Took the TReg over for the Service Manager and Touareg tech to check the fault codes. They found code 01520. SM described to me that this code indicates an intermittent fault in the drivers side airbag. They checked the connector and the wiring harness, and said that my TReg benefitted from the running production change - the harness is plenty long so as not to cause undue stress. The procedure with code 01520 calls for a 'guided diagnostic procedure' - according the the SM, this can take anywhere from 2-4hrs (or longer), and may involve several back and forths with VWoA experts. Only after this procedure will they know which parts to order, if any.
So, I'm set up for a Tuesday appointment, and will be provided with an Enterprise rental (not sure what - hopefully not a POS!). SM indicated that it is quite possible that everything will be done Tuesday, but thought arranging the rental would be best, just in case. Enterprise sends a rep to the dealer, and they take care of everything there.
While there, I checked on my order of an ashtray/smokers kit. I had asked my salesman to order this when I bought the TReg in December. The base V6 does NOT come equipped with an ashtray, instead there is an open bin where it would be. And apparently, VW didn't anticipate anyone wanting one, because this doesn't look like a typical accessory to order. They didn't have any record of my order (but maybe the sales guy didn't tell them who it was for?). They ordered the parts, as if it was a replacement for a TReg equipped with one. It will be interesting to see if it all goes in okay.
As I was waiting, both the Sales Manager and the General Manager greeted me by name, and said if there was anything I needed to make things go smoothly, to let them know. (I didn't push to get the Phaeton as a loaner, I think I'll save that for something more serious! ) They and the Service Manager were very friendly, and accomodating.
So at this stage, still so far, so good. More later...