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Hello, everyone!

My brother gave me a six cylinder 2004 Touareg as a gift last year. I love the car when it works but to be honest, the number of diagnostic error messages and routine but very costly repairs that have been required in the short time I've owned it have been trying. It's kind of distressing because the car is super-clean for its age, with low miles, and I doubt I've put 500 miles on it since I got it -- but it's already had two dealer repairs and now I am getting "System Fault Workshop" and "Brake Assist" errors and it is stuck in park.

(I know sometimes when it's stuck in park it's a battery issue, but I just put a brand new AAA battery in so that seems unlikely)

Anyhow I live in New Haven, Connecticut. I am unemployed and on Medicaid since COVID so I can't really afford another dealer repair and am hoping to find an independent mechanic with fair prices who knows VWs. A New Haven County location would be ideal, obviously, but up to 100 miles away would work if you really like a particular shop.

Thank you in advance for any insight you can provide!

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Hi brasscupcakes and welcome to

Please remember to provide some details about your vehicle (year and model are a good start) in your signature as it helps the members answer your questions with model specific issues. Your location (in your profile) is useful so that members don't recommend services you can't get to.

As you are from 'Over the Pond' you might want to register with Club Touareg as this is predominately a UK based site however we do have many knowledgeable members here.

Some tips to make your visit here more enjoyable:

To search use google with; [ <search words>] for your questions as they may have been asked before, please beware that the site search needs 4 or more letter words, (no limit with the Google search).

Please post your question once in the appropriate discussion forum appropriate to your model and use the topic title & description to briefly summarise the problem. This will assist others and provide for a quicker response - it will also be searchable so ensure that the title of the thread reflects the issue. Be patient and a knowledgeable member or guest will address your question.

New members and guests can use the 'View New Content' link next to the 'Search' link top right of the info bar, as a great way to see all of the posts you have missed since you were last on the forum.

Although you already have your Touareg; please read this excellent buyers guide as it will familiarise you with common issues you may experience during the ownership of your vehicle.

Every member has a Gallery area in their profile and we love to see photos of your Touareg in action.

Please read the Announcements in the New Members Section which includes instructions on how to add photographs/images to posts and your My Gallery area.

Finally we often recommend the value of a good aftermarket warranty, please read the warranty forum area for our experience and advice.

Kind Regards
The Admin Team.

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Sounds like you make have the well known issue of bad splices in the loom in the driver's side (for left hand drive cars) door frame at the bottom

This can be a DIY job.
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