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    Thread: Driven: 2008 Touareg VR6

    1. 10-18-2007 08:53 AM #1

      Volkswagen was fashionably late to the SUV party with its Touareg SUV in 2004, but the truck more than made up for its tardiness with its combination of off-road capability, style, and European refinement – traditionally the hallmarks of Land Rovers – at prices competitive with domestic offerings. For Touareg's fourth birthday, VW revisited its sport utility, giving it a subtle refresh and changing enough pieces that it is now given the title of "Touareg 2".
      Early incarnations of the base model Touareg were criticized for being ponderous; although the 3.2 V6 provided ample power for hot hatches and family sedans, it left VW’s largest vehicle wanting more. This time around, VW responded with a 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission (the 4.2-liter V8 gets a bump to 350 horsepower, thanks to direct fuel injection, and the 310-horsepower V10 diesel is carried over). The resulting 280 horsepower won’t move mountains, but it’s plenty for a satisfying highway cruise.
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    2. 10-18-2007 09:10 AM #2
      Touareg VR6???
      Are they bringing back the VR6 name now? like are they gonna call the passat 3.6's VR6's now?

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      10-18-2007 09:50 AM #3
      Gahhh, look at the wheel gap!!! Looks like it's gonna go off-roading or something...oh, wait.

    4. 10-18-2007 11:21 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by WannabeVWguy »
      Touareg VR6???
      Are they bringing back the VR6 name now? like are they gonna call the passat 3.6's VR6's now?

      well, the b5 and b5.5 werent vr6's, they were just the regular 2.8 v6. Now the b6 has the vr6 again.

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      10-18-2007 11:30 AM #5
      I would love it if they brought back the vr6 jetta.......YEa.... make a turbo vr!
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    6. 10-18-2007 01:08 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by nicoli »
      Gahhh, look at the wheel gap!!! Looks like it's gonna go off-roading or something...oh, wait.

      Yeah, I dunno why it's so large in that pic, my '07 "3.6 VR6" doesn't look nearly that bad. Wonder if it get's a VR6 badge...

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      10-18-2007 02:01 PM #7
      Hmm. The V8 T2 is the same engine as the '07 V8 model. The article seems to indicate that the '08 was the first to get the newer V8 engine.
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      10-18-2007 03:15 PM #8
      why couldn't they have put this 280hp version of the V6 into the Mk V R32? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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      10-18-2007 03:35 PM #9
      Chrome? Whoopdee-effin-dooo.
      How about a chassis that's 800lbs lighter?

    10. 10-18-2007 04:24 PM #10
      Something's wrong. I see a Dodge Durango with VW badges.

    11. 10-18-2007 04:55 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by The408R32 »
      Something's wrong. I see a Dodge Durango with VW badges.

      Yeah, ur right man, funny I never noticed it b4, they're absolutely, positively, unbelievably identical.


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      10-18-2007 11:09 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by chisai88 »
      why couldn't they have put this 280hp version of the V6 into the Mk V R32? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

      because it would be the R36 and that's already done in the Passat.
      So can this new one tow more or is it still a jacked up Golf with 4-Motion?
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      10-19-2007 01:07 AM #13
      Not that I really care, but there are spelling errors in the write up and some of it doesn't seem to go with the normal Vortex vibe. The part about the couple in the Volvo is ridiculou I stopped reading after that point as you lost all credibility. The vehicle reviews in the past were much better, seemed less biased and didn’t contain any fiction. Is the Vortex growing too fast?
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    14. 10-19-2007 01:14 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Hydrokool »
      So can this new one tow more or is it still a jacked up Golf with 4-Motion?

      You mean more than 7,700 lbs ?

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      10-19-2007 06:19 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Hydrokool »
      So can this new one tow more or is it still a jacked up Golf with 4-Motion?


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    16. 10-19-2007 01:08 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by DGMVW »
      Not that I really care, but there are spelling errors in the write up and some of it doesn't seem to go with the normal Vortex vibe. The part about the couple in the Volvo is ridiculou I stopped reading after that point as you lost all credibility. The vehicle reviews in the past were much better, seemed less biased and didn’t contain any fiction. Is the Vortex growing too fast?

      Wow, kinda harsh..... I thought it had the normal blend of light-heartedness and useful info, like most test drive write-ups on here. Not sure where you saw bias. She was pretty critical of the ergonomics.

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      10-19-2007 05:55 PM #17
      $46,000 for V6 powered midsize 5-pass SUV??!!
      Gee, I just can't figure out why VW doesn't sell about 250,000 of these things a year.

    18. 10-19-2007 06:00 PM #18
      nice engine for a swap>>

    19. 10-20-2007 01:27 AM #19
      nice engine for a swap>>

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      10-20-2007 05:46 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Racewagon »
      You mean more than 7,700 lbs ?

      I'm actually more impressed with the T2 then. They caught up with the rest of the market.
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      10-20-2007 06:55 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by 2 doors »
      $46,000 for V6 powered midsize 5-pass SUV??!!
      Gee, I just can't figure out why VW doesn't sell about 250,000 of these things a year.

      LOL... time to trade in my fast Bug for this??? Even if I had kids I would be rocking a passat or something. I guess I will never understand the SUV market segment.

    22. 10-21-2007 12:37 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Hydrokool »
      I'm actually more impressed with the T2 then. They caught up with the rest of the market.

      Caught up with the rest of the market??? Its been able to tow that much since its introduction 4 years ago. The X5, M-Class, and RX, weren't even close to that number in 2004.
      The Touareg was a class leading vehicle when it was introduced. There wasn't another make where you could get the combination of on-road comfort, luxury amentities/interior comfort, off road performance, and towing capacity. Too bad it was all tarnished by the reliability of the '04 models.

    23. 10-22-2007 10:56 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by 2 doors »
      $46,000 for V6 powered midsize 5-pass SUV??!!
      Gee, I just can't figure out why VW doesn't sell about 250,000 of these things a year.

      Comparable quality AWD vehicles from other manufacturers cost the same. Drive one, you'll like it.

    24. 10-22-2007 10:58 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Audiophil »
      LOL... time to trade in my fast Bug for this??? Even if I had kids I would be rocking a passat or something. I guess I will never understand the SUV market segment.

      I have one AND a fast bug!
      BTW, I woulda rocked a new Passat wagon, but not with Tip, I really, really hate Tip.


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    25. 10-22-2007 12:19 PM #25
      Wow there's a lot if intra-VW hate on the Touareg...it's a really capable vehicle and does a good job at pretty much anything you'll throw at it.
      BTW the reason the Touareg is not a volume seller is not the price point.
      It's because:
      A. It's competition has "badge status" over it in many cases, and people don't care about actual content as much as they do about image.
      B. The Touareg is way over-engineered for the majority of the U.S. market, have you noticed they don't even sell it in 2WD config (a lot of the competition does).
      The Touareg is not designed to get groceries and pick up kids from soccer practice and make sure everyone else but you dies when you get into an accident because you weren't paying attention to actually driving. Thus it's destined to be a failure in the U.S.
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