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
9,810
  Passat
8,429
  Beetle
2,107
  CC
1,193
  GTI
1,169
  Golf
1,159
  Tiguan
1,081
  Routan
960
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
715
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
413
  Jetta Sportwagen
358
  Cabrio
205
  Rabbit
201
  Atlas
193
  Eurovan
167
  R32
146
  Jetta Hybrid
53
  GLI
42
  Cabriolet
41
  Phaeton
11

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

Owners of Volkswagen cars have reported a total of 29,744 problems across all Volkswagen models built from year 1996 to 2019. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Volkswagen models, is 1239.3. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,562 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
1,873
  2001 Volkswagen
2,076
  2002 Volkswagen
2,223
  2003 Volkswagen
1,871
  2004 Volkswagen
1,505
  2005 Volkswagen
918
  2006 Volkswagen
1,750
  2007 Volkswagen
851
  2008 Volkswagen
837
  2009 Volkswagen
2,562
  2010 Volkswagen
2,206
  2011 Volkswagen
1,416
  2012 Volkswagen
1,816
  2013 Volkswagen
1,616
  2014 Volkswagen
1,004
  2015 Volkswagen
512
  2016 Volkswagen
238
  2017 Volkswagen
137
  2018 Volkswagen
374
  2019 Volkswagen
88

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 4,242 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (4,153 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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