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2003 Volkswagen Golf - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf

31 problems have been reported for the 2003 Volkswagen Golf. The following chart shows the 11 most common problems for 2003 Volkswagen Golf. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags with 11 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (4 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
11
  Electrical System
4
  Seats
4
  Suspension
3
  Power Train
2
  Exterior Lighting
2
  Equipment
1
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1
  Wheel
1
  Other Fuel System
1
  Seat Belt
1

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf in the United States are 34,121 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Volkswagen Golf owners in the last 14 years is 31, and the age of the vehicle is 14, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 31 / 34,121 / 14 * 1000 = 0.06.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Volkswagen Golf model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf in 2003.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2003
5
  2004
2
  2005
3
  2006
2
  2007
4
  2008
3
  2009
2
  2010
0
  2011
1
  2012
0
  2013
0
  2014
3
  2015
3
  2016
0
  2017
2

small car iamge Compare the 2003 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 2003 Volkswagen Golf with the Volkswagen Golf from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2003 Golf is 31 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Volkswagen Golf is 47.

Table 3. Compare the 2003 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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