2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
this car has given us so many headaches and there's not enough tylenol or advil to go around!
we take care of our vehicles religously and do not drive them into the ground.
within 13 months the following:
rear drive shaft @ $2000 - yep, i said TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS!!
this has 2 fuel pumps - so if the primary goes, so does the secondary!
Primary @ $900; and the secondary @ $500 = $1300 - it poses itself as an alternator problem, but nope - it gets more expensive because its the fuel pumps!
as for the battery - yes, primary and secondary too!
and theyre an ass to get to..so good luck.
you'd probably save yourself a few hundred if you did this yourself
lets just continue because, besides the leather and trunk space cover, there's no other likes.
notice when your airbag light comes on, this can be costly too!
theyll have to replace the wiring and the driver seat because the seat is mangling the cabeling to the airbag sensor!
oh, then there's the ignition switch.
yeah, you know, where you put your key in - maybe the cheapest fix, but if your loval VW or city doenst have this in stock, it'll take a week or 2 to get - so guess that means, they glue it together and tell you to be carefull...that's what VW told us!
Customer care, i think not.
regular maintence isnt too bad, but if that's all
you think its gonna be;you're wrong
they could improve the entire car for that matter.
besides the car not carrying any value at all, so dont bother trading it in unless you plan on putting at least $5 to $6 grand down youre gonna be negative on it;even in good cond, you wont get more than $9k.
it eats up gas so youre really getting 13/city; 18/hwy - miles to the gallon, and now w/gas prices over 4.25 youre looking @ $90 a week! that's $360 a month!
for those who havent had problems, youre time is coming - good luck with that - hope youve put $ to the side for when it leaves you stranded. beware, we were told even the porsche cheyenne is just as bad!! 1st yr models suck!
*all prices provided by VW dealer & owner experience*
You can replace things like the airbag sensor (in the clip for the seatbelt) yourself. The cost is maybe 30$ and takes about 15 minutes to replace. Also, just clean your injectors and you would get another 5 mpg all the way around. The car isn't as bad as you make it sound.