2009 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2.0T from North America
Don't do it
We own a 2009 Eos, and it was fantastic for the first ten thousand miles. The performance from a 4 cyl turbo amazed me. I really thought we purchased a solid car. It feels solid, it drove solid, and it performed like it had much more under the hood than what it does.
After ten thousand miles, we noticed various squeaks and rattles happening when the roof was up and secured. The warmer weather created more squeaks. I mentioned it to the dealer and he let me know that it is a part of owning these cars. What do you say to that?
Problems to date that have occurred are a malfunctioning trunk release, two bad seals causing water to leak in during rain and car washes. The top would only work on certain days, and the air conditioning emits some sort of chemical smell that makes everyone from myself, my wife and our dogs sick. VW claims there is no such smell, and that it is normal.
Lastly, 2009 seems to be a bad year for these cars. I don't understand why. What did they change in 2009? Why do I have 25k on my car, and smell burning oil that dealer magically doesn't smell (despite the dip stick registering low). The actual invoice states 'Customer states burning oil odor emitted from under the hood on warm days and through vents while fan engaged. Service tech did not locate any burning oil or smell any burning oil. Checked oil level, added two quarts). I had my oil changed two thousand miles prior to that invoice. Beware of this car. It starts out great, but the second you see the top or seals going bad (especially for a new car!), run from it. It just gets worse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd July, 2010
We got rid of our Eos after we experienced many of the same problems you are talking about. We had that funky smell come from the vents too. The dealer said it was because the car was new. It has been a year, and that new car stench coming from the vents was still there. Do yourself a favor and trade it in before your transmission goes into neutral between first and second gear like mine did before I got rid of it at 24k. The car is a pile of junk after a little while.