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I know very little about them, but I'm quite interested as they are impressive machines with excellent towing capacity. They are quite cheap on the used market and I'd like to know why. Which years/engines are worth owning, and which are the ones to steer clear of?

Edit: For the benefit of all, please be specific in your reply. "Maintenance nightmare" and "reliability concerns" don't really shed much light on the situation.

 

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Why are used Touraeg's so cheap?

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dat maintenance yo.

You price a Pheaton or an A8 lately?
 

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People are afraid of the reliability on them. Ironically I was hanging out with a VW indi mechanic this weekend, and he had just picked one up on the cheap. He ended up dumping it on CL, there was just so much that needed to be fixed at very high $ amounts.
 

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Something something maintenance nightmare something something caught fire. :laugh:
 

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I own a V8, so the timing belt needs a regular interval change (80k) & you're supposed to do all the driveline fluids every 30k. It weighs 5500+ lbs, so it's hard on brakes & tires, the former being a bit on the pricey side. Mine has 115k miles on it. I had the belt done at 100k when I bought it as there was no history of it being done. I paid $13500 for mine. It's in mint condition & everything works. I plan to keep it for a long time :thumbup:
 
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The first generation was an epic reliability disaster with very common transmission, 4WD, and electrical issues to say nothing of the air suspension. The second gen is somewhat more reliable, but not exactly problem free.
 

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The maintainence part is one thing, of course a V6-V8 SUV can be expensive to run outside of warranty. But the Tuaregs, the first gen anyway, suffered from the same thing as the Phaeton when we're talking residuals.. VW doesn't carry the same premium name as some of the other German manufacturers and a $50k+ VW won't hold its value..

For the second hand buyer, these badge snobs have done us a big favor.. :)
 

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I own a V8, so the timing belt needs a regular interval change (80k) & you're supposed to do all the driveline fluids every 30k. It weighs 5500+ lbs, so it's hard on brakes & tires, the former being a bit on the pricey side. Mine has 115k miles on it. I had the belt done at 100k when I bought it as there was no history of it being done. I paid $13500 for mine. It's in mint condition & everything works. I plan to keep it for a long time :thumbup:
:beer: for actually contributing to the thread compared to most of the posters...

Didn't the later V8s (-03?) get a chain though?
 

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what specifically? if you opt for a car without air suspension, you're just left with the motor. they're all bad, or are there other issues?

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my bro-in-law was looking at buying one and the only piece of advice besides of NOT buying one that came through was to get an extended warranty on it. He owned it for 3 weeks before it was having issues shifting into 4th, and they found out the mechatronic circuit board had to be replaced. He said something along the lines that his $2k aftermarket warranty paid for itself right there.

If you have the V8 model, the air suspension is prone to break and the first batch of the T-regs was chewing through tires like crazy, some of them wouldn't even make it past 5-10k miles. They narrowed it down to the way the cars were tired on the boats and the rear axle was "bent" i.e. deformed that caused those issues.

I could go on and on ... I've worked long enough at a VW dealership to avoid them like the plague ... they make the B5 S4 look like a reliable car :laugh:
 

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Because many people OUTSIDE of TCL know VW are unreliable and expensive to fix. Used car prices always reflect supply and demand.
 

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OP, you don't really need specifics. They are horrible cars up there with the Phaeton, A8, B6 S4, MKIV, etc. If you want to buy one, get it and find out for yourself.
 
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