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Old 11-29-2013, 02:16 PM   #155
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No idea on the Touareg gen 3. On my first gen Touareg, I believe that the rear hatch was not able to be fully opened. It will hit the power jack before it hits the tanks. You can turn your trailer power jack head 90 degrees to the side (consult manual) to allow for some add'l clearance, but that is only helpful if you are just trying to clear the head.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:53 PM   #156
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Will the hatch open fully? It would appear from most of these photos that the hatch lid might hit or stop at the L/P cover.
Mine clears with two inches to spare even with the additional flag pole holder attached to the front of the jack post.

You have a great setup I'm sure you will enjoy.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:55 PM   #157
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With my ProPride hitch (pushes the trailer a bit aft) I could open the rear hatch on my T-Rex when hooked up but it was close....
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #158
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Hey to all you Touaregers...what is the average mileage you all get with the various models?
My 66 is pretty light and could be a good candidate for this tow vehicle.

Also how is the reliablility in general? I know of only one friend who owned one and she did no fare well.

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #159
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I've towed about 25,000 miles with the older 6 speed, diesel V6, including the Big Horn Mountains and Yellowstone. The lowest I've seen driving into a strong headwind has been 12.8 mpg. The highest in the low 18s. I'm typically in the lower 16s, although the Yellowstone trip averaged 17.3 mpg (towing only, hand calculated).
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #160
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nice mileage.
I saw a lot of really bad reviews for the reliability and cost of maintenance. Alternator $1100-1800 was a common complaint.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:56 PM   #161
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So far reliability has been outstanding, but maintenance is somewhat expensive. Doing your own oil change runs about $100 every 10,000 miles, but it was $75 every 5,000 miles with my diesel Excursion.

The 40,000 mile transmission fluid change, filter, gasket, and fuel filter change was $600.

I have the 19 inch wheels on the TDI and the tires are soft, sporty and expensive, with very few options, all over $1,000. My original Goodyear Eagles were down to the wear bars at 31,000 miles. I replaced them with the Continental Extreme Contact option much higher treadwear rating, but it doesn't look like they'll last much more than 40,000 miles, so I picked up a set of 18 inch Touareg rims on eBay which will give me plenty of options for my next set of tires.

All that being said, it's still cheaper than owning both a commuter and a truck like I used to.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:38 AM   #162
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nice mileage.
I saw a lot of really bad reviews for the reliability and cost of maintenance. Alternator $1100-1800 was a common complaint.
We are on our 2nd Touareg- This time we went with the TDI version (V6). Although I have yet to tow our new Airstream (we take delivery Wednesday)- I routinely get 25-28 MPG highway with cruise set at 70MPH. Of course while towing you should be at 55 and the weight will have an impact. I have had no problem finding diesel stations to fill up and most times the prices are in line with 87 Octane. Range on the TDI is 500+ Miles per tank. The Torque is pretty impressive IMHO.

This is far better than the earlier V8 T-reg we had as well as a 4x4 4Runner (2006) that was V8 and seemed to get a consistent 15MPG without towing.

I will report back and let you know what we get MPG wise with the TDI. It has been in the shop once for a scheduled service (free) and they replaced the ECU and Ad Blue tank under warranty. Otherwise be mindful of brakes- they can be pricey on these. Once I need new rotors I will just do the Brembo (For Porsche & Audi) upgrade.
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good info people, thanks. If I do trade my Excursion I would be looking at something 2005-2008 range. I have to say the Excursion has been ultra reliable, but it does suck gas..
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #164
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to add to the above post-- seems like I could afford a 2005-2007 6 cylinder. How would that do - real world towing a 4500lb Airstream?
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to add to the above post-- seems like I could afford a 2005-2007 6 cylinder. How would that do - real world towing a 4500lb Airstream?
We have a 2008 V8 and don't even know the Bambi is behind us! I would only buy a 07 or newer, some of the earlier years ha a lot of issues and I wouldn't buy one. The 6 will do fine but in the mountains etc I'd go for a TDI or a V8.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #166
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nice mileage.
I saw a lot of really bad reviews for the reliability and cost of maintenance. Alternator $1100-1800 was a common complaint.
I had a 09 tdi and loved it for 3 years. Unfortunately the earlier models did have some weird issues but they got better through the generations. The one that has high repair costs are the V10 tdi as they are difficult to work on resulting in high labor rates. The v6 tdi does have an expensive alternator ad it is a liquid cooled unit.

I would not be scared to buy a low mileage well maintained car. The biggest challenge with any VW is dealing with a dealer that is fair. Some dealers seem to think they are a Mercedes dealer and charge accordingly. I do my own maintenance so "suggested selling" that the dealers service department does is eliminated.

Neat car, well made.
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sounds good, My sister is a partner in a VWdealership, maybe she can find me one
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Greetings all. I may be joining you as a Touareg owner. We are looking at a new 2014 TDI with the factory hitch and 7 pin connector. The technician at the dealer says that it is plug and play indicating that it would control the brakes. This seems weird and wrong to me. I assume that I will need a brake controller. What am I missing here??? Or what are they missing here?

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