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Ford F-150 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    
2015 Ford F-150 34
63.0434782609% 63.0434782609% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  94 F-150s, 6.7 months of data per F-150, average 8100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good so far. Now has an all-aluminum body. Other Ford models have had corrosion issues with aluminum hoods once they're over four years old.
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 F-150 32
51.7142857143% 51.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  73 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 16200 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 F-150 EcoBoost 19
16.0098522167% 16.0098522167% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.8 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 32700 miles
2013 Ford F-150 35
47.5369458128% 47.5369458128% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 27500 miles
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 F-150 32
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 F-150s, 8.7 months of data per F-150, average 42100 miles
2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.2 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 39100 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 F-150 19
9.59183673469% 9.59183673469% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 F-150s, 8.5 months of data per F-150, average 57900 miles

First year for the EcoBoost V6 engine in the F-150.
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 38
40.612244898% 40.612244898% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.5 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 62200 miles

First year for the EcoBoost V6 engine in the F-150.

 

2010 Ford F-150 38
34.2490842491% 34.2490842491% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 79400 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 F-150 46
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 F-150s, 8.6 months of data per F-150, average 75400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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 F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 F-150s, 8.4 months of data per F-150, average 86300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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 F-150 33
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 100200 miles
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 F-150 43
21.679197995% 21.679197995% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 F-150s, 9.7 months of data per F-150, average 115000 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 F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 130500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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 F-150 95
59.5948827292% 59.5948827292% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 F-150s, 9.1 months of data per F-150, average 121100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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 F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 F-150s, 9.1 months of data per F-150, average 132700 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 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 F-150s, 9.8 months of data per F-150, average 144400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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 F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 142300 miles

* 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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2016 Ford F-150 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
The bi-xenon headlights developed a problem at around 30,000 miles. The high beams either wouldn't work or would stay in the high position. It seems to have worked itself out - but I don't have a lot of confidence in them. It's also worth mentioning that while the xenons are great, the difference between the high and low beams isn't very significant. see full 2016 Ford F-150 review
2013 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
I've been hearing an inconsistent low-speed hum (sounds like you're driving through snow). It goes away after 15-20 mph. Seems to happen most often in -20 to +10 temps. see full 2016 Ford F-150 review