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Hi all, it’s been a while, time to come back to the Touareg fold. Previously had a 2008 Altitude (bought from Roy on here). Loved it. Traded it in and bought a brand new 2017 R-Line which was fantastic. Sold it as started my own Ltd company and bought a new Ford Ranger Wild track as a commercial vehicle. It’s now 3yrs old and we don’t like it. So we are going to buy a 2nd hand 2008-10 Touareg Altitude again. Then get a small electric car for short distances. If anyone knows of a good Touareg one, looking to move on then drop me a message… budget upto £10,000

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Followed a silver T2 down the A34 thus morning at 90+ mph. The best of all the Touaregs- past and present.
 

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Actually a sliver altitude is what I’m hoping to find. Ideally with the extra electric seats / nappy leather and the funcy suspension. Although the latter could be more trouble than standard no doubt. 🤣
 

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I did ponder raiding the budget to £12,000 and getting the later facelift version T3 but would be higher miles vs. T2 version lower miles
 

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Not necessarily but IMHO and having owned a runout 2009 T2 Altitude and 3 x T3’s (Altitude and R-Line), the T3 is a much better car 🤷‍♂️
 

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Totally agree Cass, the T3 is the better car to drive. Absolutely loved my 2017 Rline. But my budget really is anything below £10k for now. Actually thinking that 8k tops for a T2 altitude is all I’m willing to pay. Given age & pending 2030 diesel ban changes. Family hack wagon for longer distance that can tow the horse box regularly. Then buy a new electric car via business for commuting the shorter distances.
 

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Totally agree Cass, the T3 is the better car to drive. Absolutely loved my 2017 Rline. But my budget really is anything below £10k for now. Actually thinking that 8k tops for a T2 altitude is all I’m willing to pay. Given age & pending 2030 diesel ban changes. Family hack wagon for longer distance that can tow the horse box regularly. Then buy a new electric car via business for commuting the shorter distances.
I take it you're aware that the "2030 diesel ban" won't affect existing vehicles, just ban the sale of new cars unless they're "electrified". Both T2 and T3 are of course penalised in the increasing number of ULEZs being introduced.
 

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Ive been looking for similar and nearly bought a 3.0 altitude the other week but the service history was none existent, and the “Vw Group” stamps in the book looked unusual I called Vw and them services wasn’t from the Vw network I smelled a rat… and 27k between some services and the constant worry of the timing chain tensioner, and the cost to replace it, I just said no. So on goes the search for FSH 😝
 

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Ive been looking for similar and nearly bought a 3.0 altitude the other week but the service history was none existent, and the “Vw Group” stamps in the book looked unusual I called Vw and them services wasn’t from the Vw network I smelled a rat… and 27k between some services and the constant worry of the timing chain tensioner, and the cost to replace it, I just said no. So on goes the search for FSH 😝
sounds like you’re on it and exactly what needs to be checked. I was tempted by the v10 on sale @ £7000 via autotrader just now. Did some digging and the car seller has-twice been dragged through the courts and their business stopped / fined for miss selling cars. 3 yrs later they are back selling. The Touareg advertised has a mot history that does not look like it’s been rectified either.
 

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sounds like you’re on it and exactly what needs to be checked. I was tempted by the v10 on sale @ £7000 via autotrader just now. Did some digging and the car seller has-twice been dragged through the courts and their business stopped / fined for miss selling cars. 3 yrs later they are back selling. The Touareg advertised has a mot history that does not look like it’s been rectified either.
sounds like you’re on it and exactly what needs to be checked. I was tempted by the v10 on sale @ £7000 via autotrader just now. Did some digging and the car seller has-twice been dragged through the courts and their business stopped / fined for miss selling cars. 3 yrs later they are back selling. The Touareg advertised has a mot history that does not look like it’s been rectified either.
oh how interesting, yeah you can’t trust anyone these days, I did contemplate ringing them too, the grey altitude down south? I’ve always had very tidy very well kept cars, been an ex dealer technician so I guess I’m a little fussy, I also think it’s the fact that if the timing chain tensioner starts to go cos of bad maintenance then your on a hiding to nothing so good service history is vital. I appreciate that with 99% of modern diesels you’ve got to expect issues with DPF, EGR,DMF, injectors and turbos but you kinda go into with an open mind with them, it’s the things that’s hidden that worry me. 🙄
 

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oh how interesting, yeah you can’t trust anyone these days, I did contemplate ringing them too, the grey altitude down south? I’ve always had very tidy very well kept cars, been an ex dealer technician so I guess I’m a little fussy, I also think it’s the fact that if the timing chain tensioner starts to go cos of bad maintenance then your on a hiding to nothing so good service history is vital. I appreciate that with 99% of modern diesels you’ve got to expect issues with DPF, EGR,DMF, injectors and turbos but you kinda go into with an open mind with them, it’s the things that’s hidden that worry me. 🙄
depends on where your located. It was the silver one in Tillicoultry. South for me as I’m in Aberdeenshire, but maybe north for you 🤣😎. As your an ex dealer technician any thoughts on the v10 units? Are they just big bills all round? Also the air suspension, how reliable?

my other car is a lotus Exige… I like things to be mechanically right, but not afraid to put some money into a car to make it right too.
 

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Yeah it was in Devon, Mendip car co or something like that, so defo south im in Yorkshire, spent most of this year working in Aberdeen actually lol… sorry I’ve mislead you, I was an ex dealer tech years ago, sadly wasn’t Vw it was Jap stuff in the late 90s early 2000s, but still I’m a stickler for wanting my car right… From what I’ve read most jobs are usually tight and time consuming jobs on the V10 especially, most things are packaged so tightly and are in inaccessible places in situ for humans lol, well this of from the limited research I’ve done. I’d love one but there at the age when things are going to be going wrong even if they’ve been a 1 meticulous owner car, warranty or deep pockets is my advice. My local VAG specialist who has serviced my last 3 bag cars has already warned me that he won’t service or repair an air suspension Touareg tho… he’s a cantankerous old sod but that’s got to stand for something. There’s plenty of VAG specialists round this way tho so hey ho…
 

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One thing you must always remember if you put an air Touareg on a wheels-free lift is to lock the suspension first before you dangle the wheels themselves.

Perhaps your cantankerous specialist forgot one day!
 

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One thing you must always remember if you put an air Touareg on a wheels-free lift is to lock the suspension first before you dangle the wheels themselves.

Perhaps your cantankerous specialist forgot one day!
Him and his techs are pretty god tbh, but we all make mistakes and air suspension is pretty rare when dealing with steady servicing day in day out on regular VAG stuff, so yeah that’s highly likely lol 🙄
 

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Anyone able to say if a T1 V10 with air suspension drives as well as a revised T2 3.0 altitude on normal suspension. Wondering if the T2 is a notable better drive over a T1? Never driven the version before the facelift in 2007
 

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Have used prices gone up a bit?
Not that I'm planning to sell at the moment.
Just a bit! I regularly value my car on Autotrader, it's gone up from £16,800 in September 2020 to £20,600 now - not that I'm planning to sell either.
 

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T1 and T2 drive the same in a like for like specification.
Air suspension worth the risk of potential errors but definitely not a V10 imo. There just aren't any good ones about and if by some miracle you found a fault free one I'd put money on it not staying that way.
 
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Hi - Sorry to jump on the thread but have been looking at Tregs around 2010 to 2013 too so its interesting reading. Especially as I know nothing about these cars tbh.

One thing I see is that a lot of the older ones have the fake walnut type of inserts in the doors and dash etc which I am not keen on. Can these be removed and wrapped easily or is that a big job?

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Have used prices gone up a bit?
Not that I'm planning to sell at the moment.
Generally used prices have gone up, simply due to a short supply of new cars due to problems in availability of silicon, worldwide
 
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