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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1659 of 2219 One for the good side
Jan 19, 2004 (12:06 pm)
I'm 3 weeks into my Touareg ownership and I think it is an incredible vehicle. Drove straight from the dealer to the Sierras where it snowed for a week. Tiptronics in the snow and it feels like its on rails. I punched out of 3 feet of snow overnight like it was shaking off a couple inches. All done while I enjoy the interior of any luxury sedan I've been in.
Regarding postings about price. If you want an Accord, call every dealer within 200 miles, but for this vehicle, you better find someone who really knows what they are talking about. I found an extremely knowledgeable contact at Bob Lewis VW in San Jose, CA. He picked my family and me up at the airport in holiday traffic, took us to the dealership, we had already agreed on a fair price and I have the comfort of knowing the vehicle is prefect or he will make it so.
Couple things I have not heard mentioned here. The rain sensing windshield wipers are incredible. No more constant adjusting through showers. The sound systems adjusts slightly for higher speed. I went to turn down the radio as I exited the freeway and it was doing it ahead of me. The tan interior has a beautiful chocolate brown dash and steering wheel.
Word on tires. Consumer Reports (January 2004) has a good article on wheels, "When less in more". It shows snow performance dropping off significantly when you move from 16" to an 18" wheels. Even more for the 19". If you are using your vehicle in the snow, something to think about.
#1660 of 2219 markcincinatti re: ordering
Jan 19, 2004 (3:43 pm)
I ordered my T-reg in the third week of Oct 2003 and it's here. Took three months to the west coast. Depending on how quickly the order is filled (function of the exact model/config one orders), luck in the timing of shipping and trucking, and one's location in the US, it'll take from 2 -4 months for one's car to get here.
I agree completely about the $50K impulse-buy observation.
mmee1: nice post! I hope to be joining the happy T-reg crowd soon.
#1661 of 2219 Just took a test drive
Jan 19, 2004 (5:15 pm)
I am hooked! Currently drive an Audi A6 2.7t. Have been reading the posts here and thought why not?. Drove the V8 and V6. The V8 has a lot of power and the engine note was pure music. The V6 IS a little slower off the line. Now, I am not one who races around, although did kick up those bi turbos on the Audi on occasions. Would like to hear from folks with V6- are you happy with acceleration on an everyday basis? I am not going to race or drop it in 24" of water or climb rocks. Please comment.
MR in Indy
Jan 19, 2004 (6:47 pm)
The V8 is a rocket, however if you're not an aggressive driver, the 6 is plenty. I think its definately peppier than a 6 cyl Grand Cherokee or Explorer. Evaluate your needs; you'll get a better discount on a 6, too.
Jan 19, 2004 (7:01 pm)
I have 4900 miles on my V-6, and can say that it has plenty of pep for average driving. I live in a hilly area in No. Cal, and it gets around just fine. I find that when I'm getting on the highways, I either go into tiptronic and shift through the gears, or use the "S" position. In any event, I'm at 80 MPH and passing just about everyone else with no trouble. You will have to use the gears a little more, I imagine, than if you had the V-8, which you could just leave in drive and floor it. But, half the fun is working the gears. The car handles great on winding roads. I test drove the 8 first, and will admit that it was much faster. But, in the end, I didn't really need the additional power. I just need to get in and out of the snow, which the 6 does just fine.
#1664 of 2219 My Touaregat 400 miles
Jan 19, 2004 (7:51 pm)
I have had my Touareg for two months now and have put 4000 miles on it. This car has been nothing but a joy to drive. me and my wife commute to work together and when we bought this car we were just going to use it for the weekends. well our BMW 325i wagon has sat in the same spot since we brought the rag home. it's comfortable responsive peppy and just fun to drive. we do on occasion here a whistle sound at hi speeds ( 80 + miles per hour) but such is life. We found if you roll the window down then up it stops. But I wouldn't call it a complaint, we love the car to much. If you are considering a purchase ignore the na sayers and get one now . Im sure you wont regret it.
Jan 19, 2004 (8:01 pm)
I have had a 6 for just over 3 weeks, I went to the dealer planning to drive both the 6 and the 8, but after driving the 6 I was convinced it was enough. I have a bass boat and jet ski that I have to use a 4 wheel drive vehicle to take in and out of the lake behind my house. It has worked perfectly so far.
#1666 of 2219 What the hell???
Jan 19, 2004 (9:11 pm)
Why the hell is there no 2.5TDI in the states????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This really pisses me off. I would by this car today if they made the 2.5TDI here in the states. Not only is it disapointing for a potential buyer but irresponsible in a conservation sense!! Look at the NUMBERS!!
Urban 21.4mpg - 13.2l/100km
Extra-urban 36.2mpg - 7.8l/100km
Combined 28.2mpg - 9.8l/100km
Jan 19, 2004 (9:53 pm)
I think there are more dignified ways of expressing frustration and they would be more appealing to our general readership.
Jan 19, 2004 (9:55 pm)
First of all, there is a huge, and I mean HUGE, prejudice in the US v. Diesel..."Oh! it smells bad, all that black smoke, and it is soooo noisy."
Very unsophisticated, Americans are when it comes to this technology...Even the Feds are throwing one billion USD Hydrogen...Any idea just how much energy it would take to produce a usable quantity of hydrogen? And, where does it get stored -425 degrees? Diesel technology has been thoroughly embraced in Europe...1.0L TDIs getting in excess of 100 MPG. In 2006 all sulpher will have been removed from our diesel fuel, and we will have ALL of our TDIs here...
But, we will still have spent all of that money on hydrogen...Go figure!!!!!!!!!!!