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Mazda Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 30, 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    
2016 Mazda Mazda3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Mazda3s, 4.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 3900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2016 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jettas, 4.8 months of data per Jetta, average 3800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Mazda Mazda3 10
2.38095238095% 2.38095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  80 Mazda3s, 9.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 11200 miles
2015 Volkswagen Jetta 40
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 9200 miles

 

2014 Mazda Mazda3 18
19.7142857143% 19.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  93 Mazda3s, 10.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 22300 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta 19
22% 22% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 23800 miles

 

2013 Mazda Mazda3 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 35100 miles
2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.6 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 32000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta 41
59.3596059113% 59.3596059113% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Jettas, 8.4 months of data per Jetta, average 43600 miles

 

2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 43900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Mazda Mazda3 7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  80 Mazda3s, 9.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 47600 miles
2012 Volkswagen Jetta 24
22.8110599078% 22.8110599078% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Jettas, 9.5 months of data per Jetta, average 54200 miles

 

2011 Mazda Mazda3 14
0.793650793651% 0.793650793651% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 50800 miles
2011 Volkswagen Jetta 31
27.7777777778% 27.7777777778% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Jettas, 8.3 months of data per Jetta, average 69900 miles

Redesigned.

 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 19
6.41025641026% 6.41025641026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  84 Mazda3s, 9.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 68200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.5 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 71100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.3 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 66900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Jetta sedan diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 83100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Mazda Mazda3 34
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Mazda3s, 10.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 86600 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MazdaSpeed3s, 11.6 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 67900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 55
40.1960784314% 40.1960784314% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Jetta 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 76000 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 57
42.4369747899% 42.4369747899% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Jetta diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 93400 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 90
79.4117647059% 79.4117647059% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.7 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 72800 miles

 

2008 Mazda Mazda3 66
51.0989010989% 51.0989010989% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Mazda3s, 10.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 93000 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 71
56.5934065934% 56.5934065934% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.4 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 80800 miles
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 79
65.3846153846% 65.3846153846% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Jetta 2.5s, 9.0 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 90200 miles

 

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 MazdaSpeed3s, 11.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 79300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Mazda Mazda3 61
37.6513317191% 37.6513317191% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Mazda3s, 9.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 106500 miles

First model year for the MazdaSpeed3.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Jetta 2.5s, 10.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 113700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 102
77.3607748184% 77.3607748184% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.5 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 98000 miles

 

2006 Mazda Mazda3 67
48.1818181818% 48.1818181818% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 9.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 113000 miles
2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 143400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jetta 2.5s, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 122900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Mazda Mazda3 90
55.3304904051% 55.3304904051% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 121000 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.

 

2004 Mazda Mazda3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Mazda3s, 8.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 120500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 117100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jettas, 8.2 months of data per Jetta, average 141800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 154
89.9638336347% 89.9638336347% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 231800 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Jetta diesels, 9.2 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 216200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jettas, 8.1 months of data per Jetta, average 111800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Jettas, 8.2 months of data per Jetta, average 152900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect. full 2012 Mazda Mazda3 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 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. full 2012 Volkswagen Jetta review
2015 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. full 2013 Volkswagen Jetta review