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Every VW vehicle has problems, some just have more than others.

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked VW generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Atlas

Score 2.31

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Beetle

Score 9.23

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 91
  • Investigations 37
  • TSBs 871

Cabrio

Score 1.85

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 3
  • Investigations 6
  • TSBs 84

Cabriolet

Score 0.22

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 6
  • Investigations 4
  • TSBs 4

CC

Score 15.83

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 14
  • Investigations 15
  • TSBs 268

e-Golf

Score 0.35

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 6
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 9

Eos

Score 8.81

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 10
  • Investigations 14
  • TSBs 421

Eurovan

Score 0.04

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 1
  • Investigations 7
  • TSBs 62

Fox

Score 0.12

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 11
  • Investigations 2
  • TSBs 14

GLI

Score 3.67

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Golf

Score 5.34

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 103
  • Investigations 52
  • TSBs 849

Golf GTI

Score 5.63

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

GTI

Score 8.02

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 24
  • Investigations 33
  • TSBs 638

Jetta

Score 22.02

NHTSA Data

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 6
  • TSBs 90

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 77

Passat

Score 26.87

NHTSA Data

Rabbit

Score 3.49

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 10
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 154

Routan

Score 14.87

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 10
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 326

Tiguan

Score 21.97

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 20
  • Investigations 75
  • TSBs 322

Touareg

Score 4.41

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 16
  • Investigations 14
  • TSBs 564

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 7
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 17

Vanagon

Score 0.68

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 3
  • TSBs 4

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

What is NHTSA Data?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency dedicated to keeping the roads safer by conducting investigations into potential problems, recalling safety issues, and tracking technical service bulletins issued by automakers.