Volkswagen Touareg (2003 – 2010) Review

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Volkswagen Touareg (2003 – 2010) At A Glance


+Luxurious, safe, accomplished 4x4. Comfortable on road, very capable off it. V10 TDI is astonishing, 2.5 TDI and 3.0 TDI the sensible choices.

-Reports of electrical and front diff problems. Failure of propshaft centre bearing common.

On average it achieves 94% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Touareg (2003 – 2010)


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Average performance


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19–33 mpg

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What's the best all-weather tyres for Volkswagen Touareg?
"What are the best all weather tyres for a 2007 Volkswagen Touareg with tyre size 255/55R18 109V? Also, potholes are by the thousand around here on the secondary roads and my council refuses to meet any claims. Could you suggest a website to report potholes to in the first instance plus any other ideas that might shift the council into action? "
All weather tyres are often not available in SUV sizes. The recommended Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons are not. Consult For pothole complains, visit:
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What could be causing a transmission fault on my 2005 Volkswagen Touareg?
"I have a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg 2.5TDI with 30,000 miles, which has developed a transmission fault. Moving slowly up a gradient, the transmission seems to wind up with a loud clicking from near-side rear. Volskwagen diagnostic checks reveal nothing and Volkswagen says it has had no reports of this fault. Possible centre diff problem? I would appreciate your advice."
The most likely reason is a difference in circumference between the front and rear tyres that the automatic AWD system interprets as slippage.
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Buying a used car for £8k - what should I get?
"I have £8000 to spend on a used car and have been toying with a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg, with 92,000 miles on the clock. However, my friends say this will be a bad idea as the running and repair costs will be huge. I also like the Porsche Cayenne, but again my friends say I’d be better off buying something cheaper and newer. What do you think? "
A car you buy for £10,000 that originally cost £50,000 comes with repair bills based on a £50,000 car, not a £10,000 car. And there will be bills. Your friends are simply being sensible.
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Should I sell or keep my 2004 Volkswagen Touareg?
"I have owned a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 TDi for the last three years and it has done 88,000 miles. I had the prop shaft replaced one year ago, and it now has some electrical faults affecting non-essential things like parking sensors, air con and speakers. I haven’t had these matters fixed, but am worried that costs will continue to mount. Would I be better to keep it and keep my fingers crossed or sell it and buy something else? As I have no more money to put into a car, much of what I would be able to afford would be of a similar age and mileage, so would I actually be better off? Also, what should I replace it with? I’m open-minded and don’t really need a 4x4, but the car must be able to carry three children. "
You're correct. Trade value is about £5000, but not with the list of faults you mention. Not many cars you could buy for £4000 - £5000 will easily take three child seats across the back. Peugeot 307SW (but many have been unreliable), Citroen Xsara Picasso (make sure it doesn't come with a DPF), Citroen Berlingo Multispace.
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What does a Volkswagen Touareg (2003 – 2010) cost?

Buy new from £40,695 (list price from £51,900)