It is obvious that engineering a motor that has to be totally broken down is insane. unfortunately these motors will eventually be unfixable for any reasonable amount of money. iT'S A SHAME. I loved my TDI until it didn't love me LOL
The best advise I can give you is from my experience. Once this starts having emissions issues it keeps on going, my 2016 at 36,000 miles replaced every part in the emissions system some more than twice. and still got the dreaded count down on a 1500 mi road trip, I dumped the car while on...
I know where you are coming from and frankly you need to bite the bullet and move on. As I have said before after getting stranded with the 200 miles NO START, on a long trip home. I bailed and bgt a Atlas the dealer had on the lot . Surprisingly got a decent deal on the trade.
You have to find a dealer or shop that knows these cars or you are wasting your time and money. They are a different breed of cat. If everything else in the car works fine it's worth trying to solve the problem. If you haven't had emissions issues you're a lucky owner. If that starts dump the...
Towing capacity is stated by the hitch maker, the weight a tow vehicle can handle is stated by the maker, safety dictates going by the state regulations.
Common sense says get brakes for anything over 3000 lbs if you are going highway speeds. I tow locally 30 mph average and that's about as...
I won't beat a dead horse, but after you find and correct the issue and are happy the next issue will come up. I had documented replacements of the same parts more than once and issues continued to come up. You need the patience of Job.( biblical) I wish you good luck.
If a car isn't reliable it isn't worth the effort after all you have done. I gave up after being stranded 1200 miles from home. Treg had 34,000 miles on the OD. Just saying. BTW I did a whole host of things to it to keep the emissions going. Enough is enough.
I drive to S Florida every Fall and could do 1500 mile trip on 2 tanks of fuel with my 2016 Touareg. I've done that trip for over 15 yrs,the same performance each time. My new Atlas uses more than 50% more fuel . Sad
I don't own your model year ,but the TDIs from 2011 on are problematic regarding the emissions systems. My 2012 TDI never have an issue with emissions because it wasn't retrofitted with the new emissions requirements. The 2016 was "fixed" and was a disaster. Every part in the system was...
I would say go to a dealer,they know the car structure and can put in a proper hitch the you can have confidence in. It's a pretty important item to have set up properly. After market hitches usually have a lower tow weight restriction.
You are going to want to have a set of brakes on the rig. It's especially needed for hill descents and highway stopping power. Forget what the dealer says,he won't pay for a tranny issue if it happens on the trip. They will Shrug and walk away. lol
My car is actually a 2016 that was mothballed for 2 years due to the emissions issue,so it is technically not a 2018 but I was the first owner registered and it came with 500 miles. You are correct it is a 2016 the last of the breed let into NA. Car now has 30K on the clock.
I will add that I have had 2 TDIs 2012 and now a 2018 TDI. I have had no serious issues ,the ones I have had were covered under the emissions setlement. The car with 265K miles is uncovered by any warranty so when you have a problem, you will have some big expenses.
Make sure you have...
Forget about new diesels, there may be no new ICE cars in a few years. I have enough ICE cars to last my lifetime, I'm about to be 81 LOL.
I wish good luck to all the auto dealers in the next 20 yrs, profits will be in the tank. Zero service on these new cars for at least 10 yrs..
In the states there are some states that don't have emissions test, Quite amazing ,but it is a states option. I can't imagine passing a emissions test with out a DPF. Tail pipe emissions test would pick that up immediately .