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#217 of 598 Re: Reliability [cat3126]
Mar 28, 2005 (10:37 am)
All the things that have gone wrong on my 2004 V6, air susp., pp2, xenon and prem. sound Touareg have been fixed to my satisfaction and are the type of things that if VW is paying attention (and I think they are) should not be problems in a 2005. That said, do not expect japanese car reliability. VW needs a track record that it has not earned yet. On the other hand, if you believe a car is more than an appliance, you'll love the Touareg. It has way more "soul" than any SUV from Honda or Toyota. It is clearly a german car.
#218 of 598 Re: Reliability [panzer]
Mar 28, 2005 (2:03 pm)
Thanks so much. I am a big fan of Acura but after driving the touareg I thought the same thing. More soul in the T-reg. It's hard though because Acura just seems to do so many things right, and a great financial value as well. I do wish the Touareg had the same punch as the Acura but I understand it's a different car with a different mind set in philosophy. Can't afford the v8 in the Touareg either. One is going to get my money soon. It will come down to which one my wife likes better. Thanks all for input, more is welcome.
#219 of 598 Re: '05 Touareg Radio Display Problem - RDS [hazmat703]
Mar 29, 2005 (3:16 pm)
I had the same problem. Except my stopped working on the way home from the dealer. My CD player is eating cd's. So I have an appointment to bring it in. When I called they said it sounded like they would have to order me a new radio. I am in no rush to go back to the dealer, so I have to keep you posted.
#220 of 598 Re: annoyed [davester]
Apr 03, 2005 (9:37 am)
I found the seat belt warning will stop by itself after about 6 warnings
Apr 03, 2005 (10:11 am)
2004 VW TORTURE REG 11,000 miles
We have all kinds of problems. Towed in twice. Something is draining the battery. Symptoms- starts with the Nav/Radio system. There is something in that area that will keep running when the car is turned off(Its not the CD). Then the warnings start popping up like the gas cap, tire pressure etc. (tire pressure and gas cap are OK.) Then the comfort controls will start to disappear in the dash controls. Next the battery is dead and it gets towed. We are currently into our third sequence of this mystery.
Also there is a humming noise in the front driver side foot well area any time the climate controls are indicating the temp. (The fan is not running at this point). Very annoying!
And unless I am standing next to the car the remote key does not lock or unlock. The dealer said they have replace the transmitters, but still does not work.
Had to have the power steering motor replaced. I would turn into a parking space and the thing would shake and make a noise like the motor fell out.
FOR SALE VW TORTURE REG Looks great!!!
#222 of 598 Re: Torture Reg [thgdnmsrgn]
by steve_ HOST
Apr 06, 2005 (9:08 am)
I know you're just venting, but no buying and selling on Edmunds please. And you'd have to do a much different ad than that to get any interest!
Seriously, try opening a case with VW and perhaps they'll lean on your dealer to make thing better.
#223 of 598 Re: Torture Reg [thgdnmsrgn]
Apr 07, 2005 (11:40 am)
2 Words: Lemon Law!!!
#224 of 598 Touareg Service issues and tire wear
Apr 07, 2005 (1:54 pm)
My 2004 V8 Touareg is in the shop for 20,000 mile service. In addition the following items were noted for correction
1. The Tire pressure monitoring system is not working and shows a warning light even though all tires are at the recommended pressure (third time this has happened)
2. The two passenger side tires are wearing prematurely. The tires on the driver side are OK. The car has done 20,000 miles but the rear passenger tire has only done 10,000 miles. The original tire suffered a nail side wall puncture (in my garage).
3. The clip holding the inner storage pocket of the glove compartment has broken off.
4. The cover over the rear window wiper has broken off.
5. The clip covering the key lock on the roof rack has broken off
6. Cover on the rear set belt buckle has broken. (This happened when the rear seat cushion was folded over to increase rear cargo space).
I have been advised to replace the two tires ($520 plus alignment cost of $190). VW claim this is a result of incorrect alignment. This they claim is probably due to hitting a pothole! This is an SUV for goodness sake! If hitting a highway pothole, unbeknownst to the driver, results in two tires wearing out in under 10,000 miles than there is something wrong here. The car has never been off road and has done only highway miles. Previously I owned two Landrover Discoveries, covered over 60,000 in each and have never even noticed tire wear never mind having to replace the tires.
On the question of the multiple clips that have fallen off, their answer again was that these are not covered under warrantee.
The cost of the roof rack clip I understand is $75, The rear windscreen wiper is available only as a compete assembly and costs $350 , the rear seat belts also have to be completely replaced and this is another $300 or so.
Why should I have to pay for things falling off my $45,000 two year old car and why does it require compete replacement of the units with all the attendant labor charges? New covers could be clipped in place by me in 5 minutes!
Has anyone else had a similar experience with tire wear? Any advice as to the next step?
#225 of 598 Re: Reliability [dhamilton]
Apr 08, 2005 (12:18 am)
I am in the same predicament. Have been driving my 4runner for the past 12 years and no problems whatsoever.... NONE. But now that I want a new car, im not so sure I want to be in another toyota for 5-6 years. Toyota is the logical choice over VW (less expensive, less to maintain, 100% reliable... etc...). But i really like the styling of the VW and nothing is screaming "buy me" at the moment. While I know all cars may have problems, I am a bit weary since VW might be still working out the kinks. No sense buying a car that is not only "not-proven" but actually disproven by Consumer Reports and actual users of this board. Also, I've heard from multiple people that VW service department (multiple dealers) has yet to realise that their customers are not all $20K jetta drivers anymore - with Touaregs and Phaetons well in the $50K range - and expect decent customer service.
Curious to know what you decided.
#226 of 598 Re: Reliability [blasky]
Apr 08, 2005 (8:11 am)
I have pretty much decided that the MDX is our best bet. I have done tons of research into this. The car you get for the money with Acura is just to much to pass up. The best way to describe the MDX is, there are no 5 stars in any catagory but every catagory is a 4 star. I think the only thing keeping Volkswagon going is Audi. I hope they can get bugs worked out soon. I have lots of friends that have VW's and they are pulling there hair out.
My wife is a resident physician and the last thing she needs is her car crapping out on the way home from a 36 hour shift. Not that we are sure the MDX will never have problems, but I think you play the odds and reduce them down quite a bit with a good ol Japanese car.
Drive the MDX. It is a fabulous suv. My brother-in-law bought a 2001 with 60k and he says it is as quiet and smooth as the day the previous owner drove it off the lot.
Best of luck......Dan