We continue to experience déjà vu with the Routan. As we have mentioned in the past, the Volkswagen's brakes have the same warping problem as did our long-term Town & Country a few years ago. Says technical director Kim Reynolds, "I'm beginning to notice the brake problem even during mild, everyday stopping. A moderate pedal effort causes the steering to slightly tremble in your hands. We should definitely get this attended to soon. Not an emergency, but soon." The Routan certainly isn't all bad. Reynolds continues, "All in all, it's a better-looking, previous iteration Town & Country. So far, no maddening rattles in the overhead console at least." Still, it's clear there's huge room for improvement.


2010 Volkswagen Routan
Months/miles in service 10/18,236
Avg econ/CO2 18.3 mpg/1.06 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0 (2-oil change, inspection, rotate tires; 1-replace
Normal-wear cost $0