VW Touareg opinion

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:53
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Hi,

I am looking to get my wife a 2004 Touareg V6. This one has done over 140,000 km already which is fairly high.

I am new to this SUV. Any someone please give me advice on this car?

Cheers

Kelvin
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 12:01

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 12:01
The general feeling of almost any review anywhere is that the Toureg is one to stay well away from. not so good on road and worse off.

I had a v10 for half a day and I felt the motor was the only good thing about it.

The Cayenne is twice the car even though it is a sibling.

Series Three Disco is worth having a look at if you tend to a European car.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 13:03

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 13:03
Another vote for the LR D3 though a Cayenne would be fun too
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 21:13

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 21:13
Troppo
Thats a pretty broad statement you made. I 've just done a quick google and the first three reviews I've read have all been positive. Admittedly there are some criticisms but not sufficient in my mind to pan the vehicle like you have. I've only had a brief encounter with the vehicle but my mate who owns it is very happy with it, both on road and off. Perhaps you can point us to the "almost any review anywhere is that the Toureg is one to stay well away from. not so good on road and worse off. "

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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 08:00

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 08:00
tegge
a couple of points:
1. Broad staements are the lifeblood of this and most other forums. Here is a good example "but my mate who owns it is very happy with it, both on road and off."
2. I drove one for half a day on and off road it rates as a very average crossover. I've owned a dozen 4wds and regularly driven many more.
3. reviews happen other places than online too.
4. have a look at some of the others that come up on google.
5. I know someone who has a Toyota Bunderra and likes it. That does not make it a good car.
6. Touaregs have failed to hold their prices second hand compared to others. In the end the market judges!
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Reply By: Wherehegon - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 17:21

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 17:21
My wifes bosses is for sale if you really want one. Reason for selling ??? Biggest piece if shi# he has ever bought. Has spent more time in getting repairs then driving it. Even with the air suspension and raised to its maximum height he said its pretty well useless off road, even on the sand he said theirs still not enough clearance.....Cost him recently over $1000 just to get the thermostat replaced due to it sticking slightly closed causing it to run warmer then usual. He is buying a landcruiser........WHG
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 18:01

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 18:01
Hi Kelvin,

You've got a couple of interesting responses above!

A bloke I work with has one of the earlier ones with the 5cyl diesel and he loves it.

It hasn't given him an ounce of trouble in the 3 1/2 years he's owned it.

I have driven it and I thought it was a rather nice vehicle.

He uses it off road semi regularly. He's had it on Stockton Beach quite a few times and a couple of the more basic trails in the Watagans.

He fitted larger AT tyres to it and he also has the factory swing out wheel carrier to give him a full size spare rather than the space saver they are fitted with standard.

He also runs it almost exclusively on 100% Bio-Diesel.

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Reply By: Isuzumu - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 18:06

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 18:06
Now I can remember that a Disco 3 did not make it very far on a test run in one of the 4WD mags going to Cape York, now if there is anyone out there wanting to give me their Touareg I will be quite happy to take it off them hehehehehe
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Reply By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:19

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:19
Kelvin,
I have a mate who has the 5cyl job. he has but larger cooper ATRs, bought a 5th wheel and puts it on the roof when 4wding. he has dual battery, UHF, 80gb mp3 player in the back. (fhat box, if my memory serves me).
he has been to stockton, camrons corner, flinders, mungo. and many more places.
with a camper in tow he averages 11ltr/100 and a lot less when empty.

high and low range.

problems? it hasnt stoped yet, a few minor things like door handle replacement and little plastic parts need tightening up but thats it.
its a great 4wd.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:51

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:51
Hi Greg,

The bloke I work with has one of those phat box gizmo's too.

Makes me jealous the Troopy won't support it.

A very useful musical device!

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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 21:25

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 21:25
my god daughter drives one and has had it for 3 yrs and tows her 2.5t horse float with it every day . it is regularly serviced , and has never had a problem. the v6 diesel is a strong motor and is very comfortable to drive
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Reply By: Wherehegon - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 22:15

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 22:15
Sounds like the diesel might be the way to go, going by the replys above. My wifes boss has the V8 so maybe it is the one to stay away from......WHG
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Reply By: iamgq2008 - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:32

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:32
Thanks for all your replies. They are very useful to me.

Cheers

Kelvin
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Reply By: PatrolSTL04 - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 01:13

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 01:13
I have V6 TDI....550nm of grunt.

Best tow vehicle i have ever owned. Extremely quick on road, fantastic handling for a 2.3 tonne car, and phernominal economy.
Lugs 3 tonne around regularly and does not work up a sweat.
Have a Patrol for offroad and touring.
Comments about "staying well away from" are from ill informed, jealous people.
Have a look around the forums on the net, and when compared with Japenese vehicles, they are superior in just about every way (except offroad prowess, but then the Japenese are the only real reliable offroad vehicles....Land Rover owners will disgaree but after my td5 went pop at 76kms....on the way home from the dealer...It was not for me).
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:23

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:23
Your question is somewhat vague and lacks detail regarding purchase of a Touareg.
Is it required for off-road usage, towing say a horse float, taking the kids to school, visiting the 'cafe latte-set' or what. You haven't stated and yet you expect complete strangers to give you adequate information to assist you in making an expensive purchase.

Firstly Google 'is your friend'. A quick search on Touareg Owner Groups turned up heaps of sites. For example, try this one, it contains loads of detailed information http://www.clubtouareg.com/forums/

Remember, it is a large vehicle and some people (blokes and women) might be intimidated by the size and have trouble negotiating car parks and parking spaces.
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Reply By: Member - Roscoe ET (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 14:22

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 14:22
iamgq2008,

Mate the only people to ask advice about a motor vehicle/caravan etc is the people who own them.
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