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Old 07-30-2019, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Volkswagen Atlas 3.6 L SUV

Have any of you guys driven or owned one of these? Asking for a friend that wants one. The prices arenít too bad either.

https://www.vworland.com/vehicle-det...il-id-27862338
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Owned one for a year as a work car. Fantastic. The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade have more interior quality for the money, but the Atlas is still the most space efficient. Tons of room behind the third row, the most youíll find outside of a Suburban or minivan.

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We drove one and were considering leasing one, but the 3.6 isn't enough for the size and weight of the Atlas, IMO.
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After a full year and nearly 12,000 miles of driving, out-of-pocket maintenance and repairs amount to some extra coolant, one tire repair and a regular service appointment with an oil change, at a total cost of about $155.
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Great question. Dealer never got to the bottom of it and the level didnít change after topping off. Filled it up and it was fine. We read some reports of other owners smelling coolant and having repeat issues but we never did. We only put 12,000 miles on it though. It does come with a 6-year/72,000 mile powertrain and bumper warranty. Something VW is actually pulling back on for 2020.
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interesting

sounds like it was a touch thirsty as well
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Default Volkswagen Atlas 3.6 L SUV

Our 12,000 mile average was 18ish mpg. Rated at 19 mpg combined. About 1-2 mpg less than the rest of the class, more in line with a minivanís mpg.
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My co worker just got one to replace her Infiniti 3.5 JX which is QX60 now...?

She thinks it is slower and has to really nail it getting on the hwy. Size is similiar but nose is boxier so it is harder to see the front corners.

So far they have had one issue. The sunroof leaked and flooded the headliner and dripped allover the dash. Apparently the drains were put together wrong at the factory.

Other than that the only thing she hates is the auto shut off. She manually disables it every time she drives because she doesn't like it.
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auto shut off fucking blows.
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Service guys told her they haven't figured out how to disable it and they have tried. LOL
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I remember the first time I figured out auto-shut off was a thing. I was in a drive-thru line and I kept hearing the person in front of me turning off and turning back on their car. It made me think of my grandfather that would do silly things in the car because he thought it would save gas.

That would bug the shit out of me and I'd be looking for a fast way to turn that shit off.
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Just took a road trip to NC and these things were everywhere.

Is the 3.6L a dodge or did they come up with their own motor?
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We drove one and were considering leasing one, but the 3.6 isn't enough for the size and weight of the Atlas, IMO.
We looked at one last year and ended up with a 2018 MDX.

100% agree. The powertrain to me was very overwhelmed by weight.

Another thing that I didn't like is that the interior felt cheap. There's a lot of hard plastic inside.
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My co worker just got one to replace her Infiniti 3.5 JX which is QX60 now...?

She thinks it is slower and has to really nail it getting on the hwy. Size is similiar but nose is boxier so it is harder to see the front corners.

So far they have had one issue. The sunroof leaked and flooded the headliner and dripped allover the dash. Apparently the drains were put together wrong at the factory.

Other than that the only thing she hates is the auto shut off. She manually disables it every time she drives because she doesn't like it.
I have read almost everywhere it has weak acceleration (for a 3.6) for some reason. Must be in the tuning and for fuel economy. And it’s a heavy vehicle.

My lady friend wants one and she’s a really good driver and I don’t think she will mind about the acceleration. She said she checked out all the other mid size SUVs and likes this one the best.
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yeah im reading 7.5-7.9 0-60 for 3.6.

that's really pretty okay.

driving reviews says it doesn't "feel" fast.

but those numbers seem like plenty of go for a mom-hauler.
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Just took a road trip to NC and these things were everywhere.

Is the 3.6L a dodge or did they come up with their own motor?
Itís a punched out 3.2 VR6 if I recall.
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My co worker just got one to replace her Infiniti 3.5 JX which is QX60 now...?

She thinks it is slower and has to really nail it getting on the hwy. Size is similiar but nose is boxier so it is harder to see the front corners.

So far they have had one issue. The sunroof leaked and flooded the headliner and dripped allover the dash. Apparently the drains were put together wrong at the factory.

Other than that the only thing she hates is the auto shut off. She manually disables it every time she drives because she doesn't like it.

Acceleration is par for the course for a non-luxury three-row. Our sunshade came to us broken and it took them a while to fix because of parts availability, we bought in late 2017, and they damaged the sunroof frame during install so had to replace that too.
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I have read almost everywhere it has weak acceleration (for a 3.6) for some reason. Must be in the tuning and for fuel economy. And itís a heavy vehicle.

My lady friend wants one and sheís a really good driver and I donít think she will mind about the acceleration. She said she checked out all the other mid size SUVs and likes this one the best.
Did she check out the CX9? It's a lot more sporty and the interior is luxury car grade.
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Itís so small, though. Which is fine if you donít need the size.
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Did she check out the CX9? It's a lot more sporty and the interior is luxury car grade.
I donít know. But she also likes the Atlas price.

The CX9 Looks nice.
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MDX is the obvious choice for the enthusiast. 0-60 in 5.7, 14.5 1/4 mile, and my wife is averaging over 25mpg. But the 3rd row is kids only....
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enthusiast? it's a 3 row mom suv? also... like... 15k more starting price
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enthusiast? it's a 3 row mom suv? also... like... 15k more starting price
It's not though, once you equip an Atlas with AWD, leather, Nav, premium sound, and the V6, which the MDX comes with.

Look.... I know it's a glorified minivan either way, but the SH AWD system kicks ass, and it's actually pretty fun to drive and beat the piss out of it. Handles waaaaay better than it should, and will take a hand full of sedans to Gapplebees.

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can't you land a durango srt for nicely optioned mdx money though?


seems like the mom-enthusiast-suv route to me.
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