Facts About the Volkswagen Touareg
The Volkswagen Touareg is a pretty awesome crossover SUV, but the vehicle's name is a mystery to most of us. Apparently, Volkswagen named it after the Tuareg people, nomads who inhabit the Saharan interior of North Africa. Most people would probably associate them with veil covered characters that are typically seen in movies that are set in desert landscapes. If Volkswagen wanted to associate their SUV with toughness and grit, then the Tuareg folk are probably one of the toughest in the world.
The Touareg is part of a new line of SUVs that were designed to perform well off-road, yet handle like a sports car when on roads and highways. It was actually born out of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform, which was co-developed by Audi and Porsche, and is used in vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne, and Audi Q7. Although a lot of styling and technical differences can be seen in all three SUVs, they're all made in the same plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.
If you've seen the marketing ads that Volkswagen put out for the Touareg, you'll see that they've playfully set it up against their own vehicles. One ad even featured a Volkswagen Beetle that's stuck in the snow bank while a Touareg goes by effortlessly.
Because of this SUV's strong performance and popularity, it's been used in a couple of off-road races such as the Baja 1000 and the Dakar rally. It has won a couple of races already and is a strong contender in future ones because of its dominating performance.
As part of its launch campaign, Volkswagen actually featured the Touareg in an interactive stunt simulator in their website that coincided with the launch of the movie The Bourne Ultimatum. Folks can maneuver the Touareg through explosions and stunts with full control of speed, sound effects, and camera angles. You won't want to do the same to your Touareg in real life.
If you need further proof of that the Touareg is the best SUV in its class then just check out the awards that it took when it came out. It was named as Overlander's 2003 4WD of the Year, Car and Driver magazine's Best Luxury SUV for 2003, Motor Trend magazine's SUV of the Year for 2004, and as \"Four Wheeler\" magazine's Four Wheeler of the Year for 2005.
Common Problems with the Volkswagen Touareg
Most SUVs that have come out today are only meant for city driving and light off-road use. But that's not the case with the Volkswagen Touareg, a mid-size crossover SUV that's been out since 2002. Developed by Volkswagen together with Audi and Porsche, this SUV was meant for off-road use while handling like a modern sports car. If you'd look at its specs sheet, you know that this isn't an ordinary luxury vehicle and that it's actually capable of handling itself in rough roads and open terrain. Unfortunately, even a great SUV like the Touareg has its fair share of problems. Learn to spot these issues so you can fix them quick before they turn into a bigger problem in the future.
Recurring issues with the Volkswagen VR6 transmission system
The VR6 isn't used exclusively on the Touareg but was also installed on the Volkswagen Passat and Corrado. Past issues with this transmission system have come up in the Touareg including transmission control module (TCM) failures, fluid leaks, and hard shifting.
When the transmission starts to slip whenever you're shifting between the second and third gear, you might want to check your TCM. Wear and tear due to excess voltage to the TCM can lock-up the clutch and result in gear slippage. The best solution for this problem is to replace the TCM with an aftermarket part.
Fluid leaks can also cause the transmission system to fail. Make sure that you inspect the tube base, the drain holes, and the general surrounding area of the transmission system for leaks. Any broken or worn out parts should be replaced with compatible Volkswagen Touareg accessories immediately.
Clogged transmission filters
Hard shifting can be a direct result of a clogged transmission filter. Since the filter traps contaminants in the transmission fluid, it will get clogged up after awhile, especially if you're using a poor quality lubricant. Flushing the transmission system and replacing the filter would solve this problem.
Recalls for the first generation Touareg
One of the biggest problems that early adopters of the Touareg faced back then was a faulty center support bearing. Unfortunately, most owners experienced this failure long after their 100,000 kilometer warranties have already expired. On a smaller note, the Touareg was also recalled because of faulty rear belt locks in Australia that were attributed to a rivet defect. Both problems can be solved by simply replacing the affected parts with aftermarket components.