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Mazda CX-7 vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda CX-7 or Volkswagen Passat reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda CX-7 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  
2014 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 6.1 months of data per Passat, average 6900 miles31
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 74 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 17600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
48
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 66 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 34500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
59
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda CX-7   13 CX-7s, 9.9 months of data per CX-7, average 30700 miles

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2010 Mazda CX-7   16 CX-7s, 9.5 months of data per CX-7, average 50700 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 50800 miles73
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda CX-7   10 CX-7s, 9.0 months of data per CX-7, average 46700 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 80900 miles

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2008 Mazda CX-7   18 CX-7s, 8.6 months of data per CX-7, average 71400 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 51 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 67100 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda CX-7   10 CX-7s, 8.4 months of data per CX-7, average 77900 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 35 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 94200 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006.
108
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 85600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 117100 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 120700 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 136800 miles90
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 114500 miles143
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 124300 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 134500 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   10 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 163300 miles

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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 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.
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
been in the shop for a lot of things including recalls
 

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
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 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The W8 is a unique beast in that it was a limited run Passat/Engine combo and it needs to be serviced by the dealer. Quality has never been job one with Volkswagen and having to have it serviced at the dealership raises your total cost of ownership.