We are 107,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

Mazda Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability

Show details
Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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    
2016 Mazda Mazda3 30
56.4935064935% 56.4935064935% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 5.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 4900 miles
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  25 Jettas, 5.7 months of data per Jetta, average 5000 miles

 

2015 Mazda Mazda3 14
11.9047619048% 11.9047619048% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  80 Mazda3s, 9.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 14100 miles
2015 Volkswagen Jetta 29
47.619047619% 47.619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Jettas, 9.1 months of data per Jetta, average 12500 miles

 

2014 Mazda Mazda3 18
18.1318681319% 18.1318681319% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  95 Mazda3s, 9.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 24700 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta 23
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  41 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 26300 miles

 

2013 Mazda Mazda3 16
10.0985221675% 10.0985221675% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  56 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 37500 miles
2013 Volkswagen Jetta 38
53.4482758621% 53.4482758621% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  45 Jettas, 7.6 months of data per Jetta, average 46500 miles

 

2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.6 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 46200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Mazda Mazda3 15
8.12807881773% 8.12807881773% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  76 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 52500 miles
2012 Volkswagen Jetta 32
41.6256157635% 41.6256157635% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  45 Jettas, 8.4 months of data per Jetta, average 57900 miles

 

2011 Mazda Mazda3 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 53500 miles
2011 Volkswagen Jetta 41
38.6446886447% 38.6446886447% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  34 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 73000 miles

Redesigned.

 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 27
18.1318681319% 18.1318681319% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  84 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 71400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 70600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.7 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 68200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Jetta sedan diesels, 10.5 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 84800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Mazda Mazda3 34
18.221574344% 18.221574344% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 10.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 86000 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 70200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 49
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  46 Jetta diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 98300 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 62
50.8746355685% 50.8746355685% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  40 Jetta 2.5s, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 77500 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 82
74.1982507289% 74.1982507289% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  25 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.0 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 74100 miles

 

2008 Mazda Mazda3 54
37.9120879121% 37.9120879121% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  47 Mazda3s, 10.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 95400 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 50
33.5164835165% 33.5164835165% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  25 Jetta 2.0Ts, 7.6 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 83900 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  32 Jetta 2.5s, 8.9 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 92800 miles

 

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.5 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 80500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Mazda Mazda3 57
34.7290640394% 34.7290640394% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  46 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 106600 miles

First model year for the MazdaSpeed3.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Jetta 2.5s, 10.6 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 113200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 84
61.3300492611% 61.3300492611% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  30 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.5 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 100100 miles

 

2006 Mazda Mazda3 57
40.0269541779% 40.0269541779% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  36 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 113400 miles
2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta diesels, 9.8 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 143600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jetta 2.5s, 9.3 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 124700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Mazda Mazda3 91
56.1833688699% 56.1833688699% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  25 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 120600 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
2005 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Jettas, 9.4 months of data per Jetta, average 134100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Mazda Mazda3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Mazda3s, 8.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 126200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 110500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 101
55.5238095238% 55.5238095238% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  26 Jetta diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 231100 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Jettas, 8.5 months of data per Jetta, average 150900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Jetta diesels, 9.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 235000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Jettas, 8.4 months of data per Jetta, average 110600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Jettas, 6.0 months of data per Jetta, average 153200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

Return to top

Was this information useful?

We're glad we could help! Share this page:

We're so sorry! Tell us how we can improve it.

Take the TrueDelta survey on your car and get free access to all of the data on this page. Click here to get started!
See reliability results for all Sedans and Hatchbacks.
See reliability results for all Mazda and Volkswagen vehicles.

Mazda Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda Mazda3 or Volkswagen Jetta reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mazda Mazda3 and Volkswagen Jetta reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mazda Mazda3 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 Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta have been recently.

See TrueDelta's information for all Sedans and Hatchbacks.
See TrueDelta's information for all Mazda models and Volkswagen models.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect. full 2012 Mazda Mazda3 review
2012 4dr Hatch 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I do have to hand it to this car; it's been DEAD RELIABLE. Nothing has been broken enough to warrant a trip to the shop. THe only issue I had was with the heater fan making noise, and then the heater stopped working at the end of last winter, but it is woring normally now, without a repair. full 2012 Mazda Mazda3 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 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. full 2012 Volkswagen Jetta review
2015 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. full 2013 Volkswagen Jetta review