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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
1999 Honda Civic   17 Civics, 3.0 months of data per Civic, average 163400 miles

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2000 Honda Civic 26 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 138800 miles54
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2001 Honda Civic 39 Civics, 7.8 months of data per Civic, average 160200 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 46 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 129300 miles66
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2003 Honda Civic 39 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 129200 miles51
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2004 Honda Civic 45 Civics, 8.2 months of data per Civic, average 145100 miles58
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2005 Honda Civic 34 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 114900 miles42
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2006 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 121700 miles

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2007 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 96300 miles37
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2008 Honda Civic 82 Civics, 8.5 months of data per Civic, average 83500 miles27
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2009 Honda Civic 67 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 65900 miles28
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2010 Honda Civic 45 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 55900 miles23
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2011 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 40800 miles15
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2012 Honda Civic 82 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 36000 miles

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2013 Honda Civic 59 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 14100 miles2
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Civic 32 Civics, 6.9 months of data per Civic, average 4300 miles5
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Volkswagen Passat Reliability Results through March 31, 2015

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2000 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 137500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   10 Passats, 10.5 months of data per Passat, average 123100 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 28 Passats, 7.6 months of data per Passat, average 114700 miles96
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2003 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 136300 miles79
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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 129000 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat   20 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 125900 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 10.4 months of data per Passat, average 98000 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 36 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 98200 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006, but this has been the case for over a year.
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 46 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 72100 miles63
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 89100 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 52900 miles51
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2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 33 Passat gass, 8.3 months of data per Passat gas, average 36600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 33 Passat TDIs, 9.8 months of data per Passat TDI, average 42800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 25 Passat gass, 9.0 months of data per Passat gas, average 19600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 58 Passat TDIs, 9.3 months of data per Passat TDI, average 29100 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   17 Passat gass, 7.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 8700 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI   24 Passat TDIs, 10.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 12200 miles

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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.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
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
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable 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 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.
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
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
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
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.
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
 

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 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 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.