2006 Volkswagen Touareg Base 3.2 V6 from North America

Summary:

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

Faults:

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?

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

Summary:

Probably the most unreliable vehicle on the road!

Faults:

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?