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VW Touareg SUV



  • Does anyone have any information regarding any inherent issues with the tranny in the '04 Touareg? I experienced a very strange thud today and would really appreciate any news anyone can share.
  • don2004tdon2004t Posts: 1
    Just an FYI, I have a 2004 and it has had 9 recalls so far. I have a slowness in pick up that almost got me broadsided a couple of times. the tire indicator is still going off and the dealer says it is a major problem for them. Since I am real picky about the way the car handles I now let my wife drive. She loves it. She damaged an outside mirror and the dealer said it is a $1000,00 to replace it. Sounds like a whole door to me. Not all problems are corrected as yet, but it is a pleasure to drive. Big drawback is the need for premium gas. Opening up the rear door is not convenient however. Good luck if you buy one.
  • mopagreemopagree Posts: 9
    Thanks for your response, the 9 recalls have they been major or minor in nature, and the other outstanding repair issues , again the same question. I saw the truck in Naples Italy March 2003 and fell in love with it, then when the suv became available in US and then I saw all the postings on this web about all the problems and decided to wait until 2005 models came out and hopefully problems were all identified and corrected and VW dealers became aware of problems and how to correct as well as became more aware that VW now had a group of buyers spending $40-$50 k for a suv, and some increase in customer service, more than what was usual should be given to these buyers.
    For the same reasons on more serious problems I have backed away from the 2005 LR3 and still would like a T-reg if I can be convinced the current buyers are satisified and the previous 2004 owners problems have bee corrected. Why do we as buyers spending $40+ have to deal with problems that should of been detected in tests runs and corrected or at least been corrected in the first 6 months of production. Yes, I am frustrated on the whole buying experience.
    Thanks again for your response and to anyone else who relies.
  • One caution about european trannies that I got from my VW/Audi specialist private mechanic:
    Always come to a full stop before shifting from Drive to Reverse or vice-versa.
    He said most blown VW automatics that he encountered were from the person backing out and putting into drive while still moving backwards.
    American transmissions are designed to handle this, but if you asked a mechanic in Germany about this, he says they'll likely give you a puzzled look and ask: "Why would anyone with half a brain put the car in forward while its going backward?"

    Not sure if this is related to your "thud" but its something to be aware of. (and I don't know if this applies to the new vehicles, or only up through '90s)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I've read this caution in the Caravan discussions, so I don't think domestic transmissions are designed to handle this either. There's probably something buried in every owner's manual about how to shift an automatic.

    But it's a common practice and I've been guilty of it myself from time to time.

    Steve, Host
  • wingalewingale Posts: 1
    After exhaustive research I have (finally)decided to purchase an '05 T-reg V6. My question is does anyone know why the base price of this vehicle in Canada is CAD $55,010 while it is US $37,140 in the States. This represents approx 48% more while the exchange rate is about half that.

    I wonder if I should consider driving to Buffalo NY and making my purchase there.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    You should search the Acura MDX forum. That subject was covered extensively. Overall...there did not seem to be any benefit to purchasing out of country. Warranty coverage problems, emissions conversions, speedometer, taxes, etc.
  • That price spread is a mystery. A few years back, when the V8-Passats came out (I mean W8), the ones in Bellingham WA were priced at $66k CDN after exchange while you could buy the same car in Canada for $54k.

    In fact, a local Audi dealer was selling over 1/2 their cars to Americans because of the price difference at the time!

    I suspect that VW sets their pricing well in advance, so back when the CDN dollar was falling relative to US the CDN price was better, but now that it has risen so much the US price is better.

    And check the warantee ... I'd be very surprised if VW in Canada didn't honour the warantee of a car purchased out of the country. (unlike Honda).
    VW of Canada is just a branch office of VW of America anyway....

    But for $10k I'd import the car. Just be sure you don't pay state taxes in NY. Since you are from out-of-state you are tax exempt on the purchase, but you'll have to pay full GST and Ontario PST when you bring it across the border.
  • ekrobekrob Posts: 4
    I'm considering a Touareg and will be occasionally towing a 6000 lb. trailer. Does anyone have an opinion of the v6 versus the v8 for this task?
  • kjw23kjw23 Posts: 2
    I just got off the phone with the service center and they are trying to charge me $180 oil/filter change, saying I need 8-9 qts of synthetic oil. This was suppose to be the first 5,000 mile tune up. Is this a rip off or what?? I have had nothing but problems with my 2004 Toureg. It's a lease vehicle and if I could return it, I would in a heartbeat....
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    I take it you have the 4.2 V8. That engine does use 9 quarts of oil, but $180 is quite steep. I'm not so sure about it requiring synthetic oil. Do some research to find what the required oil is. About the only vehicles that "require" synthetic oil are full-fledged sports cars.
  • I have a one month old 2005 VW Touareg (Base V-6, No NAV) and, for the most part, the vehicle has been fine. One issue that I have and would like input from others on is the Radio. When I test drove the vehicle and when I drove it off of the lot, the radio displayed station call letters, song names and artists for most of the FM stations. From what I gather on this BB, this is called RDS (radio display system?). My wife's Audi A4 has the same feature and it always has worked fine. With the Touareg, however, this feature stopped working after 2 days - the radio worked fine, just no song or station information whatsoever. I took it back to the dealer and they popped the radio out and put it back in, but they told me that they would order me a new radio. Popping the radio out worked for about 2 days and then it stopped working again. I then left the vehicle with my dealer who installed a new radio. The RDS worked for about a week and then stopped working. I called the dealer and after a week, they just called back to report that they had spoken to a VW USA Engineer who said the problem can not be fixed. The radio was designed for the European market, the radio has some form of memory in it and when the memory fills up with the station and song information, it then stops working, and there is no way to delete or "dump" the memory without taking the radio out and re-installing it. My dealer said to check back in a few months to see if something has changed and whether VW has a new solution to this problem.

    I would like to hear from others on (1) whether they have had this problem (i.e., RDS stops working entirely) and (2) is there any other solution to fixing it? Anybody replace their radio entirely?
  • Does anyone know if Volkswagen will release a small SUV to compete with the compact SUV's such as the Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V? Volkswagen should also release a larger seven passenger SUV to go head to head with the Navigator, Escalade, LX470. Volkswagen also needs a pickup truck and a minivan to complete its lineup. I find Volkswagen to be have a very limited lineup.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    I believe they will release a smaller one, but not sure what platform it will be based off of.

    They will have a large one...eventually...that uses the new Audi Q7 (stretched platform of Tourage), that will give 7 passenger seating.

    Lineup does seem limited...where's the mini-van, where the coupes, convertibles…motorcycles (heh)
  • bradsterbradster Posts: 6
    Does anyone know of any dealer incentives for the new 2005 Touareg? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    The v6 takes about 6 quarts and my dealer wants $90, which I think is high also. I do it myself. BTW, synthetic oil is required and shipped in the car new. While I've had a few issues that have been resolved I wouldn't trade mine for anything else out there. I just wish I could kill the seat belt chime.
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    I am on my third radio (premium sound system). I've had the third for about 6 mos and everything is fairly normal. Both previous radios crapped out on the cd side, they jammed on a track, refused to play or something similar. The RDS is a little sticky sometimes, but generally works. The memory explanation sounds plausible. At any rate, my sound system is good enough, and RDS works well enough that I haven't complained about it. By the way, the radio is made by Delco (GM), and they pretty much pioneered RDS in American cars. I see no reason why it shouldn't work as well as any other RDS radio.
  • mevandemevande Posts: 190
    Makes no sense re: blowing trannys this way. I have had 2 BMW 740's (I have my 2nd now, 1999 yr) and always put it in drive while car is still moving "slowly" backwards due to the nature of my garage and driveway. I have never had a single problem with BMW's transmissions. I drive the car "hard", using most of the 320 HP (had a Dinan "chip" and mods put in by dealer). I drive it quite frequently in sport mode and that really works the transmission hard. I think you are being handed "bull" by the mechanic.
  • vwrobvwrob Posts: 1
    We have a 2004 Touareg V6 and we tow a 4500 lb camping trailer. It does just find. Of course you have your normal slowing going up long hills but overall it does real good. I know that it says that the towing capacity is 7600 lbs for all models but if your going to tow 6000 lb trailer I think about going with a V8
  • blaskyblasky Posts: 15
    .... Based on the discussions in the forum - if VW does in fact come out with a compact and x-tra large SUV, it would be wise to wait 2-3 model years before purchasing. (hehe) Could quite possible be a repeat of the touareg unreliability.
  • sthobesthobe Posts: 1
    To all current 2005 Touregg owners. I am looking into purchasing a new V6 Touregg but I am trying to decide if the air suspension is worth the extra $2500 for a smoother ride? Does the air suspension make a significant difference in the every day ride of the Touregg?

    Thanks - Scott
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    My 2004 air suspension V6 is not noticeably smoother riding than the regular suspension. The reasons to choose it are:
    1. You will tow. It automatically levels the car. Basically a good thing.
    2. You do high ground clearance off roading. In this case you change a good off road vehicle into an awesome one. A must have.
    3. You like a sporty ride. The sport setting is an edgier ride for curvy roads (think BMW). I find it annoying unless I'm in the mountains, on smooth curves. Just like I find the ride of the X5 annoying after awhile. The comfort setting is BS (it wallows and makes me and my wife sick). The auto setting really is just right. I do all of the above, so I'm generally happy with it.

    On the other hand, it is expensive, and it is mildly annoying at stoplights, in that it often makes little adjustments in ride height that can be disconcerting to the driver and passengers. It will hiss at you in the garage as it fiddles with the air pressure after you shut it down. You do not notice it while underway however. Regardless of the setting, I think the ride is actually a bit rougher over sharp bumps than the standard suspension. Also, if you think it was expensive to buy, what do you guess it will cost to fix it when it goes on the fritz? Way more than new shocks for the standard suspension.
  • rthomerrthomer Posts: 1
    I am in love with the T-reg and was close to pulling the trigger on buying a V-6 model this weekend. Quite frankly I got cold feet from this website. There are alot of enthusiastic owners of this vehicle, but it seems they are willing too put up with quite a few problems (or apparent problems) in order to experience the pleasures. I put a lot of miles on a vehicle, average of 32K per year. I can't be bothered with trips to the dealer every other month, other than routine visits.
    Question: Can this model make it that long? What kind of miles have owners put on WITHOUT problems? Can anyone report 30K or more a year and what are the results?
    With websites like, it scares the hell out of me.
    I have turned my attention to the Volvo XC90, or another Yukon which I know will go the miles after having 3 of them.
    I want a T-reg, its beautifully designed, and is the perfect blend of elegance and performance.
    My friend with a Cheyenne, says "stop reading blogs and go buy one, you can find something wrong with any vehicle." And also suggested that the negative criticism is coming from NON T-reg owners. It could be true.
    So I'm going to go against my friends advice, and ask the bloggers,
    What do you all think?
    Thanks in advance.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    A similar question was asked just a bit earlier. Here it is (and scroll down for the response):

    pbear, "Forums Discussion Finder: Get Directions Here" #3867, 27 Apr 2005 11:59 am

    The posts complaining about problems do tend to outnumber the positive posts across all makes - when people's rides are running normally, they don't tend to post about that.

    Steve, Host
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    you might take a look at the new Subaru Tribeca. Reliability has always been Subaru's strong point, plus safety, handling, and superb AWD systems.

    The new Tribeca has many upscale features and is a real bargain, IMO.

    Why am I here? Rumors of a Toureg pickup coming out in a couple years that caught my attention.

  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    I drive a lot of miles each year, only 20-25k, but I took the bet on the Touareg. At 23k I'm still happy. We'll see how it does. If you spend that much time in a car, why not put your butt in something nice? Listen to your Cayenne? friend and save $15k over his investment.

    I saw the Tribeca at the Auto show. I'm sure it will be a reliable car, as subies tend to be. It is beyond toad-ugly.
  • bulsarabulsara Posts: 21
    Go V8 if you can afford the juice!

  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    If your going to drive 30+k per year, I'd check out the service schedules for any of the vehicles you are considering. (Unless of course the $$$ doesn'rt matter.)

    In my experience, any vehicle with a full time 4wd will cost significantly more to maintain over the next 150k than one that uses just part time awd, like a Highlander, or Pilot or Murano.
  • 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.

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