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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 8,052 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 (860 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Jetta
5
  2015 Jetta
28
  2014 Jetta
98
  2013 Jetta
149
  2012 Jetta
264
  2011 Jetta
423
  2010 Jetta
765
  2009 Jetta
723
  2008 Jetta
168
  2007 Jetta
208
  2006 Jetta
654
  2005 Jetta
295
  2004 Jetta
251
  2003 Jetta
517
  2002 Jetta
860
  2001 Jetta
838
  2000 Jetta
615
  1999 Jetta
483
  1998 Jetta
243
  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 engine and engine cooling (1,182 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (1,153 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,182
  Electrical System
1,153
  Power Train
1,001
  Air Bag
609
  Visibility
501
  Service Brakes
493
  Other Fuel System
450
  Exterior Lighting
345
  Seats
312
  Equipment
299
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  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
247
  Vehicle Speed Control
193
  Gasoline Fuel System
166
  Tire
119
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Latches/locks/linkage
112
  Suspension
109
  Seat Belt
106
  Steering
101
  Wheel
57
  Electronic Stability Control
38
  Parking Brake
18
  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 984,8862    
10.03
  2013 1497,5993    
6.54
  2012 2644,6514    
14.19
  2011 4235,2325    
16.17
  2010 76570,1976    
1.82
  2009 72374,3367    
1.39
  2008 16887,1468    
0.24
  2007 20884,7849    
0.27
  2006 65485,37010    
0.77
  2005 29586,58911    
0.31
  2004 25193,30712    
0.22
  2003 517149,54613    
0.27
  2002 860145,72714    
0.42
  2001 838154,99015    
0.36
  2000 615140,49816    
0.27

  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
3
  2015 Jetta
21
  2014 Jetta
53
  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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