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2005 Volkswagen Touareg repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 111 repairs.
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2005 Volkswagen Touareg repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (22%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 93 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Volkswagen Touareg

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Touareg in Sweden
Aug 2014 - May 2015
May 2015

105400 mi

AC not working,  Wiper back window not working, problem with steering servo 
Volkswagen in New York, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2009
Jul 2009

37000 mi

US $130
Leaky transmission cooler line. Replaced clamp. 
Dec 2009

38000 mi

US $800
Front wheel bearing. 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

turbocharged 310hp 4.9L V10 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in Denmark
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008

48360 mi

Driveshaft broken. 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

310-horsepower 4.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2014
Jan 2010

29000 mi
Replaced the door lock Kessy module. It was draining the battery. 
Jan 2011

34000 mi
Had to replace keyless entry door handle. Diagnosed a second bad door handle at this time and have ordered the part for subsequent install. 
Mar 2011

38000 mi
Replaced second door handle. Faulty door handle found on previous service to replace another door handle. Part had to be ordered and then painted locally, so repair was delayed about one month. 
Oct 2012

46000 mi

US $140
Replaced battery 
Dec 2012

46000 mi

US $75
Replaced Xenon headlight bulb. I did this myself and paid $75 for the bulb. Easy job since entire headlamp assembly is easily removed and repair can be done on the workbench. 
Volkswagen Touareg in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2011
Dec 2010

102000 mi

US $1300
The engine warning light came on. I took the car to the dealer and after investigation it was determined that the thermostat sensor was defective. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Georgia, United States
Sep 2016 - Sep 2017
Oct 2016

114000 mi

US $932
coolant sensor Secondary air injection pump. CEL returned after ~ 1 week 
Apr 2017

116000 mi

US $180
Yes it took 3+ hours to replace the battery. It's located under the driver's seat & those damned 12-point mounting bolt heads stripped. Had to drill two of them out then drilled,re-tapped and replaced old bolts with larger machine cap bolts. 
Jun 2017

116000 mi

US $217
air pump relay connector rewired, CEL returned 
Jul 2017

118000 mi

US $150
Air intake gasket replaced, CEL on Window regulator 
Aug 2017

119000 mi

US $50
Power brake aux. vacuum pump taped & remounted, still trying to get CEL to stay off. It stayed off long enough to pass emissions but is BACK on. 
Sep 2017

119000 mi

US $16
Passenger HID headlight failed. Swapped it with drivers side bulb to eliminate chance of a bad ballast. VW stealer wanted >$260 for a single bulb, local parts stores wanted $ 150-200 for a single bulb. I ordered two (so color temperatures matched) from eBay for <$30 including shipping. They work fine. Replaced wheel center caps to get car ready to sell. 3 had fallen off. VW dealer wanted $ 40 EACH. I got a set of 4 from eBay for $16 including shipping. Quality is fine! 
Volkswagen Touareg in Lebanon
Apr 2012 - Jan 2017
May 2013

93000 mi
The car stalls occasionally when driving slowly under 2000 RPM no response to the accelerator until releasing it then press the pedal again all is well. They replaced the Brake Light Switch. Due to its malfunction the car thought I was hitting the brake. 
Jun 2016

107260 mi

Part change (axle) 
Volkswagen Touareg in Alabama, United States
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

71000 mi

US $1600
Auto repair shop initially said vehicle needed new transmission but extended warranty specialist said it needed valve body replaced. Vehicle is running smooth so far. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2012 - Jan 2017
Mar 2012

105000 mi

US $450
Thermostat failed and had to be replaced. Objected to the cost since it should have been replaced at the 80,000 mile reccomended service for the timing belt maintenance. 
Oct 2015

165800 mi

US $200
Our on board computer advised us there was a "Steering Default Workshop" error. Dealer quoted $2400 for new steering column. Independent fixed it for $200 by repairing a section of wire harness that had broken at the Firewall and column. 
Nov 2016

175900 mi

US $1200
Check engine light was on, needed new Oxygen sensor Also, the Steering control arm on passenger side was replaced 
Volkswagen Touareg in South Africa
Jan 2015 - Sep 2017
Oct 2015

149300 mi

R 200
Longer cranking time, replaced engine crank sensor. 
Dec 2015

151900 mi

R 900
Left hand bank noisy 
Apr 2017

159340 mi

R 100
Engine noisy, low oil pressure. Remove sump, clean oil pickup. Replace oil pressure switch. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

69000 mi

US $1303
Thermostat replacement. Timing belt. Serpentine belt. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Illinois, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2010
Dec 2009

51000 mi

US $60
Bi-Xenon headlamp burned out. Dealer agreed to submit out of warranty claim for part, and I paid for labor ($60). 
Volkswagen Touareg in California, United States
Apr 2008 - Jan 2017
May 2011

153000 mi

US $900
Bad thermostat, dealer replaced 
Jan 2012

152200 mi

US $450
Catalytic Converter issue 
Sep 2014

198000 mi

US $980
Driveshaft bearing failed. Apparently a common failure for touaregs, cayennes and q7's 
May 2015

193900 mi

US $300
PCV valve failed and needed to be replaced 
Jan 2017

201000 mi
Vehicle has been great for the time I had it. Needed a lot of repairs (o2 sensors, fuel pump, etc, etc) in order to pass smog. Made sense to sell 
Volkswagen Touareg in Illinois, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

145000 mi

US $2000
authorized service are all lying is never too expensive parts of America by taking this car VW 
Jun 2016

146000 mi

US $300
fuel pumps 
Volkswagen Touareg in Puerto Rico
Jan 2009 - Oct 2012
Sep 2009

46000 mi

US $50
The drain for the A/C stopped working properly 
Jun 2010

48000 mi

US $75
Air conditioner drain hose leaking water into the cabin 
Oct 2010

54200 mi

US $200
The truck overheated due to a faulty thermostat. We decided to perform the following maintenance work in addition to the thermostat Changed - water pump & seal, timing belt, accessory belt, rollers & tensioner. 
Jul 2012

67300 mi

US $330
The A/C blower was changed 
Oct 2012

69000 mi

US $400
The brake booster was changed. 
Volkswagen Touareg in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2012

75000 mi

US $1000
Transmission valve body failure. Replaced valve body with aftermarket part, replaced fluids and filter in transmission. 
Sep 2012

80000 mi

US $400
Endlinks and sway bar bushings replaced. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Aug 2013
Dec 2011

70000 mi

US $105
Tire wear 
Nov 2012

78500 mi

US $1500
Airbag sensor in seat failed. 
Feb 2013

80500 mi

US $125
Had to have the sunroof drains cleared of debris 
Apr 2013

81300 mi
Original Battery sounding weak, replaced. Had to schedule a full day because the driver seat needed to be removed to make the change. Cooling fan failed, caused check engine light to come on. 
May 2013

82000 mi
"Check Lights" error on dash. Mechanic said it was the rear fog lights, but this car does not have fog lights. Faulty reading by computer. Cleared Code - 1 day at the shop! 2nd cooling fan failed and caused check engine light to come on. 
Aug 2013

83000 mi
2nd cooling fan never repaired. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Great Britain
Mar 2015 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

148000 mi
Broken nsr Road spring 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Volkswagen Touareg in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

110000 mi

US $620
Blown secondary air pump solenoid. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Zambia
Apr 2014 - Jan 2016
Jul 2014

57240 mi

Mass air flow sensor failure. And Aldo full engine service. 
Nov 2014

58780 mi

Replaced the compressor for air suspension. Also replaced the air suspension valve unit. All four wheel brakes were also replaced. 
Jan 2016

64480 mi

Replaced the drive shaft centre bearing and boot kit Blower unit for AC had some components repaired after the motor stopped running 
Volkswagen Touareg in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Oct 2013
Jun 2012

53000 mi

US $50
Random airbag light was attributed to the "passenger airbag off" light. The light malfunctions and triggers the airbag fault system....replaced the light and assembly....fixed. one tell tale sign is if the passenger airbag light goes di 
Oct 2012

57500 mi

US $350
Catalytic Converter and Muffler Replaced Got a Emissions Workshop Light. CEL For some Coolant Sensor that Trips the Blower Fans on and Leaves them on. This Was happening before but never paid much attention to it. 
Volkswagen Touareg in New York, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2013
Nov 2009

52000 mi

US $300
A design defect in a wiring harness caused a fault in the air bag circuit. When approaching a full stop the engine RPM drops as if the torque converter is unlocking too late. Driveshaft vibration during cold temps A known issue with the AWD stepper motor causes periodic binding in the drivetrain. 
Jan 2010

87200 mi

US $200
Part delivery issues. Now new stepper motor installed and overall a good outcome. 
Apr 2010

58000 mi
A second attempt at repairing an airbag wiring harness was required to complete the original repair. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Florida, United States
Sep 2009 - Aug 2015
Feb 2010

36000 mi

US $400
Ignition coils replaced. Told a recall was in the works and would be reimbursed later by VW. Also performed scheduled maintenance. Ignition coils replaced. Told a recall was in the works and would be reimbursed later by VW. Also performed scheduled maintenance ($150 of amount). 
Sep 2011

49000 mi

US $900
Center carrier bearing on driveshaft went bad, replaced with rebuilt part. 
Sep 2012

62000 mi

US $1400
Replaced both fuel pumps, purge valve and temp sensor. 
Mar 2013

67000 mi

US $1700
Valve body was rebuilt and replaced. Repair took longer than expected as the first valve body supplied by the shop did not work right. 
Jun 2013

72000 mi

US $200
Replaced rear hatch and window struts Replaced speaker in instrument panel 
Volkswagen Touareg in Oregon, United States
Oct 2009 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

63000 mi

US $800
Drive shaft was rebuilt and replaced after bearing went out. 
Volkswagen Touareg in United Arab Emirates
May 2008 - Aug 2010
Feb 2008

60634 mi

Replaced Flange L/S with fuel filter Replaced Center Rear Air Vent 
Jun 2008

68200 mi
The small dash storage bin, lid came loose and was jamming all the time, took it out, dismantled it, found and fixed problem, saved myself about $300. Required use of Soldering iron to remould a broken piece of plastic holding spring mechanism. 
Nov 2008

76260 mi

The car was vibrating when turning at low speeds (especially noticeable when driving in a parking lot). Was told that "gear switch" needs replacing. Replaced it at an independent shop - so far so good. 
Dec 2009

88660 mi

When steering is full lock, a loud hammering sound is heard from the front wheels. They said it is positioning motors, but they will do some reprogramming first to see if that fixes it. It didn't, so now will take back. 
Apr 2010

94860 mi

After doing a software flash 3 times, finally decided to replace the Positioning Motor. Been driving for a few days and problem has not recurred. 
Jun 2010

95480 mi

Air Conditioning system stopped working - emitting hot air. Compressor was damaged, needed to be replaced. Successfully replaced with genuine from similar car damaged in accident (genuine from dealer was too expensive) 
Volkswagen Touareg in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

71000 mi

US $100
Breader valve fail, low oil pressure but no inmediate problem to engine.  
Volkswagen Touareg in New Jersey, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2017
Aug 2014

74568 mi

US $1850
The flexible bellows in the cat converter piping failed requiring complete converter replacement. The flexible bellows in the cat converter piping failed requiring complete converter replacement. 
Feb 2015

77000 mi

US $165
First battery replacement after 10 years of use. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Maryland, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

92000 mi
Dealer reported a timing chain vs cam sensor issue that would likely require $4000 repair. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Victoria, Australia
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Oct 2012

61460 mi
Tailgate has two struts each side, one for the whole door and one for the window. All four have failed. Tailgait does not fully open. Rear window does not stay open, it flops closed. 
May 2014

91900 mi

A $1100
Left hand side footwell carpet wet 
Jun 2015

124000 mi
LHS front footwell carpet wet. Removed liner from wheel arch and accessed rubber valve to allow drainage of windscreen runnoff etc. Removed roof rack strips and added sealant around screw holes then replaced 
Jan 2016

136400 mi

A $1000
LHS passenger front upper control arm 
Aug 2016

142660 mi

A $890
Whistling noise between 70/80 kmh. Unrelated to throttle or gear. First appeared immediately after water leak repair. 
Volkswagen Touareg in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

76000 mi
I have always contended it had a faulty ECM. Volkswagen's Regional Service Rep disagreed, but his explanation for valve timing being off ONLY when the engine was started cold and shut before fully warming up, seemed like poppycock. 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic 4WD

Volkswagen Touareg in Ireland
Apr 2012 - Oct 2017
Jun 2012

66960 mi

Diesel particle filter replaced 
Jun 2013

76260 mi

Steering arm loose, car failed NCT test. Repaired (part replaced) by mechanic & then passed test 
Jul 2014

86680 mi

Central drive shaft needed to replaced. My mechanic replaced it with a reconditioned unit. 
Jan 2017

112220 mi

Battery replaced, not aware when last was, if ever 
Apr 2017

112840 mi

Car was cutting out for no apparent reason, even whilst driving, would start after 1 hours rest. Diagnostics not showing anything, my Mechanic couldn't detect problem. Looked on Touareg Forums & saw post regarding 'crankshaft sensor monitor', I had this replaced & problem appears to be fixed. 
Oct 2017

114700 mi

Drive shaft had seized & was replaced Front lower wishbones replaced Pipe replaced in cooling system 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder diesel automatic 4WD

Volkswagen Touareg in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aug 2011 - Oct 2016
Jun 2013

95480 mi

Exhaust connection from the engine. AC compressor. 
Nov 2013

100440 mi

Xenon hid replacement 
Sep 2015

115320 mi

Engine exhaust connectors replaced 
Jan 2016

104060 mi

AIR suspension failed 

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Volkswagen Touareg in Washington, United States
Oct 2016 - Sep 2017
Dec 2016

130000 mi

US $100
09D valve body issues... hard downshifts... will eventually have to be replaced. 
Mar 2017

132000 mi

US $40
replace headlights, repair broken headlight mount, adjust aim 
Aug 2017

136000 mi

US $100
09D valve body (POS, Thank you VAG) inspection, identify unit for replacement. replace fluid and filter. sourcing replacement parts. 

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