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Volkswagen Routan Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (24%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 165 repairs.

Volkswagen Routan engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 20 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

283-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

43000 mi Engine make moan/whistle during cold start up 
59000 mi Engine has always had a funny whistle on start up since new that VW could not fix. I found a Chrysler TSP (Routan is Chrysler van) which described situation exactly. Brought to VW and had them fix per TSB. 
47000 mi ENGINE SOUND LIKE BAD LAWN MOTOR RUNNING BUT THIS SUPPOSE TO BE NORMAL PER VW SERVICE ENGINE STILL TICKING WITH A LOUD NOISE 

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2011 Volkswagen Routan

Engine not specified

36000 mi Cylinder head replacement 

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2011 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

283-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

28000 mi check engine light came on. Dealership stated a camshaft position sensor was to blame. Dealer replaced sensor. 
28700 mi check engine light came on again. Dealer reported this is part of original issue with camshaft position sensor. More parts needed to repair not in stock. dealership replaced cam adjuster, gaskets and seals. they found the stored code P0340 exhaust cam shaft phasers were faulty. removed intake manifold, valve cover gasket. 
62000 mi

US $600
3.8 L VE Routan had 41k miles and usage approx 2 qts oil between changes..... VW and Chrysler both know this to be a problem.... And do nothing....Had a 2004 Chrysler TC and same thing... Thought maybe they would've solved this thing .... My big mistake! 
19000 mi Cylinder failed. In repair shop forever. I no longer own this vehicle. Replaced under nj lemon law. 
59000 mi Van keeps shutting off 
59000 mi

US $50
VAN KEEPS SHUTTING OFF, THEY REPLACED THE TIP MODULE (FUSE BOX) & THE IGNITIONS. 
25000 mi Replaced crankshaft vibration dampener. This bad part was the cause for the battery not getting charged properly. Belt was not tight enough. 

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2010 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

251-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

54700 mi

US $75
Check engine light- code reveals some pressure being lost, mechanic determined that the problem is too difficult to locate now, car is running fine 
62300 mi

US $540
check engine light. no resolution. dealer reported no problem. inspection and overall check done on vehicle. (note that they MISSED the radiator problem that happened the very NEXT week) Blew a radiator 2-into-1 housing while driving 
71000 mi car wouldn't start...starter would not kick in. hard to replicate...happens every so often. 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan

Engine not specified

9000 mi Car gets very low gas mileage, last tank 11.8 mpg.  

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

251-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

48000 mi

US $470
The coolant hose between the heater core, engine block and radiator had a leak. 
78000 mi

US $650
Needed new intake valve and seals 
40700 mi

US $400
Engine threw a rod. Replaced under warranty at no cost. 
65863 mi Replaced EGR valve to fix surging and stalling at 30-50 km/h 
70060 mi

C $342
Serpentine belt tensioner seized 
75000 mi

US $550
Main cooling line that connects to heater core and engine broke. Part requires the entire system to be replaced. 
98300 mi

US $850
Computer died. 
18000 mi car failed to start and needed to be towed to VW dealer, undetermined what issue is but has been in the shop for over one week 
24000 mi Serpentine belt and tensioner 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

197-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

15000 mi Transmission still rough shifting--sometimes loudly bangs into gear at low speeds. Dealer found transmission fluid overfilled. Drained it and ran a software update for transm. control module. Rough shifting less frequent, but still occurs. 
26000 mi Heater would not work; diagnosed problem was due to a radiator cap that allowed coolant to come out of top; no coolant, no heat 
65000 mi

US $50
Heater hose was leaking at y joint. Replaced heater hose with Gates 23933 heater hose (ordered from Amazon) 
72500 mi

US $50
3 broken motor mounts. 
50000 mi

US $135
ruptured hose. a non dealer part was found that would work. it required a Y shaped section that was tied in with band clamps 
62000 mi

US $7200
Engine failure. Complete rebuild. Out of powertrain warranty by 2k miles. After appeal VW agreed to cover with a $500 deductible. Original quote was $7,200. Pipkin Motors Tifton,Ga was excellent. Complimentary loaner for rest of my trip. 
61300 mi

US $50
Check engine light came on with code P0404. There was a problem with the emissions sensor and that part needed to be replaced. 
71700 mi

US $65
The gas cap indicator light came on briefly, only to be replaced by the check engine light. When we took it in it was discovered that gas vapors were escaping so the gas cap needed to be replaced. 
74400 mi

C $251
A crack opened up in the plastic Y which divides the flow of hot coolant to the twin interior heater cores at the dash. Had to buy the entire heater supply and drain pipe assembly to get part. Part 4677603AK. Mechanic has seen this twice in past year. 
3000 mi "Change Oil Soon" light came on at 2700 miles. Brought to dealership who explained there is a TSB and is a known issue, no need to change oil but light comes on. 
111000 mi

US $334
Radiator hoses were worn out and needed to be replaced. 
42000 mi Van is burning oil at a rate of 5 quarts approximately every 1500 miles. Dealer said this is within engine specs for vehicle. they ran a flush at no cost to me but now the car is leaking oil. Will have to bring back this week for diagnosis. 

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Volkswagen Routan Engine Problems

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