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2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (25%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 118 repairs.

2009 Volkswagen Routan repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (60%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Volkswagen Routan

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Volkswagen Routan in Virginia, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

9000 mi
Car gets very low gas mileage, last tank 11.8 mpg.  
Volkswagen Routan in Kansas, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2011
Nov 2010

24000 mi
Radio unit will not accept bluetooth device. The audio stops working and video freezes. You must power off the radio unit and will have to restart a movie from the beginning. R/H rear brakes have made a squeal when applying and this is the 5th attempt to correct. I have driven with numerous technicians and explain and they hear and agree the noise exists.  
Mar 2011

25000 mi
Transmission downshift issue. Related to temperature, when cold would downshift if below 20 MPH. Dealer could not understand my frustration. Parked van in warm shop overnight, could not duplicate. Did not set code so had no idea how to fix. Bought back. 
Volkswagen Routan in Maryland, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

15000 mi

US $300
A/C started blowing hot - dealer added coolant -said it was short changed from the manufacturer. Next day hot air again - returned to dealer & they "found" a leaking hose not found on the first trip in for repair Brakes began whistling-dealer could not duplicate. On return home, brakes began smoking- p/u by tow truck & returned to dealer. Still could not duplicate. Replaced pads & turned rotors anyway. Problem not yet returned. 
Volkswagen Routan in Nevada, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

29000 mi
A/C compressor hose broken. Sliding doors open and close when even. Loose panels from last repairs 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

Volkswagen Routan in Alabama, United States
Feb 2014 - Feb 2015
Nov 2014

41300 mi
Security system keeps car from starting. There is a recall but no parts available to fix. 
Volkswagen Routan in New York, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Dec 2012

24000 mi
Shifter manual mode not working, Bluetooth not working 
Jan 2013

24000 mi
Serpentine belt and tensioner 
Volkswagen Routan in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Oct 2012

40700 mi

US $400
Engine threw a rod. Replaced under warranty at no cost. Starter also had to be replaced. Cost 400 
Feb 2013

44000 mi

US $200
Replaced the front pads and rotors again. Replaced with ceramic pads and slotted and drilled rotors. OEM parts can't hold up to wear and tear. 
Mar 2014

57000 mi
Left rear brake pad worn. Rear pads replaced. 
Aug 2014

62500 mi

US $70
Pads worn down and replaced. 
Mar 2015

67000 mi

US $200
Right side caliper siezed. Had to change caliper and both rotors and pads for the front. 
Volkswagen Routan in Illinois, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2012
Aug 2009

1000 mi
car would not start, dealer determined that main fuse block had loose connections (after contacting VWOA for diagnosis) as no other faults detected (battery OK, etc.) check and replaced as per mfg instructions, towing was covered VW warranty as well 
Mar 2010

6000 mi
ESP/BAS Traction Control warning light stayed on - needed the clockspring in the steering wheel replaced, replaced under OEM warranty driver's side power window switch would not raise window after partially lowered, dealer replaced switch for 2010 upgraded one and fixed problem - under OEM warranty 
Nov 2011

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 
Volkswagen Routan in Texas, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2015
Apr 2013

58300 mi

US $135
Whining in the transmission between 25 mph and 45 mph Loud thump in rear of vehicle when braking. Rattled in rear suspension when going over bumps. 
Dec 2013

75000 mi

US $550
Main cooling line that connects to heater core and engine broke. Part requires the entire system to be replaced. 
Oct 2015

98300 mi

US $850
Computer died. 
Volkswagen Routan in Arizona, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Jun 2013

44000 mi
Routan wouldn't start with key or remote. I'm not sure what they did but it had something to do with a plastic part (replaced) that warps and interferes with the car not knowing it's in park...or something like that. 
Volkswagen Routan in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

41540 mi

C $640
Replaced all brake pads and rotors. Front rotors severely warped. Calipers seized. 
Mar 2015

57660 mi

C $585
Tie rid ends worn. Needed replacing to safety the vehicle. 
Sep 2015

62620 mi

C $350
Brake pulsation, front pads and rotors replaced with aftermarket cross drilled rotors to increase heat dissipation. 
Volkswagen Routan in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2013 - Jun 2015
Mar 2013

49543 mi

C $26
CV shaft replaced under warranty Rear tailight replaced $25.83 
May 2014

65725 mi

C $437
Ignition switch WIN module replied to stop stalling in traffic Replaced A/C evaporator, and a condensor/compressor line and seals. Replaced power window switch 
Jul 2014

66931 mi

C $732
Rear calipers, lining , pads and discs 
Aug 2014

65863 mi
Replaced EGR valve to fix surging and stalling at 30-50 km/h 
Sep 2014

69461 mi

C $137
Front wheel bearings replaced TSB 2028396 
Oct 2014

70462 mi

C $342
Serpentine belt tensioner seized 
Nov 2014

71300 mi

C $380
Transmission stuck in 2nd gear limp mode. Replaced input speed sensor. 
May 2015

75020 mi

C $1200
Rear ac lines and condenser replaced Replace battery Electronic door module failed. Replaced wiring to sliding door 
Volkswagen Routan in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Feb 2015
Aug 2012

32500 mi

US $125
Faulty tire pressure sensor 
Jul 2013

49500 mi

US $400
tire pressure sensors completely rusted/corroded - needed full replacement 
Oct 2014

72700 mi

US $1400
Master cylinder 
Volkswagen Routan in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

39060 mi

C $300
leaking return power steering fluid 
Volkswagen Routan in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2015
Apr 2014

41500 mi

US $350
Frozen left rear brake caliper. 
Volkswagen Routan in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

72000 mi

US $650
Needed new intake valve and seals 
Volkswagen Routan in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2011
Dec 2009

7000 mi
Front armrest leather splitting at rear of armrest on both doors. 
Aug 2010

18000 mi
Leather armrests on both front doors formed rips on corners for second time. Appears to be a design flaw. TSB for sliding doors 
Feb 2011

25000 mi
Mirror turn signal indicator lense fell off. Installed turn signal ordered on previous trip. 
Jul 2011

31000 mi
Brake rotors were warped. 
Aug 2011

31000 mi
Warped rotors replaced 
Volkswagen Routan in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2014
Jul 2012

55000 mi

US $24
Replaced passenger axle shaft seal and balance front tires 
Aug 2013

69000 mi

US $500
Tire pressure monitors in all 4 wheels failed due to corrosion. The metal valve stems failed and caused one tire to go flat. Dealer replaced all 4 valve stems and one sensor 
Feb 2014

73000 mi

US $150
Car communication system "CAN" failed causing multiple warning light, wipers to come on, headlights out, door locks inop. Dealer said it would require tearing the entire care apart to find a short or broken wire. 
Mar 2014

73000 mi
CAN network failure some where in the vehicle. Only plan of action was to find the short by taking the entire interior out of the car and hoping for the best. Car was traded in before being repaired 
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

9500 mi
Warped rotors at 9,000 miles. Dealer replaced all rotors and pads at no cost. 
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Nov 2009 - May 2016
Dec 2009

6000 mi
The rear brake rotors were causing a vibration under moderate braking. The dealer turned/resurfaced the rotors and the problem was fixed. 
Jan 2011

18000 mi
Brakes were vibrating on deceleration after they were warm. Dealership replaced rotors. 
Dec 2011

31000 mi
Driver side sliding door intermittently will not close automatically. Dealer updated software and greased tracks of door. Update: one instance since, but seems largely fixed. 
Nov 2012

43000 mi
Car would vibrate when the brakes were engaged. Dealer said that the rotors had warped, and this is a known problem with this model. Dealer replaced rotors and pads. 
Mar 2013

48000 mi

US $470
The coolant hose between the heater core, engine block and radiator had a leak. 
Volkswagen Routan in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2015
Sep 2010

13000 mi
Replaced electric lift gate computer. Replaced by VW under factory warranty. Satisfactory result. Braking was very bumpy on car. VW identified defective rotors from manufacturer. Replaced with new and improved rotors. Car brakes very well now. 
Mar 2011

18000 mi
Loose driver side sliding door stripping. Needs to be replaced. Covered under warranty. Stripping ordered and will be replaced at next trip at no cost to owner. 
Jan 2012

29000 mi
Passenger side electric door sticks. When try to open electronically sticks and reshuts the door. Reprogram module that controls door. Did not succeed 
May 2012

34000 mi
Passenger side sliding door sticks and would't open. Replaced motor and track to door. Fully covered under warranty. 
May 2013

46000 mi

US $100
Passenger electric door track broken. Rear folding electrical seat mechanism wouldn't let seat fold down. 
Dec 2013

54000 mi

US $100
Transmission dropped. Covered under warranty. Routan has Chrysler driventrain. Chrysler Trannies notorious for failing. Like the van but the trannie issues are annoying. I'm done with Chrysler products. 
Volkswagen Routan in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Mar 2012
Jul 2010

15000 mi
Driver's side rear brake seized. had to wait a week for a part to be shipped from canada. repair & loaner covered under warranty 
Jan 2011

19000 mi
seal around sunroof leaking; dealer replaced 
May 2011

22000 mi
stitching on leather passenger seat unraveling 
Nov 2011

27500 mi
Driver's side rear taillight out. Warranty services to programming & replace fuses, bulbs, etc. Might have also replaced some trim. 
Jan 2012

28000 mi
Battery keeps dying broken blower motor replaced by another broken blower motor. third one was a charm 
Volkswagen Routan in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2010 - Apr 2014
Dec 2010

20460 mi
Power steering pump had loose output shaft due to faulty bearing. Had to bring to dealer 3 times before problem was determined. Received "could not replicate" but demanded a closer look by the tech. Pump was on verge of destruction. 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

Volkswagen Routan in Nevada, United States
Jul 2014 - Nov 2014
Aug 2014

72500 mi

US $50
Rough shifting. Transmission was replaced. 3 broken motor mounts. 
Volkswagen Routan in Ohio, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

111000 mi

US $334
Radiator hoses were worn out and needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Routan in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2015

77000 mi

US $150
Tire pressure sensors failed and caused tires to flatten. Replaced 2 sensors. 
Volkswagen Routan in Virginia, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
Aug 2011

15000 mi
Excessive shaking of steering wheel when braking. Dealer found front and rear brake rotors warped due to defect (low milage on car). Replaced front brake rotors and brake pads. Replaced rear brake rotors. Work was free/under warranty. 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. 
Volkswagen Routan in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

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. 
Mar 2014

79980 mi

C $550
left rear disc lost a pad and both caliper and rotor were damaged : Changed Rear Brakes both sides - brake pads, calipers and rotors 
Jul 2015

99380 mi

C $275
electronic key needed replacement & programming. 
Volkswagen Routan in Virginia, United States
Nov 2009 - Oct 2011
Oct 2009

2350 mi
Rear bumper cover loose at upper corners, under warranty, dealer installed clips. A/C drain had bad grommet letting water into front passenger floor, under warranty, dealer replaced grommet. 
Oct 2010

9000 mi
Steering wheel vibration while braking. VW stated there is a TSB covering the (insufficient) rotors and pads. Front pads and rotors were replaced at no charge. Rear bumper cover coming loose at corners. Dealer replace retaining clips. Front bumper cover protruding under headlights. Dealer replaced retaining clips.  
Volkswagen Routan in Colorado, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
Jan 2013

41300 mi

US $100
The power sliding door on driver side failed to close on its own on occasion. Would automatically reopen upon the closing process and rub the rear quarter panel. 
Volkswagen Routan in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

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. 
Apr 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Routan in Georgia, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2015
Jul 2013

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 uneaven brake wear, overheating of brakes to the verge of a fire. replaced with crossdrilled dimpled rotors and high end pads with hopes that entire brake system won't have to be upgraded 
Jan 2014

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. 
Jun 2015

76000 mi

US $180
Front brake pads and rotors replaced 
Volkswagen Routan in West Virginia, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2016
Jan 2010

11000 mi
Rear quarter panel on passenger side was coming loose & was re-fastened. Also, the passenger side sliding door hinge broke and had to be replaced. Everything was done under warranty. 
Nov 2010

24000 mi
Passenger side door hinge broke for second time. Screw on that side constantly loosens to where automatic door will not close properly. I retighten approximately every 2 weeks. Hinge also breaks. Fixed temporarily by replacing hinge. 
Jan 2011

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 
May 2011

28700 mi
There was extreme vibration in the brakes. The dealer turned the rotors under warranty & said if the vibration came back, they would replace the rotors. 
Oct 2011

35000 mi
Keyfob would only work intermittently. Dealer tested & replaced under warranty. 
Feb 2012

38000 mi
Passenger sliding door hinge was broken again 
Sep 2012

42000 mi

US $500
A bad grinding/shuttering reoccurred in the front brakes. The front rotors were replaced, along with all 4 sets of pads. 
Aug 2014

63000 mi

US $300
Vibration in front brakes; replaced rotors and pads 
Dec 2014

65000 mi

US $50
Heater hose was leaking at y joint. Replaced heater hose with Gates 23933 heater hose (ordered from Amazon) 
Nov 2015

76000 mi

US $675
The ABS control module failed, causing multiple warning lights to illuminate.  Also, the rear brake calipers gut stuck, and had to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Routan in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Apr 2010
Jan 2010

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. Low Tire Pressure indicator came on at about 2400 miles. Checked tire pressure and corrected, however light remained on constantly. Dealership reset the indicator. Noticed all doors (sliding and hinged) difficult to open during cold weather. Notified dealership on visit. Dealership lubed all doors to improve operation. Condensation in left headlamp assembly. Notified dealer on visit...says condition is known, condensation should drain out. Dealer kept vehicle inside overnight and condensation was gone. Vehicle is parked outside regularly and condensation is back Remote Keyless Entry intermittently not working. Many times requires key to open doors. Dealership could not duplicate. 
Apr 2010

4000 mi
Condensation still a problem when sold. Dealer said it was "normal" and that keeping it inside would be the only fix, that was their only solution. When we kept it outside overnight it always had the condensation in the headlamp. 

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