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Old 12-31-2013, 11:59 AM
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We had a 2004 and still have our 2008. Never had any issues and the V8 tows like a dream. I would stay away from the 2004-2007 V6 as the new 3.6 in the 2008+ is a far better engine hands down.

TDI in the 2004-2007 range was the V10 and could pull a 747! The V8 is the rock solid 4.2 used in the Audi's and will never die.

some issues were around with the transmission software and the carrier bearing on the transaxle but those once fixed you should be good to go.

Fuel economy on the 2004-2007 V8 will net you about 50-60km less per tank than the newer 2008+ model V8.

I love the air suspension as it really makes a huge difference when hooking up a trailer such as my x-star. Never squats and rides level.

Some people had issues, but we never had any on the two that we had.

Currently have 123,000kms on the 2008 and it's as good as brand new, no rattles, no problems and only regular service. Brakes last about 60-80,000kms if you drive like a truck. If you drive like a sports cars watch out with brake intervals of 25-35,000kms reported...

6 piston calipers in front and 4 piston in rear do a great job but can chew pads for breakfast!

Snow tire obviously recommended for winter driving in heavy snow conditions... you do have to stop 5400lbs!

Your spot on with your info!!!

The Touareq can tow 7800lbs with the V6, V8, or diesels
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:09 PM
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I can't speak for '07 - I have a '12 V6-TDI - 30K, not a single problem

8 speed tranny, tows my X25 like it is not really there, low end torque is amazing, runs towing at 1800 - 2500 RPM at 70-80 MPH, 7th & 8th gear, 6th on real steep hills to do 70 and about 2900 RPM. All around milage is 29, 14 towing, but I am not shy about my tow habits!

Handling is amazing for a vehicle just shy of 5000lbs. Some question the size for towing with respect to stopping, not an issue, tracks perfect and stops in emergency situations straight and true.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:15 PM
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Wow, I didnt realize we had so many Touareq owners here on TeamTalk.

Cheers to all
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:19 PM
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We downsized to 17" rims and tires. got the Michelin xIce this winter. very quiet and great traction in snow covered back country roads... never see the ESP light on even in twisty roads.

you might enjoy this... gopro driving on Dec 21st in some snow.

http://youtu.be/BuUQCTg_3qA
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:29 PM
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If you have any question about safety - See this thread.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...t=Touareg+Wins
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:36 PM
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I too was t-boned in the first Touareg we had by a redlight runner.

was in a 92 Seville into the driver's door. I walked away from the crash. Touareg moved 3 metres laterally on impact.

4 dislocated discs from the jarring on the seatbelt but otherwise ok.

Needless to say when the time was for another truck we got another one without questions.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:39 PM
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If you have any question about safety - See this thread.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...t=Touareg+Wins
I remember that post. I'm glad nobody was injured.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:48 PM
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I run a large body shop that does work with a vw dealer . In my opinion not a fan of vw they are safe vehicles but very costly to repair and complicated . you will get to know the dealer well as they constantly trip codes which only the dealer can clear and require quite a bit of maintanence . We have actually had ghosts in the machine after a major accident that the dealer couldn't figure out . Very complicated systems that shouldn't be like the way the wipers work . I would look at what Toyota has to offer we have a rav4 with a v6 that tows our 190 like a dream . I know vw owners are very loyal and I will probably get hammered on for some of this but it is just my opinion
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:52 PM
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I run a large body shop that does work with a vw dealer . In my opinion not a fan of vw they are safe vehicles but very costly to repair and complicated . you will get to know the dealer well as they constantly trip codes which only the dealer can clear and require quite a bit of maintanence . We have actually had ghosts in the machine after a major accident that the dealer couldn't figure out . Very complicated systems that shouldn't be like the way the wipers work . I would look at what Toyota has to offer we have a rav4 with a v6 that tows our 190 like a dream . I know vw owners are very loyal and I will probably get hammered on for some of this but it is just my opinion
What codes? I have yet have had a code on my 93,000 miles
And there is no way a rav4 will be able to tow anything larger than a 190
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:12 PM
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Keep the Tahoe

I'd upgrade and buy yourself a low mileage, super clean '05 or '06 Tahoe (old style) w/ the 5.3L V8. I just did, although it took me a while to find the right one.
I still drive my '01 Tahoe with 275k miles on it daily. Still original on most everything system on the vehicle. Replaced the fuel pump at 225k, but then again 40k later due to cheap autozone unit used. I've gotten as high as 21 mpg (but not towing).

I recently bought an '05 Tahoe with 81k miles as a backup since we take a Keys trip every year with another big boat that we tow. I had concerns about the transmission in the '01 leaving us as it is original. For the money, I couldn't justify buying the newer body style. From what I've seen of several of those I looked at when buying, the interior seems cheaper (dash cracks on all of the used '07s I looked at). I'd rather put another 150k miles on the second '05 Tahoe.

You certainly have your own experience with your '03, but overall mine have been the best vehicles we've ever owned, including Nissan, Honda, and Toyota.

I know nothing about the VW Touregs, but when my son bought an Audi A4 used, I cautioned him about the cost of repairs/parts. He said they were no more the American cars. I called BS and he has learned that lesson the hard way several times over now.

Flagwaving over, off soapbox. Continue your quest.
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