really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,452 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Routan brakes problems

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2009 Volkswagen Routan Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 012010


  • miles


After less than 1 year of driving the van, I noticed shaking while braking. I thought it was just bad braking habits. Last year, I rode an american version of this van (Chrysler or Dodge), there was the same problem. I sent it to the dealership today and found out that rear rotors were bad. I checked the internet and there were similar problems. I asked them to repair it hopefully, they will replace with better parts. I think the brakes were not designed for the V8 engine.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #13

Dec 172009


  • 12,000 miles
Brake rotors warp very quickly on this vehicle (which is also made by Chrysler). During heavy braking at 40mph the steering wheel vibrates very heavily due to warped brake rotors (happens under 12000miles). Don't see how antilock sensors can withstand this vibration and get an accurate reading to keep the vehicle from locking the wheels. I have already had incidents where applying the brakes at 40mph hour that I have skidded but was smart enough to let off once I realized the ABS was not functioning correctly and re-applied the brakes.VW and dealer acknowledge the problem and replace the rotors with the same defective rotors on the vehicle. This is an engineering problem and not a wear and tear issue as they claim. It will only be a matter of time before someone gets killed in a bad accident thinking that ABS brakes and there braking system is reliable. High speed braking is not something you do everyday but in an emergency and that's when you realize that your brakes are warped and in need of repair!!! but it might be too late!!!

- Port Reading, NJ, USA

problem #12

Dec 282010


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Routan. The contact stated that the front brake rotors were warped. While depressing the brakes to a stop, the vehicle would shimmer before stopping. The vehicle was taken to the dealer previously who replaced the brake pads and rotors under warranty. The manufacturer was not notified of the recent failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 022010


  • 20,041 miles


The 09 VW Routan has needed brakes and rotors replaced every 9 months. To date VW has covered the cost of replacement under warranty however have yet to make a recall on these parts.

- Cedar Grove , NJ, USA

problem #10

May 102011

Routan 6-cyl

  • 32,878 miles
Bought the van in Sept of 2009 with approximately 1000 miles. Were told it was a demo vehicle for auto shows. Had to bring it back within a couple of weeks for brake issues...pounding-pulsating when stopping. Brake rotors and pads continually pulsate. Problem is worse when stopping on the downhill or when brakes are heated or pressured. Feel like we lose breaking ability when breaking on the downhill. We have brought the car in multiple times to have the situation corrected. Under warrantee agreement, rotors have been replaced a couple of times, pads replaced several times at volkswagon's expense. Problem continues to occur. Last service (5/10/11) at volkswagon dealership, brakes were inspected and we were told numerous problems needed fixing including front and rear rotors resurfaced, pads, etc. But even though car was still under warrantee, they would not cover the repairs and we would have to pay for them. Volkswagon has records of service to our van so know of the ongoing issue with the brakes from the time we purchased it. We have spoken to other owner who is experiencing same issue with her brakes. We feel that volkswagon needs to help solve this problem as obviously replacing rotors and pads does not solve the problem. We use this car to travel between homes in ct and fl and feel that this is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. Car was purchased from and serviced at volkswagon in and also serviced at in clearwater, fl. Last service, when they refused to cover cost of repairs to brakes was at in fl. We have complete set of service records. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 062010


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Routan. The contact was driving various speed and when pressure was applied to the brake pedal, there was a delayed response with an excessive vibration. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on five separate occasions who stated the brakes were not compatible for the vehicle weight capacity. The front and rear rotors were replaced five times. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 200.

- Hopatcong , NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 182010

Routan 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


VW Routan 2009-the braking system after 6 weeks started to shake and at times I have come close to not coming to a full stop due to the violent vibration it caused. I am thinking that if I don't ease up on the brakes that something is going to explode. This continues even after requesting for the dealership to investigate. Now at 18000 miles I am requiring to replace rotors and brakes. $$$. unfair. With all the recalls associated with this vehicle, I am tempted to trade in.. I use to love and trust the VW reputation:(( time to change!!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 142011

Routan 6-cyl

  • 40,715 miles
Premature rear brake failure. With 40K miles the rear caliper locked causing burning of the pads, and requiring complete replacement of all rear brake components.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 152010


  • 3,000 miles
Brakes started shaking at around 3,000 miles. When the brakes were applied the warped rotors caused a shimmy that was almost uncontrollable. The dealer turned the rotors and within 500 miles they exhibited the same problem again. The dealer then changed all four rotors. The vehicle now has 20,000 miles and is showing the same problem again.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Feb 182011

Routan 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Bad rear brakes / rotors.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 142011

Routan 6-cyl

  • 3,499 miles


The rotors in my 2009 VW Routan had to replaced after 3900 miles and now again at 9930 miles. The van shakes horribly when braking on the freeway or going downhill - usually associated with any speed over 40 miles an hour. The service at the dealership seemed aware that it was a continual problem. The rotors will always become warped, the van will shake, and we will have to take the van it to have to rotors adjusted - according to my records, roughly every 4000 miles. The van has 10040 miles on it and is 1 year old.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #3

May 152009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Routan. While the vehicle was parked with the key in the ignition, the rear door opened and would not close. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it; the door then closed. She stated that once a child's hands got caught in the rear door. The vehicle was taken to two authorized dealers seven times; once the dealer vacuumed the channels where the pulleys were located. The doors hesitated after but did not stay open. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for brake issues as the brakes were grinding and was informed that the rear drums and rotors needed to be replaced. The transmission hesitated and the seams were separating on the rear portion of the front seats. The vehicle had not been repaired. There were five recalls for the vehicle but the repairs had not been performed. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000 and the current mileage was 26,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 132010

Routan 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Excessive vibration during light/moderate braking- this has been noticeable at a very early mileage. After 16,000 miles the noise and vibration has become very annoying- the whole vehicle vibrates.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 062010


  • 5,000 miles
My brakes and rotors have gone out twice in my brand new VW Routan. Once at 5,000 miles and again at 10,000 miles. It has had a ton of other problems and has been in the shop for weeks at a time. Multiple recalls have been repaired at each service as well. Entire vehicle shaking and brakes not working correctly both times. I am afraid to drive it with my baby in the car.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

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