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I have done a search but looking for owners thoughts on the touareg.

Although the cmax should be fine albeit running at around 96% I was looking at something to improve the ratio.

I have looked at discoverys etc and they dont really float my boat. I will be looking for models around 2005 -2008. Key questions:

air suspension or not

mpg when towing (I plan to tow my olympus 1450kg mtplm)

major failures etc.

any options that are worth having.

Any help will be appreciated

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There are a few Tuaregs around here pulling horseboxes but don't know anyone with them on 'van tugging.

 

geoff

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Had a V6 until early summer last year and every fill up (brim to brim) recorded showing 22. 68 mpg towing and 26. 81 solo. The V6 is a superb engine, smooth as silk but a greedy guzzler improved from 2010 onwards. Towed without fault; very comfortable; roomy and, for me, very reliable. I think options are more about personal preferences.

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Thanks for the feedback. Keep looking at the v10 but know it will be a bad idea lol

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Came close to getting one instead of the Disco - lovely engine and will do most things the Disco can, including guzzle fuel.

A bit small in the back though.

Land Rover is now back towing.

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Air suspension = good, it will keep the whole outfit level so the driving dynamics are not so much affected by weight, a 1450mtplm is not that much for any decent sized car or any decent 4wd, a car will always get better mileage over a 4wd, don't get too hung up on the towing ratio, many do, it's a guide, and an old one too.

A Touareg is overkill for a caravan of that weight but I know people that have had them and all report they tow very well at weights much higher than you have.

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Just fancy something bigger and it ticks the boxes. I guess if we do decide to get a bigger van then at least I wont need to change. I blame my brother and his q7.

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Just fancy something bigger and it ticks the boxes. I guess if we do decide to get a bigger van then at least I wont need to change. I blame my brother and his q7.

Nothing wrong with something bigger, now a Q7, I'd like one of them.

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Get an S-Max, a lot cheaper to buy & run and plenty of space inside as well :)

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Get an S-Max, a lot cheaper to buy & run and plenty of space inside as well :)

Just not the powershift version!

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Steve

I have an e class and it tows the van lovely, even with the weight upgrade on the van to 1500kg

Must admit though that he touareg is a lovely vehicle.

Also what about an m class?

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Never thought of an m class. May have to do some investigating. I have the weight upgrade but cannot fit at the moment as the cmax is only 1490 mass hence the heavier car.

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Just not the powershift version!

 

What's wrong with the Powershift gearbox? Does it not tow well?

 

I had been considering a Kuga with Powershift.

 

Thanks.

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What's wrong with the Powershift gearbox? Does it not tow well?

 

I had been considering a Kuga with Powershift.

 

Thanks.

Depends what size van you tow with. I and many others had one, and they just can't cope with the loads puton them. Either hunt for gears, slips gears, or mine felt like it was about to drop out of the bottom of the car. And every time ford said it was ok.

Stick to the traditional gearbox rather then powershift. Plenty of forum discussions on this subject

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Drop in on MyTouareg. com for some good feedback on your question. I had a Treg from 2005-08 before the Tiguan and now a Passat Alltrack.

 

It was a superb car, V6 3. 0 TDi. The earlier consumption figures were about par from memory too. From forum posts there does seem to be an issue with propshaft bushes failing around the 60-70k miles mark, creating a horrendous noise if not pre-empted. Otherwise, no repetitive issues or significant longer-term failings, but again going from memory. I haven't been on the forum for a year or two now.

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I tow with a 2007 V6 TDi Touareg. The original version ran until the end of 2006 and then the facelift version came out.

Have a look on www. mytreg. com for info, help and advice.

I towed with an Smax before and the Touareg is in a different class for towing ability. Completely effortless. The smooth 3 litre with the auto box is perfect. The fuel consumption quoted above seems about right.

My car has steel springs not air suspension and it's fine. Air was an option on anything other than the v10 and not one that was often specified so you'll have to search hard to find a v6 with air. Personally, I don't think you need it but that's your choice. If you want to know anything specific just ask.

I've owned my car for 4 years, which is the longest I've owned any car. Can't see me changing for a while yet either. Does everything I want and does it well. Only negatives are road tax, fuel consumption and lack of competent Independent dealers that are capable of working on a Touareg.

 

Re the propshaft bush, that is a known issue as they tend to go at around 5 years or 60k miles. If you go to a VW dealer they will tell you it needs a complete new propshaft for about £1,400. Or you can do what most people on the forum do and get the bearing replaced at 5 years as a maintenance item for about £240 at a specialist (there's plenty listed on the forum).

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I have an E 250 Estate and it has loads of space inside, Low fuel consumption (up to 52 solo and up to 31 towing) and tows a 1630Kg brilliantly

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Thanks for the advice. I know the touareg is going to be overkill for my current van but at least I know it will tow most things lol

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Depends what size van you tow with. I and many others had one, and they just can't cope with the loads puton them. Either hunt for gears, slips gears, or mine felt like it was about to drop out of the bottom of the car. And every time ford said it was ok.

Stick to the traditional gearbox rather then powershift. Plenty of forum discussions on this subject

Thanks - time to do some more research.

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Replaced a Merc 320 CDi estate with a 12 plate 245bhp Touareg. The Merc twitched too much with the 1500kg on the back, whereas the same van on the Touareg is extremely stable. Excellent in all respects except mpg. Best I've had towing was 23 mpg, solo 41 mpg - driving like a granny apparently! My Altitude does not have air suspension, but the 'van has little affect on it, the outfit remains very level. There is loads of space in the rear of the mk3 Touareg as the rear seats can be slid back and forth like the fronts.

 

I spent a lot of time test driving Touaregs, Merc MLs and Discos before choosing.

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I know the touareg is going to be overkill for my current van but at least I know it will tow most things lol

Nothing wrong with overkill. My Navara could be classed as overkill for my 1500kg van. Having been towing at a 93percent match with my previous car and now at well under 80percent with the Navara no way would I go back to a lighter car. The extra weight makes for a much more relaxing and stable tow.

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We currently tow with a V6 Touareg and it has been superb. Funnily enough we are looking at changing to a brand new Ford Kuga with powershift but after reading some of the above opinions perhaps it will be a manual! Only reason for the change is the high tax and fuel costs of the VW.

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Thanks Im not sure whether to go for an early version with the lower tax or just accept the higher tax bracket

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