I had a 2007 touareg and loved it, the 2009's came out and I told my self I had to have it, its far superior then the 07, same engine and tranny but they made to many internal changes to list , the tranny feels better, I got it with the 19" tire package and a major ride difference to the better, I wish they gave you a 6cd player but a car for my wife and myself its the safest vehicle I've owned, I'm a retired police officer and this one is outstanding with its crash and roll over results. Gunther volkswagen treats you with what ever you are driving as a king, no rattles nothing about this car or my previous one, Outstanding Vehicle
Well I thought I'd learn from my 1st. 2006 Toureg nightmare but, since the good people @ VW gave me a new vehicle I thought I would be in the clear. Guess not. I've had this one with all new problems & like before it's seems I have become good friends with the mechanics and service dept. It's almost comical to think that I'm in the same situation as before and still not enjoying my new vehicle. I can tell you this with all the rental vehicles I have been given it's made me realize what the word "Quality" really means. The Toureg simply does not have this standard.
2008 Touareg 2 Lux model CPO best car I have owned
written on 12-13-2015
VR6 FSI 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
In 2012, I purchased my 2008 model Touareg "2" at 4 years old, under 50k miles, as a VW Certified Pre-owned vehicle (2008 model is a Touareg with 200+ parts updated and a front facelift). It has turned out to be the best car I've ever owned, and now at about 8 years old and over 90K miles, I've not had any issues with this SUV, other than front break system calipers sticking at one point, which the dealer replaced on extended warrenty on a normal every 10K miles maintenance. I use the car daily for travel to and from work, and put more miles on it than I would like to have, but it has proven itself a reliable trooper daily, including we take it occasionally on several hundred mile out-of-state trips and back successfully. I can understand a few others purchasing a few vehicles with other issues, but my own experience with it has been nothing short of great. And I find that usually, only the people with problems tend to post, not so many with good things to say. Prior to that I owned a VW Jetta for over ten years, and it was also a trooper on the road, reliable and all for over 200K miles.
I found a new 2009 Touareg on a dealer's lot and think I got a great price. Very happy after three weeks ownership, but have the phantom theft alarm problem, that I have read is a bad ground wire on the alarm system the dealer should fix.
I first fell in love with the Touareg 2 as soon as I saw it on the street. I decided to buy this vehicle, very happy with the price I paid not to mention the 0% financing I was able to secure. That's where my happiness fades however. This truck has been an electrical nightmare spending more time in the shop then any other car I've ever owned. If its not my interior lights flickering, its the constant battery and electrical issues. Currently, the front parking lights are both broken and I ask myself, how can a BRAND NEW car that is only one year old already have lights and fuses breaking? Just shows the quality of the materials used in the car. However when the car isn't broken it's awesome.
Technology Package ($3,350 -- includes navigation system with 30GB hard drive, multifunction color display and rearview camera with park distance control); Technology Plus Package ($2,000 -- includes keyless entry/ignition and 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system); Trailer Hitch ($500)
2,967cc (181 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
221 @ 3,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
407 @ 1,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I=4.15; II=2.37; III=1.56; IV=1.16; V=0.86; VI=0.69; Final Drive=4.56; Transfer Case (High)=1.00; Transfer Case (Low)=2.66.
Surprisingly, this VW doesn't mind pedal overlap, and it responds very well to brake torque. Best run was in manual gate where it auto-upshifted at redline. Shifts are exceptionally smooth, but rather slow. Much quieter than I imagined it would be; faster, too.
Inconsistent distances. I believe that was due to all-season tires hunting for traction, especially from 60 mph to 40 mph. From 40-0 it feels planted and powerful. Some bobbing/diving though.
Skid pad: Stability control isn't really off. When "off," the stability control chops the throttle (doesn't use brakes). Light, numb steering, but it holds a line very well. Slalom: Some steering delay-gain but more responsive than I had predicted. Steering is light but precise and body motions keep up in the transitions. Overall, quite athletic for a big SUV. Stability control doesn't help; it just throws the anchor after second transition.