TXMomof4 Posted September 25, 2012 Share Posted September 25, 2012 I am absolutely at the end of my rope with this situation and I am praying someone here has a fantastic idea! DH and I bought a 2009 VW Routan a little over a year ago. We bought it from a dealer, had a clean car fax - used with 18,000 miles. We really stepped out and bought a vehicle with every little thing we wanted. And I do like the van...BUT.... It does this weird, random thing. Sometimes it just won't start. It always starts from cold, but if I drive to the store (< 2 miles) it won't start when I get back to my car. Well, eventually it will start, but it just clicks the first few times you turn it over. The BIG problem is that if I've been driving longer, it can take hours for it to decide to start. We were stuck in Savannah for over an hour, had called the tow truck and when he got there, the car started right up. The battery was replaced in March, a new starter in May, new ignition relay in June....we did buy the extended warranty with this car (which has been a giant blessing). We've been taking the car to the VW dealership here in town. They have worked and looked and disconnected and reconnected everything in the car. We get it back and it works for a few weeks then starts up this nonsense again. This last time they said they can't figure out what the problem is. :confused: So - here's the issue. I am getting rid of this car. However, because VW vans do not hold their value we owe a few thousand more than the trade in value on the van. Besides which - we won't get much for a van with known mechanical difficulties. The dealership we've been dealing with has said they will try to get a trade allowance to get us into a new Routan, but the new vans are outrageously expensive and besides I'm a little burnt on VW vans. They have offered a little if we trade for a used car with them, but they have a limited supply of used cars and they are WAY overpriced. I can't take this car to another dealership though. IF it started, it's dishonest to give them a car that doesn't run. Obviously I would never consider selling private party. Do any of you see any options that I'm not thinking of? Unless we want to eat thousands of dollars by trading it with another dealership - but then we will start underwater on our next car and I do not want to do that. Lemon laws don't apply because we bought the car used. The problem seems significantly worse when it's hot and we're moving to a desert in the spring, so we'll have lots of hot. I can't risk being stranded for hours everytime I go anywhere. Argh! So - any brilliant, creative solutions to this? I am furious that I am just supposed to accept that my car can't be fixed. Why the h*ll did I pay for the warranty if they can't fix it. There has to be some recourse somewhere. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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