2006 Volkswagen Touareg Base 3.2 V6


Impressive handling/looking SUV, early versions have some durability issues, only adv DIYer apply


Front exhaust pipe/catalytic converter developed a leak (seems common on the 3.2 V6). Very expensive to repair as the new catalytic converter is required.

Air bag light caused by steering wheel sensor.

Rear hatch struts needed to be replaced at 100k. Involved as the headliner had to be dropped.

Passenger rear door had corrosion issue - VW replaced under 10 year warranty (surprising!).

Transmission sluggish to shift when cold, new 'lifetime' fluid seemed to help.

Seat belt receptacle covers broke on driver and rear passenger.

General Comments:

Drove quite nice, very good handling SUV. Stylish.

Good build quality.

Very nice brakes (6 piston calipers up front).

A bit loud (engine noise) and too many warning bells/beeps make you feel like the car was always yelling at you.

Overall nice vehicle, but if I wasn't an advanced DIYer, this vehicle would have been a disappointment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2016

14th Aug 2016, 02:58

Quick question - is the "Lifetime Transmission Fluid" synthetic transmission fluid?

2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 V8


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I hope it will be reliable as it is a very impressive vehicle. So far there doesn't seem to be any problems.

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

Review Date: 20th January, 2005

5th Apr 2006, 08:50

Fun car to drive if you can afford it. Requires high octane gas and gets 13 mpg. I paid $1800 for brakes at 27000 miles and am on my 3rd set of tires. Small electrical problems appear to be unfixable.

13th May 2009, 18:02

$1800 for brakes!?!?! Are you kidding me!? They must be made of diamonds and gold and installed by NASA! They sure saw you coming! I need to get a job at Volkswagen selling brakes LOL.