2nd Gen (1985 – 1991) Volkswagen Jetta Problems

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%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1991 2
0.44
1990 4
0.84
1988 1
0.13
1987 1
0.66
1986 1
0.11
1985 1
0.2

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