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Ford F-150 vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 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 F-150 34
66.8831168831% 66.8831168831% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 F-150s, 3.1 months of data per F-150, average 4200 miles

 

2015 Ford F-150 31
52.380952381% 52.380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  102 F-150s, 7.9 months of data per F-150, average 9800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Decent 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 16
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 11900 miles

 

2014 Ford F-150 30
47.1428571429% 47.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  76 F-150s, 9.4 months of data per F-150, average 19300 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 23
31.1428571429% 31.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat TDIs, 11.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 33900 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passat gass, 9.6 months of data per Passat gas, average 27200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 22
21.921182266% 21.921182266% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  41 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.5 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 37200 miles
2013 Ford F-150 40
57.3891625616% 57.3891625616% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  49 F-150s, 8.5 months of data per F-150, average 31100 miles
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 27
31.7733990148% 31.7733990148% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 Passat gass, 9.0 months of data per Passat gas, average 36900 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but few since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 53
83.0049261084% 83.0049261084% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  48 Passat TDIs, 10.3 months of data per Passat TDI, average 52100 miles

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

 

2012 Ford F-150 20
15.4377880184% 15.4377880184% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  33 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 46900 miles
2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 38
48.6175115207% 48.6175115207% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 F-150 EcoBoosts, 8.8 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 41900 miles
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 29
32.0276497696% 32.0276497696% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 Passat gass, 11.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 56800 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 53
76.267281106% 76.267281106% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 Passat TDIs, 9.7 months of data per Passat TDI, average 58900 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.

 

2011 Ford F-150 33
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 F-150s, 8.7 months of data per F-150, average 61800 miles

First year for the EcoBoost V6 engine in the F-150.
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 35
34.126984127% 34.126984127% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 F-150 EcoBoosts, 8.9 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 63200 miles

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

 

2010 Ford F-150 42
40.1098901099% 40.1098901099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  59 F-150s, 10.1 months of data per F-150, average 83200 miles
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 10.1 months of data per Passat, average 73800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Ford F-150 43
26.7507002801% 26.7507002801% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 F-150s, 9.0 months of data per F-150, average 75000 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 104100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 F-150s, 9.3 months of data per F-150, average 86200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 114
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 80400 miles

 

2007 Ford F-150 28
5.69007263923% 5.69007263923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 98100 miles
2007 Volkswagen Passat 88
63.8014527845% 63.8014527845% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 115100 miles

 

2006 Ford F-150 32
11.8181818182% 11.8181818182% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 F-150s, 10.2 months of data per F-150, average 117600 miles
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Passats, 8.0 months of data per Passat, average 93200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 127800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 124500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford F-150 69
38.3116883117% 38.3116883117% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 125100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 123
85.0649350649% 85.0649350649% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 147500 miles

 

2003 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 131300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 113
60.3074141049% 60.3074141049% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 145400 miles

 

2002 Ford F-150 94
44.885361552% 44.885361552% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 F-150s, 8.8 months of data per F-150, average 147800 miles
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 145200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 143700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 136100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Ford F-150

2015 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. full 2013 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. full 2013 Ford F-150 review