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Bought my 2009 7L in April, 2015. It had 97km on the clockwhich I thought was just "run in.
Initially loved the vehicle, a Dream come true after my 2003 Prado diesel. (Rough and noisy.)
Then after three months, the engine shut down when the DPF clogged. After returning to the dealer they knew nothing of "regenerating" at 2,000 revs on the highway.(After $348(not under warrenty) I found out the procedure is in the Manual.) This again happened three weeks later.
Next the blower fan supporting the aircon stopped working.( Not good in 34c Australian weather.)
Then a tear in the Tailshaft Centre Bearing Housing put me off the road.Unfortunately the initial repair was not done correctly and the tailshaft was out of balance sending vibrations through the vehicle. Another three days off the road to rectify.
While road testing the tailshaft vibration problem, it was realised the both front wheel bearings were shot. They were replaced under the warrenty I bought.
Luckly, when I bought the car, I bought a 3 year warrenty for $1,500 on top of the car cost.
Fortunately, this move seems to be paying off so far.
I had heard "horror" stories of expensive repairs on European vehicles.
Still enjoy driving my Treg. I'm hoping my "horror" is over for now.
Unfortunately, the diesel debarcle has eroded the value of my car.
Cannot afford to get out of it now.
It seems the VW road I took was the wrong one after eight years of "Happy Motoring with a Toyota".
I am missing the reliability I took for granted.
Bob Davey, Brisbane, Qld.


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Yup, you took the wrong fork there!

You've just got the valve chest in the gearbox issue possibly coming your way, plus, perhaps, duff Kessy and various electrical glitches too . . .

Never mind, the Touareg is a very good, capable motor when it's running well. Just sit back and enjoy it.
 

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This forum will help you get through the well know issues on our tregs.

Get a Ross tech vcds cable, it's a bit expensive but it will pay for itself eventually.
 

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Yup, you took the wrong fork there!

You've just got the valve chest in the gearbox issue possibly coming your way, plus, perhaps, duff Kessy and various electrical glitches too . . .

Never mind, the Touareg is a very good, capable motor when it's running well. Just sit back and enjoy it.
Hopefully I can get through 2016 before anything else happens.Please explain valve chest and duff Kessy? Thanks/ Regards, Bob
 

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Bought my 2009 7L in April, 2015. It had 97km on the clockwhich I thought was just "run in.

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I am missing the reliability I took for granted.
Bob Davey, Brisbane, Qld.

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Bob,

I feel your pain. You moved from a reliable vehicle to one that's giving you some grief. Most of us here have gone through some version of this, and those that have stayed have done so because the trucks are so wonderful!

In my experience, German cars take some time to sort out. For me, the magic number has always been 100K (miles); after that it seems that everything major that's going to break has broken...and been replaced under warranty or whatever. That's not to say that ownership past that point is without drama, but things seem to go more smoothly after 100K.

You're only 2/3 of the way there, so hang on. :)

And, by the way, the major subsystems on the Touareg can be expensive to repair. If you have access to a good extended warranty that would cover you for the next couple of years, you should consider making the investment. One repair will justify the cost of that warranty.

My truck came with a 2 year, 20K extended warranty (covering me to 130K miles). And, by the way, I have a 25 year investment in a very good private mechanic...he has serviced my vehicles exclusively over that time. Without him I might very well not be driving German cars... When my daughter moved out of town (with an Audi A6 with 235K miles), I suggested that she develop a (business) relationship with the local Audi specialist near her new place. You never know when you'll need to make a call...and when her car needed an alternator, she knew where to take it...
 
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