2017 VW Tiguan Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Air bags, electrical system, and structure issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

There’s no shortage of SUVs on the roadway, but the 2017 VW Tiguan stands out with its unique look. The company claims that the newer model “Fits your life.” However, most owners are simply trying to protect their life while dealing with faulty air bags, a defective electrical system and a shoddy structure.

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Problems with the Air Bags

Air bags are meant to protect occupants in the event of an accident. Yet, VW can’t seem to make a system that actually does what it is supposed to.

One NHTSA complaint states, “My airbag light has gone off for about 2 weeks now. There is no reason why it should be off because I have not been in an accident or done anything differently. I do not feel comfortable driving my car and have looked into recalls. Turns out there has been several recalls for Volkswagen Tiguans 2017 in regards to recalls so I want this checked out ASAP.”

This owner is correct. Volkswagen has issued two air bag related recalls. NHTSA Campaign Number 16V955000 was the first. It turns out that the air bags and seat belt pretensioners were not functioning correctly in vehicles. Then, NHTSA Campaign Number 18V102000 was issued. This recall said that the wrong air bags were installed in the cars. While they might be capable of deploying, they weren’t going to protect passengers. If this model truly “fits your life,” wouldn’t it also protect it?

Problems with the Electrical System

The electrical system is in sad shape as well. From batteries to safety features, many systems are malfunctioning.

Here is an example from NHTSA. “Horn and dashboard lights did not work in approximately 12/2017. Was repaired and told was a coil problem. Then on 04/12/18 it suddenly flashed all the dashboard and steering wheel lights in the middle of my driving and suddenly died on me when I turned into my driveway and the steering wheel got locked. Luckily happened near my driveway!! Had to be towed and told they fixed the battery problem. The next day it acted up again whereby the radio kept shutting off and coming back on! Before I could take it in again I was involved in an accident on 04/16/18 and the airbags did not deploy causing the head to whip every which way!!”

Sadly, the electrical system issues are mounting. There have even been investigations into the automatic emergency braking system. Owners are driving their vehicles that slow down or come to a complete stop without any input from the driver. Obviously, this is a serious safety concern and something that VW should have fixed, but there is no recall alerting the owners. As of now, it simply doesn’t fit anyone’s life, unless they have a death wish.

Problems with the Structure

Volkswagen was once a company that was known for making reliable vehicles, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

Just read this NHTSA complaint. “While driving at approx. 30 mph slowing down for a red light, on a city street, the panoramic sunroof exploded. Nothing struck the car, no other traffic was within 200 yards, and nothing above. It sounded like a pop, then glass shards fell in rear passenger seating area. No one was injured. Sunroof is raised up, indicating pressure forced it up as opposed to something hitting from above.”

Again, owners are filing complaints left and right about sunroof issues. From exploding glass to leaking sunroofs, no one is happy. There have been lawsuits in California and New York claiming that VW has known about the defects and failed to do anything about it. For now, the owners are wishing they had chosen an SUV without the good view.

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Brian Jones

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Kris B

    We had a 2009 Tiguan, at 100,00 miles
    and the timing belt skipped, had to replace the motor and like a *** went and got another one, only newer a 2017, thinking it would be a better, more dependable ride, WELL, we were WRONG!!!! at 72,000 miles the timing belt once again and they are saying it’s gonna be at least $6000 to fix. Are you freaking kidding me. I’m SO done with Volkswagens.

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