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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,709 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Routan electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Volkswagen Routan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #47

Sep 042015

Routan

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving down the interstate at night both headlights went out. Stranded next to the interstate with no headlights. Was told by the dealer that the car needs a new tipm module that would cost $930 to install.

- Madison, SD, USA

problem #46

Aug 032015

Routan

  • 139,000 miles
This has happened sporadically and luckily not on the freeway. What happens is that I am just driving along and the engine just shuts down with no warning. All other systems are still functioning (ie radio), but anything related to the engine is shut down. Car can be easily restarted in either the park or neutral position. This problem, when it happens, usually occurs within a few minutes of starting the car and driving. Has not happened during a drive (meaning that I have been driving for a bit). This car was part of the recall back in 2011 and had the win module replaced. However, even though my car was part of the target group of 2010 Routans that were manufactured during the recalled period, I am not part of the recall because the win module was replaced back in 2011. What is funny is that 2009 models who also had their win modules replaced during the earlier recall can get the necessary repairs under this new recall (15V194000). I have read complaints from others with similar issues as me and also had their car serviced under the prior recall, and we continue to have the same issue of the engine shutting down for no reason. Why are 2010 models repaired under the earlier recall excluded, but not 2009 recall-repaired models not?

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 032015

Routan

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle resumed normaloperation once it was restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was directly related to NHTSA campaign number: 15V194000 (electrical system: Ignition: Switch); however, the VIN number was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 102015

Routan

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car occasionally stalls but could be restarted. Then simply would not start with 'badkey' error. After disconnecting/reconnecting the battery, the car started then would not turn off. You can turn the key to the off position and remove it, the vehicle will still run. It appears to have all of the symptoms of NHTSA campaign number: 15V194000 which resulted in a recall however VW says that my VIN is not part of the recall.

- Yamhill , OR, USA

problem #43

May 012015

Routan

  • 87,000 miles
Several times over the few months when I go to start my van I turn the key and all the lights come on, on the dash yet the vehicle does not start. There is no noise associated with this incident. It can take several tries to get the van to start.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #42

Jun 042015

Routan

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. While driving 20 mph, the ignition key fell out of the ignition switch independently and the vehicle remained on. There were no warning signs illuminated prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure since it failed to turn off. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #41

Sep 012014

Routan

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the ignition module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V194000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #40

May 192015

Routan

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 15V194000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Riverton, UT, USA

problem #39

May 132015

Routan

  • 88,000 miles
Several times over the last year when I go to start my van I turn the key and all the lights come on, on the dash yet the vehicle does not start. There is no noise associated with this incident. It can take several tries to get the van to start. Last fall I had the integrated power control module replaced after total failure. This caused the van to loose all power. It was a silver paperweight. Before then and since then, there have been intermittent electrical issues mostly centering around the ignition. I have a concern that one day it will not start and I will be stranded with my children.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #38

Aug 012014

Routan

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen routon. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the engine would shut off without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was exhibiting the same failures as mentioned in recall NHTSA campaign number: 11V151000 (electrical system). However, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #37

Jun 022014

Routan

  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning at various speeds. The failure occurred on two occasions. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 11V151000 (electrical system) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer and the dealer stated the part was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lafayette , NJ, USA

problem #36

Jan 212015

Routan 6-cyl

  • 51,186 miles
I dropped my van off on 1/21/15 and today is 1/28/15 and I called the dealership that I bought the vehicle from and he has been helpful but where they dropped the van to, to get it repaired at the Volkswagen dealership where they can work on it say they cannot duplicate the malfunction. It's been over a week and my fiance had to be the one to contact the dealership for an update. Now I have a video that my fiance has recorded and I sent it to the dealership where I bought the van and he has looked at it. He also tried to send it via email to the Volkswagen dealership where my van is being repaired and their email is incapable of receiving the file due to the fact that it is too big by their standards. Now my fiance has called the Volkswagen dealership directly and said to the supervising person in charge of working on my van that we are more than willing to drive over there and show him the video, his reply was it is not necessary. Ok my thought on that is if you cannot duplicate the malfunction of the windshield wipers not turning off, the turning signals not working at all and the heated seat not working at all wouldn't you want to see the video. We have a record of it and I feel like he doesn't care. Please investigate this faulty vehicle. I am frustrated and now looking into the lemon law. This vehicle is a hazard and my kids safety while in this vehicle is my priority. I do not feel safe in this vehicle.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #35

Oct 292014

Routan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I received a letter informing me that my wife's VW Routan had a recall on the win module / ignition. I set up an appointment to have the recall taken care of. The vehicle was there for two days and I was told they couldn't get the parts and to come pick it up. When I got home I researched the recall and found that the ignition can turn off while driving. Since then my keys have gone bad which needed to be replaced at a cost to me and I still don't have a date that parts will be received. The VW corporate office was unable to give me an estimated date in which they could get the new ignition to a dealer for the recall. The VW has now been sitting in the driveway waiting for repair for over 3 months. The corporate office just wants the dealership to diagnose what caused the keys to stop working and won't answer my questions about the recall. The vehicle is unsafe for my wife and children to travel in.

- Lafayette, NJ, USA

problem #34

Jan 212015

Routan 6-cyl

  • 51,186 miles
This will be the third time that my fiance and I are experiencing this problem. I have taken my van back to the dealership the first week of January 2015, it hasn't been 2 weeks and the problem has come back. The van is going back to the dealership to get fixed. This morning the windshield wipers turned on and won't turn off or stop when we turn the switch to turn off, the turning signal blinkers, and the heated seats won't turn on at all. We called the dealership and they said the manufacture fixed it but they don't understand why itż's happening. To cover ourselves we have a video of the problem as it happened this morning. We depend on this van when we to Transport my 3 kids I don't want to keep thinking something will happened on the road while in use or cause or be in an accident especially that the turning signals won't turn on. Please investigate.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #33

Jan 032015

Routan 6-cyl

  • miles
Once again my fiance and I are experiencing the same problems with the windshield wipers not turning off when your turn off the switch. Also, the turning signals are not working, the heated seats don't turn on and the cd player does not work. I called the dealership where I bought and told them it is happening again and my fiance even did a video of the problem as it was happening. The wear part of this is when we hit a bump on the road the windshield wipers stopped and the turning signal came on. That does not sit right with me. There has to be a short somewhere. We have taken it back the day after to the dealership where I bought it. I am not confident in this vehicle with our 3 kids.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #32

Oct 082014

Routan 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I began to experience engine shut down and returned the vehicle to xxxx on 10/17/14. Xxxx was unable to find or remedy the problem. They told me to take the vehicle to the dealer as the problems that I experienced were the reason for a recall. I contacted xxxx Volkswagen. Xxx Volkswagen technicians drove my car intermittently over a four day period, their technicians were unable to verify my concern. A corporate technician reviewed my case and car. The corporate technician's remedy was to install a tie to assist with the retention of the transmission connector. A service advisor called to inform me that the issue was resolved and I could pick up my vehicle. I have experienced engine shut down on at least five occasions while driving the vehicle. The vehicle is the primary transportation for my two young daughters. I believe this vehicle is a hazard and another engine shut off could result in an accident that injuries my family and/or others. The previous owner experienced engine shut down as well. The previous owner replaced the battery, alternator, antilock braking unit, air conditioning unit and dash lights late summer 2014 before selling/trading the vehicle. All of these replacements occurred after the win module was replaced. The car continues to experience engine shut off.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #31

Sep 152014

Routan

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer. The technician diagnosed that the battery cable may need to be replaced and also stated that the win module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to another repair shop. The mechanic stated that the win module needed to be replaced, but stated that the battery cables did not. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V151000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #30

Oct 292014

Routan

  • 63,000 miles
Wireless ignition node (win) does not work properly. Car started as normal, but all inside car not working. Wipers, dash lighting, gauges, warning lights, radio, interior lighting, and I would assume safety items such as airbags...nothing inside vehicle worked, yet it remained running. Upon returning home later in the day, car drove as expected and all other features were working, however van now cannot be shut off. Wireless ignition node is now stuck in the run position. Due to it being stuck in the run position, locks, alarm, do not work. The key fob also does not stay locked in the win as it should while the vehicle is on. It can just fall out. This part is recalled on these VW Routan vehicles manufactured up to June of 2010...my vehicle was manufactured in July of 2010. It seems to me, that I am having very similar issues that I consider significant safety issues. The original recall is from Mar 01, 2011 NHTSA campaign id number: 11V151000. According to VW, my VIN does not fall under this recall. It should! please look into adding it. Thank you

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #29

Oct 272014

Routan 6-cyl

  • 50,197 miles
I just bought this van in July of this year. My fiancé drives the van more than me and he told me that the windshield wipers will not shut off. I called the Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 on Monday and gave her my VIN and she said it was not part of any recall but when I looked up the recall paperwork on this site, rcdnn-11V151-5396, it said the number of vehicles affected between 2V4rw-D-AR138555 - 2V4rw-D-AR348536 and rcdnn-11V151-1295 (amended), and it said the number of vehicles affected between 2V4rw-D-AR138555 - 2V4rw-D-AR360513, if I am looking at it correctly my VIN falls between those numbers. This is the first we experience any issues and today my fiancé told me that the odometer mileage reads gates instead of the numbers. We are dropping the van off tomorrow to get it looked at but I am bringing all the paper of the recall and the service bulletin. I just bought this van and we only use it less 6 miles every day, it's only used to Transport my kids to and from our daycare, or if we have to take all 5 people anywhere other than that we don't use it, we always rent cars to get out of the area. Please investigate I have 3 children and I don't want to worry about experiencing a bad accident with my kids in the car, like some of the submitted complainants have experienced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #28

Oct 092014

Routan

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled as the etc (electronic throttle control) warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer informed that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 11V151000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Sturbridge, MA, USA

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