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VW Tiguan ..experiences /opinions?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tele12, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    I am considering purchasing a 4Motion VW Tiguan, I figured I'd get more objective opinions here than on a VW forum.
     
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    I can't give you a direct experience, but I can say that a friend of mine has had one for a couple of years and loves it. That's all I got...
     
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    Since the assembly plant opened in Chattanooga, all I seem to see on the roads are new Jettas and new Passats. I think people go into the dealer with a budget, and based on perceived price/value, they walk past the models from Mexico and from elsewhere. I ask people to try the Tiguan and tell me what they think, they always forget to do it and buy something else.
     
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    Hi, tele12 I can't speak about the Tiguan but i do have Passat 4motion wagon. Of all the four wheel drive - all wheel drive vehicles i have owned, i can tell you it is the best of all of them. I have owned Fords, Chevies, Dodges, subarus, nissans.
    The VW is quiet, smooth, comfortable, reliable, and great on gas. It has all the bells and whistles. The heated leather seats are fantastic.
    The only drawback i have is they can get expensive to repair. Stay away from the dealer for general repairs.
    My Passat is really an Audi, everything on the car has Audi markings.

    PS my Passat was one of the last to come over from Germany in 2004.
     
  5. tele12

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    The Tiguan is actually made in Wolfsburg Germany. I'm coming out of a Subaru WRX and really got used to AWD. The Tiguan seems to offer at least some sportiness compared to the other little SUV's out there.
    MY GF has one, so far really nice, but only 6 months old and 5000 miles, so a little early for any conclusions.
     
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    Seems that VW created a little "Saturn" like entity to manufacture these vehicles in Germany. Their cousins, the Audi Q3, is made in Spain and I'd check and see if these are available also.

    To me, the thing that pulls me toward the Euro designs and away from the Asian and USA designs is the quality and appearance of the interior. I'm seriously impressed with some of the aspects of the new Focus and its SUV derivative and with some things about the (2014) Mazda3, likewise the new Imprezza but I'm appalled by the interiors. I'm used to a very posh, conservative interior with few distractions but these new interiors, especially those not from Germany, are like arcade games that were meant to be dismantled at weeks' end.
     
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    My wife's mother has one, it is not pleasant to drive.
    The brake pedal feels like an on/off switch.
    Autobox always seems in the wrong gear.
    Has that typical roly-poly-round-corners SUV feel.
    Seems well built.
    I would be looking at a CX-5.
     
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    That is one of the reasons I like the Tiguan. It has a very classy, simple quality interior. The Escape I was looking had had all the video arcade dash stuff, you need to take that to get the 2.0L Turbo engine.
     
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    I got a 2011 Tiguan a little over two years ago and have about 37,000 miles on it. I can say without reservation, it's the best car I've ever owned. Completely trouble free. Believe it or not, I have never taken it anywhere for service, not even any routine maintenance. Come to think of it, I haven't even changed the oil. Yeah, I know, I should get it in for a checkup.

    But it still runs exactly the same as the day I got it. I live out in the woods, my driveway is like an off-road adventure. It does very well in the sand and mud around here, but I don't ever push my luck. I am a pretty conservative driver in general.

    I have been really happy with Volkswagens in general and they have been my only cars since about 1995. Have owned a number of Golf's, a couple Rabbits and a couple Jetta's. I was planning to just get another Golf in 2011 but they didn't have the model I wanted so I gave the Tiguan a test drive and was hooked. :)

    Only downside is that the fuel economy isn't as good as the Golf's that I'm used to. But it offers so much more, I'm glad I got it. If you fold down the back seat and passenger seat, you can fit a lot of building materials inside, including 8 foot long boards. That's one feature I use a lot.
     

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    That is quite a testament to your car, cool. But as one who has been around a couple of folks who also pay zero attention to car maintenance & have even let them run low enough on oil to generate intense valve train racket I'll offer one gentle prod:

    Check & then change your oil tomorrow.
     
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    That is, of course very good advice. All I can say is that I almost never change oil and have been doing that for as long as I can remember. I do check oil level regularly and keep an eye on the oil temp gauge. Have added some oil to the Tiguan twice.

    I got the Tiguan in 2011 when I retired. Prior to that I had a very long daily commute and put about 36,000 miles per year on my cars. I would trade them before they hit 100,000 miles and tried to spend as little as possible on routine maintenance. One reason I stuck with VW is that they held up really well to this kind of abuse.

    I am certainly not recommending that anyone else do this. I drive very conservatively, as I said. No quick starts, stay within the speed limit almost always. Most of my miles are on little country roads without much traffic now.

    I should say that the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy applies to most of my life however. Have not been to the doctor for 30 years either. :D

    Yeah, I am gonna get the Tiguan into the shop and get caught up on all the scheduled maintenance though. No reason to push my luck too far. ;)
     
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    Checking your oil is way ahead of the folks I've known who 'run dry' and have zero idea what oil is, what it does or how to check level. You've certainly proven what some know: engine oil is pretty stable stuff.

    I get some of the 'don't fix it' deal & after some doctor scew-ups last year swore the next time I'd see a medical specialist is when I'm unconscious on a gurney. Those guys can kill ya!

    Sorry for the & OT & back to VeeDubs!
     
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    My father was an engineer and I was indoctrinated in the philosophy "a man should be able to fix whatever he owns by himself". :D I used to do all my own auto maintenance and repairs (within reason), but turned that over to the pro's about 20 years ago except for really minor things.
     
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    According to that article, the Tiguan is not part of the recall...

     
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    I think I just killed the Briggs & Stratton on my lawnmower at The Cabin.

    I figured I was being too conservative on my internal combustion motors and thought I'd leave the oil in there a little longer, let it get a little lower.

    I'm thinking I've got to tear the whole thing down. Little too much racket, running a little too hot. Shucks! :mad:
     
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    I wouldn't own ANY VW product, I hate to have to work on them , overengineered, expensive, hard to work on, and not well made IMO.
    There are lot's of better and cheaper options.
    Just my opinion.
     
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    I'm willing to listen, but from my shopping I haven't seen any better and cheaper options in small SUV's.
     
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    I have a 2012 Tiguan. Mine is a stick. I love it. My Tigaun sitting in our driveway......

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    I drove a 2007 Passat for 5 years and gave it to my daughter when she turned 16. The Passat has 127,000 miles on it. I never had a problem with it and it was a joy to drive.

    If we put our skis through the arm rest which drops down I can take 4 people skiiing in the Tiguan and I can fit two snowboards in the back with all of our boot bags. The back seat is big. I frequently take customers to lunch or to and from the airport and adults comment on how large the back seat is and how much room they have. I can drop the back seats and haul almost anything in the Tiguan and get 26 or 27 MPG.

    The blue tooth is great. I keep one hand on the wheel and one hand on the stick all the time and talk on the phone by touching a button on the ceiling and simply tell the car who to call. I keep my eyes straight ahead on the road. All my music on my iphone plays through the stereo via blue tooth. Syncing the phone was simple. I have the most basic Tigaun.

    The seats are very comfortable and I feel the car when I corner or shift. It's a driver's car. I truly enjoy driving and I enjoy driving this car. I've driven a couple Acuras and Volvos and Hondas and I enjoy driving both VW products that I now own. It has the same 2 liter turbo engine that is used in some Audi products. It's a great car.

    Oil changes and all the maintenance is provided by VW for the first 30,000 miles. The style and design inside and outside the vehicle are very nice. I like VW and Volvo and BMW because the vehicles are tasteful and simple and well designed. They're not whacky or overly stylized; they just look nice.

    It's practical and it's still a driver's car. I love it. I have a 14 foot Rinker Jet boat that I tow with the Passat (2 liter turbo). Never a problem. Repairs like brake jobs on the Passat were always surprisingly reasonable at the VW dealer.

    I drive a lot for work. I just passed 22,000 miles on my Tiquan.
     
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