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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 36
68.0124223602% 68.0124223602% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  89 F-150s, 6.8 months of data per F-150, average 8200 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   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 F-150 33
54% 54% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  73 F-150s, 9.1 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 20
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.7 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 32400 miles
2013 Ford F-150 35
45.2380952381% 45.2380952381% 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 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 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
32.8571428571% 32.8571428571% 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 47
30.2197802198% 30.2197802198% 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, 8.2 months of data per F-150, average 85800 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
  23 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 107200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Ford F-150 45
22.9064039409% 22.9064039409% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 F-150s, 9.3 months of data per F-150, average 116400 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 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
58.4033613445% 58.4033613445% 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
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 F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 F-150s, 8.8 months of data per F-150, average 132900 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
  21 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 140800 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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Ford F-150 vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford F-150

Ford F-150 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
While only having only 4000 miles on my FX4, I also have a Ecoboost F150 Platinum with 10,000 miles on it and no problems to report so far. Neither has failed us at any time and the engines have zero oil consumption. Seen long trips with no problems too!
2010 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
I like having a truck I can count on. I want my dollars per mile driven to to be low I want to be able to haul and pull when needed So far my Ford trucks have not let me down This the definition of reliability 300,000 miles is the definition of durability
2010 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Tested and true power plant
2010 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
So far I have about 48,000 miles on it and have not needed any repairs.
2009 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
These trucks have a very good reputation, and have served my family well in the past
2009 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed 248-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
owned 7 of them so far all with over 200k miles and one with over 500k miles
2009 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Driven 17,000 miles, across country twice. Changed the oil... added gas. One flat tire.
2008 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
What few issues I have had with the vehicle have been immediately remedied and issues known for this vehicle from other owners has never been anything serious that would hinder using the vehicle.
2007 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Solidly built pick-up, best work truck in the market
2006 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
I have had no problems thus far.
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.
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.
 

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.