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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
8,892
  Passat
7,412
  Beetle
1,958
  Golf
1,064
  GTI
1,010
  New Beetle
868
  Routan
755
  CC
674
  Tiguan
607
  Touareg
590
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  Jetta Sportwagen
327
  EOS
313
  Cabrio
203
  Eurovan
166
  Rabbit
163
  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 25,657 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 1166.2. Cars from Volkswagen's 2002 model year have the most problems reported (2,197 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
1,823
  2000 Volkswagen
1,862
  2001 Volkswagen
2,057
  2002 Volkswagen
2,197
  2003 Volkswagen
1,827
  2004 Volkswagen
1,437
  2005 Volkswagen
867
  2006 Volkswagen
1,610
  2007 Volkswagen
724
  2008 Volkswagen
678
  2009 Volkswagen
2,157
  2010 Volkswagen
1,787
  2011 Volkswagen
1,137
  2012 Volkswagen
1,294
  2013 Volkswagen
1,117
  2014 Volkswagen
667
  2015 Volkswagen
272
  2016 Volkswagen
81
  2017 Volkswagen
21

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 3,681 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,539 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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