Volkswagen - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare Volkswagen models

The following chart shows the Volkswagen models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, Volkswagen has sold far more Jetta model cars than the Phaeton model.

Table 1. Compare Volkswagen models

Volkswagen Model Number of Problems
  Jetta
9,417
  Passat
8,058
  Beetle
2,043
  Golf
1,115
  GTI
1,102
  CC
1,080
  Tiguan
878
  Routan
872
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
659
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
366
  Jetta Sportwagen
339
  Cabrio
205
  Rabbit
192
  Eurovan
167
  R32
142
  GLI
42
  Cabriolet
41
  Phaeton
11

Number of problems reported for all models of Volkswagen built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of Volkswagen cars have reported a total of 28,020 problems across all Volkswagen models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Volkswagen models, is 1218.2. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,445 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Volkswagen
532
  1997 Volkswagen
398
  1998 Volkswagen
1,117
  1999 Volkswagen
1,823
  2000 Volkswagen
1,870
  2001 Volkswagen
2,073
  2002 Volkswagen
2,213
  2003 Volkswagen
1,849
  2004 Volkswagen
1,483
  2005 Volkswagen
894
  2006 Volkswagen
1,706
  2007 Volkswagen
818
  2008 Volkswagen
798
  2009 Volkswagen
2,445
  2010 Volkswagen
2,064
  2011 Volkswagen
1,333
  2012 Volkswagen
1,628
  2013 Volkswagen
1,416
  2014 Volkswagen
840
  2015 Volkswagen
406
  2016 Volkswagen
156
  2017 Volkswagen
95
  2018 Volkswagen
62

Common problems of Volkswagen Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of Volkswagen cars. The number one most common problem of Volkswagen cars is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling, with 3,996 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,881 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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