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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported a total of 9,000 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 (901 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 (1,357 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,293 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
1,357
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,293
  Power Train
1,076
  Air Bag
662
  Service Brakes
587
  Visibility
515
  Other Fuel System
506
  Equipment
435
  Exterior Lighting
379
  Seats
329
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  Diesel Fuel System
289
  Structure
258
  Vehicle Speed Control
212
  Gasoline Fuel System
167
  Steering
131
  Suspension
124
  Tire
123
  Unknown Or Other
119
  Seat Belt
115
  Latches/locks/linkage
114
  Electronic Stability Control
91
  Wheel
66
  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 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 1664,8863    
11.32
  2013 2657,5994    
8.72
  2012 4134,6515    
17.76
  2011 5285,2326    
16.82
  2010 86470,2017    
1.76
  2009 90174,3618    
1.51
  2008 19187,1599    
0.24
  2007 22984,78410    
0.27
  2006 69785,37011    
0.74
  2005 30586,58912    
0.29
  2004 26793,30713    
0.22
  2003 540149,54614    
0.26
  2002 872145,72715    
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 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
7
  2016 Jetta
17
  2015 Jetta
23
  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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