I've owned my post-dieselgate fix '09 V6 TDI Touareg now for over three years, and am nearing the end of the emissions warranty from VW. Consistently during the three years of ownership, about twice a year it has needed $2000-4000 worth of major work, requiring weeks in the shop, almost always on complex emissions related equipment that can only really be done by a VW dealer. Thus far I have had the turbo, both EGR coolers, the entire adblue system including pumps and tanks, NOX sensors, and many other parts replaced- all completely free and under warranty, with a free loaner car each time. The car is currently back in the shop getting every single part in the adblue system replaced for a second time! It seems like post-fix, these parts are just under excess stress, and can't continue working for long.
I love this car- it drives great both on road and offroad, but it seems just too complex and unreliable. I am not sure that it's worth paying up to the full value of the car annually to keep it on the road if it continues to need as much work as it has- the out of pocket repair costs would likely exceed the payments on a new car! Plus, I like to do long road trips and the most common symptom is the sudden appearance of the low adblue countdown- often at a small number of miles rather than the 1000 warning it's supposed to give, causing a 'self destruct' refusal to start far from the possibility of help.
Has anybody had experience owning one of these without the warranty? How is it possible?
I live in an urban area of California that requires biennial emissions inspections, so doing any kind of emissions delete is a complete non-starter.