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Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Civic and Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Passat were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Passat have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2011 Honda Civic   23 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 32800 miles

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2009 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 55600 miles11
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 80 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 26600 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 43300 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Civic 46 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 6800 miles15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 87 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 77100 miles32
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 29 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 102200 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 70 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 13800 miles38
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 69 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 87800 miles43
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 134200 miles45
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4800 miles

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2006 Honda Civic 67 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 110100 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 136900 miles51
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 7.0 months of data per Civic, average 125400 miles53
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 163200 miles55
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 83900 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 31300 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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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 48600 miles64
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 8.5 months of data per Civic, average 138400 miles69
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 49 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 65600 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 31 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 162300 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 126700 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 10.7 months of data per Passat, average 161200 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 74300 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 133300 miles104
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 36 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 92700 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 114400 miles129
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 132900 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 116700 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about Honda Civic Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
2008 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
It is a low maintenance, low cost to own, and long lasting small vehicle that can be driven "worry free".
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are many good cars in this regard, but Honda is again one of the leaders, as well as having the least expensive parts for maintenance and repair, according to a CAA Survey a couple of years ago.
Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket

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