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Pros: Great looks
Cons: Overly complicated controls
Advice: Look beyond the beauty and ride and read as many reviews as you can.This is my 5th SUV and in my opinion, the Touareg is over engineered to the point where it's dufficult to manufacture and operate. The Nav controls are numerous and it's c/d based which, makes it about 4 years behind the SUV's VW is trying to compeate with. The SUV is absolutely beautiful, inside and out, and rides very well. In a dealer showroom, and after a test drive, it's tough not to highly consider this vehicle. But, once you have one its shortcomings and oversights become apparent. An oil & filter change at my local VW dealer recently cost me $160. (oil, filter and labor only!) My local Jiffy Lube doesn't carry the filter so they couldn't do it. As pretty as it is, I can't recomend it.
Pros: Offroad abilities, handling in inclement weather
Cons: The Electronics, diagnostic sensors, radio reception, brake noise, a/c whistling
Advice: Do Not Buy This Vehicle VW service is questionable ethicsThis has to be one of the worst mistakes I have made purchasing a car. It drives nice and is comfortable in inclement weather other than that. 1. To numerous to mention diagnostic malfunctions 2. Electronics flicker 3. Early tire and brake wear 4. Brake noise 5. Rear hatch locking, rear wiper noise 6. ALOT of recalls which don't seem to repair anything 7. RECALL on safety systems including seat belts and traction control (no warning light illuminated when it goes out) 8. Battery replacements 9. Climate control useless 10. Sub standard VW service and a real don't care attitude about fixing the vehicle, in addition I don't think they know how to fix the vehicle. Don't waste your money
Pros: Keyless entry
Advice: Get a great value for the price.Handled better than my Mercedes SUV.
Pros: feeling of Safety
Cons: Gas Milage
Advice: Great car and I am very satisfiedI've put about 3,000 miles on the car already and I love the car. I bought a fully optioned car with navigation and air suspension. Car handles great, engine sounds musical when pressed hard. Down side is the gas milages. I bought it knowing it has poor gas mileage but with the high gas prices, it costs me around $68.00 to fill up with preminum gasoline and it does not last me a week. Also with so many warning chimes and lights, sometime it is bothersome. Car being so heavy, it feels cumbersome to drive as well. I miss the simple cars like Honda where you turn on the car and drive.
Cons: Constant problems with the car and the service I receive.
Advice: DON'T BUY ONEI own the Touareg V10 TDI.Paid $67,000 for this suv and have had nothing but trouble with this car,service and VW.The list is long.....brakes squeak LOUDLY,a clunk in the rear,panel gauges malfunction,air doesn't work,it whistles,clanks and makes noises to the point that I am pulling my hair out.The service people are of no help(they simply don't know how to service this car)and VW won't return my calls.My car is in the shop now(it's been 2 weeks)and on average is in the shop about 20% of the time.It's a nightmare!
Pros: The interior is nice.
Cons: All the engine problems, plus the wood paneling will crack if you live in MI where I do and there is extreme change of temperature. Also the radio buttons started peeling off after 8mos of ownership.
Advice: Don't buy!I own a 2004 V6 and its beautiful and very comfortable. But my compliments stop there. In the year and a half I've owned this, I have taken this vehicle in 18 times. Now the fuel is not burning properly, which I'm told by the dealership is a common problem with all the the Touaregs. So depending on what time of the year is, be ready to be putting in different fuel. And sometimes that wont even work! In which case be prepared to have your car at the dealership for 3 weeks while they dismantle the engine to clean it out and order new parts. My car is nothing but a lemon and what is worse is that VW won't stand behind it. Horrendous! I would never recommend thisc car.
Pros: Beautiful exterior and impressive interior
Cons: Interior Quality problems
Advice: Make sure all the VW Service Bulletins are installed if you are buying a 2004I wish I could be more positive about this review. The best thing about this purchase is the outstanding service I have received from our dealer. They have really tried hard to make us happy. I bought this vehicle 18 months ago and have put 17K miles on it. The following is a list of problems we have had to date. 1 Wood grain on interior cracked everywhere 2 Surface is flaking off all dials on radio, climate control dials and the headlight switch. 3 Low tire pressure comes on for no reason 4 Inside 2 inches of both front tires are bald after 17k miles 5 Battery has died and then magically started working again 6 Remote lock only works from 1 foot away 7 Rear Cargo light doesn't shut off 8 Rear windshield wiper doesn't work 9 Rear hatch won't lock 10 Vehicle status display is intermittent Now for the good news - The Dealer has replaced the wood panels and flaking knobs. The dead battery was fixed by a VW service bulletin The remote locks will be fixed this week by another VW service bulletin The problem with the status display, rear hatch lock, cargo light and rear windshield wiper are all due to a defective latch that is another VW service bulletin After all this, I still love this SUV and am thinking about a 2005 V8