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Mazda Mazda2 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Jettas, 6.5 months of data per Jetta, average 6500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta 21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Jettas, 9.8 months of data per Jetta, average 18500 miles

 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta 27
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 36500 miles

 

2012 Volkswagen Jetta 33
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Jettas, 9.4 months of data per Jetta, average 47800 miles

 

2011 Mazda Mazda2   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Mazda2s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda2, average 44600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta 58
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Jettas, 9.8 months of data per Jetta, average 66100 miles

Redesigned.

 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.0 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 66200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.4 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 73500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 60
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Jetta 2.5s, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 71600 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 71
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 Jetta diesels, 9.2 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 86500 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 81
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.5 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 69000 miles

 

2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 60
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Jetta 2.5s, 7.0 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 82800 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.6 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 79500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 76
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.8 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 98400 miles
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 97
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Jetta 2.5s, 10.0 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 106900 miles

 

2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jetta 2.5s, 8.3 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 115800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 135500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 130300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Jettas, 7.9 months of data per Jetta, average 131100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 111800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Jettas, 8.3 months of data per Jetta, average 137400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 162
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Jetta diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 224800 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jetta diesels, 9.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 198900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 113400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Jetta diesels, 8.9 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 216300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta 100
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Jettas, 8.1 months of data per Jetta, average 154800 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2000 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Jettas, 4.8 months of data per Jetta, average 150700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Mazda Mazda2 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

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Mazda Mazda2 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hatch 100-horsepower 1.5L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have a squeaking sound that turned up in the back of the cargo area after 20,000 and have not been able to diagnose what the issue is, nor could the dealer. Drivers seat creaks as well. Paint is thin and doesn't hold up to rock chips very well.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I drive an average of 20,000 miles per year and am currently on track to put more than 40,000 miles in two years of ownership. Not one problem whatsoever. No visits to dealership other than routine maintenance. Very solid vehicle so far.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
We purchased the vehicle new in June 2012. Around Oct I noticed a bubble on the lower half of the steering wheel. It did not bother me until I seen a thread was starting to come undone. We showed the dealer and they said to monitor it, and if it gets worse come back in. On a weekend trip it came undone more. Once back in town we took it in, and they scheduled to replace it. They did so under warranty with not problems. Besides this One problem the vehicle as been flawless. With just over 40k miles on the vehicle we both say we would get another one. Problem is I told the wife she MUST wait tell 150k miles to get a new vehicle.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Comes with a good warranty and free oil changes. VW has a good reputation for building quality vehicles.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
After 105,000 I can say that this car has been very reliable. Timing belt and water pump at 85000 to be safe. A front bearing went bad at 40000. A turbo sensor went bad at 100000. Brakes lasted til 80000. Never has needed an alignment. No other issues. This car just runs and runs.
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
With the odometer reading over 36,000 miles I have not had any unpleasant surprises or repairs.
2007 0 VW has been turning owners into mechanics for a long time. My Jetta TDI has some "quirks". There are a lot of known problems. At least they are consistent. I live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest dealership, which means I bought a repair manual and I order my parts directly from the dealer to fix my own problems when I can. It's a car, not a rocket ship, and it's really not as scary and you think it is when you roll your sleeves up and jump in. Overall, Oil changes are $50-75 a pop done every 10,000 miles. Synthetic oil is expensive. Major service like timing belt is about $1,100 - wouldn't recommend DIY if you're not particularly skilled. The stealership will charge you a labor rate of nearly $100 per hour. If I ignore the stupid little things that don't matter (radio buttons peeling off, key fob that doesn't work), do work where I can (-replace glow plugs, light bulbs, fuses, brakes, filters) and let the major repairs fall where they will. In 4 years I've spent about $4000 in maintenance INCLUDING OIL CHANGES AND TIRES, most of which was timing belt ($1,100) and dual mass flywheel failure and clutch replacement ($1750).I think you'll find that about average.
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car has held together very well in the 26,000 miles I have owned it. True Delta and Consumer Reports both show that reliability is good and improved considerably over older VWs.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Diesel powertrains are renown for their durability. My brother has a diesel Golf with 120,000 still purring.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Diesel reliability and longevity. Gotten nearly 5 years out of the car without any of the stereotypical VW glitches.
2006 0 I'm about to buy a 2006 Jetta tdi. I'd buy any tdi if it took my eye but I found a 2006 Jetta for $4200 au with only 97,000 on the clock. It's automatic.. I want to know if it's a yay or nay with this model. When things are too good to be true they usually are.. Cheers! Michael
Volkswagen Jetta Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Sunroof decided to not close after two weeks, I had to give it a little help with my hand, then after three days it fixed itself. If it happens again it'll have to go back to the dealer for repair. Otherwise no problems.
2011 4dr Sedan 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW has traditionally had troubles with reliability. We've had the Jetta for 9 months and 8,000 miles (daughter's car) and thus far there have been four admittedly minor recalls. On positive, structure feels sturdy all controls appear of hi
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
1 year old, shop needed to work on motor at least twice.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
More than a little concerned about Volkswagen’s lingering reputation for poor reliability, high repair costs, parts availability and short livened parts.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
This car has required too many repairs: clutch master cylinder failure (125k miles) clutch slave cylinder failure (167k miles master replaced again, just to be sure) DMF failure (186k miles converted to SMF) HPFP failure (167k and 190k miles) - $5500 repair (VW paid for first one) motor mount failure (drivers side) P2015 intake manifold flap problem (fixed with dieselgeeks kit) Exhaust pressure sensor 2 failure Delayed air conditioning Forgot that it had aux input when battery disconnected I did drive the car for 115,000 and its ability to generate expensive repairs never ceased to amaze me. Parts are very expensive and the labor times are long because it is difficult to work on. Also this was the first year of the Common Rail diesel engine, and there are a lot of problems that weren't worked out. (example: High Pressure Fuel Pump and single piece diesel particulate filter). Bottom Line: think really hard before you buy a 2009 VW Jetta TDI
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
I ran into many interior cosmetic trim issues during the warranty period, however no major mechanical problems. Now at ~67k miles I have had to replace the drivers door latch and one of my radiator cooling fans is acting up.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
A few annoying problems to date. Electrical system issues. Nothing in the powertrain or major subsystems.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
TDI engine lasts forever if you take care of it, but its a VW and they are notorious for needing lots of repairs on everything else on the car.
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
Fuel pump had to be replaced around 73k miles. Car felt sluggish after I bought it used. I had a bad feeling the pump was going to go. Luckily there was a dealer only 36 miles away in Billing, MT that JUST opened. I limped the car in. Wish I had my tools I could've done the repair in the parking lot. Lift the bottom of the back seat up and there it is.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
06 Jetta TDI has a long list of common issues, all of which I have had, Transmission valve body failure, dual mass flywheel catastrophic failure, camshafts wear out which puts steel bits inside engine, expensive EGR coolers fail. Beware!