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2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

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Before the Touareg’s efficiency-minded V6 diesel, Volkswagen put their bonkers 5.0 liter V10 TDI in the family jellybean, a move that garnered little fanfare other than a brief internet stardom at the expense of a Chevy 2500 HD’s pride. With 313hp and 553lb-ft of torque, a small V10 TDI badge was the only indication that a monster lurked within. Today’s example comes in a quiet grey on grey, all the better to surprise the stump when you rip it out of the ground, or pull an unsuspecting 747 like the one a V10 TDI towed in 2006. I miss the gorgeous saddle brown leather of the last Touareg I wrote up , but this one is priced exactly where that one ended and has 30k fewer miles. It’s still well above Blue Book, but clearly there are diesel enthusiasts out there ready to pay for MOAR POWAH.

Click for details: 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI for sale on Richmond, Virginia’s Craigslist


Year: 2004
Model: Touareg V10 TDI
Engine: 5.0 liter turbocharged V10 diesel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 110,000 mi
Price: $17,200


I have my Touareg V10 TDI for sale in off road grey. Comes with 110k miles. Non-smoker, garage kept. Well maintained using VW synthetic oil every 5k miles, fuel filter changes at 10k miles. New brakes installed and Toyo Proxes ST2 with 70% treadlife left. At the present time the truck is not a daily driver and will not be driven until sold. Reason for selling this vehicle is related to an increase in family size. Will need a 7 passenger suv or minivan. The Touareg must be sold.


Maintenance costs will probably eclipse purchase price after a few years, but that still leaves you with the most subtle-yet-badass SUV on the block. Luxury, power, and capability, these Touaregs have it all and don’t make a big deal of it. If that’s your style, you’re probably on a nationwide hunt for the V10 TDI, and this looks like a very solid example.


h/t to reader Walker for the spot!


  1. markiteight
    markiteight September 7, 2014

    I’ve worked on and driven quite a number of these, and every time I get behind the wheel I have the same impression I get when I drive an American muscle car: absolutely brilliant motor surrounded by a SHIT chassis. It’s really too bad the Phaeton V10 TDI didn’t make it to these shores. At least then we’d get a half way decent car to go along with the great motor.

  2. Lontri
    Lontri September 7, 2014

    What about dropping a V10 TDI into a Ford 250 or some other standard truck frame? A Cherokee?

    Alternatively taking a Touareg down to bare bones: bench seats and a heater.

    Is the V10 TDI a very complicated motor? It sounds like it. How simple could one make it? Heck, there are V10 and V12s from sixty years ago. Can they be made simpler?

    Dreaming of a diesel truck…

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