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Volkswagen Touareg Brake Pads and Rotors May Wear Out Prematurely

Volkswagen Touareg Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 39,345 mi (20,000 mi - 77,000 mi)


Brake pads and rotors may wear out prematurely. This can be heavily dependent on driving style. Our technicians recommend regular brake inspections with replacement of pads and rotors as required.

  •  Rookie

    Rock in steering when I brake

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  •  Rookie

    Unbelievable, just took my 2011 Jetta in for the 40K check-up and was told the front rotors were worn beyond repair. They explained that the pads were not working correctly and did not wear away the rust and consequently the rotors were pitted beyond repair. Hence $ 488.00 dollars to replace the rotor and pads.

    I am in disbelief since the car is in the garage and is only used on the highway. The rear drums and pads are only 50% worn, yet the rotors were destroyed. There must be a design error in the brake caliper or the free three check-up at 10K intervals does not include checking to see if the rotors is being ruined. The maintenance people said it just could have just happened overnight... the deep rusty pits.

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    Break pads are changed
    Almost as frequently as the oil

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  • Visitor, , 31,000 mi

    I bought this car used with approx 19,000 miles. The first time I took it in to the dealership for a instrument panel issue I already had blackened wheel bases for all four tires. I've taken the car in at lesast four times since I purchased it in August, 2011. I took it in last week (Dec., 2012) since the instrument panel advised to :"Check brake pads." The Service Center attendant told me that the blackened wheel base is an indicator of brake pad and rotor problems or need for replacement. If this is the case, why wasn't I advised of this issue back in September, 2011 when I first took the vehicle in for another issue and all of the wheel bases were blackened then and, for that matter, each of the three times when I subsequently took the car in to the VW Service Center? Needless to say, I feel that this issue is something that VW doesn't wish to disclose to its customers. (Not very honest, right?)

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  • Visitor, , 77,000 mi

    solution, had to pay 1100.00 for new brakes

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  • Visitor, , 28,976 mi

    Just wear and tear, extreme brake pad dust, complained since new they say it is normal

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