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1996 Volkswagen Golf - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 1996 Volkswagen Golf

77 problems have been reported for the 1996 Volkswagen Golf. The following chart shows the 14 most common problems for 1996 Volkswagen Golf. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling with 14 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (12 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 1996 Volkswagen Golf

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
14
  Electrical System
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
8
  Structure
7
  Equipment
6
  Air Bag
6
  Visibility
5
  Steering
4
  Power Train
3
  Suspension
3
  Service Brakes
3
  Vehicle Speed Control
3
  Seat Belt
2
  Tire
1

small car iamge Problem Occurrence Trend

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 1996 Volkswagen Golf in 1996.

Table 2. Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  1996
1
  1997
10
  1998
13
  1999
4
  2000
3
  2001
14
  2002
1
  2003
0
  2004
1
  2005
0
  2006
1
  2007
0
  2008
0
  2009
0
  2010
2
  2011
0
  2012
0
  2013
0
  2014
0
  2015
0
  2016
0
  2017
0

small car iamge Compare the 1996 Volkswagen Golf with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Volkswagen Golf, the following table can be used to compare the 1996 Volkswagen Golf with the Volkswagen Golf from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 1996 Golf is 77 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Volkswagen Golf is 47.

Table 3. Compare the 1996 Volkswagen Golf with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Golf
4
  2016 Golf
17
  2015 Golf
66
  2014 Golf
2
  2013 Golf
39
  2012 Golf
51
  2011 Golf
126
  2010 Golf
77
  2009 Golf
3
  2008 Golf
1
  2007 Golf
1
  2006 Golf
11
  2005 Golf
22
  2004 Golf
30
  2003 Golf
31
  2002 Golf
96
  2001 Golf
149
  2000 Golf
117
  1999 Golf
76
  1998 Golf
28
  1997 Golf
25
  1996 Golf
77


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