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Problems with ACC continue. Follow up from Aug 2018 post

Well I wish I had read all of this prior to purchase. We were excited to take our 2019 home. It had 3 miles and on our way home we noticed a little orange icon with an ! symbol. Drove the car 5 days around town, to work, maybe 200 miles.

Roadtrip time - get on the road and cruise control won't engage. You turn it on, the little orange icon comes on. Now I know what it is! Then when we press "Set" we get a message, "ACC UNAVAILABLE" then we move from screen to screen and see "ACC De-activated" so we call dealer. They said they had never heard of any issues and we should be able to "activate" by going to settings. No option there.

Very, Very frustrated with this technology and atlas. I road trip at least once a month, its very frustrating to drive 400-600 miles at a time with no cruise control!

I guess it needs to go back to the dealer. I pray they can fix it.
Well, I wish I had better news for you Mexcano. Since I first posted about this problem back in Aug of 2018, I have not been able to fix the problem with my Altas's ACC.

My VW service department has attempted to fix the problem several times. I've had the vehicle in the for service four times since August of 2018. It's now February or 2019. My Atlas now has 3000 and the ACC has never worked. Well, at least not for very long.

The first time they "fixed it", it worked for one trip. Three miles home from the VW dealer/service, then it stopped working. They "fixed it" a second time and it worked for about one week. I now have another appointment scheduled for next week to take that Atlas back in for service. All told, my brand new Atlas with the ACC that has never worked, has been in for service four times and for over 30 days total.

I have written letters and have been in contact with VW, North America, corporate office in MI. The regional, service tech for VW, North America, East, and the service manager for my local dealer. Everyone is trying to fix this issue for me. They are simply just not able to fix it.

I'm not considering seeking retribution via the New York, New Car Lemon Law. Given the repair history attempts, I have met the requirements of the law. However, it does require one to bring legal suit against the manufacturer and apply to the court for relief under the law. I expect this will take a considerable amount of time and energy, which I'm not looking forward to.

The shame of it is, other than the ACC issue, I really like the Atlas. I love the interior and exterior design. It's more fun to drive than the Ford Explorer I had prior to this. I'm hoping next week's scheduled trip to the service department will be my last but I'm not counting on it.
 

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Well I wish I had read all of this prior to purchase. We were excited to take our 2019 home. It had 3 miles and on our way home we noticed a little orange icon with an ! symbol. Drove the car 5 days around town, to work, maybe 200 miles.

Roadtrip time - get on the road and cruise control won't engage. You turn it on, the little orange icon comes on. Now I know what it is! Then when we press "Set" we get a message, "ACC UNAVAILABLE" then we move from screen to screen and see "ACC De-activated" so we call dealer. They said they had never heard of any issues and we should be able to "activate" by going to settings. No option there.

Very, Very frustrated with this technology and atlas. I road trip at least once a month, its very frustrating to drive 400-600 miles at a time with no cruise control!

I guess it needs to go back to the dealer. I pray they can fix it.
My bet is they will look at the fault and they will clear it and you will be on your way.
 

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Well update, multiple visits and finally determined the camera in the front came broken.

From reading here, my assumption us that its a cheap product since alot of people have similar issues.

The kicker? Dealer ordered the parts march 4th. As of today, vw said it will be “at the earliest may 28” before parts can arrive. Seriously? 5 months with no cruise control because your camera came broken on a new atlas and you can’t replace it?
 

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Atlas ACC Issue

Happened to me now twice. First time dealer in Kelowna BC. fix it by re-calibrating the sensor . Now second time happened within one month. Going to dealer again. It did rain or snowed both times it happened. Can still drive without cruise control but it is disappointing that it happened now twice. Going to check transmission too. If sudden stop and engaging reverse gear to park sometimes there is loud bang that i can hear in the transmission. It happened at least three or four times already. Anyone else had this issue? It feels like it would want to go into a forward gear before going into reverse. Driving cars for more than 30 years and never experienced anything like this before.
 

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We have a 2018 SEL Premium with about 17k Miles and are having issues with the ACC and the lane assist/keep Systems. My dealer is telling me it’s due to the car being out of alignment... I’m not feeling good about the service advisors explanation.p, but he says the toe and Camber is off... so the vehicle needs to be aligned and then the sensors/cameras need to realigned.... it’s over $400 for both services as they say it’s not a warranty issue. Any help or possible more explanation would be expected. I’m going to fight with the dealer a bit and get vw involved f the dealer doesn’t help. We’ve had sensor issues since day one as well as a bunch of other small issues along the way. Frsutating for a 50k+ brand new vehicle. Glad we leased it.... couple years and it’ll be all there problem.
I ran into the exact same problem, dealer says it’s $89.95 for alignment and $187 for camera calibration, he says an error message will come on when they do the alignment, but if it’s out of alignment now why no error message to begin with. I think the dealers are trying to fleece owners! The dealer won’t do alignment with out the camera work, I told him to shove it up his -ss
 

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ACC - Don't start me off..... Bought my 19th VW/AUDI/PORSCHE, a 2018 VW Atlas 3.6 SEL Premium 4 Motion w/Technology. 5,000 miles in and the front right axle broke... Few weeks later evaporations canister went, then again, then again, then, then again and then one more time. Both cats replaced, hard shifting transmission, accelleration issues, snd subsequently the ACC failed. Delaminated VW badge so replaced under warranty. Three months later, ACC fails again, yellow caution triangle, disabled messages on the dashboard. Booked the car in to get it fixed and they told me it's not covered. VW Area Service manager clams there is no financial assistance available, after VW dealership tells me it wear and tear/service issue rather than a defect. Disturbing detail, every time the car is in for service and they install a software updated, **** happens to the car afterwards. Ran great for 4 months until oil service and updates, and here we go again. I have a great relationship with my local dealer, but their hands appear to be tied by VW, and they'll have to charge me the rate of $495 for an alignment, which in their words, may last 5 miles. They've seen it before. I'm at a point of just yanking the fuse out and have no cruise control etc., and get rid of the yellow warning lights on the cockpit. My worst VW experience thus far, all the other ones have been excellent. Atlas received a 13% reliability rating..... it means 'run for the hills'!

There's too much to list - axles, electronics, headlights failing at night, evap systems, wrinkled leather seat on a rarely used position, catalytic converters, transmission shift issue, sensors, cruise control, headlight adjustment system, main battery failure - it's too crazy for words. Currently engaged in buy-back procedure with VW under the FL Lemon Law.
 

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ACC - Don't start me off..... Bought my 19th VW/AUDI/PORSCHE, a 2018 VW Atlas 3.6 SEL Premium 4 Motion w/Technology. 5,000 miles in and the front right axle broke... Few weeks later evaporations canister went, then again, then again, then, then again and then one more time. Both cats replaced, hard shifting transmission, accelleration issues, snd subsequently the ACC failed. Delaminated VW badge so replaced under warranty. Three months later, ACC fails again, yellow caution triangle, disabled messages on the dashboard. Booked the car in to get it fixed and they told me it's not covered. VW Area Service manager clams there is no financial assistance available, after VW dealership tells me it wear and tear/service issue rather than a defect. Disturbing detail, every time the car is in for service and they install a software updated, **** happens to the car afterwards. Ran great for 4 months until oil service and updates, and here we go again. I have a great relationship with my local dealer, but their hands appear to be tied by VW, and they'll have to charge me the rate of $495 for an alignment, which in their words, may last 5 miles. They've seen it before. I'm at a point of just yanking the fuse out and have no cruise control etc., and get rid of the yellow warning lights on the cockpit. My worst VW experience thus far, all the other ones have been excellent. Atlas received a 13% reliability rating..... it means 'run for the hills'!

There's too much to list - axles, electronics, headlights failing at night, evap systems, wrinkled leather seat on a rarely used position, catalytic converters, transmission shift issue, sensors, cruise control, headlight adjustment system, main battery failure - it's too crazy for words. Currently engaged in buy-back procedure with VW under the FL Lemon Law.
9/14/2020 -Atlas has been at dealer again. Radio failed, switches off for no reason and must do a hard reset, works for another 2 minutes and fails again. New module ordered and installed. In 7 days the car has been back to dealer for low coolant warning three times. The whole fri$%#’n Christmas tree on the dashboard lit up again but no faults found.. just keep adding coolant every other day.
No longer trust the car or assume it’s reliable.
VW decided the car is fine and WILL NOT BUY BACK.... I have so much information on the issues with this Atlas, it’s ridiculous. Some interesting reports from VW Chattanooga also, could prove to be pretty useful when I get the media involved. They did offer me 10% trade assist if I get a new one..... Like **** I will! Asked them if I can use it on a new Mercedes GLS instead...

Extremely unhappy! Not done with this piece of **** yet.
Rant over!
 

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It just shuts off the cruise control. I will get pics of the error and post the, shortly.
[/QUmy 2019 does the same thing to me. I have an appointment next week with the dealership. what was the resolution to fix the problem?
 

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Yes! New lease vehicle and first week out the "ACC is unavailable". And a big yellow "!" appearing in a triangle in the center dash display. I took it to the dealer service. They diagnosed and said the front ACC unit was bad.

They had to special order the part from VW (2 days). They put the new unit in but they we not able to get it to calibrate (1 day). They contacted VW and they recommended that they replace the front grill. Special order (3 days). That appeared to work. I picked up the Atlas and drove home (8 miles) with the ACC working fine.

I parked the car and went out to drive it a few hours later and got the "ACC is unavailable" message and the big yellow "!" again. Unbelievable. Thinking of just having it disconnected so I don't have to look at the warning light anymore, and just be done with it.

At this point my new car has been in the shop equal to the time I've had it to drive. It's a tough choice. It feels wrong to spend $45K on a new car and not have it work perfectly but it also feels wrong to make payments for a car that's sitting in the shop. Plus, the inconvenience of going back and forth to the dealer on the NYC subway.

I was just now searching the internet for any info about this problem and came across this website. I have not found anything else yet. Has anyone else had a similar experience or have an opinion on what I should do next?
I am having the same issue. What was the resolution? I have an appointment with the dealership next week.
 

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I am having the same issue. What was the resolution? I have an appointment with the dealership next week.
Resolution as per my VW dealer - Bring it in, we'll charge you $495 for an ACC alignment and can't guarantee the work. They stated that they fixed another one for $495 which lasted 5 miles before it went ^@%$$# haywire again. No guarantee on the repair as it's deemed service/wear and tear. I know what I'm gonna tear next.... I am almost done with VW USA, service substandard, resolution is not a word they understand that well. 10% trade assist is what they offered me instead (i.e., we know it's wrong, but please buy a new one from us). So I asked them if they could transfer the trade assist to the nearest Mercedes Benz dealer, so I can get a reliable car. $52,000 worth of trouble with this one! >> RANT OVER <<
 
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