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My daughter sold her Nissan Cube and now wants a Tiguan. I tried to talk her into a TDI Sportwagen like mine, but she’s 5’1” and wants something that rides taller. A local VW specialist told me to steer far clear of any pre-2013 units. We found a 2015 in absolutely pristine condition, but it has 97k miles. My daughter is a working college girl and can’t afford any expensive surprises (I’ll have it fully inspected by said mechanic before purchase), but does she have a reasonable chance of getting another 50k+ miles out of this generation Tiguan without high odds of mechanical calamity?

I sure wish VW had sold these with a TDI.
 

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It's a Volkswagen w/ a tried and proven engine, it will last forever
 

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It's a Volkswagen w/ a tried and proven engine, it will last forever
*IF you are willing to pay for maintenance and repairs.

As you have a Sportwagen TDI, I assume you are familiar with VW maintenance needs. Also realize that you will be looking at low 20s for MPG with AWD and mid 20s with FWD. What it needs in the next 50k miles kind of depends upon what has been done. Inside of 150k you WILL need to replace the cam timing chain in my experience no matter the year. The '13+s have the better chain tensioner, but the chains do wear/stretch, especially if it was on the 10k oil change schedule. The PCV assemblies are maintenance items. The water pumps are fairly high failure items. You will also have at least one major tune up with plugs, filters, etc. Then there are common oil leaks, like front covers and vacuum pumps. Those need to be taken care of as they arise so they don't lead to bigger issues. The good news is that the transmission is rock solid (Japanese AISIN brand), and the bodies and interiors hold up really well, usually making up for mechanical issues, IMO.

My daughter is a junior in college 500 miles away from me and has been driving an '09 Tiguan since she started driving. Not the same one, as one got totaled (seems like every 16 YO totals a car...), but I fixed it and it is now perfect again and I drive it. She now has a loaded '09 SEL (what was my daily) that I got with a jumped chain and repaired. On that one I rebuilt the head, replaced the intake manifold, water pump, PCV assembly, resealed the vacuum pump, gave it a full tune up, etc. at around 92k. I see it now two or three times a year and do whatever it needs for service. It will be back in a week or so for tires, a windshield, and maybe brakes. The plan is for it to last until she is out of college and can get her own car. So far, so good, but I have no illusions that is will be without problems. It is still a VW, and I already have a VW specialist shop picked out with their number in my phone in her college town if something happens that can't wait. Right now it is just a really nice, safe, AWD vehicle that I have not much into that I know like the back of my hand (because I need to). I have less into it than I would lose driving a new vehicle off the showroom floor.

For my non "car guy" friends, I tell them to get their kids Toyotas, like a Corolla or RAV4 if they need AWD. It will be bland, and you will pay more, but it will stand up to lots of neglect and always start. If all your kid can put into their car is gas and friends, then that is the vehicle for you.

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For my non "car guy" friends, I tell them to get their kids Toyotas, like a Corolla or RAV4 if they need AWD. It will be bland, and you will pay more, but it will stand up to lots of neglect and always start. If all your kid can put into their car is gas and friends, then that is the vehicle for you.

YMMV
That's pretty much what I also tell my non-car friends.
 

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For my non "car guy" friends, I tell them to get their kids Toyotas, like a Corolla or RAV4 if they need AWD. It will be bland, and you will pay more, but it will stand up to lots of neglect and always start. If all your kid can put into their car is gas and friends, then that is the vehicle for you.

YMMV
I’m not a “super car guy” mechanically-speaking. I just replaced a wheel bearing and brakes on an ‘08 Rabbit my younger son bought, but I doubt I’d be capable of rebuilding a blown engine. I’ve almost begged my daughter to just buy a RAV4 until she graduates, but she refuses to own/drive one. It’s her money, I can’t really tell her what to do.


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A Volkswagen is definitely an enthusiasts car.. if you want an appliance that will take 0 maintenance, Honda or Toyota (Or Acura, Lexus, Infiniti etc...) all the way. If you want an enthusiasts car thats an absolute pleasure to drive and are willing to buck up for maintenance, Volkswagen/Audi is a great choice.
 

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A Volkswagen is definitely an enthusiasts car.. if you want an appliance that will take 0 maintenance, Honda or Toyota (Or Acura, Lexus, Infiniti etc...) all the way. If you want an enthusiasts car thats an absolute pleasure to drive and are willing to buck up for maintenance, Volkswagen/Audi is a great choice.
Totally agree, VW (or German cars in general) need owners who know a bit and also care enough to put out a few bucks to keep them as they should be.

You can't just rubber stamp Japanese makes though, Acura's are only so so and Infiniti's are absolute money pits when they get older. Might as well have a BMW. :eek:
 

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Totally agree, VW (or German cars in general) need owners who know a bit and also care enough to put out a few bucks to keep them as they should be.

You can't just rubber stamp Japanese makes though, Acura's are only so so and Infiniti's are absolute money pits when they get older. Might as well have a BMW. :eek:
I intentionally lumped Acura in there because we're on our third, and yes we still have our first... somewhere around 270k miles and 0 issues what so ever besides oil, battery, brakes and a little odds n ends :laugh: None of our Acuras have ever gone back to the dealership unless we're buying a new one or we want a free hand wash :laugh:
 
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