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Ford F-150 vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford F-150 or Volkswagen Passat reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford F-150 and the Volkswagen Passat truly differ in reliability.

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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 Volkswagen Passat   24 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4900 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 45 F-150s, 8.6 months of data per F-150, average 8600 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 43 F-150 EcoBoosts, 8.3 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 11900 miles24
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 71 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 14600 miles40
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford F-150 29 F-150s, 9.4 months of data per F-150, average 20200 miles31
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 32 F-150 EcoBoosts, 10.4 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 24000 miles32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 31100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford F-150 39 F-150s, 8.7 months of data per F-150, average 31900 miles

EcoBoost V6 has TSBs for intercooler condensation. Also multiple reports of poor transmission shift quality.
28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 54 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.3 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 40000 miles

EcoBoost V6 has TSBs for intercooler condensation. Also multiple reports of poor transmission shift quality.
40
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Ford F-150 66 F-150s, 10.0 months of data per F-150, average 51800 miles49
50% 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 F-150 51 F-150s, 9.4 months of data per F-150, average 61000 miles

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38
30% 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 F-150   16 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 74800 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 50 Passats, 10.2 months of data per Passat, average 65200 miles69
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Ford F-150 30 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 82500 miles49
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 38 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 92600 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
103
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford F-150 31 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 92800 miles46
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 83800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford F-150   20 F-150s, 10.4 months of data per F-150, average 115200 miles

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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 F-150 34 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 102700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 118400 miles

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2003 Ford F-150   16 F-150s, 8.3 months of data per F-150, average 130800 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 28 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 134200 miles97
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Ford F-150 31 F-150s, 8.1 months of data per F-150, average 134000 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 113800 miles127
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Ford F-150 30 F-150s, 8.5 months of data per F-150, average 145100 miles52
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 127200 miles

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2000 Ford F-150   21 F-150s, 8.3 months of data per F-150, average 164800 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 135000 miles

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1999 Ford F-150   15 F-150s, 7.6 months of data per F-150, average 148300 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 F-150

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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 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.
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
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.
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
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 Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 231-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bought this 4 years ago at 44K miles and am the 3rd owner. I had to replace the 4WD solenoid ($25) and both 4WD IWEs ($150 for 2) shortly after purchase. These are common issues on the 4WD system from my research. Absolutely no problems since, at 93K. This continues to be an extremely dependable and capable truck.
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
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.
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.
 

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
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.
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
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
VW have spotty reliability
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.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Issues with coil packs, MAF. All parts and fluids are expensive.