2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL

David Zenlea Mike Ofiara Jeffrey Jablansky
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2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL

There's nothing shaggin' about this people's wagon. The Chrys... I mean Volkswagen Routan horse has been ridden into the ground and beaten enough times by us to make Calvin Borel proud. I don't know what else to say that hasn't been covered by one of my fellow staffers above. I can add that with only 7000 miles on the Routan's odometer, I noticed the brake rotors are warped enough to cause a shaky steering wheel while braking; this van has definitely seen some hard use in the media test fleet.

As a Volkswagen fan, and believe me I am, I'm very disappointed with the Routan. I don't even want to call it a VW. Sure, it's a van, it's big and has room for tons of stuff; but it offers nothing in return for the cult-like following Volkswagen has. Like Evan mentioned, why buy this when you can have the exact same, but fully loaded Town & Country, for only $220 more?

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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