2022 Volkswagen Taos Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Fuel system & engine issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is a brand-new SUV model designed to provide a fun ride with a spacious, well-appointed cabin. In fact, the automaker claims that it is “an SUV that’s just right.” However, early owners have nothing but complaints to offer about the faulty electrical system, malfunctioning engine and defective fuel system.

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Problems with the Electrical System

New vehicles are meant to be high-tech and well-connected. Yet, this Taos from VW is suffering from some major defects.

One example can be found in a complaint on the Edmunds website. “Vehicle software is disorganized and sometimes psychotic. Digital cockpit can change unexpectedly. Bizarre messages appear without warning or cause. Top level trim (SEL) is paltry, no HomeLink, power lift gate, seat memory, or ventilated seats. Frequent distractions while driving to the point of making the vehicle dangerous. Alarms and messages at interstate speeds literally scare the heck out of driver and passengers. Wireless charging pad makes devices so hot they can’t be used till they cool off.”

The issues are endless, as is the case with many other customer complaints. Even Volkswagen recognizes that this is one of the faultiest systems on the vehicle, providing more service bulletins in this department than most others. Apparently, the Taos needs a little tweaking before it can be “an SUV that’s just right.”

Problems with the Engine

As a newer model, it’s essential that the motor provides reliable power, but that doesn’t seem to be the case either. Customers continue complaining about the power delivery.

One such example is found in this NHTSA statement from a customer. “I picked my VW Taos up yesterday 8/10 from the Dealership in New Hampshire. The car shut off and stalled several times. It also shuts off by itself without pushing the engine off button. It happens at every stop the vehicle makes. This car feels very unsafe to drive. The dealership is over an hour away from me as I am in Massachusetts. I have notified them about these issues and they told me they would get it in and have it looked at. When I put the VIN number in to this site, a recall alert came up which I was not informed by the dealership about or I would not have bought this vehicle.”

It turns out there is a significant recall worth paying attention to. NHTSA Campaign Number 21615000 states that affected vehicles may have engine control unit (ECU) software that can lead to a stalling issue when the SUV is stopped. If the engine stalls, owners are at a higher risk of an accident. To remedy the situation, VW must update the engine control unit software to ensure a smoother operation. Yet, many customers are left wondering what happened to quality control that should have resolved this problem before it left the production plant. Apparently, none of those technicians felt like it needed to be “just right” before it shipped out to dealerships.

Problems with the Fuel System

Finally, it’s important to take a closer look at the Taos’s fuel system, since this is a critical aspect to how the engine runs.

A final Edmunds review states, “I purchased a 2022 VW Taos for my daughter in July, 2021. In August 2021 I received a recall notice that told me to take my vehicle to the dealer immediately. The dealer informed me that I had a leaking fuel line, and the vehicle was too dangerous to drive since leaking fuel could cause it to explode at any moment. The dealer impounded my car, and after 2 weeks is still waiting for the parts to repair it. Evidently the parts are coming from China, and no one knows when they will arrive. No loaner or rental car was offered. So I am now paying $300/month for a car that I do not have. It is very unsettling to think that I put my daughter in a car that according to the dealer’s service manager, could explode at any moment.”

Again, customers are left with another recall for this new VW model. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V651000 states that more than 16,000 vehicles could be equipped with an underhood fuel supply quick connector that could become detached. If this occurs, a fuel leak could occur within the engine compartment. Any time that there’s a fuel leak, there’s also a chance for a stalling engine and a fire risk. If this is what a vehicle looks like when it is “just right,” it would be scary to see what a defective lemon is.

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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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  • Roger M

    I just bought a VW Taos. At 350 miles (yes that’s 350 miles) the car unexpectedly locked in 1st gear. Air conditioning seemed to stop working. I noticed that the car was starting to overheat but being on a 4 lane highway, I could not accelerate to avoid traffic and get to a safe location. I was finally able to move lanes and access a parking lot. At that point the engine overheat indicator was on. I had probably driven 350 yards at most to. I let the car cool down and tried to continue driving. The car was still locked in 1st gear, so I called VW and had the vehicle towed to the dealership. They told me that we did not know how to drive which is not what I wanted to hear. I also own an Audi Q7 and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S so I think I have knowledge of how VW products work.
    They told me nothing was wrong with the car. After 2 days at the dealership, we were told to drive it home. On the next use of the car, my wife exited a grocery store parking lot and tried to merge into traffic. Again, the car locked in 1st gear and she could not accelerate. Nearly had a fatal crash trying to merge into traffic with a vehicle that would not accelerate. It was locked in 1st gear. Had the car towed a second time but with 405 miles on the vehicle, something is dramatically wrong. I do not want this vehicle and the dealership has been terrible to deal with. I should not have to drive a vehicle worried that I could be subject to a fatal accident at some random point in the cars’ operation. Trying to find a solution, but at the very least, I want my money back and need VW to take this vehicle back. It’s a death trap.

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