Volkswagen Golf - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volkswagen Golf owners have reported a total of 1,115 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volkswagen Golf. The 2001 Volkswagen Golf cars have the most problems reported (149 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volkswagen Golf

  Common problems of Volkswagen Golf

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Volkswagen Golf cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (186 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (152 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Golf

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
186
  Air Bag
152
  Electrical System
112
  Other Fuel System
93
  Power Train
82
  Visibility
64
  Service Brakes
57
  Exterior Lighting
45
  Diesel Fuel System
43
  Equipment
38
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
34
  Structure
31
  Gasoline Fuel System
29
  Steering
25
  Suspension
22
  Latches/locks/linkage
21
  Unknown Or Other
19
  Seat Belt
19
  Seats
16
  Tire
10
  Wheel
10
  Electronic Stability Control
3
  Interior Lighting
2
  Air Brake
1
  Child Seat
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volkswagen Golf of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Golf model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volkswagen Golf model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Golf Model Years

Golf
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 1654,3141    
0.29
  2016 2542,9602    
0.29
  2015 7847,6803    
0.55
  2014 58,7224    
0.14
  2013 5129,8455    
0.34
  2012 5532,2526    
0.28
  2011 13022,3667    
0.83
  2010 8520,1858    
0.53
  2006 124,07012    
0.25
  2005 2214,50913    
0.12
  2004 3025,15314    
0.09
  2003 3134,12115    
0.06
  2002 9731,80216    
0.19
  2001 14932,80217    
0.27
  2000 11727,48818    
0.24

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volkswagen Golf is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Golf
1
  2017 Golf
9
  2016 Golf
9
  2015 Golf
36
  2013 Golf
5
  2012 Golf
18
  2011 Golf
33
  2010 Golf
19
  2007 Golf
1
  2006 Golf
2
  2005 Golf
6
  2004 Golf
9
  2003 Golf
5
  2002 Golf
16
  2001 Golf
24
  2000 Golf
5
  1999 Golf
8
  1998 Golf
4
  1996 Golf
18


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