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Vw the best yet
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By Gordon R
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4dr SUV w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Bought at 33000 miles. Only a couple small issues. Heater switch burned out and turbo pump leaking oil. Always maintain cars as to maintainance schedule. Mileage has been better than expected. Great in mountain highways as turbo boost makes passing easy. Loved the sound shutting the doors as it shows quality. Only dislike is the premium fuel requirement. Usually runs 60 cents more a gallon. Have had a variety of cars over the years and as this is the first vw it has been by far the best. Traded a Saturn suv in on it that lost transmission at 80000. Averaged 34 during 5000 mile road trip through deserts and mountains. By far more comfortable to drive than my Lacrosse.


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Poor option for long term ownership and use
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Jimmy
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4dr SUV w/Premium Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Like the styling and it's peppy enough. The sunroof is very nice and the car with two passengers is fun to drive. The issue I have is the reliability and maintenance. Due to the design of the engine carbon builds up and must be cleaned (regardless of octane you use) and the only people who can clean it "walnut" it, are dealers. They recommend doing so yearly (I've been told this by two dealers - one in NJ and one in MN) and it's about a 1,200 job. The coils have gone on the engine - twice. Multiple engine electrical problems. The suspension isn't fully adjustable (cannot remember if it's toe / camber or not) and so if you hit a pothole and bend something, the only fix is to rotate the tires every oil change to even out wear. Finally, on the vehicle in question, I was told that after 6 years and 160,000 miles the valve on cylinder three is loose and the recommended fix is a new engine - anywhere from 9k-11k as quoted. For a vehicle that's been very well maintained to need a new engine (and for the dealer not to be able to tell what the reason for the loose valve is) is unacceptable. If you're considering getting one I would do it on a 2 year lease and then unload it. Owning this vehicle when it's outside of warranty is way more trouble than it's worth.


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Doesn't age well
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By M Cantwell
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4dr SUV w/Premium Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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We own a 2012 Tiguan. Rides well, great acceleration and performance. Superior braking in early years, OK now (2018). Rear seat is satisfactory, not great. Very limited cargo space. Mileage will not match reported values but probably typical for class. Although we have not experienced many of the problems reported, particularly as related to performance, the Tiguan dos the age well. Expect numerous expensive repairs. Specifically, the drain tubes that empty the water pan, a feature that collects condensation, clog causing water to back up into the interior. This is an expensive fix. The water pump is sure to fail. Most critical and pensive repair is the turbo charger. The dealership first diagnosed this as a faulty turbo oil diverter valve which is a fairly reasonable fix. Hen the diverter doesn't correct the proble, dealership claims the entir turbo must be replaced and, of cours, this does not fix the problem. The turbo job is a long, deep engine, expensive fix, over $2000. Where we go from here, I don't know, neither do the VW mechanics. ThemTiguan looks great, handle well and has very good performance in its early life, but my suggestion, don't buy this vehicle. Many choices in this class. Keep looking.


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Over all Great vehicle
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By Freedom
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Pro's: comfortable and fun small SUV but feels more like a you are driving a car. I love the lack of delay in going from gears, the comfort, the sound quality, and the safety of this car. Love Love Love that. Con's: too small to really be considered a compact SUV. Too low to the ground. Its MPG is not that impressive for its size. The trunk is too small to be considered a "compact SUV". Change the size of the trunk, and raise the car and I think it would be much more effective. My Bluetooth does not function correctly and there are issues with some models regarding the fuel injection (or something) but a good dealership will fix it for free, per VW site. Last complaint is that others have also had issues with the trunk latch malfunctioning ( i have had this too). No idea what caused this. Total cost to fix is from $125.00-177.00. Overall, this car has a great company behind it, they own up and fix things. The car is safe, comfortable, effective, fun, awesome look, and great for family or the single adventurer. If you know how to drive an SUV you will get more mileage out of the car than what it list.


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I want to love this car, but I can't
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Rich
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I have had several thousands of dollars of work done on this car, mostly covered by warranty. Now that I'm 2500 miles outside the warranty, the car is in the shop about every three weeks for something wrong. The last time, I was driving down the highway and the engine shut down and gave me a code. I was able to safely pull off and get it to the dealership, but that scared me and was incredibly dangerous! Every dealership I've been to keeps telling me it's not worth much because VW comes in "soft" for trade in value. I've had it. It was a great ride while it lasted, but I'll never buy VW again.


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