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I pick up a late 2003 V8 tomorrow afternoon. Very excited!

With a second child on the way the old-shape M5 had to go and I've been looking for a spacious wagon for the weekend visits to friends and family. Was initially considering the Audi Allroad 4.2 (very rare) and A6/S6 Avants. Fell in love with the Touareg's looks, quality and relative rarity.

I was amazed at how cheap the insurance is (300 quid fully comp) for my wife & I (both aged 32).

Paid just under 19.7k for the car from an independent dealer (done 23k miles). Spec not massive, but that's fine. Does have xenons and the standard toys are enough to keep me happy.

Fingers crossed for a trouble-free ownership. This forum looks useful so I hope to get to know you better. Cheers.
 

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Welcome sir

Hope the Treg is ok for you

I have had two now, the first didn't impres me too much

However,the second was the beast, and I will never look back
 

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welcome!
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

Just sitting at work, with heart-rate nicely elevated, counting down the hours before I leave. Was really surprised by the feel-good factor on the test drive, so hope the feeling doesn't wane too quickly.

It's black with black leather. My son has managed to break my camera so pics won't be forthcoming this weekend!

I'll post a first impressions review in the next day or so.

Cheers.
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

It's black with black leather. Cheers.
................what you need is a nice yellow graphic on the side then...... :wink:
 

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What a wagon! Collected it at 4pm and drove the 35 miles home using a variety of roads, including a stretch of motorway. Very happy with the engine; plenty of grunt and i'm surprised how keen it is to rev (once the oil was thoroughly warm, of course). The V10 must be pretty special but I'm a sucker for a petrol V8. Sounds good when revved. Managed about 19mpg on the way home, which is a few mpg worse that the M5 I had (but that was some 400kg lighter and a bit more aerodynamic).

I'm really impressed with the refinement. The cabin is well insulated and the ride is good (got 17-inch wheels, no plans to get 24's!). Not a great deal of steering feel, but that is inevitable. Throttle is a bit jerky when moving off from stationary but I can solve that by feeding it in more slowly.

Motorway cruising was effortless and the high driving position is really appreciated; it's good to be able to see ahead of the car in front. Wind noise from the massive door mirrors isn't too bad!

Just back from a quick night drive. Interior lighting/ambience is fantastic and I'm pleased I've got xenons. Are all the footwell lights meant to stay on all the time?

So, in summary, I'm very happy. It's a great all round vehicle. We'll be putting the storage capacity to the test tomorrow with a family outing.
 

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the Touareg most definetely has the WOW factor that makes it special - ignore my 24" wheel comment - its just Chris has been after them for so long now :wink:

the interior footwell lights are meant to stay on - the level can be adjusted using the convenience settings accesseble using the steering wheel buttons and wheel
 

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Found if you use the tiptronic option start it in second and you'll lose some of the jerking from pulling away.... Just no need for first if you're not towing or offroading...
 

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the Touareg most definetely has the WOW factor that makes it special - ignore my 24" wheel comment - its just Chris has been after them for so long now :wink:


I've actually only got 19's.......which are ample!!

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I pick up a late 2003 V8 tomorrow afternoon. Very excited!

With a second child on the way the old-shape M5 had to go and I've been looking for a spacious wagon for the weekend visits to friends and family. Was initially considering the Audi Allroad 4.2 (very rare) and A6/S6 Avants. Fell in love with the Touareg's looks, quality and relative rarity.

I was amazed at how cheap the insurance is (300 quid fully comp) for my wife & I (both aged 32).

Paid just under 19.7k for the car from an independent dealer (done 23k miles). Spec not massive, but that's fine. Does have xenons and the standard toys are enough to keep me happy.

Fingers crossed for a trouble-free ownership. This forum looks useful so I hope to get to know you better. Cheers.
Congrats on your new car.......who are you insured with? I'm paying closer to ?1000 for my V10 fully comp
....(34yrs old in NW London)
 
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