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Ford Escape vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 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 17
22.7272727273% 22.7272727273% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  31 Escapes, 6.9 months of data per Escape, average 6000 miles

 

2015 Ford Escape 34
59.5238095238% 59.5238095238% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  48 Escapes, 9.6 months of data per Escape, average 13600 miles
2015 Volkswagen Passat 11
4.7619047619% 4.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 14400 miles

 

2014 Ford Escape 23
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  56 Escapes, 10.3 months of data per Escape, average 26500 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 31600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 30
44.5054945055% 44.5054945055% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Passat TDIs, 10.6 months of data per Passat TDI, average 39200 miles

 

2013 Ford Escape 47
71.1822660099% 71.1822660099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  70 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 41000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 24
25.8620689655% 25.8620689655% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Passat gass, 8.2 months of data per Passat gas, average 39400 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but few since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 61
98.7684729064% 98.7684729064% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  50 Passat TDIs, 9.4 months of data per Passat TDI, average 56400 miles

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

 

2012 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 50300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 37
51.4778325123% 51.4778325123% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 59100 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 45
67.2413793103% 67.2413793103% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 Passat TDIs, 10.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 63300 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.

 

2011 Ford Escape 54
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 67300 miles

 

2010 Ford Escape 65
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  50 Escapes, 9.7 months of data per Escape, average 81300 miles

This model year has been much worse than the 2009 and 2011 for over a year. Unclear why.
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 74500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Ford Escape 46
32.2157434402% 32.2157434402% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  44 Escapes, 10.1 months of data per Escape, average 87200 miles
2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford Escape 52
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  51 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 94400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 107
96.1538461538% 96.1538461538% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 85400 miles

 

2007 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 136300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 101
78.078817734% 78.078817734% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 119500 miles

 

2006 Ford Escape 54
36.7924528302% 36.7924528302% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Escapes, 8.9 months of data per Escape, average 127700 miles
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 94900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Escape 65
34.0085287846% 34.0085287846% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 Escapes, 8.9 months of data per Escape, average 124000 miles
2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 125100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Escapes, 8.5 months of data per Escape, average 119000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 140
99.7835497835% 99.7835497835% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 6.7 months of data per Passat, average 152200 miles

 

2003 Ford Escape 104
57.8095238095% 57.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Escapes, 7.8 months of data per Escape, average 157800 miles
2003 Volkswagen Passat 125
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 145300 miles

 

2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 7.1 months of data per Passat, average 148000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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