3rd Generation (1992—1999) Jetta Problems

This generations ranks 28th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (21%), engine (17%), and the transmission (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failed 4 complaints at an average of 78,086 miles in the 1996 Volkswagen Jetta.
  2. Axel Failure 1 complaints at an average of 25,000 miles in the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta.
  3. Burns Oil 6 complaints at an average of 86,525 miles in the 1999 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 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 19 7 95 5.07
1998 21 3 40 9.34
1997 10 2 40 4.15
1996 22 2 30 12.19
1995 5 6 33 1.11
1994 1 7 23 0.16
1993 0 6 23 0.0
1992 1 4 9 0.17

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