Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported a total of 9,328 problems for their cars built in the 22 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volkswagen Jetta. The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta cars have the most problems reported (937 problems).

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

  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 (1,417 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,330 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
1,417
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,330
  Power Train
1,106
  Air Bag
688
  Service Brakes
614
  Visibility
525
  Other Fuel System
522
  Equipment
493
  Exterior Lighting
392
  Seats
332
   
  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
260
  Vehicle Speed Control
219
  Gasoline Fuel System
167
  Steering
145
  Suspension
128
  Tire
125
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Seat Belt
116
  Latches/locks/linkage
114
  Electronic Stability Control
102
  Wheel
71
  Parking Brake
19
  Air Brake
16
  Interior Lighting
13
  Child Seat
3
  Traction Control System
3

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volkswagen Jetta of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. 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 indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    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 results are 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 1984,8864    
10.13
  2013 3247,5995    
8.53
  2012 4634,6516    
16.59
  2011 5495,2327    
14.99
  2010 88970,2018    
1.58
  2009 93774,3619    
1.40
  2008 19787,15910    
0.23
  2007 23484,78411    
0.25
  2006 70685,37012    
0.69
  2005 31186,58913    
0.28
  2004 27793,30714    
0.21
  2003 541149,54615    
0.24
  2002 872145,72716    
0.37
  2001 852154,99017    
0.32
  2000 621140,49818    
0.25

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 Jetta
16
  2016 Jetta
17
  2015 Jetta
24
  2014 Jetta
58
  2013 Jetta
51
  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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