What's Wrong with the Touareg?

There are 53 complaints over 14 Touareg model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
2 2011—2017 1.2 14 7 4 202
1 2004—2010 3.72 39 9 10 362

Recent Touareg News

NJ Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue After VW Was Denied a Motion to Dismiss

Car owners think the time is right to hold Volkswagen accountable for their defective timing chains.

And despite VW’s best efforts, a timing chain lawsuit will continue in a New Jersey court after the judge denied the automaker’s motion to dismiss. The case is a combination of two other lawsuits in the state, both of which allege VW is concealing known timing chain defects that lead to premature engine failure.

Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue in Court. Image by Claire Anderson on Unsplash.com

You know that stack of papers they have you sign when you buy a car? Volkswagen’s argument for dismissing the case was a hidden clause that says all problems must be taken into arbitration and not in front of jury. Which, let’s be honest, is a shady thing to throw into a purchase contract. Luckily the judge ruled those agreements are between the consumer and the dealership, not the automaker.

While a few of the lawsuit claims were thrown own, this is overall good news for consumers who have dealt with (or are worried about) timing chain failure

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.