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Greetings.
I guess in many forums it is traditional to step up to the microphone and introduce ourselves.

I just recently realized that I've known Uwe Ross for a number of years and now I'm back to having my hands in a VW. I've wanted a Touareg or Cayenne for some time. Initially I wanted a V10 diesel Touareg with air ride and the whole 9 yards. Yes, even after reading horrific stories on line about 30 hours of labor to drop the engine. While out looking I test drove both and found the Cayenne to have some serious attitude. Loved it.

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I've owned a '69 bug (my first car) which I hopped the crap out of back in the day. I've also owned a '75 rabbit four door, an '80 convertible rabbit, a '79 Westy (top three most impressive/reliable vehicles I ever owned), an '80 vanagon diesel which I converted to gas after the now ex spouse killed it, an '86 diesel Golf (purchased for $1100 and driven for over 200k miles and then got $2500 trade in credit for). Uh, lets see. I know I'm forgetting at least one other.
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Last December I met the woman of my dreams (fourth time's a charm) and by some coincidence she had wanted a Touareg for at least five years.

Anyway, did some math. A V10 diesel was commanding a price premium of $6,000 over a V8 gas. Even if the diesel achieved the reported 27mpg on the freeway, $6k buys a metric s*** ton of gasoline. That, and the market is infested with V8 gas cars and only rarely does a V10 diesel pop up. Oh, and the V6 was out because from what I could read it didn't get better mileage than the V6. Screw that. Give me the horses.

Recently my girlfriend was in a position to need to supply a car to her teens to drive. After considering a $2500 beater she decided to let the kids take her Volvo S40 and we could look for a Touareg.

As they say, "I'm in!" I had looked at many, many of them by myself so I was getting a pretty good idea what to look for. On the day we looked together, the third car really stood out. Not a scratch on it anywhere. No air ride (dammit), but does have the V8, nav, heated everything, sunroof, brand new tires, blah, blah. Drives like a new car. Actually it drives like a new car with serious balls. A week in and she LOVES the thing.

I was a tad envious and started scanning for a Cayenne. She fails to see the logic in owning two SUVs so she is forcing me to buy a 996. She's really mean like that. I'm in no rush to buy one. I may still pull the trigger on am M3 since I know, uh, the other brand very well.

Anyway, I've got a couple of things to do once I get my cable and software. I've got a TPS alert and there are a few dingers and alerts that annoy my favorite person so out they go.
 
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Howdy Flaps!

I wouldn't lament the lack of air-ride in a 10 year old T'Reg. I haven't seen it as much on T'Regs yet, but we get a fair number of people with Audi Allroads (that are just a fee years older) looking to replace the air suspension with steel due to the cost of replacing the components as they fail -- and it's a total PITA to do that in the Allroad because it has a number of control modules that expect to talk to that suspension system w/o any option to tell them "Pretend you're a normal A6 now". It might not be as problematical in a T'reg, but the moral of the story is that those air suspensions, while cool, come with whopping potential repair costs.

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Okay I have a tranny question (no, not that kind)

The '04 has a hard shift on occasion both to and from 4th and 5th gear. Did some reading and found I'm not alone. One poster mentioned that there is a tranny software update. My question is, can I use vcds to perform this upgrade and where would I find the "patch" needed to smooth out the thump?
I understand that many times the hard shift leads to the valve body needing replaced. I already have a line on the place that makes good ones, and the job doesn't scare me. Just thought I'd try the easy way out before dropping the pan.
 
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Nope, VCDS does not do software updates.

What software version is actually in the TCU?

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Don't know yet, I just got my cable yesterday and I'm in the middle of moving. I hope to try it out in the next couple of days
 
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