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Saturday night I took my wife's 2008 Touareg to work because she had just came home from errands and her vehcle was already warm. After an overnight shift I tried starting it and it would only half start and shook violently before quitting. I tried a few more times and same thing. It was cold this night here in northern Minnesota and got -13 degrees Farenheit. However, it has been outside in much colder temps and never had an issue. Long story short I had to get it towed and only to find out the exhaust was completely frozen up under the vehicle. According to my service department our era of Touareg does not have drain holes in the exhaust like the new generation Touareg and as a result it was just another one of the many problems we have had with this vehicle. The dealer ended up drilling some holes for us and even seemed in disbelief about the situation. And by the way it was not packed with snow underneath and I can assure you this vehicle is babied. This is the only vehicle I have ever had do this and I'm just annoyed at what has gone wrong on this thing considering the "premium" label. I told my wife the next issue and it is gone for an American SUV and we are done with VW.
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Drain holes in the exhaust? umm..yeah...ok.
Maybe i'm a dumbo here but perhaps someone can explain to me how dual 2.25" pipes from front to back that feed a suitcase muffler that is what - 4' wide by 1' deep - can develop an icejam so bad that it blocks the exhaust flow?
I just checked my T3 TDI, don't see any weep holes in the large suitcase muffler. But maybe TDIs don't need them since there's no catalytic converter generating lots of byproduct water...
There is a catalytic convert and a DPF on all TDIs...oh yes and an adblue system that squirts a 70% /30% mixture of water/urea into the exhaust after it goes through the cat and the dpf.
I stand corrected, didn't know TDIs have a catalytic converter. D'oh!

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They didn't have cat's for the longest time, I think they were introduced across the TDI range in 2004.
Great video which explains how the adblue equipped TDIs work:
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