Touareg: 2012 V6 TDI
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: New York state
Second Vehicle: Other
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I bought a 2012 Lux TDI in 2015 with just under 124K. It spent most of its life until then as a freeway cruiser here in my adopted New York state and, apparently, New England. Before I sold it back to VW last November with not quite 149k it spend its time in short distance suburban low speed stop and go service outside of metro NYC with occasional freeway trips. Even with lots of idling in winter warm ups and at traffic lights my year round average mpg was, rounding off, in the 17-22 mpg range. When stretches of highway and interstate driving were included the mileage jumped to the mid 20s. On an extended trip to Eastern Canada and coastal New England where I tended to cruise in the 70-80 mph range, when road conditions allowed me to do so, I averaged 26-28 mpg with four passengers and a fully loaded cargo area.
Dealer Serviced during my ownership, I used the correct VW approved Castrol brand oil. Only Shell Diesel with their highest grade used when in Canada. If I was still in my home state of California, like I did with my former Golf TDI, I would have only used Chevron diesel. Tires inflated to VW specs. and under my ownership I fitted with Pirelle's Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires when I first got the Touareg which it still had when I sold it back to VW.
VW considered my Touareg a Generation 1. As with my Golf TDI, the only reason I sold it back to VW was that the buy back offer was too good. I actually turned a profit and used the proceeds to pay off the bulk of my oldest daughter's college student loans. I replaced it with an Alltrack S.