definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,733 miles

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problem #3

Oct 302018


  • 80,000 miles
My Volkswagen Tiguan's check engine light turned on and the dealership said that the tension on the timing chain is outside safe parameters and can cause the engine to fail. My Tiguan is only a 2014 and only has about 80,000 miles. My understanding is that timing chains are supposed to last the life of the vehicle and it's only 4 years old. This seems to me to be a factory defect.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 152014

Tiguan 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
On April 15, 2014, I was at a gas station waiting to pull into an available pump with the car in drive. The car's engine suddenly shut off completely and the battery light signaled. I was able to put the car in park, turn the key to the off position, and restart the engine. As soon as I restarted the engine, the check engine symbol was illuminated. I drove home after filling up on gas. The following morning, April 16, 2014, I called open road Volkswagen of manhattan and scheduled a service appointment for Monday, April 21, 2014. For the remainder of that week, until Sunday, the car did not shut off and the check engine light was illuminated the majority of the time. There were times when I would drive and the check engine light would not be illuminated. On Sunday, April 20, 2014, I was driving on the ramp to get on the fdr drive from the brooklyn bridge, going approximately 20-40 mph, and the engine shut off completely. In the middle of highway traffic, I was forced to place the car in park, turn on my hazard lights, turn the key to the off position, and restart the engine. During the course of driving to an emergency shoulder, as this was an extremely dangerous situation, the car's engine once again turned off completely while I was driving. After making it to an emergency shoulder area, I contacted Volkswagen roadside assistance and the car was eventually towed. Today, April 21, 2014, I spoke with a service representative at open road Volkswagen of manhattan and was told that the check engine symbol of the vehicle is not on (as I mentioned earlier, sometimes it was on for me and sometimes not) and that the car did not have an issue when driven around the block. Therefore, the service representative is going to take the car for an extended period to see if the issue reproduces. Of course, this is an incredibly dangerous issue and should be fixed.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 152014


  • 11,000 miles
When I got into my 2014 Tiguan the check engine light was on. Since the car is only 5 months old I didn't give it much thought and figured it was something simple. About 10 minutes into my drive while I was slowing for a red light the car completely turned off. I restarted it and it was fine the rest of the drive. I brought it to the dealership the next day and was given a loaner. I was told they are going to replace the engine harness. I haven't gotten it back yet so not sure if that fixed the issue.

- Toms River, NJ, USA