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#359 of 600 Re: Gas to use [lawboy]
Apr 02, 2006 (7:50 am)
My father-in-law just sold me his very low miles 2004 Touareg, and he bought a new 2006. (Both V8's) I have always told him to use Premium when he owned the '04, and now the '06. I did use 88 octane once, and because I'm in Salt Lake City, the elevation doesn't affect it a lot, but power difference was slight. The reason Chevron is great to use is that VW / Audi Service have praised Chevron's Techron fuel system cleaner that's in their gas for years. This helps your engine run better by controlling carbon build-up.
Ultimately, you can use lower grade gas if you drive the car at an elevation that is so much above sea level.
#360 of 600 Re: MIL indicator and intermittent shaking [spresso]
Apr 03, 2006 (5:45 pm)
hmmm. Squeeze you in! You spent $40k on a new car, have a problem like that and can't get in. Be assertive or find another dealer and don't look back. My dealer would pee his pants to help you out. Drive into the service line, ask to have it looked at immediately or ask for a loaner and leave it. Smile and be nice. If they don't go for it with a smile on their face, don't ever go back, and tell your friends.
#361 of 600 Re: Gas to use [lawboy]
Apr 03, 2006 (5:56 pm)
It'll run ok on regular, you may not notice the performance difference, except for slightly less gas mileage, maybe 0.3 to 0.5 mpg. I've tried long periods with both regular and premium gas. I prefer Shell premium, which I use almost exclusively because I get 5% back and they have $2 coupons in the paper every week. In Colorado, all gas has lots of ethanol, even Shell. I sure miss real gas.
What is compelling though, is that the engine adjusts to lower octane by making the mixture richer, which explains the lower mileage, but it also seems to make more carbon deposits in the tailpipes, because combustion is less efficient. I can only imagine what's accumulating in the head. I'm guessing that's only a problem for people that plan to keep them past the normal lease period. If I was leasing it, I would run regular for 20 cents a gallon less.
#362 of 600 Re: Gas to use [yanni2222]
Apr 03, 2006 (6:02 pm)
Gas in Salt Lake (and Denver) is formulated for high altitude, and is a couple of octane points below gas sold at sea level. That does not imply the quality is less, just adjusted for the reduced octane requirement at altitude. Use premium or at least mid-grade if you care about your car. Use regular if you don't plan to keep it for the long haul. Also, I don't know if the warranty is affected by using regular gas as a habit.
#363 of 600 Re: Gas to use
Apr 04, 2006 (4:16 pm)
Thanks for all the input, I plan on keeping the car for the long haul and want the optimum performance(what I paid for) so Premium it is for my rig
#364 of 600 Problems with Tires
Apr 10, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I have a 2005 V6 Toureg and haven't even owned it for a year. I have 15k miles on it and the tires already need replacing. I have rotated them every 5,000 miles. I called the dealer and they said that they have had major problems with the Dunlop 8000 series. Some people have had as little as 12k miles on them before they had to be replaced. Volkswagen said that they would replace ONE tire! What a slap in the face. I paid close to $40k for this car and they won't stand behind the vehicle. Customer service is why VW will never make it into the luxury market. Anyone else had this problem? Did you get a different solution? If so, how?
#365 of 600 Re: Problems with Tires [jlcjr]
Apr 10, 2006 (5:05 pm)
I think you need to go to Dunlop and request a adjustment. I have never had much luck complaining about tires at the dealer.
#366 of 600 Re: Problems with Tires [jlcjr]
Apr 11, 2006 (1:29 pm)
I had my 2004 Touareg for 18 mos and have also rotated them accordingly to VW recommendations. My tires went bald and slid in the rain and I rear ended someone. VW will not replace any tires and it turns out there was a problem with the automatic 4 wheel drive. The tires are to adjust automatically, and they weren't. VW would fix that but nothing else. Not to mention the outrageous amount of gas I was putting into it because the 4 wheel drive was burning it up. Then they had the nerve to charge me $93.00 to reset a faulty air bag light.
#367 of 600 Re: Problems with Tires [madvw]
Apr 13, 2006 (8:52 am)
I replaced tires on my 2004 T-Reg with Michelin Cross Terrain that are specifically designed for SUV's and they come with a 65,000 mile limited warranty. I do not know if they are rated for 140 mph but I do not see that as an issue here in the USA. We have winter from Oct to May and they are good in snow and ice and have a smooth and quiet ride. I had the same problem with the air bag light and it was covered under warranty. Thanks for the tip on the 4 wheel drive that may not be disengaging as my gas mileage for a six cyl is only 15 mpg.
#368 of 600 Problems with Tires/ 4 Wheel Drive Disengaging???
Apr 13, 2006 (2:51 pm)
Hi, not to ask a stupid question but can you disengage the 4 wheel drive on these cars?? or is it done automatically?? I have a 06 V8 and I thought it was done automatically from what I read and know but I thought I would just make sure anyway