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Volkswagen Golf - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Golf owners have reported 764 problems for their cars built in the 16 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Volkswagen Golf. The 2001 Volkswagen Golf cars have the most problems reported (145 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Golf
4
  1997 Golf
7
  1998 Golf
28
  1999 Golf
72
  2000 Golf
117
  2001 Golf
145
  2002 Golf
96
  2003 Golf
26
  2004 Golf
29
  2005 Golf
20
  2006 Golf
10
  2007 Golf
1
  2010 Golf
64
  2011 Golf
93
  2012 Golf
36
  2013 Golf
16

  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 (123 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (95 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Golf

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Volkswagen Golf to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. 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 implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    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 result is shown in Table 3.

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

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2002 Golf   96 / 40,157   12
0.20
  2003 Golf   26 / 29,383   11
0.08
  2004 Golf   29 / 24,670   10
0.12
  2005 Golf   20 / 15,690   9
0.14
  2006 Golf   10 / 28,699   8
0.04
  2007 Golf   1 / 41,844   7
0.00
  2010 Golf   64 / 28,286   4
0.57
  2011 Golf   93 / 34,706   3
0.89
  2012 Golf   36 / 40,885   2
0.44

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  1998 Volkswagen Golf
4
  1999 Volkswagen Golf
8
  2000 Volkswagen Golf
5
  2001 Volkswagen Golf
24
  2002 Volkswagen Golf
16
  2003 Volkswagen Golf
5
  2004 Volkswagen Golf
9
  2005 Volkswagen Golf
6
  2006 Volkswagen Golf
2
  2007 Volkswagen Golf
1
  2010 Volkswagen Golf
19
  2011 Volkswagen Golf
33
  2012 Volkswagen Golf
17
  2013 Volkswagen Golf
4



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