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
9,524
  Passat
8,181
  Beetle
2,056
  CC
1,132
  Golf
1,131
  GTI
1,122
  Tiguan
968
  Routan
890
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
683
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
378
  Jetta Sportwagen
348
  Cabrio
205
  Rabbit
193
  Eurovan
167
  R32
142
  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 28,505 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 1187.7. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,485 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
1,871
  2001 Volkswagen
2,075
  2002 Volkswagen
2,217
  2003 Volkswagen
1,850
  2004 Volkswagen
1,489
  2005 Volkswagen
900
  2006 Volkswagen
1,714
  2007 Volkswagen
838
  2008 Volkswagen
808
  2009 Volkswagen
2,485
  2010 Volkswagen
2,112
  2011 Volkswagen
1,364
  2012 Volkswagen
1,691
  2013 Volkswagen
1,480
  2014 Volkswagen
887
  2015 Volkswagen
433
  2016 Volkswagen
175
  2017 Volkswagen
115
  2018 Volkswagen
127
  2019 Volkswagen
3

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 4,074 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,960 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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