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Mazda Tribute vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda Tribute or Volkswagen Jetta reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda Tribute and the Volkswagen Jetta 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 Jetta   18 Jettas, 4.6 months of data per Jetta, average 5800 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 44 Jettas, 10.3 months of data per Jetta, average 13000 miles35
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 61 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 26800 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Tribute 37 Tributes, 9.2 months of data per Tribute, average 34200 miles39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 46 Jettas, 7.7 months of data per Jetta, average 41200 miles

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24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda Tribute 42 Tributes, 9.1 months of data per Tribute, average 52800 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   12 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 10.6 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 55100 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel 27 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 53800 miles40
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda Tribute 46 Tributes, 9.8 months of data per Tribute, average 62100 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 29 Jetta 2.5s, 8.8 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 57900 miles19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 56 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 70900 miles33
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 29 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.1 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 58800 miles68
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda Tribute 59 Tributes, 10.2 months of data per Tribute, average 74400 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 35 Jetta 2.5s, 9.8 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 69800 miles39
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 34 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 66100 miles61
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda Tribute   19 Tributes, 8.7 months of data per Tribute, average 103400 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 34 Jetta 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 92800 miles79
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 28 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.6 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 86400 miles93
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda Tribute 44 Tributes, 8.8 months of data per Tribute, average 96700 miles71
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   18 Jetta 2.5s, 8.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 99200 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   15 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 117800 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 28 Jetta diesels, 9.8 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 123700 miles

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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mazda Tribute 37 Tributes, 9.5 months of data per Tribute, average 103800 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 141700 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta   10 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 104900 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute   13 Tributes, 7.5 months of data per Tribute, average 107500 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 6.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 186000 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta   13 Jettas, 11.0 months of data per Jetta, average 97800 miles

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2003 Mazda Tribute 27 Tributes, 9.0 months of data per Tribute, average 149200 miles94
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 30 Jettas, 8.0 months of data per Jetta, average 131100 miles

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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 27 Jetta diesels, 9.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 224900 miles

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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda Tribute   15 Tributes, 6.7 months of data per Tribute, average 128500 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta   21 Jettas, 7.4 months of data per Jetta, average 114600 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   14 Jetta diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 187600 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute   11 Tributes, 8.0 months of data per Tribute, average 122700 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 26 Jettas, 7.6 months of data per Jetta, average 140700 miles

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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta   17 Jettas, 6.6 months of data per Jetta, average 118500 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 8.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 218200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda Tribute

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Tribute

Mazda Tribute Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I love this car. It has been very reliable.
2003 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
63K miles so far, and the only things that have gone wrone is an air conditioning compressor, and the LCD display for the stereo head unit. No leaks or any other issues. The engine runs great, and everything works great.
 

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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
2004 4dr Sedan 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
This has been a trouble-free car for four years & 40,000+ miles.
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 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 turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
TDI engine lasts forever if you take care of it, but its a VW and they are notorious for needing lots of repairs on everything else on the car.
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 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.
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....