2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
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- Typical clean design VW interior. Good proportions. Good brakes and AWD system.
- Needed repairs already. Guzzles gas and oil. Useless cargo area. Questionable reliability. Price
This is now the third time I am writing my review because it was deleted twice, perhaps because the shady dealers don't want you to know any other experiences except great reviews. Well I have news for them" not everyone is having a great time with the Tiguan. My experience--
I may be a bit hard on my judgement but coming from a 2002 Toyota RAV4 which was 100% reliable, I can say this so far has not been the SUV I imagined. First, the test drive went well at Potamkin VW. I liked it, it looked good, I needed a small SUV immediately, the lease rate was good, the dealer threw in so many options for free, they were practically giving them away I took it the day I went shopping.
After just 2 months I have a record 3 problems- all major. Not even after 5 lousy weeks the drive unit in the front managed to break a seal, leaking out all oil and then finally ceasing on I95 between exit 14A and 15. The tow truck came within minutes as did a Police car to make sure everything was ok. The smoke pouring out of the hood looked like a fire but it was not. They took the Tig in and gave me a Jetta for one week. When I got my Tig back all seemed well until the keyfob deprogrammed itself and I was locked out of my car. My second keyfob worked however. Not a major deal but annoying on a 6 week old SUV! Finally, this past week was the last straw when the wipers refused to work on an icy day when I needed it the most. The washer sprayer worked but the wipers would not move. I have to wipe the window with a paper towel just to get to work. Perhaps I got a lemon as all manufacturers have their bad ones but I did a little research and discovered many complaints about VW's. Sure they drive nice when they work but who wants a car that breaks down all the time? Also in the waiting room I talked to owners who also had so many complaints they could not finish! One guy had a brand new Tiguan with 300 miles and the engine light came on!! He wanted his money back. Further, the Jetta that I had from the dealer for one weak had so many rattles and squeeks it really set into my mind that VW makes junk and they sell it as "premium" class.
Performance is only one star because although it does have decent power around town, it drinks gas like a big V8 engine, not a small 4 cylinder. Also, on the highway it runs out of power and it has been drinking oil as of late. The dealer needs to add another three quarts of oil already! Value is poor because wih just a few options it costs close to $40k!
Never again I say. I would stick with my Toyota which was 100% relaible for 7 years and 100k miles not a porblem. Even my wife's Chevy Tahoe with 130k miles never had a single problem. Besides there are so many better small SUVs out on the market there is no reason to buy one that is unreliable. Do you want to be stuck somewhere in the winter with an unreliable car?
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