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    Help deciding on tiguan...

    I'm debating buying a Tiguan, and the very existence of this forum makes me want to join your club.

    Here's my debacle.

    Tiguan #1 - 2011, 57,000 miles (asking 15K). In service history, it had timing chain tensioner replaced with chain and the cylinder head had to be rebuilt. Sounds like the crappy tensioners gave out.

    Tiguan #2 - 2013, 35,000 miles (asking 17k). Perfect history. zero issues.

    Aside from cost, newer Tiguan will be under warranty for a bit longer. The thing is, there is some comfort knowing that Tiguan #1 has already had the dreaded issue and its been replaced. I could buy Tiguan #2 and when I hit 70K miles, I could have engine failure out of warranty. Then again... the cylinder head has already been rebuilt on #1....

    What does the forum think?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Help deciding on tiguan...

    I would go with the 2013. Less miles and I'm almost 100% certain it has the updated time chain tensioner from the factory.
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    Re: Help deciding on tiguan...

    I recently bought a 2012 Tiguan. When I bought the car, I also bought a five-year/100K mile warranty. Complete, bumper-to-bumper warranty, minimal deductible, and valid at any ASE certified mechanic. It added a couple thousands to the purchase price, but the piece of mind is worth it.

    By the way, I love the car. Traded in my VW Eos for it. Eos was great, but too small for a three-dog family.

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    Re: Help deciding on tiguan...

    Quote Originally Posted by Haggie View Post
    I recently bought a 2012 Tiguan. When I bought the car, I also bought a five-year/100K mile warranty. Complete, bumper-to-bumper warranty, minimal deductible, and valid at any ASE certified mechanic. It added a couple thousands to the purchase price, but the piece of mind is worth it.

    By the way, I love the car. Traded in my VW Eos for it. Eos was great, but too small for a three-dog family.

    I just bought a 2012 with about 8K left on the CPO warranty. Did your '12 have any issue with the time chain tensioner?

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    Re: Help deciding on tiguan...

    Quote Originally Posted by kama22 View Post
    I just bought a 2012 with about 8K left on the CPO warranty. Did your '12 have any issue with the time chain tensioner?
    We have not had that problem yet, but I've heard that it is "when, not if". That is why we went with the warranty.

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