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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.

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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   21 Civics, 7.1 months of data per Civic, average 162800 miles

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2000 Honda Civic 29 Civics, 8.3 months of data per Civic, average 135500 miles75
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 34 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 159500 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Civic 49 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 136500 miles54
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.3 months of data per Civic, average 125000 miles54
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 137300 miles47
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 29 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 107100 miles30
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Civic 65 Civics, 9.6 months of data per Civic, average 115500 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 74 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 89900 miles26
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 81 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 80300 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 60 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 58700 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 44 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 49500 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 34500 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 91 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 29500 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Civic 49 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 9100 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Civic   22 Civics, 3.2 months of data per Civic, average 2600 miles

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Volkswagen Passat Reliability Results through September 30, 2014

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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 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 7.9 months of data per Passat, average 155400 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 132700 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 11.0 months of data per Passat, average 128500 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 114400 miles146
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 135600 miles87
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 120700 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 117100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 88700 miles

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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 40 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 93900 miles

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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 52 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 67600 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 80900 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 49400 miles65
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 34000 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 80 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 18700 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 6.2 months of data per Passat, average 6800 miles36
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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
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
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
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.