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post #1 of 29 Old 01-19-2015 Thread Starter
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V6 or V8??

The wife wants a Touareg so we have been looking at 04,05,06. Which engine has the least issues??
She wants the V6 for better mpg and im leaning towards the V8 for future towing capacity.
I can pretty much do all my own work so im not worried about little things, but I don't want something that's constantly needing repairs... Just went through that with my F250 with the 6.0.
What ever we get will get a complete fluid change-oil,tranny,diff's
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I would avoid the 2004 since it was the first model year and although I owned one that was pretty reliable, others have been plagued with problems. The Touareg is a heavy SUV and the V6 may be a little short on power for towing and the V8 gets very similar MPG compared to the V6. If 2004-2006 are the model years you are looking to buy, I'd try to find a 2006 V8 with as low miles as you can find.
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well, honestly i have never heard of ANY vehicle on the earth with no issues, every engine and needs care, some are more or less reliable, if you want good MPG you need diesel, if you want normal performance and nothing special take V6, if you want a little umph.. and good performance and towing get V8, and if you you want big UMPH! + amazing towing power and ''ok'' MPG get all mighty V10 TDI hope this will help
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My main worries are things like timing chains. Ive never owned a VW with the exception of Type1 bugs, but from looking at pics of the engines it looks like the V6 has a timing chain located on the back of the engine and the V8 has a belt on the front. Seems to me Replacing a front mounted timing belt would be easier and cheaper than having to drop the engine.

I've already had my share of engine problems with my Ford Truck with the 6.0 diesel.

Thanks for the replies so far.
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I agree with all of the above from Perry and Nikoloz. I dont want to be biased (being a V8 owner) so i will only say what several ex-VW mechanics i use that i have over heard say before which is the Audi V8 motor is old school (thinking now that is only regarding the way it makes it torque) but in saying that is very very reliable

The timing belt job is probably about as big as it gets for this motor as it includes not only the belt but also the thermostat, water pump, tensioners and rollers ... i think that is it

The kit its self is pretty cheap if you ask me. Here is one link

Volkswagen Touareg 1 V8 - 077198001 - ECS Tuning Timing Belt Kit - Ultimate - ES#250282
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V10 everytime )

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Buy as late a car as possible with as few miles as possible, but you are looking at 8-10 year old cars that don't get cheaper to fix and are now wearing out . . .
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Wearing out? a VW? surely that man is mad?!!?

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I wouldn't buy an 04-06 V6. They are 3.2L version and the vehicle is underpowered. If you are looking V6 go 07+ as they moved to the 3.6L engine.

07+ V8 also has timing chains instead of belts, this saves the cost of belt replacement.

I'll be honest with you, for the price difference in the vehicles I'd go 07+ all the way...

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Good summary there.
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