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2009 Volkswagen Routan Problems and Repair Histories

51 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Volkswagen Routan. 28 of these members (54.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 79 repairs to 2009 Volkswagen Routans--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Volkswagen Routan problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Volkswagen Routan problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 Volkswagen Routan problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

16% of the 2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 22% to the brakes, 3% to the suspension, 30% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 13% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 79 repairs.

2009 Volkswagen Routan repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Volkswagen Routan repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 57% cost between $100 and $499, and 43% between $500 and $999.

Chart based on 7 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Volkswagen Routan

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Routan in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 14000    
15000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 8000    
9000 0 Car gets very low gas mileage, last tank 11.8 mpg.  
 
Volkswagen Routan in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 28000    
29000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 1000    
1000 0 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 0 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 
18300 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 3000    
13000 0 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 0 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 0 Passenger side electric door sticks. When try to open electronically sticks and reshuts the door. Reprogram module that controls door. Did not succeed 
34000 0 Passenger side sliding door sticks and would't open. Replaced motor and track to door. Fully covered under warranty. 
46000 100 Passenger electric door track broken. Rear folding electrical seat mechanism wouldn't let seat fold down. 
54000 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. 
58000  
Volkswagen Routan in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 1000    
7000 0 Front armrest leather splitting at rear of armrest on both doors. 
18000 0 Leather armrests on both front doors formed rips on corners for second time. Appears to be a design flaw. TSB for sliding doors 
25000 0 Mirror turn signal indicator lense fell off. Installed turn signal ordered on previous trip. 
31000 0 Brake rotors were warped. 
31000 0 Warped rotors replaced 
 
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 5000    
6000 0 The rear brake rotors were causing a vibration under moderate braking. The dealer turned/resurfaced the rotors and the problem was fixed. 
18000 0 Brakes were vibrating on deceleration after they were warm. Dealership replaced rotors. 
31000 0 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 0 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 470 The coolant hose between the heater core, engine block and radiator had a leak. 
51000  
Volkswagen Routan in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 9000    
9500 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 0    
11300 0 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 0 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 0 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 0 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 0 Keyfob would only work intermittently. Dealer tested & replaced under warranty. 
38000 0 Passenger sliding door hinge was broken again 
42000 500 A bad grinding/shuttering reoccurred in the front brakes. The front rotors were replaced, along with all 4 sets of pads. 
56000  
Volkswagen Routan in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
3000 0 "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 0 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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