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Volkswagen Golf - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Golf owners have reported 945 problems for their cars built in the 19 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 (149 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Golf
3
  2015 Golf
30
  2014 Golf
1
  2013 Golf
26
  2012 Golf
43
  2011 Golf
114
  2010 Golf
70
  2007 Golf
1
  2006 Golf
11
  2005 Golf
20
  2004 Golf
30
  2003 Golf
29
  2002 Golf
96
  2001 Golf
149
  2000 Golf
117
  1999 Golf
75
  1998 Golf
28
  1997 Golf
25
  1996 Golf
77

  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 (160 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (107 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

Golf
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2015 3036,3131    
0.83
  2014 18,7222    
0.06
  2013 2629,8293    
0.29
  2012 4332,1624    
0.33
  2011 11422,3585    
1.02
  2010 7020,1766    
0.58
  2006 114,07010    
0.27
  2005 2014,50911    
0.13
  2004 3025,15312    
0.10
  2003 2934,12113    
0.07
  2002 9631,80214    
0.22
  2001 14932,80215    
0.30
  2000 11727,48816    
0.27

  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
  2015 Golf
25
  2013 Golf
5
  2012 Golf
17
  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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