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Automatic Transmission Problems of Volkswagen Touareg



Volkswagen Touareg owners have reported 23 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 1
Failure Date: 05/28/2010

I have a 2004 Touareg and have been having transmission issues hard shifts, bucking and hard downshifts. I have taken this to the vw dealer and they say there is nothing wrong with the transmission. It is very very dangerous when access the highway and in several cases it shifts so hard that it knocks it's self out and you have to pull off the highway until resets to 4th gear from 6th. I now have to shift manually. I have this issu e daily and I know this is a wide spread issue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 2
Failure Date: 05/08/2010

2004 vw Touareg v-8 many problems but 3 worth reporting: for no apparent reason passenger door could not be opened or unlatched by using any known means including the inside door handle or outside door handle, electric lock actuator clicks as if the door is unlocked but the door can not be opened or unlatched. Vehicle had to be brought to vw dealership and worked on by destroying the door handle to open the door and perhaps cutting a whole in the body pannel at the cost of 2 hours of diagnostics, 8 hours of labor to open door and probably 2 or 3 additional hours of replacing door handle if body of door is not bent, plus parts vehicle has many electrical glitches including but not limited to intermittent malfunction of air bag igniters. . . . Once again having the potential to cause serious harm occupants given the right circumstances this is a potential dangerous situation and has made me lose all faih in this manufacturer. Vehicle lunges forward when stopped at trafic lights and beginning to procceed on a green.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 3
Failure Date: 04/01/2010

At 94,000 miles transmission problems, told transmission non-serviceable vw does not recommend any transmission fluid replacement. Could be gear box cost $2400 or entire transmission cost $7,000. Vwa will pay $1,000 to our choice of gear box or transmission replacement but if we choose wrong repair will not pay for anything further! vwa obviously is aware of problem and designed the transmission in such a way that it can't be serviced. We have had prior engine coil recall replaced, updated computer software and replaced drive-train at cost of $1900 at 74,000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 4
Failure Date: 02/11/2010

2004 vw Touareg miles 72,000 brought into dealership, because of transmission was acting up. Told I need new transmission, not under warranty how can the car need new transmission at 72,000 miles other people have had troubles with this SUV vw should replace this, tons of stuff has gone wrong with SUV.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 5
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

I was parking the vehicle in a tight parking lot and maneuvering around a tree in order to pull further up into the space. As I gently pushed down on the accelerator to inch into the spot, the car lurched forward at a very high rate of speed crashing into a wooden garbage box. I jammed on the brakes before going through the fence. I was incredibly lucky that I was no longer aiming at the tree. It was as though the car suddenly wanted to peal out in a manner that was totally out of sync with the amount of pressure on the gas pedal. It just started speeding toward the fence/box. Looking back on it, I believe that this happened a couple of days before as I started to accelerate after stopping at a stop sign. Though the reaction of the car was similar, it was not nearly so pronounced. It felt as though the car was tripping over itself. I had the insurance tow the car to the mechanic but so far he has not been able to replicate the problem. I spoke with both the local vw serviceman and vw north America but they denied ever hearing about such a problem. I have had this car for over 6 years and have never had this happen before the other day.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 6
Failure Date: 07/28/2008

Multiple engine light failures for over 4 years. Engine light came on and engine shut down immediately while wife was on the freeway. Very dangerous. . . Essentially no warning. Have replaced wiring harness in the vehicle and have had it in the shop for electrical issues many times. Unsafe handling and acceleration. . . Car jumps forward at stops while it is downshifting. Think the transmission, tires and brakes should be tested. Think you will find they are defective. Engine blew up at 44,000 miles. Very dangerous car. . And you will find other Touaregs with similar issues. Should be recalled.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Touareg 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2008

I purchased a used 2005 v-6 Volkswagen Touareg in April '08. It had 64,000 miles on it. The dealer who serviced it for the original owner said it was lovingly maintained and not to worry about this car. Among many problems I've had to tend to in eight months of owning it, the most concerning is one I just read at mycarstats. Com that other owners are also having; that is, obvious shifting concerns, I. E. , nearly stalling when taking off from a stop and at intersections, nearly being rear-ended. I was charged $90 and told they couldn't duplicate the problem. This is not one specific problem. It happens randomly, and always at low speeds, usually at intersections. It acts like it died but then catches and goes.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 8
Failure Date: 11/01/2006

- the contact stated that since she purchased the vehicle acceleration has been sluggish. The dealer stated that it was the nature of the beast, and there was nothing that they could do about it. The engine was not powerful enough to sustain the weight of the vehicle. The contact often took the vehicle for repairs. Neither road nor weather conditions have been factors in the failure. When accelerating from a dead stop, acceleration is slow but steady, when accelerating while moving between 40 mph acceleration is non-existent for approximately 3 seconds and then takes off fast. Updated 03/30/07.

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Failure Date: 08/09/2006

: the contact stated a week after having the transmission replaced by the service dealer, the vehicle was driven 60 mph on the highway, and the engine warning message read "turn the motor off immediately", as the electrical system failed and stalled the engine. The contact was able to steer and coast to a stop on the break down lane. The vehicle restarted and stalled 7 times before making one mile to the contact's driveway. The service dealer provided a number to a towing service. The service dealer diagnosed the problem as an alternator and electrical failure, due to leakage from the engine when the engine was removed to replace the transmission. No evidence was found in the garage or driveway, before or after the problem or while parked in the driveway while waiting for the tow to the service dealer. The manufacturer was notified. Updated 10/25/2006 -.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 10
Failure Date: 01/28/2006

Alignment: since its purchase the car was not properly aligned. I took it to the dealer several times, at the 5,000 miles, 10,000 miles, and 20,000 miles services. It was not fixed at all. The repair sheet stated that car was fixed to the manufacturer's standards. At the 20,000 miles service I requested the car to repaired before I take it back. The dealer told me that due to the uneven tires there was no way for them to repair the alignment, and that the only way to fix it properly was to replace the tires first. I replaced the tires and brought the car back. The dealer had the car in the shop for three days the first time. When I tested the car after the first time it was not fixed. I took it back and had a dispute with the technician. When other technicians tested the car the dealer decided to keep for repair. The car was at the shop for two days. When it was finally done, the car had the same problem. Computer system: lights and signals periodically stop working. Gas sensor periodically stops working for days. Cd player. Periodically skips and does not work. Transmission: periodic jerking when shifting to lower speeds. Screeching sound comes from the front right side after 20 -30 minutes of driving. Tires were worn out after 10,000 miles.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Touareg 11
Failure Date: 12/15/2005

I have a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg it has been in the shop for repairs and or problems and re-calls since day one. But my biggest problem seems to be the stepper motor problem which has been tearing my tires to threads. Since day one we have taken this vehicle to the vw dealer and complained about the tires skipping and chugging on the pavement as you turn at slow speeds. This is apparently from what I found out to be caused by this stepper motor. But I did not find that out through any of the service people or mechanics from vw dealerships. Apparently there is a simple fix of some software update. But no dealerships have a working cd for this so-called software update. This vehicle has been parked in my garage and I do not use it often as I cant afford to keep replacing my tires. The skipping of the tires when u turn is cupping them and making the tires very loud while you drive. All I have been told from vw dealers from new jersey to maine is that this vehicle is suppose to do that. That's what I have been told since I bought this vehicle new. It wasn't till I joined a club called club Touareg that I then found all this information about the problems with my 2005 vw Touareg. I also have this vehicle aligned every 2-3 even 4 times a year because of the problems with this vehicle. My thought are that this is a very un safe vehicle to drive and someone needs to stand up and help us consumers out. How can a vehicle manufacture be able to produce and sell a vehicle with this amount of problems? do we have to wait for someone to die? before something is done. Vw should be made to have to recall all these lemon vehicle that the so poorly made and that our great government has allowed them to sell. But guess your to busy with the economy, the oil spill and yeah Toyota and don't forget that last one. So do something people stand up for us. There are many people out there with this same Volkswagen Touareg problem who unlike me don't no why there tires are being chewed off.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 12
Failure Date: 10/05/2005

My 2004 v6 Volkswagen Touareg frequently stalls after the engine is cranked. This has been a problem since we purchased the vehicle in oct 2004. After cranking you can press all the way down on the gas pedal but the car will not move at all. After a few seconds, it will sputter a little then move then sputter again then it will drive normally. There is no way to tell when this will happen and I am concerned that it will cause an accident if I start the vehicle then pull out into oncoming traffic.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 13
Failure Date: 09/18/2005

My 2004 vw Touareg has had an ongoing safety issue since purchase in July of 2004 with regards to the transmission. When accelerating from a stop or low speed the vehicle will often hesitate while running the engine rpms up to 3000-4000 then drop into gear and lurch forward. The transmission also erratically shifts from first to second gear and often hesitates for more than a few seconds before engaging this causes a danger when merging with traffic or crossing intersections. I have contacted the dealer and Volkswagen of north America with no resolution.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 14
Failure Date: 07/01/2005

: the contact stated that there automatic transmission was not operating properly. While traveling at highway speeds, the vehicle would not downshift smoothly. As an alternative pressure was applied to the brakes which in the event of an emergency braking situation the vehicle felt as if it would not stop in time this was caused by the pressure to the transmission. This problem occurs on a daily basis. The vehicle was at a dealership for 3 and a half weeks and the dealer determined the vehicle was operating under normal operating standards. The contact expressed that this is a serious safety concern.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Touareg 15
Failure Date: 05/15/2005

I currently own a 2005 v-6 Volkswagen Touareg. The vehicle has less than 15,000 miles. Approximately 3 months after owning vehicle, the vehicle exemplified obvious shifting concerns as well as poor gas mileage. The transmission was replaced in hopes to correct the issues described above, however, it has not improved. I was asked to drive the vehicle for at least another 6 months to a year, to break it in. In this time, my car has worsened. The shifting is more erratic, losing power, jumping gears, and nearly stalling when taking off from a stop and at intersections. As a result of the erratic shifting, I have been nearly rear-ended. My car has been in 5 times for 3 to 8 days at a time. The dealership has not been able to duplicate this issue, since it has replaced the transmission. The only service the manufacturer has done to my vehicle in hopes to correct the poor shifting and poor gas mileage (11-12 mpg) is computer software updates. None of which have ever fixed the problems. In addition, with each month that passes, new mechanical problems arise. The seat adjustments fail, along with the radio, the trunk hatch, the airbag, etc. The car overheats and smoke comes from the tires & wheels, of which the manufacturer took notice to, but could not determine the cause. The service department at Volkswagen has had 5-6 attempts to service the multiple problems since may 2005 and it is now January 07 and my car is still in the shop for the same problems. In addition, the tires (w/ pads/rotors (sp?) are completely worn, and the vehicle has only 12k miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 16
Failure Date: 10/07/2004

While driving vehicle hesitated. Consumer pressed down on the accelerator pedal and vehicle moved intermittently on its own. Srs light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic placed the vehicle on a diagnostic machine. The mechanic determined that the sensor shaft for transmission and engine needed to be replaced. This problem was a design flaw defect. Consumer informed the mechanic this problem was not acceptable and had not been resolved.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 17
Failure Date: 08/01/2004

The consumer states his 2004 Volkswagen Touareg was having a throttle delay problem. This is especially bad when pulling out from an intersection. This lasted for about 2-4 seconds and it is intermittent. After the vehicle has a delay the rpms go up t 3,000 to 4,000. This has been happening for about a year. The vehicle has been at the dealership for this problem 4 times. A regional technical representative came and examined the vehicle. He tried to flash the vehicle and upgraded the computer system. This still has not worked. The vehicle has consistently became worse. The owner has an appointment with Volkswagen next week to assess the problem again. Also, the dealer has been contacted by the manufacturer, who wanted more diagnostic work done. Speed was not a factor. It is coming from a stop to pulling out that the throttle is having the delay. The consumer is providing all the information that he has available at this time. The driver window was inoperative and the heater blower fan was noisy.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 18
Failure Date: 03/01/2004

Same as others on site have noted: the 2003 Touareg v8 hesitates upon acceleration, resulting in a surge forward when the engine finally "catches. " I find this very dangerous. We took it to the dealership; they couldn't replicate the action (unfortunately didn't have time to drive with them to demonstrate -- but will this week). I would also like to ask the NHTSA to help Touareg owners by forcing vw to acknowledge this issue and find a resolution before an injury occurs.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 19
Failure Date: 01/06/2004

I have experienced the following issue approximately 5 or 6 times, in a 4 to 5 month period. I have contacted my local vw dealership & their national headquarters. I have not had any resolution or any status updates. What is the problem with the vehicle? will the problem be corrected soon? do I need to get trade or sell my vehicle? (1) usually when slowing down, in the 40-50 mph range, while turning in a curve (2) my 04 Touareg feels (shudders) as if it has slipped a gear. There is no indication or warning when it will occur. The first 2 times it happened, I almost lost control of the vehicle (3) I have contacted my local vw dealership, service manager, and the vw us headquarters. They tell me that I am not the only one experiencing these problems, that they are trying to determine the cause and solution. Thank you,.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 20
Failure Date: 09/18/2003

My 2004 vw Touareg has a serious safety issue with its transmission. When accelerating from a stop or low speed the truck hesitates and then lurches forward. I have contacted vw and the dealership with no resolution. I have talked with other Touareg owners and they have the same complaint, so it appears to be affecting more than a single vehicle. I would ask the NHTSA to help Touareg owners by forcing vw to acknowledge this issue and find a resolution before there is a fatality due to this safety issue.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 21
Failure Date: 08/10/2003

When accelerating from a very slow speed or a "rolling" stop, the car hesitates or stalls before accelerating, then lurches forward. This problem occurs randomly, but consistently. When driving up a hill to a stop, the vehicle regularly jumps forward at the last downshift in the stopping process. This is dangerous and threatens my safety, those around me in traffic, my passengers, and other potential drivers of my vehicle. I've been told by Volkswagen of America & my dealer that this is the way this SUV is designed to perform. The fact that the "hesitations/stalls" occur at random only furthers my point that this is clearly a defect and not "just the way this model drives" and "you just have to get used to it" as I was told by the service manager at martens vw.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2003

Automatic transmission shifts erratically from first to second gear. Car often hesitates when accelerating from a near stop. Causes a danger when merging or crossing intersections.

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Failure Date: 01/01/1901

Consumers vehicle is experiencing erratic shifting. When accelerating from a stop car will hesitate and jerk. This problem seems to only occure whil the transmission is in lower gears. The vehicle has been taken to the deler at least three times but they have not been able to locate or fix the problem. The consuemr has also contacted tehe manufcature but they provided no assistance. The tire have excessive wear at only 16000 miles.