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Mazda Mazda2 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda Mazda2 or Volkswagen Jetta reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda Mazda2 and the Volkswagen Jetta truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mazda Mazda2 and Volkswagen Jetta reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mazda Mazda2 and the Volkswagen Jetta were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Mazda Mazda2 and the Volkswagen Jetta have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Volkswagen Jetta 36 Jettas, 6.7 months of data per Jetta, average 8700 miles40
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 46 Jettas, 9.4 months of data per Jetta, average 19200 miles19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 63 Jettas, 9.7 months of data per Jetta, average 33300 miles30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Mazda2   22 Mazda2s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda2, average 36300 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 47 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 51400 miles

Redesigned.
26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   17 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 60000 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   24 Jetta sedan diesels, 10.0 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 61900 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 34 Jetta 2.5s, 9.1 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 61000 miles

Common problem with the intake manifold on the 2.0T engine.
19
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 52 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 78100 miles

Common problem with the intake manifold on the 2.0T engine.
41
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 29 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.7 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 65300 miles

Common problem with the intake manifold on the 2.0T engine.
100
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 36 Jetta 2.5s, 9.5 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 74900 miles46
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 32 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.8 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 69400 miles81
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 32 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.6 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 90300 miles88
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 37 Jetta 2.5s, 8.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 97600 miles93
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   13 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.0 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 119900 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   16 Jetta 2.5s, 9.1 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 100400 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 30 Jetta diesels, 8.7 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 127700 miles

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120
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 8.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 148600 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta   13 Jettas, 7.4 months of data per Jetta, average 121300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta   16 Jettas, 10.5 months of data per Jetta, average 100500 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 30 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 132100 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 25 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 213000 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 26 Jettas, 8.5 months of data per Jetta, average 112600 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   14 Jetta diesels, 10.3 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 196900 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 9.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 206600 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 26 Jettas, 8.8 months of data per Jetta, average 139100 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta   14 Jettas, 8.1 months of data per Jetta, average 131600 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda Mazda2

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Mazda2

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 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.
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.
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.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The diesel engine is proven and will last a very long time if properly maintained- which does add to the expense of the vehicle in the long run. It appears to be well built and sound, in comparison to some other makes of vehicles I have ridden in.
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.
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!
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Nothing in the first 42K miles but, reading the newsgroups has me worried down the line....
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.