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Beware of the 2023 Volkswagen Taos: Is It a Lemon in Disguise?

Posted by Howard Gutman | Oct 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

2023 Volkswagen Taos

When it comes to purchasing a new car, you expect reliability, safety, and peace of mind. Unfortunately, some 2023 Volkswagen Taos owners have been left with anything but that. Complaints are flooding in, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and Edmunds.com are filled with stories of frustration and disappointment.

If you're one of the unfortunate Taos owners experiencing issues, or if you're considering buying one, this article is a must-read.

NHTSA Complaints: A Troubling Trend

Let's dive into some real-life experiences shared by 2023 Volkswagen Taos owners who have turned to the NHTSA to report their problems:

  1. Acceleration Lag: One owner purchased their Taos in December 2022, only to face an acceleration lag issue shortly after. They had to floor the accelerator to get the vehicle moving, leading to dangerous situations.
    • “The acceleration lagging issue continued sporadically. To the point you would have to floor the accelerator to get it to move, especially when changing lanes in traffic.” – Disgruntled Taos Owner
  2. Mysterious Engine Lights: Multiple reports mention engine light issues, often with perplexing causes. From fuel issues to emissions problems, it seems like there's no one solution.
    • “The first check engine light came on the end of January 2023, and it started having the acceleration lagging issue right before that.” – Concerned Taos Owner
  3. Unpredictable Stalling: Several owners reported sudden stalling, causing dangerous situations on the road.
    • “I had just purchased this car- it was my first day driving it. I drove it from the dealer to my home and then out to dinner with no problems… all of a sudden the engine shut off and a message displayed saying ‘Please Start Engine Manually'.” – Anxious Taos Owner
  4. Brake Problems: Brake-related complaints range from fading brake pads to issues with the brake assist system.
    • “Vehicle had a sudden burst of acceleration… resulted in an accident. Vehicle felt like there was a lag in response timing of the throttle to acceleration response.” – Frustrated Taos Owner

Edmunds Reviews: Echoes of Discontent

To further illustrate the issues with the 2023 Volkswagen Taos, let's look at what owners on Edmunds have to say:

  1. Drivability Nightmare: A common theme in Edmunds reviews is the lack of reliability and safety concerns.
    • “I purchased this car on July 1, 2022. Two weeks ago at 6k miles I was driving down the road and the car decelerated to 20mph. The check engine light started blinking, epc light came on, caution symbol came on, traction control light came on.” – An Angry Taos Owner
  2. Persistent Issues: Owners report issues with fuel systems, radiator leaks, and problematic parts that take weeks to replace.
    • “Right at 20K miles, the vehicle started leaking radiator fluid and also recall on brakes. My daughter took to Volkswagen dealership. The car remains in service nearly 6 weeks for a head gasket, radiator leak, brakes and has been awaiting parts since.” – Dissatisfied Taos Owner
  3. Transmission Troubles: The transmission, a vital component of any vehicle, has been a source of frustration.
    • “It lurches dangerously when accelerating from a stop position. Downshifting is abrupt. These transmission faults make for a jerky, uncomfortable ride.” – Taos Owner's Regret


The 2023 Volkswagen Taos was supposed to be a standout in the compact SUV market. However, it's increasingly clear that many owners have been left frustrated, disappointed, and even endangered by a range of issues, from acceleration problems to engine malfunctions and brake troubles.

If you're experiencing these problems, remember that you have rights. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to help you navigate the complexities of these laws and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Consider potential claims, such as:

  • Lemon Law Claim: If your vehicle has significant defects that impair its use, safety, or value, lemon laws may provide relief.
  • Breach of Express Warranty Claim: Manufacturers must uphold the promises made in their warranties. If they fail to do so, you may have grounds for this claim.
  • Deceptive Practices Claim: Misleading or deceptive actions by the manufacturer or dealer could entitle you to compensation under deceptive practices laws.
  • Magnuson-Moss Act Claim: Federal law safeguards consumers who purchase products with warranties, ensuring fairness and remedies for defects.
  • Breach of Implied Warranty Claim: Your vehicle should meet certain expectations of quality and performance, and if it doesn't, you may have a case under this claim.

Call our firm at (973) 598-1980 today for a free consultation, and let us fight for your rights. You deserve a safe and reliable vehicle, and we're here to help you achieve that.

  • 2023 Volkswagen Taos Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
  • Complaints for 2023 VOLKSWAGEN TAOS | NHTSA
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