Touareg: 2004 R5 TDI
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Aus
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Hi Kim. Welcome to the forum.
The R5 engine was originally developed for use in the Touareg as well as the T5 Transporter/Kombi/Caravelle. It is currently being used successfully in commercial as well as marine applications where high mileage is the norm, without any issues. It's a strong reliable diesel engine with relatively low maintenance costs as all the ancillaries are gear driven off the crank shaft (no Poly-V belts).
If looked after properly, ie. regular services with the CORRECT OIL and low sulphur diesel, it'll be good for a lot more than 130,000km. Check the car's service history and make sure it's been properly maintained.
Mine is on 116,000km now and the engine is atill as good as new.
The only difference between the 04/05 and the late 06< models was the addition of a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which requires the use of VW507.00 approved oil. (The older engines could use VW505.01). Otherwise they're identical.
I hope you find what you are looking for.
Relocated to Aus. Starting fresh.
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