Review: Volkswagen Sharan (1995 – 2010)


Full seven-seater that drives more like a car than a big people carrier. Classier image than a Ford Galaxy or SEAT Alhambra even though it's the same.

Lots of quality-related problems. Consistently poor performance in customer satisfaction surveys.

Recently Added To This Review

28 January 2012

Manufacturer recall to replace Siemens Piezoelectric injectors of 2006 - 2009 2.0 TDI BMN engines. All the injectors from the the 2.0 TDI PD engines that use piezoelectric Siemens injectors and Siemens... Read more

31 December 2011

Apparently, all VAG models with the 2.0TDI engine from around 2005 fitted with Siemens peizo injectors are subject to a recall which involves replacing all the injectors FOC. Job takes around 3 hours.... Read more

19 February 2011

Want to buy one? This model VW Sharan had optional built in child seats and the Taxi firm Addison Lee is currently defleeting its Sharan diesel automatics fitted with these seats. Addison Lee corner of... Read more

Volkswagen Sharan (1995 – 2010): At A Glance

What does a Volkswagen Sharan (1995 – 2010) cost?

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Sharan (1995 – 2010)

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24–55 mpg

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My clutch went flat to the floor and now all gears are hard to engage - what's the issue?

I was driving my 2005 Volkswagen Sharan today and the clutch pedal went flat to the floor, as if it lost pressure. It returned to half way up since then, but now to where it should be. I can't get the car into reverse gear and all the other gears are difficult to engage. I checked the brake fluid and it doesn't look like it lost any, but I only drove the car a short distance when this happened. Could it be the seals? What do you think the issue could be?
Reads to me as if either the clutch master cylinder or the clutch slave cylinder are failing. If you have not lost any fluid then suspect the master cylinder piston seal. If that has failed, the fluid would still be retained in the system without leakage externally.
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