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2009 Volkswagen Routan Repair Histories

60 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2009 Volkswagen Routan. 34 of these members (56.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 107 repairs to 2009 Volkswagen Routans--an average of 1.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

Chart based on 107 repairs.

2009 Volkswagen Routan repair cost distribution

Chart based on 26 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 Maryland, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
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 Virginia, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
9000 mi   Car gets very low gas mileage, last tank 11.8 mpg.  
Volkswagen Routan in Nevada, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
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 Illinois, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2012
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 
6000   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 
18000   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 Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2015
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. 
18000   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. 
29000   Passenger side electric door sticks. When try to open electronically sticks and reshuts the door. Reprogram module that controls door. Did not succeed 
34000   Passenger side sliding door sticks and would't open. Replaced motor and track to door. Fully covered under warranty. 
46000 US $100 Passenger electric door track broken. Rear folding electrical seat mechanism wouldn't let seat fold down. 
54000   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 Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2011
7000 mi   Front armrest leather splitting at rear of armrest on both doors. 
18000   Leather armrests on both front doors formed rips on corners for second time. Appears to be a design flaw. TSB for sliding doors 
25000   Mirror turn signal indicator lense fell off. Installed turn signal ordered on previous trip. 
31000   Brake rotors were warped. 
31000   Warped rotors replaced 
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2013
6000 mi   The rear brake rotors were causing a vibration under moderate braking. The dealer turned/resurfaced the rotors and the problem was fixed. 
18000   Brakes were vibrating on deceleration after they were warm. Dealership replaced rotors. 
31000   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. 
43000   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. 
48000 US $470 The coolant hose between the heater core, engine block and radiator had a leak. 
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
9500 mi   Warped rotors at 9,000 miles. Dealer replaced all rotors and pads at no cost. 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

Volkswagen Routan in West Virginia, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2015
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. 
24000   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. 
26000   Heater would not work; diagnosed problem was due to a radiator cap that allowed coolant to come out of top; no coolant, no heat 
28700   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. 
35000   Keyfob would only work intermittently. Dealer tested & replaced under warranty. 
38000   Passenger sliding door hinge was broken again 
42000 US $500 A bad grinding/shuttering reoccurred in the front brakes. The front rotors were replaced, along with all 4 sets of pads. 
63000   Vibration in front brakes; replaced rotors and pads 
65000   Heater hose was leaking at y joint. Replaced heater hose with Gates 23933 heater hose (ordered from Amazon) 
Volkswagen Routan in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Apr 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. 
4000   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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