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so, the possibility of selling the E91 and getting a 2005 touareg and cash in my pocket has arisen. the article in question is a 2005 v6 with air suspension and ~100,000miles. I know very little about them. what are the points to look out for?

I have heard about propshaft bearings already.

something something about front diffs??? anything else?

reason this is tempting is that my son is huge (5-1/2 months and 27"). the car seat basically makes the bmw a one adult car, such is the front passenger seat position and my wife's and my heights. it's even worse now that we need a convertible car seat but it's still rear facing.... man those things are HUGE. it'd be nice to have some flexibility with respect to me hauling the car to the track and her being able to take the kiddo out....
 

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I would try to go a little newer and a little lower miles. 2005 was only the second year. They got better as the produced them each year.
 

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better in terms of general reliability? are there specific Achilles heals or just random isht that pops up costing 1000s?
 

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Do it. You know you want it.:laugh:
 

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One issue with air suspension is the fittings corroding. Especially with cars used in areas with winter climates and salt on roads.

You might also look up Club Touareg. That is still very active.
 

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Terrible experience with a 07 T'reg. Loved the vehicle but it was a nightmare. The keyless system kept locking us out. Sold it 2 years ago and it's currently sitting at the dealer waiting on the 3rd set of door handles:banghead:
And the back seat area is rather small, had to move the fronts up pretty far to fit rear facing baby seats.
 

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NO NO NO NO. Don't do that to yourself. TCL is hilariously overboard wrong about VW reliability in general, but it absolutely applies to the first few years of Touareg. I was the go to tech for these at my dealer when they were new. They are terrible.
 

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I'd look for something a bit newer, more american like the Explorer if you want a roomy SUV that feels nice and quality but I would avoid an early model VW with airride( i know from experience with a Navigator after 3x I installed conventional suspension)
 

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NO NO NO NO. Don't do that to yourself. TCL is hilariously overboard wrong about VW reliability in general, but it absolutely applies to the first few years of Touareg. I was the go to tech for these at my dealer when they were new. They are terrible.
So the later years are OK to go for? I'm debating whether later down the road to consider the Touareg for an SUV.
 

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NO NO NO NO. Don't do that to yourself. TCL is hilariously overboard wrong about VW reliability in general, but it absolutely applies to the first few years of Touareg. I was the go to tech for these at my dealer when they were new. They are terrible.
did you see repeat customers for problems? IE: did you have to fix the same problem on a truck more than once? truck in question is 10 years old now, one would suspect that early year production gremlins would have worked out by now. more a question of what the condition of the actual truck in question is...
 

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Are you a glutton for punishment?

Asking TCL if a 11 year old, expensive-when-new VW is a good buy...

So many other cars out there in the same class that are leagues better.

You already have a Trail Blazer?
 

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Are you a glutton for punishment?

Asking TCL if a 11 year old, expensive-when-new VW is a good buy...

So many other cars out there in the same class that are leagues better.

You already have a Trail Blazer?
I came here to post this...

Even though I have 2 VW's in the stable and have owned 11 of them... I'd likely steer clear of an early model Teg myself...
 

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The system that seemed to be the most finicky about repeat customers was tire pressure monitoring. The main problem with ownership will be finding someone able diagnose electrical system concerns, and open up your checkbook because it won't just be an hour of diag. There are a lot of modules and wires in these and an unrelated system can pull the whole car down via can bus communication errors.
Driveshaft support bearing is common, they eat tires, center diff lock motors, invisible breaks in the wiring harness to the transmission and on and on. I have only dealt with a few air suspension problem cars, a couple of faulty compressors before the updated build kit came out, a mouse chewed air line(1k+ to fix) and another with damaged airbags and some other stuff that was closer to 4k to fix.
Point is I am comfortable working on them but I would never daily one. That's coming from a guy that daily's a 15 year old twin turbo Audi.
 

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