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Nissan Altima 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 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 Nissan Altima 18
21.4285714286% 21.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Altimas, 9.0 months of data per Altima, average 11900 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 Nissan Altima 27
40.2857142857% 40.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Altimas, 9.3 months of data per Altima, average 34000 miles
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 Nissan Altima 17
12.0689655172% 12.0689655172% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 39700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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 Nissan Altima 19
13.5944700461% 13.5944700461% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 49700 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 Nissan Altima 33
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Altimas, 8.0 months of data per Altima, average 68700 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 Nissan Altima 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Altimas, 10.2 months of data per Altima, average 73600 miles
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 Nissan Altima 29
11.0644257703% 11.0644257703% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Altimas, 9.8 months of data per Altima, average 87400 miles
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 Nissan Altima 39
21.4285714286% 21.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 90400 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 Nissan Altima 40
17.3123486683% 17.3123486683% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Altimas, 9.1 months of data per Altima, average 102000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Altimas, 6.5 months of data per Altima, average 146000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Altimas, 8.6 months of data per Altima, 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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Altimas, 7.3 months of data per Altima, average 119400 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 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Altimas, 7.6 months of data per Altima, average 149100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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 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
2015 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
Don't really feel as if this car will last another three years without major problems. The CVT feels flaky like it can go out at any minute. full 2015 Nissan Altima review
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