Thursday, February 25, 2016

Torque Wench: 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

Long before Volkswagen was accused of cheating on emissions tests and giving the finger to the environment, they gave the finger to Sir Isaac Newton's second law of motion and entered into a project with Audi and Porsche to build an off road capable SUV that could handle like a sports car.  The result of this ambitious goal was the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform used by the Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne -- and the apple fell sideways.  Find this 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 offered for $9,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

 The Touareg name is pronounced ˈtuːaʁɛk according to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), but then I don't know how to pronounce an upside down smallcaps R or a backwards E, so it really doesn't helpful -- what is helpful is this handy Touareg pronunciation guide brought to you by Top Gear BBC dubbed for Russian TV.

You don't need to be pronounce Я не говорю по-русски to understand that the turbocharged direct injection 5.0 liter diesel V10 engine puts out 309 horsepower at a tractoresque 3750 rpm and 553 ft-lbs of torque available from just off idle speeds.

See another Volkswagen ready to clog the air with particulates?


  1. sounds like a perfect vehicle to use for towing RV trailers with all that low speed torque?

  2. The 5 liter V10 pulls like a locomotive.

  3. Great- I'm always looking to buy cars that were lemon law buybacks!

    I'd actually make the poor decision to consider one of these if they had a 3rd row of seats.

  4. Since it's a Buyback, VW is under no more responsibility to fix ANYTHING, Even safety recalls. This could get expensive as more skeletons fall out of the VW closet.

  5. This truck is making me remember the old "Bad Idea Jeans" skit from SNL.

  6. What could go wrong??????
    Oh yeah the turbos.

  7. My brother sent me this ad from craigslist Thursday morning before it was posted here with his only comment "interesting". While he knows I have a fondness for unique cars, I'm not sure what I did to deserve this?
    BTW-buy back was for a faulty ECM according to the seller. I remember these dominating in Dakar, but I also remember the customer complaints.

    1. The Dakar racers were Touaregs in name only. They had a mid-mounted inline 5-cylinder TDI with a series turbo system in a tube chassis...

    2. Just found this nice article explaining these beasts:



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