Volkswagen Touareg Problems

Consider These

PainRank (?) Year Model Watch For
0.29 2013 Touareg body / paint
0.77 2009 Touareg fuel system
0.81 2011 Touareg exhaust system

Avoid These

PainRank (?) Year Model Beware Of
10.76 2007 Touareg engine
5.19 2010 Touareg wheels / hubs
3.75 2012 Touareg interior accessories

Generation 2

Gen Score

2.63 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. hesitation, power surge in the 2015 at 3000 miles
  2. check engine light on/error code p202b in the 2011 at 61500 miles
  3. premature brake wear in the 2015 at 15000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 1

Gen Score

5.3 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. engine & epc light on in the 2007 at 79250 miles
  2. fuel pump failure in the 2010 at 39146 miles
  3. transmisson thumps when shifting gears in the 2007 at 57477 miles

Areas the Breakdown

NHTSA Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency designed to "keep people safe on the roadways." Here's a look at the number of times NHTSA has recalled and investigated the Touareg.

Recent Touareg News

VW Releases 3.0L TDI Settlement Terms

Volkswagen has released a settlement update for 83,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles with TDI engines. And methinks most owners are going to be Scrooge McDuck levels of happy.

VW Touareg Diesel Owners Right About Now

Owners of the 2009-2012 VW Touareg 3.0L diesel have a decision to make. They can accept a buyback offer between $26,000 to $58,000 (depending on model year and mileage) or owners can keep their SUV, wait for VW’s fix, and receive up to $15,380 as compensation for their troubles.

Even previous owners will be eligible for payments ranging from $4,627 to $7,747.

For owners of certain 2013-2016 Touareg TDIs, once VW gets the go-ahead from environmental regulators, they will fix the vehicles without offering any buybacks. However, once repaired, owners and lessees will get compensation ranging from $8,539 to $17,614.

Current lessees will also be given the option to terminate their lease without any penalty.

All this is to say that VW is paying through the nose for cheating on their diesel emissions. In total, more than $1 billion will be going back to consumers. And that number could grow significantly if they can’t come up with an adequate fix.

There’s a breakdown of the details on

Volkswagen 3-Liter Diesel Settlement Information

Volkswagen has agreed on a settlement for about 83,000 3-liter, V6 TDI owners in the United States. From

Under the proposed 3-liter diesel agreement, Volkswagen will be allowed to recall more than 75 percent of the illegal vehicles to fix them and bring them into compliance with emissions laws. The settlement agreement could mean another $1 billion loss for VW, adding to the $15 billion to be paid for illegal 2-liter vehicles.

That means about 63,000 vehicles will be repaired and 20,000 will be bought back. As for what that fix will be? VW says ¯\–(ツ)_/¯

VW Caught Cheating Again?

A German newspaper says Volkswagen has been cheating again. This time using unapproved software on its 3-liter diesels. Oh, wunderbar.

The programs are allegedly used to shut off nitrogen oxide emissions controls after 22 minutes, about two minutes longer than the 20 minutes it takes to perform a typical emissions test. If true, emissions regulators would see normal emissions levels on test machines, then after about 22 minutes the emissions levels will shoot up.

The newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, doesn’t say how they got their information but did say the software was discovered on Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg vehicles equipped with turbocharged direct injection (TDI) 3-liter engines.