Volkswagen Touran Review from Australia and New Zealand

2004 Volkswagen Touran 2.0 petrol

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Chariot

Summary:

Nice to drive, but can become costly to repair

Faults:

Radio and alarm turns on at random.

Valve body had to be replaced at 70,000km.

General Comments:

We got our Touran brand new, and has had all its services done at our local VW dealer ever since.

The car was spacious, and feels planted and well put together. The 6 speed gearbox and 2.0L engine combination was fuel efficient, and provided adequate power for a car of this size.

But not long into our ownership, we encountered constant little electrical problems, such as the window, stereo and alarm.

And most recently, at around 70,000km, we were experiencing problems with what we thought was the gearbox, as the gear changes have become very harsh. We took it to our local VW dealer, and found that it was the valve body that needed replacing. A job which will cost around $4,500NZ! And as we had full service history with them, they were willing to give us a discount, to $3,200. The gear changes have been fine since the repair.

Although I feel that this is a very good car when it is operating perfectly, the constant problems and cost of repairs for such a low mileage car, will make me think twice before I purchase another VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th April, 2012

21st Apr 2013, 15:57

I also have a Touran 2005 with the six speed auto, 70,000km, and a valve body problem with harsh changing down while braking. In the shop as we speak; $4000 repair. I took out the warranty as it was secondhand, so only have to pay $200. Shouldn't have to buy the warranty, but I recommend you do. Also had trouble with the central locking, and the air con stepper motor.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review