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Ford Escape vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Escape or Volkswagen Passat reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Passat truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Escape and Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Passat were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Passat have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Ford Escape 32 Escapes, 6.2 months of data per Escape, average 4900 miles30
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4800 miles

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2013 Ford Escape 87 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 15500 miles

Redesigned.
44
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 70 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 13900 miles39
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Escape 30 Escapes, 8.2 months of data per Escape, average 27200 miles29
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 31300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
60
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 34200 miles39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Ford Escape 42 Escapes, 9.1 months of data per Escape, average 52800 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 48300 miles62
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Ford Escape 46 Escapes, 9.8 months of data per Escape, average 62100 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 74300 miles

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2008 Ford Escape 59 Escapes, 10.2 months of data per Escape, average 74400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 49 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 65600 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Ford Escape   19 Escapes, 8.7 months of data per Escape, average 103400 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 36 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 92700 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
107
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Escape 44 Escapes, 8.8 months of data per Escape, average 96700 miles71
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 84100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 103800 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 116200 miles110
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Ford Escape   13 Escapes, 7.5 months of data per Escape, average 107500 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 116700 miles

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2003 Ford Escape 27 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 149200 miles94
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 133300 miles104
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Ford Escape   15 Escapes, 6.7 months of data per Escape, average 128500 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 114400 miles129
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Ford Escape   11 Escapes, 8.0 months of data per Escape, average 122700 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 126700 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 133000 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 10.7 months of data per Passat, average 161200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Escape

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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 FWD
Purchased this vehicle new 4 years and 79,350 miles ago. Knock wood, it has never been to the shop for any repair.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
it ranked right up there with comparable imports, and was cheaper than them.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Almost 70,000 miles without spending a dime on repairs.
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
History of reliability on all product models.
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
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
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 Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
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.
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.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
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.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
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.