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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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I have seen many cars ranging from Camry's to Maxima's, being driven by senior citizens, and tail pipe at stop light spitting out water like you would not believe, upon slow acceleration from fresh green traffic signal.

Touareg frozen water in the muffler

Check my post from 2011,Had the same problem,
Vw service drill 3 hole on the muffler,
Never had a problem since then,
Should be ok everything,
Sorry for my english.
I also had the same problem driving short distances to work in rather harsh climates, which caused a build up of ice in the exhaust. Since my vehicle was under warranty I phoned Volkswagen to explain the problem and they stated that they have had no such issues with this, I went on telling I have read several stories online regarding the same issue and would like the exhaust replaced under warranty. They told me that they would not replace the exhaust and simply drill holes in the exhaust to drain. after fighting several times over the phone with VW Canada I decided to drill the holes my self to save the 160 dollars they wanted to do this, and to my amazement I recovered 3 litres of water from the cat to the suitcase muffler which I feel is ridiculous no matter how far a person drives. considering my wife drives approx. the same distance with her civic which cost half the price and has no problems with this matter. I am still going to keep fighting for warranty since there solution is only a band aid fix. As of so far this seems to be the only fix I am aware of without replacing the exhaust.
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Also drilling holes in the exhaust, one would think this would FAIL safety standards for carbon monoxide poisoning, no?

considering my wife drives approx. the same distance with her civic which cost half the price and has no problems with this matter..
It could just be that the angle of exhaust gas entry into the silencer and the angle of output from the silencer is better on the Civic which allows the exhaust to purge satisfactorily and/or that the silencer on the Civic is smaller and heats up quicker than the large suitcase on the Touareg and/or that, unknown to you, the Civic exhaust has a weep hole anyway!
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