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About Volkswagen Routan

To rectify the situation of not having competitive modern minivan, Volkswagen Routan was built by American famous automobile manufacturers Chrysler LLC, Chrysler Group LLC, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada between 2008 and 2013 but sold under Volkswagen marque as a minivan. Originally introduced to replace the Volkswagen Transporter (T4) in U.S. and Canada, Routan shared Chrysler RT platform with Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. As 13th best-selling automotive nameplate worldwide, Routan had only been manufactured for about five years before it was replaced by the Volkswagen Atlas.
Volkswagen Routan made its debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale in the United States in September 2008 as a 2009 model. It was offered in only one body style, 5-door minivan but it came in four trim levels: Base S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. Sharing some design idea and component with Chrysler models, Routan was well-equipped and had standard 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, second-row captain's chair, a foldaway third-row split bench seat, a touchscreen-operated audio system and the usual assortment of modern conveniences as well as stability control and a full complement of airbags. During its lifetime, Volkswagen Routan was powered by a 3.8 L V6 rated at 197 hp and 230 pound-feet of torque, a 3.6 L V6 producing 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and a 4.0 L V6 making 251 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. All these engines sent power through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

Volkswagen Routan Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Though Volkswagen Routan is more desirable than its Chrysler siblings, due to Chrysler's spotty quality record, Routan is still difficult to defeat its competitor. And as time passes by, these common problems will find it:
First, car shutting off while driving and won't start rank first among all other issues on Volkswagen Routan according to the information from car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com. These symptoms are easy to be confirmed as engine issue. And many Routan owners know exactly that when the engine is failing, the vehicle is also on the verge of breaking down. Thus, these recognizable and simple symptoms of engine problem should be borne in your mind. Normally, this issue starts with strange sounds like whining, squealing and rattling from the engine; then gradually, engine performance reduces, it may misfire, stall, and even suffer from starting issues. Before your vehicle breaks down completely, you should notice once there is an obvious decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy, and even the Check Engine Light comes on, you should know that Routan spark plug, engine mount, oil filter, air filter, fuel pump, drive belt, ignition coil and timing belt tensioner are in trouble.
Second, for some Volkswagen Routan drivers, transmission failing completely is another troublesome issue since it seems to be not bad as engine failure but it could also be bad enough to cause drivability issue and make the vehicle impotent. Therefore, you have also attach enough importance to it and diagnose and solve it as soon as possible based on these typical symptoms of transmission failure provided by experienced Routan drivers. First of all, there will be clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, maybe also leaking transmission fluids on the ground; then transmission may slip and surge, the indicator does not match the gear, vehicle starts in another gear or refuses to go into gear; finally, you will find hard to shift gears. All these symptoms could be attributed to the Routan transmission assembly, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, shift cable and clutch fork.
However, for your Volkswagen Routan's overall quality, you need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts on it. Parts including Routan seat belt, headlight, fog light, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna and cabin air filter are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are also exposed to harsh working conditions. You need to add them on routine maintenance list.
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