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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 8300 miles
2015 Volkswagen Passat 11
5.90062111801% 5.90062111801% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 9500 miles

 

2014 Ford Escape 26
38% 38% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Escapes, 10.1 months of data per Escape, average 20200 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 40
57.3891625616% 57.3891625616% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 37200 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 26
29.802955665% 29.802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat gass, 9.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 34600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 64
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.3 months of data per Passat TDI, average 47100 miles

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

 

2012 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Escapes, 8.5 months of data per Escape, average 42900 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, 8.0 months of data per Escape, average 58800 miles

 

2010 Ford Escape 68
78.2051282051% 78.2051282051% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Escapes, 10.2 months of data per Escape, average 77500 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
  43 Escapes, 10.1 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 52
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 88900 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, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 128900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 109100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Ford Escape 76
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% 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
  22 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 95600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Escape 86
56.5759637188% 56.5759637188% 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
65.5650319829% 65.5650319829% 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
  22 Escapes, 9.1 months of data per Escape, average 142100 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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