: This is where VW Routans go to die.



Jesda
07-11-10, 01:21 PM
While perusing the "bargain lot" at Dean Team Volkswagen/Audi, I stumbled upon a dozen brand new, unregistered, completely abandoned Volkswagen Routans. There are currently 5,000-8,000 of these unsold vans sitting in inventory nationwide, piling up like leaves.

http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0173.jpg
http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0174.jpg
This white one has 10 miles on it. It is slowly becoming one with the foliage. I think the plan here is to let the trees slowly engulf the van until it becomes one with nature. The dealership can then tell insurance it was stolen.

http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0175.jpg
Trees -- The only living things in this world that would ever go near a Routan.

http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0176.jpg

http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0177.jpg

http://www.q45.org/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/normal_CIMG0179.jpg
Some more shoved in the back next to an old Chevy and a barbecue pit.



VW isn't doing much to unload them because of brand integrity concerns, so they're going to sit around and rot, much like the Crossfire which was last built in 2007 but continued to sit around (and remained on Chrysler's web site as a new model) until 2010. The 2002-2006 Q45 also lingered for as long as two years after being discontinued.

Maybe VW will discipline bad employees by forcing them to commute in Routans. Or, maybe they can start a car rental company.

Stingroo
07-11-10, 01:47 PM
What's so bad about them?

Someone could snap them up in bulk and start an airport taxi business or something. lol

Jesda
07-11-10, 01:57 PM
They cost $1000 to $3000 more than a Town and Country but they don't have Stow and Go or the rotating picnic table. Basically, take a Chrysler van, remove all the useful features, and jack up the price and you have a Routan.

OffThaHorseCEO
07-11-10, 02:23 PM
They cost $1000 to $3000 more than a Town and Country but they don't have Stow and Go or the rotating picnic table. Basically, take a Chrysler van, remove all the useful features, and jack up the price and you have a Routan.

any more power? suspension? leather feel any better? interior set up any nicer?

Jesda
07-11-10, 02:58 PM
The nose looks different. The dashboard and door panels are nicer, but not dramatically nicer, and the layout is the same. The seats are slightly better. The handling is tweaked a bit. The inside of a Routan isn't on par with, say, something as nice as a Volkswagen CC, and its not as nice as a Passat inside either.

The engines are the standard Chrysler 3.8 and 4.0 V6. There is no additional power.

OffThaHorseCEO
07-11-10, 03:11 PM
The nose looks different. The dashboard and door panels are nicer, but not dramatically nicer, and the layout is the same. The seats are slightly better. The handling is tweaked a bit. The inside of a Routan isn't on par with, say, something as nice as a Volkswagen CC, and its not as nice as a Passat inside either.

The engines are the standard Chrysler 3.8 and 4.0 V6. There is no additional power.

o what? so you literally meant its a town and country with less stuff

93DevilleUSMC
07-11-10, 06:47 PM
I would take that old Chevy over any new Routan any day.

ga_etc
07-11-10, 07:08 PM
I would take that old Chevy over any new Routan any day.

Agreed. Screw the Routan, I want the K5 Blazer.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-11-10, 07:15 PM
They cost $1000 to $3000 more than a Town and Country but they don't have Stow and Go or the rotating picnic table. Basically, take a Chrysler van, remove all the useful features, and jack up the price and you have a Routan.

Ah, the typical German mindset when it comes to marketing others cars as theirs...



VW isn't doing much to unload them because of brand integrity concerns

I have to wonder why they even built them then? Or atleast why they used someone else's platform instead of making their own.


VW FTL.

Bro-Ham
07-11-10, 09:20 PM
Routans everywhere here. I see more of them than Chrysler T&C. There is a HUGE VW dealer here, perhaps they are being successful by selling their inventory instead of hiding it in the back 40. :)

EChas3
07-11-10, 09:21 PM
Are these the VW's that the manual prohibits towing?

93DevilleUSMC
07-11-10, 09:41 PM
Agreed. Screw the Routan, I want the K5 Blazer.

That blazer should be pretty easy/cheap to repair and maintain. Not so with the Routan.

jayoldschool
07-11-10, 09:53 PM
LOL, both of my GM V8 wagons get better gas mileage than this Routan crap. Positive they tow more, too!

Stingroo
07-11-10, 10:10 PM
LOL, both of my GM V8 wagons get better gas mileage than this Routan crap. Positive they tow more, too!

:highfive: Longroofs unite!

jayoldschool
07-11-10, 10:35 PM
I also guarant-dam-tee that my wagons do better burnouts than the VWs ;)

drewsdeville
07-12-10, 01:50 AM
I also guarant-dam-tee that my wagons do better burnouts than the VWs ;)

Yes, you'd better write VW a letter and tell them how much they failed in this aspect.

If the Routan did better burnouts, I'd have my wallet out, asking for the address to this place.