The Routan, Volkswagen's version of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, will hit dealerships in summer 2008. The Routan is more upscale than both its siblings, but it forgoes some of their most versatile features. Competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Si... Read Full Report
For the record, my kids loved the 2009 Volkswagen Routan. They liked the electronic sliding doors with push-button operation. My oldest was intrigued by all the storage compartments and finding things to put in them. (I'm pretty sure if we tested the Routan in the summer, there would have been frogs and snakes hidden in all of them.) They loved packing loads of friends into the Routan, and... Read full review for the 2009 Volkswagen Routan
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I don't understand why the Routan is getting so many lukewarm reviews from "expert" car reviewers. I own a Routan and have had nothing but positive experiences with it so far. My husband and I both lo... Read Full Review
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What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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