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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel

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Mixed Bag
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By cpmariner
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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Overall, this excellent car is very comfortable (plenty of room for a 6' 4" man), amazingly powerful, highly maneuverable, great fuel economy, and really fun to drive. My wife fell in love with it, and her Lexus 350 GS is rapidly gathering dust in the garage.

However, at 3,000 miles I'm beginning to worry about reliability. The first to go was the power seat memory -recently fixed. More serious, though, is an intermittent "roaring" noise from under the hood. To me, it seems to be the engine cooling fan running at 100% for no apparent reason. But the dealer's techies are sure that it's power steering-related and requires no "fix". Sounds like code for "we don't know" to me. We'll see.


Best Features

Torque! Takes off like a scalded cat. Very roomy, which is one reason I stopped looking at Asian models apparently designed for smaller folks. Very tight turning radius, especially great for parking lot maneuvering. Handles as well or better than my previous favorite, an Acura Legend Sport Coup, and that's saying something! Backup camera with its "where you're headed" tracking feature. Seat comfort provides lessened fatigue on long hauls. Fuel economy, of course. Exterior appearance a standout in class, especially in black. There are many other things I like about this vehicle, but all they want are "favorites", so I'll stop now.


Worst Features

Consider making backup proximity alarms standard equipment. An owner's handbook written specifically for this model rather than the "one size fits all" version provided would be nice. Get to the bottom of the "roaring" sound I mentioned, which appears to be fairly common, but with no solution. Consider eliminating the enhanced braking power just after starting up... it's quite a jolt if you forget to be ready for it, and seems to have little or no purpose. Redesign the console storage! Those V-shaped compartments don't provide for anything in particular (e.g., CDs), and lead to a jumble as bad as a woman's purse.


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The Curious Case Of Diminishing Milage
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By claudestouareg
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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Our bran new 2013 Lux TDI gave us astonishing 33 mpg trips on secondary highways at around 60mph.
Now with 7,000 miles on the odo we can't get even 28mpg under the same conditions.
When we started noticing the loss of mpg we started taking extra precautions not to waste diesel but to no avail.
This car is getting at least 10% less mileage at 7,000 miles than it did bran new.
Anybody else experience this??


Best Features

Love the car, engine, tranny, stability, composure. Five hundred mile, three stop day trips are not tiring. One is not overwhelmed with technology but everything important seems to be there and easy to use. It's just great to fill up in Atlanta, drive 280 miles to Savannah, drive around there for a week, drive back to Atlanta and fill up for the first time at the same station.


Worst Features

Can't VW tune out the disconcerting shimmy that sets up in the rear suspension when the car is coming out of a rough patch in the road (think rail road tracks, coming off a bridge back on to tarmac, etc.). We would have happily paid for air ride. The 8 speed tranny is wonderful, BUT, while coasting when there is slack in the drive train, shifts, especially downshifts from around 3rd to 2nd, occasionally have a weird jiggle that suggest that the shift could end badly. What's that all about?


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Still a great SUV choice for those who tow.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By toolmanjohn
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


Review

Just around 8300 miles on my Touareg TDI, and I haven't had any real problems with the vehicle. It handles like a sedan, plenty of power, and the brakes are fantastic.
Mileage is better than I was hoping. THe 20mpg city would have been great, but I get 22-23 mpg consistently with a 20 mile round trip commute each day.
It's VERY quiet, and this may be because the transmission shifts around 2250rpm, so the diesel nevers really works hard.
This past Summer it towed my small travel trailer like it wasn't there. Easily pulls on the highway and back roads.


Best Features

So far my favorite feature is the REST button during cold weather. Having the car warm after being in a store for 10-15 minutes is great. Hands free bluetooth works great, and the NAV system integrated with the large touchscreen display is also fantastic, way better than the Garmin and TomTom units I am used to.


Worst Features

There are a few places that VW SHOULD change!! The seat is too long by about an inch, as it does touch the back of my calves at the knee. It is an annoyance, but I cannot grow taller to remedy the problem. ALSO the headrest is not adjustable forward/backward in the base model Sport !! Cheap. The Power seat has a MANUAL lumbar lever. Cheap. The audio quality stinks. This is either the speakers or their placement. The factory installed stereo in my mothers 2003 Corolla sounds better.


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Steering Wheel Shake
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By shakytouareg
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I bought a 2013 Touareg TDI Lux a month ago and it has been in the shop for 17 days with an irreparable steering wheel oscillation. It is still in the shop.

So far VWoA has advised the local dealer to try the following: road force balance all wheels, swap wheels from another car, change all four tire to Michelin Latitudes, replaced front drive shafts and replace steering rack. None have remedied the problem.

Other owners have reported the exact same issue and have had difficulty getting satisfactory resolution.

Search for "Touareg steering problem" to find more. Or go to ww.touaregsteeringshake.com. I don't any more hassle, I just want a new car.


Best Features

Tasteful styling. Absence of cheap chromed plastic parts. No flashing light show on the dashboard. Solid construction.


Worst Features

This is a complex and expensive vehicle. VW needs to support the owners of this vehicle if they hope to have a viable entry in this market.


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Great SUV desperately needs air suspension
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By clarkg
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Executive 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


Review

This is my 3rd T-reg and will be my last - I previously had the Lux version but decided to move up to the Executive - this changed the rim size to 20" from the Lux's 19" - just this 1" taller rim harshened the ride considerably to a point that passengers in the back seat went airborne over any large bump - I had test driven a Cayenne diesel with air suspension before purchasing the Executive - it had a pleasing controlled ride on rough streets - a similarly equipped Cayenne diesel bites 6 figures fully loaded so the Executive is a relative bargain - I hope that VW will once again offer air suspension as an option on the T-reg since the large majority are street driven


Best Features

Exterior styling is superior to all other luxury SUVs - diesel engine torque is just amazing - fuel mileage is very good considering the weight of the vehicle - interior is comfortable and well laid out for convenience - whisper quiet on the road without any squeaks, whistles or chirps - panoramic sunroof with power rolling sunshade is effective and easy to use - one of most stable SUVs on the road in cross winds, road ice and deep snow


Worst Features

Please VW offer air suspension as an option since the chassis is near identical to the Cayenne - push button start should be standard on all models - tinted windshield with dark band at top is a must have due to glare on sunny days - syncing cell phones seems to be a VW problem throughout all model lines


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