How reliable is a Volkswagen Jetta?

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Jetta on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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How long does the average VW Jetta last?

Shopping for a vehicle and solely basing your decision on looks is risky business. Before even setting foot on a dealership lot, you as a customer probably will come prepared with a number of questions before you even think about taking a test drive or signing any paperwork. With any large purchase, one of the most important things to research is quality and longevity; buying something only to turn around and replace it certainly isn’t getting your money’s worth.

Because the midsize Jetta is a best-seller not just in the Volkswagen brand but the sedan segment as a whole, one common question we have no qualms answering is how long the average VW Jetta lasts.

rear view of the 2016 volkswagen jettaThe production of the Volkswagen Jetta began back in 1979 and here in 2016, it remains one of the best-selling sedans.

More Than 100k Miles, No Major Problems

Some of the older Volkswagen Jetta models that find their way onto dealership lots are up there in miles; easily surpassing the 100,000 mile marker without having any major issues. Unless the vehicle is a lemon, if it is well taken care of by its owner, a Volkswagen Jetta will have no problem thriving and surviving beyond 100,000 miles–the engine itself is built to endure this sort of wear-and-tear without breaking down.

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Why do most drivers sell their Volkswagen Jetta?

The main reason for turnover is because people want something new to drive. Each year models are updated with state-of-the-art technology and tweaked to have a more eye-catching design. New comfort features are added and let’s face it, there comes a time for change and having something newer and nicer is almost always welcomed.

technology in 2016 volkswagen jettaOn average, how long will a Volkswagen Jetta last?

Of  course this answer will vary depending on how much driving you do personally, but the average driver will travel 13,476 miles in a year. It will take approximately 7.5 years to reach 100,000 miles, and the typical Volkswagen Jetta has no problem surpassing this milestone as we stated before. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for them to reach 200k without ever having had a serious problem.

*Keeping current with routine maintenance and annual service is going to be the absolute best bet for a vehicle’s lifespan.*

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Ranging in years and varying by trim level, there is a wide variety when it comes to the Volkswagen Jetta here at Donaldson VW. Whether you are serious about buying in the near future or just curious about possibly owning a Volkswagen somewhere down the road, we gladly welcome you to come test drive the Volkswagen Jetta.

 

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35 Responses to “How reliable is a Volkswagen Jetta?”

  1. Shiontae Robinson says:

    I have a Volkswagen Jetta 2012 SE and I just wanted to know will it b able to go over 200k miles without problems?

    • Alice says:

      Yes, it would easily go over that. I have a 2002 VW Jetta and it’s already over 200K and I haven’t had a single issue with it. Especially with yours being 10 years newer than mine, it would definitely last that long and even longer too.

      • Joey says:

        I have a 2012 Jetta s and it has 148,000k with no issues yet have changed timing belt 2 wice and have kept up with all other maintenance intervals. I am planning on 200,000k miles and then more after……

        • George says:

          I’m confused I thought VW has introduced timing chains in their models after 2005.
          Can you clarify your a belt changes?
          Thanks

    • Sue says:

      My Jetta 2000 model has 300,000 km on it and drives really well. My last Jetta was 26 years old (a 1986 model) and lastet more than 385,000 km when I sold it. They are good cars when you maintain them well.

      • Will says:

        Sue — What did you do special to get so many miles from your cars? What size engines are /were they? Any turbos? I’m thinking about buying my first. Would you recommend me buying new or used? Thanks. Will

        • AppaGT2 says:

          Will, I have a 2000 Vw Jetta 2.0 N/A 5 speed manual. For the life of the car its only had general wear and tear items replaced. Full synthetic oil changes every 5k miles. I just checked the undercarriage while replacing my pads and rotors, there is minimal to no rust.

  2. Kolby Carter says:

    I have a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 with only 114,000 miles on it. I’m wondering would it be fine to drive out of town?

  3. Vince says:

    I had a Gold TDI 2002 and the car had 250 000 miles when I sold it

    I Buy a Jetta 2.5 in 2013 … and the car have 94 000 miles now… it start and ride like a brand new.

    I do normal maintenance on those car.. no extra maintenance and nothing wrong happen. Just follow the Maintenance Guide and you will be ok for more miles then you think !

  4. Gloria says:

    I have a 2014 Jetta with 147000 and it now starts giving oroblem. Currently the car is in the shop . Needs TCM, timing chain, tentioner and plus oil chain. Still paying for this car. Hope it last to 400000 and more. Sweet car with a sauce on the road. Speed

  5. Gloria says:

    I have a 2014 Jetta with 147000 and it now starts giving problem. Currently the car is in the shop . Needs TCM, timing chain, tentioner and plus oil chain. Still paying for this car. Hope it last to 400000 and more. Sweet car with a sauce on the road. Speed . Hey I am getting a coolant flush, power steering flush and brake fuel flush next month. Machanic says it will last very long

  6. Terrell Carr says:

    I have a 2014 Volkswagen when I bought it in 2016 it had 34,000 on it in now at 98,555 and have not had any major issues with the engine. I keep up with my maintenance and I’m about to get an 100,000 mile service done on it . I love this car hope it last 400,000 plus

  7. Mike says:

    My cousin had an 2008 jetta and she got rid of it ,because it was to expensive to fix. My dad got rid of his 2007 GTI for the same reason. I have a 2016 jetta 20k miles ,no issues yet and I hope it stays that way or a least is cheaper to fix than the Mk5 models.

  8. Isa says:

    I have a Volkswagen Jetta 2011 and I wanted to ask you it has 43,000 miles is start giving me problems right after I bought it right when I’m driving it turns off when I stop on the stop sign it turns off automatically I wanted to ask you guys does this car have guarantee in the motor engine
    Thank you

  9. Paul says:

    I have a 2006 Jetta TDI, I have replaced the EGR value around 100,000 or so. I had the Cam’s replaced at 196,000. It has 240,000 miles and running strong. I looking forward of getting over 300K on it with no other issues. Did have the 80k maintenance which replace the timing belt and water pump. Replace again when the Cam’s was replaced. (They had to pull them off to get to the cam’s so just paid extra for the new parts) Glow plug harness is bad on it. I got the part, just need to replace it. Getting still 40 plus MPG on it. I love driving.

  10. Christopher says:

    I am interested in a 99 Jetta that has 270k miles, but no major damage, and listed in “fair” condition.
    Should I reject that offer?

  11. Tanesha says:

    I have a 2003 VW Jetta with 197,601 miles so far no issues!!!!

  12. monica mendez says:

    I have a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta with 251k miles on it how long can the car last up to

  13. John Makeham says:

    Mine has just failed at 170,000 miles with major big end problems.
    At £10,000 plus for a new engine I will have to replace with second hand.
    A shame because the rest of the car is in perfect condition.

  14. Annelien Mayer says:

    I have a 1995 Jetta 1800 csx with 620 000k on the clock. Do services every 10 000k. Engine has been opened once but everything is still standard. I use it daily and have no problems at all. Great car.

  15. Lee says:

    I have a 2011 Jetta wagon 2.5 5 cylinder. I bought the car in 2014 with 50,000 miles on it for $10,000. The good price was because of the dent in the back right quarter panel. I commute 45 miles each way 5 days a week. I’m currently sitting at 172,000 miles. The only maintenance I’ve ever done has been oil changes between 8000 and 10000, and I changed the spark plugs and coils at a hundred thousand miles. I had to replace the battery 2017. I’m still using all of the original brake system components with about 60% life in the front and 25% in the back. This car still thinks it’s brand new. Knock on wood, but I certainly expect this car to make it to 300,000.

  16. Gayle says:

    In 2010, I bought a 2008 Jetta SE manual with 20,000 miles on it. I LOVE this car. Right now, it has over 315,000 miles on it and is going strong – I plan to see how long I can keep it/miles I can put on it and thus far, other than the need of a leak detection pump, it has only needed routine maintenance. Trust me, the next vehicle I purchase will most likely be a VW, as well. Am considering trying a TDI, since I drive around 30,000 per year.

  17. Rams says:

    I have brought VW 2013 jetta, it have 65,000 Miles on it. When I checked with delaership he said Transmission Oil need to be changed. Is it really required to change, please suggest me, thank you.

  18. Irene says:

    I have a 2012 Jetta with 250,000 plus miles. Still got the front original brakes on and in good shape.

  19. Ali says:

    Hi, is your 2012 jetta TDI with diesel engine or regular gas .

  20. Teresa T says:

    I purchased a one owner lease 2011 VW Jetta with 11,600 miles on it in 2014. Today, it has 61890 miles on it as I work maybe 4 miles round trip from my house. I keep up with the annual maintenance so I have all confidence that I will have this car well beyond the 100000 mile mark.

  21. Steve says:

    Yes, according to the car maintenance, if it has the DSG transmission, the transmission fluid needs to be changed every 40K miles.

  22. Benjamin Lin says:

    2007 Rabbit, vacuum pump failing every 50k miles, now at 120k miles, alternator broken down, transmission is nearly dead and requires overhaul, and some other issues that dealership quote nearly 6k to fix iall Along the way, I have had some weird things need to be fixed like door lock, once lock my kids inside the car w/o any warning/reason…I had 2nd gen Golf, it used to be a fun and reliable car to drive, now this car is like a nightmare everyday.

  23. Randy says:

    Just sold Jetta 2012 GLI Autobahn at 204,000 miles. Best vehicle commuter vehicle I have owned. I feel pretty confident if I decided to keep it could have made it to 300k. Decided to try a TDI for the better fuel mileage.

  24. Justin says:

    Hey I was looking for gli comments.
    I’m debating buyin a 2012 with 113k on it.
    All service records though don’t by VW.
    My last Jetta had timing failure so I’m nervous but the car seems well maintained.
    You don’t see manny 2.0t owners saying 200k so ty

  25. Will says:

    We got 600,000Km (373k miles) + on a 2004 diesel VW Jetta wagon, passed down from my wife’s father. Only had to keep up with regular maintenance and replace all Fuel injectors once, turbo once, transmission once and a few gaskets/seals, that’s an operating lifespan of 15 years with 40K per year. 13 years stored inside and a few outside so I believe that helped a lot. Just picked up a 2011 VW TDI 🙂 and hoping to do the same.

  26. Jake James says:

    I’ve had two of the VW Jetta TDI’s. My first was an ’04. I ran it to 320,000 miles. I had heard that the transmission is what finally lands these cars into the junkyard. I decided to sell mine. The person that I sold it to put another 15,000 miles on it and then sold it to someone else. That person is still driving it two years later. I think that the diesels way outlast the gassers. I currently have an 05 jetta tdi with 225,000 with many more happy miles to go. I would drive it anywhere.

  27. Jake James says:

    I’ve had two of the VW Jetta TDI’s. My first was an ’04. I ran it to 320,000 miles. I had heard that the transmission is what finally lands these cars into the junkyard. I decided to sell mine. The person that I sold it to put another 15,000 miles on it and then sold it to someone else. That person is still driving it two years later. I replaced the alternator at 300,000 miles. I never had to replace the starter or the AC compressor… and it was still blowing cold when I sold it. I changed the timing belt every 100,000 miles and changed the oil with full synthetic every 10K. I think that the diesels way outlast the gassers. I currently have an 05 jetta tdi with 225,000 with many more happy miles to go. I would drive it anywhere.

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