2006 Volkswagen Touareg Base 3.2 V6 from North America
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.
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