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VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN - 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 138 complaints filed for the 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ENGINE

12/15/2014 - APPLE VALLEY, MN
WAS DRIVING ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET WHEN THE ENGINE SHUT OFF WITHOUT WARNING. COMPLETELY LOST ALL POWER (STEERING, BRAKES, ETC). WAS ABLE TO PULL OVER TO SIDE OF ROAD THANKFULLY ONLY GOING 25 MPH AND NO TRAFFIC. PUT VEHICLE IN PARK, STARTED UP IMMEDIATELY AND RAN FINE AFTER THAT. RECEIVED RECALL LETTER IN MAIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK STATING THE IGNITION SWITCH CAN TURN OFF WITHOUT NOTICE INCIDENT HAPPENED 2 ADDITIONAL TIMES, SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. SPOKE WITH DEALER AND VW CORPORATE ON 3 SEPARATE OCCASIONS. VOLKSWAGEN STATES THEY DO NOT HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THE RECALL REPAIR AT THIS TIME, NOR WILL THEY DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE SAFETY ISSUE OF THE VEHICLE SHUTTING OFF AND CAUSING AN ACCIDENT.

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STEERING

12/15/2014 - APPLE VALLEY, MN
WAS DRIVING ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET WHEN THE ENGINE SHUT OFF WITHOUT WARNING. COMPLETELY LOST ALL POWER (STEERING, BRAKES, ETC). WAS ABLE TO PULL OVER TO SIDE OF ROAD THANKFULLY ONLY GOING 25 MPH AND NO TRAFFIC. PUT VEHICLE IN PARK, STARTED UP IMMEDIATELY AND RAN FINE AFTER THAT. RECEIVED RECALL LETTER IN MAIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK STATING THE IGNITION SWITCH CAN TURN OFF WITHOUT NOTICE INCIDENT HAPPENED 2 ADDITIONAL TIMES, SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. SPOKE WITH DEALER AND VW CORPORATE ON 3 SEPARATE OCCASIONS. VOLKSWAGEN STATES THEY DO NOT HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THE RECALL REPAIR AT THIS TIME, NOR WILL THEY DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE SAFETY ISSUE OF THE VEHICLE SHUTTING OFF AND CAUSING AN ACCIDENT.

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SERVICE BRAKES

12/15/2014 - APPLE VALLEY, MN
WAS DRIVING ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET WHEN THE ENGINE SHUT OFF WITHOUT WARNING. COMPLETELY LOST ALL POWER (STEERING, BRAKES, ETC). WAS ABLE TO PULL OVER TO SIDE OF ROAD THANKFULLY ONLY GOING 25 MPH AND NO TRAFFIC. PUT VEHICLE IN PARK, STARTED UP IMMEDIATELY AND RAN FINE AFTER THAT. RECEIVED RECALL LETTER IN MAIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK STATING THE IGNITION SWITCH CAN TURN OFF WITHOUT NOTICE INCIDENT HAPPENED 2 ADDITIONAL TIMES, SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. SPOKE WITH DEALER AND VW CORPORATE ON 3 SEPARATE OCCASIONS. VOLKSWAGEN STATES THEY DO NOT HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THE RECALL REPAIR AT THIS TIME, NOR WILL THEY DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE SAFETY ISSUE OF THE VEHICLE SHUTTING OFF AND CAUSING AN ACCIDENT.

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STEERING

12/15/2014 - BROWNS SUMMIT, NC
CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF TRANSMISSION AT 76K. MAJOR TRANSMISSION WORK DONE APPROXIMATELY 26K. TRANSMISSION REPLACED 6 MONTHS LATER AND STILL HAS ISSUES (SLUGGISH, NON-SMOOTH SHIFT BETWEEN GEARS AT HIGHER CRUISING SPEEDS. VW ENGINEER GERARDO ZELEDON CALLS THIS THE "ROUTAN SHAKE" AND CLAIMS THIS IS NORMAL. APPROXIMATELY 95,000 MILES STEERING BEGAN SEIZING UP WHILE IN MOTION. THIS IS, ACCORDING TO RECALL NOTICE AND SERVICE MANAGER AT FLOW VW WINSTON SALEM NC, A BEHAVIOR RELATED TO A RECALL ON THE IGNITION SWITCH (NTSHA 14V-396). NO PARTS ARE AVAILABLE AND THE CAR IS UNSAFE TO DRIVE. HOWEVER, VW CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEM AND WILL NOT ALLOW US TO USE A LOANER.

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POWER TRAIN

12/15/2014 - BROWNS SUMMIT, NC
CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF TRANSMISSION AT 76K. MAJOR TRANSMISSION WORK DONE APPROXIMATELY 26K. TRANSMISSION REPLACED 6 MONTHS LATER AND STILL HAS ISSUES (SLUGGISH, NON-SMOOTH SHIFT BETWEEN GEARS AT HIGHER CRUISING SPEEDS. VW ENGINEER GERARDO ZELEDON CALLS THIS THE "ROUTAN SHAKE" AND CLAIMS THIS IS NORMAL. APPROXIMATELY 95,000 MILES STEERING BEGAN SEIZING UP WHILE IN MOTION. THIS IS, ACCORDING TO RECALL NOTICE AND SERVICE MANAGER AT FLOW VW WINSTON SALEM NC, A BEHAVIOR RELATED TO A RECALL ON THE IGNITION SWITCH (NTSHA 14V-396). NO PARTS ARE AVAILABLE AND THE CAR IS UNSAFE TO DRIVE. HOWEVER, VW CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEM AND WILL NOT ALLOW US TO USE A LOANER.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/11/2014 - HERRIMAN, UT
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. THE CONTACT RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION FOR NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V396000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM) AND STATED THAT THE PART NEEDED WAS UNAVAILABLE TO PERFORM THE RECALL REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT EXPERIENCED A FAILURE RELATED TO THE RECALL, BUT THE SPECIFICS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES

12/10/2014 - COVINGTON, VA
PROBLEMS WITH BRAKING AT 22,837 MILES IN 2010. VEHICLE WOULD SHAKE WHEN GOING DOWN A HILL AND APPLYING BRAKES TO STOP. FRONT BRAKE PADS WERE REPLACED AND ROTORS TURNED . TWO YEARS LATER IN 2012 AT 43,919 MILES BACK ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS WERE REPLACED, ALL 4 TIRES REPLACED, AND FRONT END ALIGNMENT. IN 2013 AT 68,797 MILES 2 OF THE NEW TIRES WERE REPLACED AND ANOTHER FRONT END ALIGNMENT. CAR STOPS SOMETIMES AND WILL NOT COME BACK ON IMMEDIATELY. IN 2014 AT 90,000 MILES, BATTERY DIED AND ANTIFREEZE IN RADIATOR EXPLODED, HAD TO PURCHASE A NEW BATTERY AND A PART FOR THE RADIATOR. HAD TO REPLACE FRONT ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS, 2 TIRES AND HAD ANOTHER FRONT END ALIGNMENT. EXTREMELY LOUD NOISE WHEN DRIVING, MECHANIC SAID IT MAY BE WHEEL BEARINGS. THE ABS AND CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COME ON AND OFF. DRIVER SIDE DOOR DOES NOT LOCK UNLESS YOU PUSH THE LOCK DOWN WITH YOUR HAND. MECHANIC SAYS THE FRONT BRAKE PADS WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED WHEN TIRES ARE ROTATED THE NEXT TIME (THESE WERE REPLACED WITH THE ROTORS IN JUNE OR JULY 2014). IF YOU LEAN AGAINST BACK SEAT FROM THE TRUNK AREA, IT FALLS FORWARD AND THE MIDDLE SEAT NO LONGER FOLDS DOWN. ALSO, THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW STALLS WHEN YOU TRY TO ROLL IT UP OR DOWN.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/9/2014 - BELLEROSE, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. THE CONTACT RECEIVED A RECALL NOTICE FOR NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V396000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM); HOWEVER, THE PART TO DO THE REPAIR WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER EXCEEDED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE RECALL REPAIR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT A FAILURE RELATED TO THE RECALL WAS EXPERIENCED, BUT THE SPECIFICS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 65,000. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/9/2014 - AUSTIN, TX
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. THE CONTACT RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION FOR NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V396000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM) AND STATED THAT THE PART NEEDED WAS UNAVAILABLE TO PERFORM THE RECALL REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE ISSUE. THE CONTACT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED A FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/28/2014 - LAUDERHILL, FL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. THE CONTACT RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V396000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM); HOWEVER, THE PART TO DO THE REPAIR WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER EXCEEDED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE RECALL REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE ISSUE. THE CONTACT HAD NOT EXPERIENCE A FAILURE.

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