Crossover & Midsize

The Volkswagen Touareg Has Some Expensive Common Problems

Volkswagen is well-known for two things, making great cars and, unfortunately for VW, Dieselgate. That said, despite VW’s high-tech process of making a car, VW makes a lot of mistakes down the road. Here’s a look at the Volkswagen Touareg and some of the most expensive issues it may have.

The 2007 Volkswagen Touareg’s engine issues

According to Car Complaints, some owners of the 2007 Volkswagen Touareg may run into some severe and costly engine issues. These issues, according to Car Complaints, have to do with the car’s tensioner. The tensioner is a critical part of a car, so if it fails, then the engine may fail too. That’s why when the tensioner failed, some 2007 Touareg owners had to pay a very high price to get their car fixed.

Car Complaints said that the average mileage of the 2007 Touareg when it encountered this issue was about 79,000 miles. Many owners of the 2007 Touareg bought a used model, which means that it was likely a very cheap purchase. That’s why when the owners saw the repair bill, they were so shocked as the average repair price for this issue was about $6,900. As one owner said, that price tag essentially meant that they were buying a new car.

Other 2007 Touareg owners reported other engine problems that, unfortunately, led to some accidents. Car Complaints said that 12 people were injured due to the 2007 Touareg’s engine. Fortunately, though, nobody was killed.

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg’s fuel issues

A Volkswagen Touareg is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien, as part of Vienna Holiday Fair
The Volkswagen Touareg | Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg had a lot of fuel problems, according to Car Complaints. There were a lot of issues that came from the car’s fuel pump system, and one owner said that it cost them a lot to fix it. That said, only one owner reported the repair cost, so the average repair cost for this problem should be taken with a grain of salt.¬†

That owner said that while driving, their 2010 Touareg simply lost power. Fortunately, that owner wasn’t hurt, and when they got their car to a mechanic, the mechanic said that the 2010 Touareg experienced a fuel pump problem. As Car Complaints reported, many other owners had a similar issue with their 2010 Touareg either leaking fuel or suddenly losing power while in the middle of the road.

For that one owner who reported their repair cost, this failure happened with just 39,000 miles on their odometer. The other owners who reported similar issues had somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 miles on their odometers.

To fix this issue, that one owner said that it cost them $11,000 to replace all the problematic parts. But again, only one owner out of many more who had this issue reported their repair price, so $11,000 likely isn’t the average cost.

The 2015 VW Touareg’s engine issues

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg also had a costly problem that unfortunately, only one owner reported the repair price on. That said, this was a very common problem that affected many owners, according to Car Complaints.

For some reason, water could get into the air filter of the 2015 Touareg, according to Car Complaints. This, in turn, allowed the water to get into the engine, which could cause issues for the car. On average, this was happening to owners after they’ve logged about 30,000 to 40,000 miles in their SUVs.

One 2015 Touareg owner on Car Complaints, unfortunately, suffered the worst-case scenario for this issue. Their 2015 Touareg’s engine was severely damaged by the water, and the only option for the owner was a total engine rebuild. This cost them $4,330. But again, this was the price tag that only one owner on Car Complaints paid for repairs, so it¬†likely isn’t the average repair price.