Southwest Road Trip Report
On October 16th, Mrs TREGinginCO and I headed from Parker, Colorado to Las Vegas, NV to take care of some family matters. We decided that once we got that taken care of, we would explore some of the scenery of the Southwest. (THIS WAS THE REASON I MISSED THE NORTHEAST TOUAREG RALLY).
First Leg Of Trip: Parker to Las Vegas: Went without a hitch, but that irritating hum/vibration problem has returned with the TOUAREG. My service dept. and I thought it was fixed - but nope, so I will be going back to the shop again. We have done this trip countless times I-70 West to I-15 South - whammo you're there. Only got 13.4mpg on this part of the trip. Drove at about 95mph, but we were slamming into a 30mph headwind which just destroyed any hopes of good gas mileage. We arrive in LV with no trouble. Friends radar detector saves us twice!! Gas fillup prices: $1.96 to $2.24 p/gallon
Second Leg of Trip: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon: Hum/vibration problem continues to get louder, but otherwise no problems with the TOAUREG. Heavy rains and headwinds continued to cause problems for gas mileage. Speeds from LV to almost Williams, AZ were only about 75mph, but the winds were even stronger. The weight of the TOUAREG is a huge advantage when zooming thru the water. Gas mileage only 14.2mpg on this leg. We arrive without any trouble - friends radar detector saves us once just east of Kingman, AZ Gas fillup prices: $2.39 p/gallon
Third Leg of Trip: Grand Canyon, AZ to Santa Fe, NM: It's raining like hell at the Grand Canyon, so our hopes of seeing the canyon were quickly washed away . So, we filled up at the Conoco station and damn near choked on the price of gas: $2.69 p/gallon. This resulted in a 50-dollar fillup for 3/4 of a tank of gas. That hurt! The hum/vibration problem continues to grow louder and one other problem shows up: a water leak from my sunroof. This is the same problem others have talked about before, where the water came thru the compass console in the roof. In addition to the hum/vibration problem, I will also be having this fixed. Gas mileage at 15.3mpg as the strong 30+mph winds were smacking us on the passenger side of the vehicle - makes for very attentive driving! We arrive in Santa Fe with car intact - friends radar detector saved us in a BIG way once!!!
Last Leg of Trip: Santa Fe, NM to Parker, CO (home):
Finally, we have about a 35mph TAILWIND, which really boosted gas mileage. We were able to drive at 95 to 100mph and still manage to get 18.7mpg on this part of the trip. I was thrilled. Not to mention after days of rain and opposing winds, this was the smoothest drive on the entire trip. BUT, and there's always a BUT, about 5-miles from the house, I notice something blinking on the center console. The HIGH and AUTO DIFF lights started blinking, just like they did last January when my Stepper Motor died in Moab, UT. After all these miles dealing with the hum/vibration, this is what really pissed me off. But on the bright side (I try to stay optimistic), hopefully it's a bad stepper motor that is causing this maddening hum/vibration and I get a twofer fix!!!
All is good, we saw some beautiful sights and regardless of the hum/vibration - the water leaking sunroof and now blinking lights - the TOUAREG was a blast to drive. You never get tired sitting in the seats on long drives. I love this car, but the problems are making me nuts.
For all of you V6 owners, I did notice a huge difference in engine performance in the "low-lands" We live at 6,000 feet altitude and the 'T' does a good job. When we were in Las Vegas (elevation 1,400), it was amazing how much more "umph" the V6 has.
That's my story. Oh, sorry, no pictures - my m*#@%r f*+^&%g ditigal camera died on the trip as well!!!
2006 V6, Campy White, VIN 46xxx, Anthracite w/ Sound 1 and Xenon Headlight Upgrades, Monster Mats, 3M Window Tint, Euro Headlight Switch, Gorilla Gear Cargo Mat, Clear Bra, VW Tow Pkg, VW V8 Style Exhaust Tips, 18' Manhattans & Silver Racks
2013 Audi allroad: Ibis White with Layered Oak Inlays