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Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#2182 of 2219 Re: Touareg follow up. Dont Dare buy! [sguertin]
Sep 27, 2007 (6:04 am)
VW has won their class in several races, with the Touareg 5 cylinder diesel. I think it is the US buyer mentality of always wanting more HP that would conceive of a V10 for that vehicle. I would have bought one already if they had put a decent sized diesel into it. Then maybe it would be me writing all the ills I have had with my Touareg. The GL320 CDI is much more luxurious for about the same money. It has plenty of power and gets close to 30 MPG on the highway. Will VW ever learn? And I liked a lot about the 2005 Passat TDI that I owned. Especially driving it.
#2183 of 2219 Re: V-10 Touareg [ensconced]
Oct 03, 2007 (8:30 pm)
They are both 2006. The biggest problem with the Touareg for me is the drivers seat is not aligned with dash instruments and it causes you to lean to the left all the time. Check it out... they are all this way.
#2184 of 2219 Re: It's pretty clear very few will read this post anytime soon [drfill]
Oct 03, 2007 (8:39 pm)
I know how you feel and I ponied up $60K for mine. It looks great but there are all kinds of design challenges. Seats are short and uncomfortable, electronics are terrible... I must say my V10 TDI is fun.. the power is awesome but I have squeaky breaks, the dam thing rattles all over the place and now, since i have had to taken my car back to the dealer so many times, they think I am the villan so now they dont like me. I know they see me coming and they must say, shit, here comes that jerk again!
Like it is my fault!
Steve, you hit it on the head in your message! I got excited because the car looks so awesome and the Twin Turbo Diesel got me fired up but it is the biggest automotive mistake I have made and I have made plenty over the years.
NEVER BUY VOLKS.
#2185 of 2219 Re: 2006 Toureg V6 4900 miles brake noise [brady11]
Oct 03, 2007 (8:42 pm)
My car was in the shop for 3 weeks...yes three weeks! they gave it back to me and said they replaced my brakes and now they are squeaking on the passanger side.
I dont know what to do anymore... My car is 6 months old, has 9,000mi on it and it has been in the shop for 37 days.
I am sick of this car and the excitment of buying such a beautiful car has been stripped away. I have the V10 twin turbo diesel...$60K for the dam car!!
#2186 of 2219 Re: 2006 Toureg V6 4900 miles brake noise [sguertin]
Oct 04, 2007 (9:57 pm)
Wow, I have a 2006 V10TDI that I bought new in January for $ 52,500 from a MSRP of $ 70.069 !!! I have not had one problem with it. It now has 10,000 miles. My only complaint is the lack of Sirius. My brakes are quiet, though there is alot of dust from the brembo's. It was such a great deal and has been getting great MPG. Maybe you should try a different dealer for your problems. I noticed the steering wheel thing but it doesn't really bother me. VW seats are always not the best, but the rest of the car has been great. Also, don't forget to use VW Spec 507 Oil.
#2187 of 2219 Re: 2006 Toureg V6 4900 miles brake noise [smalkin]
Oct 08, 2007 (9:43 am)
the more I read about the T, I'm changing my mind.. Thinking of the Q7 more and more...
#2188 of 2219 Re: Touareg follow up. Dont Dare buy! [sguertin]
Oct 11, 2007 (1:13 pm)
Regarding the odometer. You are wrong. The speedometer was about 3-5 percent fast in my Touareg. If you measure road mileage signs against your odometer, you will find it is right on. Next time you are on the freeway do a 10 mile test. They are not cheating you out of warranty miles. That's the least of your worries.
My guess is this must be your first and second German car. You picked one of the worst, no argument. IMHO, they are all almost equally bad, including Audi, Mercedes and current BMW. This is because they are laden with unproven gadgets, chrome, shiny wood, etc. We love gadgets and shiny wood. That crap either breaks, falls off or has a mind of its own.
Love-hate is the best way to describe my personal experience with the Touareg. There is still no other vehicle like it on the road, other than the Cayenne and Q7, which must behave similarly. I still believe it is a great ride if you have patience with maintenance issues, time and money to burn.
After my brief (2.5 year) experiment with high dollar imported luxury cars, I've decided to keep it simple, drive reliable autos and not worry about the image I project on the road to people that do not even know me.
#2189 of 2219 Re: 2006 Toureg V6 4900 miles brake noise [sguertin]
Oct 11, 2007 (1:30 pm)
The brakes on the Touareg use up alot of lining and rotor in normal use. That's why the wheels dust up so fast. The best way to keep them quiet is to first make sure they were installed properly. Then, do not rely on a mechanical car wash to clean your wheels. Do it by hand with high pressure water spray about weekly, making sure to concentrate the water around the calipers. A blast of compressed air wouldnt hurt. The brakes on mine were quiet as long as I did this. This of course does nothing to reduce the cost you are looking at between 30,000 to 40,000 miles to completely replace the rotors and pads. Save up about $2000 for that.
As far as the seating position, lots of cars are like that. I got used to it. It was possibly the most comfortable car I've ever driven, and I've driven a lot. Many long highway trips and always in extreme comfort. I'm not an easy fit at 6'4" and 250#.
I'm always amazed that people spend the maybe $10,000+ more to get the diesel over a V8. They are all rated to tow the same amount, 7700#. It will take you a 1/2 million miles to make your investment back in saved fuel. Meanwhile you will have replaced just about everything on the car. That's why one of the previous posters got his for so much less than list.
Oct 12, 2007 (5:56 pm)
"After my brief (2.5 year) experiment with high dollar imported luxury cars, I've decided to keep it simple, drive reliable autos and not worry about the image I project on the road to people that do not even know me."
I'm going in the opposite direction. I drove one of those reliable Honda's in the late 80's and early 90's and I couldn't wait to get rid of that thing. It was an 84 Honda Accord and life is simply too short to drive a car like that.
I replaced it with a 96 Ford Contour and the Contour needed a new transmission at about 60,000 miles and the check engine light has been on for the last 7 years, but the Contour is a dream to drive compared to that Accord.
Honda's and Toyota's are like commercial tomatoes. They ship and keep well but all the taste has been engineered out of them.
#2191 of 2219 Re: Reliability [ensconced]
Oct 17, 2007 (1:02 pm)
I didn't mean to choose a car that has no soul, just to get reliability. I am an enthusiast, after all.
We had a 95 contour up until 2 years ago. A lot of fun to drive, but it fell apart around us, transmission, several water pumps, seats, trim, power windows, power steering, rear suspension, etc. Sold it for scrap with barely 100,000 miles on it. My fault for buying a first year car.
I really did not give up on nice cars. We have a 2005 Caddy CTS that has only been back to the dealer for oil changes. What a sweet ride! I just refuse to buy the latest thing anymore just because of the untested bells and whistles that invariably cause trouble. I think the Germans have proven themselves as suckers for every electronic gadget they can stuff into a car. I'm not playing anymore. The depreciation hit on my Touareg was the biggest percentage I've ever suffered over the many cars I've owned. It would have actually been a much better car to lease for 2 years and give it back.