@javakm04 - It's okay, most of us understand your frustration so no offence taken.
For years VW has been regarded - and rightly so - as a reliable, trustworthy, long lived brand.
Unfortunately, the accountants have got the whip hand in most car companies these days - VW included - and the generally accepted life span of a new car is now regarded by their makers as just 7 years.
It is not so regarded by us consumers, I might add, who think that, given modern manufacturing techniques and materials, cars should last a helluva lot longer!
Unfortunately, the guys and girls who designed the Touareg were not then locked in a room with a few basic tools and their VAGcom and asked to carry out some relatively elementary servicing and repairs without once swearing, or skinning their knuckles, or requiring specialist frames to drop the engine to replace something as basic as an alternator.
In my little dream world, if they couldn't do such tasks simply withinin an allotted time span, they would then be taken outside and shot to encourage the next lot to do better!
Being told to take your car to a dealer to change a headlight bulb - as per the Touareg's manual's instructions - is a classic no-no. A duff headlight at 6 pm on the Friday evening of a dark, wet, winter weekend is a safety issue that should be capable of being fixed in five minutes by anyone who can find out how to open the car's hood /bonnet!
So these very expensive cars have now arrived in a price band where they are readily affordable by people who mistakenly think that because it's a VW, it will be trouble free.
And a great many are just that -trouble free. But, in my opinion, too many are not. With known problems like the centre drive / prop shaft bearing, gearbox valve chests, electrical gremlins and so on, VW could be doing a lot more to rescue their reputation on forums such as these. Instead they deny such blatantly obvious issues exist!
It is the nature of these forums that there is high preponderance of "Help, please help!" threads, often started by someone for whom it is their first post as they've suddenly run into the brick wall that is, in more cases than is acceptable, incompetent dealers, intransigent VWoA [and VW elsewhere], and a nigh-on complete lack of independents who know the Touareg as opposed to the many excellent indies who know the smaller VAG cars backwards and can fix your Golf in a jiffy!
I expect to run my cars for longer than most [one of my cars is 85 this year and others are over 40!] but the moment my warranty company calls it a day on the Touareg, it will go.
Will I replace it with another? Perhaps.
But I can go to a number of excellent independents with my Land Rovers who can also source most parts, even a new chassis for a 1952 model if need be - from equally excellent third party suppliers, and this comment includes the very latest models too, not just the golden oldies.
Unfortunately the Touareg hasn't been around long enough, nor built in large enough numbers for a thriving engineering community to serve and service the older cars now coming into third and fourth owners hands. And since I don't see that changing, I think the rhetorical question I posed above "Will I buy another Touareg?" is probably, and with the greatest regret, no.
But then again . . . head/heart . . . heart/head . . .