Volkswagen Touareg road tests and car reviews

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John Harker, Cumberland

Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 SE dpf 2007

Bought a Touareg 2.5 SE dpf brand new and still have it now with 90,000 on clock. Have had loads of problems: New computer, CD changer, new front grill all under warranty. The problem with the dealers who service and maintain these type of VW is they do not have the expertise, which they claim to have.

Just a month before the warranty expired further things started to go wrong like the shocker on the front along with wishbone, steering rack and the prop shaft and because the dealer was incompetant these were discovered 2 months out of warranty. We have had loads of dealings with VW Luxury Department and have had to pay out thousands to get my car on the road. I will keep the car as the depreciation is awful over the 4 years I have had it.

I have also just put the 9th set of tyres onto the car at a cost of around 6k. In total these vehicles cost on average, if you do about 22k per year 6000 in fuel and around 1500 on tyres, 8k in total. Buyers beware of incompetant dealerships who say they have a mastertechnician who knows all about the Treg when in fact they have no idea.

If anyone knows a true Touareg specialist please post on here!

Nafees Siddique, England

Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2.5 2006

Julie Akroyd, Leicestershire

Nick Suckling, Essex

Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 tdi auto 2009

Although I find the Touareg a joy to drive, with all driver comforts, I find the engine a little under powered. I should have opted for the v6 or above and sacrificed some mpg. At present the car returns 34mpg on a run, not bad for a vehicle of this size. The car has been dealer serviced from new, however, now that it’s 4yrs old plus I am starting to encounter problems I would not have expected considering a mileage of 60000 miles.

Recently the rear drive shaft mid bearing failed – a new shaft being £650 + VAT. as a replacement bearing is not available. Items of interior trim are starting to break, eg – underseat drawer facia and centre console lid catches and guess what they have been modified with replacement parts costing a small fortune. Wiring problems with airbag system is another gripe although the system was modified under a dealer rework programme.

Needles to say all this happened after the manufacturers warranty and extended warranty expired, so beware.

Responses to this review

My Touareg is just under 5 years old and I’m also in the process of having the prop shaft replaced after only 70K miles. My husband says he has never seen one go after so little mileage and in a reasonably newish vehicle. Other than that I love it but this has really shocked me into thinking it may be time for a change. Sounds like the prop shaft could be a weak point then – Victoria Roberts from Conwy

Just had the propshaft replaced by VW on 55 plate 2.5 se Touareg £1,030! Average mileage, no towing or offroad history serviced and repaired by main dealers. I was told by the dealer that they are always replacing this complete part when in fact you can purchase the centre bearing and not the whole propshaft for around £60 plus a good garage to fit and balance for around £200-300, it’s a con.

The dealers keep this part in stock at over £650, why? I asked for a goodwill gesture from VW UK and pointed out they could replace just the centre bearing. Unsurprisingly, no joy but was informed that the Touareg is apparently not an offroad vehicle! I can’t remember that in the sales pitch – Kevin Stiles from Warwickshire

Submitted: 2009-09-04 | ID: 3523

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