2007 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0 V6 turbo diesel


Probably the most unreliable vehicle on the road!


DPF filter failure @ 48,000 miles with the previous owner.

Both exhaust manifold flap motors failed @ 50,000 miles and at a cost of €1,100 + VAT + labour.

Bearing on the rear prop shaft failed @ 68,000 miles. VW wouldn't sell the bearing alone, only a new prop shaft @ €1,500 + VAT + labour.

Factory fitted detachable towbar was incredibly noisy when towing, and should have been replaced under warranty as it is a common fault on these. VW refused... so I never bothered as I rarely towed with it.

Four wheel drive system began giving trouble @ 85,000 miles... that's when I bailed out!

General Comments:

The Touareg was a vehicle I aspired to owning from the first time I saw one. I loved the looks, the comfort, the fantastic 3.0 V6 engine and its very high level of refinement.

However, it turned out to be the most disappointing vehicle I ever owned. It was incredibly unreliable. My one was spotless with a full VW service history, however I cannot remember a week of ownership where there was not something wrong. It was the only vehicle that ever left me on the side of the road.

It was also overly complex and had incredibly annoying quirks such as having to remove the bumper and headlight in order to replace a blown bulb (a 2 hour job; the manual recommends you take it to a main dealer to do this!). Replacing the battery required you to take out the passenger seat... the list goes on.

Overall it was laughably bad, but the poor level of service from VW was the low light for me. They had no problem asking for incredible sums to fix all of these problems.

I've met several Touareg owners since, and they all had bad experiences re reliability and running costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th March, 2013

6th Aug 2013, 13:55

I have a 2007 Altitude 3.0 TDI model.

I bought it from new when the new shape came out. I can honestly say it's been a great car up to now. I have only done 46,000 miles, and just had to get the manifold drivers replaced.

But it's still running terrible, won't go over certain revs, and it shudders and loses power for a second or two. I've taken it to a VW specialist who couldn't pinpoint the problem, so now I'm having to go back to VW dealers to see if they can find the fault. I'm very annoyed as the mileage is low for its year, and as the only owner and driver, I know it's been cared for and serviced. I hope they find the fault, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg like I've been told it may.

Overall, I'm not impressed with the failures on it.

7th Aug 2013, 14:32

Don't go to the dealers - find independent diesel mechanics. Many dealerships don't see cars long after they are past the warranty period because they charge so much. Independents would bear the brunt of problems that happen down the line, so they would probably be more familiar.

3rd Jul 2014, 10:41

How much? And what are manifold drivers?

2003 Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 TDI


Fundamentally good, economical as a 2.5, but over-engineered which is its biggest downfall


Poor cold starting.

Cracked door wood inserts in cold weather.

Defective glass hatch release motor at 47000 miles.

Oil level light on every 3000 miles.

Uneven tyre wear (alignment issues)

Overzealous brake pad wear indicators (half worn, but warning light on)

Black plastic coating peeling form switchgear.

Handbrake on light & bongs, even though you've already released the brake.

Leaking boot struts (causing tailgate to collapse onto my head) - £800 repair suggested.

Broken bonnet cable at 65000 miles - £300 to fix!!! (the final straw)

General Comments:

The most comfortable car I've ever driven, with okay handling too, which is surprising given its weight.

Manual gearbox is to be avoided at all costs - I've driven lorries with smoother changes - very clunky.

Avoid a cloth interior too - this is real poverty spec and impossible to shift on secondhand.

A broken bonnet cable & leaking tailgate struts are the things than ultimately put me off this car, costing over £1100 to put right.

Dealer workshop labour rates are extortionate for VW "prestige" products, costing me £110/hour plus VAT!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th March, 2007

2nd Oct 2007, 09:13

I would agree with some comments as I have experianced a number of the issues raised uses oil...tyres...had the brake bong and light... alloys pitted leak from rear washer causing damage to headliner... just had the handbrake pull leaver come off in my hand... prob buy another, but would go for the 3.0 diesel... have looked at the porsche and q7... VW good value for money, but residual not as good.

22nd Jun 2008, 21:08

Okay, first of all, the oil light coming on every 3,000 miles is more than likeley indicating that you need to change your oil, and second of all, a friend of mine bought a VW Toureg and the motor locked up at about 30,000 miles. (a $10,000 repair!) Overall, I would recomend looking at a Subaru B9 Tribeca, my cousin has one and it is the best car she has ever owned. Not only is it reliable, it is safe, powerful, and it drives like a sports car, but rides like a Cadillac. Toureg-NO WAY JOSE! Tribeca-OH YES!

24th Jun 2008, 07:35

The Subaru (you the above guy) mentioned has never even been heard of in the UK! Can't be that good. I think I'll go Volvo XC90 next time.

22nd Jul 2008, 03:38

I think Volvo doesn't utilize any air suspension. (That is what makes a Touareg a Touareg) Does it?

11th Jun 2011, 23:22

I agree, my Volvo XC90 has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Volvo for life.

23rd Aug 2012, 13:14

I too went for a Volvo XC90 after a troubled experience with the VW, and haven't looked back. By the way, air suspension isn't standard on the VW, and the ride is just as good on my Volvo, plus the Volvo has 7 seats - bonus!