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New member with a 2004 R5 RDI

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Hi all,

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.

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Seems another vehemently anti-Russian bro. What is “Russian way” repairs, would you elaborate, please. 220,000 km on the clock, and I used just a crow bar and a sledge hammer. No VW fluids, people say we use vodka in lieu of. Check your tanks and reservoirs. Sadly,CT is no more a tech forum, just a flea market, where local geschaftemachers are partingout their Tregs, selling some leftovers. No discussions here, except endless Dieselgate talk of the town. (I’m joking). In fact, lots of DIY hints posted here are of Russian origin and none from Kazakhstan :) Hope you will be the first one to post.
So, I contacted the KAMAZ driver (the former owner). He is doing well. He asked me to convey his best regards to Borat and to infrom him that he used to pee into adblue tank on a quite regular basis as a part of cost saving Russian maintenance program (and the bear was donor too).
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LOL :grin2:

Actually, AdBlue is a concentrated urea solution, so emissions of this car must have been OK, despite Volkswagen's emission problems. Only problem though that this car's engine is Euro 3 standard rather than Euro 6, so for the yearly emission tests to see if it still complied to factory standards it would not have helped.
Please return him his Balalayka, he left it in the trunk. :laugh:
About your use of non-VW fluids, that is less of a problem with a 2008 R5 engine as in your car than with the 2004 version we have. R5 engines made until 2006 are prone to wear of the camshaft tips and they need the extra dopes in the 505.01 (regular) and 506.01 (longlife) oils.
That was a joke. I stick to OEM fluids and consumables only. So, be careful using some idioms. They have some preconceptions (like using vodka instead of antifreeze). You see that anti-Russian hysteria in the past, who knows what else they are ready to believe in. I have to ask you, if you don't mind (because you're from Kazakhstan). Any German roots? You mentioned some family name, me think :wink2: (you may PM me). And the main rule of the house: pictures, or it never happened.
The world is too large to spend more time here.
Hokum. is louche forum, in terms of spite and rudeness, lack of table manners there. You will enjoy.
So, you know where is the exit door. Too many pearls thrown before the swine.
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