With only 106,000 (+/-) miles on my 2008 Touareg II V10 TDI I've had to replace the brake pads and rotors TWICE !! And the costs were OUTRAGEOUS !!
Then just after the Extended Warranty expired the Power Steering failed. I learned from a German mechanic named Helmut from Stuttgart that the Power Steering on the Touareg II was sited on the Internet as being too under-powered for a 6,000 pound vehicle. That cost me over $4,000 !! Because it was driven by a drive-shaft coming off the engine, the Transmission had to be "dropped" and the whole engine had to be raised from it mounts in order to replace the Power Steering mechanism. OUTRAGEOUS !!
The other flaw in this vehicle's DNA is that the Engine Compartment is so cramped there is no SPACE for enough air to pass through the front grill and radiators (with tow-package) into the Engine Compartment to keep the engine from heating-up beyond it's correct Operating Temperature Range !!
This is my 5 VW vehicle and I am very, very disappointed in it. When I special ordered my Touareg II, I said it would be my last VW because at 65, I doubted I'd need another vehicle in my remaining lifetime. Well it turns-out it will be the LAST VW in my remaining lifetime not because of my age but because I'm very dissatisfied with this vehicle. When I bought it new in 2008, VW's marketing promo said 3,000 improvements had been made in the Touareg II over the Touareg I. THAT should have raised red flags because any vehicle that requires 3,000 improvements was flawed from its creation.
My Nordic Viking name was Gandolf and so I was proud to drive VW products for many, many years. My Viking ancestors were minor Kings in Sweden and on my family Crest there's a Bear (Bern) on it. Now, I wouldn't own another one !! Congratulations for screwing-up what once was a marvelous Germanic Machine.
By the way, I'm sending a message similar to this one to VW's headquarters in Germany !!