Volkswagen Touareg

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The Touareg’s 5.Zero V10 diesel is sweet for Zero-62mph in 7.5sec
The Mk1 Touareg provides an terrible lot of SUV for the cash, however you would possibly wish to assume twice about shopping for a V10 or W12. John Evans dishes the grime

Discuss of the Volkswagen Touareg Mk1 of 2003-10 usually begins with the outrageous 5.Zero V10 diesel.

This sleeping large of an SUV can, when roused, do Zero-62mph in 7.5sec. Costs begin at round £2000 for an early high-miler (the instance we’re considering of has finished 195,000 miles, been owned for 2 years by the vendor promoting it and, he claims, has a full service historical past and been maintained no matter value).

As a flag-waver, it actually did its bit to get VW’s massive workaday 4×4 talked about in the identical breath as its extra glamorous Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne sister vehicles, and much more so when ordered in uprated R50 spec.

However actually it’s the lesser-known W12 model that ought to kick-start a Touareg chat. This limited-edition left-hooker used the 6.Zero-litre W12 from the VW Phaeton. Creating the identical energy as a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it might hurl the 2542kg SUV from Zero-62mph in 5.8sec.

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A 2009-registered instance with 13,000 miles was offered just lately by a vendor for round £30,000. Nonetheless, regardless of its superior Q-car attraction, he was glad to see the again of it.

“I might see it might value a bomb in workshop hours to service since you couldn’t get to something with out dismantling half the engine,” he informed me. “I might see that the designers have been so wanting area, they’d needed to find the battery below one of many seats. I do know this as a result of I needed to change it and doing so value me £400.

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It was a stupidly fast automotive, although!” So the V10 and W12 are the Kray twins of the Mk1 Touareg vary. Fortuitously, the remainder of the household is quite a bit cuddlier. On the backside of the line- up sit the favored 2.5 TDI and barely offered three.2 V6 petrol engines, obtainable with guide or Tiptronic computerized transmissions. They swimsuit easy-going drivers with a little bit of towing to do (all Touaregs can tug 3500kg). For those who want a bit of extra heft, there’s the four.2 V8 petrol auto. The higher balanced three.Zero V6 TDI auto arrived in 2005, combining livelier efficiency with first rate economic system, and it and the two.5 TDI accounted for the majority of gross sales.

These and all later variations of the Touareg are four-wheel drive with a guide or computerized locking centre differential (a locking rear diff was an possibility) and hill descent management. The midlife facelift in 2007heralded a minimum of 2300 modifications, a determine that included boiling down the petrol line-up to 1 three.6 V6. The two.5 and 5.Zero-litre diesels soldiered on however the three.Zero-litre was closely revised, solely to be tinkered with the next 12 months when its energy was raised from 221bhp to 236bhp and economic system improved by some margin. For those who’re purchasing for a 2008-reg three.Zero TDI, be sure to examine which of the 2 variations you’re being provided.

For its heated leather-based seats, satellite tv for pc navigation and cruise management, SE is the choose of the trims. A clear, 100,000-mile 2008 ‘high-power’ Touareg three.Zero V6 TDI SE with full VW service historical past for round £5450 is simply the ticket.

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How one can get one in your storage: 

An skilled’s view, BARRY BABISTER, CCM VW SPECIALISTS: “We price the Mk1 Touareg engines. The three.Zero V6 TDI is bulletproof, with the suitable stability of energy and economic system. Verify that oil and filter modifications have been finished on time. Oil stress could also be unaffected by poor upkeep and also you gained’t see the oil mild flash however drained oil doesn’t penetrate the engine deeply sufficient. We see failed timing chain tensioners and bearings so understand it’s a difficulty. Propshaft failure is a speaking level. We’ve got a cheap restore, however tremors or rumbles might simply as simply be poor wheel alignment, which even for an skilled technician is troublesome to resolve.”

Purchaser beware:

ENGINE – A V10’s DPF mild might imply a 13-hour gearbox removing to exchange the sensor. On all engines, examine for caramelised oil on the block attributable to poor injector seating. Variable inlet manifold points on three.Zero TDIs can set off limp-home mode; a restore package is £300. On the two.5 TDI, examine for water pump leaks; on the three.Zero TDI, pay attention for timing chain rattles. Ignition coil points hit early petrols.

TRANSMISSION – Verify for clean operation of the auto’ field, though hesitation on V10s and V8s is regular. Verify tyres for hard-to-resolve misalignment points. On vehicles over 60ok miles, thumping when the auto shifts from fifth to fourth could possibly be a failing valve chest (£800 for a specialist repair).

TYRES AND BRAKES – The Touareg’s 2500kg eats discs and pads. Seized calipers and pitted discs are frequent. Count on simply 10,000 miles from tyres. Verify the digital handbrake – repairs are costly. On older vehicles with air suspension, examine for corroded pipework and the automobile sitting awkwardly. Pay attention for steering pump noises on full lock. Verify the tyre stress monitoring system works – it might probably trigger countless bother.

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ELECTRICS – Battery voltage issues can unfold all through the electrics, inflicting instrument and airbag failures. Verify all the pieces works as a result of analysis is advanced and costly.

BODY – Corrosion is uncommon however examine for off-road injury beneath.

Additionally value realizing:

On a full or trailing throttle, a grumbling noise or a hammer-like banging could possibly be a failing propshaft bearing. It could flare up from round 50ok miles. The answer was a brand new shaft however it’s now attainable to have the affected elements changed and the shaft rebuilt.

How a lot to spend:

£1500-£2995: Excessive-mile 2003-05 2.5 TDIs plus a 2003 5.Zero V10 with 150ok miles.

£3000-£4995: 2004-07 2.5s, low-power three.Zero TDIs.

£5000-£6995: Early high-power three.Zero TDIs however largely 06-09 2.5s and sub-100ok low-power three.Zero TDIs. Some low-mile 07 three.2 petrols and early, reasonable-mile V10 diesels.

£7000-£8995: Extra of the identical; loads of circa-100k- mile2009-10high-power three.0TDIs.

£9000-£11,995: Primarily 2009-10 high-power three.Zero TDIs.

£12,000 AND ABOVE: Most costly examples topping out at £19ok for a 2008 V10 R50.

One we discovered:

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG, 5.Zero V10 TDI, 2005/05, 80Okay MILES, £6789: Full historical past and two house owners, this cherished V10 has unmarked 20in alloys, leather-based seats, a sat-nav and parking sensors. Bought with a 15-month guarantee however examine the small print.

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