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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
8,769
  Passat
7,309
  Beetle
1,938
  Golf
1,050
  GTI
1,003
  New Beetle
868
  Routan
738
  CC
645
  Tiguan
580
  Touareg
579
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  Jetta Sportwagen
318
  EOS
305
  Cabrio
203
  Eurovan
165
  Rabbit
155
  R32
139
  GLI
42
  Cabriolet
41
  Phaeton
10

Number of problems reported for all models of Volkswagen built from year 1996 to 2017.

Owners of Volkswagen cars have reported a total of 25,280 problems across all Volkswagen models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Volkswagen models, is 1149.0. Cars from Volkswagen's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (2,195 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
1,111
  1999 Volkswagen
1,821
  2000 Volkswagen
1,861
  2001 Volkswagen
2,053
  2002 Volkswagen
2,195
  2003 Volkswagen
1,817
  2004 Volkswagen
1,432
  2005 Volkswagen
862
  2006 Volkswagen
1,595
  2007 Volkswagen
711
  2008 Volkswagen
669
  2009 Volkswagen
2,114
  2010 Volkswagen
1,743
  2011 Volkswagen
1,108
  2012 Volkswagen
1,230
  2013 Volkswagen
1,051
  2014 Volkswagen
618
  2015 Volkswagen
263
  2016 Volkswagen
79
  2017 Volkswagen
16

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 3,632 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,474 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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