Touareg: 2013 V6 TDI
Join Date: Sep 2013
Second Vehicle: a bicycle
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I intend to keep my Touareg TDI for another 7 years, minimum. Hell, I might even park it after purchasing another vehicle. I really would only need the Touareg for towing duties at that point. My hope is that during this 7 year wait, the vehicle manufacturers will improve and/or perfect hybrid and electric technology. I simply don't want or need a pure electric car unless it's convenient to own. RANGE (towing?), charging time, and price need to be significantly improved before I would bite.
A diesel/electric hybrid seems like the best combination. Good mileage, power, and possibly low emissions (if they can DEF and filter it correctly). I would definitely purchase a similar SUV to the Touareg if it could still tow 7700+ pounds, AWD, and get over 30mpg. Except for the Touareg and the other VW cousins, no other SUV does that yet and has the towing performance. (The EcoDiesel Jeep is never going to get a chance to be in my garage, Chrysler has low interior quality, and terrible reliability, and I never venture off road so what's the point.)
I guess I may have had a different criteria than most buyers when I purchased my Touareg TDI, but I was primarily interested in an AWD SUV that could tow effortlessly, and deliver much better fuel economy than my previous gas powered SUV. And the Touareg TDI was that vehicle choice.
SO far, the out of pocket repairs have not been altogether bad for 3 years of ownership. But this is because I purchased an extended warranty, which is probably needed for any vehicle approaching $50K or more. They are just too expensive to repair. I'll be closely watching the repair $$$ through the years, and much of the regular maintenance I will start performing myself (brakes, fluid changes and the like).
My perfect SUV would be a 6 cylinder diesel-hybrid, 40+mpg highway, AWD, and tow rating 8000+ and 1200 tongue. That would make many different toy hauler bumper pull trailers a possibility.