2009 Volkswagen Routan

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2009 volkswagen routan Reviews and News

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Confession time: I have never, ever been behind the wheel of an air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Not even once
Here's the funny thing, though: I may not have driven an original Bug, but after a stint in the Volkswagen Routan, I'm beginning to think that more than a few key people at VW haven't, either. The Routan is a reclothed and mildly retuned Chrysler Town & Country, and it has almost nothing in common with Ferdinand Porsche's world-changing small car. And yet one of the phrases tossed around by VW employees during the Routan's North American launch was-steel yourselves, Vee Dub loyalists-"the Beetle of minivans." Huh?
At first glance, the very idea of a Chryswagen (Volksler?) seems a little odd, but if you examine the people involved, it starts to add up. The Routan concept was largely the brainchild of cost-cutting former VW chairman Wolfgang Bernhard, and it's no coincidence that Bernhard served time as Chrysler's chief operating officer from 2000 to 2004 before jumping ship to Volkswagen. During his stint at VW, Bernhard and his old boss, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, masterminded the Routan program as a way to generate easy sales and keep Chrysler's minivan factory humming.
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Why the apparent desperation? Simple: Volkswagen of America has some remarkably ambitious goals-CEO Stefan Jacoby has said that the company aims to sell 800,000 cars annually by 2018, up from the current 230,000-and the Routan offered both a low development cost and a relatively quick time to market. And, admittedly, if you're trying to drastically increase a car company's sales, sticking a toe into the 700,000-vehicle U.S. minivan market makes sense.
The changes compared with a Town & Country are relatively straightforward. From the A-pillar forward and the C-pillar back, the Routan sports unique bodywork, and the exterior bits in between have all been lightly massaged. The interior offers new seats (unfortunately without Chrysler's popular Stow 'n Go or Swivel 'n Go features), a new dash, new door panels, and Volkswagen-specific trim and textures. Mechanical changes are few: springs and dampers have been stiffened, the steering ratio has been quickened, and the Town & Country's base 175-hp V-6 isn't offered. Otherwise, that's it. You're essentially buying a slightly more expensive, VW-badged Chrysler, albeit one with a nicer interior.
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On the road, the Routan feels similar to its American cousin, although body control, high-speed stability, and steering feel have all been mildly improved. The seats are typically VW supportive, and most of the interior textures resemble those found in a Passat, not a Pacifica. Certain embarrassing features, such as the T&C's wobbly front-row console and flimsy shift lever, carry over, but those touches are thankfully few and far between.
Philosophically, though, the Chryswagen is kind of on thin ice. While it won't be sold outside of North America, the justification for its existence is awfully meager. VW's stock-in-trade has typically been enthusiasm and innovation, and badge-engineering a less-than-perfect Detroit product for quick and dirty sales numbers doesn't fall under either of those headings. When all is said and done, the Routan might look and feel like a Volkswagen, but that doesn't mean that it is one.
The Specs
On sale: Now
Price: $24,700
Engines: 3.8L V-6, 197 hp, 230 lb-ft; 4.0L V-6, 253 hp, 262 lb-f
Drive: Front-wheel
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Today's batch of recalls comes from Volkswagen and Suzuki. VW is recalling the Chrysler-based Routan minivan, while Suzuki's reining in both the Grand Vitara and XL-7 for deteriorating drive belt tension adjuster pulleys.
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For minivan shoppers, the 2009 Volkswagen Routan presents another variant of the Chrysler Town & Country.
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It's hard to disagree with the head of Volkswagen's U.S. chief when he says that the Routan minivan was untimely.
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2009 Volkswagen Routan Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.8L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
Horsepower:
197 hp @ 5200rpm
Torque:
230 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 ROUTAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2008 THROUGH JULY 2009. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH AN IMPROPER ROUTED WIRE HARNESS THAT MAY HAVE A CONDITION WHERE THE LOWER SLIDING DOOR HINGE BRACKET CAN MAKE CONTACT AND WEAR THROUGH THE WIRE INSULATION. CONTACT WITH A 12V POWER FEED CIRCUIT WITHIN THE HARNESS MAY CAUSE A HIGH RESISTIVE SHORT CIRCUIT WITHIN THE LATCH MECHANISM LOCATED INSIDE OF THE SLIDING DOOR.
Consequences
THIS COULD RESULT IN AN OVERHEATED LATCH AND A FIRE WITHIN THE REAR SLIDING DOOR COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSPECT THE SLIDING DOOR WIRE TRACK WIRE ASSEMBLY AND THE SLIDING DOOR POWER DRIVE UNIT WIRE ASSEMBLY FOR DAMAGE, REPAIR/REPLACE AS NECESSARY, TIE STRAP THE TWO HARNESSES TOGETHER AND ROUTE THE HARNESSES UNDER THE SLIDING DOOR WEATHER STRIP. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 15, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
15,902
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING 18,500 MY 2009 ROUTAN VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION." THE OWNER'S MANUAL WAS PRINTED WITHOUT THE FMVSS NO. 208 REQUIRED INFORMATION EXPLAINING THAT NO OBJECTS SHOULD BE PLACED OVER THE OR NEAR THE AIR BAG ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL.
Consequences
ANY SUCH OBJECTS COULD CAUSE INJURY TO THE VEHICLE'S OCCUPANTS IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH SEVERE ENOUGH TO CAUSE THE AIR BAG TO INFLATE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL SEND AN OWNER'S MANUAL INSERT CONTAINING THE REQUIRED AIR BAG INFORMATION FOR OWNER INSTALLATION OR DEALERS WILL INSTALL IN THE EVENT THE OWNER PREFERS ASSISTANCE FROM THE DEALER. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
18,500
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:NON-POWERED AXLE ASSEMBLY
Summary
Freedom Motors Inc., (Freedom Motors) of Savaria Vehicle Group (formerly The Liberty Motor Company) is recalling one model year 2009 Volkswagen Routan and certain model year 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair accessible vehicles modified by The Liberty Motor Company from February 2008 through January 2011. Over time and with use, the vehicle's rear axle may develop cracks which could lead to axle failure.
Consequences
Failure of the rear axle may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Freedom Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected axles, free of charge. The recall began on April 1, 2014. Owners can contact Freedom Motors at 1-800-561-9600. Freedom Motors' number for this recall is ENGF0216-3.
Potential Units Affected
130
Notes
Freedom Motors, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009 Routan vehicles. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1- 800-822-8987. An interim notice was mailed to owners on August 29, 2014. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 28G1/U8. Note: This campaign is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 11V-151.
Potential Units Affected
18,526
Notes
Volkswagen of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009 Routan vehicles manufactured June 25, 2008, to July 8, 2009, and 2010 Routan vehicles manufactured October 1, 2009, to August 11, 2010. This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including, but not limited to, air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch and key FOBs, free of charge. The recall began on June 23, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 28H1. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 11V151 and 14V396. Vehicles that previously received an ignition switch trim ring as a recall remedy must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign. Vehicles that have already received a new ignition switch are not covered by this campaign.
Potential Units Affected
20,676
Notes
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.


IIHS Best Pick
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Marginal
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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