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Honda Civic 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    
2000 Honda Civic   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Civics, 4.4 months of data per Civic, average 148800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Honda Civic 92
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 161600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2002 Honda Civic 61
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 126100 miles
2003 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 135900 miles
2004 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Civics, 7.6 months of data per Civic, average 137100 miles
2005 Honda Civic 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 126600 miles
2006 Honda Civic 43
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 124100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2007 Honda Civic 26
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 108400 miles
2008 Honda Civic 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 89400 miles
2009 Honda Civic 27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 76800 miles
2010 Honda Civic 15
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 63900 miles
2011 Honda Civic 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 52600 miles
2012 Honda Civic 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 44100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2013 Honda Civic 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 22800 miles
2014 Honda Civic 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 10500 miles
2015 Honda Civic 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Civics, 6.9 months of data per Civic, average 6500 miles

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Volkswagen Passat Reliability Results

An asterisk (*) marks results based on small sample sizes.

Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 125500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 101
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 138700 miles
2004 Volkswagen Passat 95
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 136700 miles
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.
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.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 103
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 104100 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006, but this has been the case for over a year.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 80
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 77200 miles
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.
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.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passat gass, 8.9 months of data per Passat gas, average 50300 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 40
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 52100 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 24
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Passat gass, 9.6 months of data per Passat gas, average 31000 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 54
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.6 months of data per Passat TDI, average 42600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passat gass, 9.7 months of data per Passat gas, average 17300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 45
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat TDIs, 10.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 25400 miles
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 7.0 months of data per Passat, average 7500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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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 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 manual FWD
Reliable car.
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 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.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Over 180K on the odometer, and I've had only one non-wear item to need repair. That being said, that one problem could have been a huge issue -- it was adefective engine block that suddenly developed a small crack that leaked coolant. Fortunately, it was 100% covered by Honda as an extended warranty item on my 7-year old car -- they literally replaced the engine block including labor.
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.
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 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
 

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
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.
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.