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2009 VW Routan



  • tylerwkutylerwku Posts: 13
    I need help on deciding wether to get a Routan or Dodge/Chrysler?!?! I like both of them, but I am worried that they might not continue the Routan in 2010 because of the poor sells in 2009. I know that they will always make the Grand Caravan and Town and Country, so would that be the safer bet? Will I be able to still get parts for the Routan if it is discontinued? ( I know that it is mainly a Chrysler product, but I have heard that a few parts are actually made by VW Also does anyone have any insight on which is the cheaper to insure?

    Thank for you help : )
  • We had the same concerns. But VW did release the Routan just as the market was crashing so it's no wonder that the sales have been lower. I have reads tons of consumer reviews on the Routan and everyone that has one LOVES it. I think with time it will catch on - maybe not like the Odyssey, but it'll have its place. What I've also noticed is the individuals that slam the Routan haven't test driven it, they aren't really "minivan people", and are frankly just "high brow" about the whole Chrysler partnership. We just bought the Routan 2 days ago and are anxiously awaiting its arrival, but we decided to get it over the only other one we were considering, the Honda Odyssey, because the value was just so much greater for the price you pay. We got the Highline (I think that's the SEL in the US?) and for a similar Odyssey I would have had to pay about 6K more for the EX-L (not sure if that's the model in the US - the one with the leather seats). And if it doesn't catch on, well... then the parts will be there from all the cars that are sitting around! :)

    Good luck.
  • With the cash for clunkers deal ending when it did, decided to use our '97 Dodge Grand Caravan towards another vehicle with close to the same utility but a step up.
    I actually cross-shopped the Routan with a Toyota Highlander (FWD V6 Ltd) a VW Tiguan (SEL) and the new Chevy Equinox (2LT 4WD). The Dodge & Chrysler minivan versions weren't on the list as the second row seats in stow-n-go form were uncomfortable and we didn't see the swivel ones as something we wanted. The Highlander was OK but some interior materials seemed cheap and for what we wanted was close to $7 or $8K more than the Routan, the Tiguan was quite nice but just a bit too small (we also have a Mazda3 GT 5-door, Tiguan offered just about the same space) and the Equinox was brand new, not may (if any) on Chevy dealer lots as well as no discount from list. Having owned 3 VW's in the past (Scirocco, Fox and New Beetle) I knew what I was getting into so the Routan actually offered both the space and more importantly comfort we were looking for. We needed to take our youngest back to college from Chicago to the upper MI U.P. and the Routan was great -- compliant but not floaty ride, separate auto A/C and heated seats to meet each person's preferences, tons of room, Sirius radio, GPS and lots of little extra's that make well executed minivan's an often overlooked option; plus first tank was 22 MPG, last tank was 27MPG (with the bigger 4.0L V6) so not much of a mileage penalty with something this big. With VW's 3-year free maintenance and the heavy discounts, our SEL w/trim pkg 3 and Navi was quite close to Edmunds TMV price -- you add another $3,500 off for the old Dodge and that's a great value as well. Of course I realize that there are quite a few Chrysler bits in the Routan (it's actually made in Canada alongside other Chrysler minivans) but I think VW has done a great job with the interior as well as the suspension and exterior styling and the 4.0L engine is from the euro division Chrysler/Dodge group so it's almost a 'custom' minivan that past and present VW owners could relate to.
  • alman08alman08 Posts: 282
    since when Chrysler/Dodge group has a euro division before the Fiat takeover?
    I like the Routan but that's nothing VW about it other than the name, the face-lift and the remake of the interior. It's basically still a Town & Country.
  • alman08alman08 Posts: 282
    and mercedes benz is not a Chrysler/Dodge euro division...
  • I read a couple of reviews where people had issues with the automatic doors, unlocking, opening and not functioning properly. My 09 is also having these problems and the dealer can't fix it, anyone have any success in getting these problems fixed and what did they do?
  • So a friend of mine was mentioning that I should look at a Routan, we have a 3rd child on the way and no vehicle to fit all of us. My question is, is there an optional 8th seat? I really like that the Sienna and Odyssey have the optional 8th seat. It seems like the Routan may have less cargo space too, which isn't a huge deal to me, but I'd hate to pass on extra cargo space. Thanks!
  • We bought our Routan at the end of August in preparation for the arrival of our third child and we love it. I know there are a lot of posts out there about people complaning of problems, but we haven't had one. We test drove the Odyssey, T&C, Grand Caravan (not the Sienna as my husband didn't like the look of it at all) and found the Routan drove the best.

    There is no optional 8th seat. Two captain chairs in the front row, two in the middle, and then space for 3 in the back. We have car seats in the middle row and also one in the back row for our 5 year old. The latch is in the middle of the row but I think a smaller person could fit themselves next to that car seat.

    We have no problem with the amount of storage - there is lots for us and my husband is the kind of guy that transports tools and such to our cottage.

    Good luck with your decision!
  • Thanks for the info. It really is a great looking van and I have to agree with your husband, the Sienna body style is horrible.
  • Wife and I are both inlove with our Routan SEL. Never looked into minivans before, but after we recently test drove the SEL vs. a 2010 Odyssey, we were sold! Took it for a 1.5Kmile roadtrip just this Thanksgiving weekend and it performed extremely well. She now has 2K+ miles on the odometer. Only complaint I have is the auto-dimming rear view mirror doesn't work... but that should be an easy fix with the dealership. VW badge/suspension/styling/interior, endless features, napa leather, 3-year free maintenance and $10K off MSRP (opted out of the 0% APR financing), what's not to like??
  • Just got my December issue of Motortrend magazine, turns out the Routan is the only minivan that was considered for the "2010 Car of the Year" Award! And this is the SE trim (w/ 3.8L engine) that they tested... check the article out: - r_contenders_and_finalists/2010_volkswagen_routan.html
  • abbymabbym Posts: 5
    For all you peeps out there with three kids: I was totally anti-minivan (I'm even anti-SUV). Until I drove a Routan. You gotta get the SEL, though. It floats along the road with that big engine. It fits all my kids and all their cr*p (stroller, soccer stuff, etc). It is luxurious. It is highly kid friendly (i.e. power doors, airplane lighting inside) and is the answer for those of you who can't stand the thought of a minivan but know you really need one. I resisted. For months. And then I bought one and loved it. Someone smashed into me a month ago, totaling my Routan. My entire family hardly felt the impact (it was THAT safe). And I turned around and bought the same minivan again. Don't worry about that 8th seat. Really how often would you use it? An architect once told me "don't build a house around your annual holiday party" and I say the same: "don't buy your car for the odd and rare need of an 8th passenger (or whatever)" Get it for everyday!
  • stjohnsstjohns Posts: 2
    edited March 2010
    We have enjoyed our 09' Routan. The 4.0 V6 is quick and quiet. The 6 speed is smooth and responsive. The power door & rear hatch is family friendly. I did have the dealer switch disc rotors for free. MPG is 21 on hwy & 18 stop & go. Not bad for the loads we put in it. We recommend this VW for a family car :)
  • beedadabeedada Posts: 3
    Picking up a 2010 Routan SE w/ RSE & Nav:
    36mo 36k mi lease in NY/NJ area
    $1000 total due at signing includes tax, 3yrs of NY tags, 1st mo payment

    Is this a decent deal? Thanks..
  • Anyone experiencing this? fix for this? 6 month old 2009 Routan - last 3 months, when driving with windows down, no ac/heat on - horrible musty smell comes out of the windows. With windows up - no smell. There was no event that preceded this, ie. raining with the windows down, etc.. VW Dealer has no answers at this point. Dealer is thinking about pulling door panels....
  • melcockmelcock Posts: 1
    Yes, just brought the car back to dealer today. They said they are going to pull the door panel apart. Our van has about 3500 miles on it. the smell is making occupants sick.
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