King Kong: 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

I’ve been accused of being a bit of a used car jackal.  It is probably because I’m always ready to cut a deal on a neighbor’s car that has been rotting in his garage, or buy a car from an elderly seller — but who among us isn’t an opportunistic omnivore?  So join me in salivating at the entrails of a freshly killed wildebeest that have fallen out of the lioness’s grasp as she pulled the carcass back to her cubs — this 2006 Volkswagen V10 Touareg TDI offered here on eBay bidding for $10,600 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Springfield, MO.

What do you get when you combine a luxury SUV that is saddled with a non-luxury brand badge, a complicated and expensive engine that requires a finicky fuel that is hard to find, and the recent dieselgate scandal…?  Simply — cheap daily turismo nirvana my friends…because the Volkswagen Touareg TDI is the cheaper sister car to the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, but is the only of the family to be available with a turbocharged and direct injected diesel V10 capable of pulling a Boeing 747 down a runway

The secret to pulling around 200 ton airliners is the 5.0 liter TDI V10 under the hood, which was available for the 2004 and 2006-07 model years only and produced a significant 309 horsepower and stump plane pulling 553 ft-lbs of torque at 2,000 rpm.  The only transmission available was a 6-speed automatic, but it does the job of pushing the massive 5800 lb SUV to 60mph in about 7.5 seconds. 

See a better way to get a huge SUV that gets gas fuel mileage like a small SUV?