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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1976 of 2219 Re: Updates [mopagree]
Feb 15, 2005 (1:51 pm)
If you are tall, forget about folding the rear seats flat. The front seats have to no more than about 1/2 way from full front position. I am 6'3" and need to have the front seat at about 3/4 of the travel from the front. I suggest you try this at the dealership before you buy. It was not a deal breaker for me, but would be if I cared to put long, bulky objects into the car. I could put an entire quenn bed mattress in my old Trooper. No way, no how in the Touareg. When we go camping, we keep the rear seat up and put stuff on the seat and on the floor. Mountain bikes go on top, no exceptions (IMHO).
Otherwise, the room and utility is about like a Jeep GC.
As far as dealers, I've noticed a big turn-around in customer service at my dealership in the past year of Touareg ownership. Find a dealer that handles the Phaeton too. I think they are kept to a little higher standard by VWofA. I always have a loaner (at least a Passat, once a Phaeton), they always wash the car and they always have it done when they say they will. Yes, there have been some glitches in service quality and even replacement parts, but they've done all they could reasonably do to make up for VWofA not having something in stock.
The dealers know very well about all of the problems with Touaregs. They just wont easily share that information with you. I'm sure there's some policy of never admitting anything. Try to be friendly with your service advisor, keep the same one so he/she knows you, be knowledgable and interested in your car. Maybe drop some basketball or show tickets on him/her to gain a little recognition/respect. I think most people that buy these cars are at least casual car/driving enthusiasts. As a BMW owner, you know what I mean. If they understand business at all, they'll do what it takes to keep you in the fold and buying from them for life. All of the problems I've had with my 2004 are stuff that were easily taken care of with recalls and updates issued by VW. I see no reason why a 2005 shouldnt be about perfect. I'm actually thinking of trading for a V8 Touareg to better tow a possible new boat.
You'll probably get a feel for the kind of dealer you are working with when you shop for the car. I'm starting to see alot more on the road around Denver. The dealer stock has changed from a lot of lightly optioned V6 cars a year ago to fewer cars with way more options. There seem to be more V8 and V10 cars than V6's. It was opposite last year. The option packages have been carefully chosen to get you to spend more money to get the cool stuff like air suspension and xenons.
#1977 of 2219 Re: Updates [panzer]
Feb 15, 2005 (4:28 pm)
Thanks a lot for your reply. The fact that you are considering a 2nd Touareg says a,lot. I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.
I have An "A" Plan pin # from Ford, spouse's brother works for Ford, which gets us an LR3 at dealer invoice, great deal, but the problems on the same web page at Edmunds are very scary especially for a vechile that just went on sale in the US market in late Nov 04, stalling out, suspension issues, people already selling their 2 month trucks, trying to exercise "lemon laws", etc.
So I figured the problems associated with the 2003/2004 Touareg had hopeffuly been all resolved, and it sounds like form you they have.
I'm in LA, so don't know if any dealers are offering any type deals, as you are seeing a lot more Touareg's on the road now in LA.
Good luck on your 2nd. purchase.
#1978 of 2219 Re: Updates [mopagree]
Feb 16, 2005 (1:34 pm)
My past luck with Fords has not been good. I don't think I would buy one. Talk about crappy parts, recurring problems and dealers that don't care. The A plan is only a good deal on Ford cars that you have to pull nose hairs to get at invoice. My reading on the Land Rover (Car and Driver, Autoweek) implies it is a pretty good SUV, but I'm not surprised Ford missed a few things. Land Rover wouldn't have to go very far to improve on the old one, which is an ergonomic nightmare, in my opinion. You'll almost never find repair problems discussed in the car magazines, particularly the big ones, except maybe Autoweek. They have to be cheerleaders to keep the advertising bucks rolling in, regardless of what they claim. The items that VW missed are really no big deal and have been taken care of, as far as I know. As you may recall, BMW had a few problems with early production X5's, which were diligently fixed without a lot of fanfare.
#1979 of 2219 How much can I expect off 05
Feb 21, 2005 (4:57 pm)
Just saw a real nice 05 with V8, White, Teak interior, P83 package with DVD Nav, List price of $53K. I really need to be about $48K less my trade for the numbers to work for me vs a Lexus GX (which is where I was headed).
The dealership is pretty small (Reydel in Edison, NJ), but has quite positive feedback on dealerrater.com.
Think I got a shot..??? or should I begin putting it out to bid..??
#1980 of 2219 Paris-Dakar Rally
by steve_ HOST
Feb 26, 2005 (10:04 am)
"A specially prepared edition of the Touareg finished a respectable sixth in the 2004 rally from Paris to Dakar, a grueling race that runs nearly 7,000 miles from France to Senegal. So there's no question this baby can go off road."
#1981 of 2219 After market CD player
Mar 01, 2005 (7:10 am)
Has anyone added a disc changer? I went with the base and that's the only thing I can complain about not having. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Mar 06, 2005 (9:58 am)
I'm considering an '05 Touareg and will often be towing a 5-6000 lb. trailer. Does anyone have an opinion of the v6 v. v8 for this task?
Mar 06, 2005 (3:45 pm)
I think the V6 might be lacking a bit on ramp acceleration and hills. I have a 05 V8 and pull a 4200# trailer with no problem.I have the air suspension which keeps everything level.
I picked up my Touareg in mid Nov. and have not had a single problem. The only time I had service work done was the 5K oil change. I have 7500 miles on it now.I,m using Mobil 1 5W-40. Have not used a drop of oil.
#1985 of 2219 Re: hmm................. [golfgti47]
Mar 07, 2005 (8:07 am)
Had an issue with the tranny in my Touareg today and I am researching for any inherent problems before taking it in. Any information would be much appreciated.