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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1799 of 2219 Ordering, the best way to buy. . .
Feb 10, 2004 (7:54 am)
. . .if you want it "your way," ordering is THE only way to buy a car. If you have several combinations and/or permutations that will be OK, well then go ahead and buy from inventory or the "shared" inventory between dealers.
My wife and I have ordered every Audi and Volkswagen we have ever purchased (which, including the VW's is about 30 cars since 1978). Ordering and waiting and taking delivery extends the fun part of getting a new car.
We're certain that VW/Audi of America want "mo inventory" at their dealers, but I would have no problem if the only inventory on hand at a dealership was the demo fleet. It appears that most Porsches are special ordered, and my Audi+Porsche dealer orders a boatload of Audis every year, specifically for customers like my wife and me.
Ordering -- the only way to BUY or LEASE, from our perspective. But then, we have almost without exception, never been able get exactly the combination of colors and options we wanted. And, once you blow through $40K for a vehicle, it just seems you ought to get exactly what you want.
My wife, for example, wanted metallic green exterior, light grey interior, leather, satellite navigation, upgraded 18" wheels AND alcantara covered steering wheel.
All were "legal" and possible options. We have, to this day, not seen both alcantara covered steering wheel and sat nav in a 225HP Audi TT coupe (except in my wife's 2003 TT)!
The Touareg option sheet looks pretty cool -- visit the configurator -- why not order one and wait 3 or 4 months and get exactly what you want?
If you wait about 2 months, you can probably order a 2005 (which will give you access to the 2005 features and options sheet).
Ordering is simple, sublime and fun.
IMHO it makes for happier customers.
#1800 of 2219 30 cars since 1978???
Feb 10, 2004 (8:45 am)
OMG! What do you do for a living? How big is your family? How many miles do you drive a year??? I have had 4 cars since 1985 and thought that was a lot!
Feb 10, 2004 (9:20 am)
. . .now before you go too far out, this number of cars is the combined number for my wife and me, not me personally. Depending upon your method of subtraction/addition, this time spans 25 to 26 years. We generally acquire new cars at least every other year which in a perfect world would be 26 cars.
A couple of times we had three at once, a couple of times we bought cars two years in a row rather than skipping a model. One or two cars we only kept 6 months.
We have no kids. We like German cars, European travel and fine dining.
My wife's an attorney and I am an IT consultant -- which USED to be lucrative. Perhaps once the economy is in sustained rebound. . .well you figure it out.
I attended a "thank you" party thrown by Audi in St. Moritz and there were 25 folks from North America there. Several of the people had had two or three times as many Audis (and VW's and one BMW 325ix) as my wife and I have had. We weren't even in the Bronze category of car ownership.
Other than cars and some travel, we hardly have a rich and famous lifestyle.
#1802 of 2219 6-cyl turbo Touareg (gasoline) ...???
Feb 11, 2004 (11:39 am)
Does anyone know if VW is planning to build a 6-cyl Turbo(gasoline)version of the Touareg???
The company has a lot of experience with turbo engines, so it shouldn't be much of stretch. Here at high altitude (Colorado) turbo engines are far superior to non-turbos because they minimize horsepower loss from the thin air - a real consideration when trying to pass at 9,000+ feet above sea-level with 2-4 people and their gear in the car. Audi's bi-turbo 6-cyl engine used in the Allroad is a perfect engine for high-elevation ...more actual HP than a normally-aspirated V8 at altitude, and better gas mileage to boot.
I'm very interested in buying a Touareg as my next car, but I'm hoping to see them produce the 6-cyl turbo like the Allroad or the Cayenne. Has anyone heard of VW plans for this? Or have suggestions where I could get a good answer?
Feb 11, 2004 (12:11 pm)
known as the 2.7T will be discontinued on week 21 of 2005. It may continue on in a VW, but I doubt it.
Audi/VW seem to be hell bent on moving to entirely 100% normally aspirated engines (perhaps with a few exceptions).
Conversely, I read that the W8, too, will be discontinued and that the 3.2 MAY be turbo charged sometime in its life and be placed into the up scale Passat or in bewteen the Passat and Phaeton.
Turbo in a Touareg -- based on what I have read there will be a turbo -- diesel placed in a Touareg.
Rumors and half truths are free flowing -- I do believe that the TDI Touareg IS real!
#1804 of 2219 Re. 30 cars
Feb 12, 2004 (7:18 am)
Mark, you sound like me in some ways, that many cars donít sound that bad for those years, since 1970 I had a small fleet of cars , in the beginning I bought and traded cars countless of times, first cheap used cars, then better used, then economy new, for the last years new cars, all German made. Right now we have half a dozen, all representatives of the major brands, my wife drives her Passat as a daily car and I drive my 12 year old GMC pickup as a daily vehicle. The rest of the cars seat in the carport and are used for the, how should I put it, occasion? Sports car if the wife and I decide to go touring, SUV if going to the beach or mountains, sedan for traveling.
The hardest part of it is the insurance, I always joke seriously to my agent, but I only can drive one car at the time!
We used to travel to Europe a lot and the Caribbean for Sun and clear water but now days the hassle of getting on a plane is not worth it to me. Now we dedicate ourselves to travel by car to the scenic places of North America and here is where the payoff of a German car is, the sweet handling, the joy of driving that no other can match, whether is an SUV or sports car or sedan.
We are getting in our middle age and like the old saying goes, Life is short and time is a thief, so no jet set life style here, our biggest indulgence touring.
Right now the only switch I will consider is my ML for a V10 diesel Treg other than that I am perfectly happy with the ML.
#1805 of 2219 A Few V8 Touareg Questions
Feb 12, 2004 (9:50 am)
For those who are extremely familiar with the V8 Touareg or Touareg's in general, possibly you could answer a few questions for me as I am a new owner of a V8 Touareg since yesterday, Premium Plus, Winter and Parking Assist, etc.
1- With the center differential locked 50-50 front to rear what is the max speed allowed under theses circumstances? I read 25 mph like when going uphill in snow e.g., but have seen conflicting answers on this.
2- In the Touareg manual it shows if you have the Convenience Pkg. which I do, that you can walk away and it will lock by itself. Is this possible? Also says you can walk away and it will lock as well???
3-Last of all the manual says with keyless access you can just walk up to open the door which does work, but the confusing part is it also says you can start it without using the key! This I have not figured out.
Can anyone help me out with these 3 questions? Thx. Bob
#1806 of 2219 Air Pressure for 18" Continentals on V8 Touareg?
Feb 12, 2004 (10:11 am)
I read 39 psi for the front and 45 psi for the back inside the door on the sticker. Is this typically what V8 Touareg owners are putting in their Continental tires or less air? Please let me know. Thx Bob
#1807 of 2219 Radio Information Display
Feb 15, 2004 (6:56 pm)
While I have to admit that I haven't paid much attention to this over the past 6 months, it appears that the information at the bottom of the radio has a mind of its own. I have noticed that some of the stations in my (major metropolitan) area display the callsign, but that's about it. I didn't gone it much though until the other day, when one of my kids noticed that the station she was listening to also had the artist/song/album scroll across the display. It did it for mist of the day, and then quit the following day. I find no information in the manual, and can't figure out if it has to do with signal strength (or some form of multipath cancelling it out), or I have some odd intermittent. Is this something that the stations do on occasion? I'll admit that I don't really care, but it is a maddening to know that its in there somewhere. What is really driving me nuts, however, is my kid's constant twisting of the tuner to find a station that is displaying the info! Maybe the answer is to banish her to the back seat. In all seriousness, however, has anyone else experienced the on and off again status of this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Feb 16, 2004 (5:09 am)
This info is called RDS. Not all stations broadcast it. So perhaps you were listening to a different station. Clear Channel stations seem to be the biggest user of it.