5 Volkswagen Models With Annual Maintenance Costs Over $800
Maintenance costs are a hidden part of car shopping, but it’s important to consider since a high-maintenance car can end up costing owners a lot of money down the line. Volkswagen has had a lot of vehicles in its history, and while many cars have low maintenance costs, many also have high maintenance costs. Here’s a look at five Volkswagen models with an annual maintenance cost of over $800.
1. Volkswagen CC
RepairPal said that, across the entire lineup, the average VW car has an annual maintenance cost of $676. One car with a much higher maintenance cost is the CC, also known as the Passat CC. The German automaker discontinued this sedan after the 2017 model year, and it has an average maintenance cost of $880 a year.
That’s much more expensive than the segment average. Unsurprisingly, it has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5, which is average. Owners on the site reported 14 different issues with the CC, and the most common issue had to do with carbon build-up in the engine. There are many potential causes for this problem, and owners will have to pay about $140 to diagnose the source of the problem.
2. Volkswagen Eos
Just like the CC, the Volkswagen Eos is another discontinued sedan. It has an average annual maintenance cost of $824 and a reliability rating of 3 out of 5. That reliability score made it one of the least reliable cars in the compact sedan segment.
Overall, users reported nine different issues with the VW Eos. The most common issue was the car’s high-pressure fuel pump failing. This happened at around 90,000 miles, costing owners over $1,000 to replace the fuel pump.
3. Volkswagen Golf R
Like the CC and the Eos, the Volkswagen Golf R was also discontinued, with the German automaker killing off the American version in 2019. The VW Golf R has an annual maintenance cost of $903 and a reliability rating of 4 out of 5. Owners only reported two problems with the car, but that may have to do with how few owners there are to begin with.
Its most common problem is a clunking noise from under the floorboard. This issue concerns the bolts that secure the car’s subframe, which can be fixed with aftermarket kits.
4. Volkswagen Phaeton
This Volkswagen Phaeton full-size luxury sedan was also discontinued and only lasted a handful of model years in the early 2000s. It has an average annual maintenance cost of $917, and the site gave it a reliability rating of 4 out of 5. That being said, owners on RepairPal reported no issues with the car, but that may have to do with how rare the car is in America.
5. Volkswagen Touareg
Once again, the Touareg is a discontinued car. Still, unlike the other VWs on this list, it’s a midsize SUV, and it sold decently in America before being replaced by the current and larger Atlas. However, SUVs tend to be more expensive to maintain than sedans, and as such, the Touareg has an average annual maintenance cost of $937. The site gave it a reliability rating of 3 out of 5, a below-average score for a midsize SUV.
Users reported a total of 14 problems with the Volkswagen SUV. The most common problem was that it wouldn’t start due to a faulty fuel pump. This issue happened around 100,000 miles, and owners had to replace their fuel pump. This repair cost an average of about $1,000.