The 2nd generation of the Jetta has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.4. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 1985–1991 Jetta model years have sent in 10 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (40%) followed by the electrical (20%) and the hvac (10%).