2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

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After spending a weekend riding around in a friend’s Volkswagen Touareg with the V6 TDI engine, I came away impressed. If you read GCFSB on a regular basis, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of SUVs, but this one is quite comfortable and has plenty of smooth diesel torque. Taking off from a standstill, I was rather impressed just how quick on its feet this truck was. I can only imagine what the power of four more cylinders in the same diesel format would bring. Thankfully, a few Touareg V10 TDIs made their way to the US market at a time when Volkswagen was throwing a lot of things at the wall to see what would stick. These experiments included in the Phaeton and the W8 engine that found its way into the B5.5 Passat. The Touareg V10 TDI was not a huge seller and gave way to the V6 TDI, but they were powerful enough to tow a Boeing 747. This 2007 Touareg V10 TDI for sale in Connecticut is perfect for those out there with heavy hauling demands.

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2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

From the first time I rode in a Touareg, I’ve had an affinity for Volkswagen’s brawny SUV. I had spent a considerable amount of time in VWs growing up, all manners of Jettas, a few Passats, a GTI here, a Fox there. But the Touareg, the Touareg was something completely different from what I was used to. Every bit of it felt solid, it had presence, style, panache. Everything about it was overboard, from the air conditioned glovebox that housed an owners manual as thick as War & Peace, to the finely stitched leather bits covering nearly every visible surface.

In the United States a Touareg sighting generally conjures up images of soccer practice, or tackling the treacherous terrain of an unplowed mall parking lot. Globally they’re seen in a much different light, and frequently pop up as the go to vehicle in some of the more extreme environments on the planet. Whether you’re looking to conquer dunes in remote parts of Africa, tow a 7,716 lb load, or just make a run to the grocery store, the Touareg V10 TDI is up to the task. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it allows you to do all of the above, and do it from the comfort of a first class cabin.

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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.

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10K Friday Family Truckster Edition: E500 Wagon v. 530xi Touring v. Passat 1.8T 4Motion Variant v. S6 v. Touareg v. Cayenne S

Family life – it’s a mixed blessing. I could never have imagined the unintended consequences expanding my family by 50%; in terms of space consumed, physics and logic told me that there was no way that the amount of space required with a small child would increase any more than…say, 50%. Yet, the reality of adding to my family is that the amount of space required for even what seems like the most miniscule trip increases disproportionately to the size of the package that arrives. Babies are a bit like those magic sponges in a capsule I got when I was a kid; once they hit air, they expand to 200-300% the size they were. So, long story short, when you have a family you likely need more space.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a general backing away from wagons towards the bane of most enthusiast’s existence, the S.U.V. and the “crossover” – many of which are really just tall wagons. So what are the options if you want to maintain an enthusiast’s lifestyle whilst still surviving the onslaught of baby-themed items? Well, for around $10,000 you can get some pretty diverse rides – so let’s see what’s the one you’d choose:

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2004 VW Touareg V10 TDI

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We’re hitting an interesting time in which the initial generations of truly tech-laden cars are starting to “mature,” and we will begin to see how these various forms of packing 10 pound of technological crap into a 5 pound bag will age. At my Bimmer shop, they noted how they love working on the older cars because they are “real,” and most things can actually be repaired. The owner pointed to an early E65 745i sitting outside the shop and lamented that “anything breaks on that piece of s*** and you might as well buy a whole new car.” The Touareg V10 is certainly on the overwrought spectrum of things, and maintenance on this generation of VW/Audi luxury cars is notoriously spendy. I choose to ignore this reality when V10 TDIs come up because they are such beasts. Not the best looking, not the best value, but hell yes it’s a VW SUV with ten cylinders of diesel-compressing fury.

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

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The beast. The V10 TDI version of the Touareg has a checkered past in the US, fluctuating between legal and illegal according to emissions controls throughout its short life. The TDIs on the road now are efficient 6-cylinders, but the original diesel Touareg was made to luxuriously carry occupants on their way to removing large stumps, folding asphalt and embarrassing Silverado 2500HD owners. 553 lb-ft of torque is the headline figure here, and while it was named “Meanest Vehicle for the Environment” in 2007, I think they should drop the “for the Environment” and just name it Meanest Vehicle. At 17mpg city and 24 highway, it doesn’t seem that bad to me. While there are much more attractive interior colors than this one’s grey, they are amazingly supple. Combined with a simple exterior and the modern ubiquity of Touaregs, this is an absolute sleeper of beastness.

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Year: 2004
Model: Touareg V10 TDI
Engine: 5.0 liter twin-turbo V10 diesel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 140,000
Price: $16,795

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*A rare 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI AWD Turbodiesel*

*Carfax and Autocheck certified*

*Factory six disc CD changer*

*Heated seats*

*Xenon lights*

*Factory alloy wheels*

*Park distance control*

*Wood trim*

*Rear window shades*

*Power moonroof*

Priced to sell!

Roasters Auto is proud to present for sale this much sought and very hard to find 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI AWD! This gorgeous SUV is featuring gray color exterior on gray leather interior! With 139K original highway miles it looks very clean inside and out. It comes fully loaded with options such as power windows and locks, power mirrors, power memory seats, heated seats, front and rear park distance control, Homelink, dual front curtain and side airbags, power moonroof, factory six disc CD changer, Parktronic, keyless entry, factory alloy wheels, Xenon lights, rare window shades and many more (see the pictures for more details)! All the options function accordingly! The powerful 10 cylinder 5.0L turbodiesel engine runs like new and the AWD automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears and provide a lot of power! The beautiful gray color exterior shines bright like new and the gray leather interior has been kept clean! The overall condition of this Touareg is very good.

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The one question here is mileage; we have yet to see if these V10 TDIs hold up the general VW TDI standard of going FOREVER. Regardless, at just over 10% of its original cost, this is a ton of car for the money. Make that several tons of car for the money. The long-term maintenance is cause for pause, but holy hell would I like to rumble this thing around for a while.

-NR