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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 8,672 problems for their cars built in the 21 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 Jetta. The 2002 Volkswagen Jetta cars have the most problems reported (869 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Jetta
21
  2015 Jetta
53
  2014 Jetta
135
  2013 Jetta
230
  2012 Jetta
354
  2011 Jetta
493
  2010 Jetta
819
  2009 Jetta
849
  2008 Jetta
186
  2007 Jetta
223
  2006 Jetta
691
  2005 Jetta
298
  2004 Jetta
265
  2003 Jetta
531
  2002 Jetta
869
  2001 Jetta
845
  2000 Jetta
618
  1999 Jetta
483
  1998 Jetta
244
  1997 Jetta
214
  1996 Jetta
251

  Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Volkswagen Jetta cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (1,277 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,261 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
1,277
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,261
  Power Train
1,052
  Air Bag
645
  Service Brakes
557
  Visibility
512
  Other Fuel System
487
  Equipment
376
  Exterior Lighting
368
  Seats
324
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  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
255
  Vehicle Speed Control
207
  Gasoline Fuel System
167
  Tire
122
  Steering
121
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Suspension
119
  Seat Belt
114
  Latches/locks/linkage
112
  Electronic Stability Control
73
  Wheel
63
  Parking Brake
19
  Air Brake
15
  Interior Lighting
13
  Child Seat
3
  Traction Control System
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Volkswagen Jetta 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 Jetta 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 Jetta 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 Jetta Model Years

Jetta
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2014 1354,8863    
9.21
  2013 2307,5994    
7.57
  2012 3544,6515    
15.22
  2011 4935,2326    
15.70
  2010 81970,1977    
1.67
  2009 84974,3368    
1.43
  2008 18687,1469    
0.24
  2007 22384,78410    
0.26
  2006 69185,37011    
0.74
  2005 29886,58912    
0.29
  2004 26593,30713    
0.22
  2003 531149,54614    
0.25
  2002 869145,72715    
0.40
  2001 845154,99016    
0.34
  2000 618140,49817    
0.26

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of Volkswagen Jetta 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
  2016 Jetta
16
  2015 Jetta
22
  2014 Jetta
58
  2013 Jetta
50
  2012 Jetta
51
  2011 Jetta
105
  2010 Jetta
100
  2009 Jetta
94
  2008 Jetta
22
  2007 Jetta
36
  2006 Jetta
85
  2005 Jetta
54
  2004 Jetta
31
  2003 Jetta
73
  2002 Jetta
121
  2001 Jetta
99
  2000 Jetta
93
  1999 Jetta
69
  1998 Jetta
37
  1997 Jetta
14
  1996 Jetta
48



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