. The contact called the manufacturer who confirmed their knowledge of the failure but would provide no assistance. The vehicle was repaired at the contacts expense. In addition, the transmission valves were defective. The vehicle was currently at the dealership awaiting repairs. The current and failure mileages were approximately 70,000.

- Fallen, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 172008


  • 30,000 miles
This 2005 Touareg has given me problems since I got. First it was always the headlights that gave me trouble, then the tires wore out way before the time, the braking system had to be replaced all the way around at about 30,000, now the transmission is slipping or jumping, the coating on the door and on the heating vents is peeling off, I had to have the lock on the door fixed cause that never worked. This truck has been a serious problem since I got it and I feel like it is a lemon.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008


  • miles
I purchased a used 2005 V-6 Volkswagen Touareg in April '08. It had 64,000 miles on it. The dealer who serviced it for the original owner said it was lovingly maintained and not to worry about this car. Among many problems I've had to tend to in eight months of owning it, the most concerning is one I just read at mycarstats.com that other owners are also having; that is, obvious shifting concerns, I.e., nearly stalling when taking off from a stop and at intersections, nearly being rear-ended. I was charged $90 and told they couldn't duplicate the problem. This is not one specific problem. It happens randomly, and always at low speeds, usually at intersections. It acts like it died but then catches and goes.

- St. Cloud, MN, USA

problem #1

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

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