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Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. 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    
2015 Volkswagen Jetta 34
63.0434782609% 63.0434782609% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Jettas, 8.4 months of data per Jetta, average 7200 miles

 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta 15
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Jettas, 9.6 months of data per Jetta, average 21300 miles

 

2013 Mazda CX-9   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 CX-9s, 7.0 months of data per CX-9, average 31900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta 40
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 39000 miles

 

2012 Mazda CX-9 61
87.5% 87.5% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 CX-9s, 8.7 months of data per CX-9, average 40500 miles
2012 Volkswagen Jetta 31
33.9285714286% 33.9285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Jettas, 9.4 months of data per Jetta, average 50300 miles

 

2011 Mazda CX-9 21
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 CX-9s, 9.4 months of data per CX-9, average 63100 miles
2011 Volkswagen Jetta 56
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Jettas, 9.1 months of data per Jetta, average 68600 miles

Redesigned.

 

2010 Mazda CX-9 49
48.5714285714% 48.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 CX-9s, 9.2 months of data per CX-9, average 65100 miles
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.6 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 66500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.9 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 74900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Mazda CX-9 52
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 CX-9s, 11.0 months of data per CX-9, average 82100 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 70
55.4945054945% 55.4945054945% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Jetta 2.5s, 9.5 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 74200 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 78
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Jetta diesels, 9.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 87600 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 79
65.3846153846% 65.3846153846% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.1 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 70300 miles

 

2008 Mazda CX-9 84
70.8791208791% 70.8791208791% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 CX-9s, 9.4 months of data per CX-9, average 88200 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Jetta 2.5s, 7.9 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 88200 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 78
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.7 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 79100 miles

 

2007 Mazda CX-9 103
85.5844155844% 85.5844155844% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 CX-9s, 9.8 months of data per CX-9, average 106500 miles

First model year. The wheel bearings and lower front control arms could be common problem areas.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 79
60.6493506494% 60.6493506494% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 98200 miles
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 93
75.1948051948% 75.1948051948% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Jetta 2.5s, 9.3 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 110300 miles

 

2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Jetta 2.5s, 8.0 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 120200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Jetta diesels, 9.3 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 139700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Jettas, 8.1 months of data per Jetta, average 114300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Jettas, 7.8 months of data per Jetta, average 142200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 139
80.4029304029% 80.4029304029% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta diesels, 10.2 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 230200 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Jetta diesels, 9.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 207200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Jettas, 9.4 months of data per Jetta, average 113800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 153900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Jetta diesels, 8.3 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 206800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The CX-9 has continued our experience of flawless Mazda reliability. We expect to have this car for the next 10 years.
2008 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
no problems up to this point
2008 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Seems solid
2008 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Every time i get under this to repair something I am dissappointed by the lack of "Japanese quality", to me this vehicle simply does not have it. I repair all my stuff, and some things on this car are engineered fantastic. But more of it then not seems thrown together and the quality is sub par to what I expect out of an import. The subarus I have worked on are head and shoulders above the Mazda, Mazda should be embarassed. Early brake failure, early ball joit failure, recall on the ball joint connection point of the lower a arm, and mazda unwilling to repair it until it becomes more of a lifesaftey concern. I am sorry if my lower suspensiuon can come apart it is life saftey any play is too much, early driveline failure, early waterpump failure. Stay away from this one if you dont plan on doing your own repairs as its going to get costly.
2008 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Highly rated in Consumer Reports
2007 4dr SUV 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
so far had the cx-9 for a year with not major issues
Mazda CX-9 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 273-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not familar with Mazda so I was unsure
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I drive an average of 20,000 miles per year and am currently on track to put more than 40,000 miles in two years of ownership. Not one problem whatsoever. No visits to dealership other than routine maintenance. Very solid vehicle so far.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
We purchased the vehicle new in June 2012. Around Oct I noticed a bubble on the lower half of the steering wheel. It did not bother me until I seen a thread was starting to come undone. We showed the dealer and they said to monitor it, and if it gets worse come back in. On a weekend trip it came undone more. Once back in town we took it in, and they scheduled to replace it. They did so under warranty with not problems. Besides this One problem the vehicle as been flawless. With just over 40k miles on the vehicle we both say we would get another one. Problem is I told the wife she MUST wait tell 150k miles to get a new vehicle.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
After 105,000 I can say that this car has been very reliable. Timing belt and water pump at 85000 to be safe. A front bearing went bad at 40000. A turbo sensor went bad at 100000. Brakes lasted til 80000. Never has needed an alignment. No other issues. This car just runs and runs.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Comes with a good warranty and free oil changes. VW has a good reputation for building quality vehicles.
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
With the odometer reading over 36,000 miles I have not had any unpleasant surprises or repairs.
2007 0 VW has been turning owners into mechanics for a long time. My Jetta TDI has some "quirks". There are a lot of known problems. At least they are consistent. I live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest dealership, which means I bought a repair manual and I order my parts directly from the dealer to fix my own problems when I can. It's a car, not a rocket ship, and it's really not as scary and you think it is when you roll your sleeves up and jump in. Overall, Oil changes are $50-75 a pop done every 10,000 miles. Synthetic oil is expensive. Major service like timing belt is about $1,100 - wouldn't recommend DIY if you're not particularly skilled. The stealership will charge you a labor rate of nearly $100 per hour. If I ignore the stupid little things that don't matter (radio buttons peeling off, key fob that doesn't work), do work where I can (-replace glow plugs, light bulbs, fuses, brakes, filters) and let the major repairs fall where they will. In 4 years I've spent about $4000 in maintenance INCLUDING OIL CHANGES AND TIRES, most of which was timing belt ($1,100) and dual mass flywheel failure and clutch replacement ($1750).I think you'll find that about average.
2006 0 I'm about to buy a 2006 Jetta tdi. I'd buy any tdi if it took my eye but I found a 2006 Jetta for $4200 au with only 97,000 on the clock. It's automatic.. I want to know if it's a yay or nay with this model. When things are too good to be true they usually are.. Cheers! Michael
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car has held together very well in the 26,000 miles I have owned it. True Delta and Consumer Reports both show that reliability is good and improved considerably over older VWs.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Diesel powertrains are renown for their durability. My brother has a diesel Golf with 120,000 still purring.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Diesel reliability and longevity. Gotten nearly 5 years out of the car without any of the stereotypical VW glitches.
Volkswagen Jetta Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Sunroof decided to not close after two weeks, I had to give it a little help with my hand, then after three days it fixed itself. If it happens again it'll have to go back to the dealer for repair. Otherwise no problems.
2011 4dr Sedan 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW has traditionally had troubles with reliability. We've had the Jetta for 9 months and 8,000 miles (daughter's car) and thus far there have been four admittedly minor recalls. On positive, structure feels sturdy all controls appear of hi
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
1 year old, shop needed to work on motor at least twice.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
This car has required too many repairs: clutch master cylinder failure (125k miles) clutch slave cylinder failure (167k miles master replaced again, just to be sure) DMF failure (186k miles converted to SMF) HPFP failure (167k and 190k miles) - $5500 repair (VW paid for first one) motor mount failure (drivers side) P2015 intake manifold flap problem (fixed with dieselgeeks kit) Exhaust pressure sensor 2 failure Delayed air conditioning Forgot that it had aux input when battery disconnected I did drive the car for 115,000 and its ability to generate expensive repairs never ceased to amaze me. Parts are very expensive and the labor times are long because it is difficult to work on. Also this was the first year of the Common Rail diesel engine, and there are a lot of problems that weren't worked out. (example: High Pressure Fuel Pump and single piece diesel particulate filter). Bottom Line: think really hard before you buy a 2009 VW Jetta TDI
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
More than a little concerned about Volkswagen’s lingering reputation for poor reliability, high repair costs, parts availability and short livened parts.
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
Fuel pump had to be replaced around 73k miles. Car felt sluggish after I bought it used. I had a bad feeling the pump was going to go. Luckily there was a dealer only 36 miles away in Billing, MT that JUST opened. I limped the car in. Wish I had my tools I could've done the repair in the parking lot. Lift the bottom of the back seat up and there it is.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
06 Jetta TDI has a long list of common issues, all of which I have had, Transmission valve body failure, dual mass flywheel catastrophic failure, camshafts wear out which puts steel bits inside engine, expensive EGR coolers fail. Beware!
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Nothing in the first 42K miles but, reading the newsgroups has me worried down the line....
2006 4dr Sedan 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
I ran into many interior cosmetic trim issues during the warranty period, however no major mechanical problems. Now at ~67k miles I have had to replace the drivers door latch and one of my radiator cooling fans is acting up.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
A few annoying problems to date. Electrical system issues. Nothing in the powertrain or major subsystems.