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Hi,

My wife currently has a 1 series BMW, Its coming up on 4 years old with 18k on the clock. I am wary about BMW's as I know little about them, a few things have went wrong with the car although they were covered under warranty (steering rack, hydraulic unit). I'm a Audi man and on my 6th VAG in a row, I have access to vag-com and will happily scan and fix faults found in my own car (2003 A4). My wife has always fancied a Touraeg and I like them too. I want to see if there is anything to look for when buying? I had a 4.2 V8 S6 but had bother with the Auto box and spent the guts of 2.5k getting it rebuilt, the fault still didn't get fixed and I sold the car on, this puts me off an auto, but I don't think the VW uses the same box. Although I think an Auto would be better in such a large motor.

Are there any known issues with the Auto's in the Touraeg? Due to the mileage my wife does I would consider the 3.2 V6 or even the 4.2 V8 as the mpg as similar in the book as the 2.5TDI is only 18mpg in the book... Would prob spend 12k on one, which seems could lift an 05 2.5 tdi or similar.. even saw a 2005 4.2 with 58k on it for £12k.. and you generally get more car for your money in the petrol versions

So generally,

What to look for?

Any known Auto box problems? Torque convertor / clutch packs etc

Best Engine..

Many thanks

Adam

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The 3.2 is very, very thirsty - it's woefully under-powered for the big lump the Touareg is.

The 2.5 TDI has the same problem. Not sure where prices are for the 3.0TDI now or whether they'll be in your budget, but they are great engines (same as the Audi 3.0 TDI V6).

We've got a 3.0 TDI v6 at work with over 60k miles on the clock and no problems with it whatsoever with the 'box, but that doesn't mean they're faultless.

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Hi,

My wife currently has a 1 series BMW, Its coming up on 4 years old with 18k on the clock. I am wary about BMW's as I know little about them, a few things have went wrong with the car although they were covered under warranty (steering rack, hydraulic unit). I'm a Audi man and on my 6th VAG in a row, I have access to vag-com and will happily scan and fix faults found in my own car (2003 A4). My wife has always fancied a Touraeg and I like them too. I want to see if there is anything to look for when buying? I had a 4.2 V8 S6 but had bother with the Auto box and spent the guts of 2.5k getting it rebuilt, the fault still didn't get fixed and I sold the car on, this puts me off an auto, but I don't think the VW uses the same box. Although I think an Auto would be better in such a large motor.

Are there any known issues with the Auto's in the Touraeg? Due to the mileage my wife does I would consider the 3.2 V6 or even the 4.2 V8 as the mpg as similar in the book as the 2.5TDI is only 18mpg in the book... Would prob spend 12k on one, which seems could lift an 05 2.5 tdi or similar.. even saw a 2005 4.2 with 58k on it for £12k.. and you generally get more car for your money in the petrol versions

So generally,

What to look for?

Any known Auto box problems? Torque convertor / clutch packs etc

Best Engine..

Many thanks

Adam

The last time I read about a Audi being sold on because the Auto box could not be fixed after a rebuild, was due to a disconnected brake pedal microswitch. The Auto box likes being told to be prepared to change down if the brakes are applied, so no brake microswitch = permanent limp-home mode.

I would not be worried about the auto box.

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Hi,

Are there any known issues with the Auto's in the Touraeg? Due to the mileage my wife does I would consider the 3.2 V6 or even the 4.2 V8 as the mpg as similar in the book as the 2.5TDI is only 18mpg in the book... Would prob spend 12k on one, which seems could lift an 05 2.5 tdi or similar.. even saw a 2005 4.2 with 58k on it for £12k.. and you generally get more car for your money in the petrol versions

So generally,

What to look for?

Any known Auto box problems? Torque convertor / clutch packs etc

Best Engine..

Many thanks

Adam

Hi

We've owned a 3.0 V6 TDi for the last 5 years, from new, and its definitely the pick of the range giving the best performance/mpg/cost compromise. The V10 is bonkers, the 2.5 slow off the mark. Petrol engined ones are very smooth, and the V8 makes a nice noise, but the V6 TDI is definitely the ideal.

Having said that, the 2.5 can be remapped to give much better performance. The 3.2/3.6 petrol just needs to be revved more, but being smooth not much hardship...if your miles will be low then you can probably recoup the extra you will spend on fuel on the lower purchase price....but remember it will also sell for less when you want rid....

There are some issues with tyre wear (as with most 4x4's to be fair) - the tracking can be a bit sensitive - stepper motors and the like....but nothing exceptional.....

Not sure where you got your figures from but the 2.5 is a lot better than you suggest on fuel.

As for transmission, I would say automatic everytime for one of these, and you will find a manual very hard to find (and then sell on)....very few issue with the transmission that I'm aware of...

Hope that helps.

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