Last post on Sep 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM
You are in the Volkswagen Routan
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Volkswagen, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Van
#15 of 17 REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VAN
Sep 09, 2013 (3:56 pm)
I bought a 2009 VW Routan van thinking it would be good on gas, nope I was wrong. VW/Chrysler needs to really do something about this gas mileage issue. Its a nice van physical appearance, but horrible when it comes down to the mileage. I don't know about others but mine has a hard shift when I put it from Park to Drive. I can also feel the transmission shifts. I feel I have waisted my money. I am really disappointed. I want to take my kids on outings but can't because I have to make sure I have enough money for gas to and from. Plus when I was buying a VW i wanted a VW all around including engine. If the sales would of told me it had a dodge engine I would of never bought it. But why should the sales tell me that info they want to sell a car.
#16 of 17 Re: REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VAN [bdguerrero_25]
Sep 10, 2013 (9:54 am)
So its been a couple of years since I began this conversation / thread. Below are some updates:
When I bought my 2009 slightly used VW Routan SEL Premium with almost 12k miles it was a great buy at $30k as it was fully loaded with all the goodies across the board. This was especially true since it had a 5 year / 60k miles warranty as a certified pre owned
The negative side to it was that the van / car came with too many Chrysler / Dodge parts, in particular the engine, transmission, and breaks.
I had lots of issues with that van - primarily the transmission along with the poor mileage getting an average of 12 miles per gallon.
Eventually that van turned out to be a lemon so(transmission issues) I was offered a new one by VW and I took the 2012 SEL Premium which came with 1 new feature (blind spot detection). This one has a smaller engine 3.6 as opposed to the 4.0 and with that you get excellent mileage, which is great. Drives excellent, no issues and we love it, its an excellent Van.
This is why i was really puzzled when some folks said that van was great, so indeed its the luck of the draw, some of the vans are excellent and some are straight up clunkers.
Hope this helps -
#17 of 17 Re: REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VAN [ben87]
Sep 10, 2013 (11:25 pm)
Yes I total agree about being a lemon. Another thing I forgot to point out about mine is the oil. I am having to check the oil, it's seems to be a quart low very often. It burns really fast not sure where it's going but it's not leaking.i would love to trade in mine as well. I am not a proud owner!