2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
At approximately 60,000 miles, the engine started missing and the Check Engine Light (CEL) came on. Dealer told me that it was "due to a problem with the fuel injection system, the valves become coated with carbon causing the misfires." Cost to clean the valves was $600.00 plus tax. At approximately 92,000 miles, the car overheated and had to be towed in. Dealer found the thermostat had failed. Unfortunately, the thermostat is built into the water pump and the entire unit had to be replaced. That bill was just under $1,300.00 plus towing and three days of car rental. At 122,000 miles the CEL came on and the misfires started again. While driving to the dealer, the EPC light came on. Dealer reported that not only did the valves need cleaning but that the "shaft pulls out of intake manifold for the intake flap". That's exactly what they wrote on the service description, just jibberish". Whatever it meant, it required a new intake manifold. The entire bill was $1,360.00 plus two days of car rental. Picked up the car and drove off the lot when the CEL started flashing and the car stalled. Limped it back to the Dealer. Dealer called the next day to report that the spark plugs and ignition coils needed to be replaced. Cost $365.00. When I told the rep that the plugs had just been replaced, I was told that sometimes spark plugs fail earlier than they should. I requested that they replace the coil and the spark plug for the cylinder with the misfire so that I could limp it off the lot to the nearest Honda dealer for a trade-in. My last two cars were Hondas and I drove both of them right up to 250,000 miles without a single failure in either car. I'll never buy another VW. For the record, I found out that not only do the valves need regular cleaning but the rear seals frequently fail on these engines so watch for that expense as well.
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV SE 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD w/Appearance (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Don’t buy one. (that’s period). My Ram Ecodiesel gets 5mpg better, still has original tires (Tiguan is on third set of $1500 Michelins at 47 k). Rear window spontaneously blew into thousands of pieces last summer (I was standing behind it, had been in parking lot in tx summer and parked it in our garage; exited vehicle and heard a “pop”...just disintegrated!). In the state of TX, must get car inspected prior to registration each year...took it to vw lewisville @ 47k to take care of inspection and 50k service. Dealer called to say upper contol arm and bushings shot at over 500 bills per side. Tigger has had four thrust alignments due to my concerns about tire wear (wondering if it is four motion related), but each time alignment is “green”. Going to open a lemonade stand and wring this damn car dry!