2004 Volkswagen Touareg Consumer Review: Caveat Emptor

2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Consumer Review

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V6 4dr SUV (3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Caveat Emptor
By joeschmoe on


2004 Volkswagen Touareg V6 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)


We bought this T-reg with 7K miles from fleet use. We are very glad we bought the extended warranty, as this car has required over $6K in repairs over the last year. Finally traded it in this week with 97K miles on the odometer. This vehicle performed well in all weather and road conditions. We live in Minnesota where the snow and ice can come quick and strong, and the T-reg could handle all conditions, with good style and comfort. The V6 is a bit underpowered for a vehicle this heavy, but we did not do any towing, so we were OK. There was not enough room in the driver's seat for my 6'2" frame, so I would frequently get uncomfortable on long drives. Reliability problems are bad.

Best Features

Strong in any weather conditions. Good luxury and comfort if you are not too tall.

Worst Features

Reliability is the achilles heel of this new model. Repair costs are unpredictable and high.
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By q1q1
on 07/08/13 13:44 PM (PDT)

i just bought the 2004 V6 Touareg and didnt realize it had all these problems that ive been here on this forum. i owned the car for 3 weeks. it has 94,000 mile on it. on the third week of ownership i expierenced thr tiptronic feature was not disengaging and the car would not shift out of first gear, then it would pop back into normal automatic transmission on its own. i took the car to the stealership for a diagnostic and it through a 4153- this is the Tiptronic switch..the dealer wanted to charge me $817. to fix it...i took the REG to a niegborhood VW mechanic and he charged me $250... the car is behaving perfectly now...kinda scared of the maintenace after what i read

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