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VW Touareg Maintenance and Repair



  • pittsypittsy Posts: 15
    I too had a wind whistle and at around 70 mph and a "shudder" that felt like a wheel out of balance. I had the roof racks together at the rear of the roof, noticed that the racks do not touch, there is a quarter inch gap between the racks. For a lark I taped up the gap with duct tape, top and bottom and the noise and "shudder" went away. Next I split the racks, moved the front rack forward to next indent and same thing, no whistle no shudder. Does not look as good as with both racks together but got rid of the anoting noise.
  • pittsypittsy Posts: 15
    Curt Manufacturing now has an aftermarket hitch for the Toureg. On the internet for $129.00. I called Curt and they said installation is about 90 minutes, The Bumper,Tail Lights and Bumper Beam need to be removed. I spoke with my local trailer shop, he took a look and didn't think it was a big deal. On order, I'll do a post to let everyone know how it went. $800. less than VW so I can put up with a little agrivation.
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    Here's the deal. Get rid of those silly roof racks. They look stupid together in the back, and they look stupid without being used to carry something (skis, bikes) which you can't do because VW does not have the attachments available, or at least they didn't 5 months ago. They do absolutely nothing to keep the rear window clean. The car looks much better without them. They come off in about 2 minutes. No more weird noises. I had the dealer take them off before I took delivery. They sit in my basement, virgins.

    Because of the above, I bought the whole Tule enchilada for skis and bikes, and boy is it slick. It comes off/goes on in a minute. The mounting stubs are hardly noticeable and easily removed and replaced if they do bother you.
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    If anybody finds a link to the hitch site, please post. If the part is decent, I have no need to spend an extra $800 (or more) at my local dealer. Remember there is some sort of a recall (at least for 2004's) that has to do with the electronics and towing that you'll have to have done by the dealer if you put a hitch on. I've been holding off to see if someone would come up with a reasonably priced alternative to Vw's part.
  • chunnelchunnel Posts: 1
    I've already Lemoned one Touareg and am about to try to lemon the '05 they gave me. Trust me when I tell you that VW will not help and will fight every problem to the end by saying that the "vehicle is operating within normal parameters." Call Norman Taylor and Associates, you can find them online. I used them for the '04 and will used them for the '05. If they accept your case, out of pocket costs are $750. I got nowhere with VW and one letter from the attorney and VW gave in.
  • I am a Realtor just South of Nashville, TN in a well developed suburban area. A T'reg with Nav (I thought) would be cool and fun for clients and also to help me with those occaisonally unfamiliar areas.

    I was so close to Buying a used T'reg today until I tried out the NAV.

    One word, "WORTHLESS".

    It didn't know the street where my personal home was - it's been around since 1999 and the discs were the 2003 set - infact in the well devloped suburb of Franklin, all it knew were the main roads.

    What made it worse is that when I asked the dealer principal about this, he and the other salespeople scattered like roaches in a flashlight beam! Somehow I think they knew that this was a waste too - though not one of them professed ANY knowledge of how to use the NAV system anyway.

    Am I really missing something here or is the Nav something that just looks good and is for those with more money than sense?
  • After further research I discovered that later in 2005 models the T'reg will have a new DVD based nav system.

    In other words, "yes, the Nav something that just looks good and is for those with more money than sense." and VW know it too!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Thanks for the update. If my nephew asks, I'll tell him to wait (he's building houses over near Murfreesborough).

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  • cris1cris1 Posts: 1
    Hello. I am considering a new 2005 T-reg and seem to be getting an excellent deal on paper. I love the body type and have test driven the MD, X5, XC90, ML. I am so confused!!!

    anyone have any advise on the T-reg. All the reviews on this board seem to be horrible. :cry:
  • I have an answer for you, DON'T BUY IT!!!!!!!!! :lemon:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Keep in mind that a Forum with the title "Problems & Solutions" will not provide a representative sample of customer satisfaction. You may want to participate in VW Touareg SUV for a more general discussion of the vehicle.

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  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    Need more information on what is important to you about a car. If it's styling only, I too would pick the Touareg (I did, but not only based on styling), with the X-5 a close second. If it's reliability, you probably want a Japanese car. Although the routine maintenance on Japanese cars is no bargain. I've not driven the brand new ML, but the old one was a dog, way too much money for a pretty mediocre car in many respects. I sat in the new one at the auto show. I couldnt help thinking I was in a Jeep, or worse, a minivan. The ML is not cheap either. You pay for the star on the hood. The star left the building about 15 years ago. Just my opinion.

    The MDX is ok and nice to drive, but kind of blah and very common. I honestly dont see why anyone would buy one over a Honda Pilot EX and save enough money to take a couple cruises. Also not good for off-road or towing. If that's important, you need the Touareg or maybe the ML, or something else not on your list. If all you really need is an upscale all wheel drive station wagon with no heavy duty stuff, have you looked at the Lexus RX330? I would choose that over the Acura.

    I've owned several pre-ford Volvos and they were good cars, but not very reliable. Cost a fortune to keep on the road, mainly brakes and electical issues. Comfortable and satisfying to drive though. I am not a Ford fan, so I can't imagine that the marriage was good for Volvo. Most people that I know that own newer Volvos do not replace them with Volvos, like old Volvo owners used to. Maybe that tells you something.

    You can check some of my previous posts in this and the main Touareg board to get some reflections on owning the car for a year. I really like it. It is different from all of the above, but not perfect. Hope this helps.
  • djocksdjocks Posts: 124
    I am seriously considering a t-reg.

    To all, can you tell me what you have been getting for MPG on both the v8's and v6's. Please let me know which you are driving.

  • mmachadommachado Posts: 1
    I am going to arbitration regarding replacement of my Touareg. I have owned the car for a year and a half, car has been into dealer for 22 days. Replaced tire monitor module 5 times, tire sensors twice. Remote entry has never work, dealer has tried to repair over 5 times. Original set of tires failed after 20K miles, dealer did not offer to replace. How many others are experiencing the same problems? Tire monitor is particularly troublesome, shows fault or tire failure on highway, had to pull off road to check, no problem, but condition unsafe. VW offered one months car payment and another chance to fix. I have had it.
  • pittsypittsy Posts: 15 about $260.00 U.S. delivered with Customs, shipping and tax. Also get a Hoppy 46365 wiring harness from NAPA at $65.00 U.S - Self powered and does not screw up Tourag wiring sensors.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    I wouldn't place a lot of emphasis on the tires wearing out at the hearing (if that's what you mean by failed). 20,000 miles of useful life on OEM tires isn't all that unusual.

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  • pittsypittsy Posts: 15
    Tire problems are a persistant problem, I have to reset my monitor every month or so. Biggest problem is in winter when Trg goes from heated garage to cold. However I did have a flat once and it picked it up right away, I ignored it as I thought it was just another fault. Now I am coping with a persistant Headlight Aiming failure. Just orderd new headlight sensors.
  • pittsypittsy Posts: 15
    Check out the Mio PDA - All of the U.S. and Canada Maps on CD that you can download to a SD card, voice activated and a bargan at $499.00 and you can move it from car-to-car. I would not touch a factory DVD system, a waste of money.
  • thgdnmsrgnthgdnmsrgn Posts: 14
    I also have a remote key troubles. Sometimes it does work, but alot of the time I can not lock the doors unless I push the bottom on the door handle.

    Also have 12,000 miles and alot of tire wear. The monitor has gone of for a flat and also when nothing was wrong. And same thing with the gas cap monitor.

    Anyone have the A/C smell BAD?
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    I feel your pain. I've had the tire monitor problem twice. No problems in many months. Remote entry is better since they repositioned the antenna. Every once in awhile (rarely) it just refuses to work and I have to use the old fashioned method to lock or unlock the car. It then works a few minutes later. I could do without remote entry anyway, but since I have it, it should work as flawlessly as does my six year old Oldsmobile. In my opinion, your problems are fixable, you just need someone who cares at VW to get it done. 22 days out of service is a drag. Don't they give you a loaner at the dealer?

    H-rated tires wear fast. This is a heavy car. My tires are toast at 23k and I expected that. That is the price you pay for being able to cruise at ungodly speed and have decent snow and off road traction too. My Dunlop SP8000's were rated 200AA, so no surprise on quick wear. Tire performance was otherwise excellent. There are tires with much higher wear ratings that fit the car. Generally they dont get the good reviews for traction, quietness or ride. I will be replacing tires soon, thinking of Pirelli Scorpion Zeros (which were OEM), Pirelli Scorpion STR, or maybe the Dunlops again, although they run about $50 more per tire and have lower wear rating. Anybody have an opinion?
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