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Ford F-150 vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 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 20
30.5194805195% 30.5194805195% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  64 F-150s, 3.8 months of data per F-150, average 5100 miles

 

2015 Ford F-150 33
57.1428571429% 57.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  103 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 12100 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 11
4.7619047619% 4.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 14400 miles

 

2014 Ford F-150 25
33.5164835165% 33.5164835165% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  73 F-150s, 9.8 months of data per F-150, average 22700 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 31600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 30
44.5054945055% 44.5054945055% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Passat TDIs, 10.6 months of data per Passat TDI, average 39200 miles

 

2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 23
23.8916256158% 23.8916256158% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  41 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.0 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 38700 miles
2013 Ford F-150 41
59.3596059113% 59.3596059113% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  48 F-150s, 7.9 months of data per F-150, average 34700 miles
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 24
25.8620689655% 25.8620689655% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Passat gass, 8.2 months of data per Passat gas, average 39400 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but few since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 61
98.7684729064% 98.7684729064% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  50 Passat TDIs, 9.4 months of data per Passat TDI, average 56400 miles

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

 

2012 Ford F-150 13
4.18719211823% 4.18719211823% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  33 F-150s, 8.6 months of data per F-150, average 48600 miles
2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.4 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 43700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 37
51.4778325123% 51.4778325123% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 59100 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 45
67.2413793103% 67.2413793103% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 Passat TDIs, 10.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 63300 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.

 

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 31
23.9926739927% 23.9926739927% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.8 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 66000 miles

First year for the EcoBoost V6 engine in the F-150.
2011 Ford F-150 50
51.8315018315% 51.8315018315% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 F-150s, 10.5 months of data per F-150, average 64300 miles

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

 

2010 Ford F-150 47
47.4358974359% 47.4358974359% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  58 F-150s, 9.8 months of data per F-150, average 85300 miles
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 74500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Ford F-150 38
22.8862973761% 22.8862973761% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  37 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 77300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 F-150s, 8.5 months of data per F-150, average 90300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 107
96.1538461538% 96.1538461538% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 85400 miles

 

2007 Ford F-150 24
2.21674876847% 2.21674876847% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 F-150s, 10.0 months of data per F-150, average 93800 miles
2007 Volkswagen Passat 101
78.078817734% 78.078817734% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 119500 miles

 

2006 Ford F-150 29
9.83827493261% 9.83827493261% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 119800 miles
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 94900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 F-150s, 9.5 months of data per F-150, average 122900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 125100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford F-150 79
46.9696969697% 46.9696969697% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 121900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 140
99.7835497835% 99.7835497835% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 6.7 months of data per Passat, average 152200 miles

 

2003 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 F-150s, 9.0 months of data per F-150, average 139100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 125
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 145300 miles

 

2002 Ford F-150 85
45.1076320939% 45.1076320939% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 F-150s, 9.3 months of data per F-150, average 157100 miles
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 7.1 months of data per Passat, average 148000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford F-150   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 F-150s, 7.4 months of data per F-150, average 143900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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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