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You are in the Volkswagen Touareg
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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1140 of 2219 Horsepower
Oct 30, 2003 (10:12 am)
I have talked with several VW dealer employees of who are from Germany and they claim that the horse power of the V8 is really 330 same and the Audi A8. So if the Touareg was produced when the 2004 A8 was being produced then the HP was 330.
These people cliam that VW is understating the HP to keep Porsche group happy.
Does any one know any more about this. I have hear this from several VW people and from Porsche people.
Looking forwar to mine which should be getting off the boat in Hourston yesterday or today.
#1141 of 2219 I love my v6 Touareg.
Oct 30, 2003 (11:00 am)
I have read this board for quite a while and have seen all of the issues people have been having. All I have to say is I do really love this car so far. I saw a post about how the acceleration is lagging on the v6. This isnt true. Yeah maybe if I was planning on racing another v8 or was timing my 0-60. For the average driver commuting, going through canyons, hitting the mountains, etc.. this car is really perfect. I jammed up a freeway on ramp that was pretty steep with no issues as well as I sped through a canyon with variable grades perfectly.
I anticipate issues happening as I have read this board. But with my wifes passat wagon everytime I have taken the car in whether I see an issue or not or if they have a recall the problem is always solved and generally with a smile. Whenever I took my Chevy Tahoe in to the dealer i would walk out of there having to argue and spend hundreds of bucks on issues that didnt relate to the way i drove. Im sure many of the dealer issues with the Touareg have to be because the car is so new. Give it 5 months and they will be experts locally. But you can bust on me when you start seeing me post about the minor issues i will experience.
Overall all of the details in the lowest model v6 are insanely cool and smart. No need for all of the extras unless you are loaded or are using this thing to romp.
Also the post about the Toyota 4 runner... Toyota is cheap in comparrison to vw. I looked at the 4runner, the pilot, the lexus, etc and couldnt find the details that vw has. Its funny because when you look at the Toyotas and Hondas with the extras that they raise the price for it just feels like they added some nice stuff to a cheap car. With the vw's every piece goes in and out of that car well. If its missing its not noticable if its in it makes sense. Leather seating on that Honda Pilot looked like someone was trying to pull my leg.
#1142 of 2219 jeeto - I'm glad you like your T-reg
Oct 30, 2003 (1:52 pm)
I too like the interior very much. Compared to the Toyota and Honda, the materials used in the T-Reg is several notch higher. But here is the kicker, the reliablity of the Toyota and Honda surpasses any German or American vehicle. Problems heard on this board are rarely discussed on the Toyota or Honda boards. Electical problems are almost non-existent for the Japanese make, maybe that is why they produce the best electronics in the world. Just be glad that you are not having any problems yet. I am considering T-Reg and BMW X5 along with other midsize SUVs but before I buy, I will have to decide whether I could live with subpar reliablity. Other friends of mine who were driving BMW and Mercedes have already unloaded them and purchased Lexus because they were all tired of having their vehicles in the shop and having to pay a fortune for the repairs.
#1143 of 2219 Mini Flashlight
Oct 30, 2003 (1:56 pm)
What is all the concern about the mini flashlight. This is to be a standard on the Touareg as indicated by the brochure IE part of the non smoking package which is standard. Are the guys at the port stealing them or is the dealer taking them or are they not shipped with the car?
Oct 30, 2003 (2:21 pm)
I'll agree that the interior of the T-rag is one of the nicest I've seen in a car or SUV. I'd also like to add that it's more capable than the RX in off-roading and towing capability.
However, I could not look past the limited cargo area and sluggish acceleration. If it were roomier and more powerful I probably would have bought it. The closest "real" SUV Lexus offers is the GX470, but there you're talking about $45k. IMO the X5 is too pricey for what you get and it doesn't have a good rating for emergency maneuvering. I also didn't like the fact that every little option required the purchase of a special XYZ package - be it cold weather, sport, etc.
Calling the 4Runner cheap with nice extras is not accurate. It's built on a solid frame with 9 crossmembers. My front calipers have 4 pistons each and 13" rotors. Like the Trag, it has a lockable center differential (Toyota's is a Torsen limited slip), vehicle stability control, traction control, brake assist and hill start control. Unlike the Trag, it also has downhill assist control. I can creep down a steep or slippery surface without having to use the gas or brake, essentially the truck drives itself.
I won't say that the Toyota is without its problems as I've had to replace a defective brake booster and fix a rattle in the sunroof. But these were mfg defects and I believe in the long run, my truck should be relatively trouble free based on past performance. It's tough to say that about a company who never built an SUV before.
#1145 of 2219 Bogus postings
Oct 30, 2003 (4:31 pm)
I have to agree with baham math, I too noticed a strange trend here, someone pops in the board claiming he just bought a Treg or Trag and from the second day he had all kinds of extraordinary problems, no history no nothing, quickly disappears and a few days later another one.
Oct 30, 2003 (6:29 pm)
you have throttle lag? on another forum (something like vweddy where I posted a question about this people said that they had some luck getting the computer's memory for adjusting the throttle response erased. remember, it's drive by wire and the computer has learned your driving habits (and perhaps more importantly, those of the test drivers before you).
#1147 of 2219 the problems we've dealt with.......
Oct 30, 2003 (7:01 pm)
have mostly been misunderstandings; i.e. the salesman who sold the Touareg didn't know how to deliver it, tech didn't calibrate the compass or tire pressure monitor....as a salesman, I've sold 19 Touaregs; I've had 2 problem cars.....both were check engine lights for gas caps (we don't pump gas in my state)
Oct 30, 2003 (7:26 pm)
Just wondering if anyone purchased/leased their car at Joe Heidt and if they've been happy with the service department?