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Hey all,
Just joined the forum today after test-driving an AWD V6 Atlas yesterday. We drove the SEL, non premium and my wife and I were both really impressed. This vehicle checked every box on the list that we made for a 3 row. Power, while not "throw back in the seat", was satisfactory for us. Overall, the Atlas seems like a great value.
I get home and do more research and find ALL SORTS of complaints with powertrain, transmission, overall cheap "clunky" sounds that are rearing their ugly heads after a few weeks of ownership. These seem to be hit and miss, but overall quite a lot of poor reviews online from owners.
So I've come here to ask this community, Would you buy an Atlas again? The more answers I get here, the better.
I really want to love this car, but I'm deciding between the Atlas and the new gen Mazda CX-9. We also really love that vehicle, but there are a few features that make the Atlas more appealing to us.
Of course, if the Atlas's reliability is as dodgy as it sounds, I will have no issues looking elsewhere.

So please take a moment and let me know likes, dislikes, and overall impressions of the VW Atlas. Would you buy it again knowing what you know now?

Thanks,
Michael
 

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Hello Michael, welcome to the forum. Keep in mind that most of what you will find during your research online is mostly about problems or issues. Most people do not post about their vehicle when they are not having problems, hence the reason for your post.


I have 25,000 miles in 10 months on my V6 SE w/Tech and have no issues to date. We love the vehicle, it drives really well and we have taken several 1500+ mile road trips so far. The warranty is excellent, hopefully never needed. Can't say how important it is to have a dealership you can trust. Without a local dealer, I choose to drive 2 hours to the dealer I trust even though some are closer.


I would definitely buy again. Good luck in you quest!
 

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I am a new Atlas owner of 10 days. While it's too early for me to tell if I would buy it again, so far I like it a lot! I chose the 2.0T liter engine, as I liked the whole feel of the car much, much better than the V6 AWD. Fuel economy is much better with the 2.0.

Keep in mind that the Atlas comes with bumper to bumper 6 years/72K miles warranty. You won't get that form any other vehicle on the market. It adds value to the Atlas. And you can buy it way under MSRP and invoice...

Other thoughts - It rides comfortably;It is quiet; I find the seats very supportive. It does not feel/look cheap - I don't mind the plastic parts; They all fit well and seem to not squeak or move. Fantastic usable 3rd row seat.
Any newer vehicle on the market could have issues in the first 1-2 years. Warranty should take care of any problems.
 

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Of course these are just my experiences, but I have had more problems with this vehicle, including one they can’t correct, in just the first 4 months than any other new or used car I have ever owned.
I really want to like it but there is no way I would purchase another one. Asked on what I have gone through. I’m going to be getting Christmas cards from the shuttle drivers. I’m in the middle of asking for a buyback right now. If they accept I’m going to be shopping soon.
 

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I am Stephan from Germany, imported a V6 SEL, drove 1.500 miles since then. I love this little beast and as of know no complaints at all. Guess fuel tank could be a little larger. I would buy it again. The car is much more roomy and comfy than my former Beamer X3!
 

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So far so good. Have had tech issues. i had the electronics turn off on me, only when i was on a BlueTooth Call (call remained on but the sceen turned off) Turned off and back on was fine (at a stop light). My wife had the volume shut off completely, but recently learned there is a hard reset function and fixed it. As of now, yes I would repurchase again.
 

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Simple answer YES. I too was between the Mazda CX9 and Atlas SEL 4motion V6. The deciding factors were comfort/roominess overall....3rd row is the best seen, Safety- built like a tank with 5 star rating and smooth ride. Plus the warranty is one if the best in the industry. We love it!
 

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9 mos/10K miles, it's fine..not a single issues that I have needed to take it back in for. Overall, the data will show that the problems are not the norm but the online forums will be filled with lots of negative b/c that what people do when they have problems..complain. People don't start threads that say "another day my Atlas didn't have an issue". Also keep in mind some people are complaining about things that are related to 1) not knowing how things work and 2) normal conditions for the vehicle that are perceived as issues. Yes, some folks are having legit issues but by and large from what I can tell, they are getting handled.
 

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I am not sure, a major reason for my selection was the advertised 5K towing capacity. Turns out that is on the SEL version which has a ton of electronics and feature that I simply don't need which is why I bought the SE with 4Motion and the VR6 motor thinking I will add the hitch later rather than pay the 15K for all the options I don't need. I only see an option for a 2K hitch on the VW site. If I can't put a 5K hitch on this vehicle then I feel like I have been duped and will never buy another VW again. I have had trouble searching to find the difference in the SEL and SE. I understand that there is a difference in the wiring, the different hitch itself , and changes where the hitch fits with the bumper.
 

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I have had mine for almost 9 months and have put 23k miles on it including a cross country road trip. I have had 0 issues. I would buy again BUT I would buy a used one because they depreciated extremely fast.
 

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I see I am a little late to the party here.
However I just purchased a 2019 Atlas SE with Tech and 4Motion in July 2019.
I have just over 1,000 miles on it to date.
I absolutely love my atlas and would totally buy one again.

I have had zero issues.
It sounds like the 2018 model years might have had some issues.

The only things I am not a huge fan of:
1. Gas milage is pretty weak
(However, knowing what it is I would buy again, I do just about 100% city driving and I get about 15 mpg. When I do freeway I get 20mpg)
2. My wife does not like how low the passenger seat sits. SE is a manual passenger seat.
3. I would like to have the back up sensor/sonar (but that is my fault for being cheap and not getting the SEL)

Other than that, I absolutely love the Atlas and would buy it again.
I am coming from owning 6 Toyotas and the Atlas replaced a 2016 Toyota Sienna.
We shopped the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot and thought for the features and bag for the buck the Atlas was the winner... and I still feel that way ;-)
 

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No I would not purchase again. We owned our 19’ for just over 10 months. I like the tech, styling, ride quality but we have low coolant issues too often and no one seems to know what the deal is. The interior is very spacious and I like the fit and finish but the seats are terribly uncomfortable. The exterior metal is extremely cheap and flimsy. This thing dents from basic west and tear more than any car I’ve ever had. It’s terrible. I hate the shifting and the atlas v6 is so underpowered it’s frustrating. Gas mileage sucks for being so underpowered. The resell value is absolutely terrible. We will dump it and take a hit in the shorts when I’m the warranty ends.
 

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Same comment as mjfinpa for me...the 3rd gear torque converter noise that VW considers normal is bad enough that I would not buy again........the vehicle has several "quirks"......but this is the issue that would cause me to not buy it again......


I would not purchased again. Only reason - for the 3rd gear / torque converter grinding issue being discussed on this forum. This is terrible and inexcusable by VW for the money I spent on this vehicle.

https://www.vwatlasforum.com/forum/170-volkswagen-atlas-complaints-issues-problems/2757-noise-while-accelerating-lower-gear.html

https://www.vwatlasforum.com/forum/9-2018-volkswagen-atlas-general-discussion-forum/3149-atlas-torque-converter-noise-read.html
 
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