Volkswagen Luxury Cars Ratings
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2006 Volkswagen Touareg - V6 50/05)
Pros: Interior and Air Suspension
Cons: No standard GPS
Advice: BUY IT!! and LOVE IT!!This is an excellent SUV plus it's a 100% German. You can't say no to a german car and it's comfortable, great looking especially with those Xenon Lights and the air suspension is awesome great off roader and great during terrible weather I recommended BUY IT and LOVE IT!!
2006 Volkswagen Touareg - V8 22/06)
Advice: Do not buy this car unless you can confirm electronic issues have been worked out.I have a 2004 Touareg (ignore title)The V-8 engine provides 310hp, plenty to get the Touareg moving quickly. Very smooth on the road and comfortable too. The air suspension can be adjusted for a firm, sporty ride or a softer, more luxurious ride. It really is a comfortable and fun to drive car. That's why it is too bad VW didn't work harder on the quality control. I have had numerous electronic problems, notably a cruise control that did not work the day of delivery (a bad omen, I guess), CD got stuck in the CD player, just recently installed third battery in two years, tires are too soft for the weight of the vehicle and wore out by 21,000 miles, xenon headlights had problems autoleveling, compass light goes on and off periodically, seat memory does not always work, etc, etc. I can't wait to get a new car.
2005 Volkswagen Touareg - V6
Pros: Overall comfort and predictability
Cons: The steering wheel shakes a little bit on high speeds
Advice: Get it if you enjoy driving. You won't understand this car if you expect to have a family slow-motion SUV to go to Home Depot. The way it drives is really different from American cars.I love this car. I do not drive on rural roads full of snow, but I like how the car behaves during poor weather conditions. It is glued to the road, you feel really comfortable driving it because you understand what it's going to do next, how it's going to react when you turn the wheel or press gas pedal. No surprises. And it’s pretty responsive and speedy two when you kick it. Note that you get a real SUV that is not afraid of two feet of snow, and it’s unbelievably comfortable – as if you are driving a luxury sedan.
2004 Volkswagen Touareg - V8
Pros: V8 engine
Cons: service and maintenance
Advice: Do Not even Think about buying this vehicleWorst vehicle ever made 1.poor tire tread life, 15,000 miles, 2. Tire pressure readings constantly signals flat tire 3. worst service of any manufacturer 4. 4WD failed at 20,650 miles and never been offroad 5. A/C whistles cant fix 6. EPA gas mileage is high as we get 12-14 mpg 7. very expensive oil and filter changes 8. VW technicians do not know how to fix 1/3 of problems on this car 9. VW will take you to rental car store while the Toureg you paid for is in shop. WOW!
2003 Volkswagen Passat - GL (M5) FWD Sedan
Pros: Heated cloth seats.
Cons: The never-ending and expensive maintainence.
Advice: This car has such heavy maintenance that you won't get from oil chainge to oil change. Don't buy this car!I bought my VW Passat new and I loved it. I could even deal with the delay in the turbo. The 1.8T is really not substantial enough for the weight of the car. The real kicker is that you have to visit the dealer for every little problem and the dealers (I've been to 4)are not much help. Whenever, I have had a problem they hook the car up the the diagnostic machine and shrug their shoulders. I don't think that a VW dealer has ever had a real mechanic. Besides that, the car is so over engineered that when one part breaks - the other connected parts shortly follow suit. I have had air intake sensors replaced, the water pump replaced and the fuel pump replaced and my car just hit 3 years old. If you want a car you are going to have to baby certainly buy this car, but if you don't want the hassle - buy anything besides this car!
2003 Volkswagen Passat - W8 (A5) AWD 4Motion Sedan
Cons: Poor performance
Advice: Do not buy this carok when tested for purchase. just under 20,000 now and it is causing much trouble.
2005 Volkswagen Touareg - V6
Pros: sound system
Advice: don't buy it. the station wagon with 4w drive is just as roomy and better!Too many things that one does not really need e.g., no real need for off road technology when it is used mainly for city and recreational use. The computer is very confusing. Front window fogs up when air conditioner os on. Air bag malfunction lights up and no one can find the reason for it. Visibility for back up is poor and read side windows is poor. The large side mirrors also afects vision. Overhead rack locking system is very inconvenient and difficult to open.