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A Pig on Wheels

  • Jun 7, 2008
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OK, "A pig on wheels" MAY be a bit extreme, but I really do not like this car, and I've owned it for 3 years.  It was alright at first:  It handles great because it has the same suspension as the Porsche Cayenne, it's got 4WD, looks OK, and feels very safe...but it guzzles gas (premium gas), and the V6 is not quick:  This is why I call it a "pig."

The Touareg's base price is 40k. The interior of this car is incredibly simple...and by simple, I mean you don't get leather seats, you don't get a dvd, navigation system, or disc changer.  You DO get a sunroof:  Sweeeeeet!

This SUV gets good reviews from most owners, as far as I can tell, but I just don't get it.  I've owned a Passat previously and loved it, so I don't really have anything against Volkswagen, but the V6 model of this SUV falls short.  I'm sure the V8 is great if you're willing to pony up the extra 20k.
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January 11, 2009
Interesting... I don't know much about cars, but I always assumed Volkswagens could not be gas-guzzlers simply b/c, well, they're Volkswagens — mascot cars of the left wing. I guess that shows me.
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I like to surf, ski, golf, play volleyball - basically anything outdoors. I don't like playing pool, golden tee, or shuffleboard (during the day) in dank bars.
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The Touareg was a joint project developed by Volkswagen and Porsche, who were also looking to add a luxury-type SUV to its lineup, as a cost-sharing initiative. The goal was to create an off-road vehicle that could handle like a sports car. The team, with over 300 people, was lead by Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, and was based in Weissach im Tal, Germany. The result of the joint project is that the Porsche Cayenne shares the Touareg's Volkswagen Group 7L platform, although there are styling, equipment, and technical differences between the two vehicles.

The Volkswagen Touareg is built in Bratislava, Slovakia. The manufacturing plant shares production with Touareg-cousins, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Audi Q7. Due to the demand, and the exchange rates of euros against the US dollar, as well as different pricing and environmental policies in the USA, the V6 and V8 engine variants make up most of Volkswagen's American Touareg offering. However, a limited number of the V10 TDI diesel were available in the 2004 model year (before being pulled for environmental reasons). They were brought back to the United States for the 2006 and 2007 model years. As a result of their rarity and options, the V10 model's sticker price often exceeded $60,000 (£30,398.28).

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