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Nissan Altima 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 Nissan Altima 15
15.8385093168% 15.8385093168% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 8.4 months of data per Altima, average 10500 miles
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 Nissan Altima 38
65.4285714286% 65.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Altimas, 9.3 months of data per Altima, average 29800 miles
2014 Volkswagen Jetta 15
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Jettas, 9.8 months of data per Jetta, average 21600 miles

 

2013 Nissan Altima 25
27.8325123153% 27.8325123153% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Altimas, 9.4 months of data per Altima, average 36300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta 42
61.3300492611% 61.3300492611% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Jettas, 9.0 months of data per Jetta, average 39600 miles

 

2012 Nissan Altima 24
21.4285714286% 21.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 9.0 months of data per Altima, average 48900 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 50200 miles

 

2011 Nissan Altima 34
34.0816326531% 34.0816326531% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 65300 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 Nissan Altima 19
6.41025641026% 6.41025641026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 68500 miles
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.5 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 66300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Jetta sedan diesels, 10.1 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 75000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Nissan Altima 32
13.7362637363% 13.7362637363% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Altimas, 9.6 months of data per Altima, average 80600 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 74
59.8901098901% 59.8901098901% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Jetta diesels, 9.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 89800 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 77
63.1868131868% 63.1868131868% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.4 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 70500 miles

 

2008 Nissan Altima 43
25.8241758242% 25.8241758242% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 87400 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 77
63.1868131868% 63.1868131868% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.9 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 79100 miles

 

2007 Nissan Altima 43
23.2467532468% 23.2467532468% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Altimas, 9.8 months of data per Altima, average 100600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 83
64.8051948052% 64.8051948052% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.5 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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Altimas, 7.4 months of data per Altima, average 139100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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.

 

2005 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Altimas, 7.8 months of data per Altima, average 123300 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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Altimas, 6.5 months of data per Altima, average 126800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Jettas, 8.0 months of data per Jetta, average 141700 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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Altimas, 8.3 months of data per Altima, average 150700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
For 20k miles so far mailnly used as a commuter car and well, everything else too I don't see any issues other than the regular oil changes and tire rotations. Time will tell how well the CVT holds up but from Nissan's standpoint they had it for a long time and I expect it to hold up. FYI I did not do those "mandatory" maintenance checkups, mostly do it at the 30k mark. full 2014 Nissan Altima review
2015 Nissan Altima Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
CVT has been very unreliable. I had transmission issues after about 600 miles on this new car. It was difficult to recreate so it took a few months to get a dealer to address the issue. After the transmission was replaced it still had similar shakiness under light throttle. full 2014 Nissan Altima review
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
To early to tell, but so far so good. full 2013 Nissan Altima 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