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#1990 of 2219 Re: transmission issues in 2004 Touareg [chuckmorton]
Mar 10, 2005 (9:35 pm)
One caution about european trannies that I got from my VW/Audi specialist private mechanic:
Always come to a full stop before shifting from Drive to Reverse or vice-versa.
He said most blown VW automatics that he encountered were from the person backing out and putting into drive while still moving backwards.
American transmissions are designed to handle this, but if you asked a mechanic in Germany about this, he says they'll likely give you a puzzled look and ask: "Why would anyone with half a brain put the car in forward while its going backward?"
Not sure if this is related to your "thud" but its something to be aware of. (and I don't know if this applies to the new vehicles, or only up through '90s)
#1991 of 2219 Re: transmission issues in 2004 Touareg [dieselbreath]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 11, 2005 (1:53 pm)
I've read this caution in the Caravan discussions, so I don't think domestic transmissions are designed to handle this either. There's probably something buried in every owner's manual about how to shift an automatic.
But it's a common practice and I've been guilty of it myself from time to time.
#1992 of 2219 Canadian Vs American Pricing
Mar 17, 2005 (6:13 am)
After exhaustive research I have (finally)decided to purchase an '05 T-reg V6. My question is does anyone know why the base price of this vehicle in Canada is CAD $55,010 while it is US $37,140 in the States. This represents approx 48% more while the exchange rate is about half that.
I wonder if I should consider driving to Buffalo NY and making my purchase there.
Mar 17, 2005 (6:40 am)
You should search the Acura MDX forum. That subject was covered extensively. Overall...there did not seem to be any benefit to purchasing out of country. Warranty coverage problems, emissions conversions, speedometer, taxes, etc.
#1994 of 2219 Re: Canadian Vs American Pricing [wingale]
Mar 19, 2005 (2:44 pm)
That price spread is a mystery. A few years back, when the V8-Passats came out (I mean W8), the ones in Bellingham WA were priced at $66k CDN after exchange while you could buy the same car in Canada for $54k.
In fact, a local Audi dealer was selling over 1/2 their cars to Americans because of the price difference at the time!
I suspect that VW sets their pricing well in advance, so back when the CDN dollar was falling relative to US the CDN price was better, but now that it has risen so much the US price is better.
And check the warantee ... I'd be very surprised if VW in Canada didn't honour the warantee of a car purchased out of the country. (unlike Honda).
VW of Canada is just a branch office of VW of America anyway....
But for $10k I'd import the car. Just be sure you don't pay state taxes in NY. Since you are from out-of-state you are tax exempt on the purchase, but you'll have to pay full GST and Ontario PST when you bring it across the border.
#1995 of 2219 Towing capacity
Mar 21, 2005 (2:45 pm)
I'm considering a Touareg and will be occasionally towing a 6000 lb. trailer. Does anyone have an opinion of the v6 versus the v8 for this task?
#1996 of 2219 Re: Service prices [panzer]
Mar 23, 2005 (12:28 pm)
I just got off the phone with the service center and they are trying to charge me $180 oil/filter change, saying I need 8-9 qts of synthetic oil. This was suppose to be the first 5,000 mile tune up. Is this a rip off or what?? I have had nothing but problems with my 2004 Toureg. It's a lease vehicle and if I could return it, I would in a heartbeat....
#1997 of 2219 Re: Service prices [kjw23]
Mar 23, 2005 (12:49 pm)
I take it you have the 4.2 V8. That engine does use 9 quarts of oil, but $180 is quite steep. I'm not so sure about it requiring synthetic oil. Do some research to find what the required oil is. About the only vehicles that "require" synthetic oil are full-fledged sports cars.
#1998 of 2219 RDS - Radio Display Information on '05 Touareg
Mar 24, 2005 (12:21 pm)
I have a one month old 2005 VW Touareg (Base V-6, No NAV) and, for the most part, the vehicle has been fine. One issue that I have and would like input from others on is the Radio. When I test drove the vehicle and when I drove it off of the lot, the radio displayed station call letters, song names and artists for most of the FM stations. From what I gather on this BB, this is called RDS (radio display system?). My wife's Audi A4 has the same feature and it always has worked fine. With the Touareg, however, this feature stopped working after 2 days - the radio worked fine, just no song or station information whatsoever. I took it back to the dealer and they popped the radio out and put it back in, but they told me that they would order me a new radio. Popping the radio out worked for about 2 days and then it stopped working again. I then left the vehicle with my dealer who installed a new radio. The RDS worked for about a week and then stopped working. I called the dealer and after a week, they just called back to report that they had spoken to a VW USA Engineer who said the problem can not be fixed. The radio was designed for the European market, the radio has some form of memory in it and when the memory fills up with the station and song information, it then stops working, and there is no way to delete or "dump" the memory without taking the radio out and re-installing it. My dealer said to check back in a few months to see if something has changed and whether VW has a new solution to this problem.
I would like to hear from others on (1) whether they have had this problem (i.e., RDS stops working entirely) and (2) is there any other solution to fixing it? Anybody replace their radio entirely?
Mar 25, 2005 (3:24 am)
Does anyone know if Volkswagen will release a small SUV to compete with the compact SUV's such as the Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V? Volkswagen should also release a larger seven passenger SUV to go head to head with the Navigator, Escalade, LX470. Volkswagen also needs a pickup truck and a minivan to complete its lineup. I find Volkswagen to be have a very limited lineup.