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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 8,549 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 (868 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Jetta
15
  2015 Jetta
52
  2014 Jetta
123
  2013 Jetta
216
  2012 Jetta
341
  2011 Jetta
485
  2010 Jetta
812
  2009 Jetta
803
  2008 Jetta
185
  2007 Jetta
216
  2006 Jetta
687
  2005 Jetta
297
  2004 Jetta
264
  2003 Jetta
531
  2002 Jetta
868
  2001 Jetta
845
  2000 Jetta
617
  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 (1,260 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,248 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
1,260
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,248
  Power Train
1,050
  Air Bag
637
  Service Brakes
530
  Visibility
510
  Other Fuel System
483
  Equipment
366
  Exterior Lighting
361
  Seats
322
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  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
255
  Vehicle Speed Control
204
  Gasoline Fuel System
167
  Tire
121
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Steering
116
  Suspension
115
  Seat Belt
113
  Latches/locks/linkage
112
  Wheel
63
  Electronic Stability Control
56
  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

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Jetta
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2014 1234,8863    
8.39
  2013 2167,5994    
7.11
  2012 3414,6515    
14.66
  2011 4855,2326    
15.45
  2010 81270,1977    
1.65
  2009 80374,3368    
1.35
  2008 18587,1469    
0.24
  2007 21684,78410    
0.25
  2006 68785,37011    
0.73
  2005 29786,58912    
0.29
  2004 26493,30713    
0.22
  2003 531149,54614    
0.25
  2002 868145,72715    
0.40
  2001 845154,99016    
0.34
  2000 617140,49817    
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
13
  2015 Jetta
22
  2014 Jetta
56
  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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