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An SUV That Can Take You Anywhere
By docj on
2005 Volkswagen Touareg V8 AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
We bought this SUV so my wife, a nurse, could get to work regardless of the weather. It has consistently demonstrated it can do that in some absolutely horrible conditions. We have a set of winter wheels with Pirelli Scorpion studless ice and snow tires for it and it can go just about anywhere. In good weather it is a fun SUV to drive; in sport mode it can beat most vehicles off the line. You'd never know you had 5,000 pounds under you. Reading other reviews I have no idea why people have been complaining of tire or brake life. Make sure the wheels are aligned and select tires carefully. Initial reliability was poor but has improved a lot;not cheap to fix--$1,100 for timing belt!
V-8 power!! Bi-xenon headlights--great for country roads at night; heated steering wheel--a frill but a nice one.
Transmission is jerky even with reprogramming. Rear seat is awful for adults. The built-in CD-based Nav system is terrible--we use a Garmin instead. Not much cargo space for a big SUV.