3rd Gen (1992 – 1999) Volkswagen Jetta Problems

The 3rd generation of the Jetta has a cumulative PainRank™ of 4.03. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1992–1999 Jetta model years have sent in 79 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the electrical (21%) followed by the engine (17%) and the transmission (12%).

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 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
1999 19
5.07
1998 21
9.35
1997 10
4.16
1996 22
12.2
1995 5
1.11
1994 1
0.16
1993 0
0.0
1992 1
0.17

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