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Volkswagen Jetta - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 7,135 problems for their cars built in the 20 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 (848 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Jetta
36
  1997 Jetta
96
  1998 Jetta
242
  1999 Jetta
483
  2000 Jetta
608
  2001 Jetta
829
  2002 Jetta
848
  2003 Jetta
503
  2004 Jetta
240
  2005 Jetta
273
  2006 Jetta
626
  2007 Jetta
192
  2008 Jetta
161
  2009 Jetta
624
  2010 Jetta
636
  2011 Jetta
330
  2012 Jetta
214
  2013 Jetta
111
  2014 Jetta
74
  2015 Jetta
9

  Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Volkswagen Jetta cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,061 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (995 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Jetta

  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

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2002 Jetta   848 / 145,604   13
0.45
  2003 Jetta   503 / 117,867   12
0.36
  2004 Jetta   240 / 91,790   11
0.24
  2005 Jetta   273 / 104,063   10
0.26
  2006 Jetta   626 / 103,331   9
0.67
  2007 Jetta   192 / 98,951   8
0.24
  2008 Jetta   161 / 97,461   7
0.24
  2009 Jetta   624 / 108,427   6
0.96
  2010 Jetta   636 / 123,213   5
1.03
  2011 Jetta   330 / 177,360   4
0.47
  2012 Jetta   214 / 170,424   3
0.42

  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
  1998 Volkswagen Jetta
37
  1999 Volkswagen Jetta
69
  2000 Volkswagen Jetta
93
  2001 Volkswagen Jetta
98
  2002 Volkswagen Jetta
121
  2003 Volkswagen Jetta
73
  2004 Volkswagen Jetta
31
  2005 Volkswagen Jetta
53
  2006 Volkswagen Jetta
85
  2007 Volkswagen Jetta
36
  2008 Volkswagen Jetta
22
  2009 Volkswagen Jetta
94
  2010 Volkswagen Jetta
95
  2011 Volkswagen Jetta
100
  2012 Volkswagen Jetta
42
  2013 Volkswagen Jetta
42
  2014 Volkswagen Jetta
48
  2015 Volkswagen Jetta
6



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