What's Wrong with the Touareg?

There are 52 complaints over 14 Touareg model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
Gen 2 (2011—2017) 1.09 13 7 4 202
Gen 1 (2004—2010) 3.72 39 9 10 362

Recent Touareg News

Touareg Tongue Twister Recall

Volkswagen is recalling 21,000 SUVs because failing fuel filter flanges are causing fires. Yikes, and I thought Touareg was hard to say. From CarComplaints.com:

Investigators found that with time, oxidization can … allow the components to intrude into the fuel filter flange material under pressure from the inside. In addition to the pressure, tension can cause the formation of small cracks where the fuel will eventually leak.

Owners will either be given new fuel filter flanges or protective covers.

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 CarComplaints.com.

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 CarComplaints.com:

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)_/¯