Last post on Jan 01, 2012 at 8:42 AM
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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#2170 of 2219 Re: Reliability is more perception than fact [dieselbreath]
Jun 14, 2007 (4:19 am)
You mention that it was relatively easy to repair the bulbs in your VW - any suggestions on the Passat 2004?
#2171 of 2219 It's pretty clear very few will read this post anytime soon
Jul 19, 2007 (9:29 pm)
But I gotta say, this vehicle typifies VW's self-destruction in the US Market. Rumblings are that they have less than 5 years left here, if they don't turn it around, and things in the US are gonna get worse, with loads like the Touareg being sent here.
Let's stay off the stupid name, which is hard, for a minute. This vehicle is the size of a RX350 (actually an inch bigger), but has less interior space than a Rav4! I'm over 6', and I don't really fit in the back seat.
Cargo space is again in the Rav4, not RX range (71 cubes to 85 for the Lexus RX).
This thing weighs a MINUMUM of 1000lbs more than the Lexus (the Photon had the same affliction, which kinda hurts efficiency, which the Lexus excels at, and the market demands). This nullifies any power advantage.
And it is as expensive as the Lexus, but doesn't offer the luxury marque Lexus does. Nor the heritage of quality.
It's marketing doesn't even tie in with the vehicle.
Affordable is back? Compared to what? The only way someone would buy it is if VW totally subvented the lease to make it reasonably affordable. 0% is still a bad investment when it comes to this vehicle, unless you go off-road frequently.
And the quality isn't sending anybody back to the drawing boards either (except for maybe VW).
And now they want to build a bigger (3 rows of seats) SUV BELOW it, and above the other SUV, with the other stupid name I can't summon up right now.
This is probably the stupidest vehicle on the market right now.
And the sad part is, it's is really a great vehicle on paper. Great ride, luxurious, powerful, great off-road.
VW has one hell of a nerve even thinking about selling this $40k+ bomb here. It is poorly conceived, is heavily compromised in space and efficiency, doesn't fit anywhere near their portfolio, and will easily be superceded by any $30k SUV in any form of Value.
It has Range Rover talent, and a Pontiac brain. A great rental car, but one of the dumbest purchases anyone could make.
The rest of VW's line-up is showing an equally inept market strategy, and the loss of the Photon is only Step 1 in this marque's ultimate departure fom the US. If this is what the uS will get from VW, it can't come a day too soon.
Now ask me how I really feel......
#2174 of 2219 Re: It's pretty clear very few will read this post anytime soon [drfill]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:05 am)
Why don't you take this back to your post here: drfill, "Luxury Lounge" #3845, 19 Jul 2007 10:40 pm or else to an appropriate Automotive News discussion.
We'd sure appreciate it if we could keep the model-specific discussions focused on the model itself and take the brand critiques to the discussions about the, um, brands. I b'lieve you and I have talked about this a few times before...
#2175 of 2219 Re: Volkswagen's Troubled Touareg [noa1]
Jul 27, 2007 (6:55 am)
the cayenn is a vw touereg same frame and chasis the only thing thats difrent is engine and the name iv'e did my research and inspections dont buy german cars research study said japenease cars are the most reliable cars most german cars met average reliability ratings mercedesbenze was worst out of german cars in reliability mercedes is the worlds most expensive and all ther cars didnt meet a 1 out of 5 in reliabilty and just to say my mom owned a 2007 mercedes benz s class it cut off at the light the day she got it. she exchanged it for a mecedes benz e class bletec the steering failed on her took it back she asked for her money back they said no we only do exchanges we filled limon law mercedes benz had to compensate her 79000 doller dont ever buy mercedes
#2176 of 2219 I warn you !! dont DARE buy Touareg. Don't cry if you do!!
Sep 24, 2007 (8:31 pm)
Big big problem.....
I am writing car review for Touareg. I am now in my 2nd V-10 Twin Turbo Diesel Touareg (THE FIRST ONE I DROVE FOR 100 MILES BEFORE IT HAD ELECTRICAL MELTDOWN) Even after spending $60,000 and owning the car for two days and driving it just 100 miles, VW tried to force it on me after it had been in the shop for almost a month, turned out it took 7 weeks to fix car and after 30 days in the shop, it qualified for a LEMON and they were forced to give me a new car.
This is such a long story and don’t want to bore you with all the details but I bought the car at Commonwealth in Santa Ana CA and between them and VW corporate, it has been a nightmare. The Service Manager at Commonwealth is the only person worth mentioning that is decent human being
Problems include but not limited too
Odometer tracks 10-12% Faster than car is traveling meaning your warranty expires faster, your car needs service faster and it depreciates faster!!!!!
Please know I LOVED this car and in my opinion, there is not another SUV on the market that looks, as good but please do not buy this car on looks alone because you will be terribly disappointed.
BE AWARE: BE AWARE: BE AWARE: BE AWARE:
THE STEERING WHEEL DOES NOT LINE UP WITH THE DRIVERS SEAT OR THE DASHBOARD GAUGES!!!!!
ONCE YOU START DRIVING CAR, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE BACK AND SHOULDER PAIN BECAUSE YOUR BODY IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT. IF YOU DOUBT WHAT I AM SAYING, JUST GO SIT IN ONE, THEY ARE ALL THIS WAY AND VW IS DENYING IT. THEY SAY IT IS WITHIN SPEC BUT THE SPEC IS WRONG. THE AIRBAGS ALSO COULD FAIL YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT SITTING STRAIGHT....
I have retained an attorney and contacted LA Times and all the automotive magazines to try and get the word out to potential buyers. Problem is you don’t notice it on a short test-drive, it is only when you start driving for a couple hours a day you start getting all the symptoms. I will fight until the end. VW Corporate up to this point has snubbed me and offered no solution to the problem and I have a so-called luxury vehicle that when I drive, I am totally uncomfortable.
If you want more info, just email me, I am happy to explain this and many other issues like brakes squeak, doors rattle, and parts pop-off easily, etc… If you buy this car, you will be sorry!! I promise!
Sep 25, 2007 (5:05 am)
Squertin, what year are these V-10's?
#2178 of 2219 Re: I warn you !! dont DARE buy Touareg. Don't cry if you do!! [sguertin]
Sep 25, 2007 (6:36 am)
I am holding off to see if they put the V6 TDI in for 2009. I may go ahead and get the Mercedes ML320 CDI. I do like the looks of the Touareg much more than the Mercedes.
Sorry to hear you have had so many problems. This does not look good for VW USA.
#2179 of 2219 Re: I warn you !! dont DARE buy Touareg. Don't cry if you do!! [gagrice]
Sep 25, 2007 (7:39 am)
it sounds like VW is the now Land Rover in quality or lack there of. My 2008 LR2, other than a software update for the stereo (which I have yet to have done), has ran flawless in its first 4500 miles in just 2 short months of ownership.
I've been researching my next car, as I usually keep one about 2 years. My choices to date are the (in this order) Touareg, Q7, LR3.
Of late, its moved to the Q7, LR3,and Ridgeline (own 2006 - flawless in all quality aspects)
I'll keep on eye on Touareg - its not totally off the radar, but I keep hearing tons of issues. Much more than I read at the Land Rover site by far.