2003 Volkswagen Touran S TDi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A van with 7 seats
Front wheel bearing.
Brake calipers x 3.
Even after researching twice and deciding to look for some other make/model 7 seaters, I was still drawn back to the Touran, as I still believed in the VW badge, even after reading of all the common faults.
Bought cheap primarily because of the known ESP/ABS problem, which this one has, and also because this model year is not fitted with a DPF (particulate filter).
Exterior build quality and general overall quality compared to another family member's 98 VW Passat is no match. Rust issues affecting both front arches and rear tailgate, likely neglect issues by previous owner to be fair, but common enough on the Touran. My mechanic mentioned that the underside of the car was pretty badly corroded too, which I was not expecting. Work required now is a rear shock absorber, coil spring.
Very comfortable drive on a long journey and good MPG.
Plenty of space, especially with the middle row of seats removed; pretty bland interior with lots of cubby holes.
Have driven fully loaded with a roofbox on and it handled well.
No spare tyre on this model, have purchased a spare wheel and tyre, but only take them on a longer journey.
With other potentially costly issues starting to appear, I am now having to decide whether to keep and repair, or take a bit of a hit and move on.
Would I buy this model again? No. I have tried pretty hard to get to like this car, and although it has some good points, there are just too many bad points to entice me into buying a newer model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd November, 2014