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
9,926
  Passat
8,488
  Beetle
2,117
  GTI
1,266
  CC
1,209
  Golf
1,183
  Tiguan
1,142
  Routan
979
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
725
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
418
  Jetta Sportwagen
365
  Atlas
211
  Rabbit
207
  Cabrio
205
  Eurovan
167
  R32
146
  Jetta Hybrid
58
  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 30,197 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 1258.2. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,586 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
1,872
  2004 Volkswagen
1,508
  2005 Volkswagen
923
  2006 Volkswagen
1,756
  2007 Volkswagen
861
  2008 Volkswagen
848
  2009 Volkswagen
2,586
  2010 Volkswagen
2,235
  2011 Volkswagen
1,444
  2012 Volkswagen
1,846
  2013 Volkswagen
1,644
  2014 Volkswagen
1,025
  2015 Volkswagen
541
  2016 Volkswagen
260
  2017 Volkswagen
152
  2018 Volkswagen
420
  2019 Volkswagen
233

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 4,361 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (4,199 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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