I own a Routan SEL with a premium package. This van is plagued with brake and rotor problems, vehicle less then 30,000 miles and have had to have them replaced several times. Now having issues with the check engine light and the thermostat, in the shop for the 5th time in the last 2 months. Don't make a costly mistake, it's a beauty on the outside and the style inside is nice, but if you are looking for reliability and quality, look elsewhere!
I think this car is a good buy, it is very comfortable, very solid and also a great looker. The engine is very quiet, the only thing I have noticed is that the gear shifting is not as smooth as I would like and the gas mileage is not the best. The features in the van are great and easy to use. Overall I think this is a great family van and worth the money.
We had to get rid of my 1/2 ton pickup due to a growing family and I can honestly say I don't regret the swap for a minute. The interior space is great and it's actually fun to drive. It handles much tighter than most sedans and it doesn't have the "minivan" feel and body roll when cornering. I had heard all the horror stories about VW Maitanence costs but because it's based on the Chrystleg platform I have had no problems at my local shop. Plus it's nice to get the occasional compliment about how good your minivan looks.
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