Volkswagen Atlas Forum banner

21 - 38 of 38 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
The mpg diff between normal/eco/sport is negligible at best - it's mainly how you drive - I achieved 25 mpg over 1100 miles on a recent trip using Sport mode - it's all I drive it in. Regardless of sport/normal/eco, the tranny will not shift down to 1/2 to prevent the noise everyone hears - you can manually do it and offroad mode handles it but you don't drive it in that one on the road.
Yeah, definitely how I drive. I have a lead foot...I have gotten used to eco and even start stop for the most part...but I drive the Atlas very rarely as my daily is an old Touareg. This last camping trip was the most I have driven it yet...it is the family car everyone fits it. The hills drive my crazy though as I have never had a vehicle that has nothing wrong with it try to climb hills in 3rd when going 30 mph or so.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
599 Posts
Yeah, definitely how I drive. I have a lead foot...I have gotten used to eco and even start stop for the most part...but I drive the Atlas very rarely as my daily is an old Touareg. This last camping trip was the most I have driven it yet...it is the family car everyone fits it. The hills drive my crazy though as I have never had a vehicle that has nothing wrong with it try to climb hills in 3rd when going 30 mph or so.
100% mpg-focused TCU tune is all it is. Sport mode helps out with this or just manually shift it down with tranny in manual mode. The Tiguan and Jetta both have these issues with the same tranny. Too much eco focus vs. daily drivability for what probably amounts to a fraction of a mpg overall.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
I have a 2018 SEL 4motion, I think I know the sound you're referring to. Since I have to park a few levels up at the garage at work, when I accelerate and turn, I can hear it every time. At first I thought it was the tires, but then I realized it wasn't. The sound is pretty loud especially in an isolated garage, but since this is my first suv, I thought it was just a normal sound...until I came across this forum.....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
We do have the same issue here on '19 SEL-P, production on 2/2019. We purchased on 8/24/19 and noticed the noise when it was less than 300 miles. Will the VW be fixing this issue? It is obviously a known issue now right?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter #25
We do have the same issue here on '19 SEL-P, production on 2/2019. We purchased on 8/24/19 and noticed the noise when it was less than 300 miles. Will the VW be fixing this issue? It is obviously a known issue now right?
My 2019 SEL-P has same production date as yours; with same sound. I tried for a buyback with VW but they declined a buyback with the response that the noise is "normal operating tolerances". Bologna.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Took my 2019 with 2500 miles to the dealer this past Monday to complain about the grinding noise on accelerating (the noise when trans hasn't downshifted all the way from 3rd gear when coming to a near stop, then re-accelerating), and also the cyclic grinding noise from the engine area when turning off the car. Dealer states both noises are normal for the Atlas. The grinding on acceleration is normal for the Atlas torque converter clutch, and the grinding noise on shutdown is normal due to the stop-start.....I am disappointed that these could be considered normal, because you wont hear these noises from other makes/models of cars.......hope VW looks at these forums and recognizes there is an issue........the grinding noise on acceleration is enough of an annoyance that I would tell people to not buy an Atlas......
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Our 2019 Atlas has been a huge appointment. EGR valve replaced. Catalytic converter replaced... Check engine light never seems to go off. I have the 4 motion. Hitting bumps like others sounded like the front struts / suspension was coming apart. They "said" the tie rod bar ends needed to be replaced..the feeling went away.. now new problem, when you are backing up and Turing the wheel to hard right, feels like you on gravel or going over a rock..feel is like wheel is slipping/ sliding?? thumping sound... but the ground is absolutely clean, no rock or gravel.. so back to the dealer.. again.. 6th time in 14 months..
 

·
Registered
2019 Volkswagen Atlas S AWD
Joined
·
10 Posts
Took my 2019 with 2500 miles to the dealer this past Monday to complain about the grinding noise on accelerating (the noise when trans hasn't downshifted all the way from 3rd gear when coming to a near stop, then re-accelerating), and also the cyclic grinding noise from the engine area when turning off the car. Dealer states both noises are normal for the Atlas. The grinding on acceleration is normal for the Atlas torque converter clutch, and the grinding noise on shutdown is normal due to the stop-start.....I am disappointed that these could be considered normal, because you wont hear these noises from other makes/models of cars.......hope VW looks at these forums and recognizes there is an issue........the grinding noise on acceleration is enough of an annoyance that I would tell people to not buy an Atlas......
I do agree with you. We just bought a 2019 S 4motion(used but only had 800 miles on it) and we noticed the same sound. I first noticed it pulling into the driveway and also when not quite coming to a complete stop when turning. It's definitely the transmission lingering in a higher gear and not downshifting.

My question is, whether "normal" or not, what long term effect with this have on the transmission? will this cause issues later or maybe it won't because it's not doing extra shifts? I don't know but it's worth asking.

Personally, the Atlas gets a bit frustrating in how quickly it wants to shift up to a higher gear, I'm guessing to up the fuel mileage. I tend to stick to Sport mode when I drive but the wife doesn't like the somewhat hair trigger throttle response in Sport mode. I am used that type of response as I also drive a 2009 Honda Civic that has a ridiculous hair trigger of a gas pedal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Hey guys, I leased 2019 VW Atlas SE back in October 2019. It’s a beautiful car and my wife and I love it however we have had some issues:

digitial speedometer not syncing with the analogue speedometer.

airbag light coming on

squeaky brakes from day one. ( we still have squeaky brakes!)

but the most annoying is the screeching sound when you accelerate ( especially uphill) in lower gear. We have pointed this out to VW but they have denied it. Which is total BS.
Here an online petition if you are having the same screeching noise issue with your Atlas.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
No, the noise I'm referring to is not the same noise alluded to in the thread you've referenced.


It's hard to explain the exact sound of the noise but I was able to replicate the exact same sound from another SEL Premium 4Motion on the dealer's lot. The sound is audible when turning the steering wheel and pressing the gas pedal at the same time. For example let's say you're pulling out your neighborhood or any turn that requires turning the steering wheel and giving gas at the same time; my car produces this noise heard from within the front cabin that kind of sounds like a wind noise (but more mechanical sounding if that makes sense) that last for 4-5 seconds and then it's gone.


If anyone has a 4Motion-model Atlas please try this (repeating the procedures outlined above) and let me know!
did you have any luck getting this repaired? I have the same exact issue but happens inconsistently so the dealer has not been able to replicate
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
I have just began experiencing this noise about a week ago. I began to notice it when I would make a slight tight turn, such as getting out of my driveway or turning into a parking spot. I am taking my Atlas in to have this issue (along with several other ongoing issues) in the next week or so.
did you have any luck getting this repaired? I have the same exact issue but happens inconsistently so the dealer has not been able to replicate
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Between the transmission noise and the various other issues (leaking transfer case that had to be replaced, drivers seat that stopped working and needed repair, rack and pinion steering system needing repair, we traded in the Atlas. The Atlas was a nice looking car, but the quality just wasn't there......
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
After yet another recall we have traded in the Atlas for a 2020 Honda Accord sport. Loved the style/interior.. but disappointment after disappointment with problems and recalls.
Kevin
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Intake kit... I do have a brand new AFE power intake for the v6.. was going to put it on.. but went to Honda instead.. hit me up if you want it. Retalied for $367 - i would take $150. [email protected]
Kevin
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
I have a 2019 SEL Premium 4Motion.

Anyone else notice a sound that is made while pressing the gas pedal and turning the car? The sound lasts for a few seconds and goes away.

I went to the dealership and asked them to let me drive another 4Motion on the lot; it too made the EXACT same sound.

Anyone else notice this on their 4Motion Atlas?
Hello. My 2019 has been at the dealer twice this year for a clock spring replacement. Make them replace the defective part. I am sickened I bought this lemon.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
There have been quite a few reports of issues with the Atlas' sway bar links and struts. If you came across the same noise on another model, they may simply need to tighten things up. Is there any play in the wheels or is it just the noise? Other similar threads on here about it. Noise turning left
Hi there. I purchased an Atlas in August. By December, I was sitting in 10" of snow in NE Montana when I heard a loud SNAP. I got the cold should from the employee @ the dealer who sold me the car. So, I went to the dealer in the U-District. By January, my car was scheduled for the repair. It was a month wait while part after part came in that was not working properly. Last month, the Atlas went back to the same dealer for a replacement of the "clockspring." It took about another month for a decent part to arrive. And, last night, the **** Atlas started making the same noise. Squealing on the steering wheel, grinding at 30-40 mph or a low hum, and seeming to go all over the road. I'm NOT impressed with the Atlas at all now. It's been in the shop more than the Mitsubishi Endeavor I still miss.
 
21 - 38 of 38 Posts
Top