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Ford Escape vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Escapes, 3.8 months of data per Escape, average 3300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Ford Escape 28
48.1366459627% 48.1366459627% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 8200 miles
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 9300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Ford Escape 26
38% 38% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Escapes, 10.0 months of data per Escape, average 20000 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 31
49.4285714286% 49.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat TDIs, 11.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 29900 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Passat gass, 8.3 months of data per Passat gas, average 21600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Ford Escape 41
56.6666666667% 56.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 37200 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 27
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat gass, 9.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 35100 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 62
96.6666666667% 96.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 46800 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.

 

2012 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Escapes, 8.5 months of data per Escape, average 44000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 36
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat gass, 9.2 months of data per Passat gas, average 53100 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 48
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Passat TDIs, 10.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 55700 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.

 

2011 Ford Escape 26
21.0204081633% 21.0204081633% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Escapes, 7.9 months of data per Escape, average 58800 miles

 

2010 Ford Escape 64
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Escapes, 10.1 months of data per Escape, average 76500 miles
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 70700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Ford Escape 50
33.5164835165% 33.5164835165% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Escapes, 10.2 months of data per Escape, average 82500 miles
2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 103700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford Escape 53
36.8131868132% 36.8131868132% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 88500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 95
82.967032967% 82.967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 78400 miles

 

2007 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Escapes, 8.4 months of data per Escape, average 130700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 107200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Ford Escape 76
53.4482758621% 53.4482758621% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Escapes, 7.7 months of data per Escape, average 117900 miles
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 95900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Escape 86
55.3571428571% 55.3571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Escapes, 8.3 months of data per Escape, average 121600 miles
2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 124400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Escapes, 8.8 months of data per Escape, average 113100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 102
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 141200 miles

 

2003 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 141500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 107
56.9597069597% 56.9597069597% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 142700 miles

 

2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 136500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 114500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 128700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Escape vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Escape

Ford Escape Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Excellent vehicle as I owned a previous 2009 Ford Escape XLT but decided to get hybrid. Very reliable!
2009 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
family member has one and has not had any problems, plus consumer reports on this vehicle
2008 4dr SUV 133-horsepower 2.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
We purchased this car with about 100k miles already on it. The car served us well for about a year (40,000 miles). We averaged 31MPG combined w/o the AC on and about 28 with the AC on. We like the car but it had a lot of high pitched noises at all speeds. On 7/4/13 the car suddenly lost all drivetrain power. It was diagnosed with a failed hybrid water pump. A warning should have come on to pull over but did not. By the time the computer shut down the vehicle, it was too late. Ford said a new transaxle is in order at a cost of over $12,000 (includes installation). Think long and hard before you buy into the theory that a hybrid will save you money.
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
have had no problems at all after owning for 1yr, 3mos
2007 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
It has not broken down once since I bought it - most owners like the reliability/durability
2006 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The 2.3L 4CYL engine is agreat little engine, and when teamed with the manual 5spd, provides a good level of fun and performance. As expected I have not returned to the dealer for anything since new.32000 miles.
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Looking for a small SUV to replace my 1990 Toyota PU. Do not buy cars often. Consumer report rated Ford Escape high on reliability. Rented this vehicle and drove from Reno to Lake Tahoe. Enjoyed the ride. Bought used only 2 yrs old, 17k, 1/2 off MSRP.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Fords track record overall.
2005 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I put over 90000 miles on my Escape with ZERO issues. ZERO.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Purchased this vehicle new 4 years and 79,350 miles ago. Knock wood, it has never been to the shop for any repair.
Ford Escape Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
A bit jerking into gear on first gear already as new. Not sure how long the transmission can last. Ford Explorer was one of the MOST complainted cars in history. Not sure how well the Escape will stand up.
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
reliability so not that great after 3 years it developeped some leaks, squeaks etc.
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Seems to go to the shop for little things frequently.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
The 2005 Ford Escape has been anything but reliable. Every couple 3 months this pile has fed me some more problems that hurt the wallet and leave me scrounging for a credit card to get buy until the next disaster. Do Not Buy This 2005 Curse!
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
The Passat is a very solid and well-built car; our previous Passat was very reliable (if maintained properly).
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
my last Passat lasted 190,000 miles never garaged it and the paint was still glossy after 11 years.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have 98000 miles I have had to replace the turbo bypass valve 100bucks and thats it... just change the oil and air filter every 5 to 7k miles always use mobil 1.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
History of reliability on all product models.
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very solidly built car.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I bought two Passats at the same time. Both proved equally reliable without any major repairs.
Volkswagen Passat Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
many breakdowns
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Minor problems so far such as driver information computer information screen showing inaccurate readings, example reading for average miles per gallon bouncing around from 78 to 08.
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This was a used model, several years old, and had not held up well. Lots of rubber coated plastic bits were deteriorating, discoloration was common.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Though garaged when not in use and with less than 60k miles, exhaust hangers had rotted through such that the exhaust pipe literally fell off the car while driving down the road. Additionally, neither rear window motor remains in working order.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The 1992 VW we owned we could never be sure it would get us to our destination with out some thing happening to it. Things would fall off of it just sitting in the garage. The alarm system would go off as we drove down the street. It lost two hub caps.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW have spotty reliability
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The Passat has a lot of weird little things that go wrong with it, not enough to not buy it but a minor annoyance.