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Looking to buy 2008 V8 High Mileage

Hello everyone been a long time lurker but this is my 1st post. Looking into joining the Toureg community by purchasing a T2. Just recently came across a 2008 V8 w/ air suspension that has 120,000 miles. Just wondering if this is maybe something I should stay away from considering the high mileage. Would like the car to last me at least 5 years and I put about 11- 12k a year which would put me at let's say 180k in 5 years. My main fear is the tensioners going bad and having to pull the motor. I have read many post on what the most common failures are but many are out dated. Would love to hear everyones take on current higher mileage V8 fsi motors and what to expect.

So how many miles have you racked up on your V8 and what major repairs have you come across?

Thanks in advance!
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I bought mine at ~140K miles and have put roughly 20K on it since. No major engine repairs. (so far!!) I did have to deal with oil leaks from valve cover gaskets, the engine valley (2 oil gaskets there) and one engine oil sensor, however.

Obviously, YMMV.

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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.
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BTW, I have an '04 Touareg, and my car needs about $2K in repairs (some is just routine maintenance) every 2-3 years. My car has 140K miles and now needs about $5K in repairs. So when people say, "Put money aside" they don't mean just a little money--you are putting away a lot.
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Holy smokes! Are these repair costs based on dealership pricing/quotes? What issue's are you experiencing exactly?
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I have a 2008 V8 FSI with 108k and air suspension. Original drive shaft still. I had the oil pan valley / intake oil leak. I took it apart and cleaned carbon myself then replaced the rubber gaskets that were leaking. That was at about 96k miles. I bought with 75k miles, one owner. It now has 108K miles and all going well (knock on wood). I change with Castrol 5w40 synthetic every 5k miles and Mahle Oil Filter. I did the transmission service with kit from Blauparts and did my diffs a couple years ago. Overall love mine and hope it keeps going strong.
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