Inspect Brakes at Every Service as Rear Brakes Wear Out Quickly on Volkswagen Jetta

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

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Average mileage: 54,500 (8,000–79,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2009, 2012, 2015
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta 8,000 mi,
Squeal they say normal
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 62,000 mi,
Changed brakes at 62K miles, rear brake pads had about 3/32" of lining left on all 4 pads. The front pads really didn't have to be changed and had about 3/16" of lining left on all 4 pads. If I had waited for the warning light to com on I would have damaged the rear disks. This is very unusual as every other car I have ever owned had the front brakes wear out first.
My jetta started to make this loud noise on the back, when I breaked. It was like a rumble, and sometimes I could hear pulsations. I took it to midas (because I hate my VW dealer), and they told they were surprised I had never had to do any work on the brakes before. They needed to replace the back rotors and pads, resurface the front breaks, and replace the break fluid. Before this happened, I always took my car to the VW dealer for every service. I never miss a service. I find it amazing that the dealer had never found anything wrong with my brakes. Anyways Midas is fixing them now for $800
2001 Volkswagen Jetta 42,000 mi,
rear brakes needed to be replaced