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Cons: car battery dies all the time
Advice: DONT BUY IT!I bought this vehicle in July 2003 and have had nothing but trouble. The battery has died 5 times and VW says there is nothing wrong with the car. Customer service has been a nightmare. When the car actually does run, you can't fold down the rear seats without having the front seats pushed up close to the steering wheel. So if you are taller than 5'9 forget about putting the back seats down!
Cons: Continually stalls even at highway speeds
Advice: Run 180 degrees from this vehicleThis car is NOT ready for market. It stalls and stalls -- they have replaced battery 4 times AND they say this is normal! So-o-o, you have to realize that the dealership network is way over their head in their ability to repair this vehicle. It simply is too sophisticated for the typical VW repair technician. And now you know why, until recently, the VW warranty was only 2 years. They would have been bankrupt if they had a longer warranty. Now trying to get VW regional customer service to respond. No luck -- just lame lip service. Better off with a Lexus SUV or another make. This vehicle is a LOSER!
Pros: The looks
Advice: If money no object get the V8, at least get the seat package, excellent value for money1. The V6 is plenty powerfull for everyday use. Have'nt had to tow anything but the weight of the car is only felt when going up steep hills 2. The base V6 is an excellent value, but for 35 K you would expect there to be a way to adjust the lumbar settings on the drivers seat. The seats are lumpy over extended driving. 3. Excellent Interiors. Very well put together car. 4. Feels more like a station wagon then an SUV
Pros: Shape and driving at speed.
Cons: The service is not up to BMW.
Advice: Buy it. Should get a good deal on most of the standard models.Replaced my 200 BMW 3 series. Drives as well and has great shape. Interior is much better. I like the dark grey with wood and metal the best. It is great in town and on the highway. An overall gem.
Pros: The ride is great and the interior is super.
Cons: Key must be removed from the ignition before the doors will unlock . At times passengers try to open doors while they are still locked.
Advice: Go for itI have owned the Touareg for about one month and enjoy it very much. Superior quality, very safe and rugged. A very comfortable ride. Many compliments from friends and strangers. Did alot of soul searching before deciding on this vehicle and I made the right choice.
Pros: Interior. Versatility.
Cons: I can't buy another one for my wife yet.
Advice: Give this one a very close look; you'll be happy!This is the most versatile vehicle on the market right now. I drove everything under the sun that was even remotely similar to this vehicle and found the Toureg to be the best. Certainly there are some vehicles that do individual tasks a little better, but none can do all of them so well. It has as much (maybe more) off-road capability as any Land Rover product and can easily out-handle even the Range Rover on the road. Their are sport utilities like the BMW X5 that are as good or slightly better on-road, but would be left behind in a hurry when the going got rough. The Touareg has a gorgeous, comfortable interior that has most of the high-end luxury features that anyone could want. It is a smooth, quiet and stable cruiser, a very sporty handler with the air suspension and will still climb trails that only a Hummer H1 or Jeep Wrangler can handle. The gas mileage leaves a little to be desired, but that's a small sacrifice for the overall goodness of this vehicle. For the money, there just isn't anything even close in this class.
Pros: The well thought out design!
Cons: That it took so long to come out!
Advice: Drive itI am a German car lover, and would consider any German car at least once. So, to say that I am biased about my ratings could have some validity, but also saying that I know what I like and I am also picky is valid as well. I have been waiting for the Microbus, and have been saying forever that VW was missing a great portion of the market by not offering a larger car, like they have in Europe. I had 2 Vanagons and a Eurovan, and loved the space they offered, but hated the problems with the head gaskets on the Vanagon. The Eurovan was my baby, but living in Arizona in 120 degrees, the air conditioning could not keep up without having vents in the back with the camper top. I said bye with a tear in my eye when the long awaited Touareg came out. I bought the V6 and can say that with the air conditioning on, I can see why people are saying to go for the more powerful V8. Other than that, and yes the low gas mileage, I have loved every inch of it. I constantly get asked about it, and when I see a Porsche Cayenne, I laugh knowing that I paid so much less, and have virtually the same car. It is a German car through and through...from the thud of the door closing. to all the carefully thought out details. What can I say, Fahrvernügen all the way...the Touareg is 2 thumbs up!