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Mazda CX-7 vs. Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 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    
2016 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R 12
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 GTI and Golf Rs, 2.5 months of data per GTI and Golf R, average 1700 miles

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R 20
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 GTI and Golf Rs, 8.8 months of data per GTI and Golf R, average 8500 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 26
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Golf 1.8Ts, 8.9 months of data per Golf 1.8T, average 5600 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
2015 Volkswagen Golf diesel 47
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Golf diesels, 7.5 months of data per Golf diesel, average 8800 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.

 

2014 Volkswagen Golf diesel 12
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Golf diesels, 9.8 months of data per Golf diesel, average 21000 miles
2014 Volkswagen GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 GTIs, 8.6 months of data per GTI, average 16300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Volkswagen Golf diesel 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Golf diesels, 10.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 34900 miles
2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Golf 2.5s, 9.8 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 32000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Volkswagen GTI 33
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 GTIs, 9.8 months of data per GTI, average 26600 miles

 

2012 Volkswagen Golf diesel 38
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Golf diesels, 9.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 49100 miles
2012 Volkswagen GTI 42
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 GTIs, 9.6 months of data per GTI, average 38900 miles
2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5 43
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Golf 2.5s, 9.6 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 36200 miles

 

2011 Mazda CX-7   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 CX-7s, 11.3 months of data per CX-7, average 55100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Golf 2.5s, 9.3 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 53000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Volkswagen GTI 46
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 GTIs, 9.5 months of data per GTI, average 48400 miles
2011 Volkswagen Golf diesel 50
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  68 Golf diesels, 9.8 months of data per Golf diesel, average 62700 miles

 

2010 Volkswagen GTI 31
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 GTIs, 10.0 months of data per GTI, average 56400 miles

Redesigned.
2010 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Golf 2.5s, 9.7 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 53800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Golf diesel 78
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Golf diesels, 9.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 83300 miles

Redesigned.

 

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 58
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Rabbits, 9.2 months of data per Rabbit, average 71400 miles
2009 Volkswagen GTI 82
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 GTIs, 10.8 months of data per GTI, average 68100 miles

 

2008 Mazda CX-7   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 CX-7s, 10.2 months of data per CX-7, average 83100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen R32   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 R32s, 10.5 months of data per R32, average 62800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 62
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Rabbit 2.5s, 7.7 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 84600 miles

Average odometer much lower for the R32.
2008 Volkswagen GTI 69
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 GTIs, 10.8 months of data per GTI, average 78300 miles

Average odometer much lower for the R32.

 

2007 Mazda CX-7   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 CX-7s, 7.8 months of data per CX-7, average 99200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen GTI 75
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 GTIs, 10.1 months of data per GTI, average 98400 miles

Redesigned. Includes the 2006.5 Rabbit and GTI.
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 95
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Rabbit 2.5s, 9.6 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 108400 miles

Redesigned. Includes the 2006.5 Rabbit and GTI.

 

2005 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Golf / GTIs, 7.9 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 131100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Golf / GTIs, 8.8 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 111700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Golf / GTIs, 8.3 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 137400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Golf diesel 162
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Golf diesels, 10.1 months of data per Golf diesel, average 224800 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2002 Volkswagen Golf diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Golf diesels, 9.0 months of data per Golf diesel, average 201000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Golf / GTIs, 9.0 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 113400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Golf diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Golf diesels, 9.5 months of data per Golf diesel, average 209400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 100
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Golf / GTIs, 8.1 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 154800 miles

 

2000 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Golf / GTIs, 4.8 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 150700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Mazda CX-7 vs. Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda CX-7

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
A can compare quality to that from top German car makers. Never got broken so far. After 2 years interior looks almost like new.
Mazda CX-7 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Poor reliability with constant problems on oil consumption and turbo. Well known issue with this car which Mazda are aware of.
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
been in the shop for a lot of things including recalls
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Ours was an early build model and experienced many powertrain issues within the first eight months, with the car spending more than three weeks cumulatively sitting at the dealer waiting for various parts over the course of two months.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
The car is not old, but so far, so good. Oil changes are required only every 10K miles at first, and the first three are taken care of - not a high-price incentive, certainly, but a nice touch. I haven't had a single cause for alarm so far, and the car operates as it did on the day I bought it. VW has an iffy reputation in the US right now, but it's also said that quality control is best in Wolfsburg, where this car is assembled, and for what its worth, Consumer Reports ranked the MK6 Golf well above average for projected reliability.
2011 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I've never had any problems whatsoever. Regular oil changes with good-quality products, premium gas, the occasional bottle of techron and she's been good to go for almost 60k now.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I may be risking jinxing myself, given the brand's reputation, but it's been very reliable for three years now! No major problems, no big out-of-pocket expenses.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
No complaints once we sorted out a few initial problems. Car is reliable and I would drive it anywhere.
2009 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
No problems so far, the car feels durable and does not creak or make funny noises
2008 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
The 2008 VW GTI is a car that you can't depend on. It has tons of issues that affect a high percentage of owners, which include: Diverter valve failure PCV faliure Cam wear Fuel pump failure Air conditioning failure Misfires Carbon build up Avoid this car at all costs. Don't make the same mistake I did.
2008 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
very safe car, rated well in crash ratings, better warrenty than most,
2008 2dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
Rated by Edmunds as a "least cost" vehicle, coming in at a rate below the comparable vehicle costs of operation and ownership
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
The diesel engine is built to last.
2006 4dr Hatch 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
We had a very high recommendation from a close friend regarding Golf and we are finding it to be exactly as stated. Solid and reliable, plus easy to drive. We are aware of expensive parts and service but we have not had any repairs to date other than tire
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
There is a major potential problem with the Golf TDI in the form of the high pressure fuel pump. The concern is that the Bosch unit does not like American low sulfur diesel fuel because of its relatively lower lubricity compared to Euro diesel fuels available where the car was designed. When the pump fails, it can send metal shavings throughout the fuel system, and require major replacements to the tune of $8-10,000. This is a sword of Damocles hanging over the head of any TDI owner. Three or more design revisions have been implemented, but the problem still shows up. Are you willing to take a chance they finally got it right in your car?
2012 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
My GTI had a water pump failure inside of 20k miles. Other than that, all was good.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Do not trust VW to be well built or have dealers that will honor the warranty.
2008 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
The 2008 VW GTI is a car that you can't depend on. It has tons of issues that affect a high percentage of owners, which include: Diverter valve failure PCV faliure Cam wear Fuel pump failure Air conditioning failure Misfires Carbon build up Avoid this car at all costs. Don't make the same mistake I did.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
OK, everything comes with a price, right? Rattles, bad tranny, warpped timing belt cover, cracked tail light lens. Did I mention the rattles? Know what? I STILL like it. Thank God for warranties.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
VW needs to address reliability concerns with bulletprood reliability and a good service network.
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
In a year of ownership I have had far more dealership experiences than I care to remember. Lots of check engine lights, parts acting funny, and several parts that have questionable long-term durability.
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Averaging 2 to 3 shop visits per year. Concerns about how much it will cost to own this vehicle over the long haul.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I have had to return to the dealership three times for "Airbag Fault" warnings.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of repairs so far, minor and major ones.