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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.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mazda CX-7 and Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mazda CX-7 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 Mazda CX-7 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   22 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4800 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 70 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 13800 miles38
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 31300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
60
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda CX-7   15 CX-7s, 9.8 months of data per CX-7, average 27100 miles

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2010 Mazda CX-7   14 CX-7s, 8.7 months of data per CX-7, average 39600 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 48600 miles64
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda CX-7   10 CX-7s, 8.0 months of data per CX-7, average 40900 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 Mazda CX-7   22 CX-7s, 8.0 months of data per CX-7, average 69300 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 49 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 65600 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda CX-7   10 CX-7s, 8.5 months of data per CX-7, average 75200 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 36 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 92700 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
106
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 83900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% 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, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 116700 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 133300 miles104
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 114400 miles129
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 126700 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 132900 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 Mazda CX-7

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

Reliability and Durability of the Mazda CX-7: 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.
Reliability and Durability of the Mazda CX-7: 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.

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