2007 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0 V6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


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?

2004 Volkswagen Touareg R5 2.5 TDI turbo diesel from Greece


Very good, but VW must take care of reliability


1. Engine faults at 100.000 km out of warranty. Cost 2500 euro.

2. Three times until now, had a problem with the battery (out of order). Cost about 1000 euro.

3. Before a month ago, had a problem with the electrical seat switch. Cost 250 euro.

4. Last year, the transmission started to make a noise when changing gears. We will see the cost when the time comes.

5. Always have some alarm on the screen through electronics failure.

General Comments:

Except for the above mentioned problems, which are unacceptable in such a car category, the Touareg is very good at road handling and driving. It's a kilometer eater as I say, with very good climate control, sound system, air suspension, and it's very comfortable.

It is also very safe in all road conditions (off and on road), and of course very comfortable, even when towing my 1600 kg caravan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2012

10th Aug 2012, 16:50

VW didn't address quality of design or reliability from model years 1987 through 1997, and the 20+ years that I owned an Audi and a VW. It would be dreaming to think they were interested in those issues, aside from the hype about "German" Engineering. And both of mine were built in Germany. They are appealing to drive while new, but that wears off quickly after a few years.

28th Nov 2013, 09:46

I have a 2004 Touareg. I have had nothing but problems since day one! The light on the dash light up like a Christmas tree. I must have taken the car back to the dealer at least 20 times; they cannot figure out what the problem is with this big piece of sh**. I will NEVER buy another VW.