Atlas: a Volkswagen Parts and Accessories Buyer's Guide
Your Atlas is a mid-size SUV unmistakably VW in its perfect combination of space, drive-time comfort, and serious towing power. Not every trim's created equal, though; the 2024 Atlas SE, base for instance, is quite different from the range-topping Atlas SEL Premium R-Line -- and there's plenty in between, from the popular Atlas SE with Technology to SEL. There are even two ruggeder Peak Edition trims -- Peak Edition SE with Technology and Peak Edition SEL.
In other words, there are some things you'll need to keep in mind while shopping Volkswagen parts online. That crossover you love -- it's got key feature differences (important to know when, say, adding accessories), not to mention a few common problems you might run into (for which you'll need OEM parts).
Good thing you came to us at VW Kearny Mesa Parts; we've got all the info. Here's what to watch out for -- including the unexpected.
Volkswagen Atlas Overview
The latest 2024 Volkswagen Atlas sports a turbocharged 269-horsepower, in-line, four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but 4MOTION all-wheel drive is available. Popular standard and optional features include:5,000 pounds max towingA heated steering wheelVentilated/cooled front seatsA 12.0-inch infotainment systemSecond-row captain's chairsThird-row USB charging ports21-inch wheels on R-Line modelsAnd more
There's also a Peak Edition appearance package available that includes an exclusive combo of Avocado Green and Pure Gray paint jobs -- a more outdoor-friendly look.
Common Problems with Atlas
Coolant leaks. Some Atlas models have known issues where they either burn through coolant or it leaks or both. The culprit here could be anything from a blown head gasket or a bad intake gasket to a faulty radiator or water pump. However, most of the time, it's actually just some failed bolts on the engine block. Replace those, and you should be good to go. Otherwise, the average cost of replacing a radiator in an Atlas, for instance, is around $1,600.
Defective sunroofs. If the panoramic sunroof in your Atlas has shattered, it's because of a factory defect. Your warranty may cover it, so check on that first, but if it doesn't, or your SUV's out of warranty, you'll need to replace it. That can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to around $1,000, sometimes more.
Bad brakes. If the "brake booster faulty" warning light's on your Atlas dash, the brakes feel spongy, or you're having trouble slowing down and stopping, most likely, it's just that: a failed brake booster. Replacing it can run you $500 or more.
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