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Extremely disappointed - not recommended
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By sk14msk
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I bought my 2012 Toureg certified used with 12k miles on it. The steering wheel shakes at 65-75 mph and I took my car back to the dealer two times already. Every time they returned the car to me, they said the problem has been fixed. New tires, alignment, nothing is helping. There are numerous other VW Touareg drivers out there who are as disappointed as I am. The steering wheel shake makes longer trips very uncomfortable. I am extremely unhappy with this car.


Favorite Features

Besides the problems mentioned above, this would be a really fun car. Very fuel efficient for an SUV, good interior space, fun luxury car.


Suggested Improvements

VW needs to either find a way to find to fix this problem or admit that this car has a major issue and offer their clients an acceptable solution. Otherwise I might just have to get a Hyundai.


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My First Toureg TDI w/lux package
14 of 59 people found this review helpful
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By aakdeniz
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I have been driving BMWs for the last 25 years including an X5, I was on my way to get a 2012 X5 and decided to checkout the Toureg on my way to BMW dealership. I am well aware of the latest technologies especially on BMWs. Well guess what? I was so impressed with the Diesel Toureg with Lux package that I ended up buying one that day. Gas milage, technology options, safety features, interior room and the feel of driving is impressive (i am getting 30mph highway, 24 city and 26.7 combined). Make no mistake- for almost $18k less than a comparative BMW X5, this car is the best buy from every perspective. Dealer experience was as good as a BMW dealership. The car is perfect after 2k of driving


Favorite Features

8 speed transmission, fantastic suspension system, gas milage, 406ft-lbs of torque and can tow 7800 lbs. I already sold my truck and bought a small trailer - Do not get the Toureg TDI without the tow package - you will be dissapointed one day if you dont get the tow package. I towed 3000 or so lbs. of weight few times and the rpm did not go above 2000 at all - very impressive.


Suggested Improvements

The fron seats can have better hip support. The steering wheel can be power controlled. The coffee cup holders can have a sliding cover.


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Disappointing From The Start
25 of 88 people found this review helpful
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By clarkg
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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My 2012 Touareg Lux TDI has been a disappointment as compared to the 2010 Touareg TDI I owned previously. The key/fob ignition system is a huge step backwards in convenience from the keyless start system. Unless you want to spend an additional $5K for the "Executive" version I have found the key fob gizmo in my 2012 "Lux" model as very difficult to operate properly. Upon stopping the engine the key fob cannot be removed from the dash socket about 50% of the time so I have to jockey the start/stop engine function until it can be extracted. If VW engineers were trying to prevent theft they actually have enhanced it as when the fob is stuck anyone can hop in and drive off.


Favorite Features

Nifty panoramic moon roof, lower tire pressures give better ride over bumps, a little extra leg room in the back seat, 8 speed transmission is a smooth operator, TDI diesel is a powerhouse that nets decent fuel economy too, steering system is excellent


Suggested Improvements

Dump the key fob start system as a tour-de-dumb-idea, audio system is no better than an entry level Kia, bluetooth cell phone system will not sync to my Samsung Fascinate, heating steering wheel should be standard or an option on all models, back up camera MIA and should be a factory sponsored retrofit, overpriced for the "Lux" model content, missing multiple power outlets for multiple electronic equipment usage, still needs a 6" stretch in body length for rear seat space


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