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.

2008 Volkswagen Touareg V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


It is just simply not worth the money


Park brake would not fully release, resulting in a very loud alarm. To remedy, one had to put a foot beneath the foot pedal and lift it. This was adjusted at the first service, but lasted but a few days.

The brake discs are soft compound, and needed replacing; a huge expense within 50,000 Kilometres.

Rear window gas lifts failed, and I was met with reluctance to fix this under warranty.

At just over 3 years and at 99,000 odd kilometres, the gearbox failed. I was informed by the dealership that it was now out of warranty, and could cost up to $35,000 to replace. It cost me $6200.00 to have it reconditioned.

General Comments:

I find it to be a very comfortable car to drive, with all creature comforts such as split air conditioning, heated and electronically adjustable seats, well thought out ergonomics, and a great sound system.


The GPS system is very cumbersome to use compared with any other I have experienced.

The side bars on either end of the windscreen are very big and quite dangerous at pedestrian crossings, where on several occasions I have almost hit a pedestrian because they were totally obscured.

The car is heavy on fuel.

The tiptronic gearbox is way too slow to engage.

The brake discs are soft compound, supposedly to aid braking, where in reality they wear out as fast as the pads, and need replacing with pads at astonishing expense.

Without ever having done any serious off road work, the gearbox blew on a standard city street at under 100,000 Kilometres, and the warranty was up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2011

2007 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDi 3.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


A Porsche in VW clothing


Oil sensor fault - warranty repair.

General Comments:

The engine is the highlight of this car. Fantastic performer.

Not as big and bulky as an Audi Q7, however $25,000 cheaper than its sister Porsche Cayenne.

Good for the environment. After 40.000km and the inside of the exhaust is still squeaky clean. And it's a diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

2003 Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 TDI from UK and Ireland


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!

2004 Volkswagen Touareg TDi V10 from Spain


It's a great car with a great engine


We bought the V10 Tuareg last summer (2004) and we haven't had any kind of problems with it yet. I heard some people are having some problems with the electric system of the V5 but I gotta say the V10 works perfectly.

General Comments:

The 313 hp the V10 are enough to enjoy every ride you had on it. We've driven the car through many forrerent trails and it always responds with security. The driver never feels unsafe.

We've also driven long distances with it and compared to the Mercedes CL 600, my other car, I would actually prefer the Tuareg. You can't drive as fast as the CL, but the car is much more comfortable and easy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

10th May 2010, 16:58

Please, if you have the time, update your review. Have an opportunity to purchase a 2006 V10 diesel with 45k miles... Need to know... Thanks.

2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 V8 from North America


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.