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Old 08-31-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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VW Touareg Question

My wife and I considering getting a VW Touareg as a tow vehicle. I know there have been several threads on it's suitability as a tow car, I was wondering if any Touareg owners could comment on the reliability of the vehicle.

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Old 08-31-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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My wife and I considering getting a VW Touareg as a tow vehicle. I know there have been several threads on it's suitability as a tow car, I was wondering if any Touareg owners could comment on the reliability of the vehicle.

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I am interested in this too We are recovering VW owners who almost were bled into insolvency by the repairs needed to keep a series of VW's on the road.

We are, so far, able to avoid the temptation to purchase another VW. I hope to be stedfast in our resolve.

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Depends on what you're towing. They're quirky and can be pricey to maintain, but I've had two and love the way they tow and perform.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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My boss has the V6 turbo diesel......$600 average for sheduled oil, filters (12, I think in total) and Urea changes. He has had many situations of loss of power (limp home mode) with particulate filters clogging up. Last but definitely not least is the $1400+ for a new driveshaft at 177,000 kms as the hanger bearing grenaded on him as it was headed to the dealership to fix an alarm horn which was shorting out causing the alarm to sound, albiet at a lower tone at all times, even when driving.

If it were a horse....he'd have to shoot it.
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Another vehicle to consider (in the same class as VW Touareg) is Mercedes Benz ML 350 Bluetec. It also has a 3.0 Liter V6 Turbo Diesel engine. They both have the same horsepower (240), but ML has more torque than Touareg (455 ft-lb. vs 406 ft-lb). Also the max torque is available at a lower RPM. ML also has a higher payload, and does not have the horrible reliability record of Touareg (its no Toyota of course, in terms of reliability and maintenance cost). The only negative for ML is the lower hitch weight limit (770# vs 576#).

Also, Jeep GC now has a Diesel powered engine. Another vehicle to consider...
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All these issues of Touareg's is new to me - Zero issues with my oil burner as well as those friends of mine (to include members of the Touarg Forum)...

The only problem is exceeding their GVWR, same issue as many 1/2 ton pick-up trucks also have when towing tongue heavy Airstreams...
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #7
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I am happy your Touareg is trouble free.

When a car has a bad reliability record, it does not mean all the vehicles have trouble. Similarly, when a car has a good reliability record, it does not mean all the vehicles are trouble free. The ratings, however, consider the experience of many many users and provide a big picture on their reliability. Based on J.D. Powers, Consumer reports, etc., your experience (and your friends') with Touareg seems to be the exception rather than the norm.
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2010 Touareg TDI

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A few "quirks", but nothing serious.

20,000 miles towing a 19ft Airstream these past two years and it has never let me down. Oil changes and service a bit pricey, but I love the diesel MPG and torque, esp. towing.

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2010 Touareg TDI

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A few "quirks", but nothing serious.

20,000 miles towing a 19ft Airstream these past two years and it has never let me down. Oil changes and service a bit pricey, but I love the diesel MPG and torque, esp. towing.

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My boss has the V6 turbo diesel......$600 average for sheduled oil, filters (12, I think in total) and Urea changes.
12 filters? Really? Must be the BS filters.
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12 filters? Really? Must be the BS filters.
No BS......air, cabin, fuel filters, water filters and exhaust filters. Every 15,000 kms=$600.00. VW just downloaded some new software into his rig to try and mitigate the exhaust filters plugging up. Which means it will burn more fuel, to run hotter, to keep the exhaust temp higher. So much for MPG, but hopefully it won't keep going into limp home mode.

I'm not going to go into how many times he has had electrical gremlins, paid four times as much for new rubber, 18" versus my 17" tires.....suposedly special tires. Even getting winter rims cost him an arm and leg.

My boss has by his own admission paid more to maintain his Touareg than my maintainance on my fleet of vehicles.....combined!!!!

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Nothing like 2nd-hand info from a non-VW owner.

We've been driving VW/Audi for 40+ years including two TDI's. Excellent service from them overall, the last new TDI now 7 years old, 60k miles, never been in shop for anything but oil changes. Everything original including brakes and tires.

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Nothing like 2nd-hand info from a non-VW owner.

We've been driving VW/Audi for 40+ years including two TDI's. Excellent service from them overall, the last new TDI now 7 years old, 60k miles, never been in shop for anything but oil changes. Everything original including brakes and tires.

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Howdy Doug!

My wife's T'Reg was a love/hate relationship. We bought the first in 1994; I believe the first or second year they were introduced. After six months of the unit being in the garage most of the time, VW USA agreed to take our car and gave us a new one in exchange, and it was a V8/Audi.

The wife loved it. I was ambivalent initially, but as time went by, I began to notice things were looking kind of worn. Things just began to look shabby, the fit and finnish just didn't hold up to time.

The kicker was, when the Springfield dealership went out of business, and the dealership was transferred to another dealer who couldn't care whether he sold T'Regs or not. The service was horrible.

Granted, the power train was excellent, but in the end, the wife wound up in a little go kart/MB SLK 350. ;-)

Soooooo, after two T'Regs, I would come down on the side of thanks, but no thanks.
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My wife's T'Reg was a love/hate relationship. We bought the first in 1994; I believe the first or second year they were introduced. After six months of the unit being in the garage most of the time, VW USA agreed to take our car and gave us a new one in exchange, and it was a V8/Audi.
The Touareg was introduced in 2004.
An Audi is not a Touareg
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