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Hello all. Just bought a 2011 Touareg TDI, 39K miles, blue, nicely optioned.
Liked Tregs for a long time now. Never could afford one, not even sure I can afford this one. ;)

Bought it on Saturday and enjoyed it for a hole 5 hours before the check engine light came on. Didn't even get home! :sad: Its got an appointment to get checked out on Tuesday. Hopefully they will make this right even tho it was AS-IS No Warranty.

For those that are curious it is throwing codes "P229F & P229E"
 

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Get a good warranty set up.
 

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See my sig file. :- )
I'm aware of that product. I'll get one eventually. That kinda money just isn't in the budget anytime soon. I'm sure it worth it, just damn expensive. I have been looking into what it will let tweak. Interested and a bit apprehensive. I don't feel comfortable mucking around with things just yet.

Get a good warranty set up.
We bought one through some outside company at the time of sale. The car lot seems to want to work this problem out tho. Considering the light came on 8 hours after the sale. This is got me looking into another more comprehensive warranty.

Any suggestions?
 

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Yes, VCDS is expensive. But it is well worth it. (Disclaimer: I have two VWs that I can "spread" the cost over)

Their customer service on their user forum is excellent, too. If one of the forum members doesn't help you first, often one of the COMPANY employees will jump in and help you out.

Good luck on the repair. RE the extended warranty, if you have air suspension, make sure it's covered! And try to get one that covers all of the labor costs, not just a set hourly rate. Usually the hourly rate versions pay at ridiculously low rates and you end up paying the balance.
 

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Well I got the news from the dealer today. Just over $3k! Basically, everything adblue related. I can't remember the whole list of parts but Nox and control modules were used. Had to order parts. They hope it will be done tomorrow. At least I got a loner Passat, so that's nice. I plan to reach out to VW Corp and see if they will help.

If I had the choice to return it I would without hesitation.
 

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You seriously have no recourse? Check engine light came on the day you bought it. I would be raising a little you know what.
 

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I'm aware of that product. I'll get one eventually. That kinda money just isn't in the budget anytime soon. I'm sure it worth it, just damn expensive. I have been looking into what it will let tweak. Interested and a bit apprehensive. I don't feel comfortable mucking around with things just yet.

We bought one through some outside company at the time of sale. The car lot seems to want to work this problem out tho. Considering the light came on 8 hours after the sale. This is got me looking into another more comprehensive warranty.

Any suggestions?
The ONLY extended warranty that has been shown to be reliable is the VW extended warranty administered by Fidelity for VW. The Platinum coverage is the most comprehensive since it covers everything EXCEPT specifically listed items such as tires, brake linings, light bulbs etc. All the others cover only the LISTED items.
The problem with most non VW warranties is that they are often scams - in other words, they sell a bunch of policies (often through used car dealers) and then go out of business [called a 'Bust Out'].
If you are concerned about the cost of a VCDS then perhaps the Touareg is not for you - they are NOT inexpensive to maintain and they DON'T get cheaper as they get older!
 

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Is NE Georgia referring to the United States?

If so, many US states require a used vehicle to pass emissions in order to be sold. If you're in the US, you might want to check that out if you already haven't looked into it.

Hope the dealer helps. :- /
 

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You seriously have no recourse? Check engine light came on the day you bought it. I would be raising a little you know what.
The sale was as-is. I knew that going in. The seller has been no help when I press them. Mostly just run around BS. The next step there is my wife, then lawyer. Warranty appears to be a service contract, or, mostly useless. Good news is, it was cheap. We are still trying that avenue tho. I did hope the selling dealer would be more helpful tho, considering.

The ONLY extended warranty that has been shown to be reliable is the VW extended warranty administered by Fidelity for VW. The Platinum coverage is the most comprehensive since it covers everything EXCEPT specifically listed items such as tires, brake linings, light bulbs etc. All the others cover only the LISTED items.
The problem with most non VW warranties is that they are often scams - in other words, they sell a bunch of policies (often through used car dealers) and then go out of business [called a 'Bust Out'].
If you are concerned about the cost of a VCDS then perhaps the Touareg is not for you - they are NOT inexpensive to maintain and they DON'T get cheaper as they get older!
I know that most are scams, hence why I asked for advise. The VW one would be best but I've found out that it must be bought at time of sale, and from a VW dealer. I bought from a Ford Dealer. Not an option anymore according to dealer that is fixing it anyways.

I never said that I was concerned about price of a VCDS. I did say that it isn't in the budget now. I've used all my savings buying this Treg. Now I've got another 3K to put in iYes,ttop of it. All before the first tank of fuel is even half gone! I also said that I'll get one eventually, things need to stabilize first. Money aside, I don't feel comfortable messing around with systems I don't fully understand. The simple fact is I haven't had it long enough to figure out what I would want to change either. More reserch is needed.

Just because I don't want to spend another $350-500 right now on a cable that quite frankly wouldn't have saved me a dime yet, you say this suv isn't for me? Perhaps I'm misreading into it, butt, you sound like a knob.

Is NE Georgia referring to the United States?

If so, many US states require a used vehicle to pass emissions in order to be sold. If you're in the US, you might want to check that out if you already haven't looked into it.

Hope the dealer helps. :- /
Yes Northeast section of Georgia, of these United States. I'm not familiar with that one. I only lived in an emmision county once. I've sinced moved away from the Atlanta area to a county that doesn't require them. Hadn't had to worry about it for about 15 years. I'll check that out tho. Thanks for trying to help.


At the end of the day I'm on the hook for a large repair bill for a recently bought truck. It sucks, but I'm getting it fixed. Why, because in the short time I've drove it, Ive fallen in love with the damn thing. It is by far the nicest, and newest thing I've purchased. I have always wanted a Toureg. I looked/researched the T2 tho. I just happened to find this one first.

If the selling dealer, VW, or the service dealer, or even the warranty company helps out, awesome. I'm not holding much hope tho.
 

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

If it helps, I also had to have a large repair done on mine, too, right after I bought it. Hadn't even put the tags on it, either. It wasn't as steep as your repair, however. But, now I know it's fixed and should be fine for a while, right?

And you knew the TDI wasn't going to be cheap to maintain, right? ;- )

RE VCDS: Apart from running an output test on the airbag module (short version: DON'T!), if you follow the instructions, there's very little you can do to permanently screw things up. And if you do get in a pickle, the Ross-Tech forums are awesome. The company employees will often help you out, too!

The Touareg will throw codes for every little thing it thinks is "wrong". It's nice to be able to read them and then decide for yourself if they're important or not at that particular moment. That's something a regular OBD II reader can't do. (And VCDS will act as an OBD II reader for you, too!)
 

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No one is being a knob. The way your post about VCDS read it sounded like you might have gone in over your head since Touaregs are not cheap to fix as you are finding out regrettably.

****e happens unfortunately . Get it fixed, sort out a warranty pronto and enjoy the damned thing!
 
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