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I bought my touareg r5 two weeks ago. After a few days, I started to feel bad for my gearbox when accelerating and the car shifted from 5th to 4th. The car is jumping and there is not funny sounds, like a clunk. :confused:It happen maybe every third time I do the accelerating. But only from 5th to 4th. Any of you any idea about what cause the problem, and any cure?. I have tried the reset of the gearbox learning process. And if there are any lawyers in here, what can I do with the previous owner?Bow Down
Happy for any advise. The Volkswagen dealer in Norway don't have a clue about what I'm talk about. Please excuse my norwegian english.:)
 

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Ten minutes using the Search facilty on here or looking in the Transmission section would tell you that you need a new valve chest in the gearbox

The UK cost is about £2,000, but from what I read about your prices in Norway, it's probably double!

It is a VERY well known fault that afflicts a lot of Touaregs after about 90,000 miles.

If you bought it from a dealer, then presumably you have some consumer law on your side.

If you bought it privately then, like probably elsewhere in the world, tough luck - you pay.

If you want to know what else might go wrong, sit down for an hour and carefully read the buying a used Touareg link in my signature.

Your R5 needs to run on EXACTLY the right oil too to avoid premature camshaft lobe wear. See 4ePikanini's signature below. Read up on it.
 

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valve chest. Pricey but easy fix.
 

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Thanks for your quick reply. Yeah, I have read this sad conclucion yesterday, but I still hoped for a cheaper fix. If I did my home work in the first place, I've probably would avoid buying this car with broken gearbox. ;)

But I also red something about a termostate in the transmission cooling system. Cos I think the problem is not there when the car is cold.

And so to the work. Is the change of valve chest something for a hobby mechanics, like I could do it myself. I could easy buy it from the UK so that would be the same price as for you. In Norway all mechanics that fix cars is the one that failed getting job on a oil platform. So I dont trust any of those guys and they charge you £160 per hour.

And do you know any company that sell rebuild valve chest ?
 

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Note valve chests are also referred to as valve bodies.

Yes, you can buy remanufactured valve chests. Here's one supplier.

Tech Resources - Sonnax

Here's a video:


Surely there has to be a local, competent, independent VW/Audi/Porsche [yes, Porsche] workshop somewhere near you?

I simply don't believe ALL Norwegian mechanics are crap.
 

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All right. Thank you so far.
I'll maybe come back with more question if I go crazy and do this myself. I'll first trie to find someone that have done this before. The wag dealer have not heard about this problem, so I doubt a bit. :confused::confused:
 

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Find a new dealer!

Ask around to find a good transmission/auto workshop or VAG specialist.

In the meantime use the Tiptronic and change gear yourself.
 
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