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Ford Flex vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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    
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 22
21.921182266% 21.921182266% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat gass, 9.8 months of data per Passat gas, average 31800 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 7.1 months of data per Passat, average 7500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 29
28.7878787879% 28.7878787879% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Passat gass, 9.0 months of data per Passat gas, average 49700 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 40
47.8354978355% 47.8354978355% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 52200 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2011 Ford Flex 41
47.4789915966% 47.4789915966% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Flexes, 10.5 months of data per Flex, average 68700 miles
2012 Ford Flex   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Flexes, 9.8 months of data per Flex, average 46400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 Ford Flex 41
59.3596059113% 59.3596059113% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Flexes, 9.8 months of data per Flex, average 40600 miles
2009 Ford Flex 42
26.5714285714% 26.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Flexes, 9.8 months of data per Flex, average 80600 miles

First model year.
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passat gass, 9.9 months of data per Passat gas, average 17200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 98800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 47
81.8681318681% 81.8681318681% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 25500 miles
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 54
84.9753694581% 84.9753694581% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Passat TDIs, 9.8 months of data per Passat TDI, average 43000 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Passats, 10.5 months of data per Passat, average 128400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 10.6 months of data per Passat, average 66700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Ford Flex 59
67.2932330827% 67.2932330827% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Flexes, 10.4 months of data per Flex, average 73400 miles
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 133600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 77
68.3673469388% 68.3673469388% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 77200 miles
2014 Ford Flex   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Flexes, 8.9 months of data per Flex, average 16100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 97
52.4761904762% 52.4761904762% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 139600 miles
2004 Volkswagen Passat 99
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 136400 miles
2007 Volkswagen Passat 105
85.7142857143% 85.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 104500 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006, but this has been the case for over a year.
2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 101600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 126900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Flex

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Flex

Ford Flex Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Pushing 98,000 miles. $300 wheel bearing is biggest/only problem so far.
Ford Flex Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
Bummed out about the heating system.....not enough heat !!!! Set at 90 degrees, but it never gets there. When vehicle stopped in traffic, air temp in full heat position delines very noticeably...have had it to dealership twice for this problem, both und
 

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
History of reliability on all product models.
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.
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.