Touareg: 2011 V6 TDI
Join Date: Dec 2010
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Sorry for the delay in replying, but we did get the NOx sensor replaced just before we had plan to head out for a ski trip over the holidays. Our local VW service replaced it (which was their first time seeing a 2011 TDI, let alone servicing one, which had us worried). They drove it for a little and not errors, so we took it. Everything appears good after another ~750 miles.
A couple other snow driving observations. We did a couple night time skiing events, it was cold (<20F) and snowing and blowing hard, which was ok. It seems with the "large" rear view mirror mount, which has the rain sensor and wiper interaction, that the defrost has a had time keeping this point warm enough to keep from frosting on the outside. Thus when the wiper comes across, it smears the frost across the drivers window, which wasnt always clearing. (the only option was to try to keep it really hot in the vehicle to keep it working nearly right, not fun). Not a big thing since these conditions wont be very often. Also noticed that the sides for the front window have grooves (likely to drain water up or down and not to the side), which would build up ice/slush. I have run into this build up on other vehicles, but my worry was scraping the ice off later (or have my son scrape) and not popping that groove/molding. Again not a big thing since it doesnt happen very often.
One last small thing, with the door handles flush, ice would build up on the top and basically freeze them closed, just a worry with younger kids yanking at the handles to get them open.
Otherwise the vehicle handled well, had snow tires put on while waiting for the NOx sensor.
One question, I was "playing" a little in the snow with the vehicle, in previous vehicles we had various "bells and whistles" would go off when its traction control kicked in. Is there anything obvious when the TDIs ESP starts "doing" something. At some point it was obvious and others I was not so sure if anything was happening. Maybe I a just use to the vehicle "telling" me when I was pushing it.
Anyways, thanks for everyone interest.