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Honda Ridgeline vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Ridgeline and Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Ridgeline 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 Ridgeline 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  
2014 Volkswagen Passat   24 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4900 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 71 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 14600 miles40
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 31100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
61
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 48300 miles62
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Ridgeline   15 Ridgelines, 10.8 months of data per Ridgeline, average 54100 miles

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

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2008 Honda Ridgeline 35 Ridgelines, 10.9 months of data per Ridgeline, average 72800 miles22
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 50 Passats, 10.2 months of data per Passat, average 65200 miles69
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Ridgeline 43 Ridgelines, 10.0 months of data per Ridgeline, average 88500 miles31
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 38 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 92600 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
103
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Ridgeline 41 Ridgelines, 9.9 months of data per Ridgeline, average 101400 miles27
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 83800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
54
30% 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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2004 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 118400 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 28 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 134200 miles97
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 113800 miles127
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 127200 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 135000 miles

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

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Ridgeline

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

Honda Ridgeline Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUT 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
So far so good. My past experience tells me that a Honda vehicle is reliable and that I no reason to expect anything different with the Ridgeline.
2010 4dr SUT 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Very few problems that can not be easily fixed. A solid and proven design over the years.
2009 4dr SUT 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Not any issues in the first 20,000
2009 4dr SUT 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
As I mentioned. My 2003 Honda Pilot with 120000 has never had anything go wrong.
2007 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Honda reputation for reliability.
2007 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Reputation is still very good
2007 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
No repairs or failed equipment in 56,000 miles
2006 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
The reliability of Honda vehicles has been well proven for a long time
2006 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
excellent engineering,practical,comfortable,quiet,low maintenance,honda dealership maintenance costs are even with what local/private shops charge,trunk is excellent,waterproof, almost water tight and very useful...tailgate is extremely functional...20 mpg with 50/50 city/hgwy...very happy with that...always use ethanol only and truck loves it and gets a mile or two better mpg..resale value is holding very good..less than $!k a year depreciation since i bought my 06' used in 10'..handled 6+inches of snow/ice without a hiccup with about 100 miles of driving..very impressed..navigation system works well...
2006 4dr SUT 247-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
2 1/2 years, 43,000 miles of trouble free driving so far.
 

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
History of reliability on all product models.
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
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.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
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.