Touareg TDI : keep it and swallow high maintenance fees or throw away and exchange for 2 cars instead of one

jflemieux227

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Feb 11, 2021
Location
Montreal, qc, canada
TDI
Touareg 2014 tdi execline
I have a 2014 TDI execline bough used after Dieselgate. Prior, I got BMW x5 F15, E70, E53, Got a 2009 F-150 , Porsche Cayenne 2017 gas, 2 Golf TDIs 2012 and 2015

I do very high mileage yearly (80000-90000km / 56000 miles). Prior to try a Touareg TDI, I always used 2 cars in parallel to do the job : one for business trip and a SUV to tow and family usage

I sold my Cayenne and my Golf TDI, trying use one car able to do both job for my needs and lower insurance and depreciation for mileage: Touareg TDI. Good handling (not a Cayenne, but...), very good towing vehicule for 5000-7000 pounds: high torque at low rpm, good engine and it sips fuel on highway unloaded. Honestly, I love this car.
Now he got 210000km, I hoped to keep it to 350000-400000km / 250000 miles like my Golf TDIs. Engine, transmission, body, interior: all is perfectly fine.

I owned german cars for 20 years. I am used to high maintenance fees and complicated electrical and mechanical issues, but THIS one got a new world record: it beats my Cayenne and all my X5. (of course, I never tried to do more than 30000 km/year on thoses cars to avoid bankruptcy!)


I just changed oil cooler (3000 $ CAD). I got an other coolant leak in the front of the engine, job is estimated by 2 different mechanics to ±3000$ including water pump and housing replacement, even if they are still fine, but the job to get there is so huge they want to change it in the same job to avoid to get it back there

I have a small oil leak on turbo oil pipe: hard to work at this position: again 1000-1300$


I talk to a VW dealer mechanics : it says (and shows me 2 car with the issue) Touareg tdi got an issue with oil pan seal, must remove all engine and transmission from the bottom to replace it. He talked about a 9000$ job



My question : Am i unlucky or it's the normal maintenance behavior for a touareg TDI ?. All answers I got from dealers is VW and customers doesn't care yet, cause in Canada, they increased the VW warranty to nearly 200000KM since DieselGate (and that's the reason I bought the car at this moment) and they didn't saw yet Touareg go higher than this mileage.

The answer will determine if I'm get rid of the car and by 2 new car : one Golf sportwagen 4motion gas for business road and a F-150 or GMC 1/2 ton pickup for weekend. But I HATE pickup. Like a boat rolling : i'm seasick running into a pickup. My friend got a 2020 RAM, I got seasick after 25 minutes onboard.

Experience ?
 

showdown 42

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Joined
Feb 16, 2012
Location
naples,FL
TDI
2016 TDI touareg
I have had 2 TREGs 2012 and currently 2016 LUX. I don't drive the same amount as you so I can only describe my experience . 60K miles on the 2012 and no issues with anything except AD Blue heater under warranty and a failed filler door also covered by warranty. My 2016 only has 17K MILES And no issues. I owned both new so it may be different with a pre owned car. I will keep thos one until things start to add up. These cars have a great extended warranty thanks to the diesel gate disaster. If I were going to use this car for all my mileage I might get 2 for the price of one,even though they won't be anything like the Touareg. You might consider an extended warranty to back stop serious issues in the future.
 

Mythdoc

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Joined
Jan 28, 2017
Location
Tennessee
TDI
2011 Touareg, 2015 Q5, 2015 Golf
did the dieselgate settlement in Canada not include a warranty for future repairs? On my Audi with the same engine in the US I am covered over engine problems until 2024
 

redbarron55

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Joined
Jul 10, 2010
Location
Navarre, FL.
TDI
2012 Touareg TDI Executive
I bought the Touareg (2012 TDI Exec) at 94,000 miles because it was clean, highway driving and maintained by Ellis VW and the added warranty.
Without the added warranty and the low acquisition cost I would have NEVER bought one.
The possible repair cost can be catastrophic and easily be a high percentage of what I paid for the car.
In my opinion you have the be able to just walk way from it and try to recover salvage value.
 

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Joined
Feb 16, 2012
Location
naples,FL
TDI
2016 TDI touareg
You can buy an extended 5-7yr warranty from a reliable insurance Co for around $3000, at least when I did back 5yrs ago which will cover everything that isn't covered in the Diesel gate fiasco. At least you are covered for a disaster type repair cost. If you go that route make sure you check the fine print on the policy.
 
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