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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
9,084
  Passat
7,601
  Beetle
1,981
  Golf
1,082
  GTI
1,037
  New Beetle
868
  CC
835
  Routan
819
  Tiguan
657
  Touareg
623
  New Beetle Convertible
423
  EOS
335
  Jetta Sportwagen
331
  Cabrio
203
  Rabbit
169
  Eurovan
166
  R32
140
  GLI
42
  Cabriolet
41
  Phaeton
11

Number of problems reported for all models of Volkswagen built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of Volkswagen cars have reported a total of 26,448 problems across all Volkswagen models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Volkswagen models, is 1149.9. Cars from Volkswagen's 2009 model year have the most problems reported (2,249 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
1,863
  2001 Volkswagen
2,061
  2002 Volkswagen
2,202
  2003 Volkswagen
1,835
  2004 Volkswagen
1,454
  2005 Volkswagen
877
  2006 Volkswagen
1,648
  2007 Volkswagen
759
  2008 Volkswagen
726
  2009 Volkswagen
2,249
  2010 Volkswagen
1,883
  2011 Volkswagen
1,233
  2012 Volkswagen
1,409
  2013 Volkswagen
1,204
  2014 Volkswagen
709
  2015 Volkswagen
320
  2016 Volkswagen
108
  2017 Volkswagen
33
  2018 Volkswagen
4

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 3,785 problems reported. The second most common Volkswagen car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,661 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Volkswagen vehicles



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