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#420 of 600 Re: Touareg is a piece of JUNK [touaregjunk]
Dec 03, 2006 (3:01 pm)
My V8 2004 Touareg is my third and last VW. I've owned a Jetta and Passat Wagon and had good results - well made vehicles for the price. Unfortunately, I have to agree with this post. I've had tons of problems with my Touareg - shift differential, transmission, pre-mature tire death, electrical problems, interior part failures, etc. For a SUV that is suppose to compete with likes of the Acura MDX, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, etc.; what a joke. A Ford Explorer might make a better comparison. When you call VW Service because they won't honor their warranty they'll turn you back on you. DON'T BUY THIS SUV. Buy one of the brands listed or a Volvo, you'll be much happier in the end.
#421 of 600 Re: Touareg is a piece of JUNK [dontbuyvw]
Dec 10, 2006 (8:54 pm)
I looked seriously at the touareg for some time. Even drove my cousin's for 2 weeks. There's no SUV like them on the road. The feel, the interior, the capability, the off road/on-road combination- truly excellent.
But- they are an enthusiast's car. If you don't mind spending regularly on maintenance (tires ever 20K, $100 oil changes, $800 brake jobs, etc), and living with their reliability issues- there really is nothing like them on the road.
I still yearn for one every time I see them. But- instead I bought a Subaru Tribeca. Handles like a sports car, drives much more nimbly and lightly, completely reliable, 5-star safety, $10K less, and- I'm averaging 20-21mpg. The Touareg is no 'piece of junk'- but it's certainly not a vehicle for those who just want to put gas in it and drive it 100Kmi. If that's what you want, get a Toyota. You won't get there in style- but you'll get there. Sit in an equivalently priced 4Runner LTD- which is over $40K, gets no better mileage, has half the features and an interior right out of the 80's. But- it's more reliable.
Sorry it wasn't the car for you. They've gotten better since '04. I might buy one in 2 years when they come to the US with a 3.0L diesel that runs smooth and clean, and gets 28mpg.
#422 of 600 Re: Vibration Problems at High Speed [brazz]
Dec 12, 2006 (10:27 am)
I just got an 06 and experienced the same problem at 70 mph and above. I traced it to the roof rack. Remove it and the noise and vibration should disappear. Apparently the cross bar vibrates and resonates through out the SUV when high velocity air is moving over these bars.
#423 of 600 Product Update
Dec 22, 2006 (5:09 pm)
I received a product up-date notice to-day. Included air bag connectors and product updates and enhancements. made an appointment with the VW service center and was told it would take 8 hours plus to complete,but a loaner car would be provided. Any idea what the program is ?
#424 of 600 V^6 05 touareg
Dec 24, 2006 (10:45 am)
Just found these forums, intresting discussions. I thought I was the only one with, wind noise from the racks, takes a little (maybe alot) of adjusting but I got them quiet. I too got 28k miles from my tires and thought that was not acceptable, bought my local tire shop found me dome replacement tires, I believe they said same tire for a corvette, anyway they drive good, and at 600.00 for the set I came out ahead. I am still waiting for the dealer to send me a qoute after 2 requests and it has been 3 months since. My rag has 38k miles I have certainly enjoyed the comfort and the ride. The new car sticker gave the estimated MPG at 16-18, I can only get this if I drive 50MPH more realistic is 16 at hwy driving and 14 in city. I specifiyed the towing package whe I bought the car and was very disappointed to find out that I didnt get the "special" adapter for trailer lights. To this day the service dept has not been able to even address the problem "most people dont use the tow option" I just held my tongue and kept civil and explained that was the main reason I did not buy a sedan. I did have the brake pads replaced at a local shop for 250.00, I was lucky because the reason I took it them was a new noise that seemed to be coming from the brake system. I had a kind of squealing noise that sounded like a fan belt. AFter careful examination I could not find the problem and took it in to get the brakes checked. The local shop cpi;ld not figure it out so I took it to the dealer and the Service advisor said it was probably the transaxle they had just fixed a similar Item on another vehicle. OK its still under warranty. I have been w/o my car for 12 days. I know dealerships vary and ours has been good in the past but this time it took 3 calls and and 3 days before I got a call back for a status. Overall I love my suv but it is going to be an expensive affair that I know I cant afford.
#425 of 600 Re: Problems with hard downshifting in V6 [rhinobetsy]
Dec 28, 2006 (1:04 am)
I have a 2004 Touareg. It is a great SUV. As of day one I had exactly the same problem that you describe. I complained to the dealer many times and he could not replicate it. Now, when the warranty is over they are able to replicate it and want to charge for replacing the entire gear.
It seems like a systematic design problem and VW is acting as if they are not aware of this problem.
#426 of 600 anyone purchase courtesy protection plan for Touareg?
Dec 28, 2006 (5:09 pm)
seems very pricey (about 1000K for 4 yr/50K) but supposedly covers front/rear brake work (pads incl?)
any thoughts --given all the prior discussion on brake jobs costing $$$
#427 of 600 Resonance on acceleration
Dec 31, 2006 (6:07 am)
Hi, I have an 03 Touareg V6 with 14000 miles only on it ( I live on a small island hence low miles). When I accelerate from start or low speed I get a harsh booming resonace through the pedal and steering wheel as though the exhaust is touching something. It makes driving the car quite unpleasant as there is a lot of stop/start motoring here. The dealers dont seem to be able to pinpoint it
Has anyone had a similar problem and found a solution.
Thanks and happy new year to all. Peter
#428 of 600 Re: Product Update [cat3126]
Jan 03, 2007 (6:01 pm)
I have an 04 six and I can understand the air bag connectors. My air bag light is on for the 3rd time, so is my tire pressure sensor and so is my check engine light. I do agree however, that it is a very comfortable SUV. Living above 5500 feet it performs very well in the snow and ice despite a good all around tire being available. I am currently on my second set of Michelin Cross Terrain which are guaranteed for 65,000 miles but I did get 45,000 on the last set. We now have 77,000 miles on the car and the next big ticket item may be a crabbing sensation when you turn somewhat hard to the left such as in a parking lot. It does not do it to the right.
#429 of 600 Re: Problems with hard downshifting in V6 [wmdavis1949]
Jan 18, 2007 (3:41 pm)
Hi. I am having the same problem with our 04 Toureg as you have. Just today right on the exit of the expressway, that thumping forward sound occured again. I have taken it to the dealer twice and even rode with a technician during which ride it not occured. Were you able to resolve it at all? Your feedback will be very much appreciated.