Touareg: 2004 V8
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Buying a used car (any used car) is always a risk. Anything can go bad anytime and will cost money to fix. HumbleMechanic, a VW mechanic who posts on youtube, says that the T2 Touaregs are VERY reliable. However, even very reliable cars do break down and require repairs.
All you can do is keep the maintenance up to date and keep money aside just in case the vehicle needs major repairs. Make sure to use full-synthetic engine oil and change it every 5000 miles. Change the transmission oil (and filter) and differential fluids if previous owner hasn't already or if s/he doesn't have reciepts. (The Touareg has a front differential, rear differential, and a transfer case besides the transmission. The fluid in those units need to be replaced every 100,000 miles. Transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 miles or sooner depending on use.)
The 2008 FSI being a direct-injection engine, you would also need to clean carbon buildup from intake, periodicly. But then this is the case with all DI engines. The Touareg isn't any different.
So keep maintenance up to date and hope for the best. Good luck.