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
10,240
  Passat
8,588
  Beetle
2,146
  GTI
1,426
  Tiguan
1,241
  CC
1,234
  Golf
1,233
  Routan
1,014
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
756
  EOS
427
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  Jetta Sportwagen
378
  Atlas
258
  Rabbit
210
  Cabrio
205
  Eurovan
167
  R32
147
  Jetta Hybrid
63
  GLI
42
  Cabriolet
41
  Phaeton
11

Number of problems reported for all models of Volkswagen built from year 2019 to 1996.

Owners of Volkswagen cars have reported a total of 31,118 problems across all Volkswagen models built from year 2019 to 1996. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Volkswagen models, is 1296.5. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,654 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Volkswagen
513
  2018 Volkswagen
467
  2017 Volkswagen
181
  2016 Volkswagen
312
  2015 Volkswagen
591
  2014 Volkswagen
1,096
  2013 Volkswagen
1,719
  2012 Volkswagen
1,905
  2011 Volkswagen
1,509
  2010 Volkswagen
2,281
  2009 Volkswagen
2,654
  2008 Volkswagen
868
  2007 Volkswagen
883
  2006 Volkswagen
1,763
  2005 Volkswagen
933
  2004 Volkswagen
1,521
  2003 Volkswagen
1,873
  2002 Volkswagen
2,223
  2001 Volkswagen
2,078
  2000 Volkswagen
1,875
  1999 Volkswagen
1,824
  1998 Volkswagen
1,118
  1997 Volkswagen
398
  1996 Volkswagen
532

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 4,566 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (4,315 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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