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!
The sunroof leaks; both sliding doors stick and don't close properly; there is something wrong with the
We did a lot of research into mini-vans and ended up with a VW 2010 Routan. After test driving the Chrysler Town & Country, we felt that the comfort and quality that the Routan offered edged out the T&C. It also helped that we found a low mileage practically brand new Routan for a great price. The Stow-n-Go seating option for the T&C and Dodge Caravan are definitely a nice feature but the middle seats are small and uncomfortable. We wanted a minivan to haul people and not stuff so we felt that we just wouldn't use the Stow-n-Go seats that much. The VW Routan has nice captains chairs in the middle row which we thought would be much better for us. If we really need to haul something big in our Routan the back seat still folds flat which still gives us quite a bit of storage space. Also, you still get the in floor storage under the middle row of seats. The other thing that we really liked about the Routan was the overall look of it. We felt that it has a slightly more refined look than the Town and Country and the Dodge Caravan. This is really a matter of preference but for us we felt it looked a little bit nicer. What we like: - Captains chairs in the middle row - Vehicle Entertainment System (Dual DVD Players) - UConnect option (bluetooth) - Storage options - Handling/suspension (Drives nicely) - Leg room in middle and back row - Seating comfort - Overall body style and comfort What we don't like: - 3.8L Engine struggles slightly when climbing hills - Fuel economy could be a little better - Middle captains chairs don't adjust front to back, they only recline - Passenger side leg room is a little bit tight for a taller person. Driver side is fine. - When video screens are down and passengers are sitting in the back row the driver's view out the rear-view mirror is obstructed. (However, this is probably a problem with most minivans)