Since a few days I am the happy owner of a 2004 Touareg R5 with manual gearbox. Living in a rural part of Kazakhstan, we have always relied on Soviet technology (Lada, UAZ and ZIL) for transport. It's the kind of technology you can repair with a hammer and a screwdriver.
Some time ago we decided to replace our Lada 2107 with something more modern. We could find a 2004 Touareg in reasonable shape for a reasonable price.
The car was sold new in Kazakhstan (as opposed to most Touaregs which have been imported from Europe as second hand) and has driven 179000 km. According to the service book, the first two years (66000 km) it was maintained by an official VW dealer, the next twelve years are somewhat of a grey area. We bought it from a truck driver who owned it for four years and treated it as a Russian Kamaz truck, because both his truck and the Touareg were using diesel :serious:
That treatment included not driving faster than 90 km/hour and using 10W40 oil. Fear was in his eyes when I took the car for a test drive and reached 110 km/hour on the highway :grin2:
We replaced the oil with the recommended 506.01, changed the air and oil filters and the car immediately started to love us. It was obvious she was getting the proper food for the first time in years 0
The nearest VW dealer is 650 km from where we live, so we rely heavily on our own technical knowledge and information available from online resources. The discussions in the Touareg Club forums have already given a huge amount of information to tackle the problems with our car. We took it to diagnostics two days ago for the first time in more than ten years, and there were some many historical error codes in memory that the only proper thing seemed to be to clear all errors and see which error codes reappear in the coming days.
Currently we have diagnosed the following problems:
- Thermostat is constantly open and the motor doesn't reach 90 Centigrade
- Fans seem to work more often than needed. The previous owner had just disconnected the fan wires to stop the fans
- Dirty MAF sensor which cuts of power at high RPM, lots of carbon on the sensor
- Door of diesel tank doesn't open with the switch in the driver's door
- Some light bulbs need replacement
- Passenger window doesn't open
- Passenger side wiper has the "loose bolt" syndrome on the idle bolt
- Airbag fault due to loose wires under the passenger seat
- Passenger side mirror has been replaced with a cheap flat mirror
- Down hill car image in the drivers display
I'll write the progress of the repairs here in the forum and will be happy to use all the Touareg knowledge available here.