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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1410 of 2219 Military-spec Touareg?
Dec 08, 2003 (7:25 am)
From UK's AutoExpress:
Touareg Gets Even Tougher
t's time to head for the hills! Volkswagen is developing an extreme version of its all-new Touareg, aimed at establishing the car as the world's greatest off-roader. Plans for the radical machine were revealed to Auto Express at the Paris Motor Show, where the standard edition of the all-wheel-drive VW made its official debut.
Set to offer beefed-up air suspension, a more robust transmission and extra body protection, the Land Rover Discovery rival will launch early in 2004, priced from around £35,000. Proposals to distinguish the car from the regular model include cladding the exposed bodywork with plastic armour and mounting a spare wheel on the boot lid. Bigger roof rails could also feature, as well as different wheels.
Options under consideration include a 'snorkel' exhaust system to help the car through very deep water, as well as custom winches and sand filters. Revised anti-roll bars and additional armour-plating underneath complete the mechanical upgrades, while inside, the machine is likely to offer a no-frills interior that puts practicality first.
The car will, however, keep its advanced GPS-based navigation system, as well as the digital displays which detail the condition of the suspension and gearbox. Erwin Pape, the Touareg's development chief, says: "We were late to arrive in the SUV market. The Touareg has to be more than a 'me-too' vehicle. We have to prove it can do the real thing." With the engine line-up set to include the awesome 313bhp V10 diesel we tested in issue 722, plus VW's forthcoming W12 unit, it seems certain that the car will have no shortage of power.
Traction - already first-rate thanks to a computer-controlled brake, throttle and stability system - will be further enhanced by aggressive off-road tyres being developed. Interest in this ultra-functional SUV has come from a number of sources, including the military.
Dec 08, 2003 (7:49 am)
for the response. I thought that might be the case as well (electronics installation location). In any event I hope that the glitches in T-reg's electricals go away as more experience is gained.
Dec 08, 2003 (4:28 pm)
Whatever happened to the V8x off road version of the T-reg?
Dec 08, 2003 (4:35 pm)
I too have been looking across the Cayenne & t-reg gulf... you think you can swing a better deal on the Porsche?
#1414 of 2219 Dealer cannot repair
Dec 08, 2003 (5:34 pm)
This past Saturday, I went with my son-in-law to test drive the Toureg V-6 and V-8 and Volvo XC 90. He decided he liked the Toureg V-6 with the air suspension. The dealer had exactly what he wanted in the color he wanted. After returning to the dealer from the XC 90 test drive the VW guy offered to let us take the T-reg home to see about fitting it into the garage. We stopped for lunch. That's when I discovered that the keyless entry system was not working. I had to open the door with the key and then try to disarm the system. It locked after going through this opening process. We brought the vehicle back to the dealer and negotiated the deal while the car went into service. After much ado, they could not get the keyless remote to work more than three times after reprogramming. We decided to wait until today when all their "certified" techs were working. Sure enough, we went over to take delivery and the car was still in the shop. We were about to walk when the salesman offered $500 off the deal (making it 2-1/2% over invoice)if we would give them the opportunity to make a fix. I was called by the sales manager this afternoon and told the car was fixed and ready for delivery. I said I would come by to check out the fix before my son-in-law comes by tomorrow and signs the papers. Guess what? No fix.
Anyone familiar with this problem? If they cannot fix this problem what about something else breaking in this very complex vehicle? Any thoughts?
Dec 08, 2003 (8:15 pm)
The only thing that I can attribute this problem to is the Service Dept...To be specific they should not have touched your Son-in-Law's T-Reg with no Certified Tech available...
The only Service we do on Saturdays is Maintenance, ie., Oil changes, etc.
Hope all taken care of tomorrow..
#1416 of 2219 No money paid
Dec 09, 2003 (5:15 am)
Fortunately, my son-in-law has no money in this car nor has he signed any paper work.
Vwguild, is this a known problem with the Toureg?
Dec 09, 2003 (5:25 am)
I would walk away now. Doesn't sound promising at this dealer. Reprogramming remote entry should be able to be done on a Saturday...heck I reprogrammed my MDX after finding old Acura CL instructions on google. It took me a total of 45 minutes, 30 of which were web surfing.
Dec 09, 2003 (6:47 am)
I've spent way too much time reading through these discussion boards. Now I'm stuck. I love the Touareg, but I want one that works. Anyone have any stats? Out of 100 new T-regs, how many spend more than one night in the shop in first three months? Are there ratings of the various service departments at different dealerships? Thanks.
#1419 of 2219 Touareg peace of mind. . .
Dec 09, 2003 (6:59 am)
I keep reading the posts, I read the car magazines and I read the replies from our friend VWGUILD -- no one probably wants to hear this point of view, but I say it to those who think that the pioneers are the one's with the arrows in their backs.
If you are in love with the Touareg and are "concerned" that you can't get a 100% functioning one -- well, just wait for the 2005's to come out; it is, if you fall into this camp, likely that many of the dealership issues will have been worked out and it is also likely that the vehicle will have some to most of the problems worked out.
Of course, there is also an opportunity that even though the first round of "bugs" are gone that there will be some new bugs.
If you are still using Windows 98 (or, gulp, 95) perhaps a new Touareg is not for you. On the other hand if you can't wait to get the latest and greatest version of Linux well, you decide.
Rumor mill has it that the Touareg is a great car with few problems, despite what is posted here. Ask VWGUILD, my guess is that many of the niggling problems are dealer related.
And, just like a kidney stone: "this too shall pass."