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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 8,182 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 (862 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Jetta
8
  2015 Jetta
34
  2014 Jetta
101
  2013 Jetta
161
  2012 Jetta
284
  2011 Jetta
433
  2010 Jetta
780
  2009 Jetta
750
  2008 Jetta
174
  2007 Jetta
210
  2006 Jetta
662
  2005 Jetta
295
  2004 Jetta
258
  2003 Jetta
522
  2002 Jetta
862
  2001 Jetta
842
  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 (1,203 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (1,176 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,203
  Electrical System
1,176
  Power Train
1,015
  Air Bag
619
  Visibility
503
  Service Brakes
502
  Other Fuel System
464
  Exterior Lighting
350
  Seats
316
  Equipment
306
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  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
251
  Vehicle Speed Control
194
  Gasoline Fuel System
166
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Tire
119
  Suspension
113
  Latches/locks/linkage
112
  Seat Belt
110
  Steering
105
  Wheel
57
  Electronic Stability Control
41
  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 1014,8862    
10.34
  2013 1617,5993    
7.06
  2012 2844,6514    
15.27
  2011 4335,2325    
16.55
  2010 78070,1976    
1.85
  2009 75074,3367    
1.44
  2008 17487,1468    
0.25
  2007 21084,7849    
0.28
  2006 66285,37010    
0.78
  2005 29586,58911    
0.31
  2004 25893,30712    
0.23
  2003 522149,54613    
0.27
  2002 862145,72714    
0.42
  2001 842154,99015    
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
6
  2015 Jetta
22
  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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