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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Volkswagen

What’s most likely to break in a Volkswagen? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


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Defective Timing Chains and the Threat of Engine Failure

According to VW their timing chains should last at least 120,000 miles, but the ones in the 2-liter EA888 engines break a lot sooner. The issue is the subject of multiple class-action lawsuits.

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Oil Sludge in the 1.8L Turbocharged Engine

From 1997-2005, VW manufactured a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with a tiny 3.7 quart oil capacity. That’s simply not a lot of oil to compensate for the amount of heat this engine generates. Complaints sparked a class-action lawsuit with an eventual settlement to help many ...

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VW's History of Bad Mass Airflow and O2 Sensors

What is it about the VW mass airflow sensor that keeps causing VW owners problems?

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The Most Recalled Models

Volkswagen generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Volkswagen News

VW Says New Lawsuit Represents Group Unaffected by the “Clean Diesel” Scandal

A new group of diesel owners are seeking “clean diesel” compensation from Volkswagen. The owners had not been covered by previous diesel settlements because they had sold or traded in the cars before dieselgate became public knowledge. From

Volkswagen told the judge those former owners and lessees are attempting to pry money out of the automaker’s pockets even though the former owners didn’t lose anything. When they sold or traded their diesel vehicles, or ended the lease agreements, the transactions occurred before the emissions scandal was known.

The lawsuit boils down to economic harm. VW says the cars were sold at a value determined before anyone knew they spewed 40x the legal limit of NOx emissions, so dieselgate had no affect. The owners say they paid a premium for an eco-friendly car and should be compensated accordingly.

Now a judge will decide if this case is a money grab.

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Two Jettas Have a ‘Freaky Friday’ Moment, Swap VINs

Did Volkswagen just have a Freaky Friday moment? According to, a pair of 2017 Jettas need to be recalled because their VINs don’t match up.

A VIN, which stands for vehicle identification number, is a unique 17 character code given to each car in the USA. It is used for tracking recalls, registrations, accident reports, theft claims, and insurance coverage. The VIN is displayed on multiple points on each car so they can always be checked against one another.

For two Jettas, however, their VIN markings don’t match the VIN plates near their windshields. Presumably because the two cars mixed up their plates. That is a legal no-no.

There’s no need to freak out, however. To VW’s credit, the automaker has already replaced the affected cars.

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