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Volkswagen Routan, Van
Nov 14, 2009 (9:58 am)
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!
#29 of 37 Re: Nice looking van [mrscoffield]
Nov 14, 2009 (12:06 pm)
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!
#30 of 37 Re: Nice looking van [jgrechsteiner]
Nov 17, 2009 (12:51 am)
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.
#31 of 37 just a few words
Nov 30, 2009 (4:39 pm)
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??
#33 of 37 Just do it.
Jan 04, 2010 (7:59 pm)
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!
#34 of 37 SEL Routan is Cool
Mar 20, 2010 (9:27 am)
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
#35 of 37 Lease question
Mar 26, 2010 (6:33 am)
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..
#36 of 37 Must smell from windows
Aug 01, 2010 (12:22 pm)
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....
#37 of 37 Re: Must smell from windows [wonderinginmd]
Aug 10, 2010 (8:07 am)
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.