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Volkswagen Routan repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (7%)

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Volkswagen Routan electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (65%)

Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

43200 mi

US $50
Ac compressor went out 

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2012 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

30000 mi NAV, redo s/w updates, still not current 
43000 mi

US $10
2 fuses 
8200 mi Navigation/Audio system stopped working, completely dead. Dealer unable to get it to work on first visit, ended up replacing the unit during second visit. 
14000 mi Buttons on steering wheel stopped working 
18000 mi Replaced buttons on steering wheel that were not working. 
89500 mi

US $700
Also asked they check the radio as it loses audio occasionally and only a restart of the vehicle will bring it back. Again, they found nothing. 
26300 mi Battery warning light came on while driving, intitial check at dealer indicated no problem, however car died later that day. Dealer replaced alternator under warranty. No subsequent problems. 
38000 mi The cruise control and automatic doors work intermittently. Not present when I go in for service. 

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2011 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

24000 mi

US $168
Dead battery 
25100 mi Recall item, Antenna base would always come looose, dealer installed new base. 

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2010 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

13000 mi had no freon in a/c system. 
40800 mi Whirring noise 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan

Engine not specified

15000 mi

US $150
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 
29000 mi A/C compressor hose broken. Sliding doors open and close when even. Loose panels from last repairs 
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. 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

32300 mi

US $125
Faulty tire pressure sensor 
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 
75020 mi

C $1200
Rear ac lines and condenser replaced Replace battery Electronic door module failed. Replaced wiring to sliding door 
40500 mi

US $400
Starter also had to be replaced. Cost 400 
40900 mi Security system keeps car from starting. There is a recall but no parts available to fix. 
53000 mi

US $600
Controller that diverts air from head to feet replaced. Required removal of dash 
24000 mi Shifter manual mode not working, Bluetooth not working 
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. 
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 
13000 mi Replaced electric lift gate computer. Replaced by VW under factory warranty. Satisfactory result. 
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 
33500 mi Passenger side sliding door sticks and would't open. Replaced motor and track to door. Fully covered under warranty. 
46000 mi

US $100
Passenger electric door track broken. Rear folding electrical seat mechanism wouldn't let seat fold down. 
27200 mi Driver's side rear taillight out. Warranty services to programming & replace fuses, bulbs, etc. Might have also replaced some trim. 
28000 mi Battery keeps dying broken blower motor replaced by another broken blower motor. third one was a charm 
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 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 
18400 mi Car failed to start and needed to be towed to VW dealer. Took two weeks to eliminate other possibilities and identify the radio's anti-theft circuitry as the cause. Replaced with 2011 radio. 
18000 mi TSB for sliding doors 
25000 mi Installed turn signal ordered on previous trip. 

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2009 Volkswagen Routan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

3000 mi Low Tire Pressure indicator came on at about 2400 miles. Checked tire pressure and corrected, however light remained on constantly. Dealership reset the indicator. Remote Keyless Entry intermittently not working. Many times requires key to open doors. Dealership could not duplicate. 
95000 mi

US $150
Wiring harness for power sliding door had multiple wires that were broken. Ordered new harness and replaced in less than an hour. 
41500 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. 
35000 mi Keyfob would only work intermittently. Dealer tested & replaced under warranty. 
98980 mi

C $275
electronic key needed replacement & programming. 
110980 mi

C $200
rear evaporator may have slow leak - refilled with dye 

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