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
9,673
  Passat
8,321
  Beetle
2,085
  CC
1,156
  GTI
1,147
  Golf
1,145
  Tiguan
1,050
  Routan
934
  New Beetle
868
  Touareg
697
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
400
  Jetta Sportwagen
354
  Cabrio
205
  Rabbit
196
  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 29,057 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 1210.7. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,514 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
2,075
  2002 Volkswagen
2,220
  2003 Volkswagen
1,862
  2004 Volkswagen
1,497
  2005 Volkswagen
910
  2006 Volkswagen
1,736
  2007 Volkswagen
846
  2008 Volkswagen
822
  2009 Volkswagen
2,514
  2010 Volkswagen
2,181
  2011 Volkswagen
1,396
  2012 Volkswagen
1,758
  2013 Volkswagen
1,547
  2014 Volkswagen
947
  2015 Volkswagen
473
  2016 Volkswagen
204
  2017 Volkswagen
128
  2018 Volkswagen
170
  2019 Volkswagen
27

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 4,144 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (4,051 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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