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2005 Touareg thoughts

New to the forum but considering a purchase of a 2005 Touareg. Just curious if there is anything I need to be looking out for in regards to this year model or the vehicle in general. I'm a Ford guy usually, but I'm looking for a good vehicle for my son to drive and the insurance on anything VW seems to be fantastic. Found a Touareg with 100K on it and if the pics are any indicator its in very good condition. I will have my scan tool with me to pull any codes and see if it was recently cleared. They generally look like great vehicles. Clean carfax (very little service history though) and the interior looks brand new.

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Keep reading the forum. Seemingly simple items - should they fail - can require serious $$$ to repair.

They're safe, solid, and arguably over- engineered.

Value of that is up to you...depends on the model/options/price on the car you located...and if you do your own wrench work. I traded in an 05 for a 2013 and haven't looked back.

If it has a V8, it is a stellar motor....powerful, likes to pull.
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Good to hear. Its a v6. Looking for a little better fuel economy. It seems to be pretty well loaded, but I seem to see that if I want to swap the head unit out its a good thing it doesn't have Navigation. I'm relatively good mechanic. Had complete rebuilt a 2000 Ford Expedition (new engine etc). While I know my limitation and there are things that I won't touch, I'm comfortable doing most things. I was also looking at the Audi A4 and watching the timing belt change video that procedure didn't seem very difficult, just time consuming. I'm not kidding myself either, its a used 11-12 year old vehicle so I expect there to be some issues. Guy is asking 4900 which doesn't seem unreasonable.
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Plenty of posts on this forum with advice on what to look for. sounds like you have the right attitude for one.

FWIW, my 122000 mile loaded, dealer maintained V8 fetched 6500 on trade in 2013...4900 would appear to have room for you. Good luck.

Touareg platform fills the right niche for me...all weather, safety, tow capacity. Solid car. V8 mileage not all that worse than V6....mine delivered 15.5 mpg over its lifecycle.
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Plan for another $5K in repairs and maintenance. :- )

Really. You will want the $350 Ross-Tech cable/software just to prevent costly trips to the dealer to check codes. Even my mechanic says that the techs like VCDS over the Snap-On scanner tool for VWs!

These were luxury vehicles when new. And while the value depreciates quickly, the replacement parts cost does not.

$400 for a rebuilt driveshaft. Or a $50 bearing and spending the day dis-assembling and re-assenbling the CV joint and pressing on a new bearing.

$400-$600 for a replacement air compressor (if you have air suspension).

$80-$100 for molded vacuum hoses. And yes, you will need several of them.

Not trying to discourage you. Just letting you know what you're getting into.

$$ aside, they are fun vehicles and when I take mine offroad, everyone is surprised by the round VW badge on the front! LOL!

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