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7 Worst VW Cars in Terms of Problems and Complaints

Volkswagen wants to be a major car brand in the U.S., up there with Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet. The classic, original Volkswagen Beetle left a remarkable impression. However, there have been a lot of VW models that were just bad.

Hopefully, you don’t own one of these, but we can fix it if you do! Call (520) 881-3273 or come by Tucson’s reliable Volkswagen repair experts, Little Germany, Inc., at 5235 E. Speedway.

Here are seven of the worst VW cars:

2009 Jetta

CarComplaints.com lists the 2009 model as the worst Jetta year model of them all—and as you read on, you’ll realize that that is really saying something. Most complaints cite either “engine failure” or “brake problems.” The former stem mainly from stalled engines and broken turbos. The latter is primarily failing ABS modules.

2006-2008 Jetta

Any discussion of the worst Volkswagen made includes the “fancy looking, cheap build” 2006-2008 Jettas. All they have going for them is design. The 2.0L turbo engine is a non-conventional “Dual Mass” flywheel. The transmission makes rattling noises when the car turns off. Drivers also report that the reverse gear often fails.

2006 Passat

The VW Passat is one of the worst VW cars because it idles roughly and requires way too much preventive maintenance, particularly to components around the timing belt, just to keep the engine in good condition. This is just too many issues for a small vehicle.

2003 Jetta

The 2003 VW Jetta is among the worst Volkswagens. Its stroke engine smoked most of the time, and the car always seemed to need oil. The fuel tank sat over the top of the engine, relying on gravity to do most of its job. Take the word of our experts at Little Germany, Inc. and avoid this car.

VW Golf (Mark IV Edition)

While not a horrible car, the VW Golf (Mark IV Edition) was unreliable and unattractive and continues to haunt VW to this day. Originally designed in the 1970s to appeal to hatchback lovers, this compact car has its share of engine problems, including ignition failures, spark plug problems, and rough cold starts. With an outdated appearance and some issues under the hood, this isn’t the best than VW has to offer.

2002 Passat

Would you be interested in a “fancy looking, but cheap build” sedan? Car buyers didn’t either. All this car has going for it is that it’s nice to look at. It guzzles gas, scratches easily (inside and out), needs frequent re-alignments, and is just slow.

VW Phaeton

Volkswagen can design premium-class machines well. The Phaeton, however, is not one of those success stories. Although the Phaeton is a decent piece of technology, its small limo design can’t compete with more high-end Mercedes or BMW models. Car aficionados call the Phaeton a “classic lemon,” one of the worst VW cars.

For top-quality, reliable maintenance and repair for your VW, Audi, BMW, or Mini-Cooper, call or come by Little Germany, Inc., 5235 E. Speedway, phone (520) 881-3273.

Next: Learn more about Volkswagen Passat’s common problems.

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