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2009 VW Routan

Talk about the Routan here!

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  • aa0526aa0526 Posts: 27
    How different in terms of performance is this from the Chrysler equivalent?
    Should I expect identical EPA estimates?

    I know the engines (4.0 V6) are identical... but what about the transmission/ gear ratios? Are there any slight tweaks similar to how Mazda handles Ford engines for their lineups?

    How about the suspension? Are they identical?
  • I'm interested in a Routan, and have been reading as many reviews as I can.

    The Routan has a better transmission (6 speed), better steering and suspension (due to more expensive mechanicals and further tuning), and better overall driving dynamics.

    Fuel economy is the same as with Chrysler products.

    The changes are substantial enough to make the Routan drive noticeably better.
    And of course the styling is different inside and out.

    In my opinion, it's far the best-looking minivan in the market, especially in white or black.
  • But is anybody buying them now with the economy the way it is.
  • sdasda Posts: 308
    Took my 06 passat in for service, and while I was there, looked at the Routan. VW did a very nice job with the interior, and I like the VW front end, too. I asked the salesman if people were buying. Just as he was answering I saw a young family go out for a test drive, and another salesman putting a tag on a sold unit. Good times?
  • dz6tdz6t Posts: 18
    Chrysler? I am glad that I visited this forum.
    So it is same as a T&C then?
    Now I cross it off my list...
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Being a Chrysler is THE BEST reason there is to buy a VW Routan.

    Volkswagen has made a nice, attractive interior with more comfortable 2nd row seats than the Chrysler "Stow 'N Go" or "Swivel 'N Go". The VW Routan provides more comfort and convenience features for a lower price than either the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. :shades:
  • I agree with han...
    We were wanting to lease and looked at the Odyssey and Sienna before we decided on the Routan. Bottom line was all three were nice vans. The Honda drove really well but there was no way to justify the 245 per month more for a 36/39 month lease. We got quotes from multiple Honda dealers and they wanted $645 per month. We walked out the door paying $406 per month for the Routan SEL w/ RSE.
    Now that we have the Routan, we are very pleased. We have 3 kids and having two separate DVD systems is a definite plus. We have had multiple portable systems for our other vehicles, but they don't compare to this entertainment system with the wireless headphones, multiple screens, and 30gig system. The only van that has those same options are the Dodge/Chrysler but they don't lease and VW also offers 3 years free maintenance.
    We recently returned from a 2600 mile round trip Thanksgiving trip and it drove very well. The full seats in the second row blow the doors off the half seat stow and go in the Chrysler. Our second row full seats are heated as well.
    If anyone has any other questions, hit me up.
  • We just got a white Routan and think it is the best looking minivan as well. We noticed quite a few T&C on the road and the rear just looks cheap. You can tell just by the stance that VW put a heftier suspension in the Routan as the T&C looks like it sags in the back.
    We are definitely pleased.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    " We recently returned from a 2600 mile round trip Thanksgiving trip and it drove very well. The full seats in the second row blow the doors off the half seat stow and go in the Chrysler. Our second row full seats are heated as well"

    How did your trip mileage compare to the EPA estimated 17 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway with the 4.0L V6 listed at the bottom of the VW Routan brochure?
  • bkhbkh Posts: 1
    Has anyone tried after-market mats for the Routan like those from They don't have a set specifically identified for the Routan but I'm thinking that Chrysler Town & Country mats should work. I emailed WeatherTech and they said that they couldn't make any guarantees that the T&C mats would work in the Routan. I think I'm going to risk it because their mats are great and they keep the carpeting spotless. See for the full set.
  • artgpoartgpo Posts: 483
    VW announced two weeks ago the immediate suspension of Routan production. The sales are dismal. VW said it would reevaluate production later in the Spring.

    If I am not mistaken, the VW/Chrysler van venture was a result of the former chairman of Chrysler going to VW. He is gone. The Routan, from what I read, was not wanted by the existing VW execs and it seems as though they were correct.

    I have no facts to back me up but would advise caution so as not to buy an orphan.
  • I am exploring both the ROUTAN & the Honda Odyssey. BUT I have not herd any rumors of any suspension of Routan production! A GOOGLE search also has NO posted enties of any such suspension either!

    Misinformation or BS ???????

    Post the link to this so called info!

    GOOGLE search link as to no such crediblity to this rumor: on+of+Routan+production&*:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourc- eid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGIH_en

    Nice try!
  • We just got the Honda Odyssey EX-L (which comes with Leather, moonroof, power doors and rear gate). My wife really wanted the Routan, but the numbers worked out similar for the Honda. Honda is a quality product and has high ratings from Consumer Reports (as does the Toyota Sienna). The Routan is in the first year of production, and if you were to compare the Chrysler T&C or Dodge Grand Caravan (the same vehicle as the Routan), you would see that the Chrysler/Dodge does not rate nearly as well as the Honda (or the Toyota)

    I too have read that the production has been haulted on the Routan, but that did not effect my decision. The data on the Honda speaks for itself.
  • The Honda Odyssey seem to be the best choice. After research why buy the ROUTON when it's the T&C w/ a German badge. T&C is offering a huge rebate for their van at a rebate of 40% the price. $35K for a 25L package for about $25K.

    Lease an Odyssey or buy a T&C?

    I'm with you on this one Scotty! Honda quality over a troubled manufacture down the road.

  • glr3glr3 Posts: 2
    Has anyone tried the rubber floor mats from WeatherTech in the Routan? I would like to get some from them, but I wanted to make sure they fit--don't want to spend $300+ for something that only fits the Town and Country!
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    The Honda Odyssey is also a MUCH better choice than a Toyota Sienna but I would prefer the VW Routan to a Toyota Sienna.

    My 2002 T&C LX was a better, more satisfying minivan than my more expensive 2002 Sienna LE. ;)
  • iloveyouiloveyou Posts: 8
    We spent a lot of time researching the all the vans and followed the developments for the past 10 years.

    At the end, on top of the list were: odyssey and Routan.

    My wife liked odyssey mainly because of the interior design - i still agree that odyssey has the best interior design.

    But at a closer look, the 10 year old odyssey falls short of the brand new design Routan in almost all other aspects, IMO.

    Here are just few i can think of right now.

    The Old Odyssey:
    * odyssey reliability went to toilet since it was build in the South.
    * lots of mechanical problems (brakes, etc.)
    * lots of body-fit, rattle problems.
    * noisy as hell in the highway.
    * 10 year old design with cosmetic changes 5 years ago.

    We bought a Routan SEL with Trim Pack #3

    ^ ^ ^ ^
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
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  • klozanoklozano Posts: 1
    This is the link I found about the Routan, and its future.

    In spanish, but basically says no more units are being produced since december 2008. (low sales, crisis) Thought it would be useful to know the rumour, still cannot swear for it being true.
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