2nd Generation (1985—1991) Jetta Problems

This generations ranks 12th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (40%), electrical (20%), and the hvac (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Starter Motor Fails 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1987 Volkswagen Jetta.
  2. Broken Axle 1 complaints at an average of 150,000 miles in the 1991 Volkswagen Jetta.
  3. Won\'t Start 1 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1990 Volkswagen Jetta.

What Jetta Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 1990 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 2 7 10 0.43
1990 4 7 2 0.84
1988 1 8 1 0.13
1987 1 4 1 0.66
1986 1 3 1 0.11
1985 1 4 1 0.2

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