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2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (25%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

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

Engine not specified

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 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 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 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 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 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 California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2013
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 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. 

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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 - Dec 2015
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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2009 Volkswagen Routan Repair Histories

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