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continued from part 1:
http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/treg/2009-2010-VW-Touareg-TDI-buying-guide.htm

Delivery inspection


The biggest complaint of the delivery process is inconsistent delivery inspection. There is quite a bit in how well different dealers do pre delivery checklists because they are all independently owned. Some items aren't done even though it's checked off and you paid a high labor rate for dealer prep.


Inspect your Touareg for even panel gap and paint defects. Some cars are damaged at port or during transit and it's not disclosed. It could also be a factory defect. If the dealer's auto detailer uses dirty tools, they can actually damage the paint by putting swirl marks or halos into the paint. Inspect your paint by looking under a strong light for defects. See 1000q: polishing paint for some examples of swirl marks or spiderwebbing. Clay bar treatment will also remove any rail dust, sea salt, or other dirt that got stuck into the paint during transport over sea or rail. See 1000q: claybar treatment for details. It's a new car and should have new condition paint.

Another problem is many makes of new cars is orange peel. Some thumbnail pictures are above (click for large view, from glossycar.com). Orange peel is a wavyness to the surface of the paint. Some very minor orange peel is considered normal for mass produced cars and can be corrected by wetsanding and polishing by any professional detailer. Some cars have had spots or defects in the clearcoat. If a hairdryer makes it disappear it's moisture trapped in the clearcoat. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it causes flaking.

VW quirks/features and other misc stuff to know after taking delivery of VW Touareg TDI

Don't put gasoline in the car! Common misfueling situations are: someone borrows the car and fills it up with gas as a favor. The car runs out of fuel and roadside assistance brings gas. The car goes to the dealer and the lot attendant puts gasoline in it. If someone does put gas in your TDI, stop as soon as practical and safe and tow it to a mechanic! The car probably won't get very far but don't risk getting into an accident by pulling over suddenly!

Expect fuel economy to increase after engine break in by 10-15%. It's particularly noticeable because the greater the fuel economy, the more mpg you get as a percentage of break in. In general, car salespeople don't know much about cars other than what's in the sales brochure so I wouldn't take mechanical advice from them. See 1000q: engine break in for some advice in addition to the instructions in the owner's manual.

If you hear the engine fan running fast and smell something overheating at the tailpipe even after shutting the car off, it means the car was in the middle of a self clean cycle. It may also occur if you're stopped at a stoplight in traffic. It will resume once you start driving and the car is warmed up again. the DPF filter captures soot and burns it off in cycles. Much more information can be found in the FAQ article: 1000q: DPF and Adblue FAQ for VW.

Any diesel engine could have a "runaway diesel engine". This is an unusual malfunction caused by an engine eating its own engine oil. This is possible because diesel engines are throttled by fuel and can run off almost anything that will burn if the conditions are right. This is why it's possible (but not recommended) for the car to run off vegetable oil. These veggie car conversions are called greasers. If the car is in gear it will also accelerate. If the engine ever races on its own, keep control of the car and shut off the engine as soon as it's safe and practical. Take it to a mechanic before starting it again. Read more about a diesel engine runaway and some causes at 1000q: runaway engine FAQ.

If the doors were locked, the front doors will open with the first pull of the interior door handle. The rear interior door handles require 2 pulls - the first unlocks the door. The second pops the door open.

If the fuel filler door ever fails to open, there's a manual release behind the right side trunk panel. I pulled it out for the picture below so yours may be hiding behind the soundproofing. Pull it and the fuel door should pop open.

In case you're curious, the green tube is either the rear sunroof drain or the drain from around the liftgate. As regular maintenance, open the sunroof and make sure the drains at the four corners drain normally or else water can back up into the interior. Also make sure the area underneath the windshield drains normally. Leaves can form a dam and cause water to back up into the electronics and possibly the cabin.


The turbo wastegate is fully electronically controlled instead of electro-pnuematic (solenoid) like on older TDI. The reason for mentioning this is because older TDI had problems with the vacuum line wearing out after being exposed to age and heat. Your engine still has vacuum lines, just not for the turbo actuator.

A common complaint on German cars in general is a fast speedometer. German law doesn't allow for slow speedometers even after equipment variations like different wheel and tire sizes. The odometer reading should be correct for warranty and maintenance purposes. The mpg meter is based off that so it should be fairly accurate. However, the best way to calculate fuel economy is by filling the tank all the way at the same pump each time, and dividing the amount of fuel pumped to the miles traveled. You can adjust the speedometer and fuel economy meter. See 1000q: speedometer fix or 1000q: mpg meter fix for more details. It's for a mk5 Jetta but the same basic procedure will work.

All US Touareg TDI come with 6 airbags. They also have standard ESP, shoulder harness seat belts, traction control/stability/yaw control (ESP). The VIN number should automatically pass this information on but check that all insurance discounts have been recognized.

The car recognizes each key fob that is programmed to the car. Different key fobs can recall different personalized settings like power seats or side view mirrors (assumes you have memory seats).

If you need to replace your VW smart key fob, you must buy a new one due to the immobilizer. This applies to both keyless entry or keyless access (w/start button) systems. The immobilizer chip is completely separate from the remote fob on keyless entry. If the immo chip isn't programmed correctly, the engine off 1 second after starting it. See 1000q: immobilizer FAQ for more details. The only way you can reuse used keys is if you salvage the immo chip or just need a remote half (not the metal key half). See 1000q: a5 key FAQ for details on replacement smart keys. It's for a mk5 VW so the part number for the key may be different in your Touareg but it's otherwise the same.


The sunroof opens beyond the "open position".

If you have a heated steering wheel, I believe the button to activate it is behind the right multifunction buttons. The button on the left side of the wheel is to turn off the lighting on the steering wheel. If you have memory seats it has something to do with the electric steering column.


The center armrest does slide forward but it doesn't tilt up. The lid does lift up to open. There's actually 2 buttons to operate the separate functions.


There's a little latch on the rear cargo cover to hold the trunk floor open.


When you fold the rear seats down, there's a spot for them to be secured as shown below. To remove the headrests, there's a button at the base of the support. (not the button on the side to adjust tilt visible below)


If you unlock the car using the remote and don't open the driver's side door within 30 seconds, the car will relock. This is to prevent accidental unlocking. If the car doesn't seem to know that the driver's side door was opened, the microswitch in the door handle module is bad.

You may hear a high pitched whine or clicking at the center-rear of the engine when you turn the car on and off. This is the EGR valve self calibrating.

The button for the electric liftgate is on the bottom of the lid.

The Touareg TDI should only use VW spec 507.00 engine oil for warranty purposes and to maximize the DPF filter. DO NOT trust the dealer to comply with this requirement, even under their 3 years/36,000 mile free maintenance program! Dealer techs are busy and sometimes they don't know any better. It could just be a matter of which bottle is closer. Always check which oil will be used on your car with the exact mechanic who is changing the oil. Also check the receipt for the part number.507 spec engine oil is important because it's very low ash. The more ash in the engine oil, the faster the DPF exhaust particulate filter will clog with ash, requiring removal and cleaning of it. See 1000q: DPF FAQ for more on this system. Some oils that meet this spec are Castrol SLX Professional LL03, Motul specific VW 507.00, Total Quartz Ineo 5w30 507.00, and Mobil 1 ESP Formula 5W-30. The part numbers for VW 507.00 oil are:
VW# g v52 195 a1 (g v52 195 a1) for .5 liter
VW# gvw 052 195 m2 (gvw 052 195 m2) for 1 liter
VW# gvw 052 195 m4 (gvw 052 195 m4)for 5 liters
Above is a TSB in .pdf format which lists engine oils approved by VW - click to view it (scroll down to the bottom for 507.00 oils)

Never use any coolant other than OEM VW G12 or G12 compatible coolants in the antifreeze system! This includes green Prestone. It will cause sludging and turn brown. The coolant system is sealed so if it's low, figure out where it's leaking.

If the front wipers are on, the rear wiper will activate when you go into reverse.

You may be wondering what that stuff in the trunk is. There's wheel chocks to hold the other tire when you change a wheel, the lug bolt cover removal tool (stick it through the middle of the shiny plastic cover and gently pull), the lug bolt key (don't lose it!), and the wheel hanger. The wheel hanger should always be used when removing the wheel or brake rotors. It screws where the lug bolt was and supports the wheel in place. It also prevents the wheel from falling face down and getting scratched and the brake rotor from spinning while you install a new one.


Always use the parking brake when parking! It's good practice with any car but it is important on VWs because this sets the rear caliper self adjusters. It's best to apply the p-brake before shifting into park (auto trans) or first/reverse gear (manual trans) to put stress on the brake instead of the parking pawl or gears.

To change the windshield wipers, press the stalk after shutting the car off. They will move up so they can be changed.

All plastic headlight lenses will become weathered and pitted over time. UV-resistant headlight covers or protectors will keep your headlights looking like new. After the covers age, they can be removed and replaced. Paint protection film over the front hood and fenders can also help prevent rock chips but it also costs a lot more than simple headlight covers. Paint protection film also reduces the shininess of the paint and will leave a line where it ends but it's not noticeable unless you're looking closely. It can also be removed without any damage to original paint. Paint film should never be used on repainted panels since it can pull off the paint.

The diversity radio antenna is in the window glass. Be careful if you apply window tint because certain brands/models of tint contain metal particles (metallized or sputtered metal) which can interfere with FM reception. Many modern hybrid metallized tints won't hurt FM reception much but they will still reduce AM reception quite a bit. The windows already have tint anyways.

There are 2 red LED lights in the rear view mirror that point down at the radio. This is ambient lighting.

The instrument cluster is plastic and covered in an anti glare coating. Use a soft cloth (preferably microfiber) and water to clean it. Never use paper towels!

All emissions equipment is covered under warranty under federal emissions laws. Do not tamper with any federal emissions equipment. Due to the engine management system, there is no way to disable the DPF or bypass the DPF on a Touareg TDI. If you remove the DPF filter on your Touareg, it will set off a check engine light. It's possible that it can be disabled but your car would no longer be in compliance with emissions. See 1000q: DPF and Adblue system FAQ for more details on the "clean diesel" system. Never add water to the Adblue system since it will cause damage!

Do not add aftermarket rustproofing since it will void the factory rust warranty. VW are dipped in anti-rust zinc coatings and have a few layers of paint to prevent rust. While it could still happen and the rust warranty only covers certain kinds of rust, the best thing to do is to wash your car regularly, including the undercarriage. See 1000q: car detailing index for tips on how to avoid scratches and swirl marks from car washing. The best thing to do is to avoid automatic car washes unless they are "touchless".
 

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Some pics added of the ipod adapter. I had a chance to test my newer ipod and it works and charges fine. Newer ipod use 5v to charge. Older ipod use 12v to charge and I don't know if they work.

I also added some notes above about the emergency fuel door release and the steering wheel heater.

Also added some pics about misc features that you might not know about.
 

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Added a video of the RNS 510 backup camera in action and the cornering light on the HID and a video of the AFS II cornering function. These are 2 different things.

At low speeds drivers may notice a yellowish when making turns. This is the halogen corner light.
 

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If i have a touareg with the halogen headlamps and i want to have the bi xenon headlamps with afs, is just put the bi xenon headlamps and the work or what??
 

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They will not work as simple plug-play and to the best of my knowledge, nobody has done this retrofit on a t2. It's possible to retrofit them but you need the sensors, a few repair wires, and the control module must be compatible. I'm not 100% sure if you need a new central control module but the TDI's existing control module does have the option to add xenon lights. OEM parts are also expensive.

My honest suggestion is to buy a Touareg with the xenon if you want it. Otherwise, buy an aftermarket xenon kit at 1/10 of the cost. The housing uses a projector lens so as long as your headlight is aimed properly the light pattern will be acceptable. These kits plug into your existing wiring and replace the stock headlight bulb. I don't know about Bogota but in Europe it's illegal to install HID without leveling sensors because it may blind people. In the US it's legal to have HID without leveling.
 

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Well i already own a touareg but with the halogen. I went to a dealer and they said that is just change them, the sensors and all that stuff come in the headlamp. You know how much are the bi-xenon headlights in the US??
 

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I can tell you that they are at least partially wrong so you should be suspicious of what they are saying. There must be a coding change in the control module for them to work properly. The turning function will not work without the coding change, guaranteed. You also need a cornering module which your car does not have and the wiring to plug in the cornering module. There is no VW part to add this to the wiring harness so you would have to find someone with the wiring diagram and make one yourself.

I looked around at a few websites which specialize in this sort of thing: oemplus, ecstuning, and tmtuning. None list a HID conversion kit but you could call and ask them for special order. Here is a parts listing for the headlights in left hand drive.

I also don't think the headlamps will plug into your existing wiring harness. Kurfatec sells a wiring harness adapter for the headlight housing. You would also need a self leveling harness for self leveling. Maybe they know how to do the cornering module wiring too but it's not listed on their site. Here are two items that should interest you there.

http://kufatec.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_20&products_id=1227

http://kufatec.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_20&products_id=1219

If you do decide to do it, please document it with step by step photos and it will qualify for the writeup contest. It will also share what you have learned and help many others, thank you!

As for price, part #1 left and right are about $640 US. Also, part #4 are the same on HID and halogen housing so you don't need that.
 

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I'm disappointed :(.... i think is not posible to do that..... is posible but maybe with problems in a future
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