really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
3,150 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #2

Mar 232018

Atlas SEL 4 Motion

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,106 miles

My wife and I were very hesitant to purchase a VW but we just could not justify the cost of the car vs. the safety. We have two small children and safety on the road for them is our priority. We researched the safety of the new Atlas and were very impressed. We went to the dealership and were once again informed of the safety, shown videos, and crash test ratings. We were SOLD. We brought the car home and were very pleased.

At about 3000 miles the car began to shimmy and shake. Not really concerning. It did not do it all the time. I noticed it more when we were accelerating going uphill on the highway. I thought about taking the car in right away but again it was not something that it was doing all the time so I just decided to tell them about it when I went for the 5000 mile tire rotation.

So I took it in Friday, March 23 and told the service rep about the shimmy and shake. He said we will take a look, sometimes it is just the CV boots getting broke in. A couple hours later he came to the customer lounge and said well your axle is bust and the car is unsafe to drive. I said ok...how long to fix that. He said it will probably take 4 weeks to get the part...we have already had a problem like this and it took that long. I said ok. He said we will get you a rental car from Hertz and VW will cover the cost. I said not a problem.

Well, a hour later I was trying to figure out the problem and they said they could not locate a SUV rental in the area. I said that is not a big deal I just need a car...preferably full size since my family is getting ready to go on vacation. Thirty minutes later the sales mgr approached me and asked if I would be interested in just trading my car in for a Atlas Premium they have sitting on the lot. He could give a deal. I said unless it is going to just be a even trade...not going to happen. He said he could not do even trade but did want to get me back on the road. So finally I ended up with a loaner dealership car...a VW Jetta. Ok car but when you load up with wife, two kids, and two car seats....a little cramped.

I got home Friday and was doing some research and noticed that the Premiums were already having problems with the virtual cockpits...which I am sure the dealership knew of so that kind of ticked me off. Dealership was supposed to contact me Saturday to let me know if they had found a larger rental for me...I ended up calling them at 4:00pm and they had nothing to offer me. I tweeted VW and called them...they told me that my issue had been escalated to the Regional Mgr and to expect a call on Monday. I am looking forward to that because what I have read online is that the Regional mgrs are not that much help either.

I am just frustrated that I am paying for a car sitting on the dealer lot that is not driveable with just 5000 miles on it. Looking forward to see how VW resolves this for me.

- Noel W., lynchburg, TN, US

problem #1

Jan 182018

Atlas SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles

The axle on our 2018 7 passenger Volkswagen Atlas broke 19 days after driving it off of the lot. Took the car back to the dealer and they deemed the Atlas unsafe to drive. This is extremely alarming considering had we been on the road with our 3 small children, this situation could have been very bad.

The service department at Stone Mountain Volkswagen was very understanding and set an expectation of 2-3 weeks to repair. They put us in a loaner vehicle a Volkswagen CC. Which was all they had a the time. We could barely fit into the car and the car had no trunk space. The whole reason for wanting the Atlas was for the space and we thought it was a safe vehicle for our family. We dealt with the length of time it would take to fix because we actually thought our car was getting repaired.

At exactly 3 weeks after taking the vehicle back my husband and I called to find out what was going on as we heard nothing in regards to the Atlas being repaired. We were told at that time that the dealership was still looking to get the part. At that time they said that it would be another 3-4 weeks. Which at this point we were pretty frustrated and disappointed. We are paying for a vehicle that we cannot even drive, and the dealer has had it longer than we have.

We also found out, at the 30 day mark, from the dealership that the company that makes the part had no ETA on when the part would be ready. At this point we were upset. Felt like Volkswagen did not care about a client who is paying for a SUV while driving a car that can barely fit your family. Also upset because during this time nobody proactively reached out to inform us of the situation. We also called Volkswagen Customer Care several times in regards to this and got the same answer, " I'm sorry" but no resolution until one rep named Ryan (thanks Ryan) decided to escalate it to a Region Manager.

The manager made calls to my husband while he was at work, when he was able to call back the manager did not answer. He left voicemails for her to callback. She never did. She then called to notify us that the case would be transferred to Retention Resolution Team. We haven't heard from them yet. We also called Volkswagen Group of America Corporate Department and we were transferred to the TDI Escalation Department, in which we had to leave another message. After the 30 days passed we over-nighted the Vehicle Repurchase or Replacement Request to an address that we received from another Volkswagen Customer Care representative to have the car replaced, which is within our right under Georgia Lemon Laws.

Yesterday the Dealership called a said the part would be ready next week. They called back today and said the vehicle was fixed and that we should come get it. This is very suspicious as we do not want a rush job because we do not want to be right back in this situation and if it was this easy of a fix then why was it not done in a reasonable time frame. It is also suspicious that now something is being done because it seems like they do not want to give us a complete new car, which to my understanding is required by law. This has been a very unpleasant experience, and we never had this problem with our Volkswagen Jetta.

Update from May 11, 2018: Just to give an update Volkswagon group of America replaced our vehicle with an upgraded model. We got the vehicle about 3 months after taking the original vehicle in for service. We have been driving this Atlas for about a month now with no issues. Honestly we love the vehicle and that's why we decided to stick with it. There are always going to be a few bad apples in the bunch.

- jen333, Atlanta, US