Touareg: 2004 V8
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Portland, way left coast
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Here is the problem as I see it. All cars today have gotten very difficult to work on simple Ford 150 is case in point. Plastic is ever where and just putting your hand on a 8 year old radiator can be expensive. Then there is the electronics! Some day someone is going to offer a Non Kessey vehicle and sales will go through the roof! Electronics are expensive to diagnosis and mainly dealers are the only ones with the knowledge or scan tools. We are lucky with Vag Com but that is limited on the very new cars. Audis fiber optics is going to be great for the dealers. This leaves used cars in a bad position they are out of warranty and just as expensive to fix as new ones. $5000 repair for a $60,000 to $80,000 vehicle sounds ok new, but when its blue book is close to $5000 grand its a bit different. Now the rub, folks with used high end vehicles would like to get something for them. Truth is, even if you discount your labor, parts can be easy $1500-2000 for these new more than 4 speed auto trans. The V10 is commanding much greater prices than the 6 or 8. Yet the potential for huge repairs is greater. V10s are still for sale after a month, so are the less costly 6 and 8s. Its a small market for the V10s and even smaller group of people that can take on these cars and come out even. If they decide to sell, after repairs are made, financial reward is not there. You have to want to keep the vehicle to make it a good investment. This web site has been a great help to me to bring my 2004 Treg back to reliable driving condition.
So thanks to all of those that posted there problems and ones offering advice.
2004 4.2 Touareg 192000 miles bought mainly to tow