Touareg: 2006 V10 TDI
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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I just wanted to follow up after now that the majority of our planned vacations are now over.
First, there is no substitute for proper loading of your CV. I have certainly noticed some CV’s that are grossly over weighted at the rear (that is, either too much weight at the back of the tow vehicle and/or too much tongue weight) with or without weight distribution. We have weighed ourselves on several occasions and I am both happy with the results as well as I have impressed myself with the accuracy/forecast of my spreadsheet.
The Husky Centerline has proven to be a very good choice for us. I have found it to be very easy to use and I believe the centering force it creates works very well. I did notice at lower speeds (city driving) the Centerline began to make more noise as the paint wore at friction points on the lift brackets. From what I understand these friction points are not necessary for the system to operate and after lubricating them, the system has gone back to being silent with the exception of going outside the centering sweet spot.
The McKesh mirrors have been flawless except for a little user error when initially setting them up. I would suggest checking them for tightness every so often. Additionally, I was worried about both wear on the paint from the pads and/or attaching to the bottom of the door and have not seen any adverse affects (knock on wood).
I ended up buying a used roof top basket (Thule 840 Playpen) for the Touareg. I bought it to carry the full size spare when towing. I hope I never have to use the full size spare but we do some remote boondocking and the donut is not a viable CV option in my opinion.
When travelling loaded without a full tank of fresh water, our trailer has averaged ~4200-4300 lbs with a tongue weight in the ~600 lb range. It should not come as any surprise that the Touareg has managed everything we have thrown at it on our trips without breaking a sweat.
Our long term average mileage has been ~19L/100km of mixed terrain (highway, gravel, and some roads in Saskatchewan that are neither) and mixed weather conditions. The worst mileage (which pushed the high end of the 20’s) was a 4 hour stretch travelling directly into ~60-80 km/hr head winds towards a very dark and ominous thunder storm.
Our average highway speeds have been in the ~100-110 km/hr (60’s mph) range depending on the posted speed limits of the highway.
Filling the Touareg has been another pleasurable experience compared to our QX4 as the QX4 devoured Premium at an alarming rate and had a relatively undersized fuel tank. I keep both a set of “fuelling” gloves and Stanadyne Lubricity Formula in the back of the Touareg. The combination of abundant towing power, the price of diesel being some 20-25% cheaper than Premium, better (relative) gas mileage, and larger fuel tank made the inconsequential hunt for diesel stations, well, trivial. On one trips we noticed the DPF regenerate twice immediately after refuelings and I have been watching it closely.
Perhaps one should enjoy the drive enough not to be bothered with passing those who don’t understand constant speed or perhaps prefer to “Sunday drive” every day of the week. On the occasional passing maneuver the Touareg surprised both me and the vehicle being overtaken with its ability to leap frog. I love the sound of the engine during passing maneuvers… actually I love the whole passing experience… the down shift, the change in sound as the turbos unleash the Touareg’s hidden beast, and the heave as the Touareg defies Newton, Einstein, and the rest of the purveyors of laws of physics.
Simply put I chose the Touareg V10 TDi based on its stats and features for dual duty – daily driver and tractor and I have thoroughly enjoyed it for both.
“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'”
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