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Volkswagen Touareg (2003–2010)

Last updated 26 August 2016

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.
Updated 12 June 2014

Power steering of 2007/57 Touareg reported to be noisy when hot, after about an hour's driving. PAS pump replaced. Correct mineral PAS fluid used. Noise still present.

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Introduction

Different things get different people excited. A beautiful woman. A handsome man. A dangerous sport. An exotic holiday. A 5.0 litre V10 diesel engine.

Well at least I got the order right. So let's concentrate on the engine. It pumps out 310 brake horsepower and, wait for it (because you do have to wait for it), a staggering 553 lb ft of torque. We used to call that kind of torque "stump pulling". But this is enough to pull a California Redwood out by its roots.

That's why there has to be a bit of a delay between you stomping your foot on the pedal and that monster torque feeding through a six-speed autobox to the wheels. If it tried to get there instantly, something, somewhere would snap.

It's also a beltless and chain-free engine. The camshafts, the diesel pump, the alternator, the PAS pump and the a/c pump are all driven by gears. The two speed alternator charges not one but two batteries: one for auxiliary power and the other to re-start the engine. It hauls this 2,542kg vehicle to sixty miles an hour in just 7.5 seconds, then on to 140mph, if you're wearing road tyres (130 if on M+S). Yet it still delivers a reasonable 23.2mpg average on the EC combined cycle.

VW Touareg 2003 Road Test

VW Touareg 2.5 TDI Tiptronic 2004 Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
Lovely Car
2
Well appointed and extremely comfortable cruiser , but sluggish at low rpm and very prone to faults
4
love the car hate vw customer service or complete lack of it!!!
 

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